I have 2 boys that have been at Collins just since the beginning of this school year and they are so happy there! There is TONS of positive feedback and encouragement, activities etc. Phone calls from the principal for achievements, awards etc. Both boys are excelling in the classes and are above grade average. I do not feel that the 3/10 rating accurately reflects this school's ability to teach. We are very happy with the education Collins is providing and would encourage others to look past the 3/10 standardized testing rating and know that your kids will be happy at this school and get a good education.
I've worked at Collins as a paraeducator for going on two years now. I am very impressed with the respectful way the staff interact with each other, and I am privileged to be part of a school that genuinely deeply cares about each and every student and family.
I love this school. My daughter has gone to This school for two years now and loves her teachers. I really like the way all the teachers are involved in the improvement of all the children and keep it fun. Great school
I used to go to Collins and it is a great school where you can learn and have fun at the same time. In the time I was in about third grade I experienced bullying. I was bullied all the time for an injury I had gotten that left a scar. People called me names and I cried. My wonderful teacher was worried about me and she sent me to the school councilor. The councilor boosted my confidence and I just laughed along with those insults. I still expierienced bullying until middle school but I survived it all. I don't even think I would be the same energetic, wild, and happy person I am today. All the teachers at Collins used to call me the smily girl. I was always happy. I thank all the staff at Collins for helping me through all this. I love Collins. All the teachers are helpful and they care about your schoolwork, and your happiness. Collins made learning fun and now I'm in honors classes. Thankyou. This school deserves 5+ stars.
Collins has been a positive learning place for my son. In fact, he got accepted at Brookdale Elementary for a 'Project Excel' program in the fall, but I would much rather have him stay at Collins. The staff and faculty at Collins are always helpful, friendly, and caring. A good child deserves a good school=]
This has been a great school for my son to go to and my daughter went here as well. The teachers care about the students and there are a good group of ladies that organize all of the school activities.
My children have attended Collins for three years. The faculty cares about the students. There are numerous extracurricular activities such as choir, marimba band, unicycle club, etc. PTA is very active in the school, organizing various activities such as movie nights, carnivals, and game nights. They have a fifth grade camp every year in which they go to a YMCA camp for two nights.
I have had 4 children who currently attend, or have previously attended Collins. I have found the staff to be friendly and genuinely interested in offering their best for their students. The after school unicycle program is an outstanding opportunity for athletes and non-athletes to demonstrate learned skills and dedication. The music program offers the students the opportunity to play a variety of instruments and experiment with music. I am not a proponent of the Everyday Math curriculum. I believe the students should master a concept before learning a new one, and Everyday Math does not allow enough practice on a given topic before the students move on to other topics. Grades k-2 have just started Read Well for learning to read. The Step Up to Writing seems overly structed, but appears to be a good STARTING point for Writing. The PTA is an active, positive addition to the school.
Collins Elementary is a very safe and excellent school. All the teachers are very nice and well educated. I have 2 children in the school and think very highly of the school and all the teachers and staff. Their music programs and other programs they offer are a great start in the academic world.