There is nothing special here. It is a public school with more kids than it was built to hold. (The middle and high schools are worse, I have one boy in each. I don t know how they can possibly fit in more kids). Don t be mislead by the high rating. If this school teaches you one thing it will be that good test scores do not mean it is a good school. The good and mediocre performing kids get ignored. For years the PTO funded a tutoring program for anyone who wanted to participate but the new principal decided this year that only the kids who were identified as falling below level could do it. That was an insult to those of us who worked hard to raise the $10K needed to fund the program for everyone. Everything is geared to teaching kids how to take the state test. Creativity? Teamwork? Leadership skills? Developmentally appropriate expectations for the children? That s all too much to ask. I know from my nieces that other schools in the area are not as full and have happier, more inspired teachers. Kids need encouragement and compassion. You will not find that here. But you will find a never ending flow of requests for money from the PTO and rude office staff.
First of all this is a huge school averaging over 100 kids for every grade (K-5). So you know what that will do. Teachers are mostly busy dealing with problem kids, teaching down to the lowest performers, so a kid gets ignored all year if he/she is "at level." The building is packed, there is zero flexibility, and kids have 10 min to eat. The principal Judy DesRochers is not accessible (literally or MENTALLY) and the staff is so condescending and rude to parents. I empathize with other comments!!! My kid got scolded for wearing a tank top (not even with spaghetti straps, but THICK shoulder straps) on a 95-degree day. The cafeteria supervisor yells at kids to eat, walking up and down the aisles like a drill sergeant and getting in the kids faces if she sees them talking. It's all about the MSP test here, it's obviously the only thing the principal cares about. After my oldest son attended for two years, we decided to homeschool because the principal refused to address a bullying concern (she ignores the real issues but proudly upholds meaningless standards like tank top straps). Our daughter just finished her first year. We will homeschool both kids next year. We are done with FL.
My youngest child will entering her final year at this school. Between all of my kids I have been at this school for a long time. I say from experience that this school has changed drastically in just a few years. Ever since the new principal took over (who is not exactly the brightest lamp in the room, if you know what I mean) the attitude of the staff and the whole vibe/aura of the school went sour. Abrasive staff and teachers are enabled to be that way. The previous comments stole the words right out of my mouth and it is all true. Secretaries are rude and the traffic control and lunchroom supervisor (same person) is mean to the kids. Its obvious that many of the staff hate their jobs. It used to be different. Poor customer service was never allowed by the previous principal who was more parent-friendly and kept his staff in line. It is sad to see what used to be so good get run into the ground. Many parents and teachers can see it happening. I don't recommend this school. If you must go here, I advise that you stay very involved in your kid's school life. This is not a place where you can assume that all will be well, including academics and how your child is treated.
I would love to give Fisher's Landing a great rating, but, I simply cannot do so in good judgement. My child has been attending for a few years now, and the front office staff is not welcoming at all, nor has really ever been. When I come in, I am treated as if I am invading their personal space and nosing in on their very private business. I am always kind, smiling and polite, yet, despite that fact, get this very icy treatment every time I am there. I don't know why the front staff are so rude, or why it has never been addressed, but, I personally am sick of it. Most of the teachers are terrific, on the other hand. I am thankful that there is a music program here... the music teacher is phenomenal! A big complaint that I have is how the children are treated during lunch time. Having an adult marching around, and barking orders at you during your extremely short lunch period must be quite intimidating to the children. That woman should not be around children, treating them like that. I am not welcomed by the PTO, either. They ask for volunteers, which is nice, but if I am at an event or need to ask a question, I am treated like a nuisance. I would yank my kid out if I could.
My review of this school is mixed. I agree with the other posts below citing frustration with the lack of arts education (outside of the monthly, volunteer-based program), but that is a district-wide issue. Regarding the school, I also agree with the previous post about the school staff and administrators needing to make more of an effort to create an inclusive community, but I'm not sure how they can fix something like that when they are not even aware that it's a problem (although most of us feel the coldness immediately on the first day we walk into the building). I also agree with previous comments about the general coldness surrounding lunchtime and how the lunch lady walks around barking orders at the kids -- her demeanor makes me cringe. So there's plenty of stuff here that can be improved when it comes to staff behavior and how they interact with parents and kids. Re teachers, we've met some very good ones, yet I hear there are some bad ones, but that is probably the case at any school. When we spoke with principal she seemed very responsive and willing to listen. And PTO raises money to fund a tutoring program for the struggling kids, but tutoring only lasts for 2 weeks.
The principal has gotten too strict. Kids are not allowed to wear tank tops at all. There is now a 5 finger rule (which she made up despite the student handbook) which, face it, only allows for t-shirts to pass inspection. The kids are losing their love for learning. Many of the really good and compassionate teachers (that have inspired my children excel in school) have left, my guess is they are just as tired of the politics as well. If you are considering this school I hope you have a gifted child. In the future I hope Fishers Landing can find a more child-friendly role model to bring the children, and the school, back to what it use to be. PS. This district does not have an actual Art Program, it is volunteer based, which is great... but Evergreen Sch Dist really needs to live in the present and put Art Class into every school. Nothing beats an actual art-educated teacher!
This school has gone to assuming the worst in children. Instead of keeping an open mind and listening and nurturing children, the principal and vice principal have decided to take on a zero tolerance of normal child behavior. It was once a fabulous school in every sense of the word. Now they just want to keep getting their Washington State award and are pushing out anyone that does not conform to the strict behavior and testing guidelines. They don't understand that if they just let the kids be kids and learn it would go very smoothly and unforced. Now the Principal is frenzied over keeping the award and pushing teachers who push the kids to the point where they don't look forward to going to Fisher's Landing. We will not be returning next year and have decided to go to Schoolathome through the State of Washington. Fisher's Landing has made us despise Public School as we know it!
This school has been going downhill since my son attended several years ago when it was a great place where he learned a lot. This year my other child is in 4th grade and the entire emphasis seems to be on testing. It is all about the MSP and other tests in her class. Everything is focused on doing well on tests. There is no joy or creativity anymore in what they are learning just testing and rote learning. She was memorizing verbatim science definitions the other day with no understanding of what the terms meant - she was just supposed to memorize the definitions. It was not this way when she was younger or when my son attended. I don't know if it is her particular teacher or just a hard push from the school to keep their scores up but it is very disappointing, Several of my son's favorite teachers who did a great job have since retired.
This is our first year at this school and we will not be returning next year. The school is clean and teachers seem to be good BUT don't be confused with its "great" rating. There is no warm, fuzzy, welcome feeling here. Most of the students take the bus leaving no opportunity to meet other kids/parents. Basically the theme is "we may go to school together but that does not mean I am your friend". The PTA school functions (skate night or school night local restaurants ) are a joke - no one makes an effort to socialize so what it the point? This is a large school yet the lunch room is so small and the lunch lady tells the children "hurry up and eat!" My child feels rushed rather than enjoying lunch. I haven't had much interaction with the principal, my only comment is that she and other staff could try to make new families feel more welcome at this school. People tend to stay in their houses and do not interaction much in this community. Because I try not to be a negative person, I will end of a positive note...They offer a music program.
Fisher's Landing maintains very high academic standards, so it can be difficult for kids transitioning in from other schools. But once caught up and in sync, they will find Fisher's Landing to be a safe place to learn and grow. While there is not a lot of socio-economic diversity at FL, there actually is pretty good cultural diversity. Feels like it's nearly 20% Asian, with a mix of other races and nationalities. The teachers, staff and administrators take great pride in the work they do and they are very professional. But, they are also human. So, as with anything else related to our children, parents need to be involved and ready to advocate for kids whose needs are not being met. At FL, there are many opportunities to be involved in the school community. Check the volunteer sign in sheet at the front desk. Pages and pages are filled each day with names of parents volunteering to help in the classroom, coordinate activities or work on projects. "It takes a village", and Fisher's Landing is a good one.
This school was amazing i spent all 5 years of elmentry there and i loved every bit of ot the teachers are amazing the students are amazing i just had the best time
Fisher's Landing is an amazing school! All of my teachers were very nice and instructive, even if some were a bit stricter than others. I'm now in 8th grade but I still remember and LOVE all the memories and great friends I made while I was at Fisher's Landing. I miss some of my old teachers, such as Mrs. Hansen, my old 5th grade teacher. She was awesome!!! (She teaches at Illahee Elem. School now).
Best educational experience for our 3 children. All have graduated from this school and we have no regrets in sending them to this phenomenal public elementary school. The staff is professional and caring. They have taught our children to be respectful, hard-working citizens who excel academically. Thank you Fishers Landing!
Everything about this school is great! The staff is caring and kind. We feel lucky to have this school in our neighborhood.
I attended Fishers Landing as a student for all 6 years and have to say it is an awesome school. The Pto is great and hosts alot of family events throughout the year. The staff and principal are awesome and always willing to help. I highly recomend Fishers Landing elementry school!!!
My son is in the EXCEL group for 5th grade. He has the most caring and interesting teachers. He actually gets excited to go to school! You can't beat that. We moved to the area just so that my children could attend Fisher's Landing. We have not been disappointed. Excellent facilty, fabulous program, music, computer access. Diversity is excellent. We could not be happier. Thank you to all the staff. You are most appreciated. Ms. Hansen rocks!
Fisher's Landing is the best elementary school in its district. I moved from Colorado to Washington specifically for my son to get a better education. He has a mild form of Autism called Asperger's Syndrome that the schools in CO just couldn't accommodate. Fisher s Landing has a program just for the kids on the higher functioning end of the Autism spectrum called the CARE program. It has made a huge difference for him and is now transitioning out of it because of his success over the last three years. The principal is great even though he seems standoffish at first; he is quite friendly if you reach out to him. He cares about all the kids very much. He checks in on the classrooms regularly and holds a very high standard for his teachers to meet. It s in a great neighborhood. They celebrate diversity of cultures as well. Great!
The principal is fantastic and the teachers all work hard for the students. Could use a few more extra activities, but a great school nonetheless.
My two daughters started Fishers Landing at 1st grd.-1 now in 7th grd-one in 5th grd. - Loved the school, teachers, staff, Principal is outstanding- I am grateful for their passion in education. My 7th grder is a straight 'A' student with a great work ethic...will miss them very much.
this school was great for my 2nd grader. unfortunatly due to the population we were sent to columbia valley. we loved fishers!
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