I'm so mad and frustrated with this school. Many parents have begun to question where the fundraising money is going, so the school has conceded to taking field trips. They've implemented a 'discipline committee' which doles out discipline (aka detention) for various infractions such as talking during lunch, not completing homework, etc. Then anyone with two detentions is banned from field trips. They are withholding recess and field trips from students. We've had to correct teachers' spelling and grammar. The first day of school and several other times througout the year the kids are expected to do fundraisers. If the student does not participate in fundraisers, they are ostracized from the fundraising party. That fundraising party excuses the children from all educational activities. In 2007-2008, there are 30 days scheduled off (including holidays). They have told the over achievers to tutor the children that are underperforming.
This school has received kudos due to high test scores. Those test scores are not the result of the school's offerings. Most of the students are from middle-and upper-middle class homes where the parents offer many opportunities. They are likely expected to excel.These children are subjected to a drill-and -fill worksheet curriculum with teachers who aren't necessarily interested in innovation. There are few hands-on experiences and even fewer field trips, despite numerous fundraisers. I would say that the music program is top-notch because the teacher is so dedicated. There are much better choices of elementary schools in this district.
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