The staff is good , but changes often due to poor leadership. There is a lot of turmoil between staff and administration. Reading scores have gone down over the years and celebrations are discouraged. As a parent I feel unwelcome in the school by administration. So sad.
Despite its size the school feels familiar; everyone seems to know each other. The teachers all seem to work well in teams and have helpful attitudes. In my short experience with this school I have learned that it is typical for kindergartners to have difficulty adjusting to the larger classes (18-20 per class). Drop-offs and pick-ups can be a bit hectic but never unsafe. There is always lots of staff around during active hours. The current principal is very communicative and responsive to involved parents. She is careful not to play favorites and works to pull all children "up together". Parents are strongly encouraged to put in volunteer hours and attend fundraisers. My daughter enjoys the trips to the community garden behind the school, field trips and group projects that they work on. If your child is feeling bullied, please document carefully and contact the staff right away. I found them consistent in protocol and responsive with our case. The school has a small library with a computer lab and a number of I-Pads for each class to use. They are working to offer online learning tools for children to use and will offer tech classes to help parents access these tools at home.
My school is great as I was able to talk to school staff as soon as possible. As a parent I see that my child is showing growth in being patient. Follow instructions with great respect. This school is a great idea for my child.
We open-enrolled our daughter into Kennedy when she started kindergarten and we moved out of town. She is now in 4th grade and we've had nothing but great experiences with Kennedy, the Madison schools, and all of our daughter's teachers and teacher's helpers. We've never second-guessed our decision to use the open-enrollment process to put her in Madison schools and most specifically Kennedy Elementary.
I have had 3 children go through Kennedy and all 3 have been and are still on the honor roll, now through middle school.
Kennedy School is a great school for children to learn and grow. They learn how to become responsible and make good choices.
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