Golda Meir has not lived up to its expectations. The past 3 years have been a reocurring nightmare! I originally sent my child to this school on a teacher recommendation and decided to select it because of its blue ribbon status. However, it has been a great disappointment. The current principal is combative and non-responsive to parental needs. You're lucky to get her to respond to a simple email! The teachers rarely update parent assistant so there are times when you have no idea where your child is throughout the year. When you ask them directly, the answer is always FINE! What exactly does that mean? Emails to teachers often go unanswered or they take days or weeks to respond. There are absolutely too many children in the classroom and children with academic or behavioral issues seem to absorb all of their attention so other children are left behind or have no idea what to be proud of. The district needs to re-evaluate this school and their grading system as grades often aren't reflective of your childs progress or current status. In summary, this will be my childs last year at this school and I wouldn't recommend it to any prospective students.
The elementary experience was great at Golda Meir, and I promise you will love it. I was breezing through the elementary years before I came to Golda, and their program changed the way I worked, in an involved way. Although... Since the expansion, the quality of learning has gone far down. They try to pack far too much into one day, leaving little time for kids to have any sort of break. The hot lunch is unacceptable. It is frozen in packets and then microwaved at the school (Often food is raw or frozen) The only break throughout the whole day is a ~20 minute lunch, and there are 7 (Hours) throughout the day. The hours are actually around 45 minutes each. This grading system would be fine if it couldn't be converted, and the staff lacked any sort of explination. I am glad they provide a Spanish course, I have been enjoying that. Their desision to no longer cut off students from the middleschool might have been where it all went wrong. Many of the students lack any respect. The staff is doing their best to change people's mindset and have a respectful schoolgrounds. I give them props for that. (The schoolgrounds is much better than most public schools in the area still)
My child has consistently tested far above the national average for years, and is finally being challenged after being admitted to Golda.
This is my daughter's first year at Golda, and she loves it. She is happy to be surrounded by children who want to learn, and has started making new friends quickly. In her last school, she was bored and unmotivated. Now she is very motivated to do the extra work in order to earn the wonderful rewards only available at this school. She believes in the "Golda Way", and that's all that matters. You know a school is great when your child goes from being unchallenged and miserable somewhere else to loving school. Finally, she is being challenged and is working at the level appropriate for her abilities.
I think the enrollment process is questionable. My child have been there for three years and over half of the students parents are MPS teachers or principals. The school is not what I thought it was going to be when I worked to hard to get my child in. The classes have 32 kids in them so the bad kids get all the attention.
My daughter currently attend this school. The administration team, staff and student teachers are very caring and want the best for their students. It is a fairy difficult process of getting your child into the school. I had a principal recommendation ; 2 teacher recommendations; a school psychologist i.q test done; WKCE/WSAS submitted; application, writing sample submitted and a child/parent interview was conducted. The environment is unlike any other school I have been too. Nearly all the students want to learn; their parents want their children to learn; and they are supportive of their children and school. Keep up the great job!
At Golda, you find an awesome trio of dedicated administrators, faculty and students as it relates to academics and extracurricular activities. Parents are given numerous opportunities to be involved. A great sense of community and teamwork is instilled in students. My family is very proud to be part of such a great school!
Golda Meir is an excellent school! I believe it is one of the best schools (both public and private) in Milwaukee. Students are challenged with curriculum and encouraged to be critical thinkers. The school encourages creativity in all aspects. I really enjoyed the winter program in December. The teachers are dedicated and professional. (*please note that I actually spelled really and dedicated correctly-unlike the parent comment from September 20th.) I could not imagine sending my son to a different school!
I found out about this school before I thought about having kids. I now have my daughter there (7thgr.), my soon to be 3rd grader will be attending and when my 4y/o is of age he will be attending. This school staff is so well equipped and involved that the only way your child will do poorly is if you are not involved. This is definitely a parent involvement school w/alot of projects and trips.
Golda Meir is no longer the best of the best. It is now whos who in Milwaukee (parents). Adding Middle school wasn't the best idea. Now siblings that don't qualify are there and bring the school down. The kids that realy should be there for Middle school aren't because the siblings come first. In my son's grade alone there were 25 kids that I knew of that had a sibling in a lower grade or higher. When you have a class of 30 that doesn't leave much room. Even increasing to 60 students per grade for middle school didn't realy help. 3-5 is an excellent program, Middle has a way to go. Wished we had gone a different route for Middle school but at the time we thought this was the best place. The staff tries hard and are dedectated but the turn over is way to high for a "gem"
Golda is going down the tubes fast. I've been involved for only about 5 years, but in that time, the quality of the staff gone downhill (esp. with all the seemingly unnecessary "cuts" from this last year), and under the guise of presenting a gender balanced, racially and socio-economically diverse student body, they're turning this place into a total joke and it's at the cost of having qualified students that actually want to be there. When applying, know that you're actually trying to get into a "program" and NOT a "school", so fair, rational admittance guidelines don't seem to apply here. The same thing is happening here that went down at King in the last 15 years; by being so focused on creating some kind of forced "equality", they're bending the rules to fill the superficial mold they're creating. Admittance requirements and the curriculum have been majorly DUMBED DOWN here. SAD!
It's a great school with lots of opportunities for kids to find their talents
Golda Meir is definitely a great school. My daughter goes there. What I think makes it a great school is the ethnicity mix in the student population. Students are exposed to different cultures and they learn from each other. Teachers provide multiple field trips that enhance what is learned in the classroom. This year my daughter will go on a class trip to Virginia. This will be a great experience for her. I also think Meir is a great school because of the school projects students are required to complete. They are required to participate in state-wide writing contests and do several hands on projects that require critical thinking. This is why Meir is a great school and I'm thrilled that my daughter attends such a quality learning environment.
This is a fantastic school and I am so thankful that my son has had the good fortune to attend. The school is multi cultural and does a great job utilizing the resources and community for extended activities. We have been thrilled with the expansion to middle school and I have full confidence that he will be more than prepared for high school in a year and a half.
Meir school is a wonderful place. My daughter has been at this school for 2 years and loves it. She is challenged everyday and taught to do her best. The parent involvement in this school is exceptional. I am truly glad that my daughter had a chance to go to this school.
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