Saturday, August 18, 2012
A.M. Winn Elementary Reviews by Parents
I couldn't be more disappointed with this school. My son is an excellent student, but in no way was challenged at AM Winn. He was basically handed the honor roll just for showing up every day. He compeleted second grade 5 months before school ended for that year. When he began 3rd grade, we were informed that he had won an award. We went to the school to watch him accept the award, just to find out that they changed the times and we had missed him getting his award. They also sent home a letter stating that they were failing at the "No Child Left Behind" program. Because of that, they said that we could have him transfered to another school within the district. However, thry also told us that priority would be given to students with low test scores. My son was being forced to stay in a school where he was getting a below standard education, and no one at the school cared. My son in now in private school and getting a real education, free from bullying, staff who don't care about their students, and an administration who puts the children first.
The school does what it can with the constant change of principals and the completely lack luster support of the district. Most parents are only 'involved' when their child is in trouble, and by 'involved' I mean filled with accusations and excuses. SImply put, education starts at home and it is not happening in most of these homes.
My son has been attending A.M. Winn for 3 years. He has had excellent teachers. I've always had my phone calls returned or if I sent a letter, it was answered. The School is good, not great. I agree that obtaining information in advance about school activities is not always easy. They use a recorded message system that calls the parents' home to make school announcements - sometimes the day before the event. That doesn't work well for me. - I's like to see a better developed music and art program, but California has caused many of those progams to be cut due to budget crisis. If we want our kids to get music and art instructions, we'll be paying for it by way of private lessons, because few of the schools offer it at the elementary level.
My kids have gone to A.M. Winn for the last 2 years and I have not been satisfies with the school academically or professionally.
My daughter has been attending A.M. Winn for 2 years and my son started attending kidergarten this year. I was extremely happy with the school last year. This year I am not. I feel that I try consistantly to comunicate with the teachers with minimal response. I never know whats going on until the last minute. The pricipal seems to avoid talking to parents. The teachers (this year) are not impressive. I've always thought that communication between parents and teachers is essential for the growth of children. Its not happening at A.M. Winn.
I went to visit the kindergarten class and found it to be adequate. The two teachers sharing a room were pleasant and pleasant with the kids as well. They really emphasized the fact that there was really no time for art or science or music with the Open Court System. They had a lot of years of experience and the kids seemed very well-behaved, but the room was kind of cramped and cluttered. Organized but cluttered. The outside appearance of the school was not the greatest in comparison. Walking around, I didn't get a real feeling of unity or warmth at the school. I don't believe there is a music program or other extracurricular programs. Didn't see or hear of much parent involvement. Test scores are low.