I don't know how they get away with treating the kids the way they do and why nobody speaks up. The values they are instilling are questionable espeically when it comes to getting on blue in class. Every child NO MATTER WHAT is fabulous and it's sad they aren't treated or acknowledged for this.
I'm counting down the days until this year is over. On the 3rd day of school the kids were still meeting in the gym, parents walked them in. My son was crying, the teacher looking at my and firmly said "leave". She then turned around and told my son, and I quote, to "sit down and be quiet". After speaking to the superintendent and head of school all they did was make up excuses for her behavior, never once did my son or I get an apology from the teacher. Outside time is 20 minutes if at all. And in the winter they can't bring boots or snow pants and play in the snow. "If" they go outside it's just in the parking lot and it's viewed as "a special treat". The reason is because they have to much curriculum to get through and in the winter I'm assuming they don't want to deal with the hassel. Oh and if your child can't sit still for 5 hours straight you'll be hearing about it. They expect the child to conform to them, they don't care about conforming for the child, they are expected to be robots. They have 4 levels for behavior. Red, yellow, green and blue. Blue is for fabulous. If your child doesn't get to blue expect them to come home in tears because 'they aren't fabulous' depsite making the best efforts that they can. We wonder why kids these days are self conscious. I emailed the teacher to ask why was needed in order to get to blue so I could help coach my son, the response was " they need to go over and above to meet my expectations". The recommended foods are basically whatever is in your junk food isle and fruits and veggies are listed last uner "other". So I'd plan on packing lunch daily if you'd like to keep your child healthy. Please spare your child from this place if you can afford it.
I am more the pleased with the experience my daughter has had at the Boutwell School this year (2013-2014). I couldn't have asked for better teachers. She is reading, writing and using vocabulary so well that I have to wonder if she's only 5 years old. She doesn't want to miss a day of school. I hope this experience continues throughout her school years in Wilmington. Much appreciation and gratitude to Mrs. Kacamburas and Mrs. Volpe for helping her love to learn.
My son recieves special education services here and I couldnt be more pleased with his teacher and the staff! Mrs. Parziale and his support staff had made such a big difference in his life! He has made so many gains, and we felt welcome the second my son walked into the doors of the Boutwell for the first time. I would recommend this school in a heartbeat!