School review Percy Priest Elementary School (1700 Otter Creek Road)
Percy Priest Elementary School (1700 Otter Creek Road) Comment
I am the parent of a kindergartner and this is our first year at PPE. For the most part, we are happy with the school. This is a very affluent school, which does not drive diversity but does drive parent engagement. The school is older and needs expansion/remodeling, but the school seems to make the best of what they have. Our teacher is experienced and compassionate. Our child likes school and most parents seem very happy. But, there are a few issues we are struggling with: First, the way the state determines teacher allocation is based on an average class size from K - 3. And, Kindergarten this year has been very large - so classes are now 23 - 24 students and growing (and the magnet school down the street is at 16 kids per class). There is no recourse to have smaller classes since the "budget for teaches has been set for the year." So, this means as new kids come in - classes grow and additional resources are not available. For children needing extra help, this means they may not get the attention they need. For example, the number of interventionist are set - as are the number of children they can help each day (per set ratios again)- so if your child is on the margins of needing help, as classes grow, they may not receive it. Also, there is very limited supervision at lunch. Several of the parents I have spoken with are concerned about the rowdy behavior, pushing and fighting they have seen at lunch. (I broke up a fight the one time I visited for lunch - none of the lunch staff noticed). I think it is getting better, and I think the school is doing the best they can, but is is clear that it is overwhelming and resources are stretched. Lastly, there is a bully in our son's class who the school is working with - but the bullying has not stopped. I understand the issue is complex, but children are being injured (one went home with a bloody nose in kindergarten!). Again, I think the school is doing the best they can with the resources they have been given.