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Anonymous

North Brunswick, NJ

#1 Aug 10, 2010
My child is getting closer to school age and i am really scepticle about putting her in quakertown school district. I am a young mother and i dont know many poepl ewho have children in the district. I have considered moving but alot of our family lives close by. I dont wnt to take her away from all of her cousins, aunts and uncles.
Being as i am young and lived her for a few years (but didnt attend this school district) i have seen the bad things that happen around here. There's aot of crime, drugs and screwed up poeple. I would hate to start her in a school and have to move.

Not looking for a negative response or the spelling police so dont waste your time please. Really looking for some insight
Peggy

Quakertown, PA

#2 Aug 10, 2010
St Isidore is a nice school. If your child is preschool age they have a great program that is a fraction of the cost of daycare. I am very happy there. In preschool through Kindergarten many kids are not Catholic.
qtownres

Sellersville, PA

#3 Aug 10, 2010
I have had 4 children go through QCSD. My 2 college age children go to Ivy League Colleges. My other two have always done very well and are still in the district. Parental involvment and communication with teaching staff are the key. I hope this helps you with your decision.
Jewels

Quakertown, PA

#4 Aug 10, 2010
As long as you have the time to be a helicopter parent, your child will be ok. I mean you have to be looking over the shoulder of all the teachers and you need to be able to attend every meeting, which sometimes you don't even know about unless your on the school web site every minute of the day. I would strongly suggest another district or a private school like St. Isidore"s.
Fiona

Kimberton, PA

#5 Aug 11, 2010
I have in two college that went thru QCSD. As qtownres stated, the key is to stay involved. Involved does NOT mean being a helicopter parent. Set a schedule for them to follow from day one. All homework gets done before TV and playtime EVERYDAY. They go to school unless they have a fever, if sick enough the nurse will send them home. If you don't understand something you contact the teacher and work with them to ensure your child "gets it" Do NOT let the school decide what is best, if you notice a learning problem early on demand they be tested, don't fall for the "oh they are just a little behind" if they are ahead ASK to be tested and move them to classes they belong in. Involvement is the key to success
QCSD Parent

Quakertown, PA

#6 Aug 11, 2010
I have one child in Tohickon Elementary and another going to the Freshmen Center this year. We've had great experiences with the teachers and administration over the years. You have to be involved with your child's education; there's no debating that subject one bit.

Our youngest was having problems with reading and was behind the rest of the class, so we had him evaluated as recommended by his teacher, a school psychologist and the principal at Tohickon. They set up an IEP (Individualized Education Program) for him and he worked with a special education teacher for about 3/4 of the school year. By the end of the year he managed, along with the great help of the teaching staff, to bring himself up a grade and a half and is reading at or above the rest of his class now. We have immense gratitude to the staff for helping our son.

And Jewels, the teachers were always in contact with us. We didn't have to look over their shoulders at all; in fact, they were the ones who initiated contact, even from their homes in the evening.

Fiona, the rules you put down for your kids also apply in our house. No TV or friends until homework is done; no exceptions. If there are questions, a quick email almost always clears things up.

My life public, where do you actually live within the district? This could help us to figure out which elementary school you'd be sending your child.
not quite true

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#7 Aug 11, 2010
Fiona wrote:
I have in two college that went thru QCSD. As qtownres stated, the key is to stay involved. Involved does NOT mean being a helicopter parent. Set a schedule for them to follow from day one. All homework gets done before TV and playtime EVERYDAY. They go to school unless they have a fever, if sick enough the nurse will send them home. If you don't understand something you contact the teacher and work with them to ensure your child "gets it" Do NOT let the school decide what is best, if you notice a learning problem early on demand they be tested, don't fall for the "oh they are just a little behind if they are ahead ASK to be tested and move them to classes they belong in. Involvement is the key to success
I agreed with you until you you mention demanding your kids be tested for learning problems. My daughter just went thru QE 1st-5th and we knew right from the beginning that she was behind in Math. Each year I brought it up to the teachers and one year to the principal and others involved in making decisions as to whether the child needs extra help. I had several meetings and each time was told "she's fine, average, she'll get it, etc". So you CANNOT demand they be tested. I begged and pleaded for extra help for YEARS and got nowhere. Unless your child is on the bottom of the scale or on the top, they get nothing. The kids in the middle, the avaerage ones, get forgotten about. Dont get me wrong, I loved QE and the teachers, they are wonderful but when a parent is concerned and ASKS for help and gets none, it is very frustrating. A lot of parents would leave it up to the school to help their kid, I was ASKING for help and was denied.
not quite true

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#8 Aug 11, 2010
My life public wrote:
My child is getting closer to school age and i am really scepticle about putting her in quakertown school district. I am a young mother and i dont know many poepl ewho have children in the district. I have considered moving but alot of our family lives close by. I dont wnt to take her away from all of her cousins, aunts and uncles.
Being as i am young and lived her for a few years (but didnt attend this school district) i have seen the bad things that happen around here. There's aot of crime, drugs and screwed up poeple. I would hate to start her in a school and have to move.
Not looking for a negative response or the spelling police so dont waste your time please. Really looking for some insight
You will have crine, drugs and screwed up people whereever you go. QCSD is one of the best around the area.
Fiona

Kimberton, PA

#9 Aug 11, 2010
not quite true wrote:
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I agreed with you until you you mention demanding your kids be tested for learning problems. My daughter just went thru QE 1st-5th and we knew right from the beginning that she was behind in Math. Each year I brought it up to the teachers and one year to the principal and others involved in making decisions as to whether the child needs extra help. I had several meetings and each time was told "she's fine, average, she'll get it, etc". So you CANNOT demand they be tested. I begged and pleaded for extra help for YEARS and got nowhere. Unless your child is on the bottom of the scale or on the top, they get nothing. The kids in the middle, the avaerage ones, get forgotten about. Dont get me wrong, I loved QE and the teachers, they are wonderful but when a parent is concerned and ASKS for help and gets none, it is very frustrating. A lot of parents would leave it up to the school to help their kid, I was ASKING for help and was denied.
I find that interesting that you were not given what you asked for. QE is also the school my kids ent thru and I listened to the teachers until 4th grade and demanding the testing be done and I was accomodated and my child began in IEP that year as his problem was found. I had requested my daughter be tested in 1st grade to be moved ahead as she was bored in school. They also accomodated that testing. Maybe it was who you went thru to have the testing done. I stand by my statement. Just keep pushing until they work with you.
Karen

Pipersville, PA

#10 Aug 11, 2010
Quakertown has been great. Not much different than the surrounding schools. I think the value taught at home will determin how they do in school private, public or home school.
abc123

Coopersburg, PA

#11 Aug 11, 2010
Homeschool is always great too, Elementary schools aren't too bad, it's when they get into middle school
TruthBToldSeller vileISP

Sellersville, PA

#12 Aug 11, 2010
Research has shown that the kindergarden teacher your child has is an important determining factor in her success as an adult. If you are going to spend $ on education, now is the time. QCSD has part time kindergarden. Look farther if this is your main concern for a full time program with good teachers.
Google 'Good kindergarten teacher = more success as adult' and the NY Times article and others that explain the results of this more than 25 year study.
not quite true

Egg Harbor Township, NJ

#13 Aug 11, 2010
Fiona wrote:
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I find that interesting that you were not given what you asked for. QE is also the school my kids ent thru and I listened to the teachers until 4th grade and demanding the testing be done and I was accomodated and my child began in IEP that year as his problem was found. I had requested my daughter be tested in 1st grade to be moved ahead as she was bored in school. They also accomodated that testing. Maybe it was who you went thru to have the testing done. I stand by my statement. Just keep pushing until they work with you.
Im not going to argue with you about it. Guess it worked for you, wish it had for me. You also mentioned that your kids are in college now, so that was quite a few years ago that they went through QE. I have been dealing with this recently, for the past 5 years. I dont think I could have pushed or begged anymore than I did.
Help

Quakertown, PA

#14 Aug 11, 2010
I was going to send my child to QE this year instead of the private school they usually attend. At the school she was attending several disabilities were recognized and she was receiving services for them both from the school and the Bucks Co IU The Quakertown district flat out refused to even listen to what I was saying telling me they had 90 to assess
and then 90 to put in action. Wow 180 days the whole year would have been wasted. The child needs immediate help. I got a second job and will be sending her to the private school that immediately helps her.

I know of several teachers who teach in the district and they all tell me that sending my child to QCSD is not wise at this time. They flat out tell me to wait until Dr.A is gone.
SAD
Fiona

Kimberton, PA

#15 Aug 12, 2010
not quite true wrote:
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Im not going to argue with you about it. Guess it worked for you, wish it had for me. You also mentioned that your kids are in college now, so that was quite a few years ago that they went through QE. I have been dealing with this recently, for the past 5 years. I dont think I could have pushed or begged anymore than I did.
I commend you on trying as hard as you did and with this info I will be sure to help my niece whose child will be attending kindergarten this fall at QE. I know several teachers are still there that my children had, so maybe I will have some back up if needed.
Fiona

Kimberton, PA

#16 Aug 12, 2010
Help wrote:
I was going to send my child to QE this year instead of the private school they usually attend. At the school she was attending several disabilities were recognized and she was receiving services for them both from the school and the Bucks Co IU The Quakertown district flat out refused to even listen to what I was saying telling me they had 90 to assess
and then 90 to put in action. Wow 180 days the whole year would have been wasted. The child needs immediate help. I got a second job and will be sending her to the private school that immediately helps her.
I know of several teachers who teach in the district and they all tell me that sending my child to QCSD is not wise at this time. They flat out tell me to wait until Dr.A is gone.
SAD
DR A will be the down fall of this district. She has already screwed up the current Seniors in obtaining GPA's and class rankings for college. Now kids already paying $350 to participate in band have to pay an additional $50 to play. I understand pay to play for some activities where parents are not already footing a large bill but come on.
someone

Quakertown, PA

#17 Aug 12, 2010
@help: This info may be coming to you a little late, but the 90 days starts as soon as you request the testing. So if you request in June for the following school year the testing will be complete. The actions are usually taken quickly.

To the others that only see the negatives in the school district: All districts have problems. Please remember the teachers and principles do not want the children to struggle and fail. It is heartbreaking to see. Problems in the district start from the top. From my experience they are due to policies that are created by people who have been out of the classrooms to long.

Since: Oct 09

Portland, ME

#18 Aug 12, 2010
Fiona wrote:
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DR A will be the down fall of this district. She has already screwed up the current Seniors in obtaining GPA's and class rankings for college. Now kids already paying $350 to participate in band have to pay an additional $50 to play. I understand pay to play for some activities where parents are not already footing a large bill but come on.
Vote against every school board member. Get some new ones. When we get rid of them then Dr A can go. In the meantime go to the meetings and keep giving the board as much negative feedback on their decisions as you can.
TruthBToldSeller vileISP

Sellersville, PA

#19 Aug 12, 2010
My life public- you began this thread with a concern. Here is reason to consider the kindergarden year very important in your child's development and plan accordingly:
From NYTimes article of July 27, 2010:

They examined the life paths of almost 12,000 children who had been part of a well-known education experiment in Tennessee in the 1980s. The children are now about 30, well started on their adult lives.

On Tuesday, Mr. Chetty presented the findings — not yet peer-reviewed — at an academic conference in Cambridge, Mass. They’re fairly explosive.

Just as in other studies, the Tennessee experiment found that some teachers were able to help students learn vastly more than other teachers. And just as in other studies, the effect largely disappeared by junior high, based on test scores. Yet when Mr. Chetty and his colleagues took another look at the students in adulthood, they discovered that the legacy of kindergarten had re-emerged.

Students who had learned much more in kindergarten were more likely to go to college than students with otherwise similar backgrounds. Students who learned more were also less likely to become single parents. As adults, they were more likely to be saving for retirement. Perhaps most striking, they were earning more.

All else equal, they were making about an extra $100 a year at age 27 for every percentile they had moved up the test-score distribution over the course of kindergarten. A student who went from average to the 60th percentile — a typical jump for a 5-year-old with a good teacher — could expect to make about $1,000 more a year at age 27 than a student who remained at the average. Over time, the effect seems to grow, too.

The economists don’t pretend to know the exact causes. But it’s not hard to come up with plausible guesses. Good early education can impart skills that last a lifetime — patience, discipline, manners, perseverance. The tests that 5-year-olds take may pick up these skills, even if later multiple-choice tests do not.
mall

Royersford, PA

#20 Aug 12, 2010
Why not have full day Kindergarten? Studies show that it is beneficial to the children. I know other area districts have it

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