17 Parent Reviews for James Island Elementary School
I have to report that last year in second grade my son learned to read after having a horrific degrading first grade year. He had the best teacher in the whole world. His second grade teacher brought him up and did two years in one in reading. She is a gifted and loving teacher. She cares for all her
... Read more students and is not negative. First grade was a terrible year. He had a teacher that made comments that were inappropriate on his reports. She was grumpy and bullied the students. She dearly needs to retire. No one should ever be told that their parent should tape their child's mouth on a progress report! The Principal did nothing about this. This year is also great, so far. I am also concerned about the lower scores. The Principal failed to move my child in first grade yet others were moved. The testing grades a plan to raise these school grades. Happy children do better and there are too many angry staff and teachers in that building. On one visit I heard the secretary, the librarian yell at a child and two teachers also. They all are stressed and directionless. I think this school needs a great leader to make it great. We still love JIES. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/23/13
This school my daughter was in fifth grade and was a horrible year. She was constantly picked by a teacher that had actual fights break out in class. She was told she had an attitude. Now she is in middle school with no issues. She is doing great. I thought for a while it was just my daughter. I
... Read more listened at a sports match at the tennis center as a teacher from that school described the school. She was coaching but instead was agreeing with other teachers from another school. She said school as made of severely low students with lots of problems. She also says the school had alot of these kids that weren't supposed to be there. She said the Principal does nothing, She called the school second rate and none of the teachers want to be thereand the school needs to be like the others. She made fun of the Principal but it was so bad I can't repeat it here.I can see why my daughter had so much problems. Other teachers say this school is where they send the problem kids. That fifth grade students that are smart all leave cause they can't learn there. My daughter said the school clerk sent her daughter to another school. This proves this school has problems in fifth grade. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/13/13
As a parent I am very disappointed by the scores that the school received. My children were in 3rd and 5th. The school fail from an A to a B school. I am very concerned. All the other schools went up here. The same teachers that were there last year for those that test are teaching this year and no
... Read more changes are being made. The Principal when asked about the scores does not seem to have a plan or any idea how to fix the problems. My child in 5th grade said there were fights last year and it was out of control. I do not understand why nothing is done. The teachers are terrific in the lower grades but it seems like upper grades need replacing or something. Looks like until a Principal willing to make changes in those upper grades nothing will get better, I think we are headed away next year. It is a great school however from kindergarten to second. They really have terrific younger student teachers. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/11/13
My son is in first grade and starting his second year at JIES. First grade is a significant improvement over kindergarten in that the educators are firmer with behavioral issues. The principal has done a wonderful job of turning the school around, by all accounts, and is accessible. The PTA is under
... Read more new leadership this school year, and they are already doing a fantastic job of communicating to parents, fundraising, and planning new and exciting events. They sound as if they are also going to bring significant improvements to the festival fundraisers the school has hosted in the past. My biggest concern at this point is the limited parental involvement. The greater their involvement, the stronger the school and that is a huge plus for everyone! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/24/13
We have attended JIES for PreK, K, and 1st for my daughter and 5th grade for my son- The 5th grade teachers are preparing their students rigorously for middle school. I was thrilled at how prepared my son was and their focus on organization and study skills. My daughter is doing well and enjoys going
... Read more to school- this is her 3rd yr- I feel confident in sending her to school each day- we love the Librarian Mrs Hale and the music teacher Mrs Sim is wonderful- I wish the Art teacher would allow more of a creative process- and stop making the children do their 'art' exactly alike, the art on the walls in school are homogenized and blend together. :( We have a wonderful PTA- who work very hard to fund raise for JIES- they pay for a lot of activities that allow under privileged children to participate in field trips and the like- We are blessed to have an outdoor classroom and the PTA funds help pay for the maintenance. More parents need to step forward and offer their time and ask what can they do, instead of waiting to be given a task or asked- JIES is always very grateful to all of their volunteers- I love this school and will be sad when we have to move on to middle school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/06/13
I am a teacher at James Island Elementary. Parents can request conferences every quarter or even set up ones in between. They just need to check "I want a conference" on report cards or progress reports and they will get one immediately. I am impressed as a teacher by the diversity at the school.
... Read more This school has the great parental involvement and support. Parents are willing to donate and and great about responding immediately. There is daily communication from the class to the child and weekly school communication. I personally respond to emails within 24 hours. We no longer have a lead teacher and our Principal Deborah Davis-Fickling has picked up all her duties as well. She works tirelessly and strives for excellence. I am proud to be a member of her staff. James Island Elementary is one of the best schools in the SouthEast. Read less
Posted by a teacher on 01/12/13
My children have been at this school for a year and half now. We are moving mid-school year and they will be attending a different school--it can't happen soon enough! The biggest issue I have: No parent-teacher conferences. This school does not have regular conferences like every other school.
... Read more You never really know how your child is doing unless you demand a conference. I attend all my children's functions and presentations, and still have yet to have a private conversation with any teacher about my children. The other big issue I have is communication between staff and parents. I attempted to contact the current principal early in the school year, leaving 2 voicemail messages and sending 2 emails over a period of 2 weeks asking her to please return my calls or email back so I could discuss one of my children with her. She NEVER returned any of my attempts at communication. Not a single response. Most parents in rarely participate from what I have seen. The teacher will ask all parents to send in a snack for a party and 2 out of 21 will send something. There are many, many more issues but those are the biggest and most concerning. We are glad to be leaving. Read less
Posted by a parent on 12/07/12
Awesome school...it is a shame that the previous principals gave the school a bad reputation. However, the new principal, Mrs. Deborah Davis-Fickling is wonderful. She is involved, professional, courteous and truly cares about the childrem, parents, faculty and staff. I am proud and lucky that my
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Posted by a parent on 05/18/12
This is a newer school. It has a lot to offer. We looked forward to our daughter's entry. However after 3 years we are moving to switch. The school has had 3 principals in 3 years. All three were poor. At least last year severe behavior issues were removed. This year the bad behaviors are way
... Read more worse and nothing is being done about them. The teachers are blamed so the students never get the help they need. The outdoor classroom is great but the teachers need classes that don't have violent children. The teachers love the school but seem stressed out in all grades. The guidance and others are overwhelmed by these crazy students that the Principals have never placed or gotten help for. We are switching to a school where these students are removed before it gets this bad. This should be an awesome school. It just needs an awesome Principal. The District needs to bring in a proven elementary school principal. For now we are going to Stiles Point assigned area to live and withdrawing our child. Read less
Posted by a parent on 03/20/11
My son has been at JI Elementary for a total of six years, and my daugther for two years (both since Kindergarten). They have both had wonderful teachers, and we have been very pleased with their concern for our kids' education. My son has ADD, and we have had an excellent response from the administration,
... Read more counselors, and the 4th/5th grade team. The outdoor classroom is also an excellent asset of this school. In the past, I don't believe the administration has encouraged much use for it in the curriculum, but the current principal is making it a priority to develop a curriculum (with the help of the CofC education department, DNR, etc.) that includes the outdoor classroom. Read less
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Mt. Pleasant schools — James Island Elementary School is located at 1872 Grimble Rd, Mt. Pleasant SC 29412. 1872 Grimble Rd is in the 29412 ZIP code in Mt. Pleasant, SC The school district for James Island Elementary School is the Charleston County School District. James Island Elementary School is a Public school that serves grade levels PK - 5.
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