This is a difficult review for me. I really do like my child's teacher. I feel that she's doing the best she can with the limited resources she has. It's the overall structure of the school and the many troubling (and expensive!) programs that they implement that are the problem.First, the kindergarten half-day schedule really and truly is detrimental to the health and learning of children stuck in the PM class. They are forced to change their schedule drastically on Wednesdays and it's jarring for my child that strives with consistency. Second, this school really pushes the Accelerated Reading (AR) program. There is plenty of evidence that the AR program doesn't encourage literacy. Instead of letting children explore reading and develop a natural love of it, it gamifys reading; instead of reading for joy, they read for cheap trinkets. Also, the AR program only allows children to read at their tested level. This really limits the books available to kids and, again, works to take the joy our of it. It's also a very expensive program.Third, this school utilizes Class Dojo as a behavior tracker. It would be one thing if this was done in private, but it is done with clip charts displayed at the front of the class. Only a few months into the school year and my child already labels kids as "the bad kid" or "the one always in trouble because his clip is always in red." This is troubling. Again, there is plenty of evidence that Class Dojo used in this way increases anxiety and doesn't do anything to change unwanted behavior long term. Third, despite the mounds of evidence that Nancy Regan's "just say no" program was ineffective at best, Palmquist still hangs on to Red Ribbon Week and abstinence-only education. They also use stigmatizing language like, "On Tuesdays, wear neon to show that you're to bright to use drugs!" The thing is, intelligence doesn't have anything to do with drug use. My brother had his Masters in psychology and his MFT liscence and still passed from a poly drug overdose. Many of my friends send their kids to schools that have turned Red Ribbon Week into an anti-bullying week. It would be great if Palmquist could do the same. I have other issues with Palmquist; but for the sake of brevity, I won't expand on them. I feel that a STEM school ought to do more to follow the evidence. I do like my daughter's teacher, though.