This is a delightfully diverse school that doesn't deserve its low school report card ratings. My son is in the 5th grade and due to an unusual set of special needs, has experienced six different schools. This is the ONLY one that has been able to meet them. My theory about the F rating is that the school serves a racially diverse population in a low income neighborhood. It's one of the few schools willing to work with challenging kids who are not going to boost any school's ratings. They were a turn-around school that started being successful on paper and were rewarded by less funding. In reality, the staff is top notch. The administration greets every child by name as they walk in the door. Most of the kids seem happy. Mr P. plays the ukelele as he supervises and chats with the kids on the playground. Mr. O. gave my son an extra keyboard after my son poured a drink on our one at home. Ms. F. emails my son's homework to me, since he can't seem to ever get home with it on his own. The principal, Ms E., leads the school with efficiency and patience. She is professional, yet approachable. Dr. G., the acting assistant principal, deals with the tough situations of discipline and difficult parent relationships, in a no-nonsense, yet fair manner. J., in the office, is the perfect person to tie the whole school together as she directs the flow of kids, parents, teachers, specialists to what they need and where they need to go. Please, give Smith a chance. It's so undervalued for the excellent job it does.