We are a transfer family, with two students at James Elementary. There is so much failure at this school, it's hard to pinpoint what is bringing the school down. The lack of proper communication is a big complaint as it hinders parent involvement, my daughter won student of the month and I didn't know about the ceremony until her teacher left me a voicemail the night before, I missed her achievement because of carelessness.My children are in different grades and neither brings home adequate classwork, rarely get homework, and we are two marking periods in without a single graded project. There is zero fundraising and even less organization, with no school to family engagement. There have been no school assemblies or student performances, I have no idea what my children are doing on a daily basis. We have applied for magnet school for the next school year, but I hope they won't be behind. Maybe the administration don't care, maybe the teachers don't care, but as a parent I will do what I can to protect my own.