About This School
In 2011, Lorna J Kesterson Elementary School had 17 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Nevada average is 20 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Lorna J Kesterson Elementary School Reviews
I am a parent and an educator and have been around for a long time. Every public school has it's challanges, however, Kesterson is a top-notch leader in Clark County School District. It is one of the best! Overall the majority of the teachers are educated, professional, very caring and kind.
I do not agree with how they place children in different classrooms. Children and teacher matching could be handled in a better way. Parents should have a voice by filling out a form with their top three choices for teachers. (It was done this way under the former administration.) Although they do not always get it right, teachers opinions and placement of a student could be respected more by the administration. Your childs current teacher most likely has a good idea where your child will thrive. ( As long as they are in tune with your child.) This is discounted at times. Bottom line parents know their children best and most of the time they know the teachers. This does not reflect bad upon a specific teacher, it just means that the teaching style that works best for your child is the main focus of placement, as it should be. Parents should have a choice! Through previous experience, when they are given one of their top two, they are happy and so are their children. This would eliminate many problems for teachers, administration, parents and most important the children themselves.
I do not feel classrooms are always fairly balanced with low, medium and high learners, I.E.P children etc.. Kesterson has some heavily loaded high learner classrooms and heavily loaded low learner classrooms. This places a huge strain on some of the teachers and the mid learners suffer in the low learner class room due to the behavioral problems and time the teacher needs to devote to the lower learner. And yes putting in place "parent/administration" team classroom placement takes care of this problem too. (As demonstrated when this was in place with the former administration. This has been time tested.)
Teachers sit down with their grade level yearly, to discuss where each child would best fit for the next year. When this is done correctly it is a big benefit to the children and teachers. The timing of these meetings are critical in my opinion. When teachers have the time to put forth their best effort, the best placement is achieved for each child. At times the ones that really need to be with a specific teacher are often moved when the administration does the final placement. This has created "super" classrooms and it is an unfair advantage for some. Some of the top kids move up together year after year. That is great for those higher learners but all children deserve a good education. It has been shown time and time again that having a good balance helps everyone in the classroom. Higher learners lift medium learners and so on. It also lifts a huge burden off the teacher. Teachers feel good about teaching and this promotes better teacher retention.
What to do about the teachers that absolutely fail to perform? I hope this is taken care of soon by the new superintendent. The bottom line is their are teachers in every school that should not be teaching. I am not convinced that the administration has as much power as they are precieved to have in this area. And they should have more. Small changes are currently in place and hopefully a moderate change with counter balances will be put in place so administrators can effect changes in their own schools that best benefit the children.
The front office and administration at Kesterson is extremely efficient and they have an excellent staff, however sometimes a little overboard on micro-managing parents and teachers. However, overall they have the best interest at heart for all of the children that attend Kesterson Elementary. Kesterson Elementary has a lot going for it! It is a safe school! They have a wonderful motto..CARING COYOTES. They have a positive feel. They have wonderful programs, an amazing PTA and parent involvement and support is adequate. It could be better, but taking into account the challanges that we face with the economy, it is better than most. If I had a choice out of all the Elementary schools in Clark County School District for my children to attend, I would choose Kesterson.
Kesterson elementary school is awesome! The teachers teach very well and are as friendly as possible.
Looking at the other reviews I am perplexed as to what someone who can barely formulate a sentence or even spell correctly could possibly have to say about education. My son Promethius found Lorna Kesterson Elementary school rather elementary. While this school is far above par when compared to other public schools in southern Nevada, it is not a place to send children if you want them to succeed.
I think Kesterson is amazing. Mrs. Morill's classroom is very good at technology.
The kids love Kesterson! The teachers and staff have always been very kind and helpful. I am so glad to have found an elementary to have my 3 kids in.
My daughter moved to Kesterson Elementry School last year. It was not very hard to adjust at all. Her teacher was very profeisional. She was doing a lot of progress and everybody knew her by name, the adminstration office, asst. principal, and the principal. It was not hard. Also she is doing very good and even in the old school. Teacher conferance are always a pleasure with the teacher. I am so happy she goes to Kesterson Elementary.
My grandson has been going to this school for nearly a year now. At first, we had a lot of calls. But, I believe he was making an adjustment and I admit he is a hand full. After a few meetings and an effort to show the school we were involved, we set up an action plan and so far he has been doing well. I actually like the school and the teachers. I don't see a problem there. I have been to one teacher conference and met only his main teacher. It was too crowded to get specific about our child. So we scheduled a conference and came back to talk to the teacher. We even met with the principal. This school is nice. Try working with the staff. That helps no matter what child or school we are talking about.
This is by far the worst school my daughter has ever been to. The teachers are rude, don't communicate with the parents and don't seem to care about parent's input.