About This School
In 2011, Cheat Lake Elementary School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The West Virginia average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Cheat Lake Elementary School Reviews
I believe this school is one of the best in the state. I am impartial perhaps because all three of my children have and are attending there and they have been very successful not just because of the staff, but because as a parent it is also my responsibility as a parent to instill good learning and test taking techniques. It is also our job as a community to teach them outside of the school to be a team player and good sport. Yet, the teachers are doing all of these things for us, all they ask is that we reinforce what they are teaching while we are with our children. That is all any good teacher/educational system can ask. All we have to do it carry through. Teachers here especially have the most difficult job ever. They are exempliary because they go above and beyond on their own time, with their own funds, and never complain. They don't have special funding, or the cell size to offer extra support, yet the team of teachers, staff and administrators come together for the greater good of these students and find magical ways of providing the tools and support for each childs need...this to me is incredible. I didn't like reading the negative responses, but no school will ever please all parents, but we can't all blame them either....some of it is our responsibility.
Cheat Lake Elementary has been a wonderful school for my children. Although the class sizes are not small, the teachers really go the extra mile to ensure they make every child feel special. Cheat Lake has been recognized as an exemplary school several years, and it is genuinely reflected in the care, attention, and education given to the students.
Statistically, more people are apt to take time to write a review because they have had a negative experience than those who have had a positive one. None-the-less, I feel after reading the negative responses regarding Cheat Lake Elementary School, I feel obligated to write my own review.
My child was diagnosed with autism. If you want to discuss challenges....call me. CLES has gone above and beyond what should be expected of any institution to help me help my child. Being part of the university community, my husband's and my expectations for our children to have an above average education is scrutinized on a daily basis. However, you cannot solely place this responsibility on the teachers. As parents, everyone needs to be highly involved. These educators have 25+ children to a classroom with seven different learning styles....and I'm guessing no one has ever defined an autistic child's "learning style", so....7+ learning styles. Aside from diverse learning styles, mix in the over-abundance A-disorders (autism, Aspergers, anxiety, ADHD, and auditory-processing to name a few), B-disorders (behavioral disorders...not all, but many are usually a result of C-disorders), and C-disorders (crappy parents).
If you are not satisfied with how your child is being educated, go in and discuss your expectations. Help them help you FIND a solution to your "frustrations". They are not mind readers but, they have been known to have the ability to be miracle workers....I've experienced this first hand. You are the parent, be involved. Maybe you have some insight that can help them help your child. They have one short year to work with your child. If you are looking for an exemplary education you need to be as pro-active and involved with your child's education as what your child's teacher is.
Any lack of communication seems to me to be a personal issue. This school has an open door policy. They welcome visits ANY TIME. I'm not sure Jenna and Rene appreciate this policy as they have to unlock this revolving door, but they never complain. They are also very willing to take incoming calls from any of the 600+ parents whatever their call demands. Not to mention that you are able to check your child's progress 24/7 via Edline and correspond with each teacher via a direct email through Edline. And as a side note, these educators have even managed to find ways of communicating with the non-verbal children, which might have something to do with them staying at the school until 6:00 researching techniques that might help just one child (thank you Keagan Costillo, you are amazing!).
You need to know that the educators at ANY school are there to give each of our children a guideline written education, not special privileges. They are not there to be the baby sitter. They are not there to be buddies with the parents. They are not there to discipline unruly brats because parents have failed to do their jobs. Yet somehow, despite none of the above being in their job description, I've never met a teacher at CLES who did not go beyond the written guidelines set in place by the Federal Governments own Department of Education!
Cheat Lake Elementary School IS an exemplary school, but then maybe these reviews aren't about the education at all, but the nonsense expectations that some parents put on our educators.
I am a parent at Cheat Lake. I must say that our experience has been very frustrating so far. Communication stinks! I also think there is too much concern for image and not enough genuine concern for children and progress. If a child does not fit into the mold, then he or she is a burden to them. I was even told by a staff member that yelling at children was the norm for telling the children they were not behaving appropriately. We were told that Cheat Lake Elementary was an outstanding school. It is not how I would define outstanding!
I am a parent of a kindergartner at Cheat Lake Elementary School. I must say that we were told it was an outstanding elementary school. It has been a very bad experience so far. Communication stinks! I find that my background in education has my expecation set higher than the standard I find for my child at this school.
I totally disagree with the comment posted by a parent on March 5, 2009. I have had a child that has matriculated from Cheat Lake Elementary and is currently a senior at University High School, and one child who is currently in first grade at Cheat Lake Elementary. I was very satisified with my older child's education and I am equally, if not more satisfied with my younger child's educational experience. I find that the teachers are very caring and concerned over my child's learning experience. I am pleased with the curriculum content, as well as with the goals that are reinforced through the mission statement. I find the children respectful of each other and of their teachers and parents in general. I feel that my child is getting a high quality education, and I can't say enough about the teacher's and support staff at this school..
CLES fallen way below acceptable. They follow their own set of guidelines, and give the impression that they are above the law which other schools must follow. The quality of the teachers has drasticly diminished. They no longer teach the children, nor do they take their jobs/responsibilities seriously. They instead neglect the children in their care, and then blame the child for their neglect. The only programs remaining of a high quality are art , music, and the bus drivers. Not only have the teachers fallen down on the job but also the administration. There is little to be proud of when it comes to CLES, if there is anything at all.