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Horace W. Porter School Overview3 Schoolhouse Rd Box 166, Columbia, CT 06237 , Tel: +1 (860) 228-9493 Columbia School District
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Horace W. Porter School Ratings & Reviews
A message to all parents....do whatever you can to send your child to the Mansfield school system. Academically, it gives them a much better foundation for when they are ready to go to middle and high school. I attended Porter from 2nd grade through 6th grade before my parents pulled me out. For 3 of those 5 years, I was bullied and didn't feel like the school really cared. I was one child among hundreds in the school and to them, I wasn't that important. It wasn't until after over 10 phone calls and several emails that the school actually did something and teachers recognized that I was unhappy. There may be extra activities offered here, but they do nothing to help a child get ahead in life. I went from Porter to a private school for 7th and 8th grade because I learned nothing. I wasn't being challenged. The teachers would slow their curriculum down to cater to students that were struggling instead of getting them additional help, which put everyone else at a disadvantage. When I transitioned to a private school, I really struggled because, academically speaking, I was nowhere near where I should have been. The Blue Ribbon tests to show how smart you are were pointless. Teachers spent time preparing and coaching us for CT Mastery Tests instead of actually teaching us! We were told what to memorize to make the school look good. When I started high school, I went to EO Smith. I did struggle my freshman year, but I quickly caught up. I attributed that to private school and bridging the gap between where I was and where I should have been. All in all, Porter is the worst choice for your child. They may have a lot of activities to offer, but they do not offer a challenging curriculum, teachers rarely give homework, and the staff don't treat a child's education as seriously. According to my parents, this was the worst decision they had ever made.
When my first child started at this school on 2011, I was very impressed with the staff. They loved their jobs and it showed. My child flourished here and enjoyed school. Since then, the school has gone downhill. The poaching of a significant number of kids by North Windham's magnet school has resulted in larger classrooms. My child's 2nd grade classroom has 21students---up from last year's 13 since one classroom had to be eliminated due to declining enrollment. The staff seem a lot more disenfranchised this year. Maybe they're overworked with more kids in the classrooms? The school lacks any racial diversity of any kind whatsoever (which is to be expected for this town's demographics). The only "cool" activities for elementary students are sports: soccer, basketball, baseball...Your kid likes Minecraft and comic books? Prepare for teasing. I can see how a small-town school like this can appeal to a lot of people, but to parents who are looking for a school experience that offers their child a bit more "exposure" to different things, HW Porter is not the school you're looking for.
we need new ideas, new principal. stop running off anyone thats for bettering the school for the kids.
Was totally unimpressed with this school. The teachers are ok but the curriculum is substandard. My child's feelings were not taken into consideration and it left us feeling like we were not worth the schools time.
I have nothing but positive things to say about this school, the teachers, staff and administrators. Great school in a great community. Glad to be a part of it.
Columbia, CT Education Statistics
- No High School1%
- Some High School28%
- Some College22%
- Associate Degree10%
- Bachelor Degree25%
- Graduate Degree14%
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