Smithfield is a great school if you are a white middle to upper-class family with neurotypical children! You will feel right at home with the PTA who will exclude and shun all others. If you don't fit that mold expect the front office and door monitors to pretend they don't recognize you each and every time you pick your child up. Expect to have your concerns ignored and be bullied out of speaking about them by Principal Harris. Also who are you parent who also loathes Class Dojo? I was made to believe that I was the only parent who disapproves of it. My child loves the school and enjoys his classmates but administration grates. We will not be returning next year.
Smithfield Elementary is a public elementary school in Pineville. The principal of Smithfield Elementary is Ms Allison Harris, who can be contacted at email@example.com. 649 students go to Smithfield Elementary and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 52% of the 649 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Smithfield Elementary is 15:1. Huntingtowne Farms Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Video film production
- Cross country
- P.E. classes
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We like Smithfield in general but do not love it. I will give very high marks for Principal Harris - without her leadership this school would likely suffer greatly. I agree with a prior reviewer that the PTA is a social clique and basically worthless. Many teachers seem straight out of college and overwhelmed with no assistants (not Smithfield's fault). Due to this the "squeaky wheels" get the grease while other students can be overlooked - unless they too misbehave. This year they took the highest achieving teachers out of the classroom (?) and "promoted" them to a non-classroom role that noone has been able to adequately explain. Finally they instituted a "Class Dojo" system this past year that has infuriated almost everyone we have spoken with - at least those who dont completely ignore it. The only kids that seem to benefit from this app are the "Teacher's Pet" types. We are looking into Charters for next year.
My three children have all attended Smithfield and our experience has been absolutely wonderful. The staff is cheerful and caring children feel loved and there are lots of ways to get involved. Best of all every one of them had a great teacher every year.
This is NOT a great school despite all the cheerleading you hear. Suggestions for change aren't welcome by leadership The PTA is active but is a social clique that is not welcoming to 'different' parents. Smithfield has a few excellent teachers but too many of the teachers seem more interested in keeping the kids silent and in their seats than engaged. One teacher who has been there for a long time has a reputation as mean and controlling. Everyone knows it even the various Principals. Students are afraid of her and yet they keep her as a teacher. We did not have her but many parents said when they complained their complaints were blown off by the Principals and Vice Principals. In general I saw more teachers and school personnel over controlling kids so they are like silent little drones always being corrected and admonished. This seems to be a bigger emphasis than learning. I would not choose to send a child to Smithfield again. It needs a lot of change. Also my children's test scores which were always high dropped while at Smithfield and then went up at other schools. I
Great community school. Very involved parent base lots of PTA support. Awesome principal & assistant principal.
Smithfield is a positive and encouraging institution for learning. When you enter you see the enthusiasm of the students staff and parents. Witness the strong relationships during welcomed lunch visits. Every staff member is approachable. You will see students encouraging one another & being respectful of others. The school impressively has ALL students participate daily in recycling & re-purposing items. Their lunch ends with the students sorting out their trash into recycle garbage & compost (used in the school garden). They strive in being current with today's technology and preparing our children for success in the changing world around them computer testing Smartboards iPads tablet Apps Bring Your Own Technology to School & Sensory Lab. I have 2 children attending Smithfield. Every time I had a concern I was given time to discuss and work with staff on it. The principal puts so much personal and professional commitment into students. Her high energy and passion show through her interactions with students staff parents and community. For a large education system we are surprisingly pleased with our experience and education over the years at Smithfield.
This school used to do "whatever it takes". This is no longer the case! We have lost some top teachers over the pat few years and administration is no longer approachable.
This school is very welcoming. I had to transfer and Principal Harris was incredibly caring and helpful. My son is challenged and I love the way this school integrates TD so that kids don't even know they are doing something "different" than the other kids. My son's teacher keeps in contact with me when he has concerns. This school is diverse and has a lot of great clubs. Also since the middle school and high school in this home area are so close they work a lot together and the older students have volunteer opportunities with the younger students. Great programs!
Everyone works together to do whatever it takes to ensure all students succeed.
Great teachers balanced diverslity focus on all students succeeding
Smithfield challenges all children to achieve. Because Smithfield remembers that children are more than just receptacles of knowledge it provides fun and recognition for their hard work. Teachers often work beyond the regular school hours to ensure this success.They analyze data to drive their relooping of their students. We parents are informed of strategies we can use to help our children excel. My husband and I are encouraged to become partners with our child's teachers in the learning process. The P.T.S.A. is exceptional. It consists of dedicated parents who often continue volunteering in this capacity as their children progress in middle school and high school thereby enriching the lives of all the students involved. I am proud that my son is a Smithfield Dolphin!!
The moment you come into smithfield elementary you feel very welcome.Outstanding staff great teachers and a perfect environment for the kids.
Smithfield is a safe and fun and wonderful school for my child and teachers and her friends.
The teachers and administrators do whatever it takes to make sure my child and all the other students have a positive experience at the school.
The Staff is the BEST!! They truly do want our children to succeed. They'll do 'whatever it takes.'
They work very hard to make sure every child gets what they need!
I love how easily they transitioned my son who has cerebral palsy into Kindergarten. He comes home literally EVERY DAY with a smile on his face. I love Smithfield and cant thank them enough for all they do!!!
You will not find happier children than at this school!
My daughter teaches at Smithfield Elementary School. The school is inviting environment filled with learning opportunities. The staff and parent volunteers work endlessly to provide the best for the students that are part of the Smithfield family.
My daughter Elena is getting the support she needs to become a better student.