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Galatas Elementary School10

Spring, TX | Montgomery County


October 15, 2014

When we moved to the area, we knew most of the schools ranked highly, so we chose a home we liked where it was convenient for us. What a wonderful and huge stroke of luck to be in the Galatas district! Two boys are now in school with a total of 6+ years combined - we have had tremendous, smart, organized and caring teachers. The Principal, first Ms. Lindsay and now Ms. Wilker (formerly the V.P.) do an excellent job and the addition of Ms. Mathis as V.P. was perfect. Teachers are very accessible, as are all department heads and, despite what others have said it is an incredibly warm, caring environment. Kids get to talk and interact a lot - even at lunch (saying they don't is ridiculous). Teachers are also very astute and contact the parents if they detect hearing, vision or speech problems and get assessments done quickly, if needed. The PTO is fantastic, academics are first rate and it's the closest to a private school education in a public school setting here. Plus, there's ALOT of school spirit and enthusiasm. I think Galatas is a terrific school.

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June 28, 2014

I have had 3 kids go through Galatas and have had both Principles. I think it's one of the best elementary schools in The Woodlands. The principle (although new) is wonderful. My youngest needed extra help and they really worked with us to get the help she needed. I was always welcomed into the school and could reach anyone there anytime to talk about my concerns. The PTO is very active and I would suggest getting involved. It does make a difference in how you will see the school and the staff. After being at Galatas for 5 years I have made friends with many of the staff members. They really do care about the kids. My only complaint is not directed at the school but the district. The district puts a lot of pressure on the schools to do well on the test and are pushing every school in the area. If you think a school is teaching to the STAAR test welcome to CISD. The staff is doing the best job they can to not make this a focus but I can't imagine it's easy with the CISD putting on so much pressure. The Principle at Galatas handles this better than most of the schools in the area. I think both her and the VP are a great fit for the school!

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May 18, 2013

My 3rd child is going thru Galatas now. This school has proven time and again to be a very well run school. Teachers and staff are caring and accommodating. The PTO provides lots of extras that add to what the teachers are teaching. There are lots of opportunities to be involved for parents. Negative reviews are coming from parents that probably don't involve themselves to better understand the staff. Too bad. The kids love it here, even coming back when in high school to volunteer for a number of things. Good teacher/student ratio with lots of qualified teachers. The school even provides tutoring to those students that need it so every child has a chance to succeed. Whether GT or special needs, every child has a chance to do well here.

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June 23, 2012

SOOOOO disappointed in the school. I hoped to have better qualified staff. My son's teacher was new and had no idea what she was doing-J.Patchell

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January 27, 2012

I am moving to the Woodlands in the next month. My kid is already in the GT program at another district,.... Anybody.... experience with the GT program here?

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November 13, 2011

We only looked at homes in the Galatas Elementary area based on speaking with several families we knew who lived in the area. We had previously lived overseas and our children had only gone to a small, private school. We couldn't be more happy with both the teachers and the leadership. My son had the BEST 2nd grade teacher and 3rd grade is looking just as promising. So happy that we took the recommendations and moved to this area.

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September 12, 2011

HORRIBLE MILITARY STYLE SCHOOL! If your child needs extra help with ANYTHING take your child somewhere else! Teachers don't have time are sesitivity to give care or help for children who need extra time doing assignments. They expect children to be mutes during lunch..are you kidding me? The only thing they really care about is keeping tests scores high so ratings and funding stay high. The school is old and has a cold feeling to it..not enough care integrated into learning..my child used to love school at his private school. We then switched to Galatas because we heard it is a great school. WRONG! Its ratings are only based on test scores..not the way the school is run or the environment of the school. I took my child out after a month and put him back in private. He is now happy again and loves school again. This school needs to focus on children and what enables them to learn, not tests! The only positive thing I have to say about the school is the parent involvement..but all schools in The Woodlands have this.

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July 17, 2011

Wonderful school....the best elementary school in The Woodlands. I did my homework before we moved there and couldn't be happier that we bought our house in the Galatas zone. It's like getting a private education at a public school. We feel so lucky that our kids attended there. The icing on the cake...Marlene Lindsay, principal, was the 2011 Distinguished Elementary Principal of Texas. That says something!!!

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May 7, 2010

Galatas gave both of my daughters an excellent start in a very loving environment. It always rates Exemplary.

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May 27, 2009

We moved here mid-way through the school year, and Galatas could not have been more accomodating. My 2nd grader settled in very quickly, and my preschool was in Speech within a week of arrival (and has improved tremendously). I love that it is a smaller school but that will change in 2009 as it takes on 200 more students so we'll have to see what effect that has on this great school.

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September 9, 2008

Excellent school. It's run like a well-oiled machine and parents who say 'it lacks warmth' are naive. The principal and staff and professional, dedicated and caring, what more can you ask for?

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December 5, 2007

We chose our home based on the reputation of Galatas and we have not been disappointed. I was room mom our first year and often sat in awe of how smoothly this school ran. My children have attended school in 3 different countries, parochial, public and prep, but this is the first school they have attended where I feel like everyone works as a team. School is for the students, not for the parents and I applaud Mrs. Lindsay for having the courage to run her school according to the best interest of ALL the students. There is none better than Galatas.

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August 12, 2007

I have been impressed since day one of kindergarten. My oldest son attends and will be in 3rd grade this year. Mrs. Lindsey is not cold, can you name another principle who tkes the time to learn every students name and know something about them? The rules are the same at every school. I feel extremely lucky that both of my children will attend this school.

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January 8, 2007

Galatas Elementary is a wonderful school. Both my children attended from k-4, and received excellent care and educations. There are some truly gifted teachers there.

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November 30, 2006

I too feel that the school lacks warmth. The lunch environment is awful too. Need more focus on social interaction and development both during breaks and in the classroom. How are kids to develop social skills and friends without interaction? Very concerned about the large class sizes of the lower grades and think that there should be more recess periods. Young children need frequent breaks to maintain absorption and interest.

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