Our First Graders (the Kindergarteners of SY '07-'08) as I stated above were quite an exceptional group of kids. They were physically coordinated, emotionally stable, and developmentally and academically 'in their zone'.
Just to back up a little, my school is considered a poverty school. I beg to differ. We do live in an area of the country that has a lower than average cost of living, so therefore, our average household income is less than the national average. Due to this, it is easy to qualify as a 'poverty' school. Our makeup of kids is, however very diverse. We do have some extreme poverty, but we also have a very strong middle class representation. Our parents are involved, of course, as a teacher, I would love to see more involvement, but I really can't complain.
Our teachers are among the most professional people I have ever had the privilege with which to work. I have worked in both public and private schools in my 15 year career as a teacher. (The least professional group of teachers I worked with, were in a private school setting.) I have never had the pleasure to work with a more dedicated group of professionals than I do now. I truly believe that this is one of the reasons for the results we are getting with our literacy model.