This is a very 'political' school, meaning the families/students with the most money are treated superior to the other families/students who simply have a mediocre income. My child suffered injuries on two seperate occasions from a larger and much older child. The principal is a great leader and person, however, if there is any type of incident, it seems that both children are punished. Consequently, we have moved out of this school district and my child has not been in any type of altercation whatsoever. Also, unlike at Heritage, I have been called upon many times to volunteer. It seems at the new school it does not matter what economic status you hold.
Three out of my four children have attended Heritage Elementary. It is a wonderful school. The teachers are great and principal, Dr. Davenport is awesom! I have only one problem , the morning traffic. I know there has got to be a better solution! I know Madison is growing rapidly, but its ridiculous! Madison's poor planning is evident in this regard! To make matters only worse, sitting in a car line a mile long to drop my kids off at school, six Madison city police officers, weren't helping direct traffic, they were trying to catch people speeding! I mean really! What a senseless operation! Get it together Madison City!!!!
The extreme growth has degraded the school. It is currently loaded with portables. The school does a good job of teaching the requirements for state testing. If your child is a high performer, do not expect this school to challenge them. The curriculum is designed to bring children up to (or down to) the average.
The Principal is the backbone of any school. Dr. Davenport I have been paying her some attention she is a true Professional. I notice different situation that she had to handled and I must say I was impressed. Just keep in mind it's not easy dealing with highly rich educated People who think they know it all . Beside, Your Kids Education tells it all, she doing what she need to do. Just keep this in your mind your job description is parent. Dr. Davenport is the one that's keeping your little rich kids on track in that school. Now for all of the parents that don't have a 9 to 5 please find one. Dr. Davenport is very involved with the welfare of the children. Now let her continue to make are Kids Shine. Fifth Grade Mom.
Teachers go beyond the call of duty and the principal as well as the assistants put children first.
Excellent! I have two children and all of their teachers have been phenomenal and their test scores reiterate this. The principal is a dedicated, top-notch professional who knows the kids and definitely cares about the kids. She spends countless hours doing research to better the education provided by Heritage in addition to the rigorous schedule of day to day operations. Our family transferred from a good school out of state to find that Heritage was much more challenging. Parent involvement at Heritage is another great quality. Keep it up Heritage!
This is our second year at Heritage and we are very pleased. We have only experienced one issue of a behavior/discipline problem, last year, and it was acted on by the staff and rectified immediately. From what I have noticed, Dr. Davenport seems to be quite involved with the welfare of the children.
Agree with the other posting about the principal. She appears to be polished and quite impressed with her principal status. Most parents wonder about her true academic/leadership ability, especially since she holds a Ph D.. Discipline problems at the school are usually handled by punishing the innocent along with the guilty.
I think this school is overrated! The principal is very busy trying to make everyone believe there are no problems here instead of addressing the problems. Some of the teachers are wonderful, but again a lot of the problems are just swept under the rug to maintain the 'Five star shcool of Excellence' reputation that they love to flash.
Personally, I think the school is overrated. When it comes to actually teaching the children, I don't think the school is any better than the other schools in Madison County.
The school is generally well run and is the best in the HSV area---compare the scores and you'll see. Recommend you manage your expectations though. We came here from a great school district so we were a little skeptical about the quality of instruction. The principal is hands on, but is a 'look good, be good' type. She understands that test scores matter and shows the appropriate interest in making sure the kids are prepared. The teachers vary greatly in quality. Some are outstanding, others should have retired years ago. We struggle with newsletters that come home with misspelled words and incorrect word usage. Now for the good news---our kids are generally happy and well adjusted at the school. On balance it's a good school, but watch the teachers closely. Most parents are well educated and set high standards. Your kids will be happy, just keep an eye on their teacher.
This school is fine as long as you get a good teacher. If you find yourself with a teacher you are less than satisfied with then that is when you will have trouble. The principal will not allow you to change teachers at your request regardless of the situation if it involves the teacher. What happened to the days when children came first and doing what is write for them and their well being with out all the bureaucratic garbage.
The school has excellent 1st grade teachers, they are very professional and they do care about the progress and behaviour of each of kids. Face to face meetings with teachers are very informative and accurate, teachers do tell parents how the kids are doing and where the teachers see concerns. E.mail exchange with teachers has been a great tool for information exchange with our kid's teachers. My kids have improved since they joined Heritage Elementary and besides this they've liked it. The school sets a high standard in different areas such as discipline and cleanliness. School's website allows parents be aware of how kids are performing. Overall I am very satisfied with the school. Parents should support more the school activities.
My children love Heritage. They have learned alot.The Character Education Program is wonderful. They have the best administrators and teachers. They work well together to provide a very positive environment. The teachers do curriculum compacting to give everyone a challenge at their level. They use small group instruction in math and reading. My children are in 1st and 4th grade. They have really learned a lot from the hands on experiences in math and science. My daughter talks about the principal alot and how she smiles all day and give positive RAM tickets to them for good behavior in the hall. The assistant principal is also helpful along with everyone else and the office staff. I'm glad my children go to school where they are challenged and happy.It's nice going to work each day knowing their safe and learning at school.
Great school, very involved and caring staff. My daughter started K and she loved it, felt very comfortable w/ her teachers and surroundings-very clean too!
My children loved Heritage Elementary. The curriculum was challenging and offered them a well rounded education. I was especially impressed with the leadership of the Principal. Discipline is enforced with lots of care and love. I wish my children could spend all of their 12 years at Heritage Elementary.
The school has an outstanding set of teachers. However one big weakness is the School Administration. The leadership have a terrible relationship with the teachers. They come across as very disinterested in the kids as a whole, which is ironic since the business of elementary education IS the kids. If you are moving to Madison, avoid Heritage and attend either Madison Elementary or Horizon Elementary.
We love this school! Being military we move and change schools quite often. I feel that we were lucky to get Heritage Elementary. My children have felt welcomed, the school has diversity, and I am happy with the academic programs they offer. My daughter is in 5th grade and she loves the science and the math...which was a bit challenging for her, but she has pulled an A in that class. My son is in the 2nd grade and is doing very well and actually looks forward to going to school. The school lunches are awesome and offer a healthy selection. The principal is A+ all the way. She addresses the issues and gets to the bottom of things. My husband is deployed to Afghanistan and the teachers are very supportive of my children. I am very pleased as a parent that my children attend this school.
I had children in a local private school that was highly regarded. This school has exceeded my high expectations for a public school. The principal has done a terrific job bringing along and I think the children that have the benefit of 6 years will go on junior, senior high and excell. The school has a diverse population of students
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