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17606 N. 7th Ave
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July 03, 2014
To the parent regarding the testing process. Please call the school on Monday the 7th and I can help sort out any confusion regarding your child's testing. I am sorry about your unpleasant experience and I will try to help you get this corrected. Kathy

- submitted by a teacher
June 21, 2014
I am writing about the application process, which I think could be improved to allow talented kids to get it. The day applications for Fall 2014 were available, I was the first there. I knew there were only 5 spots available for 1st grade. We were told we'd be contacted In April for the testing, but his file 'got lost' and he was on a waiting list after that. He was given one chance to read a sufficient amount of sight words from a list. He had scored highest in his entire kindergarten at the local public school for reading sight words, so I know he could have passed that test easily. Instead he read only about 5 words, and failed it. The test itself took about 5 minutes, so I also believe the tester was rushing him. I think the scores at the child's regular school ought to be taken into account. In summary, I would love for my son to go to Hearn. I'm just not sure how they can base accepting a child on one 5 minute test when the testing area was loud and very distracting. They ought to consider the entire student, rather than sum up his abilities based on one sight word test. I am suggesting that in the future they make sure the testing is done in a fair way and a quiet place.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
The school is really clean and the first impression is very positive. The teachers encourage students to work hard and study. The principal is always available when I come by and takes the time to listen. It is clear why Hearn is an A rated charter school.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
In response to the previous post about God in school. It is true. But only most respectfully. This school is very inclusive and welcomes everyone of any race, religion, nationality and culture. There is no religious presence, just religious respect and freedom. Thank you Hearn for being a true place of education-where children can learn not only academics but how to respect everyone. Some of the kids are mean and tough but it is not tolerated and the teachers address it. You know the teachers are good because this is a Title I school and yet the academic achievement is tops (so it is not due to parents sending their kids to tutors and Kumon, the achievement results are a credit to the school itself). Keep it up Hearn! We can get you a + to go with that A rating!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
This school is awesome. Not only do they teach the fundamentals of learning they teach our children about being good citizens and the golden rule! Love the fact that they do not shun God at this school and allow the teachers to mention him and their beliefs

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Hearn has the "family' feel"! I have felt welcome from his first day. I love that they take placement testing threw out the year to make sure the kids aren't being "left behind" they are learning at their level not the schools. Every quarter they take survey and everything I have ever had a concern about was addressed. So they are always improving!! My child is in 1st grade and he will attend Hearn till the end of his 8th grade year. I recommend this school to everyone with kids in K-8!! In fact 2 new student have enrolled because of me!!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
The direction of the school since the last principal left is a downward spiral. The children no longer have manners, there is more running , rough housing and bullying . The school concerts are now awful, the children show no interest, the choice of music is too ethnic and the soloists should at least be reasonable singers. I understand children should be encouraged but not to think they can sing , when in fact they cannot. The education level has definitely dropped and something needs to be done to improve and return to the 5 star rating Hearn used to have and not the 3 star it is now.

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2013
My daughter has been at Hearn since Kinder. It's ok. The positives are the specials. The kids get technology, music, foreign language, physical education and art. After and before school care is excellent and my daughter looks forward to it. The downside is the lack of curriculum resources and there is not enough focus on math.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
Hearn is a really great school. It includes everyone. It does not push out students who require extra help or excel like the "traditional" charter schools that are so popular and rated as 10s on greatschools.org. Hearn's teachers are awesome. The test scores may be lower than those "traditional" charter schools but that is only because Hearn chooses to educate everyone and does not push out any student based on academics. Hearn's teaching methods are great. We moved from one of the "traditional" schools to go into the advanced placement class at Hearn. This class is years ahead of what is being taught at the "traditional" school. Hearn's campus is cute as a button and you won't find nicer staff anywhere! Hearn has a reasonable disciplinary and dress policy that is strict but allows children to be children. Hearn is the best without the stress! Differentiation is the way to learn and Hearn knows you cannot lump students of differing abilities together without some getting bored and others getting lost, so it tests, retests and places. If you want the best education for your child, a nice campus and small private school feel without the tuition, Hearn is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
Our daughter is in 2nd grade and has been at Hearn since Kindergarten. We feel that they take great care of the children. The staff are always visible on campus and volunteer their time for the different after school activities. Our daughter was able to join the chess club in kindergarten and this is not a private school! They also have on site before and after care. The uniforms have been wonderful. There is a gate at the entrance which we like. I like how it is small and that everyone knows each other. I do wish that they would spend more time communicating with families about curriculum and upcoming events. I also wish that they would promote healthy eating a bit more with the types of food at the events and the lunch menu.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2013
Great School in the area. Always striving to compete, improve and expand for academic advancements and challenging advanced placements. Great teachers and educational resources.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
If I were to review this school a year ago, I would have given it a 5. Many changes have been made to this school with the new principal. Bullying was a major problem and I had to be involved every day to get it to stop. Second grade teacher was rude, completely inexperienced, singled out my child every day, saw numerous other children cry over her, and made my child dispise school. Im giving it one semester, if things aren't better no longer will my child go to Hearn. My child deserves a better learning environment than that.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Our son had wonderful run in his kindergarten in this school. A very dynamic and caring teacher who knew how to deal and making teaching a fun experience to the little ones who have different cultural backgrounds and growing experiences. It surely requires great patience and yet treads towards a wonderful year. This year surely will remain memorable that way.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
My grand daughter has been going here for 3 years and loves it. She has never came home and said she had any problems. I hope that continues. She is always talking about her teachers and how nice they are, but you know, as kids get older their opinions change. I hope she will always love it there.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2012
In response to the Aug 3 post regarding Mr. Kroeker - he can be tough on the kids but that is beause he cares. He can be a little sarcastic but he would never intentionally hurt the kids feelings. This is our 8th year at Hearn, one is now a Senior in high school, one a 6th grader and one in 1st grade. Our 2 oldest have had Mr. Kroeker and he is by far one of the most dedicated, liked teachers in the upper grades. When he was teaching 5th grade there was a waiting list for the kids who wanted in his class. It is my belief that anyone who makes these types of complaints about a teacheris the type of person with very thin skin who like to cause problems.That or something didn't go their way and they want to cause problems. I havent' met the new principal yet but I hear she is fantastic and wants the best for the kids which is why she chose Mr. Kroeker to teach the middle school math.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2012
music teachers is mean and not that great at music, she yells at the kids. Janitor yells at the kids and has no right too.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
I just happened on this web-site and was surprised by the low ratings I saw. Obviously people in this area don't know what a good school looks like. My daughter graduated from Hearn in 2011. She was so well prepared for high school that it has been a breeze. The standards at Hearn are set very high but the students for the most part meet those standards. Kids these days are told they are incapable when the standards are low. Sure, they will complain at first but they get a great sense of satisfaction when they acheive at Hearn. They will (like my daughter) chuckle when they see how weak their fellow students are in high school, students who attended the average elementary school. I am very grateful for the strong start Hearn gave my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2012
I had to remove my daughter from this school. There were a couple girls that were bullying her and we brought it to the principals attention. The principal fourced my daughter to sit in the same room as the children that had been bullying here and "hash out" their problems! I was mortified and my daughter has been an emotional wreak since. With all the information out now days regarding bullying, you would think that the principal of all people would know this is the number one thing you never do. I'm still completely shocked.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2012
This year will be my son's 8th grade year. He has been at Hearn Academy for all 8 years including kindergarten. I have been truly impressed with this school. The teachers all truly care about their students. Dr. Vert, the principal, runs a tight ship and does not allow any violence or misbehavior. It is comforting to know your child will be safe at this school. Finally, the curriculum is very well thought-out. Each student's performance is monitored and measured to ensure maximum performance. I will miss the teachers and the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2012
I really like Hearn. My kids all enjoy the school. I really like that they allow children to make honor roll k-8 grades. It teaches the children very early on to strive for good grades, giving recognition to those who do. I also like that my kids get to go to their level that they test into for math and language arts instead of being stuck in a class that's either too easy or too hard for them. Overall I would have rated the school higher, my only reason for not doing so is there has been a high teacher turn over. You never know year to year who will still be there. I also do agree with other posts about the principal having a not so nice attitude. Alot more goes into being a principal than managing the money. She can be very abrasive.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2012
Hearn has great staff, very caring. The principal deserves recognition for her fiscal responsibility, she is very frugal and watches the money closely allowing Hearn to have the money it needs to be succesful.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
Many teachers at Hearn go above and beyond. Especially the ones that have been there for years. Ms Engel, Mrs. Ehnes, Mr. Kroeker, and Mr. Traud have been a part of so many programs. Its a pleasure to see so many dedicated teachers that my children can look up to.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
This school has some really great teachers that go above & beyond for the students. The school allow children to rotate up or down to their level of acedemics, getting away from the typical one size fits all education. I really do love that about the program. The biggest down fall of this school is the principal. She is absolutely horrible, treating both students and parents disrespectfully. The school could also take a bit of time working with their lunch aids who I have personally watched scream at the children and fourcing them to eat their lunches. I had to laugh when I read the post from Feb 9,2012. You can tell that is written by a school employee! Yes, you have some great teachers, yes they do differential grouping, yes they are an A school, this is all true and why i like it for my kids. but the principle is terrible and her attitude has rubbed off on some of her staff making it a very unpleasant environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2012
This is really a wonderful school with an A rating from the state. They have Advanced Placement, differentiated grouping, lots of afterschool activities and sports, 1000 hours of parent volunteering a month, and a great staff office and prinipal. Come check out this great school yourself. Looks like Greatschools has some ratings here by competitors who are jealous!

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2012
My kids go to Hearn since kindergarden. School program is great, excellent academic curriculum. The only reason i put 3 stars, thats because teachers do not last moore than 4 month. Also Math teacher Mr. Kroeker is a very sarcastic person, kids take his unfunny jokes very persanaly.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
I went to Hearn Academy for 8 years and to be honest i had a blast through 1st to 6th grade until the teachers were leaving in 7th and 8th grade becaus they wanted to leave the school because of really low pay and bad kids and 1 teacher cursed at one student and got fired! The students started not care cause the teachers would leave in 2 months. Im a freshman now and i encourage hearn academy to hire better and dedicated teachers that care, not just some person whos just lookin for some extra cash!

- submitted by a community member
October 16, 2011
This is an EXCELLENT school, full of dedicated teachers who are effective and who REALLY care about their students. You will find a great number of highly qualified individuals who go above and beyond for their students. Staying late after school to plan exciting, creative lessons and putting heart and soul into their jobs is not unusual at Hearn Academy. Children enjoy school and make tremendous progress. Children reading real books in kindergarten! WOW!

- submitted by a teacher
October 14, 2011
Hearn Academy is a really wonderful school. All of the students make great progress. The school is rated by the state as an A school. We have been able to take advantage of the before and aftercare program which is open every day. The school specializes in differentiated grouping so that your child can keep going academically no matter where they are. The administration and staff is very friendly and cooperative and the range of afterschool activities is really phenominal.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2011
Hearn Academy is an excellent charter school. The dedication of the staff is clearly visible all around campus. Administration is very proactive and supportive of students, parents and staff. Differentiated instruction allows students to set their own achievement pace and they have an excellent academic curriculum. After school programs and AfterCare are also a big plus. Hearn rocks!

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2011
The principal is rude and uncaring in her comments towards both staff and parents.Parents and teachers express disatisfaction with the principal and off-handed rude comments. There seems to be a high turnover rate. I don't understand why the board doesn't get a better principal to promote the school, and hold onto aspiring teachers!

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2010
Hearn academy is a horrible school the teachers are not there for 3 month periods at a time and the principal and vice principal are very rude!!! i am a straight a student in 7th grade, and they made me take out my earrings because it was a distraction!! i would not recommend this school to anyone!! i left the school 2 days ago because i had just lost my 3rd teacher for the yr and it was emotionally to hard..... Thank you for reading and don't let other oppositions fool you!!

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 23, 2010
We have been at this school since 2005. There are some wonderful teachers at Hearn, however the administration really is lacking. Lack of leadership and it trickles down from the principal. It has gotten so bad, I have heard her say things to kids that are horrendously inappropriate, I am taking my kids out. She is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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February 18, 2010
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February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 28, 2010
My daughter has been with Hearn Academy since August of 2009. She has grown so much Academicly that it has been good to move her from the public school she was in. When she came to Hearn she was a little behind and now she is up with her class or a little above. Thanks to Melissa Shreffler her teacher. She is tuff but great teacher!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2010
My boys love Hearn Academy, they have been at hearn sence kindergarden. I do wish they would open a high school for the kids to attend after completing the 8th grade. The teachers are AWSOME especially Mrs. Brown, she has helped my youngest son make huge leaps and bounds, he enjoys school now.

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September 19, 2009
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August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 25, 2009
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! The students are extremly nice and welcoming on my first day of school. The teachers are amamazing there teaching skills are out of this world! and I just love it here!

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August 16, 2009
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May 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
I love hearn academy! the teachers here have a passion for what they do and it shows! the sports programs they offer are amazing, especially the new cheer program : ) i have not seen another charter school that has such a strong athletic dept. It is awesome! i have 4 children and they are all so different, but hearn has something for everyone! thank you hearn! go huskies!!

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December 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2008
My children and I love all of the teachers and staff at this school. They are always willing to go the extra step for them to make sure they are happy and comfortable at the school. Jane Vurt does not appear to have good communication with parents and/or staff and I belive the school would thrive with another administrator. The technology and specials are amazing, I love that my children are able to teach me new technology that they have learned in school. The campus is clean and well maintained. My only complaint, other than administration, is parking lot. Something needs to be done about the parking and pick-up situation!!! My 5th grade child is still ranting and raving about Mrs. Weimer and Mrs. Kennedy. The new teacher Mrs. Rund is turning out to be a hit with him as well. Keep it up Hearn Academy!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
I would not recommend this school. The leadership is very weak. Unfortunately the leadership is very wishy washy and are not willing to deal with internal problems. They try to wish them away, but the problems just get larger. My son graduated this year but I will be enrolling my daughter elsewhere. There are some great teachers. Coach Adele rocks! She genuinely cares for the kids and is a computer whiz too! Dr. Holland is an awesome scientist! Mr. Semien is a wonderful teacher and assures that the students learn the material studied. Miss Griner is the best!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
This school taught me a whole years worth in two months. I really liked Dr.Holland and Mr.Simion. Thanks :]]

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2008
My son is excelling in every way possible. Loads of homework, but my son has benefited from it. He is reading well beyond his pairs, all his friends refer to him as the smart one. We had him at another school and he was failing! The school has noticed that my son catches on quickly and gets board just as fast, so they have taken on the change of keeping him challenged.

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May 25, 2008
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February 15, 2008
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February 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2008
My son has gone for 5 years and we have been really happy with the school, the parental involvement has been great. They offer many extras through the school, dance,karate, soccer for the younger ones.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2007
This is my son's first year at Hearn Academy attending 7th grade. I have nothing but praise for the 7th/8th grade teachers and Dr Stone. These teachers go beyond 'just teaching', they personalize education to make sure 'their' students are getting what they need. Whether your child is gifted or needs the extra help - these teachers will see to it that the student reaches his/her potential and is very supportive. My son absolutely loves his new school. Keep up the great work Hearn Academy! Great academics and football team too!

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September 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2007
My son has attended Hearn Academy since Kindergarten and will be graduating from 8th grade this year. My daughter attended from 4th-7th grade. Hearn Academy has all of the qualifications we were searching for when we started way back when. If you want a school where the education is exceptional! Where the individual needs of each student are as important to the staff & educators as it is to you. This is the school for you. They truly care about each child. Your child will love their time spent at Hearn Academy!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
WOW how much do I love Ms. Eary thank god she is there - we are so blessed to have her!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2007
My daughter will be in 3rd grade this year. Hearn Academy is a very good school. The school has excellent safety standards. The Principal, Dr. Vert works long hours, can even be seen helping with clean up of the campus on weekends. I've met with her when I had concerns about a teacher not being the right match for my daughter and she was easy to work with and provided me with excellent advice which helped to resolve the situation. My daughter has been there since 1st grade. Two of her teachers were excellent. One teacher was a bit over-zealous, but responded well to my requests for change. My only comment would be that curricula changes and classroom placement could be better communicated to parents.

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June 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2007
School lacks leadership and professionalism. Awesome teachers do come through this school, but they do not provide any programs for gifted students, they do seem to get pushed aside. Way to petty about the small stuff, and discipline lacks consistency. Until they clean up their act I don't believe they will have to many families stay for a long period of time. It is important to allow a child to grow some roots at the school they are attending, I do not believe this is the place however.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2007
I am an eighth grade student at hearn academy [o6-o7]. I have been at hearn since 5th grade. let me tell you, the school WAS great. It changed immensely and i wouldn't recommend it for children with low self esteem. Once your child enters middle school, every teacher will belittle your child. The teachers are unethical and cruel, as well as academics. I can tell you that i have not learned one thing this year, with the exception of one class [social studies] I am glad to say that my that my time is up at hearn. and i am moving on. Sincerely, Alexis Rizo. .

- submitted by a former student
May 04, 2007
I would not recommend this school. We have been there since kindergarten and now we are in 3rd grade and the problms are numerous.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
I am a currently an eighth grade student at Hearn Academy and I am very displeased. I am appalled at the middle school staff (meaning teachers). However their is one good teacher who is professional and actually teaches, witch is Mr. Semien the social studies instructor.

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2007
My children have attended Hearn Academy for 4 years now and I have finally decided to move them to a new school. There have been a couple instances where my children were in situations that were not handled appropriately by Hearn Academy staff. I would not recommend Hearn Academy.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
Academics are average to above average; parent support is plentiful; music and sports programs are great; teachers are outstanding; students seem happy.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2007
We have been at Hearn about 4 yrs. now, and are in the final chapter at the school (8th grade). They have had some really remarkable teachers that have come through there. Unfortunately they do not stay very long, especially the ones who really care about the kids enough to make a difference and lasting impression. They do not offer enough classes for the students that are on the higher end of academia. Had it not been for the teachers and the friends that have been made we would not be there. Needs much improvement...

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
The teachers--especially in the higher grades--are amazing. The only thing that disappoints us is the Principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2006
I am a current employee of Hearn and also a parent and I can tell you from an inside prosepective - we are an excellent academic school the staffs envolement and commitment the high quality dedicated teachers and carl ball's vision are all shine at this school - however nothing is perfect so as for the other reviews I have seen on this sight - I don't believe this school is for everyone but it is definitly the only place for me and my son.

- submitted by a teacher
June 28, 2006
Hearn is a wonderful school. My children thrive on the attention that they get from their caring teachers and principal. The school is a very safe place, and both my children have improved their Math and Reading tremendously since they have been in the school with the differentiated groups that the school provides. The students love the afterschool sports and the principal stops spends time with individual children and their concerns. They have a process called a 'Walk-up Child Study' that allows parents instant conferences on parent or teacher concerns. We love the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2006
I enrolled my 3 kjds the first year hearn opened..The elementaey program was good, but middle school always lacked a lot! Also there was no programs for gifted learners. My children felt like they got pushed aside since they were bright and didnt need a lot of help.. We ended up pulling our two youngest out the end of their 8th grade year because of the lack of jr high program..Some very excellent teachers in the place, unfortunately many have passed through..

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May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 10, 2006
Their test scores speak for themselves. The school is just average. Needs more structure and commitment to learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
Teachers are involved in every aspect of the school. Helpful when you need it and most love to teach. school staff is always there to help also. One of my children went from straight f's at a public school to straight A's with the help of a wonderful 6 grade teacher

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April 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
The teachers at the elementary are great, caring and they are very committed to the students. The upper management is lacking in leadership. The shchool has hardly no parent involvement. Academically, the school is average. Compared to the public school it competes it with, I consider it the better of the two.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
Ms. Jallad is a gift to the second grade in this school. You could not find a more superior teacher anywhere...

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March 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
The school is a great school with a staff and administration that works very hard. There is a brand new playground with many activities for all the students. The school has after school sports that only cost the parents $40 a season. Students, parents and employees light the place up until 7 or 8 p.m. with activities that everyone enjoys. My child has done exceptionally well since coming. There are computer labs in most rooms, and a brand new library. Our family loves the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
Great Academics. More Challenging than the public schools.

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January 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
I am a former para professional and parent of Hearn Academy & quite frankly I am shocked to see the principal still there. The principal has done an extremely poor job running an effective school. The teachers have been strong through this tough 2 years and really care for their students. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a staff
no rating December 18, 2005
At first, the school seemed like a good choice- good academic and individual student focus- as time has passed (approx. 1 yr)- things have changed. Most of the teachers with the exception of a few, are very degrading to the students promoting low self-esteem among other things. the principal also turned out to be quite disappointing!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2005
Great school with plenty of activities to stimulate students interest.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
This is the first year that our daughter has attended this school. We love that she has options for music and sports. She loves learning Spanish and her teacher.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2005
A wonderful school with awesome teachers who care! The sports program is well rounded and all 4 specials are offered. We also have a great PTSA organization!

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2005
I love the teachers and the academics but I'm very disappointed with the principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2005
any school will have problems overall hearn is more lax than valley but not as bad as chancellor so u pick your battles, principal leaves alot to be desired so if you can avoid her u will see tht the school runs well when she stays out of it. Teachers are great and could get along well with out her butting in.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2005
I have been with hearn as a parent for 5 years i love the school especially the teachers jallad ehnes partridge nurmi the receptionist jenny the aides ashley, michelle, lucy and carly and the school nurse angie are incredible they are all so loving and caring and you can see by the way they do their jobs they love working with kids i am so greatfull they are a part of my child's education - my child is a straight a student because of the cirriculum and small class size there is no doubt i chose the right school however i do wonder whether or not the choice in principals over the years allows me to have faith in the school's board!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2005
I pulled my children out I was very displeased!

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October 08, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2005
This school has come a long way in a few years. I think it is really a safe environment and the principals and teachers are excellent.

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September 22, 2005
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September 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2005
The school and teachers appear great. Teachers plan relavant lesson and care about the students. Administration has the best interest of the students in mind. There does appear to be some tension in the relationship between administration and the educators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2005
My child went to Hearn for kindergarten and first grade. At the end of the first grade year they passed him on to second grade but during that summer we moved and had to enroll him into another school but still chose a Charter school in Glendale. This new school tested him for grade placement after enrollment and we found that he was not able to pass the test - did not meet the State Requirements for second grade placement!! He had to repeat the first grade but if he had stayed at Hearn, who knows when we would have found out he was having difficulty. I read another parents comment about the playgound...that has gone on since they built the school and no improvements?? We were obviously very disappointed in the leadership at Hearn as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
I have been at Hearn Acedemy for 7 years and remain faithful to the school because of the dedicated and knowledgable teachers and staff. Despite the administrative turn over, the school has remained strong and the academics high. I am a bit concerned about the administration, as I understand that many teachers and parents have left due to lack of leadership and inconsistency. But overall, I would highly recommend Hearn Academy, as the teachers truly care about their students and meet their academic needs.

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July 22, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 19, 2005
Academicly good- a lot of teacher turn over. Kids seem happy. Upper grade kids out of control- lax discipline with older students. Board unresponsive to parents issues.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
The academic programs are very good. The school offers a number of other classes such as music, art, sports, etc. There is a lot of parent involvement. Many students coming from a public school have excelled at this charter school due to teacher ratio and excellence in teaching. My children transferred from another charter school and have excelled in all of their classes.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
Hearn Academy is an wonderful charter school with dedicated, well-trained, caring, highly professional teachers, staff and intelligent, involved parents.The students are hard-working, cooperative, bright, curious, well-disciplined, and energetic.The school art, music, p.e., afterschool care and a computer lab to help give the students a strong, well-rounded education.

- submitted by a teacher
May 26, 2005
I am a parent of a student at hearn and have been greatly disapointed. There are two playgrounds at hearn. Only one has a small piece of equipment. The other playground consists of a basketball court and grass. My child says he is very bored on the playground. The paras try to play organized games with the students, but the principal doesn't allow them on the grass because she says that it is dying because the kids trampel on it. I find that unacceptable. The doors to the classrooms are held open with boulders and cause many people to trip on them because they often find their way on the sidewalks.Air conditioning and heating problems have also been a problem this year. The principal does a poor job leading her students and staff. .

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
Hearn Academy has been an average school for our kindergarten daughter. She has been in the half day program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2005
Hearn Academy is a goos school if you want good elementary education. Their middle school education, is not that great. They don't have alot of choices for music all they have is chorus and piano. The level of parent ivolvment is very low I hardly see any of the parents at all, I am a working mother and I have better parent involvent than that of the stay at home moms.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
no rating April 10, 2005
My friend sends her son to this school and he loves it. Previously he'd been in a public school and really suffered academcially, but now he's all caught up and even surpassing what had been hoped for him.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
I have nothing but negative feeling towards this school. 1st of all the pricepal does a very poor job of addressing concerns of students/parents. The is a lack of parent involvement, the academics are poor and of lack of leadership. The school does not address those students that are gifted, they do not challenge these children.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 23, 2005
We have been disappointed with the turnover of teachers at this school and most disappointed with the principle's leadership. The principal does a poor job of addressing concerns. She hired a new teacher for my childs classroom and informed parents 2 days after the teacher was in place. The school does have art, music, PE and Spanish, however there is a lack of communication between these teachers. There seems to be little resources for gifted/special needs children and it takes a great deal of effort to obtain what they have. They encourage parental involvement. The academics are good and my child is learning, however it's offset by the lack of consistency in the teaching staff and the decision making and lack of leadership demonstrated by the principle. It's unfortunate the administration is so poor as my childs teachers work hard to help my child succeed. We will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2005
We really enjoyed her first year, but felt there was far too much emphasis on monetary contributions. In our daughters first grade year, we were not as pleased with both the Principal's contribution to the school and with the continued emphais on monetary contributions and class size. Classes were much too large in some cases and do not allow for necessary one-on-one interaction of the teacher with students on an ongoing basis. Students not presenting as 'problems' or 'disruptive' fell under the teachers radar and were left for long periods unsupervised and then subsequently marked down on preformance reviews as 'lacks attention to detail' or 'does not use time wisely'...no surprise that a 6 year old will lose focus with almost no supervision or reinforcment of task at hand. Very unahppy with teacher to student ratio and will not have child continue at school.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Hearn Academy's academics are state standards based and current. Each teacher is given a four quarter plan that is specific to all subjects. I am a teacher and am proud of the work that we do as a team - researching, working together, and staying committed to the students. Many of the teachers are also coaches, work with extra curricular activities, are involved in local arts programs, and also work during the summer months with arts and creative activities. This year, Hearn is priding itself on a curriculum focus of writing. Together, the staff is working on creative and research based programs to enhance the students' writing skills. I am proud to say that I work with a very competent staff. Overall, it is a great place to work because the teachers work with one another. Plus - did I mention that we all love our students?

- submitted by a teacher
August 20, 2004
Teachers at Hearn are accessible and responsive to parents' concerns. The paraprofessionals care for the students, and are active as parent volunteers too. Last year, middle school classes were less than challenging, and students seldom had their work returned to them so that they (and parents) come evaluate their progress, and what they needed help with; this year looks far more promising. More office personnel is needed; understaffing results in great frustration for parents calling for any reason, or appearing in person and needing assistance. The front desk people are easily doing twice the work expected of one person. Children do appear to be thriving in the 'small school' environment Hearn offers. The ups and downs of the Stanford 9 scores do raise some doubts and questions, though.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2004
I was very happy with the treatment of the teachers and believe me that is hard when you teach a bunch of 13 adn 14 year olds. My favorite part of it was that they are a k-8 school so that way kids dont lose friends during school transition.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2004
I have nothing but positive comments about the school, the new principal, and the new campus. The teachers are very caring and my son has taken a complete turn around since going to Hearn. There are lots of sports available, and lots of exploratories and advanced classes for the middle school.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2004
My daughter has Mrs. Hammond for kindergarden this year and she has taught the kids so much. She is a great teacher and we are lucky to have had her!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2003
The school gets better and better in many ways. My children are being cared for and taught at their own level. The teachers do well with gifted students. We have been with the school for 3 years and we believe because of the principal and some outstanding teachers, this is the best year yet.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2003
I'm thrilled with the way my son has excelled this year while attending only several weeks. I'm very impressed with the teachers as well. He seems to have a different outlook on school which is wonderful for all involved. He attended a public school since the age of 4 and each year seemed to retreat a little further into himself. I hope they crack down on those who had been taking lunches and personal property in backpacks, and bullying. I give it a 10 otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2003
I think the Teachers are wonderful. I tried to express my concern to the principal about kids not washing thier hands before they ate lunch, and she acted like it was no big deal. I was told my child would not be on the big play ground that it was for 4-8 graders only, and suprize they do let the little ones out there, funny thing is, is how they keep that big play ground a secret,As parents you need to walk back there yourself, just dont fall into one of the holes, or off the edge. I think this School is waiting for a law suit!! I am very glad to have pulled my child out of here!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2003
I am a student at Hearn Academy and I have been there since fifth grade and am now in eighth grade, four years. It has awesome teacher who are very committed to teaching and helping the students out. Most kids don t mind the longer school hours and some students even prefer it. We have some very committed parents that help out with various school projects and things. The school has had three parents from an eighth grade student to help with our end of the school Catalina trip for the eighth grade students. The students are also able to help out with the PTSA (Parent Student Teacher Association) where they are able to help out with different decisions about the school. I do think that the principal choices are a little poor. My fifth grade principal Dr.Summerford was an awesome principal and will do very good at the high school he now works at. I do think that they could slack on the uniform code a little more even though we don t have as strict as one in other schools. I do really like this school and will miss it a lot.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2003
The new principal is fantastic. The school is has an excellent academic reputation and she is making it even stronger - an outstanding leader. The teachers are excellent and really care about each individual child. There is a real focus on the important issues.

- submitted by a parent
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A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy
17606 N. 7th Ave, Phoenix, AZ  85022
(602) 896-9160
Last modified A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
A Ball Charter School - Hearn Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 131 reviews.