The student body has a high percentage of disruptive, poorly behaved kids and there is a lot of bullying, foul language and inappropriate language and behavior. A school like this is needed to accommodate that population.
However, if you don't let your kids watch R rated movies in kindergarten or don't allow them to play violent, graphic video games by 1st grade or listen to adult lyrics on the radio in preschool, you and your children will be more comfortable at a different school.
Some of the teachers here really do yell at the kids all day every day. Again, some parents like that but if you don't, find a nicer school. Most of the good kids leave.
Some of the teachers are the nicest ever. All of the staff is awesome as are most of the specials teachers (except the one who the principal allows to impose her political beliefs on children and at school assemblies etc.).
Not the school for everyone. Be honest about what type of parent you are and what type of kid you have and what you want your child to learn. This could be just the school you have been looking for!
My child was kicked out of another school in Kindergarten for his outbursts. I brought all of my children to Hearn when he entered first grade. His teacher took him under her wing and helped him to thrive. He is now in third grade and loves school. My other children have also had good experiences at Hearn. I want to thank all of their teachers for their dedication.
The campus is cute and clean. The teachers though...we have only had two kind hearted teachers in all of our years here. And it gets worse each year. Teachers are apparently tired of low pay and overcrowded classrooms, are burnt out and taking it out on the children. If children really were the priority here the teachers would respect them.
Very punitive school here. The point is not to teach and learn here but to sit still, be quiet and question nothing while teachers yell, scream, berate and degrade and terrify little kids. If parents treated their kids this way they would be turned over to CPS. Why teachers are allowed to at this school is a mystery. Glad this is our final year.
The math program is weak and getting weaker. The AP classes are a joke and probably won't exist much longer anyway with this current leadership who wants everyone to be the same.
No one can explain the disciplinary procedure so teachers keep kids in for recess on a daily basis for whatever they feel like. Some kids are never let out to recess at all. Awful. I would suggest all the teachers and admin have to sit through just one day as s student so they can feel what it is like to sit at a desk all day long and be scared and screamed and yelled at and have no control over anything. See how tired they would be and how hard it is when you are told you can't go to the bathroom, you can't stretch your legs when you need to, you can't drink your water when you are thirsty, you can't ask questions or offer suggestions. Just sit still alllll day. And then have your only physical activity, your only break stolen from you because you squirmed in your chair after sitting in the same position for 3 hours or whatever other nonsense the teachers excuse taking away a child's only break. Even at work we are allowed a lunch and breaks. Very sad this school can't respect childhood enough to at least coincide with workers' rights.
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.
Hearn got the homework right. It is not too much where kids are spending all day in school and then all night doing school work. Hearn does not expect parents to do all of the homework for the kids like some other charter schools. Hearn does not expect kids to spend all of their free time doing homework.
Some teachers do not respect the students or parents. So, it is hard to imagine that the school is developing respect in its students. For instance, one teacher dumps out students' desks in front of the whole class when they are messy. How rude and disrespectful. Another teacher denies children's requests to use the restroom. Another teacher does not like boys and says they are always in trouble because girls are better behaved. One of these same teachers also mocks students and tells them they can't be good at everything. This gives students a complex and makes them think they aren't meant to achieve. Teachers need to realize their impact on students. It is not an easy job but they need better training at this school (and every public school I have ever heard of around Phoenix).
The school tries to impart these values through its awards ceremonies. However, there seems to be a double standard. The teachers do not always treat the kids fairly...especially boys. Normal childhood behavior is sometimes blown out of proportion and the teachers try to tell the parents to punish their kids at home. Well, they have received enough punishment at school. It is unhealthy to punish a child ALL OF THE TIME for silly things like whispering to a friend, putting his homework in the wrong folder, etc. Teaching good habits does not mean giving every kid a complex and making them think they are bad. Get some common sense alternatives here! Stop with the lunch detentions!
Leadership cares about the kids, how they interact with others, adults and authorities and strive to develop a sense of community.
You will always hear children being coached to make good choices. They are given the ability to choose and are treated with respect and love.
The administration and staff clearly exhibit a caring and understanding demeanor.