They have made the last 4 years very difficult for my child. They break so many of their policies. They support and enable bullying and do nothing to protect innocent children and believe in the trouble makers. They have given my child a hard time. The teachers pick their favorites and stick with them and the upper admin staff supports that and does not fix the problems. I am removing both my children along with the many parents who are leaving this year. If you worry about the safety of your child, this is not the place for you.
Hearn is ok. It's better than the surrounding district public schools so don't feel bad if your children attend Hearn. However, it is not a school where you'd want to make a long commute.
It keeps reducing opportunities for advanced students without informing parents. Children spend half the year reviewing the previous grade and then the other half of the year prepping for the AZ Merit exams.
The administration makes huge changes without informing the parents (foreign language from Spanish to Russian to Chinese, math curriculum, dissolving the self contained AP classes, giving a few days notice that the preschool wasn't opening) and permits teachers to mistreat students. We had a great kindergarten teacher and a great 1st grade teacher, a 2nd grade teacher who had no control over the class and yes, publicly humiliated children routinely by dumping their desks and discussing the children in front of the class, choosing favorites and obviously ignoring others while not getting through the curriculum due to the lack of class control. This is probably why 3rd grade had to spend literally half the year re-doing 2nd grade. Now this teacher has moved up to 5th grade. This teacher also publicly discusses how she favors girls and how boys are trouble.
Luckily the 3rd grade teacher was good except for the fact she literally yelled at students and the class as her form of class control.
4th grade-we were told my child would have a well liked teacher then got switched to a mean spirited teacher who again yells all day as a means of class control.
There are also quite a few children with serious behavioral problems at this school -my child has been punched, pushed, grabbed inappropriately, cursed at, spit on and who knows what else by classmates.
Next year we are going to Basis, a school that rewards good kids who work hard and lets them advance instead of holding them back and subjecting them to the whims of kids with behavioral problems and -a few but significant-disrespectful teachers like Hearn does.
However, the reviews are right-if your child is the one with serious behavioral problems, Hearn is the best place for your child.
Also, be wary of some of the 5 star reviews-the principal now requests hand selected parents to come to this site to write a 5 star review to improve image (that's why the older reviews are probably more accurate in their varying nature).
My wife and I love this school. Both of our daughters have enjoyed their time their. I am especially impressed with the Drama Club. Mr Kroeker is great. He really brought the inner actress out of my daughter. Their performance was fantastic. Looking forward to next year.
My 8 year old likes the food, the teachers, the subjects and the campus. As a parent I agree with my child and to add to her review the teachers and staff are very attentive with their students. Its a very comfortable and nurturing school. Very well coordinated and we just the love the school as a whole. its like being part of a big family.
We have been part of the Hearn family for a few years and we love this school! There is a great sense of community, and there are a lot of family events throughout the year, as well as community service. We chose this school because there are different levels of math and language arts in each grade level. The Specials classes are great - Chinese, Library, Technology, PE, and Art, which not all schools have.