This school provides a safe and secure environment for students to learn and achieve maximum success. Its immaculately clean interior and exterior surroundings are great motivational tools for both students and teachers. Staff is highly trained and this is the only school that I know of in my 31 years of teaching that provides PD training to teachers for 2 weeks and 2 days prior to the commencement of classes for students in the fall. I have observed teachers and all staff in general working assiduously to ensure that the students have a very productive and successful year at the school.
HPA is a great school not only for its academics but the caring staff as well! Although you may see some teachers come and go, that is only because administration is doing their best to ensure that my child is getting the best education from the best teachers. Their teachers and staff care for the children and ensure that they are well taken care of not only during normal school days but also in emergency situations. I feel at ease bringing my child to school everyday.
The staff turnover it too high for a successful school environment. It seems that, with teachers, you never know what you will get. They seem to have some great teachers one year and they disappear the 2nd year. Then they replace those teachers with 1st year, out of state, teachers. Even the administration is in constant disarray. They have had at least 2 different principals in the last couple of years, and 1 of the principals disappeared mid-year with no communication to the parents. If they can't seem to keep their staff happy and coming back, how can they give the students the level consistency that education needs to be successful? Until they get their staffing issues in order I would not send my child there.
I am very proud of this school reaching out to the community to mold, mentor and teach children to achieve their dreams no matter how high or hard they might be. The waiting list shows that this is an excellent school with tough academics. I want my children pushed to their limit to always strive for more knowing the sky is the limit for their imagination. No school is perfect but this school immediately addresses every problem that has arisen in our children's lives and we admire that aspect.
I must say that the environment is wonderful and students are respectful. On the surface it looks ideal for any parent to enroll their kids; however, it's a facade that falls apart quickly. HPA is run primarily as a business and academic institution secondary. Classroom size is great, but too much emphasis is placed on standardized testing and compromises the "true" curriculum that students should be subjected to. Teacher turn-over speaks for itself and it is admin whose is responsible for this. Many ingredients are there for a very successful school; unfortunately, business mindsets prevail instead of the development of young minds. Extremely sad but true. Students are not held accountable; instead, teachers heads are set on the chopping block when low effort determines low standardized test scores or bad grades. Look, ultimately good parenting will outweigh whatever shortcomings a school has.In this case the only drawback is that if your child is advanced or up to par, he/she will be slowed down by others w/ less responsible parents who don't encourage hard work because no accelerated or honors classes are offered. The one star is for the environment and class sizes.
The school is great, but not so great. Lets say You were in a bus and thought of the school being good. I've seen a lot of cursing in the bus. not only that, but in some cases or more often, The kids won't stop talking. this i is why the teachers had to take away good benefits cause of their nonstop talking.
We tried the school for a couple of years hoping it was better than the local public schools. Constantly had my son coming home saying his teacher said they weren't going to teach history or science because it wasn't on the state test and they even had an assembly telling the kids that if they didn't pass the test they wouldn't be asked back next year. We finished up last school year and pulled him out early into the 2010/11 school year when we came back and noticed that 3/4 of the teachers had quit and they had nothing but out-of-state teachers fresh out of school. Not a good sign!
Harvest Preparatory has really changed over the past year. The administration has been really focusing on the needs of the teachers and students. A counselor handles the disipline problems and does a great job. I know for a fact that the AIMS testing has gone up within the whole school. I like the teachers and they are working hard to give these children the education they deserve.
When I take the time to go to the school to ask a question or discuss an issue, I always come away satisfied that the proper course to solve the problem will be taken. I have two children there now and hope they will want to continueto attend there. There are a couple of teachers who could be a little kinder in their attitudes towards the children but overall I am satisfied.
I have all my children attending this school from the grade level of elementary to high school. The year my daughter was entering high school, the thought did occur to enter her in a public high school until......i actually visited one. I am not bashing public high schools, I am just saying it is not for everyone. I am very content with the performance my daughter has shown and there is a more of a 'one on one' with teachers and staff. The safe environment alone is a load off my mind.
I wonder what school some of these negative parents have their kids in, because some of these comments are bizarre. The high school has a 99% rating on passing the aims. You don't get that kind of education from packets. They do allow students to do credit recovery with packest from a local certified educational agency to make up credits they didn't acquire from their previous school but that is it. This is an awesome school, with a very safe, supportive enviornment and the teacher turnover is only due to teachers who can't meet their high standards like goals of 90% meets and exceeds on the aims. This school is the school to watch.
this is school is a one of a kind because it helps me and my peers understand the work easier and easier to understand
The school and its leadership provide excellent communication to parents. My questions have always been addressed when I specifically asked to meet with administration. The Jr. High and High Schools provide a viable positive option to other schools that are overcrowded in the area. The faculty is is professional and corteous. Academic rigor is being developed and a priority. My students enjoy their school and thrive within this school community.
Wonderful environment due to the foundation built by leaders, teachers, and staff on Jesus Christ who will open the doors to endless opportunities for all the children who strive to please God.
I am a former student, who can testify that this school was terrible. The administration was horrible, inconsistent, and unable to provide and solid guidance. Although some teachers did know what they were doing, I felt that I wasted 2 years of my life there, academically speaking.
The School is great because the leadership is great. Beginning with Dr. Ybarra all the way down to the custodial staff, the school sets the example for the child.
HPA has grown exponentially in the few years since its founding and there have been some growing pains along the way. There are still some poor areas, but the school has really come far this year in the quality of the teachers and it shows in the test scores. The school is very good at handling problems so long as you speak to the correct people. Don't be afraid to take things directly to the administration! Give HPA another year and it will be one of the best in Yuma.
We enrolled our children at HPA because the school boasted on it's emphasis on core studies and strict discipline. However, this school has proven to be lacking in leadership, teacher quality and discipline. I am very disappointed with the inability of the leadership to provide an environment conducive for learning. I do not recommend this school at all.
my son attended HPA for two yrs . at first I liked as he did he had an awesome teacher always in contact and always making sure the kids tried their best and kept everything neat , which is what u would expect , the second year so far has shown nothing but problems with kids bullying one another not just at school but on the buses too , the teacher turn around is absolutely ridiculous I have never seen anything like it before , also ur child better have a strong bladder because if they need to use the bathroom most likely they wont be able too until the teacher finds itd the right time . I would recommend this school if they can get everything together , that would include the aims test and everything above ....my child came home asking to change schools (crying)
Harvest Preparatory is a great school. I have four children attending the school. They love coming school and love their teachers. This year they have started specials. My children are excited about the specials. The adminstration and the teachers care about the education of the students. They will work with the parents and students so the students will reach their potential. I highly reccomend this school.
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