This is a nice school but they most definitely need improvement on there test scores.I don't like the fact that they don't serve breakfast. Some of us parents are rushing off to work early morning and have very lil time to spare. I also don't like the fact that they don't start giving out awards to the kids until like 4th or 5th. I feel they should start earlier than that as a way to help encourage the kids to want to do better. Something to look forward too. More academic programs would be nice also....
Both my daughters have attended this school since Kindergarten & are now in 5th & 2nd grades. The teachers are wonderful, at least the one's we've had so far. Any time I've noticed one of my girls beginning to struggle in an area, I've never had a problem getting with their teacher & working with them to improve, thus resulting in all A's & B's on report cards. This year, I have one daughter in chorus & violin & another in drama, in addition to sports teams during school. Parental involvement at Leo B Hart is phenomenal & allows for additional opportunities for the students.
My child attended Kindergarten here and excelled. She loved it. Fundraising is extreme. I had 5 different things asking for $ in one week once. She also attended 1st here last year & had a completely different experience. The teacher told me from day 1 to hold my child back because of her age (she turned 6 2 weeks after school started) & continued to tell me to hold her back BASED on her age. Then my child started failing. Everything. When I met with the teacher, the ONLY suggestion that was given to me was "try Spellingcity.com". She had some biting remarks regarding the budget cuts. She would NEVER call me if she knew my child was struggling, only if if she was in trouble. The school had NO support for my child, in fact 1/3 of this class failed. This school has declined & we switched schools.
High emphasis on test results/testing. There are great teachers and mediocre teachers, and maybe 1 or 2 really bad teachers. School is a nice community, but a little paranoid academically about scores and results, lacking creativity. Parents are very involved (many stay-at-home moms). Typical array of extracurricular programs, although music emphasis not stellar.
There should be more academic programs for the children who attend this school. I would like to have more resources to choose from. Giving our children a headstart in academics is very important. I would like to see more workshops for our children, the parent resource center workshop only has a few programs to chose from i hope to see more in the future.
This school is the best we found for our son who enrolled in Kindergarten during 2003-2004 school year. We were very happy with our son's experience in school. Also, the parental involvement that the school supports is wonderful. My wife actually assisted the teachers and got to see how the whole process works. The teaching methods are quite modern and the results are excellent. I recommend anyone to enroll their child in this school.