April 29, 2015
This school is a sinking ship. Due to plummeting enrollment and shrinking revenue, they are planning to eliminate all teaching assistants and half the teachers. The new administration has no vision. Its leadership style is divisive, rigid, and overly reactive; the focus seems to be politician first, educator second. Stylistically the school has done a 180 from a developmental, meet the child where they are approach to a one size fits all, rote learning, workbook-based, drill-and-kill approach with test after test after test. There is a heavy focus on sports teams, logos, mascots, and sweatshirts, and precious little innovation in terms of actual academics. The school once boasted some passionate, talented, devoted teachers, but most have fled or been forced out, leaving behind one or two good teachers and a slew of mediocre or downright awful ones. The original mission of the school, to educate deaf children in a mainstream environment, seems lost in a misguided attempt to become the next Curtis or JTD. It s a shame. The gentle, nurturing place that once was EHS is no longer. Like many others, we would leave at our earliest opportunity, but there is nowhere to go.
- submitted by a parent