HEMS is a good school over all. The language/behavior from some of the students is pretty bad, but the Principal is doing his best to continue the upward trajectory of the school. He believes in parental involvement and I really enjoy Breakfast with Benson. I think that the main reason that the school gets a 5/10 on great schools is the test scores for some of the students. My daughter has enjoyed all her honors classes, and even science with a stressful course load. Yet, she has decided to do all honors classes, except science, in 8th grade. Most of the teacher's are wonderful about returning emails, but some are very slow or not at all. Hint - CC the dedicated Principal Benson, and you will get a response from even the slowest teacher. All the public schools have cursing, bullying, some behavioral problems, but if you keep your child in as many honors classes as they can handle, your child will be fine. The new band instructor Mr. Holm is very good. The teachers' Mr. Ochoa and Mr. Mitzel have been wonderful with my daughter's attention issues, in helping her, and being patient with her. Stay in honors and have your kid ignore the tough kids. They will be fine.
As a graduating eight grade student of Harriet Eddy Middle School, I would not recommend this school to anyone. There is a HUGE fighting issue, for example this year there was a stabbing involving scissors. There are a few teachers who are genuinely concerned about kids and their grades. However, it is very hard to attempt to actually learn anything in this school, because their is at least one kid in each classroom that doesn't care, and interrupts the class for attention and the students around that student(s) give the student the attention which leads to the same thing happening over and over. Not to mention, I was robbed of my education. For my eight grade year elective, I chose Spanish, hoping I could take it this year and take Spanish 2 my freshman year. We had a great Spanish teacher but the students didn't treat her well because she didn't let them cheat or lie so she resigned. We then were provided a Substitute that didn't speak Spanish for the rest of the school year. The administration at Harriet Eddy try to cover up the multiple fights to keep the school's rating up. I would say there is at least one fight every two weeks. I would rate Harriet Eddy a 2 out of 5 stars.
My child went to this school and had a really good experience. There is no other school where the students look out for each other. All students hang out together regardless of their ethnicity or religious affiliation. They are kind to the special ed students and they have awesome teachers that CARE. Eddy has a top notch community service program, math tutoring, and Band!!! Not to mention it is the feeder school into the ONLY IB High School In EGUSD (this means they can graduate with 1 full year of college). Eddy is looking into the PRE IB program and I can't wait. Eddy has notch education!!!!!!
Im a student that goes to Harriet Eddy & I would like to say I really enjoyed being here. In the past this school wasnt really as good as it is now. Everyone tries to stand up for one an other , we help donate Jeans for teens. We fun raise for kids with cancer . we would like to do what ever we can to help on another. The main reason why I go to school everyday is because of band. We have a great band teacher . And a super good staff . Harriet eddy helps you get ready for High school & it also helps you start to think about college, in our keeping track classes. Overall I love this school . Im not ready to leave it just yet !
I substitute teach at this school, the kids use foul language a lot, and the administration is vey unappreciative of any mentoring at the school, just fill the slots with people at very challenging school, so the principal can get promoted!
I would give this school a total of five stars for the superior leadership present alone. This school is lead by a principal dedicated to making the school great and he is well on his way. The goal orientated leadership present is trickling down to the teachers and the students. This school has made a complete turnaround and it just keeps getting better.
The administrators are excellent, very supportive of the staff, concerned about the kids, and encourage parental involvement. The math team took first place in the district last year and the community service was impressive. This school is back to being the National Blue Ribbon it was when it first opened.