Fourth Grade is the worst year for my son. We strongly feel that the teacher retaliated on my son's grade by giving him "D" on his math. We filed a formal complaint against this teacher on the first semester. My son is consistently getting "Exceed Expectations" on his CAASPP exams. This time is 97%, so his grade is a big mismatch. Hope the principal could educate this 4th grade teacher again.
Like the other reviewer, my son was overloaded from James Leitch but we have been very happy with Hirsch! His teacher is warm but firm and does an amazing job in her classroom despite having 30 kids w at least 15 different cultural backgrounds and a huge variety of skill levels. She even developed an in-class. parent-led program (book club) for her high achievers while she works w the lower achieving students. Impressed bc many teachers ignore the high achievers leading to boredom and a hatred of school. Good office staff (again - if you treat w respect). Really like the principal. She is visible and holds a coffee hour every month for parents to drop in and talk (very brave in a school w a demanding parent population). PTA tries to do many activities but lacks good parent participation. Good after school activities. Would be happy to have my son stay here is if wasn't so far from our house!
We were offloaded from James Leitch to this school in the year 2014-15 for the 2nd grade. We were very concerned as this school was a atleast 4 miles in the wrong direction every morning for us plus the school looked a bit older as well...but over the last 7 months we have been super impressed with the teaching staff and principal...My son's teacher Mrs Keller is amazing, we have never come across a teacher of her level of caring and concern...our son has gained confidence, and is an excellent performer - THANKS 100% to Mrs Keller...recommend this school to others...
2012 and below for this school was fantastic, but after the new principal, it was never the same. We have better food now though, but the thing is, the STUDENTS her SWEAR A LOT. They SWEAAR SOOO MUCH!!! Even the nice people join in and start saying terrible things. People even start doing innapropriate things to each other, say rude things about pop stars, and especially act EXTREMELY CRAZY!!!! Well, this is for the 6th, 5th, and 4th who are the older kids. And older kids are supposed to be the younger kid's role models, right???? Well, the younger kids will probably start copying them thinking it's "ok", but it's seriously NOT!!! Sorry Hirsch Elementary School, but I give you one star. I moved because of all of this.
My daughter started at Kindergarten level in 2013 and she has had a good experience so far. The teachers provide a good learning environment and the kids enjoy this. The only downside, as with all public schools in California, is that a lot of school work is pushed down to the home and not enough time is taken to impart it at school. For working parents, this can often be a huge challenge to meet.
I have a 10 years old son that attended Hirsch since kindergarden . He loves the school. I volunteers for activities. Hirsch and Hirsch PTA are amazing. They put together many activities throughout the year that bring the community together. The teachers are all great, honest and supportive . I am happy that we have a great public school in our area.
My son recently completed his 1st grade. Due to over number of students enrolled for 1st grade last year (2012), Hirsch has additionally added a new class room and hire a new teacher. My son got into the new class room with new teacher. We are worried knowing that the the new teacher was less experienced comparing to the existing teachers in the school. However our worries are gone within 2 months, I can see my son is keenly reading and writing for his journal and doing his math very well. The new teacher Mr.P**a was really good he observes kids and knows what they lack and focuses on improving their skills. When ever we had any question about the subjects, or about our son's progress he has patiently explained how he is currently, where he is concentrating on improving further his reading writing skills. Overall 1st grade turn out to be a nice experience for us and good class for my son.. I wish the teacher continue to help the students to progress further in their skills. Mrs. C***y used to be the principal, she is too kid involving in all the activities for kids and mingling with teachers as well as to the kids. 5 Stars :-)