We have been very pleased with Hamilton. Our son is in kindergarten there, and he loves school. I feel compelled to respond to the negative review (below, dated Feb. 4, 2014). My son was in the same kindergarten class as that reviewer's child, who had some behavioral challenges. After spending many hours volunteering in this teacher s class, I can not believe that she would ever belittle a child or refuse to speak with a parent. It is true that she does not respond to email, but she made that very clear at Back to School Night, and explained her preferred methods of communicating. She is a stellar teacher who genuinely cares for her students and makes learning fun for them. As far as the rest of the school goes, I see the principal around the campus quite a lot, and I m pleased with her leadership. I would say parental involvement is average. Volunteers are certainly welcome, and there are some parents who do a LOT for the school. The population is quite diverse, and all of the Hamilton families that I have met thus far have been very friendly. Overall, I believe Hamilton is one of the best schools in the district, and we are proud to be part of the community there!
Hamilton Elementary School is one of the best public elementary schools in Pasadena! We have high parent involvement via the PTA and Annual Fund. The school principal is very knowledgeable and motivated and she really cares about each student's academic performance and her staff's teaching effectiveness. If you are looking for the perfect elementary school, it doesn't exist. However, I would put Hamilton Elementary up against any of the private schools in Pasadena.
My son started at this school year in Kindergarten & it was a horrible experience. There were 27 kids in the class without any aids. I have no idea who the room parent was because I never heard from any one. The teacher, who is supposedly the best kindergarten teacher there needs to retire. She refused to meet with me when I asked to schedule a time to speak with her after school. She took a week to respond to my email and she stopped speaking to my husband & I. She began picking on my son. He told us she made him stand in the corner & had all the kids calling him names. I suppose this was supposed to teach him some sort of lesson. He hated going to school. After being there only 1 month he asked me to find him a new school! Yes, a 5 year old asked for new school because this place was so horrible. 2 days later we pulled him out and enrolled him in private school. I have so much regret that I didn't go the private school route first. Please, do not sent your child here! It's horrible! When I told the principle everything that happened, she pretended to care, but I never received any follow up from her. This school only wants your money, not your involvement or opinions.
The teachers at Hamilton really care about the students and it shows. Hamilton is one big community parents join together with the teachers in order to make the kids enjoy school.
My son started kindergarten this year at Hamilton. We've been impressed with the teacher, classroom organization, and discipline here. We actually love the school uniforms, which makes getting dressed in the morning easier and instills a sense of equality and professionalism in the students. They know they are going to school to learn, not a fashion show. My son was in an expensive private school last year and we actually think the homework and teacher are better at Hamilton. While much bigger than a private school, we only have 18 kids in our class. I think you would want to take the tour and get involved, as it was a surprise after attending a small private school just how big and how much to learn there is about a public school. Each classroom has two room parents to assist the teacher and the PTA is very active, though in my opinion they ask for money too often for what they actually provide. Uniforms are required except on the first Friday of every month. The school also has a healthy food goal, so that no candy, soda or cookies are allowed, and fruit cups are served instead of cake or cupcakes for class parties and birthdays.
Hamilton is a fantastic school. The principal is great and works so hard to keep the school culture friendly and supportive. The teachers truly care about all their students. I moved to Hamilton's neighborhood a few years ago so that my two children could attend and I have not been disappointed. It has been a great experience for my children. My oldest child is now in 5th grade and I love the teachers. They make learning fun and my child is comes home excited about school. My younger child too!
Hamilton is a great school--friendly families, excellent principal. My children are in 4th and 1st grade. We've had a wonderful experience.
I transferred my daughter from private school to Hamilton in 4th and 5th grade. The teachers were great. It's also depends on your child, if your child is very responsible then you will not be disappointed. Math is not a problem. she is now in 7th grade and taking Algebra. I feel that the new or current principal is not doing a good job.API score went down. Most of the parents doesn't like.Parent involvement also went down. She is not approachable. Math is good but reading is not enough in all grades. They do not have AR accelerated reading in the school.
Don't make the mistake that we made. Hamilton was great for 1st-3rd grade, but by the time we realized how terrible the 4th and 5th grades are, it was too late. My child wasn't able to get into private schools for middle school because he hadn't been taught the basic math skills necessary to get by. The 4th grade math is truly where Hamilton fails, and it is very hard to recover from the lack of instruction. After months of private tutoring, we are hoping to catch up to my son's peers at other public schools. I will say, the lower grades are fine and the K-3rd teachers were great.
My sons have been going to Hamilton for the past two years and will attend again next year. Although most PUSD schools are mediocre at best, Hamilton is really a good school. The teachers are very good and keep you updated on your kids (as long as you the parent show some interest). The parent involvement is pretty good. Lots of participation during school events. I really appreciate the diversity of the school.
My children LOVE Hamilton school. If you live in the neighborhood count yourself lucky! My children were lucky to get in on open enrollment. We were at Burbank, and the difference is night and day. The teachers really care, and they really invest in the kids. Parents of all backgrounds help-out any way they can. When other schools are enduring cuts to programs, the community here works together to save them. A real can-do attitude among faculty and parents. Best computer lab in the district.
My children attend Hamilton School. We used to love Hamilton, but now we are very disappointed. Our new principal doesn't get things done like our past principal. Some teachers are excellent, but some are mediocre and don't really care about anything except teaching to the state tests. The office staff is terribly rude and the standard answer to any inquiry is always either "don't know" or "that's omebody else's job". The budget cuts mean no school nurse some days, and the kids are out of luck if they get sick. I would go on but I am running out of space.
How sad it is that Hailton School has dropped to this point. My grandchild began there as a kindergartner in 2008 when it was an academically good and enjoyable school to attend. We were extremely satisfied with our teacher and with the principal. The school ran beautifully. Now, we have lost our principal and have one who really isn't keeping the good standards that were in place when she arrived. It is crushing to see the school change from being a Blue Ribbon School to a now underperforning school (as per letter sent home to parents at the beginnning of this school year. It is disheartning to me to have the experience of calling Hamilton School with a question about dismissal time or about an after school program and being told, at the other end,:"I have no idea". I have seen other parents leave Hamilton School in pursuit of a better educational experience. We will also not come back in the Fall because of the points I have described.
I've walked around the school and love this area! Pasadena isn't known for their schools so where do most of the kids that attend Hamilton go for middle school and high school? Do these schools (middle/high) have the same academic excellence that Hamilton seems to possess?
First, let me say that K through 3rd grades are very good at Hamilton. However, beware that 5th grade is a disaster. Before enrolling your student in 5th grade, please talk to some parents of kids that have had to endure it.
Absolutely a wonderful school! Great principal, teachers and caring staff. Love the diversity both racial and economic. Lots of parental support and community involvement.
Hamilton has great parents. It is located in a thriving and diverse community. There are great teachers and there are not so great teachers. Most of the leadership is not diverse (SSC, PTA) and it shows in the practices. Parental involvement can be tricky. Parents are very limited as to how long and number of times they can volunteer in class although research supports parents in their child's classroom as improving student outcomes. A few teachers do not feel comfortable working with parents outside of formal meetings. There are great after school programs offered. The school is very safe.
Wonderful teachers and principal who provide an ideal atmosphere for children to learn & thrive. Parental support is superb
My children attented this school and now my grandkids. It is a higly effective school with a caring and gifted staff.
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