During and after school programs include: Mad Science, Spanish, Homework Club, Chess Club, Band Practice, Piano Lessons, Newspaper, Choir, 4th R, Yearbook, Leadership, and Art. There is also a Harvest Festival, Scarecrow Contest, Craft Fair, Spaghetti Dinner and Auction, Talent Show, Holiday Grams, Friendship Dance and/or Sock Hop, Family Fun Nights (Fresh Choice, Leatherby's, King Skate, Chevy's), Book Fair, Pancake Breakfast, Sports Day, and Jog-A-Thon, to name a few. P.H. also provides opportunities for students to attend overnight field trips, work in the school garden, become office, library, and cafeteria assistants, play instruments, attend leadership and science conferences, publish books, and compete in school and district-wide contests. This is in addition to the regular school and class assemblies, field trips, performances and projects.
Phoebe Hearst is comprised of GATE and Basic programs, both of which are highly academic. The school is perfect for students who thrive in challenging environments and who would be unfullfilled in their neighborhood school. It is a school of choice, meaning that parents from all over the district choose to enroll their students in one of the two rigorous programs. In addition, all students particpate in P.E., art, and music programs, taught by credentialed teachers. Staff members expect every student to do their best at all times and maintain good behavior. Students who do not meet this criteria after mentoring, tutoring and communication with parents may be asked to leave the program. In this way, it is similar to a private school. It is a safe environment for families that value education and are willing to work hard. It is not for every child.
This is not a great school. The GATE program does not differentiate to any kids who need it. They want an all size fit all for the GATE program which is not really applicable since gifted kids are not the same.
The overall quality of the programs is great! The teachers and staff are caring. I would like to see more critical thinking activities as a campus community; and expanded after school programs such as Spanish language instruction, band/choir and sports for all grades. Lastly, I would like to see more cultural events happening at the school so our kids can learn more about each other.
The parent participation is incredible. We are only required 40 hours for the school year and there are more than several families that put in over and above what is required. Academically, the school seems better than any others I have seen. Teachers are flexible with students, giving more work if requested, within the guidelines of the district. The kids are involved in physical education activities at least once a week and art classes once a month. My daughter enjoys the children and teachers at the school. I would definitely recommend this school if your child is looking for a challenge in a safe and fun environment.
Great school. I'm very happy with the teachers and administrators. My kids are excelling here.
The principal at the school is wonderful. She is caring and has a vision for the school that is compelling. Her standards are high for the students and the teachers. Some of the teachers have been teaching for a long time and seem to have lost their passion for it and their tolerance for the children, but it is only a couple of them. Parent involvement is high, it's a wonderfully diverse environment and all of the children are encouraged to stretch themselves.
Phoebe Hearst has been a blessing to our family. This is our child's second year there. As a teacher myself, I am particular as to where our children attend. I observed other schools before choosing Phoebe Hearst-scores are important, but there are other essential factors. My child feels safe there, academics are challenging without being too demanding for his age, I am appreciative of how his teacher interacts with the children-in her encouragement as well as teaching responsibility for one's actions instead of blaming or making excuses - experiencing consequences. She is warm and has a smile on her face almost all the time. She cares about the students and is a professional. With the 40 parent volunteer hours required, I see parents on campus all the time-in the classroom, on the blacktop play area, in the cafeteria, organizing school functions, planting in the flowerbeds...I've never experienced anything like it!
This school is very well run..The PTA takes a huge roll in its school, and it shows in the way the teachers are so thankfull for the time and money the PTA gives.
This is a great school - like the kind of school 'we' (aka boomers) went to. High expectations for behavior and achievement, with a devoted staff.
This school is big on test scores and that's all they prepare for during the school year. No availability of art programs, sports programs or other extracurricular activities that I am aware of. Parent involvement is required (40 hours per year), so of course it is very high.
The quality of academics of this school is excellent. There is a high level of parent involvement and the children have the ability to partcipate in all types of sports and after school activities.
Phoebe Hearst is a great school for parent involvement. Sometimes it seems that the school is more interested in numbers than people.
Look beyond high test scores. There is more to life than reading and math and sitting like little soliders in the classroom. Although reading and math are essential elements, children need balance and the opportunity to learn about history, culture and science. Children need to learn through hands on experience, peer teaching/learning and nuturing teachers. Sit still, be quiet and score high on tests - this is Phoebe Hearst. It is a stressful environment - especially for a child who takes criticism to heart or who does not perform as well as the other students. My student excelled - academically and socially - but it came at a steep emotional price. If I had to do it over again, I would not have him attend this school.
Principal is wonderful. I'm not so sure about the teachers. One in particular [some] do not allow our children to be children. Very stressful for a child who is not used to a 'private school' like atmosphere.
There are some wonderful dedicated teachers at this school, however the bottom line is the test scores which are the best in the area. Unfortunately this comes with some drawbacks. Depending on the teacher some students are bullied out of the school if the teacher has fears his student will not score high enough. Kids need to be tough to go to this school in the classroom and on the playground.
I would love to see more extracurricular activities for the basic program. Example would be intramural sports, foreign language, art programs, music etc.
We would like to see newer computers in the lab for all children. Also, I would like to see the children participate in language enhancement workshops: Spanish, French, Italian. I think the kids should have a nicer playground with shade, as well.
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