My son has attended this school since he was in first grade! He is now finishing up 4th and unfortunately, we are moving to another state. We have had issues with bullying, but the staff (principal included) was very proactive on a solution. I could do without some of the parents; however, the school has been one of the best! My son has excelled intellectually because of the amazing teachers and if you are contemplating this school you won't be disappointed! We are really sad we have to leave!
I joined my daughter without researching or reading reviews here. The school staff is rude and my daughters teacher is silently bullying her. My daughter was telling me that she never looks at my work, she never appreciates her work. Whether she likes it or not, its the least common sense to appreciate with one word to that small child to say "Good Job". Teachers here should understand they are mistreating small kids who don't know how to defend themselves or fight back. Shame on these teachers to have blunt hearts like this. If you don't do something about it, no one will join your school. Make it a habit to listen to parents. Keep your ears open.
I have two children at HRES and am very happy with this school. The new Principal, Cindy Venolia, is an excellent communicator and a very dynamic leader. Great school!
Excellent school! My son loves his teacher, has made great friends, and is learning excellent character traits.
We have been in this school for 2 years, going into our 3rd year this Fall 2013. So far the teachers have been wonderful. Mrs. McGurrell has to be one of best teachers there. She makes learning fun for the kids, but she definitely adjusts the curriculum based on the child's learning level and capacity. So if your child is advanced, she/he has the opportunity to grow. Her frequent email updates are a great way of keeping in close touch with the classroom events. Heard 'rumors' about the ex-principal but this Fall there is a new one so here is hoping to better results with her. The parent involvement is super, and the foundation is so enthusiastic!
The parking situation is terrible. The Principal is unprofessional, very cold, and not very warm and inviting. She "labels" families, and ours has been branded for 2 years. You can just tell by the way you are treated. Some of the teachers are good but I see a need for change. We are taking our son out of this school and moving him to another Poway School even though Ms. Watson is leaving. I don't think he will ever get a fair shot at learning. The playground is horrible and the school looks rundown. The class rooms are over crowded and if it wasn't for the parent helpers most children except the smartest and brightest would get any attention. I am not usually one to comment publically about anyone or anything but I felt compelled to write about HRES.
My two children are here. My husband is a teacher in another district so we have some perspective from both sides. The fact is, Ms. Watson has been amazing to my special Ed classified daughter. And she has been so supportive, yet firm with both my kids. So I find it ironic that those who complain about "bullying" at the school have been the ones to "bully" her out of this same school. I have my own hypothesis about their motivations, but I will keep my theories to myself. Don't hesitate to send your kids here. Smart people (I'm referring teachers, not the "entitled and self important parents") and nice ethnic diversity. Oh, wait, that's maybe what some of you DIDN'T like.
I ADORE every single teacher my children have had. The foundation and PTA are trying to get thing going. The parking situation is horrendous, and they are trying something new this year, it is a bit better, but the school was not designed for this many parents to be driving in. The Principal is just very cold, and not very warm and inviting. She "labels" families, and we've been branded. You can just tell by the way you are treated. Not soo cool. If there were not great teachers, we'd be out in a hot second.
Highland Ranch is a good school with horrible principle Ms.Anita Watson. She lacks leadership skills and is rude. My daughter is in 5th grade now and is in Highland Ranch since KG. All the teachers are wonderful and communicate really well. PTA and Foundation are doing lot of good things for the kids. But this school needs good principle.
I can sum it up quite simple. The principal is horrible. Ms. Watson is very rude, not professional at all and a big bully! It is obvious why so many leave this school not to mention that EVERY Complaint has the principal listed in it. She has even had court issued restraining orders by parents due to her bullying!
Dangerous levels of bullying at this school. Principal is totally inadequate in dealing with this. The school office staff is unfriendly and rude. I would not recommend anyone sending their child to this school.
Our daughter has been at this school for 4 years. It's a great school with a professional staff, including Ms Watson! It is unfortunate that parents with children with behavioral problems chose to blame staff members, however those of us who have children who are there to learn and not be a problem know what's really going on with these accusations. I, for one, couldn't be happier when these parents transfer their child to another school so our children can focus on getting an education. Also, kudos to Ms Harris, Ms Levchenko, & Mr Flanders all are excellent teachers!
The PTA and many of the teachers are fantastic. The Principal has a court ordered restraining order against her. Why is she still there? Anita Watson has a reputation of treating parents unprofessionally, is rude and inconsistent in her treatment of children and families. If a parent speaks up in anyway them and their child are targeted and harrassed.
Office staff has been very helpful. They were patient and I noticed they spoke with respect to the kids. I like how the principle and school fosters independence and accountability. I am a parent to my kids and not their best friend so the style appeals to me. The kindergarten teacher is awesome times two. She has a fantasic reputation in reading. My daughter has given her thumbs up on the teacher and class.
Both our kids are in HRES and the school is reasonably fine with some mediocre and some exceptional teachers. The Principal leaves a lot to be desired in terms of leadership through innovation and inspiration. Seems like that opinion is shared among parents (including below), but not sure what can be done, so our taxpayer dollars are better spent.
We have been very involved in HRES. Excellent band and choir programs. PTA puts children first by providing family building activities. Teachers are caring and very kind. Unfortunately the principal lacks professionalism. If you do voice a concern you and your children are targeted and "labeled" as a troublemaker and treated poorly. Office staff is cold. PUSD is an awesome district but we are enduring our elementary school years.
I have had children at this school for a few years. The teachers are wonderful. The PTA does a lot for the school, students, and teachers. The principal is a horrible leader. What once was a great school has become a poor school due in large part to the principal. It is time for some change at Highland Ranch.
I love the school but very disappointed in the ESS program. My son was hurt by older boys at ESS the first week he was there and no one knew about it. I feel that they didn't handle the situation appropriately and someone need to do a random visit/inspection. I know people who are considering moving kids of of this school b/c of it.
The best thing about Highland Ranch is 2nd grade Teacher Linda Harris. She is an exceptional teacher who is truly dedicated to the education of her students. She turned my son from a below average student to a student who exceeds or meets all standards. My son loves her like a best friend. I have never seen a more organized and structured classroom. I wish more teachers had her commitment and concern for the education of our kids.
I wish I had better things to say about Highland Ranch. I recently transferred my child to a different Elementary School for one reason, the Principal. She doesn't take the safety of the kids seriously, nor does she take one of the biggest problems in public schools seriously, bullying. She says 'boys will be boys' and laughs at any indication that bullying actually takes place in 'her school'. She is irresponsible and will but a band-aid on issues rather than fixing the problems. I was embarrassed for my child to go there.
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