We transfered after an terrible experience at a near by school. It only took a week for my kids to be completely excited about school again. I was no longer dragging my kids out of bed and into their classrooms. As a military family their educators completely understood my kids needs. My childrens education was not limited to just what was in their text books, but learned so many life lessons.
Enforcement of basic rules concerning respect and behavior is nonexistent, muchless any character development. It's unfair to the students who want to learn for the entire day and classroom to revolve around students with behavior issues.
We're not new to schools that are predominantly military, so we are accustomed to the unique challenges associated with the demographic that this school serves. However, in our short time at Hancock, I'm appalled by the amount of disrespect toward teachers and other students, as well as physical violence that I've witnessed by so many of the children at this school. More importantly, though the teachers may be good as other reviewers have stated, they seem way too tolerant of the behavior issues running rampant. Where does it stop and who is willing to enforce the "no tolerance" rules that are supposed to be in place? The code of conduct is an absolute joke and the kids take full advantage of that. In one week, I've witnessed more behavior issues being ignored than I have in all of the years at other schools. Instead of talking about what they did in school, my kids now come home with an endless amount of stories about skipping assignments because they have to play the silent game due to other students' behavior, teachers that spend the majority of their day making threats to call home or revoke recess because the classroom is out of control, and complaints about kids constantly and intentionally being disruptive. Oh, and there's no principal because apparently the last one resigned... I wonder why. This school is in desperate need of someone who has enough experience and an authoritative enough hand to get the behavior issues sorted so the teachers can get back to teaching and the children have a chance to learn. Good luck finding someone who is up to the challenge.
My experience with the staff and especially the teach is not very good nor pleasant to deal with.
Ratio = students to teachers: 25:1 (no assistant aid)
(i have request to move to my child to a smaller class but 25 is the minimum)
two classes share a room so 50:2
Communication in helping your child - terrible
Assistance for child's needs - bad
Fund raising and volunteering- Exceptional, always continue to requesting for donations for raising money for the school
Administration Office- average but again short to the point answers or do it yourself actions
Grading & report Cards: Very Very Very broad, not specific nor clear what the child need to work on. The only proof is not by notes by teacher of what the child has done in class that week to prove something that she/he is currently is doing okay on. (like coloring, counting, ect~ again not very clear)
Overall I highly recommended to look for another school.
We have had a great experience with Hancock and look forward to our new principal at the school. As for the person who said they discourage parent involvement, I am sure you have the wrong school as there are over 50 parent volunteers at this school. Maybe you should join and involve yourself. The entire kindergarten staff is wonderful. I have never had a problem with the office staff. They have been very nice to me. Maybe your poor attitude can be seen from the moment you enter the door.
I am trying everything in my power to change schools, or I will homeschool. The teachers (the ones my kids have) are a joke. Teachers cant keep meetings, make kids feel bad about themselves, an over all crappy school.
This is not the type of school for family involvement. They actually discourage parental involvement. There is no communication from the school whatsoever about how your child is doing. My daughter is in kindergarten and I can not wait to get her into another school using school choice voucher. Another problem is the people who work in the office are so rude to the parents and the children. Just walk in on any given day and after you are ignored you will rudely greeted with can I help you. As if you are in the wrong for just walking in the office to ask a simple question. Lunch time for kindergarten consists of the kids getting screamed at with a megaphone, and whistles being blown to quite the kids. Very impersonal, it took until November for my daughters teacher to know who she was . If your moving to this area go to sandi.net and voucher to another school or drive your kids outside the district right down aero to angier elementary. 100xs nicer school. Hancock elementary doesn't even have a PTA. It's the worst school I have ever encountered.
I have children in kindergarten and 2nd grade and I am very please with their teachers. I have high expectations for schools as I am a student getting a degree in education. We live in the neighborhood and moved here after we had a chance to choice our kids to another school. I am glad we were able to give this school a chance and will continue to go there. I volunteer 4 days a week in the classrooms as well and I have seen nothing but greatness come from these teachers.
Prior to my children attending Hancock I had concerns in regards of the quality education my children would receive at a primarily military enrolled school but Hancock is one the best schools my children have attended. I have one child with special needs and one without and they are but receiving a high quality education. I am impressed with the professionalism and the range of services available. The staff and teachers are wonderful and our children are having an educational experience where they are both thriving in classrooms that teach to individual needs. We are one of the few officer families who choose to send their children to Hancock and I am amazed that more of our neighbors chose not to send their children to there. The teachers and staff are dedicated and thorough. The only difficulty I have run into is poor parental involvement, which is not at the fault of the school. With the teaching staff going above and beyond to ensure my children's needs are met, we are blessed to have found this wonderful school.