The Principal at Hearst is extremely controlling and has her own agenda. She does not listen to the parents or the staff. I rated safety and discipline the highest, meaning that it's over the top. The principal disciplines everyone including the parents. The school is so 'locked down' that after the bell rings in the morning, immediately the gates are locked. The morale is very low as a result of the principal. Parents are greatly involved but many are very unhappy with the principal and the district. The teachers are wonderful and would do better if they were actually allowed to do their job without such strict, outside requirements. The scores at Hearst are high, but don't let that fool you. Art, music and science are such a low priority to that of math, reading and writing. Recess time for kindergartners was cut, all for 'instrcutional minutes.'
I am very impressed with the quality of academics in Kindergarten as well as parent participation.
This school is staffed with dedicated, talented teachers and attended by involved and caring parents. However, in my opinion, they are hamstrung in their efforts by the principal. Ignore the test scores, because as long as this principal remains the atmosphere is poisioned.
Terrific parent involvement makes this seem like a private school. Most teachers are excellent, with an exception in a couple of grades (one of the third grade teachers is not nearly as good as the others). However, the principal seems very rules-bound and inflexible -- and somewhat out of the touch with the teachers who have been around for a while.
Visited K1-K3 classes on 5/5/05. All three teachers were very welcoming and spoke generously about a variety of features of their classes. Children appeared to be very engaged in their assignments, eager to share their self created booklets and stories with me. In one class, there was an additional helper, may have been a parent. Teachers seemed very much in control of the classes. Children were focused and happy. The rooms were filled from ceiling to floor with learning materials and finished projects. All teachers were responsive to the children who solicited help. Entry and exit in to the Kindergarten areas seemed very controlled. The classes, special Kindergarten play area (with jungle gym, black top & picnic table), and library were all fenced in to one area. I believe 2 of the classes have their own bathrooms. Overall impression was a very positive one.
My daughter has been attending since first grade; she graduated 06/04. During that time all of the teachers I had direct contact with were very willing to meet with me and discuss any issue. The school does offer a music program, which we took advantage of. I was overall very happy, and my daughter as well, with our experiences.
This is a wonderful school. Parent envolvement is very stong. Academic's are #1. After school program (6 to 6) is also very good.
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