I read some of the negative reviews and have to disagree. The staff has been very cooperative with me, even when my son forgot his lunch at home. In fact, when my daughter left an important assignment at home, she was allowed to go to the office, call me, and request that I drop it off so she would get full credit. The teachers are very communicative and if you don't know how your student is doing it is because you, the parent, are not engaged. The principal is so warm and kind to the students; my daughter just loves her. Couldn't be happier!
now we are at the end of our first year. I still say the teachers are responsive, but not proactive. In other words, if you kid is struggling in class, you as a parent better be on top of it, and be in contact with the teacher, because all we've gotten is "progress reports" sent home, but this is only after there's problem. Teachers don't email you or ask you in to discuss anything. I've had to request conferences just so I can see the actual test he's taken because they won't release them. It's a bit frustrating. However, the teachers have been accommodating about meetings, are responsive to emails, and overall my son likes it there. Campus seems to be fairly well supervised. But it sure it as change from our experiences in elementary school -- much more detached.
I have to agree with some of the comments left about Hewes. I think their envolement with being "politically correct" has become it's main focus and not on it's students. My daughter forgot her lunch one day. I took it into Hewes around the ten o'clock hour and was told they WOULD NOT contact her or even let her know that her lunch was there. When I asked them what they thought my daughter would do now with no lunch, all I got was a blank stare. There was no concern my daughter would go hungry that day, only a reprimand of me because I was asking them to give my daughter her forgotten lunch.....we took our kids out.
I think Hewes is a great school! Classes are very informational, and most teachers incorporate some fun into lessons. If we don't understand anything, teachers are always willing to put their time in to help us. We do get a lot of homework, but most of the time, we are given class time to complete them. I take a long time doing homework, but mostly because I procrastinate and get distracted easily. Last year, rules on homework were very strict. If you missed a homework assignment, intervention, NOT detention, as stated in other reviews, was assigned. Interventions were either during recess or lunch, and we were allowed to eat a snack or lunch during it. Now, interventions have been removed, and we just don't get full credit for missing homework, but getting 2 missed assignments will result in a detention. Some other reviews were complaining about the no cell-phone policy. I think that it's a reasonable rule because there is no way to learn while texting on your phone. Teachers sometimes use them because they have to, and they know how to restrict themselves. Overall, Hewes is a fabulous school! 1 thing I'd like to see is more student leadership positions like president, etc.
I agree with the student comment about negative consequences. I have older kids that went to Hewes. I think the culture and environment has changed a lot since they implemented the no grace policy they now have. The kids might conform to avoid punishment, but they loose some of the joy of learning.
I am attending this school currently and, i think that they do not give us enough freedom. The rules are to strict. If you miss one assignment, you get detention. I do not think this is fair at all.Other than that, it is a great school with a great educational program
This school is alright, however they could lo9wer their prices on foods easily!!! $2.50 For 1 slice of pizza! and $1.25 For a gatorade bottle half the size of the $0.50 Ones at the market. Besides the prices, the only other problem is how badly students are treated. A detention is assigned for every missed assignment, and my child cant even get lunch sometimes if he has lunch detention. Not only that but they give students almost no rights. They can confiscate your cell phone for using it at all but the teachers disrupt the class all of the time to answer cell phone calls. It is a joke!!
Strong Science and Social Studies programs. Average reading program. Weak writing and math programs. You'll have to supplement starting in 6th grade in order for your student to be ready for any high school honors program.
Hewes is a great school with supportive administration and quality teachers. I feel safe having my two children attend this school because of the fair rules that are set and followed through. The principal and AP are always visible on campus. PTA at Hewes is very active and supportive of all school events. Hewes students are well-rounded students.
I recently graduated from this school and I personally thought it was a very negative enviroment and I would not willingly send my child to this school. The teachers treat the students with little to no respect and assign a lot of home work. The cafeteria prices are high and the most of the rules are unecesary and strip the students of many rights. Recently the rules became stricter, where a student that forgets one homework assignment receives a detention.
Hewes is a great school with caring administration, teachers and staff. I suppose some students don't like having to follow school rules, most of the students appreciate the school's learning enviroment. The principal has an open door policy and is willing to talk to any one with a concern. There are opportunities for parents to help with the student store (open daily), Junior Great Books, registration, school dances, and other programs both during the school day and after school. All school rules are clearly spelled out in the school planner provided to each student. A great educational enviroment that prepares the students for high school
I attended this school from 2004-2007. Personally, I hated it. Students were restricted from things such as hugging, their cafeteria has unreasonable pricing and I felt that I never really got much respect from the staff. I agree that the school has a very negative environment and I would not reccomend any child to attend this chool.
I had three children attend Hewes and I have to say it was the most negative environment I have ever been in with regards to schools. I am an educator myself and have even substitute taught for all of the TUSD schools and the Hewes teachers are the worst. I believe in positive criticism and supporting ALL students. It feels like juvenile hall sometimes. Parents are made to feel like their students are 'bad' all too often. Not much opportunity for parents to get involved DURING school hours.
This is the best school I have ever enrolled my kids into. The teachers are of top quality and the Students are the finest around.
This school has a very positive experience on my child. I am pleased to say that this school is very safe and well set up. The staff is very pleasant and kind toward students.
Our first year at Hewes has been excellent and better than expected. We found the office staff to be more than helpful and welcoming. After observing and meeting personally with the principal, we were impressed. We have two children enrolled here and one in special education. We initially had difficulty with our paperwork at the district level, but thankfully the teacher and staff at the school stayed on top of it and helped us tremendously. Nice parents, nice kids.
From what I have seen, nice school, nice teachers and fine administrators.
Hewes is perfection! We came to Hewes from Santa Ana Unified School District, and we have been welcomed with an environment just like we enjoyed when I was in middle school and high school 36 years ago! Teachers and staff are knowledgeable, warm, friendly, and interested in the kids...facilities and grounds are pleasant...great parent involvement...generally, an inviting, normal, safe and happy learning environment! There is the necessary structure and discipline, but kids are still able to express themselves, be individuals, and have fun. Students all seem genuinly happy to be there!
Hewes is an excellent middle school. The teachers are very friendly and helpful, and do everything they can to help the children succeed. The teachers especially helped my daughter vastly improve her math skills. There are many music, art and sports programs. The only downside is the small amount of parent involvement.
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