This is an okay school. Positives are the caring, positive environment, nice office staff and principal. My child likes going to school. Negatives are: not focused on academic excellence, eg, teaches to the middle or even the bottom, not particularly strong leadership to address waning 4th grade math scores, a reward/punishment based discipline/character program that is very ineffective for kids, like another person posted here. There are many, many activities for parents to be involved with, but unfortunately, none of those seem to be academic in nature. Far too much focus on food/social activities. Poor communication from classroom about academics, behavior, activities. Very short notice for sometimes 2 or 3 parent involvement activities per week, which is very hard for working parents and makes these kids feel their parents are not there for them. Warm and fuzzy, but not a great school.
Excellent school, conscientious principal Mr. O, wonderful teachers. Have 2 children who did K, Grade 1, 2, and 3. Always was in Montessori schools in and out of state, but this school is the best.
Heartherwood is a great school. We open enrolled our child and he loves the school. Teachers are very caring and parens are very involved.
My Child attended this School. The Principal has no leadership skills. Unable to deal with any conflict. Parents run the School and are wonderful. Teacher moral is low with a lame leader. Had some Great teachers, also some very unmotivated ones. My advice look at open enrollment, Private School.
parent involvement is high...teachers are getting lazy in upper pod...worried about kids experience when they go to Middle school
Because both the teachers and the parents are highly caring and involved. Everyone gives extra time for the kids and it shows.
Heatherwood has a true community feel. We have great teachers, assistants and volunteers which encourage the development of a well rounded child. Thank you Heatherwood!
Heatherwood elementary has a great community spirit. Heatherwood also has many wonderful, gifted teachers!
I love the community focus. Heatherwood has great academics, don't get me wrong, but our neighborhood is kind of out in the middle of nowhere and Heatherwood Elementary has also become a social focus of the neighborhood. They have fun runs, movie nights, bingo nights, and all sorts of activities for families.
Heatherwood is an amazing school! We have been thrilled with the teachers, staff and Principal. Our children have thrived academically and love going to school each day.
Every single teacher my 5th grader has had there has helped him grow in a different way. It's just a wonderful, supportive community.
Heatherwood is a community school. The school has a ton of activities designed to involve all students/friends/family. The school has an increased awareness on health and fitness. Way to go!
Heatherwood is a truly caring community of educators, parents and community members. It is wonderful to see my children get up every morning and WANT to go to school. The school is very open and a truly friendly place.
I love Mr. O! I love the way they do their fund raising and I love the sense of community that I feel. My son loves school too!
Heatherwood is a very green school, and are teaching our children how to be green by example and by practice. In addition to great academics, Heatherwood's wonderful educators teach and promote tolerance for others, good life skills, and help our kids to look at how they can contribute to their community. It's a great place for children to grow into solid, contributing members of society, and they have a lot of fun along the way!
Heatherwood is a great community school. The teachers and staff are wonderful and really care about the children. My child wakes up every morning happy and excited to go to school, which I feel is a true testament to the wonderful job the teachers are doing. They have open classrooms and it amazes me how focused the children are despite not having walls. The children learn in fun and interesting ways and my daughter is constantly talking about what she learned each day.
This school has such a great sense of community where many families know and support each other. This school actively support many activities such as 'Walk and Roll' where students with families, teachers, etc get physical exercise while getting to/from school. The cafeteria has healthy food choices. The principle is a kind/caring individual who actively is involved with the well being of all students/faculty. This school has proven that it enabled students to be prepared for middle school and beyond.
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