Our daughter is completing her first year at Park Hill and had a wonderful experience in full-day kindergarten. She tested into Advanced Kindergarten and was accepted at Polaris/Ebert, but we chose to keep her at Park Hill, our first choice school (we are two blocks outside of the boundaries). The teachers are caring and do a great job differentiating for kids whether they are advanced or catching up to grade level. We love the diversity of the student population and feel so lucky to be part of Park Hill!
I couldn't agree more with the posting on November 13, 2009. Park Hill's academic score of '3' does not do justice to the education provided at this school. My daughter is in Kindergarten with a teacher that is building life long learning skills AND she is doing this in a diverse and real-world class room where kids come from all walks of life. PHE librarian is excellent and is teaching the kids researching skills at a very young age. The music program is excellent. But on top of all that the Principle is savy at bringing additional resources to the school in a severely tight budgetary situation through community partnerships. As a first grader at PHE, you can take Spanish, Mandarin, violin, and acting classes, etc... The PTSA is top notch, earning additional dollars to support para-professionals. Don't voerlook this school based on the score.
This is our first year at PHE but I can say that the low rating of a 3 does not give a true picture of the school. PHE is a great diverse neighborhood school with strong leadership that focuses on giving students a well-rounded education. Many schools have eliminated or reduced Art, Music and PE, but extra funding from the PTSA has kept these programs intact. The library is simply amazing and has more children's books than most public libraries. The elimination of the middle school was a move in the right direction and we should see children thrive in the new environment. Hopefully a new playground is in the works in the coming year.
Park Hill School has strong leadership and an excellent teaching staff. The art, PE, music and library programs provide great enrichment for the students. The parent and business community provide amazing support for Park Hill School.
Our family has been a part of this school for the past 5 years, and we have 5 years remaining for our youngest child. In the last year, I've seen this school change dramatically for the better and we could not be more pleased. The administration and teaching staff are top notch and have set high expectations for all grades. I'm proud to be part of this school community.
We considered private and charter schools, but Park Hill is a neighborhood school that feels right. My 3rd grader has been there since K, and is having his best school year ever. He feels challenged and is learning a lot. The new principal has made significant changes, empowering teachers while giving them more direction. Test scores will only go up, as the school is in transition back to being an elementary school (it had been K-8). Most parents pulled their kids out after 5th to attend other middle schools, so out-of-neighborhood kids had to be bused in to fill the upper grades, bringing a different demographic weighted toward lower achievers. Now Park HIll will truly become the star neighborhood elementary school that it once was!
Park Hill is the best of neighborhood schools. It has a warm, welcoming culture and teams of outstanding teachers at all grade levels. Children feel comfortable here and they thrive. An engaged parent community is making great strides to provide the additional resources we need for our diverse population. I have two children in grades K and 2 and have been very pleased.
My children are challenged and interested in what they are learning. They are making good friends and learning to get along with children of varied ethnicity and background. They have interesting and varied after school activities available to them. The administration and staff are committed to performing their jobs to a high standard of excellence. The school librarian receives the highest awards in the state year after year. All this in a school where I meet my friends and neighbors every day. I can't think of anything else I would look for in an elementary school.
There is real excitement about Park Hill School this year. We have a new administration that is already setting high standards and establishing consistency across the school. Park Hill has always had a fabulous sense of community and tremendous parent involvement. The new strong academic leadership and dedicated teachers are poised to take this truly diverse school to new heights. Come check us out ~ great things are happening!
There is a real sense of upcoming success and renewed purpose with highly qualified new administration coming in. The teachers are excited, and that is already carrying over to the students and families! This is going to be a great year at a great school! PH is a beautiful, historic building with a terrific parent population that isn't afraid to jump in and help! That, coupled with the nice mix of young new excited teachers, and experienced administration makes for a very exciting future in this school!
Park Hill is a great school, improving year over year. My daughter is in first grade and has loved her experience so far. The full-day kindergarten teacher was amazing. The first and second grade classes are looped, which has really worked well for us. She has older kids to look up to, and the 2nd graders are seen as leaders within the classroom. The principal is very involved, and the teachers have been quite open to listening and problem solving together. They have a great mix of art, music, computer and PE.
This is a top-notch school that urges parent and community involvement. Students are varied, along with race and income levels.
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