This school is not a gifted school any longer. Any children that originally followed the procedure of taking tests for two days and earning entrance into this school are being thrown to the wayside. The lottery was the worst thing that could have happened. There are children now that are not able to meet the academics and some have serious behavior problelms. Special help is given to these children and the children who earned their way are bored, not challenged and feel they are not getting the education that they were use to when they first got into the school. So much for all you losers who said that any child who got in was politically motivated. So sad that the kids that earned their way were badmouthed. I would not want my child in a school to struggle with the academics if they were not qualified. This school is like any other school, if not worst.
I also agree that this school has gone downhill. My oldest started when Mrs Butcher was principal and I have 2 children in the school, My oldest has graduated & my youngest has 1 year left. If 2nd child was not graduating next year I would have changed schools. This school is just a smaller version of the regular middle school. The current principal has changed the curriculum, the band & drama programs are a lesser version than before, and the spanish program has ended for the lower grades. There is no difference here than the regular middle school. It is only a matter of time before the tax payers push to close this school because it has no unique offerings anymore. I am glad my children are moving on. I was one of the biggest supporters of this school in the past. I will not support the continuing existence of this school any longer & will now be one of those who voice my opinion at board of Ed meetings & town budget meetings to close it. I cannot see any reason to keep spending money on a school that has changed to nothing more than a glorified middle school existing to enhance the self-opinions of those who work there.
The school has become a watered down version of its original intent. It's a shame. The music and drama which used to be a huge piece of the puzzle is in shambles. The school is too small to be all things to all children and the school will perform to lower standards as a result of recent changes. I'm glad my son experienced some of the good, but I watched first hand as things went downhill.
East Haven Academy has been the best choice for my son. He didn't test to get into this school yet continues to excel in his learning and his CMT scores. The staff at this school is amazing and I would highly recomend this school to children who need a different learning enviroment rather than traditional classroom learning. I am very proud and grateful to have another alternative for my child's best interests.
EHA is a terrific environment for students to learn in. There are so many hands activities that engage the children in learning. I know my daughter will come away with a much better understanding of what she has learned and will actually remember things that I have long since forgotten. EHA is a Blue Ribbon school and everyone should be proud to have it in East Haven.
East Haven Academy offers our community something no other communities around us do. I am grateful to the town of East Haven for enabling our children to have this opportunity to attend this school. Thank you!
Awesome faculty & principal-community orientated-lots of fun projects and activities-great friends w/ great families
East Haven Academy offers your child the ability to grow as an independent young adult, gives them self accomplishments while establishing a sense of community. I considered my children to be very lucky to have the opportunity to be apart of a school the shows them how much they care for their love of learning. I ditto on the back on Melanie Higgins and John Gildersleeve for they took the words right out of my mouth.
As a grandmother, I'm so pleased with all the reports from my granddaughter and from my daughter about the wonderful educational experiences at East Haven Academy. The sense of cooperation and accomplishment that works there is excellent!
The students do so well to manage their own task as early as 3rd grade. Being responsible and self sufficient individuals are highly stressed at our East Haven Academy. I am very proud of my children how much they care about staying on task and caring about how well they do.
A wonderful school, great staff and great students! A Blue Ribbon School definately worth voting for!
East Haven Academy prepares kids for success in the academic world by stressing an environment of pride for achievement. Both my children benefitted incredibly from the experience. It is the shining star of East Haven.
EHA has inspired my children with a love for learning! As a parent I have seen firsthand how attending EHA has tapped into their creativity, made them more aware of current events, gave them a knowledge of politics and has incouraged them to continually think outside of the box. My children have grown both intellectually and socially since attending EHA.
A phenominal school that continues to be one worth fighting to keep open. Despite two difficult years with a principal who just wasn't the right fit fo the school, with Mrs. Johnson as ou pincipal now, EHA has bounced back and is moving forward better than ever - the best teachers in the district by far. The best program by far. We have the right to expect this level of excellence in education fom our town. Sadly, some in our community are intimidated by the school's success, instead of being proud of what the students, staff and parents accomplish together. Dawn Mason-Affinito, parent
My grandson is in this school. I wholly believe he is well served. There was a prior comment inferring that students were chosen more for their parents' 'politics' than their innate abilities and skills. I cannot attest to anyone else in this school, but in my grandchild's situation nothing could be further than the truth, as my grandson's parents enjoy NO particular favor whatsoever in the town. As for passion, well, it is invariably the case in all aspects of life that passions seemingly diminish with time and with the realization that expectations must be adjusted to account for various enablements and consrtraints. That is not to say that passions do not exist but they are tempered by circumstances and with time and factors unique to the situation being affected.
This school is the best the town of East Haven has to offer. It's controversial and if you want to get the town folk riled up, all you have to do is mention EHA and budget. The school was established in 1997 by some pretty passionate people. It appears some of the passion has diminished and unfortunately the small town mentality has a larger voice than the educational process itself. The school is on its third principal in 11 years, making teachers/parents the ruling force of the school because they hold the institutional memory and traditions. Politics plays a role in acceptance, who is chosen for roles in activities and how the building is used. It would be great to see the school expand to high school to keep the students in town.
I, too, agree it is a good school (like the other elementary schools in East Haven). I also feel that so many siblings are accepted over other students who seem more qualified, which discredits the students as gifted. It's a matter of convenience (and politics).
E.H.A. is incredible, though this is only my sons first year (3rd grader) I am beyond impressed. We just had his first play,If You Believe. It was phenomenal, everything was perfect you could see and feel all the love and confidence in all of the children. I firmly believe this school is the best in East Haven and I'm proud my son made it in . I do and always will support such a wonderful school. Good Luck and Goodbye to Dr. Speck. Of course I believe the next principal will be a good fit for E.H.A
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