My child was in Ms. Elmlinger's class, and we could not have been happier with her teaching. She had a warmth and love with the children. We have taken advantage of the Suzuki violin program, which has been great. My child is an advanced reader, and I was particularly impressed that the Principal, Ms. Womack, meets with every teacher monthly to talk about EACH child, and when discussing the unique needs of my child - decided to put her in an advanced reading group with a few other first graders.
The Renaissance School at Hamilton Avenue has been such an amazing school to both my children. The building is top of the line and the educators are gifted and caring. Both my children are eager learners thanks to how motivated the teachers keep our children. Both of our children began playing their violin and cello at age 3 in the preschool program at the school and now they are in 4th and 5th grades. They play so naturally and beautifully. Now that one of my kids is moving on to Western Middle school we are highly enthusiastic about this next step. Their International Baccalaureate program is amazing and those magnet seats are going to fill up quickly. We are happy we live in the zoned area. We highly recommend Hamilton Avenue School to any parent looking for a quality education for their children.
Continuation from my other response ("Wow, I don't think another student has commented!") The school is very diverse, which I like because I got to experience a lot of different culture. However, me and also my 2 other sisters could not connect to the students there. We had 2 or 3 friends (from the advanced learning program (ALP)) but we couldn't connect to all the other kids. And when we went to Middle School, all three of us were no longer friends with our 2 or 3 friends any more... we got into arguments and we no longer talk to each much (well, actually, I am still friends with one of them). It seems as though this is the case with also lots of other students too... kids from Ham Ave no longer were together and they mostly became friends with the Parkway, Glenville and New Lebanon kids. I don't know why, but that's just one thing I noticed. I'm not saying the kids at Ham Ave are "bad" (no student is "bad") but I just wonder why, for example, the Glenville students all remained friends throughout middle school and high school but not the Ham Ave kids. Anyways, the staff at Ham Ave are great, the teachers are too, and overall, it is a great school!
My son is in Kindergarten here...his teacher is very inspiring and loving. He LOVES coming to school each day...he is being challenged by the more advanced reading program he was placed in, loves the extensive music program and is having FUN! I am highly impressed by Ham Ave so far. We came here through the lottery process because we thought it was important, in Greenwich, to teach our child about diversity. I feel it is a nice and very equal blend of cultures and the school makes a great effort to break classes down into smaller groups so that all children get appropriate levels of learning and are challenged. The main office staff and overall school activities/functions could use some more organization but otherwise a great school!
I love HAS. I have two children there now, and I have nothing but positive things to say. The teaching staff is stellar... All care about the children very much, and work hard to bring quality programming. There is great opportunity for me to get as involved as I'd like to be, and the teachers can be reached in a variety of ways (meeting, phone, email). I definitely feel connected to what is happening in their classrooms. Overall, great school, excellent teachers, quality education (regardless of what the CMT's come back looking like... That is not how this school can be fairly judged).
HAS is an amazing school, the teachers at this school should be rewarded day after day for all their dedication and passion. I have nothing but great things to say about this school.
Ham Ave is a wonderful school with a strong academic program, an amazing music and art program, great diversity, good teachers and strong parental involvement. It is a great school.
Our son is the pre-K progam as a special needs kid (he's on the autism spectrum). Everyone at the school has fallen over themselves to avail him to all of the services the district has to offer. His teacher, and the assistants, are amazing and caring educators. This is a great school.
this school offers a safe caring environment for children who come from an area rich in cultural diversity with a view of the real world.
HAS is a great school, which unfortunately has been cast in a negative light because of all the controversy with the mold, the new school,etc,etc. The administration, office staff, and principal are fantastic in my opinion. My children love HAS.
The school is a disgrace, the mold problem is a blessing that the students will be in a real school building, change is not welcomed and unsettling, but once the studnets assimilate in their new surroundings, with new kids and real rooms for teaching and for gym and a real caferteria and playground, they will adjust and enjoy the new environment, HA doesn't exist anymore with the split up, ownership of these kids by the leaders will not be there anymore, how can the leaders be present between 6 different schools on a daily basis...it's a true blessing, the administrators/prinicpals should be fired.
Hamilton Ave School is in my opinion the best school in Greenwich. The teachers are the only ones in town who take accountablity for their students.The work very hard at teaching each and every student. Dr. Rau has goals, which may be hard on the teachers, but are shown in the students work. She has brought back being afraid to go to the Principals office and I applaud her for that. I am very greatful my child goes there. I only wish the teachers could get paid more than the other teachers in town. Our children learn in school and in afters. Not at home with a tutor.
The quality of academic programs is overseen by administration's seflish need to look good, keep their image and repuation to the outside at the expenseof overworking, stressing the teachers and creating a tensed work place. There are too many meeting, not enough time to have normal commom planningtime and grade level meetings to discuss teaching concerns let along curriculum issues. This is a negative trickle effect to the students and my kid is stressed. she has heard the principal Dr. Rau yell many times at staff.
There are afterschool programs there but do they meet the needs of the kids or is it just babysitting. Was a survye ever done to see how much my children learned from day 1 to last? The environment is disruptful due to student's negative aggressive behaviors in the hallway /classrooms. It intereferes with my children's learning % is consistent in 3 classes where we know the kids in those rooms. Students runout, knock things over, run in hallways and to the outside, hit other kids I don't see the studetn discipline by the current principal who is so focused on having her school 'look good' by the state, the BOE, outside agencies to approve them for certificates and awards that she is forgetting what is happening in her own classrooms. I can't wait to have my children transferred soon.
I think that they should have an afterschool program in the school which will help those younger students adjust more, as far as Kindergarten and First grade. There are still some children who have not adjusted to the to school and the teachers have problems with intervention. A lot of parents could not afford day care or pre-school for their children, so Hamilton Avenue should provide that. Maybe they should consider that in one of the PTA meetings. Overall it is a GREAT school!
Wonderful academic programs.Great arts and music,after school programs. Lots of parental involvement.
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