My daughter is in second grade in this school. She seems to be doing well, but is not as inspired as she has been in her previous school. Hammock Pointe seems very business-like. My daugher complains that the students do not get much play time, or down time. The homework seems appropriate for her level, and she does not complain about mean kids, or mean teachers.
Hammock Pointe is a wonderful school because of its wonderful teachers!
I am not thrilled that they've started construction with little to no communication with the families that have their children attending the school. They need to revise the parking/traffic circle situation there. It's awful. When the police are there to watch for speeders and those that don't make proper turns, etc. it's much worse. It shouldn't take as long as it takes to drop a child off on the premises. And there is little parking. Not nearly enough. Perhaps they should have flexible start times. Grades K-2 start at 8:30 and 3-5 start at 8:00. Or something along those lines...
Hammock Pointe is a wonderful elementary school. They have initiated several programs to encourage more involvement at home, especially in reading and math. Because my daughter read 20 books a month, the principal actually came to our house, gave her a book and read her a bed time story. The problem at Hammock Pointe is overcrowding, which I assume is now rampant in public schools. A new auditorium/cafeteria is underway, which is a good thing because only about 1/3 of the students can fit. The teachers get involved to raise money for activities including putting on a 'spaghetti dinner' for parents and students. Hammock Pointe encourages participation by the parents, and invites parents to have breakfast with their kids at the school bimonthly, and the family is given a book to read to the kids. Finally, the school is an A school. I would recommend it.
I didn't go to school in any Florida school. I've had 2 older sons who have gone through school in Nebraska and Iowa. Compared to my experience in Cedar Rapids, IA, and my sons' experience in Omaha, NE, the quality of education at this school is substandard. With the introduction of trimesterly report cards, it is more imperitive than ever that mid-term report cards (with letter-grade evaluations like those on final report cards) be issued. The way it stands now, it is near impossible for a parent to correct for deficient performances. Both my two older sons were classified as 'Gifted' as was I. I know what it means to be 'gifted'. This school has yet to even evaluate my youngest son for giftedness. I have pretty much given up on that idea, since it would mean that he would have to transfer schools anyway. This system is screwed up. But then again, the entire state of Florida isn't exactly known for quality public schools.
My son is in Kindergarden and has a wonderful teacher! The principal is very involved with student activities. This is an excellent school.
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