Both my childen were in A-rated Duval public schools for three years before being enrolled in Hendricks. I can't say enough about the educators and the administrators. The enthusiam for learning is seen from the principal, to the teachers, to the students and parents. Both children love Hendricks and have regained their love of learning. Thier motto is 'Teaching how to think, not what to think.' and it shows! Due to a recent contribution Hendricks now has IT equipment that is second to none in the county. It is no longer a Methodist school and, while they do have chapel weekly, there are children of all faiths attending. It is also enthically and culturally diverse.
We have just started attending HDS from public elementary school and I am more and more impressed with each day. The cirriculum is challenging and well taught. The faculty does a great job communicating with parents and being accessible. My sixth grader is more engaged with his schoolwork than ever before.
HDS is a growing school, however it has a small town feel. Parent involvement is high. Teachers are loving and encouraging, yet provide discipline as needed. I've compared the academics to those of friends with children attending other private schools in the area. Overall, HDS academics are more advanced. For a school of this size the athletic opportunities are great. I highly recommend HDS.
My two children have been lucky to attend Hendricks Day School for eight years. The academics are very high and the teachers are so caring. It's a wonderful nurturing environment for elementary and middle-school kids, with plenty of opportunities, like art, music, Latin, and a wide range of middle-school sports. We've all made great friends at Hendricks.
This is a wonderful school! I've compared and had 3 children at 3 different private schools and this one is top notch.....no comparision in all categories. Teachers really do care, academics are the best and very challenging, PTO is very active and everyone is willing to work with you or you work with them! The Critical Thinking that they teach and emphasize is wonderful. Please check this school out. You won't be disappointed.
This is my child's first year at HDS. I am very happy with the teacher and the academics provided. I do not feel that they are really getting a lot out of music, art, and spanish. I haven't seen anything since the beginning of the school year come home from those areas.
Academics are first rate. High level of parent involvement in all areas of school. Extracurricular activities are well-balanced with academics. Our son has attended since 3rd grade (now in 7th). He is a unique child, but his teachers work hard to appeal to his strengths and strengthen his weaker areas. He has never once been teased or bullied even though he is 'nerdy'. The Critical Thinking focus in the curriculum is exactly what we want for our son-how to think, not what to think.
Excellent parental involvement. Great education. I am a previous student, and I look forward to sending my children there.
Though this school is going through a transition period, I would highly recommend it. Unlike other schools HDS does require a lot of parental involvement. That's what parents are for anyway. The curriculum is top rate and the faculty are also. They require the students to put forth their best efforts in all they do and this school produces children with excellent academics. They encourage the students to be well-rounded and think about issues rather than follow someone else blindly. The school may be rough around the edges after the recent move, but it is a true diamond in the rough.
Hendricks Day School has provided my children with a loving envirnoment and has prepared them well academically,socially and morally. The school has opportunities in the arts and sports that we have also taken advantage of. We have been very pleased at Hendricks- the quality of teaching would also be hard to match. Parents are welcome and encouraged to be a part of activities on campus and to attend field trips,participate on the PTO in various ways. I have found the teachers to be very approachable- they truly want to help each child succeed.
Hendricks methodist Day School is a great school for your child to get an education. But do the teachers really know whats going on behind closed doors. The kids behave terribly and the teachers are to busy keeping themselves happy, they dont even know whats going on. Other than that the sports teams are good, but there arent that many good clubs and not a variety you can choose from of foreign language.
Your child will receive an excellent education here, but along with that comes panic atacks and illnesses from the work load! There's no music available for middleschoolers. There's a variety of sports but girls soccer, softball and co-ed swimming aren't available evry year. The small class sizes allow your child to get individual attention for help and the students are for the most part very friendly. I have learned a great deal from this scool and believe that while some teachers are clueless others give very enjoyable lessons. I have made some of my best friends ever here and hope to keep in touch with them all after I graduate in May.
Hendricks Day School has a great art program, the parents are very involved, and they launched a critical thinking program last year that has enjoyed much support by both parents and teachers. It also had a good enrichment and gifted program until this year. The school decided to spend its budget elsewhere and decided to drop the gifted/enrichment classes. At the same time, we have noticed a large influx of children with learning and behavioral challenges enter the school this year. The school lowered its testing standards to make entry possible for a larger audience. This I'm sure is good news to many, since Hendricks is a local institution that is regarded well by many. Having a gifted child and an academically talented child however, I am very disappointed that my two children were not challenged this year. Consequently, we are looking for a new school this year.
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