I have been a parent at this school for a year now. I have found the staff to be dishonest, and the religion to be over the top. We will not be returnning. Unfortutate, because the concept is good.
We have had two children at HCS for several years and love it. Ours teachers have been awesome not only in academic material, but also in loving and encouraging the students. Administration has an open door policy and is always willing to meet with parents. Parents are required to have a background check and are encouraged to be involved in the classroom. Lesson plans are provided so you always know what is going on in the class and we get frequent e-mail communication from the school as well as our teachers. It is obvious that the faculty truly believes in what they are doing and has their heart in it - this isn't just a job for them; it's a ministry.
My children have been at Harvest Community School for the past 5 years. My husband and I feel that this has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family! We have had a total of 8 teachers during this time. Although we may not see eye to eye on every little issue, we have never had a teacher that we did not feel geniunely cared for and loved our kids. Our children have been encouraged and affirmed each year. One of our favorite things about Harvest is that the teachers truly see themselves as mentors to the children. Our children continue to have great relationships with all their past teachers! It makes me feel good as a parent to know that my children are happy, secure, and growing in a nurturing environment.
If you would like your child enrolled in a academically and morally sound school, Harvest is the place for you. We have been a part of the school for 3 years and have found the academics superior to any private school in the area. We know because we have looked around. But that is not why we stay at Harvest. To have your child challenged academically is wonderful, but to have their hearts in check daily with Biblical world views, is why we love Harvest. Every teacher can and does talk about the love of God and discipleship in every subject. The parent support and administration communication is phenominal. Small class size and gifted teachers make learning fun and exciting. My children look forward to school each day and are becoming great thinkers with knowledge, not regurgitaters of facts.
What a PRIVILEGE it is for our family to be a part of a school whose heart is for the both the parents and our next generation! We have been partnering with Harvest for six wonderful years and we are looking forward to many more.
HCS seems like a 'great' school on the surface, but when you get involved you realize it's the exact opposite. The administration uses poor judgement on important issues regarding the students safety and overall well being. When you bring your concerns to the administrators attention they make you feel like your concerns aren't valid and they know what's best for your children. It's very disturbing. We will not be returning to HCS next school year due to the poor leadership.
I have been a student at HCS for 3 years and it has been great until this year. There is a great divide among the students in middle and high school this year. I have been made to feel that I am not 'Christian' enough because I don't worship a certain way. It's an awful feeling going to school and not feeling welcome in a place where we are all suppose to respect each other.
We have been a HCS family for four years and love what the school has to offer great teachers, small class sizes, and a safe environment. However, this year the administration is taking a path that is leading the school in a different direction without discussing it with the parents. I feel this violates the trust I have placed in this school. Unless there is a new administration next year we will not be returning to HCS.
This school is one of the few I know with open ended communication from the families. Although the retreat last wekend brought up some differences in worship, the administration handled it beautifully, listening to all concerns and learning for the future. This is what a school should be - not perfect, but willing to listen to all parents when issues arise!
This is the best school I've ever been too. I am in 10th grade at hcs and it is just awesome. It is my first year at hcs and I actually had low expectations for this school but they blew me away. Everyone in my grade is like a family. There are about 14 boys and about the same nuber of girls in 10th grade. The teachers actually teach and the class sizes are small enough for the teachers to be hands on. (That cell phone thing is not a problem with the teachers what so ever)
The school has moved to a new campus. It is awesome! It is growing quickly. If you want a great school that really has solid christian values and requires the parents to be christians this is it. It is a combo school/homeschool where the kids go to school three days and you homeschool for two. Great teachers! The only downside is they do rely on parents a lot for recess etc and sometimes they are on the cell phone more than really paying attention. Overall I highly recommend this to christian parents that want to be active in thier kids education.
My child just finished K5 at HCS. There are minor safety issues (no fence around entire campus), but the kids are watched closely. Love the Christian atmosphere - just slightly too repressive. Overall, much better than public schools.
facility has some safety issues; school is growing faster than infrastructure and support; more of a camp than a school; school does not seem to embrace parent involvement beyond go with the flow type support.
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