The teachers and office staff and administration go the extra mile. I'm so glad we chose this school.
Another reviewer said it perfectly. Good academics, but bare bones after that. My 3rd grader has never been on a field trip in the 4 years attending HCE. No performances, no award ceremonies, nothing. While I understand academics should always be the main focus here, these are still children and Elementary school should still be fun. The principal is nice, she's all talk and no action. I have only encountered one teacher I didn't care for, everyone else is amazing. School safety is also a major concern for me at HCE. Their parent pick up & walker procedures are a nightmare. On several occasions I have witnessed strangers being let into the school with out ID checks. I have seen adults walking up to the parent pick up area and taking children with out being ID'd. That is extremely disconcerting. The classes are usually punished as a group for one childs bad behavior. This is hard for the child who loves their (twice a month) music class, but never gets to actually do anything because the other children get the entire class on "red" and they are all punished for it. I want my children's elementary experience to be a positive one. We are currently searching for a new school.
Hancock Creek is a good school academically but it is bare bones after that. No school plays, no chorus, no clubs.Only 2 field trips in 5years that my daughter attended the school and they were both to the mud flats. Music and Art are only taught twice a month. There is no PTA and the PTO only meets once a month. They do not want Parental involvement. My other daughters 2nd grade teacher actually forbid Parent volunteers. The bottom line is the Principal only does the bare minimum she is required to do. With so many A+ schools in N. Ft. Myers do some research on-line and find a school that offers your child more than the basics.
Yesterday, a 6 year old named Cam was enjoying her first school valentines day. On the bus, she read through each of her precious cards from her classmates, however, her bus driver thought it unacceptable and took them away from her. When she got up to leave the bus to go home, she asked for them back and was denied. When the mother called the school to demand that they be returned, she was informed that they had been THROWN AWAY. All she received was an apathetic "sorry". After asking they be replaced, the assistant principle said that she couldn't do that! How can someone, a school official, allow a child's personal belongings be thrown away without at least contacting the parents?! This is rude and just shows the lack of care in our communities school system! -an angry citizen
my child went there it's a great school she was a meida helper it was fun 4 her and som friends from class but there was some 5 graders who was all in there face this last school year it's all good now it's summer and they woun't be there next year they all passed so there should be no mean 5 grad helper so 2 say and she had a great school year the teacher r geat the kids r great and the way they run everything is great 4 me every parent is different over all the school is great can't wait 2 see her old teacher and meet her new 1 after this she is going 2 middle and she will hav fun i know it hope my littel 1 go's there 2 hope all u parents pick this school it's a great school
Wish I can say the same as the previous critics. My son went here for his first year of school (Kindergarten) and talk about passing the buck! Due to my son never being in a class type environment, he had to be shown how to. The way the teachers decided on teaching him was by changing him from classroom to classroom. He was transferred 3 times in 1 school year. The only time I met with his second teacher, I was amazed at how unprofessional this teacher was (she actually spoke and acted as if she was on some crazy medication). I had a meeting with his teachers and the principal and even the principal treated me with sarcasm. They showed me no interest in dealing with my child all they had for me were complaints. As a mother, I do all I know and can with my child at home, if I had to go to school and do their job for them, then what's the point? My son's first year of school was not a nice one at all, not for him nor for me. Unhappy parent =(
My daughter is in the first grade. I love this school she has done very well and has learned a lot.
My child had an exceptional year due to her truly outstanding teacher. The guidance counselor was also very helpful. I chose this school because of the class structure offered, which would best suit my child's needs. However, the admnistration, nor the Student Advisory Council Committee, never informed parents of drastic changes occurring to the class structure for next year. I did not get the impression that the administration cares about parent concerns, since parents were not given the opportunity to receive the information and let their opinions be heard. Although the administration has the autonomous right to run their school as they see fit, they also have an obligation to inform parents appropriately and in a timely manner of decisions that affect their children's education so they can find another school that best suits their childrens needs before all of the seats at that school are filled.
Love this school. Three of my children have gone there and another one will be starting this fall. The teachers and principals are great, and support the children and family involvement. My children have loved every teacher they have had over the years and love going to school every day. I feel the safety issues are being handled well, and the parent pick up and drop off is one of the best organized ones around. Lot's of friendly faces. Would highly recommend this school.
My daughter has been at HCE since 1st, now going to 4th. The teachers there are outstanding. We have been blessed with staff that cares and wants to see the children grow. The staff helped my daughter with the extra help she needed. My son also attends now entering 1st grade and has been there since Pre-K.
My son has been at this school for a total of six years, this is his last year; the office staff and teachers are great, they really worked with him on his reading needs to keep him with the rest of the class, he is now out of the assisted reading classes and has excelled with his grade level, I would gladly recommend any parent and child to this school also I know at least four other sets of parents that would agree.
I went to this school for 3 years and had the best experiences of my life. The teachers I had were terrific and made school fun, in a way.
I have to say that: Hancock Creek Elementary is the best by far!!!! They are very much into their students and their education!!! Way to go Hancock Creek!!
I have two children in Hancock Creek Elementary School and have been pleased every year with each teacher. The school is open and inviting for parents to volunteer and visit anytime one is able to find time. To recommend a few teachers, Mrs. Carol Tucker, Mrs. Gina Peterson, Mr. Cyr, Mrs. Bellar and Mrs. Kendall Saponara, and Mrs. Clare. Hancock Creek is an excellent choice for a Public school and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a school that has an interest in children in developing not only academically but socially as well.
My daughter started kindergarten this year. I had looked into private school for her, but after finding out she would be attending Hancock Creek Elementary, I have found that I am extremely pleased with Hancock Creek Elementary and am thankful that my daughter is attending there. Also, Ms. Sue Turner, is my daughter's teacher and I am extremely pleased with how she and I have excellent communication on my daughter's progress and how well she is adapting to kindergarten. I have also had the pleasure with speaking to the principal, Ms. Kelly Vaughn. She is polite, willing to go out of her way to help out a single mother, organized, and has the perfect personality for working with and for the children, teachers, and parents on a day to day basis. Ms. Sue Turner and Ms. Kelly Vaughn truly care about what they do and look out for the children's best interest.
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