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PK-12
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Ocala, FL

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3443 Southwest 20th Street
Ocala, FL 34474

(352) 854-8835
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December 23, 2012
Wow! I cannot believe all the positive reviews I see! So amazing tbat they are all posted on similar dates. I know the leadership of this school, and it is very coniving! I can't imagine so many people ACTUALLY feel positive about this school. The only explanation for the positive reviews is that it was assigned to the teachers by the warped headmaster. This school has no leadership, teachers are on their own without support or training. There is no genuine caring the students. Your child would be so much better off at Dr NH Jones and Howard. Avoid the heartache.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
The teachers are great. The parental involvement is strong. Everyone is friendly and really cares about education. My son loves going to school now and his reading ability has improved drastically in a short period of time. The classes are accelerated as well. For instance a 1st grader is on a 2nd grade level. If you can get your child in at a young age, it would be very beneficial for them. They learn Spanish, sign language and all core subjects too. The high schoolers get into their first choice colleges and their behavior is top notch. I only gave the Principal Leadership category 4 stars because they are in the process of hiring a new one. The interim one is very professional and good, but it is not a permanent postition for her.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
As a parent of a high school student, I can state that HALE ACADEMY is a school for kids that love to learn, and here she found other kids like her, who appreciate the value of a good book or a good conversation. Hale is a small community with a friendly home-like atmosphere who welcomes all and I am grateful that we found it.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2012
We love Hale Academy! If you want to constantly challenge you child academically, within a friendly and safe environment, this is the place to be. Class sizes are perfect, teachers and staff are welcoming and concerned of your child wellbeing.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
I know this school very well. I regret ever sending my child there. The choices they make are impulsive and short sighted. They hire teachers not based on qualifications but on nepotism. The leadership is sorely lacking. Everything is about image and appearance, with very little substance. The teachers are on their own to invent the standards in their classroom. If you get a great teacher then you will have a great classroom if not you will have a bad classroom. Unfortunately, they hire many underqualified teachers. The grades in the upper classes are artificially inflated, with most all students getting all A's with minimal work. It is the most expensive school in Ocala and the worse one also.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2012
Let's see what can I say about Hale Academy.... Other than it being an amazing school with high goals and aspirations I don't there is really much more you could add to this. The staff is nothing more than a member of your family that is with your kids all day. They never make you feel like your child or their needs are not important. I would recommend Hale Academy to anyone who is willing to listen....

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
Hale Academy consists of a wonderful, caring, and talented group of teachers! I really enjoy working with my team, and I feel that we are all doing our very best to provide a first-class education for our students. After working in public schools for about 5 years, I have absolutely loved the transition into this private school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2012
Hale Academy provides a safe, caring, and nurturing environment for all students. Our small class sizes provide teachers with the ability to differentiate instruction and insure success for all. The challenging curriculum is designed to produce lifelong learners who will become successful world citizens. The children, without a doubt, are the most respectful, kind, and determined students one will ever find. At Hale Academy we are family!

- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2012
This is the first year my children are attending Hale Academy. I am very happy with the decision. I find it very easy to get a response from the staff in a timely manner, (always same day if not next day). Not only the response time is great but the knowledge of the teachers and staff and the way it is relayed to the students is wonderful. My children come home happy and I love to hear about their days. The courses offered are great and the fact that a student will not be hindered by not being able to move forward if they are excelling in an area is amazing. The teacher to student ratio is great. If a student needs extra attention, it is there and offered. We had bullying issues at the previous school and at Hale, with the uniforms, everyone is the same and treated equally. I would highly recommend Hale Academy to any incoming family.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
I have two children at Hale Academy and I am very pleased with their experiences. The staff is quick to reply to my questions, and my children enjoy school. My children will continue at Hale.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
My children have been attending Hale Academy for five years now. I could not even imagine sending them anywhere else in our community. The faculty is amazing! I love that the communication lines are so open with all of the staff. Any concerns I may have are addressed in a timely manner and always to my satisfaction. My boys love going to this family oriented school and they have the very best of friends in each of their classmates. The curriculum is challenging for them, but I have high hopes for my children to excel in their studies. The teachers nurture every childs abilities and give them wings to soar on. I highly recommend Hale Academy to anyone looking for a great school to encourage their child's scholastic endeavors.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
Hale Academy is a fantastic school. They truly have a student-centered approach to education, realizing that not every child learns the same way. With small class sizes, students receive small group and individualized attention to help achieve the highest possible academic success. The staff at this school is warm, nurturing, and friendly. The students here are kind and respectful to adults and fellow peers. It really is a family atmosphere. I love and value the education and environment that Hale Academy has to offer, so much so, that not only do I work here but my daughter also attends school here.

- submitted by a teacher
September 29, 2012
I have been teaching in the public and private schools in Oklahoma, Arizona, Georgia, and Florida on the secondary and college level, on and off, since 1972. I can say without hesitation, that Hale Academy is the most caring school, with the most family-like atmosphere with which I have ever been associated. My largest class has fifteen students while my smallest has eight. As a Social Studies teacher these class sizes are fantastic.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2012
This is my second year working at Hale Academy and I couldn't be more proud to work with such an amazing group of supportive administrators, cooperating teachers, fantastic students and wonderful families. Working for Hale has given me the opportunity to thrive in my career as an educator. The quality of education a child receives here is second to none. Students enjoy being challenged and understand why they are being challenged. Overall, Hale Academy is a wonderful place and I wouldn't have it any other way.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2012
Hale Academy distinguishes itself, not only, by offering a challenging curriculum, but also by having a caring and professional staff. Class sizes contribute to more personal interaction with students and families. I am fortunate to teach in such a positive educational environment.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2012
Hale Academy is comprised of the prevalent elements needed for a quality education. The curriculum is challenging and stimulating. The faculty and staff are well qualified and engaging. The atmosphere of the school is structured and positive, as well as supportive of the families, students, and staff. As a teacher at Hale Academy, I am uplifted by the fact that the school that I teach at, aims to provide a well-rounded educational experience.

- submitted by a teacher
September 28, 2012
I have found that both working at Hale Academy AND being a parent of a high schooler at Hale have been extremely rewarding. Hale makes every effort to find the right fit for each child based on their strengths and in the areas where a child needs extra attention. There is no cookie-cutter approach to education at this school. Every student is given the opportunity to grow and succeed with the attention and guidance of truly passionate teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
I have been a teacher at Hale Academy for 9 years, and am honored to say that I work with one of the best qualified, most professional, and intelligent groups of teachers in my almost 30-year career. They take an interest in every child as an individual, expecting each child to work to his or her full potential. Small classes (12 to 16 maximum, depending upon grade level) and a superb curriculum result in children who achieve at levels well beyond what most folks expect of their age mates. I am extraordinarily proud to be a part of Hale Academy, and of the fine young people and their families who make up our community.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2012
As a teacher at Hale Academy, I can say without question that the students here are receiving a top quality education. At every age level, students are challenged and given every opportunity to succeed and flourish. What impresses me most, however, is that our students are also taught the old fashioned values : respect, manners, and personal responsibility.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2012
My students are my priority. With small class sizes, (my classes range in size from 5-11 students) I can give students my focused attention. Students are courteous and respectful. It is a wonderful learning environment. I believe in the school so much that my own child attends Hale Academy. He LOVES his class, his teacher, and the school! He is happy, safe, and learning. I couldn't ask for anything more.

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2012
I have never worked at a school with a more caring team of professionals who really do put a child's academic success and well being first. There are numerous examples of a teacher going far beyond expectations to ensure the child has a positive learning experience. The encouragement and the high level of academics are like nothing else in Central Florida. Middle and Upper School students have opportunities to excel and be part of a global community as an active member of the community with a social conscience. Excellent academics, meaningful service, and responsibility are an integral part of Hale. Hale scholars have had the opportunity to work collaboratively with such notables as Eric Lindbergh with LEAP, professors at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and other community leaders and innovators. Etiquette class is part of the middle school curriculum as preparation for becoming a global citizen and leader. Having had my child graduate from Hale and accepted to one of the top colleges in the country, I can personally attest to the excellence and outstanding foundation she received.

- submitted by a teacher
June 14, 2012
Wow, really? So a parent from the Cornerstone School left a mediocre 3-star review for this school- which is apparently not even their OWN school- for the sole purpose of hunting down and humiliating the family of a former student??? That speaks volumes.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
To the parents whose children flourished AFTER they left Cornerstone- our children also flourished AFTER yours left Cornerstone as the teachers did not have to constantly deal with their behavior. I am sure they are a better fit in classes where there are only four to a class on average

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2011
Our children attended Cornerstone in the past and they flourished... AFTER they left! The decision to enroll at Hale Academy is one of the best we ever could have made.

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May 13, 2009
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May 05, 2009
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April 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2009
Great school. Both of my children are learning way above their grade level and the teacher to student ratio is wonderfull. Not only do the teachers teach so much in class but they are willing to stay after for 1 on 1 help on their own time after school. The extra activities have my kids so busy they only have 1 free day after school. They both take horseback riding one day a week, my son not only has after school clubs but chess and science clubs before school! My little girl is in k-5 and has math club, American Girl club, and happy rangers which is a healthy eating and activity club one day each week each. Not to mention the special activites- Parent vs Kids basketball games and soccer games, drama and community service activities. Very happy at Hale, best school in town and has been improving every year.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
Hale Academy and it's teachers were just what were were looking for. Our child's education and abilities advanced within just a few weeks of beginning school. We approve of the school leadership and like the fact that the students learn language, science, math, etc. even at the youngest levels. Our child looks forward to attending school and enjoys his teachers as well as his classmates.

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November 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
Hale is a fantastic private school! My child's teachers are very well qualified and really love their students. The small class sizes help my child feel that he really matters and the teachers are always available to help. After one year at Hale my son's reading level increased by two full grade levels. He really loves the Spanish program and participating in many different after school clubs including band, track, science club and drama. He loves going to school each day! The teachers are amazing and the administrators always show care and concern for the students and parents. I wouldn't have my child attend any other school.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
Outstanding school with phenomenal teachers...my daughter was in IEP classes and getting just average and below average grades, we moved her to Hale and she is doing fantastic, even getting honors. The teachers take the time to help each student individually and motivate them to become outstanding students. My daughter has made great progress and I could not be happier. She is in a great social place, a very good academic place and her confidence has blosomed! I could not find a better school in Florida and the equine program is just a huge bonus for her. Thank you Hale Academy!!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2008
Teachers are disgraceful administrators disgraceful everything is absolutely pitiful about this place they call a world of their own. Teachers seek for revenge as i learned if u want a good school St John or Grace or even boarding school and for smaller children Marion county public schools are among the best in the state

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August 04, 2008
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July 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 13, 2008
Hale Academy offers an academic program like no other. My children were both in public school before coming to Hale and were not being challenged the way that I knew they could be. Hale's curriculum is truly advanced and all of the students in my children's classrooms are hard working and dedicated students. Unlike the public school, where my child would come home on a daily basis and tell stories of disruptive classmates, bullying and cliques, I have the peace of mind now in knowing that she is in a nurturing environment with students and teachers who all come to school each day to learn and be the best that they can be. The Spanish program is great (5 days per week), and we love the new equine program. Thank you, Hale Academy for providing for this community such an outstanding program.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
We love Hale Academy. I moved to FL in Nov and had my daughter in public school for one month. It was horrible. We researched private schools in Hernando where we lived and there was nothing like Hale Academy (30 miles from our home and worth every mile) anywhere. It offers much more than what I was looking for in a school. My children, 3rd and PRE K3, had spanish, PE, art and music wkly. You cannot find this anywhere. Watching the staff and teachers work with the children was amazing. You can tell everyone is glad to be apart of Hale.

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January 02, 2008
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November 28, 2007
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June 24, 2006
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June 14, 2006
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November 29, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 14, 2005
Hale offers an outstanding academic experience with limited class sizes. The teachers and staff really care about the quatlity of eduction that they are offering the kids. Kids get to learn in an environement that encourages them to discover the world around them not just prepare for another standardized test.

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Hale Academy
3443 Southwest 20th Street, Ocala, FL  34474
(352) 854-8835
Last modified Hale Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Hale Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top