June 01, 2015
We've recently transferred into Harmony from another local school (due to a move) and have found that Harmony is lacking in many ways compared to our previous school experience. I'm actually kind of surprised at how different the two schools are, being that they're both in the same district. We've only been here for the final three months of the year, so I'm hoping next year will be better.
I must say, carpool is the worst. Although they try to keep traffic flowing with their poor setup, don't expect to get out of carpool in less than 10 minutes most days. Coming from a school with over 200 more students and a much more efficient carpool line, this is just something I've noticed.
Also, security seems to be lacking. As the office is situated in an enclosed room away from the front door (which is open during the day), it seems like someone could likely sneak in and not be noticed. I haven't actually attempted this, as I always go to the office first, but I'm not sure how closely the front door is watched.
Most of all, though, my biggest issue with the school so far was how we were treated (or not treated) when we transferred in for the final semester. The administration was very pleasant and provided a nice tour of the school, talked to us about what to expect, etc. But I feel like my daughter was shoved into a classroom without so much as a Hello. I know there were student ambassadors to walk her to class, but they didn't talk to her. Once she was placed, I never formally met her teacher one-on-one at any point, no communication to let me know how she was adjusting, or if we needed to know anything special about the class. I felt very disconnected and uninformed. Granted, I could have reached out to her teacher, but I had sent an email about something unrelated and never received a reply. Again, I hope next year will be much different, and I look forward to a full year at the school to re-evaluate my rating.
- submitted by a parent