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School leader David C. Pearce

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1501 Kennesaw Due West Rd NW
Kennesaw, GA 30152

(678) 594-8127
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3 stars
Based on 54 ratings

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August 04, 2014
It's really sad that someone would write a review like the one just written - 5 years after a supposedly terrible experience. The comments are not only destructive, but untrue and totally baseless, especially given the fact that the administration and many teachers at Hayes NOW were not there 5 years ago! The truth is that there are many great people working very hard at Hayes, and the test scores and approval ratings of parents there now reflect that. I suggest that the person that wrote the last review use their time studying grammar and punctuation instead of composing useless and bitter reviews. Take it from someone who know the school inside and out RIGHT NOW - Hayes is a truly good place to be!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2014
This school sucks. I WAS a student there, (Now a sophomore at KMHS -- WONDERFUL SCHOOL) . But Hayes was just awful.. The food made some students sick, so if your child has had a stomach virus a couple times, Its something with the school and i know that for a fact. The administration is bad.. The teachers seem more of a disciplinary type teacher than education. Plus there was too much bullying going on that some of my friends had moved. Its just a bad experience

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2013
Just checked the ratings and I can tell you SOMETHING is NOT right here. My child was a straight A student. She was miserable because of the bullying and out of control classrooms. I have 5 older kids that all attended public schools and were honor grads from High School. Say what you want, but the parent's complaints here are NOT because they are not involved with their kids - its because they ARE! Please do your homework parents! Check out what's going on...

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
Hayes has not met AYP for the most recent year of statistics. Parents should seriously take that into consideration when choosing a school for their kids. I personally believe the AYP standards for the state and the country are pretty low, so to not meet those already low standards is incredibly concerning.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2013
My daughter was bullied and teased at this school after moving into the district. Both the teachers and principle did nothing to resolve the propblem and my daughter cried every week asking to go to another. As a mother, this is the most horrible thing to endure. Please research schools before sending your children to them.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2012
Love Hayes!! My son is in first grade, and is thriving in this school. With the help of some fabulous teachers, my son is mastering the curriculum and enjoys all subjects. These teachers make learning fun, and I only have great things to say about how their classrooms are run. I feel that if there were more parents that actually participated in their children's class ( the doors are always open to volunteers) they would see how great a job these teachers do, and how well these kids listen and are truly engaged in what they are being taught. The diverse group of kids makes for an interesting and highly educational environment for all their peers to learn from. This is a fabulous school and I look forward to sending my daughter next year. If you want your child to be a successful leader, send them to Hayes Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
My son has just completed K-5 at Hayes and he has had a wonderful experience. He did struggle in some areas, however he was continuously given the tools and support in order to be successful. The administration does focus on parental responsibility and accountability. For some parents this may be considered a liability (bassed on reading some of the negative posts). EVERY school has teachers who are not very good. At Hayes, they are the exception.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2011
Behind a great student is a great parent. Do not blame someone just because they dont do your job. My daughter love this school. her teacher loves her. We enjoy to help her with every task, question, homework etc.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
Apparently there is some disdain for Hayes on this site. On the contrary, my daughter has attended Hayes for 3 years, made the honor role and principal's list all semesters. It is obvious that some parents are not as involved in their children's school lives as they should. This is apparent is some of the negative messages left on this board. In addition, I believe Hayes does quite well with the amount of diversity and socioeconomic differences in the school. As we all know, it is imperative in today's society that we tolerate the differences in others. Otherwise, you will be alone, disadvantaged and closed minded.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2011
Great school..my child has had several classmates who moved to Hayes from Private school--Mt. Paran, and those kids were behind in the curriculum

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2011
My child has gone to Hayes for 3 yrs finally I withdrew him the school kept loosing my child putting him on this bus when he was a car rider about the 4th time I was done. Majority of the teachers are not patient with the students they do not spend time making sure the child understands what is being asked I have set in on my sons class and watch the students run the class room and very little teaching was happening He had one good teacher the k5 Ms Morgan he adored but other than that it was bad experience with communiation with the staff and getting things handled or done. I had no peace of mind while my child attended that school

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
The administrators at Hayes are terrible & I agree with another poster that some teachers are ok but some are pretty bad. The admins were always calling saying my son was misbehaving. I moved him & my daughter to another school in Cobb under school choice & they are in their 2nd yr at the "new" school & I haven't been contacted by the admins one time! SOmething stinks at Hayes.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
We have only been pleased with Hayes. Our son is a 4th grader now. He has always had teachers who not only follow the curriculum, but really care about our him. The administration has changed since he was in Kindergarten. You can tell that they care about each student in the school. The parents have a voice in the school as well. There are so many opportunities for parent and community involvement. Last week, they actually went out into a local neighborhood and met parents/served dinner! Way to go Hayes!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
Hayes elementary has definetly changed over the past several years. There are some wonderful and caring teachers and then several poor ones. I disagree about Ms. Jones being an excellent teacher. Several students switched out of her class and many more parents went to the administration to complain about her. Nothing was done about her and I will definetly make sure that my other two children do not end up in her classroom.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
My daughter had a terrible experience at this school. She attended this school for Kindergarten and first grade. This school did nothing to build her self esteem or help her be successful. They were very quick to judge and label her. And they did everything in their power to blame her or us for the issues we had, suggesting family counseling or medication rather than taking the time to address the actual problems and offer realistic solutions. My child was all but failing at this school, I moved her to Kennesaw Charter and have seen a DRAMATIC change in her behavior, her self esteem has imporoved significantly and she has been on the honor roll all year! She is excited about learning again and is so much happier. I am not sure what went so wrong at Hayes, but our experience at this school was HORRIFIC, AWFUL, and TERRIBLE.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
This school has gone down hill over the 10 years that I have had children in this elementary school. They put the teachers or PTSA members kids in the target program, that do not show the test scores for. This school 'groups' the kids by target and does not encourage the rest of the children. Very disappointing.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2009
Any Student, Any School, Anywhere can only perform great things when there is a great parent or teacher supporting them. We are lucky to have both great parents and teachers at Hayes Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
My daughter previously attended Hayes for the 4th grade. Her teacher was Ms. Charvette Jones. She is an excellent teacher and had a curriculum that was challenging for each student. She covered so much material in such a short time. Ms. Jones took the time with each child to make sure that they understood the subject matter. She was very concerned with her students well being and raised the bar academically for each and every student. My daughter learned so much and enjoyed being in Ms. Jones class. Due to a move, I had to withdraw my daughter from Hayes. I miss Hayes, but more importantly, Ms. Jones. She is definitely an asset to Hayes Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
Right now my son is getting good grade s so i love this school!

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August 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Please don't look at the rating, but the comments over the past school year. This school has had a complete transformation since they have had Mr. Pearce as their principal. I can tell you from experience that Ms. Duerr is a terrific grade 1 teacher!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
We switched from Mt. Paran to Hayes. It far exceeds Mt Paran in teachers, curriculum and Administration. Top-notch school! Neighbors recommended the school with new administration...thanks!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
Hayes comands respect and proper social behaviors in addition to it's great teaching staff and administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
I agree to disregard all reviews prior to 2007. The principal, Mr. Pierce has brought breath of fresh air to this school. He honestly cares about the kids and has emphasized the importance of open communication with parents. The past negative reviews reflect the previous administration and should be disregarded. Both my children are flourishing here and love this school and their teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2008
Disregard all reviews before Fall 2007. I was a technician for CCSD until June 08, and I would not have sent my son there prior to the year he began (07-08). He is a 2nd grader at Hayes, and he loves it. Mr. Pierce and his administration have really turned the school around. I would recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
My daughter went to Hayes from kindergarten to fifth grade. She had the best teachers for her. We went through three principals. Hands down, our current principle who is starting his second year at Hayes is the best. He always has an open door for any parent. He is an asset to the school, teachers, parents, community and most of all the children. Way to go Hayes!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2008
This school is outstanding. They embrace any challenges and make them work to their advantage. The school has an inviting and positive atmosphere. The staff is excellent and the Adminsitration is above and beyond other schools. Coming from another Cobb County school, there is no comparison. Hayes far exceeds my expectations. Even with other school options in the area, Hayes was the easy answer for where to send our daughter.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2008
I just left a different Cobb County School so we aren't new to this area just the school. We are very pleased with the leadership the Principal and the staff are really wanting to make a difference in a child's life. My boys love the school and their teachers. I'm so surprised that the teachers look at each child as one, everyone has a different learning level and they accept that and work with it. I'm so happy they see what I have seen and are open to moving children towards accelerated classes when they show they can do the work. It's great to have such friendly professionals looking out for my children. I'm also happy the Principal is open to listening to parents and willing to work with them, if I ask to see him it's him I see not an assistant. He's really making great changes. Go Mustangs!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2008
After looking at all education options, private and public, we decided to send our 1st grader to Hayes. The administration and staff are outstanding and have only the success of the children in mind. The positive attitude of everyone there is infectious. My daughter loves it and I wouldn't consider sending her anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2008
We moved here from out of state, and checked out all the schools in this area. We chose Hayes because the staff were friendly, professional, and the new principal is very active and accessible. My son used to struggle at two different schools, and now excels here. He is in a 3rd grade class of only 12 students, and has recently be put in the excellerated program. I owe this to the wonderful teachers at Hayes. My son's test scores were off the charts last year, and even had perfect scores in some sections. Thank you Hayes for recognizing my sons strength even though he is in speech therapy and has a hard time paying attention in class. I appreciate that you looked directly at his academics, and didnt pre judge him.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
We love Hayes! My daughter is in Kindergarten and loving every day! Mrs. Young is the best. Great admin. team, teachers, and staff in general. We are very happy!

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August 06, 2008
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July 19, 2008
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August 20, 2007
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no rating August 04, 2007
I am so impressed by the enthusiam of the school and the the great learning experience that my children are having there. The school's diversity is one of its strengths! With a new principal and such a great staff, I'm excited to see what this new year will bring!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2007
Although the school demographics have changes since my older children attended Hayes, the spirit of the school remains. The staff is friendly and anxious to offer any assistance needed to parents and children. The enthusiasm of the staff makes learning a pleasurable experience for all.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
We are so thankful for the motivated teachers and supportive staff at Hayes. My children love it there and we appreciate the many in and out of school options the kids have for additional learning and activities. The school has added some terrific teachers and I feel that my daughter's 3rd grade teacher has unleashed a real love of learning in her. The school is welcoming of parental involvement and has a very active PTSA. Kudos!

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March 29, 2007
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February 05, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2006
The school is overcrowded. We are in the process of buying a home in another school district. This school has gone downhill in only 6 yrs!

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2006
We love it at Hayes! My kids love their teachers and they're getting exactly what they need from school...kind & motivated teachers that help build a love of learning! The school is very open to parental involvement in the classroom. Hayes also provides a lot of activities on the nights & weekends to participate in as a family...we never experienced this at our other school!

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September 15, 2006
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August 18, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2006
Unsupportive staff. Children are treated more like prisoners than like capable, respected human beings.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
This is my daughter's last year at Hayes. We have made the decision to send her to another school because of many different factors. I feel this past year has been the worst year so far because there are so many other children struggling in her class that she has to wait until the rest understand the concepts before going on. I feel she has suffered because of this. There have been no academic challenges for her other than what she gets in the Target class. There have far too many discipline issues this year that have kept the teacher from teaching. I have another child in private school, and believe me discipline is NOT a problem. My private school daughter has learned more this year than she did in two at Hayes!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2006
Great School. My son suffers from minor communication skills and the school help him considerably in overcoming the problem. The school's other curricular programs are also commendable.

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November 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
Parents please please check out schools and compare them before you move. Coming from our old school to this one was a huge let down. This school has much lower standerds than what I am use to. Plus the staff is not as friendly.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
Who would think that switching from one cobb county school to another would be the biggest mistake we ever made. When you compare the principals, teachers, and ptsa at hayes to the ones at frey, frey wins by a billion! i am so disapointed in this school, as soon as possiable we will be moving for no reason other than hayes is not giving the children there what the deserve. Do your child a favior, do not put them at this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
ok...this school is horrible!!!!! The principle is the worst. If you have a concern about your child, they all make you feel like you are just complaining. Plus they are always sending home crap for you to buy all the time. One of my kids teachers went out sick after 2 months of school and was gone the rest of the year and my other kids teachers both had babies so they were also gone more than half the school year as well. They all had different sub's every other day, so each teacher would teach them something then another one would come in and say ' no this is how to do that' and so on and so on. When I talked to the staff they were just like oh ok I'll let the principle know. Then they did it again for this school year.....

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 27, 2005
The previous parent wrote, I m getting really tired of them believing the teachers over the students. If the child is a consistent discipline problem, then they probably do believe the teachers more than the child. The child may indeed have a sweet personality at home and be a hellion at school. That s why parents should get involved volunteer and be proactive. Try to help find a solution to the problem rather than complaining. Unfortunately, in some cases, the only solution is an alternate school or home school

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
3rd grade is our first year at Hayes and I have an array of elementary schools to compare it to. I am very impressed. Naturally, the teacher has the most influence on each parent's review and we were lucky enough to have one that puts 110% into everything she does with the kids. My son's reading and math skills have dramatically improved this year and I, from experience, know that this goes up and down based on the teacher's approach to it. Overall, the school offers a little extra and parent involvement seems to be more than I'm used to seeing. The extra programs, eg: chess and educational field trips, allow more outlets for learning and discovery. Thank you Hayes and Mrs. Kunst for making the latest elementary transition one that will hopefully be our last. -H.Pickard

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
Im sorry but I have to agree with what the first person said, they dont teach your kids very well in the beginning years at Hayes. Both of my kids have been passed from Kindergarden to 1st and neither of them should have passed. My daughter had trouble reading and writing and is still below average and she is in 3rd grade now. My son is in 1st grade and he cant read and finally can write but its not legible. The principal this year has been much better. More than any principal has done for me :O)But if you want your child in the EIP program, they have to qualify for it the year before or they wont make it. My son didnt make it. :O(.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2004
Our second daughter is about to begin her last year at Hayes. Our first has already completed Hayes and is doing well in middle school. Both have struggled in math and reading, but were given much extra attention by all teachers. Our youngest has had a few issues which were always handled with caring and expert attention. Dr Rutledge has always been available and concerned for all of her kids. I don't understand the ratings but they are improving. Parents need to be more involved, actually parenting their kids to learn and helping them.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
This school is really great. Both of my kids enjoy their teachers. Even the staff is wonderfull to work with. They are very big on parent participation.

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Hayes Elementary School
1501 Kennesaw Due West Rd NW, Kennesaw, GA  30152
(678) 594-8127
Last modified Hayes Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hayes Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top