Both of our daughters are attending HMS, one is a First Grader who started last year in Kindergarten, our youngest one just started Pre-school. We recently moved to the Roswell area, and being able to find a school like HMS for our girls has made everything regarding this relocation to make perfect sense for our family.
All of our experiences with HMS, starting way back with the admissions process to the current interaction with our daughter's teachers, school Director, and the entire parent community, has been a pure bliss. HMS is one of those places where you can feel the uttermost commitment from everyone to make this school be a very special place for your kids and their families.
We were looking for a school that could provide a progressive twist to the conventional public education. A school that our daughters would enjoy going and where they could learn 'organically' and in 'playful' way, motivated more by their own curiosity and creativity, rather than following strict formats filled with repetition and where the final goal might be aimed more to 'ace' annual state exams scores.
Academically, HMS provides a comprehensive learning program, based on units of study (PYP) where they can learn inter-disciplinary topics (math, writing, social interactions, etc) as part of a bigger study unit. This interesting approach makes the kids to question things, to be curious about the 'why' and to be very engaged on the learning process.
From the social perspective, for our family it was one of our most important criteria to have our daughters be educated in a very inclusive and diverse community. We wanted to raise them being 'citizens of the world'. HMS fosters an environment where diversity is really welcomed and is a place with zero tolerance for hate, bullying and bigotry.
Last but definitely not the least, HMS has a great campus, full of green meadows, playground areas, pool, animals. This type of location is key to enable the students do a lot of outdoor playing, a lot of nature exploration and interactions with animals.
HMS is really a very special place, more than being the school that kids love to attend, HMS embodies a way of life, the way of life which exemplifies how kids can really enjoy every part of their 'student' day. It becomes a very 'natural' way to learn; this is the way school should be.
My son came to High Meadows School in 5th grade. HMS is allowing my child to create and experience realistic, problem solving situations while incorporating the standards. The teachers are masterful at individualized instruction and instructional scaffolding. My son is learning to be a leader, positive role model, and critical thinker. Modeling and working on social development is a part of every school day, which fosters a compassionate and respectful atmosphere. The campus is filled with positive energy. The faculty, parents, and children are so welcoming, which was so helpful to our family when transitioning to a new school. High Meadows has changed my son's outlook on school. He feels he is a part of the decision making process when it comes to his education and how he will learn. He loves that! We knew we had found the right place for our son when, three days after HMS stared, he said, "This is the first time I have ever been excited to go to school!" If you have a son or daughter who is curious, has a strong desire to learn more, is always wanting to know "Why?", and wants to be an active learner...this is the place for you!
High Meadows prepared my child for high school academically--they are basically a year ahead of everyone else and are taking honors and AP courses and doing exceptionally well. But the school did much more than that. It helped my kids become critical thinkers, curious learners, and empathetic, compassionate people. They are self-advocates, and are unafraid to approach their teachers with questions or concerns. We are so grateful to High Meadows and recommend it to those who have smart children who thrive with challenge.
Attending HMS has been a wonderful experience for our daughter over the past 3 years, and we look forward to the next 6 years there. The school offers a safe, fun, cooperative, interactive learning environment that builds upon children's natural curiosity to develop a love of learning & involvement. The large campus offers ample opportunity for outdoor exploration & games and reinforces an appreciation of our environment and nature's beauty. As the saying goes, "It takes a community to raise a child", and there is a very strong sense of community among the parents, faculty and student body at HMS.
HMS has been wonderful for our children. It is a safe, nurturing and accepting environment that allows children's natural curiosity to blossom into a love of learning. Children are challenged to take risks, speak out, self-advocate, work cooperatively and take on leadership roles - all skills that will serve them well in life. There is a very strong sense of community amongst the parents, faculty and student body which makes you feel like you are all on the journey together.
My children attended and loved this school from preschool through 8th grade. They are independent, responsible, caring, critical thinkers. They were challenged and nurtured during their High Meadows experience and left High Meadows as self-advocates with a love for learning. Academic achievements after entering high school in honors and AP classes were met with ease. You have to visit; it s an amazing place!
An environment focused on empowering students and enabling them to be life long learners. I have always been impressed by the correlation of real world experiences to those that my children are learning as early as Pre-School. The progressive education approach has moved my expectations from regurgitation of facts and figures to inquiry based discussions with my children. The whole child awareness has enabled support for our children through challenges and given them the self confidence and awareness to advocate for their beliefs and needs in all aspects of their life. When you add to the education the environmental awareness, respect for diversity, and communication skills that are incorporated into the curriculum, we can't find a better education. That said, coming from a traditional school environment, it is sometimes difficult to buy into the approach in the early years. The key to understanding the payoff is interaction with the middle years students. When you interact with those students, you know that you are making the right investments in your child's education.
High Meadows has been an amazing environment for my child to grow and thrive. I couldn't ask for more a more caring and talented staff, and I am thrilled at how much my son is learning. He is learning reading and math, but he is also learning to care for his environment, to care for animals, to ride ponies, gardening, drama, music, and art. Even more important, he is learning how to learn and to love learning. Honestly, I can't imagine a better place for him.
I would recommend this school to any parent whose primary educational goal is for their child to learn and enjoy learning. We have been there for 4 years starting in 2nd grade. My son LOVES school. I'm really struggling to think of things I DON'T like. I guess I wish they had more after school offerings? That's really it. It's incredible. If you want assigned desks, teacher-to-student teaching, grades and honor rolls, this school is NOT for you. But if you just want your child to love learning, give it a try!