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9116 Whitefield Ave
Savannah, GA 31406

(912) 395-6440
(912) 303-6450
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March 12, 2015
Hesse K8 can be known as the epitome of academic excellence! I have taught in this school for 26 years. Without exception, Hesse students are prepared for the next school in which they attend. Whether the student leaves from promotion or from a move, he or she will flourish in any new situation due to the exemplary faculty and staff who work at Hesse. Dr. Larry Butler leads the way in setting high expectation and celebrating success throughout the school for all who are privileged enough to find themselves part of the "Hesse Family."

- submitted by a teacher

May 24, 2014
My children have been at Hesse for the past six years. I have found the administration, faculty and staff to be among the best we have experienced. I am thankful that we attend one of the top ranked and most well-run schools in the County. Mr. Butler & the other administrators are fair and work hard to meet the needs of the children and very often meet the wants and requests of parents. With having a school of over 1,000 kids, I know it is impossible for Mr. Butler and his team to meet all requests and wants of the parents, but I know that they work very hard to listen to the requests and do what's best for the children and families they serve. I am thankful for the leadership and instruction my children receive and know that they are being well prepared higher education. Thank you Mr. Butler and the Hesse staff!

- submitted by a parent

December 11, 2013
Hesse is a terrific school with an awesome faculty/staff. My children have experienced tremendous success since being enrolled. My family is very happy with how the school functions.

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October 30, 2013
Hesse elementary school in savannah ,ga they have great teachers, but the principal is not a very good leader. He shows favoritism he is always talking about being over crowded yet he lets his friends send their children not in the attendance zone all the way from the other side of town to attend. He is only concerned about statistic and test score if your child is average or above you are in luck, if you are below average and Hispanic the first thing he does is send your child off to Windsor forest elementary. This school has an ESOL program for foreign children to learn English. My children know English they were just struggling with reading comprehension, no one ever told me they were doing bad until the situation got so serious my children were failing. I signed them up for tutorial all they needed was some more attention in the reading part but this was enough to send them away. Not to mention the fact that this principal took my child out of the class room to question her regarding where we lived, after he was told where we lived. Also saying why are the children late "it looks bad for the school" he has NO right questioning a child disrupting their learning.

- submitted by a parent

July 08, 2013
My daughter has attended Hesse for the past 2 years. The teachers we have had have been great, the administration is so so. My daughter is advanced but doesn't like the gifted program because she is pulled from class. Her teacher's have done their best to helo her stay ahead but I'm not sure how much longer it is going to work. If I could afford it she would be in private school.

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2013
Hesse Elementary school in Savannah, GA has really great teachers but is lacking in administrative leadership.

- submitted by a community member

May 14, 2013
My boys attend Hesse, and I have been very happy with the school. The teachers are great - they challenge the students, but they are nurturing, as well. They keep parents informed and are constantly available. The PTA and Booster Club is active and supports the teachers. I would love to see a school-wide Field Day at the end of the year to blow off some steam after the CRCT - that is my only suggestion for improvement!

- submitted by a parent

October 31, 2012
Hesse is beyond disappointing. The principal is not a leader and most of the the teachers only do the minimum. It was a major mistake sending my children to Hesse.

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June 28, 2012
I absolutely love Hesse School. My kids have been to many schools and Hesse has been the best! My kids have their issues and the teachers and principal are very helpful and caring!

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2012
I use to love hesse before my chiildren came home and told me the principal was prejudice. sending all the other kids to barlette for shoes lance not tied. But want do anything to his son for hitting other kids and talking back to teachers while children are trying to learn. Telling parents the school is over crowd but let his friend 3 kids from private school in telling them they are not over crowd. Wow can't wait for my child to move on to high school.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2011
We moved back to Savannah and moved to Hesse district for this school. We heard it had a great reputation. From the start it was a disaster. My child hated school. What a mistake. Need less to say we have change schools. The administration is horrible and unavailable. I wouldn't leave my children in the care of this school. I assume at some point it had a great leader but not now.

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
Mi hija dejo la escuela de Port Wentworth hace 2 anios pues nos mudamos para el lado Sur de la ciudad. Como madre sola, tuve temos de que mi hija fuera mal vista por ser Hispana y porque su acento no le permitiera seguir desarrollando sus habilidades en el aprendizaje del Ingles. Hoy en dia, despues de 2 anios de estudios en Hesse, sineto que mi nina ha aprendido mucho y sobre todo veo que sus profesoras no soloamente le ensenan Historia, Matematicas, etc tambien le ensenan a liderar y a respetar a los demas. Me siento muy orgullosa de los logros de mi hija como estudiante pero sobre todo , como ser humano.

- submitted by a parent

May 19, 2010
We love our parents and teachers at Hesse, the problem is the administration. We have been at Hesse for & years and it has been just the last few years that we have been dissatisfied. It would be great it the principal would care about his students, teachers and parents as much as he cares about the numbers on test results.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2010
We have 2 children at Hesse (K & 2nd) and have been extremely pleased with their academic growth over the year. The principal and teachers are excellent. We are content knowing that our decision to take our child out of private school and give the public school a try was a good one!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2009
Wonderful, caring teachers combined with a good, fair principal

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August 28, 2009
I have had a terrible time with the newer principal at Hesse. He is not supportive and unconcerned about the children s success. Granted he talks a good game as long as it is his way on his terms. He doesn't return phone calls and seems too busy to deal with parents. For children that have absolutely no issues I am sure Hesse is a great school. If your child is average good luck. As for me and my children (K & 1st) we are going to Private School this year, at least they hear me and want what is best for my child.

- submitted by a parent
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April 30, 2009
My son goes to pre-k at Hesse. We pulled him out of a private school we thought was much too focused on worksheets and less on the overall learning experience. We couldn't be more pleased. Communication from the school is very good both via phone and by notebooks from the classroom. Parents can be as engaged as they want and encouraged to participate. The teachers are experienced and there is a good feeling at this school. My child is very happy

- submitted by a parent

November 18, 2007
First of all the students in the 'gifted cluster' have been identified for the gifted program, which is a state mandated program with state guidelines. Those students deserve to have their academic needs met. They are 'peer tutors' and often in classes with students who are performing below grade level that is what they are used for. They are often made fun of when they are not with their academic peers making school a miserable place for them to be. Hesse is trying to provide the best learning environment for every child. Unfortunately, with classes allowed to reach over 20, that is very difficult but it is not Hesse's problem. I applaud Hesse for not leaving the gifted or academically high achievers behind as they try to meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 17, 2007
Overall execellent school.

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March 27, 2007
Hesse Elementary has an outstanding reading program. It encourages students to read and their reading levels seem to be high for most students. Our daughter is in 1st grade and has a reading level of 3rd grade. The teachers are great to work with and encourage parental involvement. We highly recommend Hesse Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2006
The best K-5 education in the Savannah area, ranked equal with or even above the private schools available. A true neighborhood school representing a cross-section of the community- from the affluent to the modest of income-with outstanding teachers, administration, counselors. We came from out of state. One of the primary factors in choosing our home was to live in this school's district. We have not been disappointed.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2004
Unfortunately, Hesse has become victim to political correctness. The children who excel or are doing marginally over the average are grouped together in 'Search Clusters' while the rest of the average and below average children are grouped together. There is not peer pressure for these children to improve. The teachers assigned to these classes are just as good as the others but as a result of this grouping, they spend more time disciplining the disruptive students with what little power they have and the well behaved ones are falling through the cracks due to the lack of attention. The principal does not support his staff and therefore the teachers are powerless to do what is necessary to take control of their classrooms. Check out the private schools! Many parents are pulling their children and putting them there. Most teachers at this school have their own children in private school. Ask them.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2004
I currently have 2 children who attend Hesse and we love the school. I have had no problems over the last 4 years at all. The principal is very involved and it shows. My children adore their teachers and look forward to going to school every morning. I am very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 25, 2003
We love this school. Our oldest daughter is currently attending Hesse. She has been there for four and a half years now. We have never had any problems with the principals, staff or students. We would recommend this school to anyone. However, they have been taken off the magnet school program. Which is really sad becaus that program was working so well for us military moms and dads. We were really heart-broken because our younger two children could not attend Hesse. They are at another school, and yes, we can tell the difference.

- submitted by a parent
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Hesse School
9116 Whitefield Ave, Savannah, GA  31406
(912) 395-6440
Last modified Hesse School is a Public school that serves grades PK-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hesse School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top