I stumbled upon this and feel compelled to add a rating in an attempt to tip the average back up. I'm a parent at this school, one who is deeply invested in my childrens' educations, and extremely satisfied with HWE. I'm sorry to those of you below who feel the need to air your spite against a former principal or your deep personal grievance in a public forum, but to give Hubbard Woods a "1" on a scale of 1 to 5 is ludicrous. You immediately lose any credibility with anyone educated. A "1" rating would be appropriate for a school with 4th graders who can't read, or in danger of being taken over by the State for chronic failure on achievement tests. I understand there are differing opinions on progressive education, both in re: the philosophy and the practical, everyday application of that philosophy, and whether or not it's so at odds with where most modern quantifiable output elementary education has moved as to be outmoded. Say you're not a fan, give it a "3" as adequate but not outstanding for whatever reason, and move on. HWE is a fabulous school with amazing resources, the most talented elem. school teachers I've ever met, and a great dedication to students.
Thank goodness change has come to Hubbard Woods. Perhaps now trust can be restored between teachers, administration and parents. And, perhaps also the community can heal the wounds that left parents on all sides fearing that their children's needs would not be properly addressed. This is great news.
Some families prefer to have their children enrolled in smaller, private schools. To say "many families have moved" is not at all accurate. It sounds as if this parent has little understanding of progressive education - to cite a couple of examples of school practice out of context and to label them the "Winnetka Way, is not at all accurate. Has this parent read any of the district's literature on the tenets of progressive education or for that matter, any literature on progressive education? Progressive educators are reflective practitioners and are continually examining their pedagogy and adapting it based upon the needs of the children and current research findings. I beg this parent to spend a day in the school, talk to children, teachers and administrators, and see first hand how wonderfully child-centered and creative this school really is. Look at the test scores as well. As these numbers, another way to get to know a school, also tell a great story. It saddens me that some members of the community will jump on a bandwagon of attack and criticism, before acquiring the information they need to form an informed opinion.
Winnetka's long and well deserved reputation for strong schools is being systematically undermined by the uneven quality of curriculum, teachers, and leadership at Hubbard Woods. Many families have moved their children to private schools to escape "The Winnetka Way," a once useful but now terribly outdated approach to K-4 education. So-called Progressive Education (one classroom for all kindergarten and 1st grade students, 45 minutes of yoga each day, frequent faculty offsite meetings) is now just a slogan to justify out of touch practices and total stonewalling of parents and their input. This is a classic example of a school run for the benefit of teachers and staff, not for the community. It is hoped that a new district 36 superintendent and a new school board will finally wake up to this travesty of taxpayer expenditure and education with swift and thorough changes. It cannot happen soon enough.
Our family had all our children go thru Hubbard Woods School and I must say we feel very lucky to have had such a wonderful experience. Currently, our children are in the majority of upper level academic classes, (which is terrific) but more importantly, the confidence and self esteem they were given in Hubbard Woods is what will be the most important lesson a school can give a child . Sure, you might have a year which may not be your child's or your favorite teacher, but that is life and that will be at any school. Over all , Hubbard Woods has some of the most dedicated, kind, inspiring teachers we have had the privilege to meet. I was very involved in volunteering in the school and I only heard the children say they loved their teachers and their school. Now, that says something.
My wife and I are now watching our 4th child go through the Hubbard Woods system. I can honestly say that I simply could not ask for anything more from a school. It is a warm and nurturing environment, the teachers and staff will do absolutely anything they can to help in anyway and our kids love it. Importantly, three of our children have since moved on to middle school and it is evident that they are well prepared. All are excelling which gives me absolute confidence that Hubbard Woods appropriately prepared them.
I am grateful everyday for what Hubbard Woods has given my family. We have two daughters who have each spent k-4th at Hubbard Woods. Not a day went by that my children didn't love going to school. Our kids suffered a family tragedy during a year at Hubbard Woods. All I can say is "Thank God for the people at that school." We couldn't have gotten through it without them. Maureeen Cheever and all the teachers go above and beyond to make sure the children are loved, nurtured and most of all prepared for their journey ahead.
We have been at Hubbard Woods for twelve years and have three left to go. It has been such a wonderful, nurturing place for our four children. Each and every day our children have looked forward to going to school...which says a lot. Dr. Cheever and the teachers at HW do their best to not only teach our children academics but to also prepare them for a life well lived. They have learned lessons far beyond just preparing for a "test". They have learned how to work with others, how to give to under resourced communities, how to respect those around them and in the world. It is a wonderful neighborhood school with a great staff!!!
Hubbard Woods is an outstanding elementary school that feels like a family to students, teachers and parents. Dr. Cheever is an inspiring leader who gives her all to her students each day. I feel so fortunate that my children attend this school. Winnetka is a progressive school district -- if you don't like progressive education then don't move here ! If you do, you will LOVE Hubbard Woods.
Look at your school's test scores people. This is one of the best elementary schools in the country. It provides my kids with a balance of social-emotional and academic offerings. The Principal trusts her staff because they are the most highly talented around. When Dr. Cheever receives 450 resumes for a single job posting, you know it is a place where teachers love to teach OUR children and can make choices on what is right for their individual needs. My advice to all who question this school is to open your eyes and take a look around at the nearby districts. What school do you know has a TV Studio and broadcasts a show in a K-4 setting? Technology-Language Arts-Self-Esteem- Public Speaking- Leadership. I am happy to be finishing out a great tenure at HWS and will miss this dedicated staff.
May 19th post is dead wrong, Hubbard Woods does not adequately prepare their children emotionally or academically. My child was the first class of 5th graders that were sent to Skokie. The entire class (every single child in my neighborhood from socialites to non) struggled so significantly compared to the other 2 elementary schools, that Hubbard Woods was forced to make changes, but they were not effective. This child has had significant struggles for every school change (including college) and was poorly prepared both emotionally and academically. Luckily, as a parent, I am not focused on academics, because neither is the school. Instead, they are focused on emotionally preparing the children for life, but have clearly failed. Unfortunately, Hubbard Woods has not improved in their efforts to prepare any of my younger children either. The principal needs to go!
Hubbard Woods is an outstanding school that does a wonderful job of holistically teaching its students. Instead of focusing on 'rote' academic methods, the Hubbard Woods faculty expertly guides students through 5 years of subject matter that teaches them to love learning. The progressive methods of Hubbard Woods make for well-educated children that are prepared to handle higher-level academics and prepared to live life in a thoughtful, compassionate way. Parents that criticize the school's methods are not looking at the big picture. Maybe the average Hubbard Woods kindergartner isn't reading at an advanced level, but their brain is being stretched in nearly every way imaginable. By 5th grade, Hubbard Woods students are undoubtedly among the best educated 5th graders in the nation. I highly recommend this school.
This school is a huge disappointment. Despite an involved and enthusiastic community of parents, many financial resources and a few dedicated teachers, the administration is out of date, out of touch and can be downright harmful to children who do not fit squarely in the mainstream (at both the high and the low ends of the spectrum). The principal chooses to back the teachers and her staff, to her students' detriment. We have been sorely disappointed by the lack of curriculum, communication and frankly, learning. We are seriously considering moving.
The principal puts the teachers first, admittedly, and it shows in uninspired teaching and low expectations. Huge parental efforts make up for the schools shortcomings. The school board really should address this issue, but I think they re afraid to admit that there is an issue, too bad.
This is an absolutely exceptional school, with the most caring and qualified teachers and staff imaginable. The facilites are astonishing for an elementary school (a working TV studio!). I am thrilled to be able to send my kids here, and those who have graduated from here still consider it to be an outstanding launching pad for future educational and social success. Oh, and most of the parents are terrific too - we've made a ton of new friends here very quickly.
This school is way overrrated. Rudness and bullying are problems. The children are not held accountable for poor behavior and the well-behaved children (most) are not rewarded or motivated to stay on that path. Student from this school succeed because nearly all the parents have the resources for tutoring, extra help, etc.
This is one of the best schools I have ever been to in my life! All of my teachers were fantastic, especially Mrs. Shank. If I had gone to any of the other local elementeries, I can tell you right now, I probally would have not had an experience this fantastic. Thanks Dr. Cheever!
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