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Happy Hollow Elementary4
Posted November 13, 2013
- a parent
Good school. Teachers are driven and impressive for the most part. Principal has pie thrown in her face for fundraising event. Not a good message. If the kids aren't allowed to throw food or hit others then why condone it for adults? This school offers too much homework in general but it is doable. Lunch schedule provides too little time to eat and the lines are long. Even when bringing my DC never finishes lunch. There is no regulation where students sit so some kids are left out. Gym/PE is very aggressive and competitive with a focus on individual success. Elementary gym should be fun. Library time isn't warm fuzzy stories anymore, that is a competition too. Kids take tests to earn points. School seems safe for students. Art teacher is very good. High parent involvement. Not a lot of extra-curricular activities, those offered have limited space, many students are turned away. Kids are racially diverse, the staff is not. Class size is large but there seems to be a good effort to address that problem. Overall good school just be prepared to remind your child that competition isn't everything.
Well My child goes there so i can confirm that this "2 star school" (You know who you are) is a HIGH quality school, great lunches and Barack Obama visited their school one day and said and i quote "This is a magnificent school which I am proud to pronounce that i am giving a plaque which while show the magnificence of this 4 1/2 star school has
This is an awesome school! The teachers, principal and staff are engaged, and there are ample opportunities for parents to get involved to what-ever degree they can or wish. The curriculum is varied, and area resources are used to introduce and demonstrate the importance of the current subject. As a school full of 'tweens' the students' transition from child to independent, community/world-aware individual is phenomenal to witness.
West Lafayette Schools are among the highest rated in the state for academic performance and state testing. It offers the only orchestra program in the area beginning in the forth grade. New advanced placement courses are to be added over the next couple years in the high school. The school has a very active parent participation and involvement in many areas of the school curriculum, new administration hiring to building assessments. Parents are often invited to join task forces and committees to contribute to the continued improvement of the school. Yes, parents do contribute a great deal to the success of the students, along with excellent teachers, staff and community.
Students at this school are very good performers. However between the textbooks (very poor quality) and the materials at hand to teach ( very poor quality and limited in amount) I cannot give the school as a whole a good mark. Additionally any suggestions for change are always met with substantial backpeddling. It seems that no one wants to rock this boat, but performance levels on state tests are only part of the reason we send our children to school. I would hazard a guess that the children here have parents that do the work for the teachers as well as for their children.
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