We specifically requested a transfer into Heatherstone this year after a not so positive experience at another Olathe elementary. Heatherstone staff and teachers in particular my children's teachers, Ms. Meyers and Ms. Brown, have been amazing! The principal sets the tone for the commitment to academic excellence and in our experience everyone on staff is committed 110% to ensuring these results. We love Heatherstone!
this was my elementary school and I attended as the first 2nd grade class. This school was everything expected out of a learning enviroment! I remember everything being new and updated (computer lab which was a huge deal in the 90s). The playground was pretty amazing as well (pre-ramp era). The teachers were focused and the learning system was oriented to include each student. Currently I am a a social worker who works with students with special needs and I model a lot of my personal curriculum off of how the teachers taught the integrated special needs individuals at this school and other schools within the Olathe District. The neighborhood (at least in the 90s) was very calm, quiet and family oriented. I could walk or bike from my home in Woodbrook to Heatherstone with no problems. The extensive busing routes were also well regulated and ideal. If I had the choice to return to Olathe, I would have my children attend this and other area schools.
My son is autistic and started preschool at Heatherstone at the age of 3 as part of an integrated setting with normal-developing peers and we have been amazed with his progress. His preschool teacher [Meyers] and kindergarten teacher [Apollo] have both done a wonderful job as have their classroom assistants. It is hard to imagine a better environment for learning.
My daughter attends Heatherstone adnd we have had a great experience from the class teacher to extra curricular teachers as well.When there was a problem, it was given immediate attention and handled! I would suggest this school to anyone looking for great leadership for their child!
I am a teacher who works at Heatherstone. I have worked in 3 other districts during my career, and Heatherstone is the most awesome school to work in. The staff are truly committed to the achievement of the students, and as I am in special education, I see first hand how teachers embrace children who learn differently. I feel very fortunate to work in a school with such caring individuals. The parental involvement is awesome...without our parents, we could not do the job that we do. Our principal, although new this year, is truly an advocate for children, and will do what is necessary for them to be successful. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful school and district!
I have a daughter in Pre-K at Heatherstone & she is my only child. I was very worried about what school to place her in. To my surprise, the staff was very reassuring and welcomed me to visit any time and took the time to explain the cirriculum. My daughter loves her teachers and has learned so much in Ms. Meyer's class. She looks forward to school everyday. If my little girl is happy so am I! She always tells me how much fun she has and that is awesome for me to hear. My child is very vocal so she would tell me if something did not settle well with her. She is a smart girl for her age. I am happy she is at Heatherstone. I wouldn't have her anywhere else.
Heatherstone is a great school if one of your primary concerns is how everything will 'look' for your child. Some of the teachers are excellent and are the best I have seen. Some are not. The principle looks bored most of the time, and is absolutely not approachable to students or teachers without feeling like you are wasting his time. Unless it's positive, the administration does NOT want to hear from you. Special services take an EXTREMELY long time to get going, leaving some students to just float around on their own for months before the school gets services into place. They talk a great talk of what they will do for your child, but then do not follow through, and have poor excuses as to why. Look around carefully before putting a student with any sort of special needs into this school. Bullies are present and not dealt with either.