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Minden, LA
Students enrolled: 464

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618 Germantown Road
Minden, LA 71055

(318) 377-7548
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October 07, 2015
I fell this school is overcrowded and lacks adequate leadership. The skill and maturity level of the teachers varies-which is to be expected. I'm not sure if the issues are the fault of the school or just education in Webster Parish in general. There is almost no offer of any physical activity as even the playground is not offered at least a quarter of the school days. They also do not handle parents concerns very well, in my opinion. Instead of tackling the problem in a team approach, the faculty seems to devert attention away from the problem and begin to attack the child having the issue. This has happened to me and several other parents. This goes on to the point of the administration at the school seeming to bully the child with the issue to avoid dealing with the real issue. It is the most unfriendly and unprofessional school that I have been involved with personally and professionally, in my opinion. That says a lot coming from someone who has dealt with Bossier, Caddo, and Webster Parish schools professionally for the past 12 years.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly agree
October 07, 2015
My child learned to hold her own and not let mean, bullying adults get in the way of her success. I didn't want her to have to learn to withstand such pressure from her superiors in Kindergarten and first grade, but she did learn much about persistence, grit, and determination.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
October 07, 2015
Not during our time there. They were discouraging and seemed to want to break children down. They did not encourage the AR Program or seem to care about the children. I told my daughter to let her teacher know if someone was bothering her but she told me, "No, my friend got in trouble for tattling when she told on a girl for pushing her down, hitting her, and pulling her hair. We can't be tattle tails, mom." She also told her teacher when she had a stomach ache and was told to quit complaining. She told her teacher, "I'll be ok. I'll just tell mom when I get home." She explained to me that she just wanted to tell me because I'm a nurse and she knew I would know how to take care of it. But her teacher said, in front of the whole class, "Oh, somebodies going to tell on me to their mommy. Listen up guys, I want all of you to know right now that I'm not afraid of your parents! They all know where I work and how to reach me if they have a problem." I had to explain to my daughter that sometimes adults do and say the wrong things. I told her that her teacher misunderstood her and that her pride was hurt. I had to explain that even though she could not talk to her teacher or the principal, she could still talk to me and that she still must respect her teacher and principal even if they were not perfect...as no one ever is. 2012-2013; 2013-2014

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
October 07, 2015
The teachers and principal were not honest and did not show integrity or fairness. The staff showed favoritism. It was common and accepted for teachers to bully and pick on individual students over the speaker in the car line. They offered incentives for positive behavior but if your child was not favored, they would bring up past "behavior" as a reason to not allow your child to have that incentive, regardless of their behavior leading up to the event. They were not honest and forthcoming with me about my child's behavior. They would tell me everything was fine when I met with them in person then send a discipline report regarding their behavior from the week before-2 weeks late. I never had a problem until I reported that someone had punched my child in the eye. I picked up my child to find redness and swelling around the eye socket. I was told by my child that this was no accident and that another child had hit her in the eye. I immediately pulled into the school parking lot and walked towards the building with my child to inquire about the injury and report the incident. I was stopped at the door and told that I could not enter. I told the school employee that I needed to speak to someone about something that happened to my child. I was again told that I could not enter the building and I would have to wait until the next day. I then said, "No, I want to speak to the principal now. My child has been bullied." I was angry and hurt and that point but it was the wrong choice of words. The person that did not let me in WAS the principal. She quickly whisked me inside and shut us in her office. She angrily said, "Bully is a strong word. How do you know it was that kind of situation? It has to occur multiple times to be considered bullying. Did this happen more that once?" I said "No, but I don't quite understand how hitting someone without provocation is not considered bullying." She looked relieved when I said "No" and because we could name the person that did it she dismissed it immediately then told me that she would like to discuss my child's behavior. From that point on I received referrals. On for criminal property damage where they accused my child of coloring on the floor under her mat with a crayon. They did not see her do it but because it was under her mat, it must have been her. No problems at all with behavior now at new school.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2008
I have a daughter that goes to Harper. She is in kindergarden and her teacher is Mrs. Woodard. She loves her school and her teacher. I thinks that this is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent

August 04, 2007
My child will be in 2nd grade this year and the education from Harper has been great. She has had wonderful teachers. Mrs. Woodard in Kindergarten is fantastic! My child loves going to school and that says something. The only drawback I see is the lunches that are served, but I understand it is like that in all schools now. Overall, great staff & faculty. Teachers have always responded to any questions quickly and listen to concerns. Wonderful secretary also!

- submitted by a parent

November 30, 2004
I am a student at JE Harper. I think it's a great school. I also think that Mrs.Busby is being an excellent principal!

- submitted by a student

July 18, 2003
We have three children at this school. The teachers are wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
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J. E. Harper Elementary School
618 Germantown Road, Minden, LA  71055
(318) 377-7548
Last modified J. E. Harper Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-1
J. E. Harper Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top