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7 Crosby Road
Lexington, MA 02421

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(781) 860-5800
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September 12, 2015
I hate to put anything negative about Hastings because most of the teachers are fantastic, and I feel lucky that my children have had great teachers there. But something is going on there. Something was different last year and going into this year. Teachers continue to be friendly and do their best, but they seemed really stressed out. I'm guessing this has to be coming from LPS leadership at both the school and district level. Maybe it is time for a change! I'm happy that there is new leadership at the superintendent level. Maybe there needs to be even more leadership changes made. Last year one of my children was in third grade, and I really noticed that the pressure and preparation for standardized tests has really increased. I think it really stressed out the students and the teachers. Many of us send our kids to Hastings because state tests were not focused on so much, and it used to be a calmer environment. That seems to have changed. It only seems to contribute to a stressed out school community. The other thing I noticed is at the end of last year there were many many staff members who just left including three popular fourth grade teachers. All the exits happened with very little explanation and it all felt very hush hush. Something has to be going on at that school to make all these valuable staff members leave in the same year. There is usually very little turn over at Hastings. To me that is an indication that something is wrong and that something needs to change--for the sake of our kids.

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January 07, 2015
Hastings is a great school with a highly engaged parent community. The teachers we've had have all been within the range of really good (worst case) to phenomenal/life-changing educators (best case) - with tons of great school support staff tending to the needs of individual students and bringing out the best in each child. As an example - the art teacher has an amazing way of coaxing out each child's style through thoughtful instruction. You'd think some of this artwork came from an art school, not an elementary school! All-School Meeting continues to be a great tradition of welcoming families to the school every second week to enjoy time together, with presentations from individual students, groups, classrooms, or just sharing and singing together! If you use PTA activity as a gauge for the school's community engagement - this PTA is extremely busy, from organizing the annual Hastings Harvest Run (a Lexington 5K run/walk), a bi-annual adult social fundraiser, a science fair, the much-loved multi-cultural potluck, June's popular Field Day, and a host of various activities ranging from academics, arts, enrichment, and community. An amazing school - truly a gem.

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September 18, 2014
Hastings, like all Lexington schools, provides a wonderful education. We had one bump in the road in second grade but that teacher is no longer at the school and the teaching staff since then has been extraordinary. What separates Hastings from the other schools in Lexington is the community and I would have to give credit to both the staff and the PTA. Given Hastings' diverse student population, inclusion is important and celebrated at events like the multi-cultural potluck dinner. We were sad to leave when it was time to go on to middle school.

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August 05, 2014
Back when Mr. Rogers (complete with sweater and trolly) was principal, this was an extraordinary example of what a school might be. The administration was engaged, students really learned life skills and the community was served beyond the scope of education. In recent years the school has fallen into quality mediocrity.

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March 14, 2012
It looks like the pre-2009 rating didn't rate the principal so well, but the other 2 rate the principal high, and it would be a shame not to recognize that the current Principal (Principal Lipsitz) started in the 2008/2009 school year. She is terrific. I think if you're looking at all the Lexington Public Schools, don't get caught up in over analyzing whether a 98 MCAS score vs a 97 makes one school better than the other because you are really splitting hairs and trying too hard to find which is "best" - they differ only by a matter of small degree. The community as a whole embraces education and that bodes well for all schools in the system. In each school you will find highly dedicated parents and equally dedicated teachers and staff working very hard to educate the kids and make them into solid citizens.

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April 10, 2010
Hastings is excellent, like all the Lexington elementary schools, and our son (who is very bright) is totally challenged and excited to go to school. He's only in kindergarten, but my initial fears that it would be TOO academically focused were unfounded. He IS learning reading/puzzling in leaps and bounds, but his social learning is JUST as important to the teachers. The school has an All School Meeting every Friday with the entire student body attending to watch one another, like watching a group of students demonstrating their jump rope technique, listening to a student playing piano, or hearing from a class embarking on an environmental protection project or doing a skit about equal rights. Hastings seems to be the most diverse elementary school in Lexington and the one that makes the biggest efforts to celebrate that diversity. We LOVE Hastings!

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March 06, 2009
Hastings is an incredible school. Everyone is very welcoming and the teachers are top notch. The office staff and Principal Lipsitz are wonderful. My children have loved attending Hastings.

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Maria Hastings Elementary School
7 Crosby Road, Lexington, MA  02421
(781) 860-5800
Last modified Maria Hastings Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Maria Hastings Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top