« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
Public district
Worcester, MA
Students enrolled: 273

Contact this school

200 Heard Street
Worcester, MA 01603

School website
(508) 799-3525
(508) 799-8226
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Heard Street address.

February 12, 2015
Before I start rambling on about this mediocre school, just know I am a student. I am a grade school student who doesn't know everything, but I am still entitled to my own opinion. As a sixth grader there, I can honestly say that I know all of my classmate's names, I know every teacher's name, and have been taught in almost every classroom. The principal comes in and interrupts class from time to time, and has references to different medias for some students. Every Friday we spend at least half an hour cleaning the classroom. Every. Single. Friday. It is a very small, and friendly school, though. At least with teachers I've had, they try not to give us worksheets all day. That is rather common in younger grades, but as I've gotten older the teachers have gotten more and more hands on. I do believe that the "silent lunch" is a bit overkill when trying to get the children to quiet down. Taking 5 minutes of time to socialize away from the children should be a last resort, yet it's the norm at Heard Street.

- submitted by a community member

June 18, 2014
I have nothing good to say about this school. My son came in half way through the year and from that point it all went down hill. The rules the principle has are unfair and he is unfair. He is less than helpful, his kindergarten teacher was awkward and very hard to communicate with. My son will not be attending this school next year and I plan on going to the school commite with the issues I've had with this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 24, 2010
Heard Street school is such a wonderful school, with staff and administration who are truly concerned about the child as an individual and as part of a larger community. They encourage strong parent/school ties and encourage the children to grow in a positive manner in all areas of development. We had moved out of district and took an extra twenty minutes a day just to drive our children to school there for the last several years as we couldn't bear to send them any place else!!! Great School, GREAT STAFF!!

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2010
Perhaps because of its location, Heard Street is one of those school that has the misfortune of not being culturally or racially diverse. Nonetheless, the school does still enroll a small number of minority students and it is arguably incumbent upon the school's staff & teachers to provide a welcoming and conducive environment for minority students. Unfortunately this is not the case at Heard Street. The Principal in particular, who is supposed to set the standards when it comes to such as issues as accommodating minority children, is very racially insensitive and indifferent to concerns raised by minority parents. Inevitably, his teachers follow his lead. My child has been in a couple of classrooms in which he has faced the same kind of discrimination & reckless racial epithets as in previous classrooms. Attempts at seeking redress through the teacher(s) & the principal have been dismissed with contempt.

- submitted by a parent

November 04, 2008
Both of my children attend this school and I have to say I wish I had better things to say about it. Its great if you want your kids working off of work sheets and sitting quietly for 6 hours a day. I myself think that kids learn better when trying things for themselves instead of reading it from a worksheet. What happened to experiments and learning through trial and error. I just cant hear anymore that we are doing the best we can for your children. Do you really think so? When we keep teachers for seniority and not for actual results it is totally frustrating. Oh and you can't pick which teacher you want as all the teachers are good, I went to school too and we all know not all teachers are created equal. Wish I had better choices for schools.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2005
Heard St. Discovery Academy is still one of the few small school left in Worcester. I can honestly say that most of the children in school know every other classmate by first name. There is a feeling of closeness and community throughout the whole school. I was fortunate to buy my parent home and attended Heard St. when I was young and my three children have attending it also. The teachers are wonderful, caring, supportive and try very hard to give the students the best education possible. In a time of serious cut-backs, Heard St. is like many other schools with limited extracurricular activities but I consider it one of the best schools in the city. The level is parent involvement is very strong and I have participated in all three of my children's education. We are really lucky to be part of this small school community.

- submitted by a parent

Profile Completeness


Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »


Nearby homes for sale


Last modified: April 02, 2015

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.

GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2015 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Heard Street
200 Heard Street, Worcester, MA  01603
(508) 799-3525
Last modified Heard Street is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Heard Street Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 6 reviews. Top