Students enrolled 357
School leader Embekka Thompson

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3595 North Adams Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

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(248) 203-3268
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5 stars
Based on 10 ratings

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April 14, 2014
This is our first real schoolyear at Harlan and so far we regret that we just bought a house in this schooldistrict because of that allegedly great elementary school....its just NOT. It starts with the principal, who is as cold as an iceblock and superficial, just cares about the reputation of the school. In my opinion she does not really care about the kids, what actually should be her first thought. Thats why also most of the teacher are not very warm and just try to function to do their job. As a parent i am really missing the feeling that the teachers at Harlan do their job because its their passion, not just becomes its the way how they earn their money. Harlan puts so so much pressure already on their youngest students (kindergarteners) regarding math and reading, instead of working on their social skills, which are at least as imortant as good grades. Its really sad to see how less they care about that the kids next to learning also can have a good time with their classmates and become strong personalities. I wish they would understand that education is just one of the puzzle pieces to build a successful person. The best part about Harlan is the office staff....

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2011
I am a parent who places a very strong emphasis on academics. When I hear parents remark, "oh, it's just kindergarten", it makes me cringe. I moved to the district for the schools, and I was on the verge on sending my child to one of many prestigious private schools in the area. I m glad I changed my mind. My son just completed extended-day kindergarten at Harlan, and I am very pleased with the quality of his teacher, organization, caring for the children, exposure to technology, and strong weight on academics. I believe his teacher prepared the entire class to almost a second grade level! Even more, the principal (Ms. Thompson) is simply wonderful. She is accessible, witty, caring, loves the children, balanced, and fair. The librarian (Ms. Stayer) is also phenomenal. Additionally, although there is little diversity at the school, Harlan is the only elementary school in the district that has its own African-American Family Network subsidiary (from the district-wide organization), so the parents are highly involved, as well as a Diversity Committee. The only concern I have with Harlan is the level of involvement of parents in the PTA. Thus, do yourself a favor and check out Harlan.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2010
Amazing school! We have been in this neighborhood and have children attending Harlan since 1995. The shift of philosophy that occurred in 2005 has brought this school to new heights. Each child is treated with great care. The teachers and each staff member facilitates ongoing communication with parents and one another to be sure each child gains a positive school experience. Yay to Harlan! We love you dearly!

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
Fantastic teachers and small class size

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Harlan is an amazing school with terrific teachers and a huge amount of parent and community support!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Parents and Staff pull together to help all the children!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2010
Not only does Harlan have an outstanding teaching and administrative team, the Harlan community is incredibly warm and supportive. It is an amazing place and blessing for my children to have an opportunity to be part of such an excellent learning environment with caring people!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The community is warm, educating, safe, and fantatic.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
It is a great school with involvement from all stakeholders.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
13 years there with three children - awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
The teachers really care about the kids. The parents are very involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
Great teachers, great support staff. Parents are dedicated and the kids are the #1 concern.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
They really make an effort to help the students when they need it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
The support from teachers, parents and community form together and make students their #1 priority.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Harlan has great teachers and phenomenal parental support

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
We just moved here and everyone has made the transition for my children and myself so easy!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
lan is a welcomoing homey plkace wheren our kids feel safe and loved by those who teach them!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2010
The best staff and terrific envolvement with the students. My kid loves dchooll

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Our school is full of wonderful, caring, and extraordinary people- parents, teachers and staff alike- who make up a very supportive and enriching community for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
The teachers and pricnipal always place the kids needs first--before poltics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Harlan is the type of school where the teachers and staff lead by example - they care about each and every child, regardless of whether they are former students. It is a warm, nurturing environment that is difficult to leave at the end of 5th grade! -Heidi Geissbuhler

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
The teachers and staff care about the students and their education

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Kids love to go to school! They have great teachers who care. Kids love to learn and the education is top notch.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
Harlan teachers, staff and parents put kids first!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 30, 2010
We are a caring community with a focus on educational excellence while fostering honesty, respect and responsibility in our students.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2006
Harlan is a warm, high energy, learning environment. We have strong leadership and dedicated teachers. The parent community is extremely involved and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
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Harlan Elementary School
3595 North Adams Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI  48304
(248) 203-3268
Last modified Harlan 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.
Harlan Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top