Excellent school -- too bad it's closing down. The kindergarten program was wonderful and the teachers & office staff were amazing. They're building a new elementary school that will combine both Edison and Halfman students into one school. From a security standpoint, the new school looks great. I hope they continue to provide a good education for our children! The high school in this district has been negatively impacted by the "Schools of Choice" program. Poor conduct, low test scores, physical fighting and bulling have been on the rise, since they have allowed students (that currently do not reside in our community) to enroll, via the Schools of Choice program. As a concerned parent, I believe we should not enroll students unless their permanent residence is within the district, like it was for decades. Halfman, in general, was a great school. On a positive note, the teachers will be transferred to the new school. We look forward to the new school and hope construction is completed by January of 2015.
Firstly, we moved here a month before school began with little knowledge of the area or school district. We relocated for my job, needed a house stat, and had to get our children enrolled in Kindergarten and 2nd grade immediately. We came from a rural area with an excellent school system, competitive Meap scores, and overwhelming parental involvement where they were forced to draw names for chaperones and activity helpers. At first the difference between the districts startled and worried me. My daughters seemed to be in shock as they seen peers being suspended for the first time, were exposed to a colorful new vocabulary on the playground, and discovered older playground equipment. I was in shock to see half empty halls at conference time and a tiny little PTA. That said, we have been impressed again and again by the ingenuity and commitment the staff has toward their student population. They genuinely care, and show it, more than our higher rated former district. What they lack in funding, they use creativity and hard work to supplement. Our girls have learned a lot this year but still remain sweet children. The fault lies in the families and homes, not these teachers.
i think that this school needs more activites after and before school to help out my child because hes been complaning about not having a latckey before school
Halfman Elementary is far below what I would have expected. My daughter's teachers were great and I hate to have a bad opinion of the school when these individuals were doing their jobs properly. Unfortunately when combined with other issues at this school I would feel neglectful if I did not pull my daughter from this district. Number 1 issue with this school is the parking. All streets surrounding this school are completely jammed and parents idle in the road either letting their kids jump out there or waiting for them to walk out. Also the Pricipal is not what I would consider welcoming. The few times I can into contact with her she seemed angry and sour and makes me think she would be better not working with children. The playground is shameful. Limited/missing/delapitated equipment for K-6 is embarassing.
I have been less than impressed with the school. They do not do individual instruction, nor do they test in the beginning of the school year to assess the students abilities. My son was in kindergarten at Halfman last year and they did not go on one field trip,l which I think is a shame for a kindergarten class. The curriculum was weak and frankly he brought home work that I could have completed with him myself at home. Needless to say he no longer attend Madison heights Public schools. The district has a lot of work to do!
Halfman elementary is a great school. My teachers are really nice and help me out with whatever I need. I feel very safe in my school at all times because our school is located in a good neighborhood.
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