This school hasn't changed in 13 to 14 years since I was going there. They have trouble retain staff, even the Principles don't seem to last. They have a 3rd in 4th grade split math class, when I took this class, the teacher was overwhelmed with too many students, and didn't want to take the time to help me, so she threw a third grade math book at me, which set me back. I don't see the student teacher bond, like I saw when my daughter was going to Stepansk's. My daughter is picked on by the kids, and I had the same problem when I was going there. So far since she has been their she has learned swear words and that their is no Santa Clause. This is my daughters last year I will not let her do anymore schooling there.
This school is amazing when it comes to working with the parents and children. In the 3 years my son has been at Haviland and we have seen great results. This is one of the best schools in Oakland County and within the Waterford School District. The principle has really been improving the MEAP Results and the school competes with the best of them. It is the parent involvement that makes or breaks a student. Keep up the good work Haviland and Thank you for making my son's experience great!
The teachers are good, but the principal is horrible. In the 3 years I have had my children there, she has not done one good thing for that school. She was never a teacher before becoming an administrator and it shows. It seems as if the teachers do not respect her and it shows. The principal has really brought that school down. On a positive note, the teachers do try their best with what little support they are given.
Great Staff! Great Principal! Excellent support from the staff for the kids! Wish there were more schools like this in Waterford!
Haviland is the archetype of an ideal school. The students and staff seem happy to be there. I am very pleased that the school to which we are geographically bound is so well rated. I'm confident that my daughter is receiving the proper attention for her personal and educational development.
We have been parents of children who have attended several private schools in the area. This is by far the best school we have had our children in. The principal, Ms. Novotny, is dedicated to the happiness and success of each child. The teachers are always approachable and enthusiastic. We couldn't be happier with this school. There is also a strong sense of community and parental involvement along with a safe and trusting enviroment.
My kids are very happy in this school! The private christian school we went to last year was a disgusting experience. We like this school because they have great academic level, they make learning fun and theachers really, really care. Ms Novotny is also a great and caring principal.
This is a superior school filled with caring, creative and smart teachers, a wonderful principal who supports her excellent staff and each and every child at the school and a bank of hardworking, selfless volunteers who work tirelessly for the good of the school. I love and appreciate the warmth directed at my children and myself whenever we attend a school function. The newly formed chess club, the orchestra as well as Leaders and Readers, RIF and PTA makes this a school that far outshines the other elementary schools in the district and surrounding area.
Both of my children attend Haviland currently. 2nd and 4th Grade 2005-06 year. It has been a nurturing environment and a place where they can express themselves. They focus on the extra's as well as the basic, music, physical education, etc. They try to build well rounded children.
Haviland is school of choice for my child. Knowing and experiencing the teachers and working in the classrooms, I have seen the excellent care and teaching these educaters give to our children. I can't say enough about the principal, I believe she is the strength to this school! Both my child and I are blessed to be a part of Haviland.
loved this school. teachers are great, office staff great. everything about this school is great. we had a wonderful 6 years. K-5
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