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Normandale Hills Elementary School5
Posted December 30, 2014
- a parent
My son had an excellent experience at Normandale Hills from Kindergarten through 5th grade. During his 6 years there, he only had teachers who were caring and creative and made learning fun. He went to Middle School fully prepared....mostly due to the excellent teachers and staff at NH.
NOT happy with NH!!! If you have a special needs child I would NOT reccomend this school!!! Principal Vollmuth would rather call the cops on your child if there's a problem than call you the parent. That's what he told me when he had an issue with my child... saying that he( principal) didn't want to have to call me, and next time he WILL call the cops if my child lays on the ground and won't get up. Then he told me I should discipline my child at home. To say the least I am very displeased!!!
Had two kids go through this school finishing last year. Overall, it is a good school but it used to be excellent when Mr. Lee was there. The new leadership is not measuring up. If you have an average kid, things will be great because most of the teachers are great. But is you have a kid on either lower or higher end and need to deal with the principal, it is very difficult. He is trying very hard to be involved but falls short because he does not have a good judgement, etc.--you either have it or you don't. A lot of long term teachers left in the 5 year period after Mr. Lee left, which speaks volumes! He replaces them with great ones but then looses them. As a parent I did not feel listened to and I am sure teachers feel the same. Yet, it is still a good school, just disappointed since it was the best before.
This School is a really great school . I'm Not a parent .. I am a former student. Even though I'm in 7th grade entering 8th grade .. I went to this school from k-4th .. The years I was at Normandale I've had a great experience .. I Had learn alot. The princeple is really caring and nice so is the teachers. If your looking for a elementary school in bloomington . Go to normandale you would have a great experience .. I'm a NH knight
My daughter just finished the first grade at NH and it was a wonderful experience all around. I couldn't ask more from her teacher, she was nothing short of excellent. The principal is ALWAYS present and involved, he makes sure the students are safe, learning, and happy to be at school. The office staff always spoke to me like a friend or family member, the nurse is kind and always took appropriate measures and the cafeteria was always clean and lunch was served with a smile. A wonderful environment for elementary students and their families.
I disagree with the previous post. I love our current principle. Hes different from Mr Lee. He is all about the school, loves my kids and respectful. He's smart. I appreciate him and our teachers. We are not falling short, we have the most requested school in Bloomington. More people requested to be tranferred to NH when the territories changed than any Bloomington school. Most people I have talked to about schools in the area would agree with me. Great school, great teachers, lots of parent support.
My two daughters attended NH. One from kinder to fifth and the other from fourth to fifth. When Mr. Lee was the principal the school was excellent. There was a lot of structure, respect amongst staff, the children always came first. Since the new principal took over everything seems to have deteriorated. Good teachers are leaving/left and their replacements aren't measuring up. The demands on children to excel have fallen short. Although I wouldn't say that the school is awful I want more for my children, therefore, I won't be sending my youngest to NH.