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Harambee Elementary School4
Posted June 03, 2014
- a parent
My daughter has been at Harambee for two years, and her sister is set to join her next year. We like the emphasis on the outdoors/environment and the principal and staff were very helpful and receptive when we were transitioning my daughter. As with any school, some teachers are easier to reach/more responsive than others.
We are the parents of 2 young children at Harambee. At this school we have found a vibrant community where kids, teachers, and parents respect each other and come together to educate the whole child. We are thrilled to have found this free, year-round public school.
Harambee students benefit from a dedicated, creative teaching staff committed to making sure every student has a chance to succeed regardless of their learning style. There is a consistent message that in a diverse community, each student has special gifts and perspectives that contribute to the success of that community and make it a wonderful place. Highlights include the year round calendar which lessens summer learning "slide", the environmental science focus which utilizes the many habitats on the 28 acre site where students can learn outdoors year round, and the community cultures focus where students learn that each of us has a culture, and that it's fun to learn about others. They become prepared for their future in a diverse workforce. The special ed team is another strength, helping kids with special needs reach their full potential. And did I mention our amazing principal, Ms. Griebel? Her dedication to the Harambee mission unites students, staff, and families. Both of my children blossomed in this unique environment, even though one is gifted and the other has special needs. I love this school!
We researched schools for 2 years for my daughter. The local public schools could not meet her needs. Harambee was and is a Godsend. Through good class sizes, enthusiastic, well trained staff and educators who know every child by name and are devoted to making each one succeed - they have exceeded my expectations. Their year round schedule was a draw as well as our students need to catch up to the rest of the world who do not school by an outmoded agricultural calender. Our daughter is an accelerated learner. She is in first grade now reading and doing math at a third grade level loving the additional challenge. At Harambee no learner is stigmatized, no matter where they are on the specturm. From the teachers to the principal they are all easily contacted and respond quickly and effectively to any concerns. Other schools have an anti-bullying curriculum.Harambee and Crosswinds teach, live and breathe true integration: learning about eachother and valuing eachother for our similarities and our differences. It is a wonderful community of parents, staff, teachers and students from various backgrounds.
My son attended this school from K-5 (all the grades they offer). He had a great time, wonderful teachers, a diverse set of friends, and a great education (entered his next school as a 7th grader!). The year-round calendar is the best, giving the family opportunities to travel at off-times of year. Beautiful grounds. Definitely worth a visit, a choice public school for students from 10 school districts. Note, the year-round schedule does play havoc with state standardized testing, Harambee kids have six weeks less class time when the tests come around, partly explaining the poor results there. Not at all indicative of how wonderful this school is.
This school seemed like a great choice when we chose it, but has not lived up to our expectations. Our child has not found the challenges he needs here. He reports that the teachers are interrupted repeatedly by the same small group of students. He wishes that they spent 'less time cleaning up and more time learning.' Our child who loved preschool has lost his spark and excitement for learning. We are very disappointed and are looking for another option. We will be very sad to leave the music teacher. He has been a bright spot in a not very positive experience.
Tri District now Harambee is a wonderful school. My oldest daughter has been there since K and is now entering the third grade. My youngest will start this fall. The teachers and the staff are all wonderful and supportive to students and staff. My children even love the year round curriculum as well as the bridges programs they offer between quarters. The students attending this school tend to be very polite and well behaved and excel in school. I would recommend this school first and foremost ahead of them all.
I have had children in this school for the past 5 years. When my oldest started school here, he was behind in reading when entering the 4th grade. By the end of the year, his teacher got him up to the correct reading level and ready for the 5th grade. The other child that I have was doing very well. Regreting my move, this school was helping my 1st grader excell in his classes. Teachers are there for the reinforcement for both the students as well as the parents. This is a wonderful school. Wish I would have had a school like this growing up. This facility made it easier on the life transitions that my children had to face. I would recommend this school to anyone that I meet. The programs that they offer for the child for the before and after school daycare was wonderful to. This was such a pleasant experience with a school and I was proud to have students in the school. Thank you Tri District.