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Hubert H Humphrey Elementary School1
Posted September 17, 2014
- a parent
We moved here two years ago thinking that this was a good place for our kids to go to school. This has ended up being the worst school out of three elementary schools in two states that my kids have attended. Having a child with special needs, who previously was able to thrive in the general classroom, we were so disappointed with the special ed program and the lack of communication that we are homeschooling this child. The principal is the least friendly, least helpful that I have ever encountered. She initially refused to even set up a meeting to address my concerns and when she did consent told me that my child was responsible for their own education and that I should let the teachers do their job. I was discouraged from observing my child in the classroom and told that I was too much of a distraction. The admin is unfriendly whenever I go in. This leadership environment definitely detracts from the success of the school. I would never recommend this school to anyone and hope to be able to transfer or move as soon as possible.
We enthusiastically moved into this school district in order to attend Hubert Humphrey. We liked the smaller size of the school and loved the good reports about it on this site. But we disenrolled our child after less than a year. While I have no doubt that there are fine teachers here, the overall feeling on campus is not a happy one. It feels like a school that is in decline. We are involved parents, and we support teachers and public schools. But we could not bear to watch our kid struggle here for another week. We felt like his intelligence was treated as a burden and found that he was singled out for punishment because he was more honest about his (mis)behavior than other, equally culpable children. Very, very disappointed in this experience.
I found the majority of the teachers to be excellent and genuinely care about the students. I agree with some of the other comments that the previous posters have made regarding the administration and leadership. The principal can be intimidating towards parents and teachers which creates some animosity and negative feelings. On a positive note, I do believe she does care about the students in general. I just feel she needs to learn better communication skills. This would make the experience there more pleasant. Overall the level of education there is good and for that I would give it an above average rating.
We are a military family who has lived in the area for two years. I feel like my child is receiving a STELLAR education at this school. Both of the teachers we have had have been kind, caring, and overall great teachers. We feel very fortunate in that regard. The new councilor addresses issues quickly and effectively. I am a bit disappointed that she didn't continue last year's military program. Perhaps next year? As a frequent volunteer in my child s class, my perspective on the principal is that she has a great staff and the school is very well run. However her leadership skills need work based on my observation of her inability to inspire and motivate some teachers, and at times even de-motivating teachers with her actions. Her management style comes across as very directive with little opportunity for explanation or discussion. I also find the principal s interaction with parents as gruff and that she seems to lack the desire to understand the parent s position / viewpoint. As the school s ambassador, I expect that she should be more welcoming to parents and that she should be legitimately interested in hearing and understanding any input from parents.
Hubert Humphrey is a fantastic school! The staff is wonderful and the school is very well run. The Principal keeps everything in wonderful order and has the best interest of the kids at heart. My children have had a terrific education at Humphrey and I have always felt that my parental opinion matters. My children are safe, happy, and curious learners and I attribute this to Hubert Humphrey and the wonderful staff. The teachers are hard working and dedicated to providing the best education possible.
Teachers & Staff = phenomenal, caring, dedicated, outstanding, and concerned professionals; can't say enough good things about ALL of them Parent Involvement = encouraged by faculty & staff; impeded by the principal threatening to ban and/or actually banning parents from the school premises Principal = has been at this school for 12+ years (way too long); It's her way or the highway. She rules with an iron fist not only causing fear in parents that she will retaliate against their children but also in intimidating her faculty and staff. This principal takes things too personally and when she becomes angry she threatens to ban parents from volunteering at this school. Her demeanor doesn't allow parents, teachers, and staff to voice their heartfelt opinions at any time throughout the school year. Bottom line: it's time for CHANGE at this level. The main reasons why this school is successful is due to the fantastic faculty and staff as well as the devoted parents of the majority of the students.
I couldn't agree more with the previous parent comment. MILITARY FAMILIES, BEWARE! I am highly disappointed with both the principal & the new counselor. In the 2010-2011 school year, the former school counselor identified at least 15% of the entire student population as children of military families. She researched, coordinated with the local USAF base personnel, created, & implemented a vital & awesome MILITARY GROUPS. This program was a tremendous success. Unfortunately, it no longer exists. The new counselor has NOT continued this program. Was it a direct order from the principal? It remains to be seen. BOTTOM LINE: It doesn't matter if you support or don't support the U.S. military as directed by the President of the USA. According to the Military Child Procedural Directive and APS K.15 Partnership with United States Armed Services & Military Families, APS will "accommodate unique circumstances and needs of children of active duty military personnel" and reservists on active duty orders. If you can read this, THANK TEACHERS. If you can read it in English, THANK THE MILITARY VETERANS who have sacrificed ALL to give you the freedom to think so freely.
We are new to Alb. and couldn't be happier with Humphrey! We have two children at this school and have been amazed at their progress. The teachers are dedicated, caring, and create an environment that is happy and where learning is fun. Ms. Miller seems to really care about our kids and the community. We are so glad that we chose this school community!