Very postiive vibes from the day you walk in. THe staff goes beyond to meet my child's needs in all areas. Adminstration is supportive and communiates in a personal way with me as a parent. When there is an issue, I do recieve feedback in a timely manner. As an educator myself, I do see that the quailty is there and the supportive enviorment for students with disabilities is there. THe principal and assistant prinipal know the students and students feel comfortable speaking to them because they know how to meet them where they are!
I would definitely recommend this school to others, and I have.
As a past employee, I cannot believe I wasted my time working there. Senior faculty who currently work there are only there for these reasons...because they are tenured (can't get fired) and have become comfortable, which is really lazy. There are some (very few) currently employed teachers who deserve great pay and deserve a career outside of that place because they truly are remarkable. However, the other teachers have no idea what teaching at a real school is like. And the "raise freeze" that the school swears is across the board at every school...don't believe it. The business office personnel rants about "spending money" for the school, but they have no idea what a school really spends on their students. They sure do drive home in beautiful cars...guess there's never a raise freeze for them. The only positive about this school is that the students can feel safe from apart from their home/neighborhood environment. Educationally, it's a disservice. And it is a disservice when students are "allowed" to return to school after striking or causing harm to another student or a teacher (this would be the not so safe aspect despite the safety provided apart from their home environment). "Allow" meaning that because students have disabilities, we must understand that they don't know right from wrong. Yeah, sure. The school wants to make sure they get their $30,000 a head, so they can't possibly get rid of a student. To all the previous negative comments mentioned on great schools about Hallen....they are all true! This school is just another example of knowing how to fiddle with the books and getting their paperwork in order in time for auditing. It is all about politics....the business end, and about teachers who kiss up to administration to benefit in any way they can. It's all about being "in".....knowing before everyone else does. So please, find another school for your child and apply to another job to work at...not this one.
The school should have a code of discipline regardless of it being a special education school. And the school should invest more money in its students instead of having the teachers dig into their pockets every time they want to do something positive for the students.
Physical Education Classes are stuffed beyond what is allowed by the state regulations regarding student:teacher ratios. This problem makes it difficult for the teachers to individualize their program and fosters an environment of potential injuries.