I find the Hewitt School to be a wonderful learning institution. The staff are very engaged with the students and are consistently working to improve the school experience. Programs such as foreign language at the early elementary levels, strong supporting courses (extra help in math, reading, etc) are also standout at this school. The community involvement at this school is also stellar - the PTA has a very high participation in the school and parents work alongside teachers and the principal to ensure a strong education experience.
5th year as a parent of a Hewett student and there are pros and cons: Pros-great parent involvement, tight-knit parent connmunity, fun school events. Cons-large class size, no gifted program, confusing schedule, no seperate lunch facilities, kids have no place to play at recess on rainy days (lunch is in the gym), 4th and 5th graders are not allowed on play equipment (only school in the district that does this), principal is not a team player and doesn't partner well with parents. Given a choice I'd send my kids to Riverside.
You would be extremely happy to send your child to Hewitt...This is my daughter's 2nd year here and I have been more than satisfied with the level of academia...the language arts program is superb...The involvement of the staff and the method in which they guide the children through their comfort zone yet always have them striving for the next level is a credit to their abilities...I was torn between private school and sending my daughter to Hewitt when Kindergarten approached and after careful consideration I am not disappointed with my decision...I also give credit to the 6 day week whereas, for instance, the children go to physical education on days 1,3 & 5...Book Exchange through the language arts program in the library and Stellar on day 4...as well as music on days 4 and 6 and Art on day 2...It seems confusing but it is a well rounded program...
My son has been in the school since Kindergarten and both he and us his parents have had a wonderful experience. Caring teachers, focus on education and a careful eye to give all students what they individually need to succeed has made for a child who loves to go to school and learn. Our only concerns is that there seems to be a growing amount of students for the capacity of this school and if allowed to continue, could hurt the quality of education our son receives.
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