Parent involvement is the only reason this school's reputation is not totally tarnished. There is much hope that a new principal next year will allow some of our teachers to feel more supported.
My daughter started Kindergarten this year and I have kept an open mind after reading all the previous reviews for the past couple of years. For my family, HES has been a wonderful environment. My daughter is academically advanced and she is thriving and getting work that is grade levels ahead where she needs it, so she is never bored. She has a teacher that is loving, firm, and meets the needs of every child in her class - a difficult task when there are so many levels within each classroom. I work full-time, but volunteer as often as possible to make sure her needs are being met academically and she is happy. She loves going to school everyday! I have been in an and out of the building at random times all year and I have never seen a child yelled at by any staff member or the principal. The principal has been kind and polite every time I have crossed paths with her. We have had no disciplinary incidents, so I have no experience with that. She has high expectations for her staff and all the children and I think that is a good thing for everyone. She was hired to run the school and she does it well. I expect the teachers to provide the loving and learning that my child needs.
My daughter loves this school and so do we! The teachers are great and the school is very organized and responsive. I get e-mails and updates all the time, and get to see class pictures of my daughter in class. It is very strict, but it's one of the good qualities I was looking for. Thank you teachers and staff for doing a great job!
Our son attended this school for Kindergarten and we cannot be more pleased with the result. I am really surprised at some of the negative comments about the school being too strict - that's one of the greatest strength of this school - they are just being super organized to keep the kids safe and on track - I did not think I appreciated that enough until after we moved away due to work. The teachers really work together to provide customized education for my son, as he's at a more advanced reading level. He loved going to school every day, and made incredible progress by the end of the year. Throughout the year, there are fun activities involving both kids and their family; I always felt it was our community. We simply love love love this school and misses it terribly - the school my son is currently attending is in nationally acclaimed school district, but doesn't come close because of the high bar HES has set.
I think if they got rid of the principle the school would be a nicer place for both students and staff. They do not care about the children. I heard many of the staff on different occasions yell and degrade children. The principle is more like a dictator and does not belong working with young children. I emailed the superintendent of the school to address some of my issues and completely blew me off.
this school is so disappointing on so many levels we are at the end of the year all funs stuff next week for all grades, BUT if your child has had an office referral and or tardies or early dismissal YOU are informed that you child may not attend the buddies field day.... the kids have already had consequences for there mis haps do you really feel the need to keep punishing kids over and over... they all look forward to the field days due to that is the only fun day they actually get .this school is so negative to kids who are not PERFECT or to the kids who are not POPULAR it is VERY sad. look into the other elementary schools in the area that DO NOT keep giving kids consequences for things that have been over and done with usually these kids have a silent lunch the day of refferals . shame shame on H.E.S..our money as parents goes toward these events ... it makes me sad as that our kids are treated this way...... good luck to all who enter this school
I am very surprised at some of the negative comments about Huntersville Elementary. We moved here four years ago and specifically moved to this side of Huntersville because of the excellent academic reputation of HES. Our children have thrived there and are extremely happy. They have had incredible teachers and have excelled both academically and socially. I am involved regularly as a volunteer at the school and am always impressed by the dedication of other parents as well as that of the teachers and administration. Most of the families I know who have children at HES are equally as pleased with the school as I am. It is a shame that people in general are more apt to post a complaint than a compliment, but that is just life. There is no such thing as a perfect school, but in my opinion, Huntersville Elementary certainly sets a high standard.
I could not in recommend this school in good faith to anyone because of the disappointing leadership.
I am disappointed to read some of the negative reviews of Huntersville Elementary School. My family has been a part of this school community for the past seven years and we absolutely love it here. I am in the school as a volunteer on a regular basis and find it to be a wonderful atmosphere for the students, parents and the staff. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion; however, in my experience, I have found that the people who are unhappy with this school are those who are seeking special treatment and have children who are not well-adjusted. At a time when our society has forgotten about the importance of respect and accountability, schools have become the "easy" target. Parents who are genuinely concerned about their children and their education have the opportunity to get involved and make a difference at ANY school.
I wish there had been more reviews of this school when we chose our home based on it's school district. On paper it looks great. It has an awful atmosphere. Most of the teachers are quite good, but the principal runs around screaming at teachers and kids alike. They obsess over test scores and even went so far this year as to cut recess to 15 minutes. It would appear they care only for their awards and aren't concerned about what is best for children. I wish I knew then what I know now.
really? How can one defend a Principle that would bring in the police Dept (without a parent present!) to intimidate a 6 year-old who allegedly took a rock home from a classroom. Wake up parents of HES, your school has a bullying problem.
My children have been attending HES for many years. I am completely satisfied. I feel the teachers are dedicated to the students. We have a wonderful and nurturing K and 1 team that transitions the pre-schoolers to a full-time day of school in such a kind and nurturing way. The 2-5 teams are dedicated to teaching and helping ensure each child is ready for promotion. They work very hard and are all about finding the right approach to help our children succeed. As a parent, I feel that my child is appropriately challenged and I feel very fortunate to live in this school district. I feel like we are getting a private education in a public school. We have seen many transfer from private schools to HES and find it a challenge. There are many complaints from parents on this sight regarding the principal. She works very hard for our school. She has high standards for our teachers and for parents to be supportive of their children. She runs the school like a successful business. Unless, your child is in the principals office for misbehaving, your child will not have any problems. The PTA is outstanding at HES. One size does not fit all and that is not a schools problem.
All parents should be forewarned about Huntersville Elementary. The Principal absolutely does not care about the children. She only cares about test scores and not about your child. She has been around for so many years with high test scores that she is essentially untouchable although so many parents complain and most of my neighbors have transferred their children to other schools. Read the reviews!!! Other schools in the area which may have lower test scores actually show a genuine interest in their students. As a parent, it should not be about test scores. You should meet the teachers and you should meet the Principal. HES' Principal is not afraid to be cruel to your child in order to scare you away. She will not listen to your concerns, she will not act on your requests and she does not care about your individual child. I am not a disgruntled parent speaking on a personal level. I am simply warning you that you will not be happy if your child is less than perfect during their 6 years of elementary school. You will be sorry, you will regret having your child in her school and you will end up transferring out before your child's self esteem is at an all time low.
My daughter is completing kindergarten this year and she LOVES her school. I am very happy with her teacher and the assistant teacher. The room mom was excellent and there is lots of parent participation as well as school spirit. The front office is consistently friendly and helpful. At 24 children I felt the class size was rather big, however it didn't seem to effect my daughter's learning or her love of kindergarten. I regularly volunteer - tutoring, reading, stuffing folders, etc and I am always impressed with the energy and interaction of the teachers and students. My youngest will be attending kindergarten next year, too and I look forward to having more time to participate in this wonderful school.
This is by far the most unwelcoming school that we have ever come in contact with and it all starts with the schools leadership. This is my child's first year at the school and we immediately noticed that the principal lacks the personality necessary to be in the role that she is in. The staff appears to be afraid of her as she runs the school like a dictatorship. It is sad that a school with such great potential is not interested in improving the low rating and feedback that it receives from the parents that help keep the school running. In speaking with other parents about our experience, I have since learned that the school is also known as "the military school" of Huntersville. Some of the teachers that we have been in contact with are excellent, some are not. It is truly all about the scores and the Blue Ribbon status. Academically, the school is challenging, however, I don't see that as a negative, since I think a challenge is necessary to reach greater heights. However, nuturing our children is equally as important and this is NOT a nurturing environment for a child. We are struggling to make it to year end so that we can move our child to another school.
My child started Kindergarten last year and struggled the entire year. In my opinion the curricullum is a bit advanced and moves way too fast to be able to learn and retain at 5 years old. In addition, if they are expected to learn such a rigorous curriculum they need smaller classes and more help. Also, it seems that it is all about the test scores and the Blue Ribbon status. If your child does not test well they are labeled at a deficit regardless of other factors. I did; however, find the teachers to be great and caring.
I have two children in school, 1 that is excelling and 1 that is struggling. If you have a child who has any issues, I would not recommend this school. The principal does not understand that children have different learning styles and different needs. I feel that her only concern is that this is a 'Blue Ribbon School.' Children frequently have recess time taken away for coming in late, not completing an assignment, or talking in class - the absolute worst thing to happen when a child needs that 15 minutes to get their wiggles out. Parents have complained about children being stressed because they have been told by teachers and the principal that if they fail their EOGs, they will fail school. The school spends more time emphasizing Buddy's Best, which is strictly a popularity contest, than they do with the A-B Honor Roll.
Our daughter started kindergarten at HES this past fall and so far she has excelled both academically and socially. We could never have asked for a better teacher (thank you Mrs. Jones!). Parent involvement is fantastic in both the classrooms and the PTA.
Currently have two children attending HES. Both are thriving at school. I have heard from many parents who end up moving away and attending other schools in the area that they wish they could send their kids back to HES. I also feel that my children are very safe there. Rules are in place for their safety and well-being - this applies to drop-off and dismissal. It's also nice to hear so many parents ask how they can 'choice' into HES - which is not an option.
My children are first year students here. 2 of 3 of my children I am pleased with. 5th grade has me less than impressed. I think they should look at certain teachers who have mulitple children doing not so well and this teachers attitude towards parents. I also am disgusted that on the prinicipal would be dressed up as a 'QUEEN' , cape, crown the works in the office for the children to pulled class at a time to go see her. I only saw the children who gave her something receive any of the hershey kisses in her lap. Its a total joke there and I wish I could get them back in their previous school. 'Blue Ribbon' signs on a school do not mean anything. I do not recommend this school. Parents are treated like toddlers. uncaring school!!
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