Huntersville Elementary School has made some wonderful changes this 2014-2015 school year. There was a new principal, Jeffery Ruppenthal. He was nominated and selected as the "North Carolina PTA Principal of the Year" this year beating out over 150 submissions. The HES administration, staff, and PTA have worked closely together in 2014-2015 to strengthen the family-school partnership. Spanish communication became a priority. Signage and other communications were added. HES has become a technology friendly school with i-pads and chrome books available in every classroom. Smart Boards and document cameras became regular tools used by the teachers and students were encourage to bring their own technology to supplement their learning. There were many community partnerships. Examples included the highest participation rate at our free family dinner and Multicultural Night, the E2D initiative to provide home technology for families in need, and Mile of Quarters with Huntersville Police Dept. raise money for Special Olympics.
The improvements at HES that have been done this year have been game changing for the school's reputation. It's truly become a nurturing environment with a high family involvement rate! Our experience has been wonderful this year and we look forward to more positive changes at HES in the near future!
HES is a wonderful school. The new principal has created an positive enviornment where the teachers and students seem happy and ready to learn. Most of the school reviews on this site seem to focus on the negative enviornment the old principal created. She is gone and so is her negativity.
Our children have been at this school since we moved here six years ago. To say that their experiences have been amazing is an understatement. The teachers are caring, nurturing, and challenge each student to exceed his or her potential. I have witnessed reading levels skyrocket and critical thinking abilities expand tremendously. In a time where every school's success seems to be measured by test scores, HES is consistently at the top of the heap where test scores are concerned. The new principal is warm and friendly and the entire atmosphere at the school is hospitable. The teachers are clearly happy here and there is almost no teacher turnover from year to year. Parental involvement is off the charts, with volunteers visible throughout the day in the classrooms and parents enjoying lunch with their children in the cafeteria. HES is a great school and our children have thrived here!
Do NOT send your child to this school. They focus solely on test scoring and consequences for "bad" behavior. This was our first year there and will definitely be our last. We actually pulled our youngest out to finish kinder at a local private school. This school does not focus on your child as a whole..instead they focus on strict rules, and a ridiculous emphasis on test scores. In my opinion, this school has an overall bad feeling about it from the minute you walk in the door. Yelling at kids seems to be a normal behavior and there is little ownership when you meet with administration to seek change. If we had to do it all over again, we would NEVER register our children at this school. There is definitely a reason so many parents seek alternate choices via private schools, charter schools, etc. The overall registration is down and it is no secret why. If I could have given zero stars I would have...one star is too many in my opinion.
My son has started here this year. I have had a very good experience with this school. Was concerned about him attending here with all the negative feedback about the principal which to be honest she seems fine to me. Keeps a tight ship which is great. My son loves it and he is doing well so this give this school a vote by me.
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.