The school advocates their "positive dog" which often makes overworked teachers feel like complainers. My son has been at this school for 3 years. I can name over 14 teachers who left. I have seen teachers crying in their classroom because of the stress and lack of support. Children are a "test score rating." They are overworked with boring cold reads just to pass a test. But hey... they got their "A" school rating. That's all that matters. We luckily got into LNC for fifth grade. It's a WORLD of difference. I feel for HES teachers and children. The principal is a kind man. I wouldn't want his job. The assistant principal is not trustworthy and fake. They also have a literacy facilitor but I think she's the reason so many good teachers have left. I believe their are worse schools in CMS. The teachers want to care. They just don't have "time" to care.
Instead of teaching our children they are training our children as if they're puppies!
They tend to use their color codes as a tool when disciplining the kids and then the kids have to do laps around a field!
The teacher uses a "treasure box" to encourage the kids to listen.
The "treasures" are not age appropriate nor have any value or meaning....just to bribe the kids to listen.
Too military..only care about test scores!
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.