This seems to vary a lot by teacher. Right now my kids have a nice amount of homework. The school has gone back to having a study hall (called "Bridge" now) at the end of the day and I REALLY like that. My kids do their homework then and don't come home with mountains of work to do at home.
We have been at Hawbridge since 2012 and while there have been some ups and downs with administration and teacher changes that's nothing that we didn't also see in the public and private schools my kids attended.
I like the new Executive Director, Dr Moles. From a parent standpoint he is always quick with a friendly hello and some new communication channels have been put in place which seem to be working well. I always appreciate good communication from a school.
I'd like to echo what a previous poster said. We have been very pleased with the theater program at Hawbridge, in particular. I was dismayed when Ms Christiansen left last year as all the kids adored her, but was so pleased when Ms Bosley stepped in as her replacement. She was able to make a seamless transition and the kids all love her, too, and call her "theater mom".
The Science department has always been really strong at Hawbridge, too. Ms Huntington and Mr Greenberg are excellent and engaging.
Mr Howes is such an asset to the school as a history teacher with his years of foreign service experience. The kids all love him and learn a ton in his classes.
Mr J. is a student fave as the PE and outdoors teacher and coach, too.
And lastly, even though my kids aren't in band, Mr. Covington deserves a shoutout! He's made my non-musical kids more interested in music than they ever have been!
Overall, Hawbridge has been a really good place for our family. It's smaller, so they can't offer the breadth of classes that a larger school can, but the teachers really get to know each kid and follow their progress from year to year. The science or math teacher your child has in 7th grade might be the same one they have in 10th grade so there's more continuity than you see in a bigger environment.
It's a caring place and has really been a pretty good fit for us.
Hawbridge is a great school! The theatre program is amazing (Ms. Bosley is the best!) and Mr. Farmer, the English teacher, is hilarious. I love Hawbridge; if you are looking for a great school, this is the one.
Hawbridge offers a top notch education, while encouraging an open minded and accepting atmosphere. The unique setting on the Haw River and in the Saxapahaw mill village offers many opportunities for learning.
This school has deteriorated rapidly over the past 2-3 years. The current administration is incompetent and uncaring, and most of the good teachers have fled. The school faced financial problems, so they added a grade, which made the school overcrowded and chaotic. They also cut out many practices, like outdoor learning and regular field trips, that made the school special. The things that used to set Hawbridge apart have disappeared, so now it's just another lousy NC public school -- hardly worth the extra effort and cost to get out to Saxapahaw.
My kids just started their 2nd year at Hawbridge and we love it. Charter schools offer fewer programming options, however, make up for that in teacher attention and strong academics. The new principal, Dr. Moles, is outstanding and the teachers clearly love their work.