Principal, Bridgette Ridley is great with the kids! She takes care of them as if they were her own. The kids know that she cares about them. She was the best teacher my daughter ever had and I think that background helps her advise the kids when they are having issues. Also, the music teacher, Heather Koester is awesome at getting kids to take risks and grow as performers.
Hiring the new asst. principal was not a good choice for IH Schools. We have a child who is a strong student and we had never received a phone call or email from anyone at school regarding behavior before. However, this year on a few occasions, details were so blown out of proportion and "investigated" to the point of destroying relationships between parents and the school. The asst. principal misreads children at this age and is totally out of touch with their needs (32 yrs old?). I feel sorry for an individual who believes overzealous punishments for kids ages 11-13 must be handled this way.
We were strong supporters of IHMS until recently. The teachers are amazing; however, the administration has an agenda. Our youngest child needed extra help with class work and the vice principal (in charge of student service) couldn't have been more unhelpful. He doesn't read children well and frankly, the students don't trust him.
Have been in the school district since Kindergarten had no problems until the middle school. 6th grade came with 2 to 3 hours of homework each night and on weekends. We had a meeting with the Assistant Principal, counselor and teachers they say no more than 60 minutes of homework a night and said they had a plan t o meet with my child and teachers and look over the nightly homework. That was 7 weeks ago and nothing has been done.
Indian Hill is a great school for anyone. We have many kind and loving students. Everyone is always looking out for eachother, and helping eachother. the classes are great and all the teachers are great. I am an indian hill student and I love it.
We moved to this school from another district and feel it could do more to welcome new families. I know everyone's 'new' when they come in at sixth grade but more could be done to help new students acclimatize. There are clearly many excellent teachers, but the principal and assistant principal are younger than most of the parents, which is surprising. Not all sixth graders fit the pre-teen middle school stereotype the administration is geared to but overall the atmosphere seems positive and orderly. The school clearly achieves some great results and has great facilities.