My child is in the 2nd grade and has gone to this school since kindergarten. This school is very big on academics, and my child is learning at the rate of a 4th grader. She scores high on all tests and state testing and loves all of her teachers. Whenever I have had a problem, the teachers or principal have always been prompt at returning my call and getting the issue fixed. My child has to see a therapist and they let the therapist come to the school during recess and see her with no problem. Yes they are big on discipline and they tell you this at kindergarten orientation, but they do not cross the line. Kids these days need this as we see so many unruly children. I disagree with the comments below from said parent as I have not had any issues with them. They will work with you if your child has behavioral issues, but only so far, if it isn't getting better they have the right to suspend you child, any school does. I recommend this school to all my fellow parents and everyone that has sent their child loves it as well. They rate higher then any public school around them.
If your child has any learning issues or behavior problems this school is not for them. They offer no proactive approaches to helping these children. If a behavior of any kind bothers them then the child is automatically suspended. They do not have in school detention or any other form of discipline. Also the principals do not return phone calls when you leave them messages and are very unprofessional. Also they only teach the children what they need to know to score well on the standardized tests. My child will not be returning back to this school. Nor will I refer anyone to this school if they care about their childs education and self esteem.
My child is in the 7th grade and is not taking Social Studies. It appears they only teach the kids what they need to know to score well on the standardized tests to keep their ratings up. This will not be helpful to the children once they get to a high school social studies class.
There have been several incidents where my child was suspended and when I requested to see video footage showing my child commiting the alleged act the assistant principle wouldn't let me see it. The assistant principle also suspended my 8yr old from school for making a rude comment. The comment wasn't vulgar, sexual, cursing, or threatening.
At first I thought this school's high academic standards was great for my child. Going into his 3rd year I discovered that things that I had overlooked, such as yelling for discipline, lack of professionalism and etiquette had become huge problems. There is also a high turnover rate for teachers, many of them are inexperienced and it shows. I do not recommend this school.
I thought this school would be a better alternative to Mt. Healthy public schools, but I was wrong. My son attended for 2 days. On the second day, he was in aftercare and went out the wrong door by mistake when he was sent outside to play with the other kids (mind you he was 5, and the second day of school). Once he was outside he realized he went out the wrong door, but the door had locked behind him. He was out there by himself for an hour, crying before anyone knew he was missing. My mom showed up to get him, and they couldn't find him. Luckily he wasn't hurt physically, but he had nightmares for weeks. I tried to have a meeting with the principal about how to avoid it happening again, and to make sure my son was always accounted for. She ignored my request, but sent her husband. In the meeting they blamed my son and took no reresponsibility whatsoever. The aftercare teacher laughed and called him a crybaby. The principals husband (the director) became aggressive and began yelling and banging his hands on the table when I didn't agree with him. They told me how 4 other children had been misplaced on buses
This is now my son's second Year here. He is now a 1st grader. I like the school a lot. One thing about the school is that i would like to be involved in my son's school. They dont allow you in to the school that much. I Understand its for security perposes or even the fact that they think it may be a distraction to the classrooms. I've only had the chance to meet my son's teacher one time and that was the 1st day of school. They've had one open house and i was given wrong dates on the paper that was sent home. i would like to see more teacher and parent communication. I hope that this improves. Other wise i think its a wonderful school.
Wow where do I start.....as a partner of a kindergarten through eight grade my son was highly educated from the teachers to the principal whom took his education too the next level from vigorous curriculums to also learning the important of being educated in life. Thanks again for all your learning experiences of educational
My daughter recently graduated from kindergarten at the HCMSA. The school is okay. Academically it seems really good. She learned how to read and write and all kinds of things but I feel there was a lack of parental involvement encouraged. Aside from chaperoning field trips parents are not really even aloud in the school. It is not what I was expecting for my daughter's elementary years. My mom was always aloud to be involved at my school growing up. I don't feel like I really even got to know her teacher very well because aside from an occasional conference or field trip I never saw her. Another negative is that they say each grade takes Spanish 1 day a week and I know they do have a Spanish teacher but my daughter said they never did Spanish. There is also no music or art class which is a downfall. I am also not sure why the school is predominantly African American, but it is. MY daughter is biracial so it isn't an issue for me, I just never really understood why there are not more races mixed in the school. Overall the school is better then what the surrounding districts have to offer but it's not the ideal school for MY daughter. Overall I give it 3 stars.