The school seems to overtly promote strong characters and values but at the same time, they discriminate against minorities, single mothers and the less privileged (by Oakwood standards), i.e., those that are not in the "Oakwood clique", by repeatedly calling Social Services and the Police without cause as a form of intimidation that attempts to weed them out.
Students have 5 days to complete their homework. However, the homework is not very challenging and can be completed by an average child in about 15-30 minutes (for the week). For such a highly rated school, one would expect homework that is more rigorous, in our opinion.
In a recent bullying case, the school Principal, Sarah Patterson, has done absolutely nothing but support the parents of the bully at school because his parents were good friends with her (the Principal). As a result, the victim's parents decided to pull their child out of Harman and enrolled him in Miami Valley School. The Principal and school officials do not seem to hesitate to take sides.
The school has not been supportive of children that have learning differences, particularly to those that are culturally different and fluent in another language, even though they are also fluent in English.
There have been cases where the school officials have acted inappropriately and have put themselves in a position where they could be sued. Fortunately for the school, the parents that have been treated inappropriately do not have the means and resources to legally challenge the school but have chosen to enroll their child(ren) in a different school instead.
Incomparable in terms of academics, enrichment, teacher quality and class sizes. The negative? If you or your child wishes to fit in socially its best to be rich, white, brilliant, athletic and socially gifted. Oakwood is a Mecca for over achievers. Normal folks may be happier elsewhere.
Wow, Harman is above and beyond any other public school. The classes are small and all parents are involved. They have spanish, arts, music starting in 1st grade. My son has loved all his teachers. Highly recommend!
Harman is an outstanding school because everyone involved brings out the best in each other. The district is extremely well-managed; the administration and teachers are dedicated, empowered and responsive, the parents provide endless support at the school and raise ambitious, well-behaved kids. The students have an excellent attitude toward learning and are welcoming to new people. If your child's education comes first, you will be thrilled with Harman!