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Shaker Heights, OH
 

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19600 North Park Boulevard
Shaker Heights, OH 44122

(216) 932-4214
(216) 397-0991
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June 11, 2015
At Hathaway Brown School for Girls, the education you receive goes beyond the classroom. I have no idea why there are so many negative reviews, but coming from myself a dedicated HB student I would never want to go anywhere else. HB does assign more homework than other schools in the area, but this is just preparing your child more for college and future. The academics push you in a way to enhance you own self. There might be a few snobby girls, but they are insignificant, and everyone at HB cares for the community and do service projects to help the less fortunate. HB as an institute offers one of the best academic programs that is fit to your daughters needs. The extracurricular activities don't take precedence over academics, but are there to offer balance and opportunities for everyone. For Example the sports at HB have won many state title and have proven for everyone to give spirit and pride to be a blazer. The arts program at hb is vast, including but limited to dance, photo, acting, singing, and so much more. The HB singers traveled to New York this past year and met many broadway performers and performed in New York City for an audience. One of the unique methods HB follows are different centers to make up the education. There are Core centers that are math, englsih, science, history and language etc.. then around are different centers like global scholars that if involved will teach your child about the world around you and take an international trip (so many are offered). To sum up everything I have said, if you want your daughter to get education that will provide a jumpstart to her future in a positive and rewarding way then send your daughter to HB. I am sure that if the fit is right (which for almost anyone there is a place for everyone), then you will be grateful.

- submitted by a student
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
June 11, 2015
HB has some of the best teachers ever, they truly love HB and tell us the students all the time that teaching is fun with us there because we have the edge that we want to learn and CARE what we are learning about in ways other schools just don't.

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Just right
June 11, 2015
Lots of homework yes, but it will help you learn to better handle time management,. Also if you are struggling and have a huge test coming up teachers will empathize (usually) to give you an extension. In college there is lots of homework and HB is making the transition easier.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly agree
June 11, 2015
If you go to HB you have to be determined and have the desire to succeed, and HB will show you how to get there on your own. HB is hard, and sometimes you might fail a test, but you have recourse to get the help to get right back up.

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
June 11, 2015
Teachers get to know each student and provides the students with the understanding that they are always there to help. I have grown as a person by going to HB and value the community that provided comfort and care to me through hard times in my life.

- submitted by a student

March 10, 2015
I think that HB could use a bit of work. 1st of all most of the students are not very nice to girls who also say "I am also thinking about going to Laurel" (Laurel is one of HB's rivals) Also, the academics are very hard and pushy about always getting good grades. The food here is not very good and could use improvement. HB is focused too much on sports and academics and does not focus on teaching girls how to think or be themselves.

- submitted by a community member

February 24, 2015
For years I was excluded and bullied by my classmates. They always looked down on me and I never knew why. The school is full of cliques and if you don't conform to their standard of acceptance, forget about finding a friend there. The staff over reacts and seem to be against freedom of speech. If your ambition doesn't involve helping others and/or promoting equality it is considered worthless (you want to be an entertainer? Forget it. A model? Nope. An artist? Sure, if it involves painting scenes of peace and gender/racial equality). Ironically, if you aren't white and straight, chances are, you will be bullied (and harshly, I might add). Even as a straight white person I had to deal with bullying and depression. I finally got to switch schools after six years of attendance and you couldn't pay me enough to go back.

- submitted by a student

August 28, 2014
I'd like to ease your worries as you look down the page and see the sad one star review. I m currently a senior at Hathaway Brown and I love HB. So, let's get down to the nitty gritty, the cliques, the teachers, etc. HB is one of the most diverse schools in Ohio. Girls are from all different backgrounds. We have Black Culture Awareness to Spanish Club and many more. My very own friend group is composed of 4 different races. Yes, HB assigns a lot of homework, but the girls trained at HB are going to be articulate and much more ready for the world than most people I know. Okay, HB teachers are hard. But they are awesome, funny, understanding people. HB is well staffed and I ve NEVER been disappointed. Finally, Parents and their "snobby children". Wrong. Wrong. WRONG. Yeah, maybe you're not gonna be BFFS with all of your kid's friend's parents, but generally the parents are very accepting and nice. And yes, HB is a school wth money. The parents have money; the kids have money. But NEVER have I been made fun of, or pitied because I had less money. Bullying doesn't happen at HB. It's in our nature as HB girls to treat everyone with respect and love one another. Thanks.

- submitted by a student

August 09, 2013
If you're looking for a top notch education for your daughter, I strongly recommend HB. Does the school have cliques, snobby students and parents? It sure does. However, if you are secure in who you are and academically focused, the cliques and snobs are really insignificant.

- submitted by a parent

April 20, 2013
This school is amazing and is truly impactful. Even though the transition from any other school to HB will be tough, it allows girls to grow. If the student if truly willing to immerse herself into the world of HB and have fun, it will be life changing. There is truly no other school like it. You get countless opportunities, championship winning sports, great connections, amazing teachers with strong relationships, and girls who succeed and attend the best universities in the world. Simply looking around, you will know that this school is completely different from any other. You are truly lucky if you get to attend this school and are blessed. I can't even explain how excellent the school is and all the good things that come along with this opportunity.

- submitted by a community member

December 07, 2012
Choosing to go to HB for high school was one of the best decisions of my life. I had opportunities there that were beyond compare- studying abroad, a scientific internship (where I got to boss around graduate students), meeting world renown experts in the fields I was interested in. The teachers were extremely knowledgeable and totally engaged in their subjects. Perhaps everyone wasn't as cuddly as what I've heard from Laurel, but they went above and beyond to help if you weren't keeping up, swapping books, chatting about your personal problems, even sharing their own poetry. The college office was a freaking machine. I went to a college abroad, and they wrote special additional letters of recommendation for my foreign applications, and guided me through the process. Brilliant.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2012
We recently moved to the Cleveland area with our two teenaged daughters. We looked at numerous private schools on the east side and found HB to be the best fit for both of our girls. From the very beginning, we found the overall HB family (administration, teachers and parents) to be unbelievably helpful. The well being of our daughters has always been and continues to be their #1 priority. The parents have been an enormous resource for us as we learn our way around. Volunteering our time at the school has only shown us what we already knew: HB knows girls and they love them! Our daughters interests are all over the place- sports, music, arts and service. HB helps them learn how to manage them all and still have time for family and friends. The doors are always open for the girls to talk with their teachers or coaches any day of the week. The dedication to these girls is hard to describe. I know that my daughters will leave this school not only prepared for college, but also for the community in which they will live. I am thrilled with every aspect of HB.

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2012
My greatest regret is having sent my girls to this school. My girls were lifers there. Our family spent almost two decades at HB. I feel guilty that I didn't switch schools earlier. There was an overwhelming amount of homework, and the parent population was provincial and snobby. The students are entitled and mean spirited. The teachers mean well and are generally quite good, but the culture of the school doesn't allow for warmth, nurturing, or kindness. If you are diverse in any way you will be socially isolated. I felt as though women who worked were looked down upon, an interesting twist for a girls school. Projects are driven by parent reaction. The process is less important than the presentation. As a result, parents often do the project for their child, and since the presentation is rewarded, this feeds on itself. One feels as though they must "fix" their childrens' work so that it will be acceptable. Further, the mothers at this school complain and whine constantly. They are extremely demanding, each expecting their child to be the class star. I think my girls will have emotional scars from having gone to school at this competitive (and not in a good way) school.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2012
I sent my child for preschool. I think the program is interesting and diverse, but I did not find the people to be very nurturing. I also found that the staff gossips about parents. It suggests character building is not on par with academics, so it depends what you value. Pluses and minuses in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2012
Hathaway Brown is an amazing school, and is one of the best girls schools in the country. It has been an incredible experience for me, especially if you take advantage of all of the opportunities available. First and foremost, the academics are stellar, and the teachers truly love their jobs. If a teach senses that you need help with something, they will be willing to give you extra help or meet with you to clarify a certain topic. The athletics are also outstanding, particularly soccer, field hockey, basketball, and lacrosse. You can also get involved with volunteering, science research, business and finance, and international travel through the school. Socially, HB has been a great fit for me, and I have a diverse group of friends from all walks of life. Just a forewarning, the academics and the homework load are intense. As a student, you are always under pressure and stressed. Don't come here and expect to pull off straight A's while only doing a few hours of work a night. You have to really put all of your effort into school, use your time wisely, and participate in class. However, the friends, teachers, and the interesting curriculum all make up for the stressful academics.

- submitted by a community member

May 27, 2012
HB is an amazing school but only if you're right for it. I'm 99% sure it is the top "prep" school in the state (as far as the level of colleges HB grads attend). It is a very challenging place to be and academics are incredibly rigorous. At HB you can pursue pretty much anything you're interested in and the amazing teachers will support you. The student body is another story. At HB you can grow a lot in every way including academically, athletically, and socially, but the culture is stressful and very judgmental. There will be times when you will hate the school and your classmates but it'll work out in the end. For me, it is worth it but it is not for everyone. This review was about the upper school. In my opinion, middle school was not worth it at all.

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May 24, 2012
I disliked this school immensley. To me, there was too much homework and the girls there were very disrespectful and rude. Laurel is much better.

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October 24, 2011
AAAAAAMAZING SCHOOL. so much better than Laurel. Trust me, i went to both. Don't know why i chose laurel first...

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May 18, 2011
Being African-American at Hathaway Brown, I found it difficult to fit in throughout my years in middle school (I began in 5th grade). However, once I entered high school, while cliques and so forth do exist, I found that I was able to really get the gist of education and I was able to focus on my studies and make the most of what I was learning. By 10th grade, I was stretching my schedule as far as I could, trying to fit in all different types of classes. I took two languages, non-western dance, and eventually participated in study abroad to Southeast Asia. I think that HB, while difficult, is truly a great resource if you can just stick with it, get things done, and learn how the game goes. It really prepares a person for college, as long as the family is supportive and so forth, and the college counseling office is AWESOME! They are so nice and supportive and the teachers aren't all nice but for the most part they are wonderful! I honestly have found myself wanting to learn more about subjects such as Biology and Contemporary American History and Politics simply because the teachers themselves were so AWARE and passionate about what they teach. If you can, go to HB.

- submitted by a community member

May 10, 2011
My daughter graduated from HB and my granddaughter is now a student there. Although expensive, I considered it to be worth every dollar we spent on our daughter's tuition. Now that my granddaughter is a student there, I still find it to be filled with an exciting, academically stimulating atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2011
I really love HB! All of the teachers here are so kind and supportive and the curriculum is very challenging. It may have the reputation of being "cliquey" and "affluent" but it is really a community full of girls from all different walks of life and who care about one another. I consider about half my my grade as friends because everyone here is so nice. I had never been challenged or had so much fun while learning until I came here. There is a lot of homework and school can get pretty stressful, though. But overall, I really like it here.

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2010
I started at HB in 7th grade and switched to Laurel School in 10th grade. While at HB, I was pushed academically, however fitting is socially was the hardest thing to do at this school. Unless you switch your daughtor over while they are young- they have a very little chance of making life-long friends l like i was able to at Laurel due to the materialistic cliques at HB. If your switching your daughter over anywhere from 6th-11th grade, I genuinely recommend you send her to Laurel School. There, I was receiving the same amazing education, but under less social stress.

- submitted by a community member

October 07, 2009
I am currently a senoir at HB and love it. I wounld't change anything about it if i could.

- submitted by a student

August 06, 2009
I graduated from HB in 2007. To speak honestly about the school I think it is amazing. I received a great education and am currently at one of the top 25 colleges in the USA. It does an excellent job at college prep and the environment is like no other. I felt close to my entire graduating class and consider them all friends. The teachers really take the time to make educating the students a priority. It is well known and well respected! I say with pride, 'I am a graduate of the Hathaway Brown School.' And to the parent who submitted the review saying that the school was cliche and horrible, I am sorry that your daughter wasn't a good fit for the school, but in the realm of private prep schools HB stands out as one that ventures outside of the norm. Contact delicatebeauty25@aol.com for more review.

- submitted by a student

December 06, 2008
Amazing school. Me and my family moved a year ago. My child wanted to come back to Ohio just because of H.B. She missed is immensely. The instructors are extremely supportive, and as my child says, 'They are more like our friends than our teachers.'

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November 19, 2008
great school my child loves it and enjoys being around all her friends here.

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no rating
November 07, 2008
The school seems more concerned with its external perception than in effectively engaging and educating its students. Although the teachers are committed the overall administration seems less concerned with student success than in its perception as a leader. Truthfully, I feel they are more concerned with athletics than academics because that is another area that feeds the headmasters already bloated ego. Although I continue to believe in the benefits of single-sex education I am looking for an alternative for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent

July 15, 2008
This school is ok. The student body as a whole has been described to me from my daughter as egotistical and materialistic. She wanted out. Great academics though!

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no rating
March 02, 2008
Excellent school. My daughter attended from age 3 until 12th grade. Very demanding curriculumn. Teachers were very supportive, much parental involvement encouraged. My daughter is now in an Ivy league school and says the frshman curriculumn was less demanding than high school.She still loves her school.

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February 27, 2008
Disappointing, little individualized curriculum and heavy emphasis on fitting in. Cliques are very prominent in this small school.

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January 23, 2008
This school is an excellent environment for girls of all ages. The teachers are very personable, and pay special attention to each student. The headmasters are all very understanding, and seem to really care about the things that go on in a student's life. My daugther has gone to this school since she was young, and absolutely loves it.

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2007
this school is a horrible and clique-centric school with over reacting teachers and a much too strict and unsatisfactory disipline level that can only be described as grotesque and disturbing to all students. My child was discriminated against and was taunted by her peers and thus begged me to switch her out.

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Hathaway Brown School
19600 North Park Boulevard, Shaker Heights, OH  44122
(216) 932-4214
Last modified Hathaway Brown School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Hathaway Brown School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top