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Posted February 09, 2015
- a parent
You always want better for your children than you had for yourself. We toured every private school in the area. We chose Heritage Hall based on the smaller close knit feel of the school and staff. You are truly a part of community at this school. Heritage Hall has continued to impress. A huge change can be seen in our daughter. Every night when we talk about what she learned I continue to be blown away. It is a matter of time before I won't be able to help her with her homework! (No fear - there are tutors) With the focus on Academics, the goal seems to be to produce well rounded individuals. You can choose from a plethora of theater, music, languages, clubs, and athletic programs. From table manners to character development, so much more is being taught than standard class. Her teachers are creative, engaged, and communicate with us on a weekly basis via email, pictures, and bulletins. The staff are invested in her future and care about her. This is by far the best decision we have ever made for her future.
I was a student at HH from kindergarten through my senior year and I loved it. I loved it so much I send my kids there now. Those that are saying that the school focuses on athletics obviously aren't paying attention. Classroom performance is first and foremost. And the comments about the new leadership in the Lower School must have just had an issue with the division head. The entire Lower School is a happy and thriving place. The division head and her support staff are amazing! She was one of my teachers in high school and she's made the transition to lower schoo very well. She is very easy to work with and truly cares about each child. I will never send my kids any where else.
Heritage Hall has been an excellent place for my child. The teachers are wonderful. They are very attentive to each child's specific needs and are always available for whatever task. My child feels comfortable asking for assistance when needed. It has been a good fit for my child.
I just graduated from hh in may. I was there for three years. Every year things seamed to get worse. The classes became more crowded, the new teachers never taught us, one even had us watch YouTube in class everyday. The high rate to turnover keeps the good teachers from returning. The sports kids get away with everything while the kids who focus on academics are pestered and get in trouble for stupid things. Do not send your children here!
Amazing school. My son attends this school, and has found the focus is not simply on sports as suggested by the other reviews. He is an avid member of the debate team, the second or third best in the state, is part of the honors society, and also takes an intrest in drama, which is a huge part of this school.
Heritage Hall was not the right fit for my child. My daughter was only in Lower School there and ended up wishing she had never asked to stay. Everything seems to focus on the athletics department, which is not why I send my daughter to school. I send her to school to receive a proper education while learning the life skills that she will need for the future and this school was not our answer. I would not recommend sending your child here.
HH is amazing. I cannot imagine sending my children anywhere else. My children have thrived and continue to thrive each year. The individualized education for the children would be impossible to find elsewhere. HH focusses on leadership, service and the love of learning. The children are aware of this at a very young age. It is a precious, safe environment that is academically excellent in all areas!
I attended Heritage Hall for 8 years, was a National Merit Scholar, and went on to be very successful at a prestigious university. I now work in education and study teacher training and effectiveness and student achievement throughout the country. From an alumni perspective, Heritage gave me everything I needed and more to be successful in college. From the perspective of someone whose job it is to study schools and their teachers, Heritage is an example of what great education looks like. At a school which boasts many excellent programs and dedicated leadership, I look back most fondly on the teachers I had at Heritage. They were intelligent, dedicated, creative, and positive, and I credit them with much of the success I've had since graduating. This is an excellent school, and I feel very blessed to have attended it.