With Holland Hall, it is all about the fit. If you are looking for a school where your child will learn time management and how to work cooperatively in groups, the modular schedule in the upper school will be a great fit. If you your child wants to be on the varsity soccer team while being in the choir and an officer of their favorite club, all while succeeding in academics, Holland Hall will facilitate your child's needs and help them be as involved as they want to. Being at Holland Hall for the past two years, and being completely new to independent schools, I have learned so much about the culture and community that, for my family, we can't see ourselves fitting anywhere else. PS- We are very impressed with the new head of school.
Holland Hall is a Pre-K through 12 Independent School. The curriculum is challenging at all levels. The small class size allows the teachers to get to know the students and how they learn. My child has a learning difference and Holland Hall teaches students how to be independent and how to be their own advocate. They introduce them to learning strategies and build up their confidence so that they can be successful. The teachers are caring and supportive, we have a continuing dialogue. I would be remiss if I did not add that we have had some struggles and we have had to obtain tutoring for my child, but it has been worth every dime. My child is outgoing, confident and not afraid to tackle any challenge. We are impressed with the depth of the Arts department, along with the Academics and Athletics. I know, without a doubt, my child will be prepared for any College or University of their choice. I have witnessed several students reject Ivy League institutions for State schools, because of their level of preparedness they attend a major University on full scholarship with a stipend. So, YES it is expensive, YES it is challenging, YES students love it and YES we would do it again.
Having 2 kids there I have to admit that the quality is going down, especially in High School. Sounds like there is no real leadership, headmasters keeps flying every year, some really bad teachers (i.e the French high school teacher is a pure plain joke and can barely speaks any French at all). The school did not compete in any serious advanced program and graduates very rarely attend Ivy leagues colleges. For the price, there is certainly better in town. It's sad to know that Booker T. had far more goods results.
My child attended Holland Hall all through middle school and part of upper school. She begged me to take her out repeatedly in middle school and intermittently through high school because of the drug use and bullying. The teachers and administrators are unprofessional. One teacher called her at home and yelled at her on her cell phone, in my presence. When she was hospitalized they were more interested in having proof than how she was doing. They fail to recognize the wonderful things that she did while she was there and the great accomplishments she made. When she started having a spanish tutor at home, because her lessons in class were inadequate, several teachers and administrators set up an appointment with me to let me know that she should not have a tutor outside the school. These are just a few of the issues there. She was bullied many times, even bitten by another student, and nothing was done. She is now in another school, making excellent grades and very much relaxed and confident. There has been no issues with teachers or bullies. Her new school has a greater percentage of Merit Scholars than Holland Hall this year and the coursework is just as demanding.
Sadly Holland Hall has been slipping for years. They seemingly have far more issues than other private schools in the area. With the hefty price tag, one would expect to have top notch teachers but that is definitely not the case. Although there are some exceptional teachers there, the majority seem to be mediocre. There are far better schools in the area. Don't be fooled by their smooth talk like we were....
I was surprised to read such wonderful reviews of Holland Hall. I truly believe those reviews came from faculty members or parents who are completely out of touch with their children. When we enrolled in Holland Hall we were told our child would be fluent in Spanish by 4th grade. However, that was a complete lie. The may sing a few songs or know a few words but that is it. Also, the faculty members are completely spoiled by parents. Teachers should not be able to accept monetary gifts from parents. Also, policies regarding bullying and/or fighting are a complete joke. We were also told that if you strike a student you will be expelled. Another lie. If you hit or bully a student all they receive is a write up. It takes over THREE write-ups just to get suspended!! Public schools are safer than Holland Hall. I truly believe that the only reason anyone sends their children to Holland Hall is to benefit their own social life. This school is all hype and no substance. There are plenty of private schools that are cheaper and have a much better curriculum.
We have been extremely disappointed academically with Holland Hall not to mention their leadership is substandard. We can't keep a headmaster as the board keeps running them off. Holland Hall is known for its bullying and drugs. HH tends to get the kids that were kicked out from other schools. What a waste....it once was a good school.
Our two children just completed their first year at HH's primary school...and we could not be happier with our decision to move them over from Monte Cassino. It was not an easy decision but after completing the first year, we have realized that the two schools could not be more different from a methodology standpoint...HH looks at each student as an individual and provides them with the tools necessary to learn at their own pace. Individual accountability is stressed from a young age by allowing children to manage their "have to's" and then based on completion and behavior they are rewarded with "choice time" to spend however they wish. I was initially concerned about losing the religious aspect but HH exposes the children to the "Golden Rule" which is a lifelong lesson that even as grown-ups and parents we need reminding of. In addition, we believe there is more diversity at HH then what others may believe. Children with different ethnic backgrounds from many of the surrounding suburbs are in our children's classes. We believe there is no better investment than in our children and it is worth the sacrifices to send our kids to the best school in Oklahoma!
Academics, Arts and Athletics all play a huge role in the development of a Holland Hall student. We believe, their focus on critical thinking along with written and oral communication skills will provide the best overall education and leadership training for our children as they prepare of life. Having lived in various cities across the country, nowhere have we made the kind of connections with families like we have within the Holland Hall community. The friendships being fostered will last a lifetime and that only adds to the overall experience at the school.
As a Monte Cassino grad unsatisfied with my freshman & sophomore year spent at a highly ranked TPS high school, I sought out transfer to Holland Hall. I won't mince words: Transferring for my junior year was the best decision of my life. I am convinced that it the most progressive education in Oklahoma, and it is a fantastic community to be a part of. The transition was at times rocky, but my grades improved because I was being challenged in every class. I've developed personal friendships with teachers, students, & coaches that have lasted past graduation and I could not be more fortunate for the teacher-student relationship the modular schedule fosters. My year at college in Boston has shown me that my education rivals that of my peers from the most elite prep schools in LA and NYC. HH is a liberal school, but AP tests are largely obsolete and I'm the better for the abstract, thought-provoking material I learned than the memorization and regurgitation common at other area high schools, public & private. Every student will encounter social difficulties--it *is* high school, after all--but send your child to HH if you want them to be a well rounded thinker and world class student.
We've been at Holland Hall since our child was in first grade and we have had a wonderful experience. The teachers, staff, and students made her feel welcomed from the start and all the parents jumped right in to help our parent transition as well. It's truly like joining a family. Now after several years of being here and moving to MS our experience hasn't changed. The teachers do a superb job of assisting, guiding, and developing strong academic skills, computer skills, language skills, humanity skills, and so much more. Students take the lead in many areas incorporating public speaking and interpersonal communication development both individually and as a team. I truly enjoy the open communication with the parents and we never feel out of touch and we have built so many lasting bonds with the other families and the staff. I would highly recommend Holland Hall for other families wanting a safe and fun environment where their child will develop strong academic and life skills.
My three children started at Holland Hall this year--two of them in the high school and one of them in primary. They have had no problems integrating with other students at all, and are very happy. All three children came from an IB curriculum, and Holland Hall had no problem understanding, translating, and giving appropriate credit for the courses in that system. This situation could have proven very difficult for my son entering the school in grade 11, however all of his teachers helped him to make the transition to the American system without relaxing their academic standards. I am so thankful that, despite this enormous change in our lives, my children are thriving academically, socially and emotionally at Holland Hall.
Holland Hall is giving my daughter an excellent foundation in education. She has a safe place to explore and grow. We have only had positive experiences with the faculty and staff at the Primary School. They are professionals that always seem passionate about their jobs. The reading and language programs are outstanding. Our daughter attended a Tulsa-area public school last year. Horrid parents can be found everywhere. If you can afford the heafty tuition bill, other parents should not be a reason to keep your children away from the unique learning environment that HH has to offer. If your work schedules prevent you from being able to volunteer at the school just make sure you get time off to attend all the wonderful programs and plays. The students shine with pride in their new abilities. I am sad that, despite being a Christian affiliated school, there is no real religious education. In an attempt to make everyone happy, the students and parents are bombarded with a virtual comparative religion medley at every holiday. It seems the Christmas tree problem mentioned below was solved by removing it.
Holland Hall primary school offers a very solid academic program along with exceptional opportunities in art, language and music. The curriculum is well developed at every level and provides many opportunities for a child to excel to meet their full potential. I have been delighted with all of the teachers my two children have had at every grade in the primary school, including pre-school. Having moved to Tulsa from out of state, I was concerned that we would not find a school that would meet our expectations academically. I am happy to say that Holland Hall has exceeded my expectations.
Regarding the loss of AP classes... the did away with AP because too many colleges didn't accept the credits even if the students did well on the test. HH now offers concurrent enrollment with TCC - you can take classes down the street at TCC during the school day, and TCC credits are easier to transfer to a college. I'm an alumni of Holland Hall & now a parent of 2 elementary age daughters who atttend. Concepts are introduced using visual, auditory, and tactile methods in the primary school. That's HUGE for my kids, who have dramatically different learning styles. Every single teacher knows your name, and your kids names. The amount of parental involvment is staggering (and wonderful). Tuition is jaw-dropping expensive, but worth every penny. We've made many sacrifices to ensure that our girls will get the same education I recieved. With regards to snobbery, there is going to be some of that at any school. HH isn't immune, but they've made huge efforts to diversify the student body. There's a group of friends for everyone - and wealth doesn't equal popularity anymore. Usually the friendly, polite brainiac holds that distinction, and she/he is friendly with everyone.
Great school with some problems. Teachers are great but currently the headmaster has very poor interpersonal skills and communication skills. He has the tendancy to be rude and condesending to parents how are footing the tuition. School will improve when he is gone at the end of the school year.
Three of my children went to HH kindergarten through 12. I am incredibly saddened that all children cannot go to such a school. The education was intense, realistic, comprehensive of all its citizens, and an excellent life experience. It IS intellectually elitist, but that is OK with me. My children have learned to think outside the box.
Unfortunately, bullying has become a serious issue at Holland Hall. They don't even recognize the term bullying. They feel it is over used in our society. It is a very liberal school with liberal values. If you hit a student you don't even get expelled. The academics are slipping as well. All AP courses have been removed. At this price you could go to Cascia Hall and receive a much better education.
As an alumnus who started Holland Hall in 8th grade my first year was a little bit of a challenge with children who had been there their whole lives. I should have been there and my parents wished they had moved me prior to 8th grade. Academics are excellent. At that time the school motto was "In pursuit of excellence" and I must say that it has stuck with me throughout my life. In everything that I do excellence is the goal. I was very challenged academically since I am someone who has to work hard and things do not come to naturally, but I was taught that hard work pays off. Development of character was present for mind and body and I was challenged on the field as much as in the classroom. Some of my athletic times taught me strong life lessons as well. I am a mother now who lives in Texas in a small town where there is not a clear cut "great school". Replacing and trying to repeat the classical education that I received at Holland Hall from even the college like high school schedule to the expectation of excellence is our current challenge. If only it would be that easy. Let me also clarify that I was a middle class child and really believe this foundation is unprecedented.
My child has attended Holland Hall since preschool. However, I feel that if you aren't from Tulsa you simply don't fit in. Everyone is from Tulsa and/or were sorority sisters. Most women have never worked, therefore they spend most of their time gossiping or backstabbing. We are impressed with the academics, but disappointed in the lack of parenting and pretentiousness that surrounds Holland Hall. Therefore, we are seeking a more appropriate environment for our child.
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