Heathwood is a perfect fit for my child. Having attended another similar independant school, I see now that school is not all about academics. Of course Heathwood has a rigorous curriculum. But the the school emphasizes "the whole child" meaning spiritual growth, academics, extracuricular and community service.
Senior year is a joke here. The students do very little work unless in AP Classes. Some of the teachers are very good and others shouldn't be there any longer because there are better teachers available. Parents do not have a lot of say in what happens at this school. Used to be better but has changed for the worse
My 12th grader has attended since 7th grade and had an excellent experience. The academics are quite challenging and a good fit for goal-oriented hard-working students. Sports and music programs are broad and well-supported. Teachers have been super. Some administrator and English teacher turnover in the middle-school has created problems for our younger child recently. I do recommend the school for it's college-prep programs and safe environment. My son was admitted to the college he wanted to go to on both an academic and arts scholarship.
I was so excited about my child going to Heathwood going in but feel that there needs to be alot more emphasis on learning and the basics versus play to learn. Also, there needs to be more of an outreach to enroll more minorities.
It focuses more on extra curricular activities and new options or students than academics and appearance. Not that it is not a bad thing for kids to have new choices, but school is a place for learning and a little play not play and a little learning.
I have enjoyed my children's year at Heathwood Hall. I believe that the children's education was pretty well rounded and that they had quality teachers. I would like to see more minorities represented in teacher/teacher aid positions that are well qualified. Overall, the school experience was wonderful!
Great school for African American students!! First, H2 emphasizes educating the whole student including nuturing and growth potential, regardless of color, gender, religion, etc. In the public schools, they tend to emphasize color then the student. Often times this leads to an automatic failure of children left behind in schools. Second, what I most enjoyed about my experience is the variety and diversity of both students and parents. Both students and parents develop gifts to return to H2 without pressure of being the 'perfect person.' Third, my children attended both pubic schools in Irmo and H2. I can honestly say the commute from Irmo to H2 is well worth it. I saw my children develop and grow, not as African American students, but as students who are African American with talents and gifts to share with others!!
Definitely a school of excellence. Committed teachers, high standards, emphasis on education in a Christian environment.
Excellent school. Small class size. Excellent teachers in English and Humanities. Teachers are very close to students and communicate well with parents. High level of discipline is the norm, without any pressure or punishment. I see a great potential in this school and its students, as life-skills are reinforced by example rather than mandates. Although an episcopal school, secular thinking is encouraged. I wish they started teaching physics and chemistry at grade 6-7 rather than at grade 8-9. Good choice of extracurricular activities
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