The school cares more about religion than it does the mental health of it's students, and is incredibly disrespectful to those who are not Christian. They overcharge for their schooling, and are far more expansive than they should be. The admission staff, especially Mason, are incredibly unfriendly and rude, and nothing is ever done about rude staff members. Religion is put over education at times, forcing you to take religion classes instead of ones that will apply to you in college, and wastes the time for those who are not religious with Chapel and other religious events. If you're looking for a friendly, accepting environment, Heathwood is not the place. If your child is in need of someone to talk to, the High School doesn't even have a counselor for such matters! It's a waste of money and time, the only upside can be the social interaction and a select few members of the staff.
The education wasn't worth the money. I really didn't care for my child's teacher or her second aide. The first aide was very helpful and kind. It was more of a burden than the blessing I hoped for. We are much happier now with homeschool. We don't have to worry about the "clicks" and favoritism.
We were not satisfied with the willingness of a teacher to help a student who needed extra help. The teacher never offered. The educators I know who work in public schools have always been available and offered additional help after school to students in need. Also, since changing schools, we have learned that the education offered is not competitive with the education offered at public schools in nearby areas. Unfortunately, we have had to hire a tutor to help our child catch up with the other students in her elementary class. The child will also receive intervention to increase math skills because they were not on grade level with the elementary students in the same grade. This new information has made me want to share, so other parents will consider other options. We feel like our hard-earned money was not well-spent for the education offered at HH. From information I've received from other parents, there are better choices for private school, such as Hammond or Timmerman.
Extremely unsatisfied with a few teachers (their attitude towards learning) and the lack of education at this school. My son (who went to a public school before) has already learned everything he's been "taught" at Heathwood Hall this year. Unbelievable. Save yourselves the time and do not make the same mistake, I am pulling my son out of Heathwood this year.
This school is a joke. The students who go there act friendly, but when you actually go there for a few days, they either ignore you or be fake to your face and talk about you behind your back. (I got a number of students' opinions on this). I came to Heathwood during Freshman year, and have regretted it ever since. The education is not outstanding at all. I "Expect(ed) more" (HHES's logo), but I did not "get more". Very disappointed. The teachers are the only good thing about this school. A total waste of 16k.
This is the best school in Columbia... PERIOD! My child is in 10th grade and has been here all along. Our children are diverse, inclusive, gifted, and achievers. I know many people in other private and public schools. There is no comparison. Heathwood is the best!