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PK-5
Public district
Gallatin, TN
Students enrolled: 415
 

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805 Long Hollow Pike
Gallatin, TN 37066

(615) 452-3025
(615) 451-6567
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August 22, 2013
this very well might be a awesome school based upon academics but at the same time I do not agree with the way the parents are handled once inside the school with their child.if I hate want to walk my child to his classroom without disrupting the class till the parrot I have every right to do so.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
This is a great school. I send my children here because they learn from the time the bell rings in the morning until they go home in the afternoon. Discipline is enforced school-wide, and I would match the teachers I've interacted with against any in the county! Go Hoot Owls!

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2011
Howard Elementary is a great school! The principal is strict, but personal and caring at the same time. The staff there is amazing and the teachers really care about the students. My son went there for 1st grade after leaving another school I was much less than impressed with (which was suppose to be one of the best). We just moved so I am sad to say he willnot be attending Howard next year. I would recommend the school to others! Teaching is a lifestyle to the faculty, not just a job, and that is what makes it great! A ++ Howard The only two things I did not like as much is there is not a lot of parent involvement and the lunch period is pretty strict. I feel the kids should be able to talk to each other during lunch and for the first ten minutes they are not allowed. Otherwise it is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
This school is over all ok. Not the best thing in the world. The lunch ladies WILL harrass you with phone calls if your child is running low on lunch money. Not only do they call the parents they call the emergency contacts. When you show up with the money they give attitude and act like your a terrible person because you took a couple hours post the phone call to take the money to the school. I understand about calling the parents about a small matter like lunch money but calling my daughters emergency contacts aswell is completely uncalled for.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2010
I have really enjoyed the teachers and activities my children have been involved in while going to Howard.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
You will not find a principal that cares more about her students making it than Mrs Swafford. She is a great pricipal and person over all. The teachers at Howard are also wonderful, my son has been there for 4 years and its been great!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2010
My 1st grader has severe ADHD. He transfered to Howard around the end of his kindergarden school year. His old school neglected him, labeled him, and made him feel less then his school mates. Howard school staff took the time to find out how to teach him and motivate him and he has made the most amazing turn around. They have given him a chance for a normal life. The staff there is amazing and make me feel welcome anytime I walk in the door. They care about their students and their family. Several months ago they found out my electricty got turned off and got together and helped me pay my bill and did not make me feel like a failure because I'm a single mom and having financial issues. They truely care about the kids

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
This is my daughter's first year at Howard. It's also the first year, EVER, that's she's been on the honor roll. I am so grateful for the teachers and staff at Howard Elementary. You boosted my little girls confidence!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
My son moved to this school in the start of his third grade year, because he could recieve more help with his learning disability. I was apprehensive about changing schools, Would he fit in? Would his problems become greater? and such. I am proud of where he is now as he completes his fith grade year and moves on to middle school. I am so impressed with the quality of teachers that he has had at Howard and how patient they have been to see his potential over the negative characteristics. Mr. Ipp is the greatest special ED teacher. The principal is so great, my first impression was that she was very stern. Mrs. Swafford is exactly what my son needed and me also. She cares about the students and knows most of them if not all of them by name and she has been patient with me as I have learned to be a first time parent of each grade we have passed. I would recommend this elementary school to anyone but especially to parents of a child struggling with a learning disability.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
The principle is wonderful, she goes out of her way to talk to the children and get to know the parents. The teachers are wonderful, it is a very homey school. During a local bank robbery, the school was put on lock down with the teachers taking wonderful care of the students. We were kept well informed of what was going on and I felt incredibly blessed to have my children so safely protected.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Howard is the BEST by far! EVERYONE there truly cares about the students. I could not ask for a better group of people for my sons to be with each and every school day. Thanks to each and every employee of Howard for all they do for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
the quality of the staff puts them above the rest

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 22, 2010
Howard Elementary is the best run by the best! Awesome kids, awesome teachers, awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Howard is a caring family. I have never worked with people who are so giving and kind! The children here know they are genuinely loved, which creates a leaning environment for each child to succeed. Everyone......from our principal... to assistants, to staff, to teachers... work together to encourage students to always do their best and keep a spirit of motivated learning. We have a wide range of ethnic and economic backgrounds here, and everyone goes 'above and beyond' to encourage each individual child. Everyone strives to set the example for our kids....to be responsible, polite, and constant learners. I get up on Saturday mornings and wish I could go to school to teach!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 21, 2010
Awesome Principal w tremendous staff and faculty. We love it. We feel very confident in the excellent care and education our child receives at Howard.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
The staff is very friendly, and goes above and beyond to help all students be successful.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
Howard it a school that has a very loving and caring atmosphere. All faculty and staff go above the norm in order to promote student success.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
I am amazed by the care, attention and education that my children receive at Howard! I know they are safe and will be well prepared for the future!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Great school! The teachers really care about the all around well being of every student! Mrs. Swafford is amazing!

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
Howard Elementary has a caring atmosphere that is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to all students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
The teachers do their part in making this a fantastic learning environment for the students. The focus of this school are the kids!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 20, 2010
Howard demonstrates a positive and caring environment. Teachers are willing to go the extra mile in order for a student to achieve.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 20, 2010
The teachers and staff have great hearts and love to not only see the children learn, but also to see them grow.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I worked at Howard Elementary for several years. I loved the children, parents, AND the teachers I worked with. It has a hard working group of teachers and alot going for it.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 20, 2010
We love Howard! Both of my children face great challenges both physically and academically - everyone at Howard goes above and beyond to meet those challenges and help them live up to their greatest potential. Howard feels like family to us - they not only take care of the children's academic needs, but their emotional needs as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
As a teacher myself, the task of choosing a good school was an important decision. Through prayer we were led to Howard four years ago, before my children were even school-aged. It has been such a blessing to watch them grow in such a safe, loving, and caring learning environment. The teachers and staff at Howard are dedicated not only to their academic growth but also to their growth in character. I couldn't ask for a better place for my kids to learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Wonderful school with great teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
I love Howard Elementary School because they've helped so much in making sure my son Kelton gets the education he needs. His teacher Ms. Shannon Svoboda is wonderful. She pays special attention to each child and makes sure they are not left behind. Overall I dont want my son goin to any other elementary school

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
We have the best children, parents, faculty and staff! There is no other school with the supportive atmosphere and genuine concern for each other and the children. I am blessed to be part of Howard as a teacher AND a parent.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 20, 2010
Howard is a great school! My kids are in a thriving environment where the teachers and staff love and care about them and it shows. Mrs. Swafford knows the name of every family member and takes the time to know what's going on in their lives so that she can see that their individual needs are met.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Howard is a wonderful school to send your child to receive their education. At Howard, children develop character, intellect, social skills, self-esteem, and uniqueness. I would not hesitate to send my child here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
The teachers at Howard care so much. It's a really great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
My grandchildren attend Howard School and they have had a wonderful experience. Both children have had exceptional needs and those needs have been met by some of the most caring people, All teachers and staff have gone above and beyond to support the children and the family. We could have never found a more caring and loving group of people. I give Howard an A plus academically and for their care of students.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2010
Howard has offered my child a great experience. The faculty and staff are exceptional!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
I feel as if the teachers our child and I have encountered have adopted us as family, rather than passed us through as plain students, by taking up with our other children as well. Even the cafeteria staff maintain contact with all the children in the school and the wonderful events of their lives. The principal Mrs. Cindy Swaford has the ability to stand in front of the school and greet every child, and their parent, by name. To me that says a whole lot about her, not only as a principal but as a person, the person providing guidance to my child and his friends. A person that my child will have the ability to look up to.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Both of my children attended Howard. The staff at Howard was exceptional. The office staff was caring, the teachers were creative, and the after school pregram was fun. My children learned to love school at Howard.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
The teachers truly care about the students and their progress.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
My grandchildren attend Howard. The teachers and staff are what make Howard outstanding!! When you walk into the building you feel respect coupled with love all around.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
My son is in his first year at Howard and I feel the principal and the staff go out of their way to help teach my son. I admit that i had my reservations at first because it is an older school but i've been very satisfied with the school overall.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
I can't say enough good things about the principal and staff at Howard. It is a very loving environment, but also has discipline. More parents need to spend time volunteering. Schools need help from the parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
My son is a first year student at Howard and I am very pleased with the school and its staff. I am not zoned for Howard but have chosen to complete an out of zone request. I went to eat lunch with him a couple of times and was very impressed that Principal Swafford spoke to each child she saw and called them by name. I have always been invited to attend school activities and have routinely seen other parents at school activities as well. The dedication of the teachers and their commitment to our children is outstanding. My son has learned so much and is excited to go to school each day. I cannot say enough about Howard Elementary and all those who work there.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
After reading the comment from the other parent dated December 2005, I feel validated. My children just moved here from out of state and we are having similar issues with this principal. This woman is very cold, rude, condescending and non-nurturing. I attended Thanksgiving Lunch with my children and began forumlating my opinion when other children and parents made comments about here when she walked by. Sumner County has a reputation of having excellent schools, but this woman does not belong here. She's better suited for a prison education system. I've been a nurse for 16 years and a parent for 18. I've also never experienced anything like her and will NOT have my children subject to this on a daily basis. If you are used to an excellent school with productive, effective communication with caring, warm and concerned feedback, this school is NOT for you or your child!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
I just found this site or else I would have posted sooner. I was searching for private schools for my two children. They attended Howard School for one year. We pulled them out after a strong disagreement with the prinicipal, Mrs. Swafford. I am an older parent and have older children in high school. Never in all my experience with dealing with education have I had as unpleasant an experience as I did with this principal. She was rude and condescending. I had some issues with my one child, and she downright refused to listen to me. Parental involvement is zilch in the school due to the atmosphere of parents being interfering and unwanted. The teachers, however, I had no complaints with. They tried very hard to help me. Now we are homeschooling while searching for a decent school. No way would I send any child to Howard Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
This is a wonderful school. The staff and principal really care. We love this school.

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April 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2005
My son has attended Howard for all of 6 months. I am pleased with his teacher, Ms. Foley. She is a wonderful example to the children. I believe that Mrs. Swafford runs a tight ship. Children need direction from people they can trust. I believe that a child's learning experience should start at home. School is not a daycare. The level of parent involvement in this class is relatively low, I would encourage parents to become more involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2005
At Howard there is hardly any parent envolvement. The Principal Mrs. Cindy Swafford is not the type [of] principal needed for an elementary school. The school layout isn't very good either- it is just old. (However they are adding on to the building.) I also feel that the education my children are receiving there, in comparison to where they last attended, is not as good. Some things need to change.

- submitted by a parent

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Howard Elementary School
805 Long Hollow Pike, Gallatin, TN  37066
(615) 452-3025
Last modified Howard Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Howard Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top