November 20, 2015
My child has been at this school 4 years now, and I have learned the good and the bad. Sure they get higher test scores, that's the good, but the bad is the way they get there. Every year I hear from my son's teachers about him not being 'able' to finish work, and I got a little fed up and started talking to other parents and inquiring about the amount of work they give the kids. As it turns out, many many parents are begging teachers to give less classwork so their children will be able to finish. Sadly, most teachers there take away recess time for the kids not finishing, and make them finish during that tiny little 30 minutes of recess. This doesn't leave the kids refreshed to go back and do more work, but try explaining that to any teacher at this school. I inquired about just how many children don't finish their class work and its about a third each day, that many children not able to go to recess. I also inquired about the amount of work given, and it is more and more as the school year goes on. My child stopped even trying to finish because he knew that he couldn't, so even less work was being completed. Homework is another story, it is about 1-2 hours each night, every night, and projects on top of that. So anything extra you would like to do with your child while they are a student at HVE will not be possible. I'm glad my son is being pushed a little, but if I could go back, I would not have moved here for this school. I hope the principal reads this and takes it to heart. Grades and test scores are wonderful, but not at this expense. For all this work, they could at least teach another language, but they do not.
- submitted by a parent