My son started Kg and since I lived in the neighborhood, decided to send him to Hotchkiss. Things started off rocky with his teacher leaving then the teacher-bonus pay back issue, after that, things settled down. The school hired 2 Kg teachers and both are great teachers (kuddos to hiring them). My son loves his teacher and is on the right education track thanks to her. I will be sad when this year is over-his first grade teacher will have big shoes to fill-but hopefully my 3 yr old daughter will get the same Kg teacher in a couple of years.
This is a continuation of my review Nov 2010....When my son was brought back to the school he had no wristband on his arm, which is EXACTLY why my son shouldn't have been put on a the bus in the first place. They also had another little boy get off of the bus with him who shouldn't have been on the bus and his parents were worried as well. I just found out at the Christmas program last night that they've finally been rated as an "acceptable" school. I would've never enrolled my son in this school if I had've known that they're just now "acceptable". They're making strides and trying to make progress. I can't wait to see what the future holds.
This is my sons first year at this school and it began terribly. My son had a substitute teacher the first day of school and he didn't get a permanent teacher until the 5th week of school. For the first couple of weeks of school they had a system of wristbands that made teachers aware of the students who rode the his after school as well as which bus the students are to ride. I always drop my 5 yr old off as well as pick him up. I went to go pick my son up Thursday of the first week of school and he wasn't there. When I asked a teacher where he was they said they'd put him on the bus. I was beyond upset. They called the bus driver and had him bring my son back to the school. When he got on the bus he had NO
This is my child's first year at this school, and will be her last. I feel the leadership and guidance of the pricipal and her staff are nothing short of lacking. We have had to have parent/teacher/principal meetings due to a particular situation, and were met with sarcasm, and a lot of belittling of the problem. I do not recommend this school.
Despite the abrasive and unpredictable management skills of the principal, the staff at Hotchkiss is completely committed to loving the students. There is a very strong special education program here and the facility is wonderderful! Don't judge the school by the principal
Hotchkiss has gone downhill in the past few years with the focus being more on TAKS and behavior than on the love of learning - but still has an amazingly caring staff. Most of whom have been around for the five years my son has attended.
My experience with the school was totally the opposite of the one example displayed when you enter the site. My son had behavior problems when he first started Kindergarden. The principal, teacher, and counselor were great! They worked with my son, and me in such a way, that I knew the school had an interest in helping students succed. After a few months, I started taking my nephew who was just transferred from Dan D. Rogers school ( due to the horrible food, and his teacher yelling at her students) along with my son, and his behavior improved! My nephew is happy there now that he was transferred. The teachers and staff are great! They have traffic control, and there are staff everywhere on campus before and after school for extra security. Establishing a strong education dicipline is what is going to help our kids into their future.
We were very disappointed in this school. We had our oldest child transferred here because we had heard such wonderful things about the curriculum. It was our first and last experience with the Dallas public schools. The curriculum was fine, the children were learning, my son was happy being around his new friends and learning new things each day. The problem is that there is no half day program for Kindergartners, they get no rest time, no down time, no nap time, no nothing! They receive 10 minuts of recess after lunch, and that is there only time when they can run wild and behave like 5-year-old children. The pent up energy results in nutty tired kid behavior in the classroom, and this school reacts by sending the kids home, to counselors for risk assessments, writing them up, suspending them from school, threatening expulsion. Parents can only control the actions and behavior of their children so much. When the school does not provide an environment that allows these children to succeed, they are being set up to fail. They are learning immediately that acting like children is bad, and they are children. We removed our son from this school after 3 months, and thankfully we are in a situation that provides us with some options. I feel terribly for anyone who is trapped using this school district. They put so much pressure on the child and so much pressure on the parents, it is no wonder these children are stressed out and having problems! The principal was snitty and unconcerned when we went to her for solutions. The teacher was in her 2nd year and completely overwhelmed.
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