My children currently attend Arlington Classics Academy which is an accelerated charter school with many of the same goals as North hills. I am hoping to get my children into North hills since their current school only goes through 6th grade. I take offense to people having problems with the high academic expectations of both schools. ACA has a reputation of being a Homework school also, and I just do not see it with my kids. If your child is not ready for such a challenging environment then maybe this type of school is not for you. I am happy to have options like this available to us without having to bear the expense of private school. As far as the lack of sports or PE. You can pay for programs outside of school if you want to. These schools are about preparing kids for college in a competitive world.
This school has a nice envirnment, but there are not enough facilities. Also some of the teachers aren't orginized (enough).
My wife and I had herd about TNHS through a friend and we are glad we did. My daughter is in kindergarten and is enjoying every minute of it. So far TNHS school has been a pleasant experience; we enjoy the open communication with my daughter's teacher . I like that the students are challenged everyday, which is essential for a strong academic foundation. I especially like the cultural and language diversity the school has; it is a very inclusive institution. I belive the academic curriculum has suited my child just fine; as a future educator myself, I believe that by starting a child out with a strong academic foundation, the sky is the limit. I look forward to many great years at TNHS. I would recommend this school to any parent that is concerned with their child's education. ~Salvador
My children were all in gifted programs elsewhere so I thought this school would offer a better quality education and 'more.' Instead, it was just a bunch of busywork and stress. Some staff members were great, but they could not make up for the emotional damage done by the bad staff members.
Having a first grader at TNHS who went to public school for Kindergarten, the difference is amazing. There is no huge amount of homework, and for those who question students being able to read in 1st grade, I think they should! :) Kids take a placement test early in the year, and the teachers get to find each student's strengths and weaknesses. There is high parent involvement, a safe environment, and the teachers really care about the students. Being a single parent, this school is a blessing for providing a private school education at a charter school price! My daughter is challenged on a daily basis, and the school has a very multicultural atmosphere. I will continue to keep my children at the North Hills School, and I would recommend this school to anyone who wants a high quality education for their children!
We couldn't be more pleased with TNHS. We were initially concerned about the amount of homework, some people think it's not age appropriate, but we've had no issues at all. The teachers are passionate and committed, the best you'll see anywhere. Excellent academics, good structure, and an invaluable world perspective are available at this school. Private school education at a public school - it's a rare find. Parent involvement is strong because it's a school of choice.
This school has been listed by Newsweek as the #12 out of 100 best Nation wide Public Schools. Thanks to all the teachers and administrators. You have done us proud, please, keep it up.
Love the school. Teachers are more than willing to help the kids, they care. High standards across the board.
We left this school after six months. The school touts itself as being academically superior. However, we found that the elementary curriculum was not age-appropriate. Carefully research this school before you enroll your young child. Be prepared to have the child sacrifice his/her childhood.
I couldn't be more thrilled with The North Hills School in the Las Colinas part of Irving, Texas. The school is IB accredited and provides an education on par with the very best private schools the DFW area has to offer. However, since it is a public school, thereby open to all with the charter school format, it also provides a melting pot of socio-economic and cultural demographics which couldn't possibly happen with an expensive private school. The school's facilities continue to improve and is athletically in the Texas UIL, offering virtually every major sport for boys and girls with the exception of football. We are fortunate to have the finances, and our children have the academic ability to go anywhere in the area, and we could not be happier with the approach of The North Hills School. These kids are students first and foremost, and attract like teachers as well.
One of the best schools we have seen! Our son is in the 4th grade now and has been with the school for the past 4 years. Boy, are we happy to have him in North Hills !! The curriculum follows the International Baccalaureate programs in the Primary, Middle and High School and the quality comes through in everything the children do at school, home and in extra-curricular activities. The school adds enormous value to the overall attitude, educational experience and international outlook of the children and we are constantly amazed at the consistent high quality the school maintains in everything even though it may be easier to cut corners given the lack of full funding from the government. We would happily recommend the school to any child or family that values education (even though, we hear, every year it is getting tougher getting in)
I thought that the school was wonderful and the best place for me. It helped me be really prepared for college.
North Hills has been a great school for our son. Although PE is not offered in the lower grades, the students do get a chance to go out and play. There is alot of parent involvement. The academic programs are great.
My kids went to this school over 8 years (middle and upper) and were very happy with it. My eldest graduated from TNHS and has done very well in college. The school is offering more and more extracurricular activities such as Mock Trial and Mock UN as well as sports, The classes are generally small which is good. I do feel languages are very weak and we have not been happy with the Spanish teachers.
My children have been at North Hills for 5 years...since primary started. While there is always room for imporvement, I have been pleased with the quality of education and the dedication of the teachers and staff. The work is challenging, and although I hear a lot about there being a lot of homework, that hasn't been our experience. Homework averages 30 minutes to an hour each night (but we do it without the TV, phone or computer interrupting!) I think North Hills is not the right choice for every student--it is a good choice for families who value the quality of education over athletics and who recognize that learning how to learn is ultimately what will enable a student to be successful in college. I'll put up with the challenges at North Hills for the college-prep environment they offer.
My child has had a highly positive and happy experience in North Hills' first grade. There is a lot of homework and at times the discipline is a little much. But overall, there has been a lot of learning, a lot of fun and no lack of extracurricular activities. There are cub scouts, brownies, academic contests and more. I agree that its absurd to teach French when Spanish is more relevant to our children. Finally, I can tell you that North Hills does a great job getting children ready for college. There's a lot of work but no more than an AP program in a strong public or the curriculum in private high school. You think Hockady, St. Marks or Townview TAG doesn't have homework? After only 7 years, North Hills has a higher average SAT score than any public funded school in the Metroplex except Highland Park. The results speak for themselves.
1st Grade is run like a military school which is really not appropriate for 6-7 year olds, I think. If you like that kind of style, this school is for you. First Grade home work will knock the happinness of your child's face. They have more homework, I'm told then 2nd and 3rd grade students! Big push on handwriting(lots of it) and academics. Light on music. I wish Spanish was taught along with French(which is only once a week). Level of parent involvement is high by force (required or pay some $ in lieu of volunteering hours).
The North Hills School is a school for students who are willing to give up their lives to prepare themselves for college. Most kids in elementary and middle school are not thinking about what college they are going to go to at such a young age. By the time the child enters high school, they are so sick of all the work to even try to put forth an effort. NHS has the basic classes and very few if any specialty classes that could help in career decisions. They also have a very limited number of extracurricular activities.
Inside Scoop for 1st Grade: children are expected to read by 1st Grade. Unbalanced curriculum, focused on way too much writing for 6 year olds. Parent involvement by a minority of parents is very good. French is only once a week not twice a week like you may have heard. Not enough exposure to a second language to really be fluent in it. Equipment like computers is dismal in primary schools especially 1st Grade. If you live in Plano spare your child the grief to drive all the way to Irving. If you live in the Irving/Dallas school district, I can maybe understand your need to send your child here, but not some of the North Dallas suburbs like Coppell, Southlake and Plano. Way too much homework for 1st Graders, definitely not grade appropriate.
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