Students enrolled 717
School leader KEVIN BERINGER
Transportation options Yes
District Houston Independent School District

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810 Harvard Street
Houston, TX 77007

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4 stars
Based on 31 ratings

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November 07, 2014
Harvard is a very good school for mainstream students who don't need much extra attention. In my experience, children with special abilities or special needs tend to be overlooked and fall through the cracks. In addition, I found the IB program and the Vanguard instruction to be rather underwhelming. The language instruction in particular is a joke. After several years of instruction my child doesn't know the most basic Spanish vocabulary words. If your neighborhood middle school is your school of choice, Harvard will be a perfectly adequate elementary school for you. If you'd like to send your child to Lanier or TH Rogers, you will want to choose ROE or Travis instead. Harvard doesn't really prepare students for the rigors of a Vanguard middle school.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2014
I'm a fifth grade student and LOVE this school. They have kind teachers who help you with anything needed and have many after school programs that you can attend for fun!! This school is an IB school with students who care and get good grades. If help is ever needed you can talk to the teacher about it and he/ she will handle it. If your child ever deals with bullying the teacher and principal will handle it giving the bully a punishment. The principal here is always on top of his game making sure everything is in order. This school is amazing!!!!! All of the teachers here are highly educated and so are we (the students) we have many projects, but they are always fun and the teachers give you a reasonable amount of time to do them. We don't get too much homework and go over everything in class. Everything is very organized as well. We have a tech lad, a P.E room, a music room, a library,an art room, a math room,and a science room. We are always learning new things and get help if we don't understand. I highly recommend this school for all those parents out there. You won't regret it !!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 23, 2014
Great school-- very caring, wonderful teachers, both grade level and auxiliary. Would recommend to anyone looking for a first rate elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Harvard Elementary is a gem of a school! The teachers are all very caring, progressive thinkers, who are encouraged by Mr. Beringer, the schools Principal, to seek out and learn new innovative and technological ways to teach in the classroom and keep the students engaged. A well rounded internationally broad educational experience is foremost at this little school. Thank you for a wonderful experience watching my child grow and learn.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Mr. Beringer, Harvard Elementary's school Principal, runs a tight ship at this school, which is why it has succeeded in its effort to become an IB World School, with major improvements in test scores over the past five years. Our child enjoys learning and is eager to come to school with children who are just as enthusiastic about learning. I would encourage all parents who work or have worked internationally to give your child an IB World School Harvard Elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
Harvard is a wonderful IB school with great teachers, friendly staff and an amazing principal! Our daughter had an awesome Kindergarten there.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
Harvard Elementary has been such a great school over the years, that I applied to have my children attend there, and drive eight miles through heavy traffic every morning to get them there on time. As for parents complaining, I would state that most of those parents want teachers and the school to raise their children do to a busy lifestyle. Harvard teaches children to be independent, handle conflict, and be productive citizens. My child was very-well prepared for middle school GT.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2013
My son was being bullied his teacher told teachers did not get involved. Kids had to learn conflict resolution My son started coming home more withdrawn, physically hurt without any action from his teacher. Other parents who had similar issues told me they advised their children to physically defend themselves. Inventor/science fairs are poorly structured, left unclear to both student & parent making them difficult to navigate. I doubt the material is taught to students&often leaves the parents w/the bulk of work & little understanding as to what is expected. When attempts are made to discuss with teachers they seem equally clueless & pass blame to the teacher responsible for that project. I rarely receive graded work only report cards/progress reports. This makes it difficult to know what to work on with my child. This leaves me the expense of tutoring & the hope that my child is learning from his tutor. This school teaches to the center of the class. Doesnt help the struggling kids & keeps gifted students from reaching their potential teachers dont work as a unit with parents for students The themes & IB attitudes are great in theory but not applied/practiced.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2012
Very disappointing experience with Kinder teacher. Such a shame since our first year exceeded our expectations.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
About poorly thought out discipline, I disagree. Education starts at home and we shouldn't blame teachers for children's misbehavior. Dig in deeper, maybe there is an issue at home the child is trying to deal with or possibly bulling at home/school, or even stress, but don't blame somebody else when you are not an involved parent with the teachers or concerned staff members. Speaking for Hispanics, we tend to feel more welcomed when there's more talking, but other cultures are different and in the U.S. we all have to learn to play by the rules ---respect and appreciate the dynamics in diversity. IB attitudes should teach all of us something to apply. Teaching is not an easy job. That's why a lot has to do with passion!!!!We should support our teachers and not look at them as daily babysitters. Education is suffering enough and if it wasn't for Principal Beringer 's great leadership, the teachers' extra kids in class, PTA members trying to get extra funds, and parental involvement, our children wouldn't have such 7 out of 10 score. I fully support the Harvard staff and wish them a successful year!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
Poorly thought out discipline, and a emphasis on test scores has left Harvard ripe with frustrated teachers. The leadership is lacking understanding of basic child development and current research on appropriate discipline approaches. We have been very disappointed in our child's educational experiences on quite a few occasions, and have seen many good families leave the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
Harvard is a wonderful school. Not only is it a Magnet School for Technology, Science, Math, and Engineering, but it is also an IB school. I want my child to be a world learner/thinker. The parent involvement is getting better every year. The principal works hard to make this school top notch. Your lucky if your child gets a slot in this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
Harvard is an award winning school that fosters leadership skills and inquiry based learning. The teachers are kind and extremely knowledgeable of their grade level and beyond. I appreciate the IB curriculum Harvard offers...I know that when my child graduates from there she'll be a world learner read for the 21st century.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2012
I love the "sharing the planet" theme Harvard embraces with it's entire staff and students. Everyone that works or attends the school is so "Earth cautious" it makes its' way into the homes of each student. My son is always coming up with new ideas to save a particular animal or how we as a family can better the planet. Great school all around.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2012
Everyone should have an opportunity to defend their school, however I am a parent that spoke truthfully about my experience with this school. There should not be any question of a parents integrity if they are merely asking for an enrollment application to fill out at home. After all, when you turn in the paperwork you must turn in all the valid documentation to prove your residency. It almost appears that arrogant and rude behavior is justified and defended and you are already guilty of being dishonest when you walk in the door. The principals comment about assuming my attendance was a talent show is also incorrect, it was Science Night, and everyone is encouraged to attend this function. In close, the school is a 7, not a 10. The list of 130+ is because of the neighborhood and area and the kids that attend the school. In close, when you deal with public in any capacity it is always better to be friendly, courteous, and exercise good customer service.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2012
very very very very very very very very bad school .This school kicked a kid out only because a parent did not like the kid because he would talk to the parents daughter.so the parent did anything to take this poor kid out of this cool . finally when this kid was removed from this school he was taken to another school. this parent was actually this kids aunt .Can you believe that. I am angry at this school for believing what this kids aunt said when she told them he was an unpleasant kid to have at that school.

- submitted by a community member
April 08, 2012
The school often encounters prospective parents that are not truthful about their residency, especially in the spring when magnet applications have been accepted and individuals do not like being told they are #130+ on the wait list. This can be perceived as rude and arrogant behavior when in fact, the prospective parent is at fault by not following established policies. Families that are truly zoned to the school are always given an opportunity to enroll with proper documentation. Teachers at Harvard are able to implement the curriculum under specific guidelines established by the school district and the state. To say that creativity is not possible is absurd. It is embraced. Our facilities are certainly not adequate and this person was obviously not happy with an overcrowded talent show that was originally for the children only, not parents. Next year the talent show will return to its roots and be held as an assembly for the student body only. The school district embraces choice and invites parents to choose a schools based on their child's needs. Harvard offers a challenging and quality education to all children. Kevin Beringer, Principal

- submitted by a teacher
September 13, 2011
I agree so far a few weeks of school and I too have encountered a few rude staff members especially in the registrars office definantly on a power trip. I felt very disrespected by one particular employee. Makes me not want to go in there ever again.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2011
The front office staff at Harvard is kind and very helpful. We get many, many compliments throughout the year for friendliness and compassion. While nothing is perfect, the school does its best in all situations. I encourage this person to contact me if they have a specific concern so it can be addressed. We practice integrity at Harvard....I am honest and do the right thing. Visitors are encoraged to visit the school and see all the wonderful things that are going on. Kevin Beringer, Principal

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2011
This school may look nice from the outside, but do not be fooled!! The front office has very rude employees that need to be retrained on customer service!! They often get children confused with other children especially when it is an emergency. When the school says they will help out with children they fail to keep there end of the agreement!!

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2011
I attended this school my pre k through 5th grade year, and i am very glad i did! I'm a 18 year old senior about to graduate and sitting here makes me think about all the great opportunities I had at Harvard and wouldn't be the student i am today if it wasn't for this school! The day I walk on stage to get my diploma will be the day i remember being that 4 year old kid walking through the doors of Harvard Elementary and expecting the unexpected! THANK YOU HARVARD FOR IF IT WASN'T FOR YOU I WOULDN'T BE THE PERSON I AM TODAY!

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2010
This is one of the very best magnet schools in HISD. Other elementary schools are now emulating themselves after this outstanding Heights school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 16, 2009
We are very pleased with the school. Great parent involment, the staff is excellent and its on the 2 year towards the IB programm. We know that to have a great school not only depends on the principal and teachers but on us the parents as well. Harvard is the place to be !

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Harvard is an already very well-rounded school that is now working towards IB standards that prepares kids for the world we live in today.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
Great School my girls vocabulary, knowledge, and skills is advanced compare to other kids. Friendly community and staff members. Highly recommend Harvard Elem.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
Harvard is a great school. But I am very involved in the school... if you expect your child's school to be great, you need to commit to making that happen. Harvard has a College Bound Culture program, a strong math, science and technology program... the library is fantastic and the teachers are very concerned and caring. The PTA works very hard to fulfill the needs of the students and faculty as well as the needs/concerns of the parents. The Principal has done a great job of creating and communicating a vision for the school. In 2008 the school was rated 'exemplary' and a named a Blue Ribbon school. Harvard is now working on its IB affiliation. It's the dedication of the staff AND the parents that make Harvard a great learning environment for its students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 04, 2008
Love Mr. Beringer the school principal. Love the school, and everything he has done to it!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
My daughter has been at Harvard for four years now and will definitely finish out her next two. The school has had many changes throughout the years,but has always maintained its excellent academic structure. The parent involvement is great,but I wish there was a little more support for the arts (music,art,theatre,etc.)

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
This school has it all! The principal has great vision and leadership qualities, he and the staff are excellent and always have time to answer your questions and concerns, the teachers are high-quality and care about the students' success, the math, science, technology, and art teachers are particularly impressive, the students are motivated, and parent involvement is phenomenal. Bottom line: everyone knows each other here and it shows. Harvard feels almost like family, a true 'small school' community. I feel like my daughter is attending a private school! The only area they lack is in music. The teacher and facilities are just not that great, however they'll be getting a new music teacher next year so I expect that program to improve.

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- submitted by a former student
May 02, 2004
My daughter has attended Harvard for 5 years, she has done very well. The teachers have all showed true concern in the students ability to learn and progress. The principal is strict and does an out standing job with this inter city school and its students. I have always recieved good feed back from all the teachers she has been with.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
This is the first year my children have attended this school and compared to a lot of elementary schools in HISD, I found this one to be challenging and a safe place for my children. I speak with their teachers often and they seem concerned and exhibit a caring attitude. As far as expectations, well I love the idea that they do challenge the students to reach for a higher level of understanding. My children come from exemplary schools and I expected the same level of education. I would recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2004
My children attended this school for one year. It was horrible, the expectations are well above grade level and often out of the normal child's reach. The principal is very much into discipline, the children are not allowed to move, talk or interact in any way shape or form. I do however give her credit on getting test scores up. The teachers at this school appear very unhappy and disatisfied with their position. The principal is very much a dictator on what and how they teach. While my children attended this school and I had concerns, I attempted to contact her on many occasions and she would never respond. There are a few choices of schools in this area. Be safe send your child elsewhere and let them have a happy productive edducation.

- submitted by a parent
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Harvard Elementary School
810 Harvard Street, Houston, TX  77007
(713) 867-5210
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