Come on folks. There is no way this school rates 5/5 stars. It has a greatschools rating of 3/10 for a reason. Glenn Harmon is not even mediocre.
My kids were enrolled right down the street at Charlotte Anderson. Anderson is being rebuilt this year. The commute to the temporary school is too far. The one-star comment from 2013 comparing the two schools is spot on. The difference between the two schools is night and day. From eating with my kids at lunch, attending field trips and from attending after school activities, we see the problems.
The biggest problem is that a large portion of the students simply do not know how to behave. I’ve seen kids spit on each other, totally disrespect the teachers, get into fights and run around the room when the teachers are trying give instructions. My kids are getting short changed at Glenn Harmon because the teachers are having to spend too much time establishing order, instead of teaching. It seems every time I pass by the office the principal is escorting a misbehaving student. Is this the kind of academic environment you want for your kids? Over at Charlotte Anderson the students are very well-behaved. Anderson even has Character Class where the kids are taught to be polite, respectful and conscientious.
I’ve talked with five other Anderson parents who have their children over at Harmon this year. We are all of the same mind. As soon as Anderson reopens, we will all be returning. I am about to let out the secret: If you have high standards for your children’s academic environment then you can transfer your kids to Charlotte Anderson, too. There are slots available for transfers. The best part about it is that Mansfield ISD does not assess transfer fees.
There are too many kids over at Glenn Harmon whose parents are not providing guidance to their children. Too many of these kids have not been taught how to act in a civilized society. I dropped my kids off at school the other day and there was a group of kids shooting the bird at passersby. Stay away from this school.
I like the principal. He is all over the place. He is a high energy guy. However, there is a vibe of low achievement from the assistant principal. We had an academic resources meeting at the school last week. The assistant principal spent too much time badmouthing the Texas legislature for setting STARR testing requirements too high. Too difficult? It only takes a 56% to pass them! These tests are to see if these kids are on track for rigorous standards at a real university, not the ten-year plan at TCC. In 2015 only 52% of fourth graders could pass the low bar math test at Harmon. Over at Charlotte Anderson, the passing rate for the same fourth grade STARR math test was 87%. It is easy to see why the Harmon Assistant Principal advocates low standards. If you can’t meet the standards, then just lower them.
How can the teachers be effective when they spend an inordinate amount of time trying to establish order in their classrooms? There is no reason to go to Harmon when you have a Southlake type school right on down the road on the other side of Cooper.
Compared to Charlotte Anderson, Glenn Harmon looks like a madhouse. I hope your administrative folks read this review. If you only take one thing away from my critique, it is that you really need to look at establishing a Character Class like the one at Charlotte Anderson. You have too many kids over there whose parents aren't teaching their kids right from wrong. Once you have the character, the academics will follow.
My brothers and sister went to Glenn Harmon growing up and now my son has attended there for kindergarten and first grade. In August 2016 they are going to have a brand new beautiful school building. I love the teachers! They are really something else. They are fun loving and usually are always dressed up on spirit days. They go the extra mile and help those who are struggling and those that are ahead. The children have blocks of time each week that they are placed in groups of children at the same stage in learning so they can work in a small groups on reading, math, or whatever issue they are having. If they are ahead they are put in a similar group called think tanks and are given special projects. I feel they are also very invested in bringing technology into learning which is something I really appreciated in todays education system. I love this school. (Just a side note to all parents,)Many of the negative reviews are very old and about an old principle and staff. There has been a new principle at Glenn Harmon since my son has attended and he's a wonderful! I have interacted with him multiple times.
Children need homework, but when they are young not too much. My son gets a four page packet every week and he has to do fifteen minutes of reading every Monday through Thursday. He never has weekend homework and he hasn't started projects yet. I think his homework is just right for a first grader.