I too am scared about he teacher turn-around rate at this school. It seems that the teachers who truly care for their students, who are willing to take the time to work with those students, are leaving . The principal seems standoffish and rarely looks happy. It is clear that the principals have favorites among their staff. I have witnessed a student disrespect a teacher and when that teacher reports it, the administrators just sit the student in the office for a short time and then sends them back to class! There are good things going on here as well, but they are overshadowed by the negative. The PTO is the most awesome PTO I've ever known of.
There are a lot of great things going on at HPES. There are teachers who tutor students after school, after school programs (basketball, soccer, art, math ) that are free to students, dedicated teachers who spend many hours planning for the needs of all their students. There is a great PTO-great parents and students. How about being part of the solution instead of being part of the problem? I am both a parent and a teacher at HPES and am incredibly happy with the school.
My elder son did his 5th grade in 2006-07. Never had any issue. The teachers were good, my son who had ADHD issue until 4th grade, did pick very well from this school. In fact his grades went up. My second son now in pre-kindergarten, same school. I'm very happy with the way the teachers & staff are shaping him up.
I have never had a problem with this school. My son is in Kindergarten and has ADHD. We have had some issues with discipline and focus due to this, and his teacher and Assistant Principal are working with me to keep him on the right track. It is very difficult to read all these negative reviews because I have not experienced any of this. When I drop items off for my son, the office staff is always jumping to help me. The faculty and staff do referrals, believe me, my son has had some. I have never seen misbehavior in the hallways when I go in. Everyone is always willing to help! Also, misbehavior is a reflection of bad parenting.
I was quite interested to see the reviews of the other parents as well. I am sure each individual case is different. I have a 2nd and 5th grader at Highland Park and I am not such a happy camper. They seem to have severe discipline issues and the teachers just throw their hands in the air as one told me that they get no backing from administration. Their appears to be no professionalism in this building at all when you walk through the halls. The turnover rate of experienced teachers is horrifying and the Superintendent offices in admin appear to not care. Our house is for sale and we are headed to Round Rock. That was the only answer we could think of.
This is my son's first year in kindergarten. I had read the reviews on here- but despite of it decided to give it a chance- I have seen none of what the other parents have complained about and I theorize that since this school was brand new last year that some latitude should be given. That said, I do see that they are experiencing some overcrowding this year- but that has not affected the level of education. I am so happy with this school- My son's kindergarten teacher has successfully balanced the needs of the gifted with the beginners without anyone being left behind or anyone being bored. Now that is the mark of a true gifted teacher.
I can't believe the mismanagement of this school. Not a good atmosphere for any type of leaning needs students. My child is in special ed and the service we had in Houston was ten times better. They are not fit for any special learning needs. The administrators are rude and set a very rude tone.
Glad to hear it isn't me. This school needs and overhaul. Last year I went to school to take my child out to lunch and walked in his room and no one in the office would help me. The principal was rude and standoffish. My son didn't even know the principal's name and it was March. It seems as though few staff members are happy there and the discipline in not to be seen. What I saw in the halls that day was a free for all and my son's fourth grade teacher told me it is always like that.
I would so like to agree. The discipline at this school is wild. I subbed there for three days and said not again. The teachers have told me that they're not allowed to write up students for misbehaviors, that swearing, spitting, talking back and refusing to do their work is not ground for a referral. I have a 2nd grader there and if it doesn't get any better; we are moving to a near-by district.
I have had several dealings with this principal. Notice the turnaround rate of teachers at this school. In my dealings with her, she is immature, shows favortism amongst her teachers, and couldn't tell you the name of my child or anyone elses. Every good teacher has left that school. I only have one year left there with my child, stay away.
I have been very, very pleased wih this school. The faculty and administration are friendly, helpful, and genuinely interested and involved in my child's needs, as well as every other child. My son is a GT student and has truly benefited from his time at this school and grown under the teachers he has had.
This is a terrible school the children are out of control. My child is a G/T student and he very well mannered and my husband and I have taken alot of time and will continue to do so to help keep our son on the right track. However, it is very hard to do this when you are made to take your child to such a terrible school The office staff is rude and the principals are not that helpful. This school is horrible I wish I didn't have to have my son here.
This school has excellent staff and principals but the students are not very well behaved at all. There are many discipline issues and much time is spent trying to get control in the classrooms. All of my children have attended this school but I am seriously considering homeschooling.
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