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Highland Park Elementary School2
Posted January 21, 2015
- a parent
This school is not good. The past two years, the teachers have not been a good example for the children. Their communication (when lacking or excessive) is unprofessional. At the meet the teacher night even, the teacher was wearing flip-flops and inattentive when I was trying to speak with her. At our parent teacher conference, she appeared she had just rolled out of bed - in jeans, t-shirt, and half open eyes. It seems fairly clear the teachers my child has gotten are either under qualified, or under prepared to actually foster the children (WHO ARE CHILDREN by the way). When I was a child in school, the teachers were well put together, role models. They dressed well and spoke professionally. My child is 7 years old, on honor roll, and is consistently getting ridden at school about "talking" and homework, homework, homework and tests - she's also been mocked by her teacher to myself... in front of her. The principal is not helpful in these situations either. We want out of this school very much... and are working on it.
This school is overcrowded. The teachers never smile and say hello. You feel overwhelmed by confusion by just entering the school. If you don't speak Spanish you are even more out of the loop. If you can put your child into another school, do it.
This scool has gotten over 15 new staff members over the summer. The new principal is great, but I cant tell my little bro who the good teachers are anymore. The school I went to k-5 virtually doesnt exist anymore, and Im only in the seventh grade!
Its sad to see what the school has become this new school year, it used to be a great school 3 yrs ago. its now way way over crowded and there are way too many students in each class, the building is busting at the seams . its a travesty! it seems as if the administration caters to students and especially parents that there first language isn't english. its horrible! makes other parents feel uncomfortable!
Without a great administration it s difficult for any school to be successful. This new administration lacks in attentiveness, social skills and direction. There is a lack of community feel which I feel is primarily due a PTO that isn t quick to make anyone feel welcome and prides itself on itself. Fundraisers and the funds collected come from the entire HPES Family yet the PTO tends to take the glory for it all while the Administration seems to lack the personal skills needed to create a communal atmosphere. The lack of personality and inclusive attitude seems to plague the campus.
It is unfortunate that Pflugerville ISD has managed to hire the two worst principals in Texas to lead Highland Park Elem. The current principal walks down the hall telling students "don't make me get CRUNK with you!" among other inappropriate words and gestures.
I was surprised to see the negative comments about this school. My daughter is a first grader there and we have been very happy with the staff and the level of education she has received this far. We are relocating out of state after Christmas and are very sad to be leaving this school. I can only hope to find one as good where we are going.
Prior leadership was greatly lacking and failed to take responsibility for mistakes made. No one is perfect, however the past administration seemed to live under a double standard, was unapproachable and "ruled" with an iron fist but was unwilling to get down in the trenches. Likes to point fingers, but cannot take ownership. Teachers are the best they can be, but was definitely toxic from the top down. Very unhealthy environment.