My four children have attended this school for two years and we are completely satisfied with our choice to move them here. The only complaint I have is that I hear from my children, and their friends, that other children (it's usually the same one or two) are disruptive in class and interrupt the learning process. The system is set up so that students receive DPS points for bad behavior and PRS points for good behavior. There are rewards for students who keep their DPS points low and/or have more PRS points than DPS, as well as rewards for children who do well on the STAAR exams. As long as the children are behaving as they should and concentrating on their studies there should be absolutely no fear of the DPS points, especially since PRS points for good behavior are given often. The points are kept UTD on your child's school webpage so it's easy for a parent to keep track and see when behavior issues need to be addressed. I appreciate the teachers who stay after school and come in on weekends to tutor. I also like that they split the older grades up into enrichment classes during school, so the students get the help and attention they need in areas where they are struggling.
Yes HSISA has a lot of teacher and parent involvment but they capitolize on disipline, i honestly dont think the kids learn anything there always worried about how many DPS (disipline point system) points they have then if there failing or not.
While I commend HSISA for it's curriculum and policies on paper, it lacks severely in follow-through. I have three children of different grades in HSISA, and most of the teachers are great at staying after school to help students with their understanding fo topics taught in class. However, if a child has underlying issues with other students, such as being bullied, they do NOTHING. My son is being bullied daily, in every class period, by the same kids. We have contacted the superintendant of Harmony Schools regarding this issue, and the fact that the school administration just gives us the deer in the headlights look every time we bring it up. The superintendant has yet to reply and it has been over a month! My son's grades are in a downward spiral, and he calls home nearly EVERY WEEK because he just can't take it anymore! I want to move my child to another school, but alraedy 3/4 of the way through the school year, and being military getting ready to move at the start of summer anyway, I don't feel I should have to move my child out of the school. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THIS SCHOOL if you want fair and equitable treatment of all students!
I am a former parent of HSI.Due to a job offer in another Texas city we had to leave San Antonio.I was very pleased with HISA teacher's friendly approach and dedication for my son and all children.On Saturdays teachers are coming to school and having individual studies to improve students' academic level.School administration is available to listen to the parents' concerns or suggestions. I think HSISA is great school!
This school works on a point value system for behavior. My son suffers from ADHD and was asked to leave the school instead of expelling him because of the number of points he accumulated. I asked for a couple of years to have him placed in a program, I believe it is the 504, to help him academically which in turn may help with the behavior. Instead, its pack your bags because "we dont have the resources to help him." In my opinion this school failed him and LEFT A CHILD BEHIND. I understand the frustration that comes alone with being a teacher and having to deal with this issue, but when you make a choice, you choose it all and every child that walks through the door isn't going to be perfect. That is something to consider before becoming an EDUCATOR and giving up on a child.
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