The GT program is amazing. The kids do not go for an hour a week as mentioned in a previous post. They go all day once a week. It's amazing what all they learn with Mrs. W! Overall, this school is excellent. I've never seen more caring teachers and staff.
Teachers and staff are the first to bully the children. Kids development is completely ignored. GT program in Texas in general is a joke. One hour once a week? Come on, really? Don't even get me started on cliques... my kids feel that they don't fit in. Paid so much to move here to now have to pay for private school. What a waste.
It all rises and falls on leadership and the leadership in this school is lacking from the top. Teachers and staff care more about a paycheck than the students here. Do not send your child to this school. Try stone oak elementary, very different attitude and spirit in that school. Unfortunately because of boundaries we where stuck to hardy oak.
My son has been going to Hardy Oak since he was in K and he was there for nine week of 1st until the principle Mrs.Fokes had made him transfer out after nine weeks of school because we are no longer in the school zone. But they have no problem taking your money asking you to support the school by buying all these school spirit stuff and donating money and once you do it they find a way to get rid of you. They don't care about a child well being or feeling. All they care about is making money off the parents and having the parents do all the work as they over staff the teacher by having 25 students or more per class. How do you except kids to learn when they over load teacher just to save money. That probably explain why there is such a high turnover in there there.
Things have taken a turn for the ugly at this school. They are doing all of the wrong things, for the wrong reasons. This school is way too focused on the lighthouse/leadership concept, that they have forgotten the importance of teaching children basic subjects! They definitely teach to the test at this school, except on the days when they are trying to show off to outsiders that tour around to see what kind of leaders they are. I have become so disheartened by what this school stands for that I am considering home schooling. That way, I will be able to teach them what is really necessary for being successful (writing properly, spelling, math) Approach this school with caution, and whatever you do, don't dare question anything!
Disappointed with some of the 5th grade teachers. I didn't think I would have to worry about teachers being the bully, but at Hardy Oak I've had to address it on more than one occasion. Glad this year is finally over! I only give 2 stars because the principal and counselors are commendable!
This will be our 5th year at Hardy Oak and as a former elementary school teacher myself, I have to say that this is one of the best schools around. The teachers are all excellent and truly want each and every student to succeed. They go above and beyond for their students. The administration is wonderful as well. We couldn't be more pleased with our son's education and experiences at Hardy Oak.