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Hayfield Elementary School5
Posted July 27, 2014
- a parent
We have been thrilled with this school for both of my children. My older son had an IEP and I was impressed with how organized and attentive the staff was (he no longer has an IEP currently). The schol has a small town school feel in a big metro area. The office staff is friendly as are the administration and teachers and school spirit abounds. I'm very pleased with the education my children are receiving.
I volunteer at this school and I find the school to be very exicited in it staff and also with the students. The school has many new on-line programs from IXL math, myown reading and also e-books. Great staff and great environment.
Don't be fooled by the score this school received. Yes, it looks great on paper, but that's about it. If you are concerned with your child getting a good education this is not the school for you. They are obsessed with testing; pre-tests, tests, standardized tests. I'm not sure when they actually teach, or how much time they actually devote to teaching versus preparing for the next test. They don't seem to want to help kids who have learning difficulties. Instead they just keep passing them along to the next grade. I'm sure there are some good teachers at this school. Unfortunately, out of the 4 teachers my kids have had only 1 was good. We've been in constant contact with the teachers and haven't gotten anywhere. Have even had meetings with the Assistant Principal, only to have it dumped back in our lap to deal with. But if your child fits nicely into the mold of the ideal public school student you'll be fine.
Hayfield Elem has provided the perfect environment for my sons. They made a lot of great friends (we're military). The whole community is so welcoming, but most important THIS school's faculty seems to put more time and effort with "sincerity" into the students and parents. It definitely shows in VA standard testing-ALL grade levels(3-6grd) passed well "above" the "state average". I'm really concerned with English/Reading which they scored over 90% (avg 80+%) and Math which they score above the State average consistently. I love that this school is NOT overcrowded. The principal is so actively involved. I always know what's going on via email and voice recordings. I like volunteering and was surprised at the huge volunteer appreciation party that the faculty put together for all volunteers. This is a GREAT school and I'm so glad we're a part of it!
Hayfield has some great teachers. I do believe that they do not provide enough help for the students that need it. Most of the time the school is a safe and happy environment. However in the 2010-2011 school year their was a fight in the classroom. Most of the test scores are average at best. I find many students to not read enough or only reading material suitable for 2nd or 3rd graders. Plenty of the students turn their projects in late or never. Along with that this comment made by a fellow student shocked me. "My mom said I have to get a C on my science project." These students are only trying to cruise through their homework instead of striving to learn and do better. They are not interested in enjoying their time learning. I find this school to be average and lacking spirit in the education department.
I dont know about general education. My son is diagnosed with high functioning autism. This is the best school if you have a high functioning student. They have a whole day inclusion with co teaching method. This helped wonderfully (only for HFA)for my son. he is picking up speech from his typical peers and no problems with acadamics as special education teacher is in the class room all the time.