My child has been at HMES for 3 years now and has an exceptional experience so far. The teacher's and staff most all know her by name, she has been individually pushed academically, and been introduced to many new experiences from after school clubs, to foods shared in the classroom by her peers. The school is a thriving and diverse Title 1 school who embraces it's diversity from encouraging parents to visit their child's class and explain their culture to the Multicultural Fair the host each year. The PTA works hard to promote and incorporate all parents, their fundraising efforts promote healthy lifestyles vs selling silly products, and their Care and Share committee works very hard with the community to support those families and students in need. Parents are encouraged to be a part of their child's school day in many ways-joining them for lunch, volunteering in the classroom, or chaperoning field trip. The STEM and gardening programs are fantastic, and the school is currently trying to get it's own level 4 AAP program in place. Currently under a 2-3 year renovation, I feel this school will be the true hidden gem of the West Po pyramid when all is said and done. Between the community support for the school and it's programs, the unique educational and extracurricular activities and the teachers and staff, HMES is a great school. People who comment on the school having kids with behavioral problems and/or bad teachers are looking for something that doesn't exist-perfection. Understand this is a title 1 school and what that involves. Every school has it's share of bad teachers and problematic kids. But looking at the whole picture, we are feel fortunate to have our child at HMES versus any other area school.
Again this is an area I am not as familiar with because I am not in the school, nor have we dealt with it first hand, but they do a lot of education around the topic of bullying and work on the areas of respect and appropriateness with the student, so I would hope these translate into effectively dealing with bullying.
There are many resource teachers in the school. Being a Title 1 school, many kids do not have English as their first language, nor do they enter kindergarten with a strong academic start. Teachers and support staff work very hard to get these children up to speed with their peers. The school is also considering adding an in house Level 4 AAP program to the school beginning next year.
We have yet to encounter a teacher who has not worked hard to challenge all students in their class to work at or above their grade level. They have kids with academic, behavioral and personal needs that all greatly vary. But thus far, they have met each child's need, and where appropriate, pushed them beyond to succeed.
Very unprofessional , disrespectful and rude office administration. I am new to the area, and have found the lack of professionalism at handling my students transfer is appalling. My disabled child has been treated like dirt.