My son, who is in 4th grade has been at Patrick Henry since Kindergarten. I've noticed many drastic changes in the school since Mrs. Bynum has been principal, and overall I am very pleased. Almost all of my son's teachers have been very dedicated to my son's learning and overall well-being. Even the school's administrators are excellent. Mrs. Bynum, is very engaged and knows most of the students by name. Down to the cafeteria staff, I always get the feeling that my children are cared for while at school. Most recently, I received a call from my son's teacher because the cafeteria staff were concerned because my son wasn't always making healthy food choices on days I didn't pack his lunch (e.g., he would only eat whatever snacks they had that day). My daughter just started Pre-K at Patrick Henry, and her teachers are no less dedicated to her overall well-being. For a public school, I must say that I am very impressed. The school is very diverse and many of the staff members make an effort to learn and speak other languages so that they can better communicate with parents who aren't native english speakers. There are also a lot of after school events during the year, such as literacy and math nights, family dances, family movie nights, etc. Overall, I am very pleased with Patrick Henry and its staff.
The staff and teachers are nice,however, I feel that my 2nd grader was not challenged at all. He came home with 1 page math homework of 2+2 and 4+4.... he did this when he was in Kinder. I feel that the school did the very minimum requirement to teach our kids and our kids miss out on a lot. At home my 8 yr. 2nd grader was doing 2 digit multiplications where at school he was doing 2+2. Aside from this, the school was low average.
Our daughter is in the preschool program.. We LOVE it!!!! Her teacher and teachers aid are amazing. They are so patient and kind. The student to teacher ratio seems manageable as well. We have been so impressed with her growth and improvement. We think the principal is wonderful as is her entire staff. Something else we have LOVED is the diversity of the school. Im not sure of the exact number but over 25 countries are represented. What a wonderful way to live what we believe... Our child is getting to know children from all around the world. We absolutely recommend Patrick Henry.
The Patrick Henry ES staff are very dedicated, professional, hard working and approachable. The test scores have improved considerably since the new Principal is in charge. They keep parents informed and involved in all aspects. So far it has been a great experience for my child.
Patrick Henry has made major changes to our school since Mrs. Bynum took over. Most of our children are reading above grade level and I can speak for both of my kids they love to read and love books. Their test scores have improve greatly and they really enjoy their school. The teachers take the time to know the parents and don't hesitate to call or email if there is some concerns. Our test scores are not what is listed here and not sure what it takes to update but these scores are not correct. I wish I could attach the correct scores. I love that all the administrative takes the time to get to know you and know your name as soon you walk in the door. They keep you involve in all aspect of the school process and testing. The school is much better than what it use to be and each year is improving. They have tutors if children are behind and need assistance. The teachers stay late if a student needs help and if not they will email you and work with you. PH is an up and coming school which will soon be a Pre-k through 8 grade school making it more of a family for the children and easier for them to transition to High School.
Patrick Henry Elementary School is an incredibly diverse school and you see people who care about what they are doing and kids that want to learn. The school is in the process of planning for a replacement and making it a Pre-K to 8th school which will allow kids to keep the small school feel until High School. I wish the School Board would push this project instead of dragging it out for so many years.
My daughter has started 4th grade in this school and although I must admit, I was not impressed at all with the previous review on this school; Ms. Miller has been a fabulous teacher I don't think my daughter could be in better hands, the people in the TAG program have been very supportive in helping with the process for my daughter to get in the program. The school definitely needs some improvements but of course we cannot expect the school to do miracles if our kids don't have the right attitude "remember a good foundation starts at home" People always blame the schools but us as parents also need to take more responsibility on how we're raising our kids.
My daughter just started Kindergarten at Patrick Henry. Clearly the school has challenges it still needs to overcome, but the new Principal is excellent, the teachers seem wonderful and everyone is making a tremendous effort to improve the school. And I love the diversity! So far my daughter is really enjoying Patrick Henry.