September 03, 2015
Our son attended Hargrave for the Summer Camp of 2015. Last school year our son had problems with missing assignments, lack of study habits, lack of focus and motivation. We researched Hargrave online and thought it was a great fit for him - the Learn to Study program, the strict routine, the watchful eye of staff, the selection of classes, and learning leadership skills. We were nervous as this was 1/2 way across the country for us and also very expensive. We had high hopes.
We are disappointed in what happened in reality:
1-Lack of communication from staff regarding a hole in the wall that my son supposedly caused. We heard nothing from staff about this, but the information came from our son. I e-mailed several times after the camp, and always got the “we forwarded your e-mail and someone will get back to you”. It’s been 5 weeks now since I started my inquiry, and they STILL have not gotten back to me.
2- Lack of any communication regarding catching our son smoking. We were never notified that our 14 year old son was caught smoking and had 3 days of discipline. We only found out after looking at his emails after the camp was done.
3 – We were told that e-mail usage was monitored closely. Be aware that this is only the hargrave-issued e-mail. Not a google or yahoo e-mail. We had reported our son e-mailing during study hall with his gmail to a teacher during the middle of camp. We thought after reporting it, it would be rectified. But the e-mailing just got worse after that, including him e-mailing during class.
4 – We had problems getting our allowance and security deposit back. They wanted to charge us a $25 stop check fee to re-issue a check that we never received in the mail.
5 - Not knowing at this point what else happened with our son that we were never notified about?
At this point, we deeply regret sending our son to Hargrave for summer school. We thought this was going to be a positive experience for him. We thought it was going to teach him discipline and regimented studying habits. Frankly, we feel he took several steps back in these areas and in general. I would say that this is NOT for kids who just need motivation, better study habits, more focus. If you have a kid that needs motivation, better study habits, etc, try to find help elsewhere – this is NOT the place for it.
- submitted by a parent