this is our first and last year at Halley. Due to the list I have I will just list the issues I have come across or encountered. Bullying for months, lack of control in the classroom, kids that have attitudes pulling their pants down to ahow their shirts underneath( this is elementary school, dress codes for a reason. The office and SACC administration is great. I have not been happy with the school, and I think that when a child is depressed about school this young, and prays that certain students don't come to school. Their is a problem. Should I mention that the school counselor never attended to a student in need even at the request of a parent. How about a child who has now been slated with a disability has been overlooked all year ( until February) and her teacher sits on the panel for determining ....
We've been at Halley for 4 years. The school has a very diverse population of children which I appreciate because that is a reflection of how our world operates today. A lot is dependent on the teacher and that's where Halley could improve by introducing strict processes and therefore reducing the variance from teacher to teacher. The school offers a local level IV advanced program, which is very convenient for parents. It's a community school and I appreciate the love and effort the teachers, the staff, and the parents put into making our community better, and our children better.
Halley Elementary is a first rate school. We feel extremely fortunate that our children are able to attend this school. The teachers and administration are wonderful. There is a certain population of students who do not score well on standardized tests which impacts the Great Schools rating here, but in no way reflects the education and attention that each and every Halley student receives.
Halley is a wonderful school with a strong academic program, a dedicated staff, a strong PTO, a diverse population, and beautiful facility. The GS rating does not do justice to Halley. The principle is outstanding and the teachers are 1st rate. Unfortunately, standardized testing scores take a hit for a variety of reasons. which the principle is more than willing to discuss. Here's what great schools doesn't tell you: WHES Problem Solvers have competed at the international level for the last two years, the AAP program is strong, the principle is excellent at balancing the needs between disadvantaged and regular students so that no one is left behind or slowed down in their learning progress, every student has access to STEM class, parents are always welcome in the school and the teachers are superb at adapting to each student s needs and finding new ways to challenge and educate them. No matter what school you select in the end your ability to parent is going to be the biggest factor in your child's success. You will not regret having your child attend WHES.
The GreatSchools Rating does not correctly reflect the academic level of this school. This school has special education classes which tends to bring down the overall standard test scores but, general classes do very well.
This is an amazing school, my two kids studied there and we are so happy that they belonged to this school. Teachers, staff and all the organization is so good, it has been a very good experience having our kids there.
Poor comminication from school, no attention from teachers. It's our second year and really disappointed so far. If you have that choice, consider going to one of AP schools in the area. The difference is huge in our experience.