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Hugh Mercer Elementary School

Public | K-2 | 835 students

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Posted April 1, 2014

Hugh Mercer is a good school. My child is in second grade, so this is our third year here. It is a big school population-wise- 900 children in three grades. think the administration does a good job of maintaining an organized learning environment. My child's first grade teacher was EXCELLENT! and her second grade teacher is awesome too. I am amazed at the material she is learning and the way they are presenting difficult concepts. Yes, there is too much testing, but I think that is just the way of the world at public schools these days. I have been VERY PLEASED with the teacher- student ratio. My daughter has 18 children in her class this year with an aide half of the day. They offer after school clubs in STEM and Chess among other things. Art teacher is creative. Music performances are always well done. PE teachers get kids excited about fitness. No school is perfect for every kid all of the time. If that is what you are trying to find...good luck. From my experience Hugh Mercer has been a positive, friendly, academic learning environment for my child. I have two more kids heading to school in the next few years and I am looking forward to sending them to HMES.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 18, 2014

This school is great! And to clarify comments about the NR rating these are based on State Standardized testing which doesn't start until the 3rd grade and HMES is only K-2nd. The City of Fredericksburg Public Schools are only one of 39 school divisions in the state of Virginia that has all of the schools fully accredited from K-12th! See for yourself before you judge. Meet the teachers, tour the schools. Make your own decisions.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 30, 2014

Hugh Mercer Elementary School. I loved my child's first and second grade teacher! Excellent in understanding his needs and discussing what should be done next. Great ADVOCATES for my child. Front office staff is rude and disrespectful. I have been told to take my conversation to the hallway, I am distracting. Well, who are you? Administrative staff is okay, but I don't like the disciplinarian. You can't threaten a child to be good and that's what they do with her.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 17, 2013

If you're thinking of moving to the City of Fredericksburg, don't, unless private school is an option. This school is absolutely horrible, especially the principal Mrs. Tankersley. The school is over populated and they are just going to keep building mobile trailers instead of a new school. I've also noticed that if you have the "right" last name you will get the best teachers. No one is friendly in the main office. It almost feels it's an inconvenience to be at the school. Poor management, plain and simple!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 29, 2013

I LOVE Hugh Mercer! My 3 children have all gone their (my youngest is still there going into first) We have had our children taught by 7 different teachers so far and they have all been FABULOUS! Our 2 older children scoured in the highest levels of the SOL''s when they got to 3rd grade, they loved their teachers, they went above and beyond to help my children whenever they needed it, I volunteered in their rooms at different points and was always happy to see the different activities they were doing, lots of hands on activities and positive reinforcement. Its a great school, my children have received a great education, learned a lot about character and being a good citizen and have had so many amazing activities and family nights. I could go on and on! please don't be swayed by other negative reviews, our children have been there over the past 6 years in total, and will be there for 2 more. Its been great and even when our middle son had some behavioral issues, I was so embarrassed and they were so kind and helpful, he pulled out of it with in 2 months because of their constant encouragement. Mrs. Tankersly the Principal is amazing, and available. Hugh Mercer is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 8, 2013

This school is absolutely horrible. The curriculum is less than mediocre, there is no one on one or special attention to children's individual needs, nor the chance of exploring different learning styles for needs of the children. I feel that aside from a select few, the staff is incompetent to do their job as a teacher/supervisory role. My son went there from kindergarten through second and I moved specifically so that he could have a chance at a better education and my youngest who is going into kindergarten this upcoming year wouldn't have to experience this poor excuse for a teaching facility. As of a couple of months ago they had a score on this site of a 3 out of 10... now they aren't even rated. They shouldn't be allowed to teach because the children aren't even getting a quality education when they fail this epically. Very disappointed with the school overall and the efforts made by the babysitters there, they certainly aren't worthy of being called teachers.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2013

I think this school is great. My oldest son went to the school and enjoyed every minute, he has moved on to another school. I currently have 2 children enrolled and they love their teachers. The staff is caring and positive. The classrooms are lively and encourage learning through fun activities. Great PTA events, Great field trips, Great communication. Teachers have telephones in the classroom and you can contact them anytime. They usually respond right away via phone or email. The school is clean and the playgrounds are nice. The classrooms have a couple of computers for interactive learning. The students are held to a high standard and are expected to show respect for their surroundings and their peers. I absolutely love this school, it is a pity we will be moving this summer, wish I could take this school with me. Perhaps the student/ teacher ratio is tad high, however the teachers show genuine care for the students. I never write reviews but I had to express what a wonderful experience my family has had there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 21, 2013

I love this school.Great teachers and staff.I wish the SOL would go away and they had more time for Art.Over all the school is excellent.

Posted March 20, 2013

My son in in Kindergarden and although I do not agree with SOL testing I can say that the teachers are very attentative as well as the staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 5, 2013

Excellent elementary school. We toured several of the local options for Kindergarten and were most impressed with Hugh Mercer. We are glad we enrolled our child here for Kindergarten as his teacher has always been attentive and caring. We are very satisfied with the progress our child has made. Several of the Kindergarten classes have newer interactive teaching equipment which began this year. The children are well-behaved and very disciplined. We have been very pleased with the level of education and the attention to detail. Everyone else in our neighborhood who sends their children to Hugh Mercer is also very happy with the quality of education. Rather than making a decision just based on online reviews, visit the school yourself and you will be equally impressed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2011

we just transferred 2 of our daughters from Conway Ele. And our experience with the admissions staff was less than pleasant...almost like we were bothering refused to let us walk our girls to their 1st day off class...nor give us their teachers names..and refused to give us any email contacts...we felt VERY apprehensive even leaving our children in their care and we are certainly looking at other options.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 22, 2011

This school has great teachers and a great administration. However, it is an inner-city school! My son went to Kindergarten there, and I would never send him back despite the fact that he had a wonderful teacher. All the kids are behind, and the parents just don't care. It is a typical Title 1 school that gets lots of funding and for families who don't appreciate any of it. I think my son was the only one who ever paid full price for lunch, too. PLEASE do your research. This school looks great on paper, but you don't want your child to come home from Kindergarten asking questions about why so-and-so's mom/dad stabbed their boyfriend/girlfriend. True story. :(
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2010

Huge disappointment. I've heard and read lovely things about this school, I wish had good things to say as well. But I don't. My daughter's kindergarten year has been one big disaster. She was given candy daily, no comments on the report cards or interim reports, she was sent home on the bus when she was supposed to stay for an after-school event, she was told she couldn't move the front of the class when she was having trouble seeing, they were told to "run wild" at field day, the list goes on and on. But to top it off, the class was told, (at an event where my husband was present) and I quote, "some kids need to learn from pier pressure and humiliation". I am appalled. Thank goodness the year is over. We will not be returning, and I will NEVER EVER recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2009

Hugh Mercer is a fabulous school. My daughter enjoys all her teachers, and especially enjoys her computer class.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 27, 2009

We moved here from Florida last summer and i was extrmely nervous about sending my son to a Public School as he had been going to a charte school which was much smaller. But from the first day that i went to register him the staff at Hugh Mercer made my son very comfortable which was one of the most important things to me... his comfort level. He is almost finished with second grade and it has been an exciting and rewarding year for the both of us. All the teachers are awesome and there is a fantastic PTA which i try to be as active as possibly in. BEcause of the foundation that Hugh Mercer has set for my son he is soooo looking forward to third grade and all the opportunities and new challenges that he will face. Kudos to the team at Hugh Mercer.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 26, 2006

Our daughter began at Hugh Mercer in Kindergarten and is presently in first grade. I went to a Catholic school for 14 years and was very nervous about a public school for my only sweet pea. We had only lived in Virginia for a year and that made it an even tougher decision. I chose Hugh Mercer because of their principal. I was comfortable from the moment I met Mrs. Tankersley. Her words to me after a wonderful tour were 'I am always a phone call away.' I new at that moment that it would not be a private school for our girl and I am happier every day with our decision. Trish Williams
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 2, 2004

My son has been at Hugh Mercer since the 1st grade and is now going to the 4th. Hugh Mercer is a wonderful school that has an outstanding staff of teachers and office personel that are loving and caring and always helpful. My family loves Hugh Mercer, we are looking forward to our 5 year old attending there in the fall!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2003

Student-Teacher ratio is closer to 18:1, vice what is posted on this site. Excellent overall quality & curriculum, however rapid growth in the Fredericksburg area is taxing school resources now.
—Submitted by a parent

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2100 Cowan Blvd
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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