Wow, the teachers at this school are definitely one-of-a-kind. I am always amazed as I enter the building and see so many children that speak many different languages and come from very different backgrounds all respected, valued and given a top-notch education. My daughter is in a melting pot classroom of 22 3rd graders from students that just came to our country, to students that have lived in Herndon their entire lives. The teacher is able to teach each child in math and reading at each students' level. My daughter is a strong reader, however, struggles in math. Her teacher has helped her to gain confidence in numbers and her reading level went up 2 levels and it's only October! I'm very impressed with this school.
Hutchison is a great school with a highly qualified and dedicated teaching staff. Yes, last year there was an outbreak of lice, but that happens at every school. I have one child that went there (now in 7th) a 4th grader and a 1st grader. Each teacher the kids had always went above and beyond to reach each child. They have many programs at the school from remediation to enrichment. My children have developed wonderful friendships and acceptance of many cultures. We love the Hutchison community.
Horrible lice problem! My daughter basically had it from April through to end of the year, despite me getting rid of it numerous times, hundreds of dollars on shampoo, Robi comb, and had to pay a professional "Lice Lady" to help get rid of it after I (single mom) got it from the kid. UGH! Besides the hygiene issues, my kids were teased and made fun of for SPEAKING ENGLISH and being "different." My 3rd grader never brought home homework, always had a great report card, and then failed her SOLs. SO glad to be moving and getting my kids OUT of this horrible school.
The education is sub par at best. The lice problem is out of control. My daughter came home with lice 4 times this year alone. We had to buy special shampoo that helped prevent lice. She brought home report cards with grades in outstanding achieve but less then outstanding in effort. If my daughter has to put forth no effort to achieve outstanding, I think that may be something the school should be concerned with. She was in the first grade this past year. She brought home a homework packet every week and one of the pages was 100 squares that she had to put numbers 1-100 in. She got it on the first try. Were there other students that couldn't count by the end of the first grade? The homework packet was supposed to be for the whole week and she would finish everything in about a half hour. None of the school could agree on the schedules and they were quick to reprimand the parents if you followed the wrong staff members instructions. The principal... don't even know how the principal was.
On a surprise visit to special education class. We were disappointed to see class teacher just relaxing in one corner and substitude was yawning. Children lying on the floor, another was sitting by folding his legs on the chair,hiding head in both knee. This incident was brought to the knowledge of young asst. Principal. God alone knows, what action was taken. You can imagine yourself and rate this school yourself. This may not be the only one incidence.//////////
There are very few teachers, they who do not want to give feed back to parents, even you send e-mails. They never reply. But they make big pump and show in class to advertise themselves and to impress the parents. They hide their weakness through out the year. Their capabilities are finally exposed in the children report cards. Teacher left the school for other country.
This is a great school. I have been a student of fcps, parent of students in the school system and an employee of fcps. In all my years and experience with fcps' many schools, this school is the one that has made the best impression on me. It has wonderful caring teachers, administrators and counselors. The children love the school and want to come to school. There are no status quo at this school and everyone is equal and accepted. My children loved this school far better than the other fcps schools that are regarded as better and higher ranking. My child's last school which had a ranking of '10' on your scale was a miserable experience for my children. Test scores and uppity neighborhoods do not make a school good. Yes, Hutchison does need to work on its ability to communicate and work with the non-english speaking parents.
My son is going to Kindergarden this year. I am so excited for him, he has learned so much. Every day he comes home with something new he has learn. The teachers are caring, patient, and very knowledgable. He is doing great with reading and math is advance for a kindergardener.
Hutchinson elementary school is a great school and most importantly the quality of teachers they have for Kindergarten through the second grades are superb.
My youngest child is finishing at Hutchison. I have had 3 children go through the school from Kindergarten through sixth grade. One is in college, one in High School and my last is a sixth grader at Hutchison. All three are honor students. This school has given them an excellent academic base to build upon. The most important thing this school has done is to teach my children tolerance. They are able to accept all people because they have gone to school with such a diverse population. I am so happy for this experience. The teachers are caring and involved. The principal and support staff are fantastic. I feel so lucky to have been involved with this school. Sometimes it is difficult to get parents involved in the PTA. When they do get involved and see what a great school it is, they are committed!
I believe this school has the potential to be a great school if the teachers and parents would improve on communication. The primary focus of this school is to try meet the SOL less about trying to exceed the SOL. Unfortunately, parents are not involved in this school and this is due to parents and teachers inability to communicate effectively. The current condition of the school is in disarray due to the renovation being done in and outside of the school. There are some exceptional teachers in this school but there are also teachers in this school that lack the energy and drive to get he most out of a child. My personal opinion of the principal is that she is more of a politician and less of a principal.
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