One time when my son was being bullied I reported this to the guidance counselor who immediately took steps to work with the group of kids that was bullying him. The counselor ensured that all future communications between the kids and my son were of a positive nature. It's the responsibility of the parent to work with the guidance counselor to get positive outcomes for their children.
The IEP staff is a very caring and dedicated staff that works on strategies to help kids with disabilities learn. They respond to parents almost immediately and are available to discuss strategies on how to deal with kids disabilities at any time.
Recently a new principal was hired and she seems phenomenal thus far! The vice principal and all the staff are wonderful !!
The principal is hosting coffee hours with the parents on a quarterly basis. Currently the principal is working on many things including teaching the teachers strategies on how to raise test scores.
I am very proud of my daughter who is in the Spanish immersion program learning math and science. She spends two hours of every day in an intensive language environment and now both understands and speaks Spanish. It's a wonderful thing to know a second language. This school really supports an international environment and we are very proud to belong to Herndon Elementary.
My twins are in a variety of programs from Spanish immersion to STEM to music etc. etc. They get a wide variety of different topics and the teachers are all wonderful !! STEM, art, music and library are all once a week. Gym is 3 times a week. The twins' homeroom teachers are fabulous, very responsive and dedicated.
The school has good learning tools with Dreambox, MYON, Pebblego and all the other learning tools available on Blackboard. My twins are very task focused and complete their worksheets at school. If they ever bring a worksheet home we go over it together. Every parent is responsible to to understand what their child is learning and supplement where necessary. The Fairfax county libraries also have programs to help children with homework.
Not sure how to answer this because some teachers don't give homework. During the year homework was assigned it was generic homework that seemed designed for parents to teach our own children at home. The classes are so big that the material isn't fully covered in school. Worksheets came home partially started in class. The homework seemed to indicate teachers weren't paying attention to student skill level. When a topic isn't taught in class and you find yourself explaining it at the kitchen table ... then you start teaching your child at home and the child naturally gets ahead of the class. Once we got too far ahead, the problem got worse. In our first year at the school, even after we explained to one teacher that the homework was to basic, we were regularly scolded with hand written notes for not completing homework on topics that our child already knew by heart. For example, we told one teacher our child could calculate real change at the grocery store, and could count to 1000 so she didn't need to do busy work adding up pennies. Instead, we taught her how to program the variables on a robot instead. The teacher corrected us saying that it was "unlikely" she understood variables. Our child took the robot project to school for show and tell. The teacher was intrigued but continued to send home busy work. The following year - no homework at all! I suspect the teachers are so busy and frustrated with huge classes that they can't keep track. Maybe the ones that give homework just write notes on every unfinished sheet and send them back. If we threw the homework away, we noticed we didn't get scolding notes so that became our default if the homework was too easy. Another parent in that early class told me she was teaching her daughter some advanced skills at home and would just fill in the easy homework for her child because that was the best way to assure her child would be allowed to move forward without getting bored. One of my friends who was previously an elementary school teacher proudly told me that she gave the older child's homework to the younger son because she was teaching them both at home anyway. I joked that we were a homeschool family and the school provides free day care. Then, in later years the homework stopped coming home altogether! What's wrong with this picture? Is the school's approach to homework working? What approach?
Save yourself the pain we experienced. Don't move to this school district! There is no real diversity and the staff is so pre-occupied with feeding the struggling population that other children are ignored. Honestly, they are doing the right thing because it's basically a much needed soup kitchen. The result is that you must educate your own child. Our child's Kindergarten teacher (who was hired for her experience with struggling inner city kids) told us not to worry about our child's boredom in the 2nd month of school because he knew "enough to pass SOL's". She scolded him for raising his hand repeatedly and said he was "showing off" by writing sentences when most children were struggling to write single words or letters. He often came home crying and angry. They ignored our concerns about bullying for months until the bully (also a bright, bored child crying out for help) confessed in tears! We suggested one of our children needed to be challenged in math & science. They tested him and concluded "We aren't seeing the skills". They were teaching single digit addition in class but tested his multiplication skills and he got 1 out of 2 wrong! Really?? That's not an aptitude test. Professional testing later revealed he's "Exceptionally gifted". We switched to a private school in desperation and he progressed from 1st through 5th grade math & science in 6 months. Our other children made similar leaps in other subjects. How is it possible for this school's evaluations and curriculum to be so far off? I think H.E. is so overwhelmed with helping underperforming, hungry children that they don't have resources to handle the needs of other children. So, they advance a few children whose parents teach them at home and ignore the rest. This is bad news for children who speak another language at home. If our children were ALL ignored, those with language barriers have even less of a chance! The STEM lab is great but our children only visited once a month. The principle discourages afternoon clubs because "Most parents can't arrange transportation after school and it wouldn't be fair". When I asked why they weren't using technology or updating the website I was told "Our population doesn't have internet access". They've given up. Don't let your child be a victim! Positive reviews here might be an attempt to prevent declining property values. Check the ffx county scores!