I love this school . My son is in the third grade and I've had nothing but good experiences. The teachers are involved the principal as well. They work with the kids and they are truly committed to helping them excel in learning. His teachers make sure that I'm aware of everything that goes on with him and they go above and beyond and it's truly appreciated. I would definitely recommend this school.
I am a parent of a kindergartner this year 2013, and was very anxious to send my child to our neighborhood school because I had heard and read negative things about the school online. My experience has been the complete opposite of everything I've heard. The teachers and staff are warm, welcoming, and deeply committed to creating a strong learning community. The student body is diverse, representing a wide cross-section of the families who live and work in Newport News. The principal and assistant principal mr. Hochman and Mrs. Smith are dynamic, involved, and motivating. This school is a neighborhood gem!!!
Hidenwood is a really great school. One of the things we love best about Hidenwood is that it feels like a place where everyone knows who you are. The staff and teachers are all wonderful and are really invested in the kids' success. Great school- no idea why the ratings on here are so low! Part of the challenge in the Newport News school system is that kids are still bused in from parts of the city that are relatively far away from the school itself. The Parent Involvement team is really active in getting all parents involved. We love Hidenwood!
My daughter attended HIdenwood for the 2012/2013 school year as a kindergartner in Mrs. Powell's class and I was thrilled with her whole experience..Mrs. powell and the wonderful principal Mr. Hochman both called me personally on seperate occasions if there was good news (improved reading test scores for my daughter)or concerns (my daughter did have a rough day which landed her talking to Mr. Hochman about correct behavior,which I appreciated)the staff at the school is always kind and friendly and the children for the most part all look well behaved in hallways,cafeteria,etc there were plenty of opportunities for parents to participate in activities as well..I should add my daughter did not attend any preschool and was nervous about starting school but she loved her first year at Hidenwood,can't say enough good things.
This school continues to improve under strong leadership. I notice people don't post comments on here very often and some of the reviews are very old. The school continues to stress rigorous expectations for all students and encourage parent involvement. The atmosphere is welcoming and the staff collaborative.
The experience you have at Hidenwood is completely determined by which teachers you are assigned. In one classroom my son's teacher communicated and things went very well. The next year, things went so poorly we left mid-year. Administration did not even ask why. For the money, you can probably find a better program.