We love Hearst. We spent a lot of time selecting trying to select the right school for our child, and Hearst is that school.
I don't think it's fair to judge a persons parenting skills just because they stated a teacher yelled at a student. This action by the teacher has nothing to do with a persons ability to parent but, how the teacher handles a sistuation. You can go above and beyond working with your child at home to the point of almost home schooling and sometimes sistuations still arise at school. So please don't be so quick to judge.I think the teachers at Hearst are doing a great job but, that may not be that parents experience .
I would like to respond to the parent who cited one of the teachers as ignoring or yelling at students by asking that parent to examine his or her parenting skills. Parents are their children's first and most influential teachers. Too often they are failing teach their children the importance of education and proper respect for teachers. I would ask this parent how much time he or she has spent reading to or with his or her child. Does your child see you reading? Do you develop your child's math skills by playing games, allowing the child to calculate prices in the grocery store, or to help you measure ingredients in the kitchen? Do your support your child's teacher? Do you supervise your child's homework? Do you make it clear that you will not tolerate disrespectful behavior in the classroom and that there will be consequences at home for such behavior? If the school recommends additional testing or counseling do you follow-up? Education is a partnership between parent and student. You cannot expect a teacher to do his or her job and yours. Most teachers are dedicated people who want the best for their students. Too often they receive little or no support from parents.
The teachers in the the special ed department are low in par, they seem to not connect with the children especially the counselor. Some of the teachers actually yell at there children or ignore them and tell them they wont learn anyway. I have witnessed this in Mr Atly's mathematics 3rd grade class many times first hand in shock. The DCPS is a challenging student base but that's why they need a patient teacher base. My son is currently attending and he also has MR Atly this 4th grade year. The over view of this school has been poor do to some of the teachers the staff and most of all the principle. Some of the side programs are good and have good teachers though.
I am the principal at Hearst Elementary.I never go to blogs, but someone brought this to my attention. I find the anonimity of a blog to be somewhat cowardly. I will be up front and tell you who I am. I feel compelled to respond and invite anyone to drop by on any day and visit our great school. (Specifically, visit our 3rd grade! Two amazing teachers!) Our environment is peaceful throughout the building. Our academic programming is challenging. Our teachers are dedicated. I won't comment on my own work. Rather, I invite you to come meet me and judge for yourself. I am far from perfect, but everything I do here is done with the 300 students and 50 staff members who show up every day in mind. Come check us out!
This school is not good at all, the school's principal is the main problem, then the third grade teachers are some of the worst I have ever seen. They handle the school loosely and the teachers scream at the children.
I feel very lucky that we were given the opportunity to enroll our son into Hearst. With this being his first year at Hearst in pre-k we already see the dedication and commitment the teachers have to their students. We absolutely love the environment and he enjoys going to school. & by far the most parental involved school I have seen. GO OWLS!!!!!!!!
HEARST Happy learners. Energetic parents. Awesome principal. Rigorous assignments. Supportive environment. Top-notch teachers. Need I say more?
Hearst is an excellent professional learning community established on a strong foundation. We, the parents, are so fortunate to have one another. Our current leadership leaves a bit to be desired, takes more than a guitar and some stars. However, we will overcome that next year as we pass that on to Prince William County. Let's look forward to new leadership!!!
One of the best-kept secrets in the area! Hearst is a vibrant community of students teachers and parents, and in the best sense functions as a family of sorts. Hearst boasts enrollment from all Wards of DC and is diverse in many ways. Our two children are in first and third grade and both are thriving. The teachers at Hearst are engaged and thoughtful and committed to the school. We feel lucky that we send our children to a school where all the teachers and many if not most of the parents know our children and each other. Note that Hearst has expanded to Pre-K to 5th grade, so students go directly to middle school after finishing elementary school and do not feed to a different elementary school.
Hearst is a little-known gem of a school in Cleveland Park. It has extremely small class sizes, two teachers for every class and an extremely engaged PTA. It's principal has created an environment that really rewards excellent learning and the students are embracing it! Our son has received very good individual attention that has helped him excel in math and reading beyond grade level. This is the kind of school you'd expect to find in small town but with all the access the city provides.
Our son is in pre-k. Fantastic school with incredible PTA, teachers and leadership. Couldn't be happier. I'll add that our son transitioned from a local private school.
I have had the opportunity to student teach at this school for the past year and have been fortunate to learn from such amazing teachers who are as intelligent as they are motivated to provide the highest quality of education to the public. The warm environment at Hearst fosters each student's cognitive, social and emotional development. I highly recommend this school to any parent who values their child's education and well being. A+ school!
This is a wonderful neighborhood school with a great sense of community. It's going to be even better after the building modernization and addition are completed.
Great school. Can seem rough around the edges due to its very close proximity to a $30K a year private school, but the teachers are tremendous. The school has a vibrant PTA that when combined with the active and energetic staff produces a close community that I am very happy to be part of. I am also impressed with the principal's use of Out of Boundary transfers to bring together a group of students from all over the city to create an environment where the students are learning about diversity in the most natural way.
This is my sons' first year in public school. It was a ruff start. I had to get to know my son's teacher and he had to get to know me. For the most part, Hearst is a grat school, with a great staff and a graet leader Mrs. Talley
The teachers make this school special. They are outstanding. This is the only public school in Washington, DC that gets NAEYC (http://www.naeyc.org) accreditation. Here are the school's test scores below in detail which this web site doesn't have uploaded for sum reason. In sum, in 2008, at least 87% of students were rated at least proficient in math and reading. Statistics below from No Child Left Behind -- http://nclb.osse.dc.gov/index.asp 2008 Reading: 56.52% Proficient, 30.43% Advanced, T=86.95% 2007 Reading: 46.67% Proficient, 13.33% Advanced, T=60.00% 2006 Reading: 57.14% Proficient, 4.76% Advanced, T=61.9 2008 Math: 47.83% Proficient, 39.13% Advanced, T=86.96 2007 Math: 33.33% Proficient, 26.67% Advanced, T=60.00 2006 Math: 33.33% Proficient, 14.29% Advanced, T=47.62
I have two son's that attend hearst, one is in kindergarten and the other is in the third grade. We have been extremely happy with the results from hearst. We love the diversity and the closenit family style approach that ooze with excitement during morning drop off.
My son has thrived at Hearst Elementary. This is a great, small school that reflects the best in the current trend toward small schools. It is truly a community of learners, with skilled and visionary teachers who have earned numerous awards, generous and concerned parent involvement, and a curriculum that puts student learning first. Hearst is a gem that reaffirms that young children *can* get a great education in DC public schools.
Great sense of community within a small, ethnically and income-diverse setting. First through third grade, enrollment of 160 - 180 children. Wonderful little historic building on beautiful grounds next to DC Recreation Center and park/playground.
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