A hidden gem in DCPS. It's small size and committed staff means everyone knows your child. Both the administration and the teachers are very involved in making your child's education their top priority. Administration is outside the school both before and after to both greet your child and see them off safely at the end of the day. The classes are engaging and my child is truly happy and has developed a strong work ethic which has surprised me a bit. There are 8 periods a day (as opposed to 7 at Deal) which allows for the chance to try electives like art, computer design, foreign language and more. There is PE each and every day as well as time to play outside after lunch (recess) which is still essential for most middle school students. New this year is a once per week special elective called "talon time" for Hardy hawks . Creative writing, team-building and many other options for this multi-grade activity. I have been very impressed with Principal Pride and her staff. I am thrilled my child goes to Hardy.
Ms. Hester has been at Hardy for years. She heads the athletic department but is also so very committed to each and every student's well being. She is outside the school each morning to greet your child. She knows middle schoolers. I hope she doesn't retire soon.
Homework can range from 30 minutes a night to 3 hours. Some of it depends on how well your student can manager their time. Work is often given a week out which means if left to the last minute, it will take hours. Math is more of a daily assignment and science is more project or packet based.
This is a challenge in many schools. I think it is on their radar. Their choice of electives called talon time that run once per week (on a rotating schedule so the kids don't miss the same class each week) has the students working together in small groups on interesting topics. There are also some small groups to support kids to help them develop appropriate social skills to resolve conflicts. There are some random afterschool clubs like cartoon club where kids can watch cartoons while getting their homework done. They are trying, just not there yet.
Very clear and fair discipline policy. They are not understaffed so they can easily support students in challenging situations that can arise. Students are graded at least weekly in homework, class participation and quizzes.
I go to this school and it is the best. It is also easy for me I had straight A's only one B in the whole school year. It is about 60% blacks 5% whites 30% hispanic 5% other. What it can improve of is flexible and nice teachers. That is my opinion. Grrrrrrreeeeeeeaaaaaaattttttt school
This school was actually put on my radar when the DCPS central office tried unsuccessfully to meddle with the program. While it was unfortunate that the school community suffered leadership upheaval, in the end it gained a great leader in the current principal. After some investigation, we decided as a family to transfer our child from one of the more successful schools in town to Hardy, and it's the best decision we've made in a while. My child is engaged and challenged in a way I suspected he wasn't before. The teachers are energetic and bright. There's a strong parent organization. Class sizes are small and the school has a very warm and cozy feel. Hardy has a new school-wide program designed to address the needs of its most academically advanced students and offer enrichment to those who could be identified as gifted. I can't really ask for much more from a middle school. Hardy is a hidden gem.
Hardy has transformed itself in the past few years. They now have an amazing building with the addition of experienced teachers and supportive leadership. If you're looking for an option other than Deal, please do look at Hardy. You'll find bright, vibrant classrooms filled with students from all parts of DC being taught by true professionals. There are lots of sports, and after school options and the added benefit of the music and arts program. Check it out!