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PK-5
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Charleston, WV
Students enrolled: 237
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1505 Hampton Rd
Charleston, WV 25314

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(304) 348-1906
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February 16, 2015
I'm happy with the choice we made to bring our little ones to school here. The teachers have been most helpful in their transition into this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2015
Holz has an emphasis on healthy habits for students. They have a running club, pack a snack challenge, exercise challenge, hiking trail challenge, chess club,and kangaroo club (Rope jumping), The staff are very professional and have the student's best interest in the for front. Academics are emphasized at all levels of student function.

- submitted by a teacher
February 11, 2015
Working at Holz has been one of the best experiences of my professional career. Despite some of the challenges we face at this school and education in general, the staff works together to seek the best strategies and resources for our students. Our school is full of involved parents who do anything they can to promote student success. Students are offered the opportunity to participate in after-school tutoring, chess club, and several activities that promote health and wellness. Overall, Holz is the school many only dream about finding.

- submitted by a teacher
February 11, 2015
Holz is the most outstanding school I have had the privilege to serve in 40 years as an educator in schools across the country. The depth of dedication to teaching and learning is truly amazing. All staff are committed to the care and nurturing of the children who enter our school, from cooks and custodians to volunteers. We have amazing community involvement and support that enables us to enrich the lives of our students and guide them to reach their potential. After my first year at Holz, a parent asked what I noticed that was different from other schools. My reply was immediate, the children are so happy and eager to learn! In addition, their compassion for others is remarkable.

- submitted by a teacher
February 10, 2015
We moved our children to Holz from a local private school. At the time our oldest son was in third grade, and our youngest in first. We have now had four children in the school. Holz is an excellent school. Parent involvement is encouraged, and supported by the administration. One great benefit that we have seen is that the teachers are very honest about our children's achievement and progress. The information that they provided has given us the tools to support our children's needs. Holz is a great community school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2015
Caring teachers, professional administration, and very active parents make this a great school. Superb gifted program. The After-school tutoring program is very popular, as is the after-school chess club. A lack of support from the state/county presents challenges, which this school overcomes impressively. My children leap out of the car every morning at drop-off.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2015
I have been very please with Holz Elementary school! I have had one child complete elementary and currently have my second child going through the school. Both of my children have had wonderful teachers. My child has required Extra services and it was a smooth transition. I think the speech, reading, and resource teacher are wonderful at what they do. They work together to make it easier for parents. I also wanted to mention outdoor classroom. This field trip sets Holz above the rest. This experience can not be replaced! I highly recommend Holz to any family searching for a new school.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2015
Holz Elementary School has provided a pleasant experience for our family for the last 4 years. My daughter has enjoyed each of her classroom teachers for the unique skills they bring to the classroom. The school offers many extracurricular activities such as running club, chess club and in the past they've offered Spanish club. The Wellness Committee also offers several fun and healthy challenges throughout the year - 5 a Day Challenge, Healthy Snack Class Competition, Holz Fitness Challenge. The school also rewards reading achievements with an Accelerated Reading party for students who achieve their reading goal. The school is a small community that allows children to thrive and get to know students in all grades. The Holz Annual Talent Show is a great example of the comfort and support level that Holz students provide to each other. The parent involvement in the school is another excellent benefit of Holz Elementary. The teachers, staff and parents are all supporting the academic involvement and achievements of the students. I would highly recommend this lovely neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2015
My son attended Holz from first grade to fifth grade. We were very pleased with his education. I volunteered to help students with reading and was welcomed into the class. I was impressed with how the teachers kept a good balance between freedom and structure in the classroom. I especially liked Outdoor Classroom, the Accelerated Reader Program and the student performances. When I was not happy with how one of the teachers was teaching, my concerns were immediately addressed by the principal. That teacher has since retired. I would highly recommend Holz Elementary to anyone. I think the teachers at Holz care about the students and are serious about educating our children.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2015
From 2007-current, my family has had the opportunity to experience this wonderful school. Two of my children have completed their elementary education here, and my third is currently in 4th grade. Ms. Simon, the principal, is very responsive. All of the teachers my children have had are excellent! They are very dedicated and welcome parents volunteering in their classrooms. My daughter has had excellent results after Ann Morris, the speech therapist, worked with her over three years. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Holz is a wonderful school. The teachers for the most part are caring and loving and prepare them for John Adams. It's funny how parents will bash teachers and the "clan" like VOLUNTEERS in earlier reviews. Per usual, staff and clan like moms all disrespected despite all the hard work and effort that goes into involvement in a public elementary. I'm not saying it is perfect, but that's a very hard goal to achieve. Hope our teachers know that most of us love and appreciate all they do in preparing our children for the next level of education. As far as test scores go, I'd like the parents to sit down and take a standardized test like that and see how their scores come back.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2013
My child is in Ms. Hovis's second grade class. She is a VERY involved teacher, who takes her job seriously. The kids all love her, because she is friendly, fun and seems to enjoy what she does. I have never heard a teacher scream at a child or use poor grammar, and I believe the teachers dress for their jobs. They are teachers not business professionals. This is a great school with a great staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2012
It is very sad that our children must go to this school- a BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL????? I have no respect for the Blue Ribbon process. The teachers are unprofessional, use poor grammar, scream at the children, dress unprofessionally, have poor working habits, very poor teaching techniques and overall poor teachers. It is such a shame to put our darling children in these schools. If you have a choice do NOT send your child to this school...but then again, where do you go. The private schools are not much better.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
Extreme clan like behaviour exhibited by the staff and Mothers. Our family moved here because of my Husband's Gov. job. We were shocked by the sad difference in education of a supposed blue ribbon school and the inner city school my children attended prior. We much prefered the curriculum of the school my children attended before Holtz. I hope that my review stays on this site, as it has been removed a month ago, and I am hoping that our pain will give guidence for other parents gong through similar situations at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2011
MY GOSH.... Just read the test scores...that says it all. SOMETHING needs to be done. Do these educators NOT get it?

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
I moved from another state and it cannot touch our previous experience. Check the TEST SCORES on this site to see how well this school is doing. HORRIBLE!

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2011
My daughter is in 2nd grade and has attend Holz since kindergarten. Her K teacher, Julie Wisecup was excellent, as was her 1st grade teacher, Rachel Sweet. Her 2nd grade teacher, Tammy Hovis is also excellent. The do all sorts of Art projects and Music. She is on the A honor roll, what more could I ask for. Every employee of this school is great from the custodians to the cooks to the teachers to the principal. She loves her school. the PTA does everything they can to help the school. To the ones that have complained about fund raisers & such, the school only gets like $5 per kid per year for everything they need. If more parents would volunteer to come in & do crafts & things with the classes they would do more. The teachers have to teach certain things by the end of the year if not,they get in trouble so they do what they have to do. My daughter is in speech therapy, which is another "special" thing that they have for the kids and it has really helped her. She has friends from every part of the school district, South Hills and Loudendale and all the kids are treated equally. this is the 3rd elem. school that I have been invovled at & is be far the best! Dawn Taylor

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2010
My children have each had excellent experiences Holz Elementary. All schools have issues, but this is one of the best you will find. I was once a teacher and I know a bit about how these places are run -- blame the school board and/or KCS administration -- not the teachers or the principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
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no rating March 06, 2009
This is a fantastic school! Mrs. Daniels who teaches 1st grade is incredible. Her goals are high and her patience is as well. My child started off struggling and now is striving. They are a little strict on sugar but other than that it's a great school. The staff knows your children and truely care for them. I can't say enough good things!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
I've read all the parents' comments...some with good reviews and some not complimentary of the school and the teaching staff. I think it's very difficult to accurately judge a school simply by assuming that one curriculum or style of teaching is the answer to every child's short-comings. There are too many variables and too many theories on why one child is thriving and the other struggling. The only true merit of measure whether a school is meeting all the requirements to be recognized as 'good' is its product. I know that Holz is producing more 'ready' children to the next level rather than the contrary as some of the parents are saying. My wife and I are extremely satisfied with the leadership, the curriculum and appreciative of the time and effort that each teacher provide for our children. This after researching each school in the District after moving from Pittsburgh.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
The kids sit all day while the teachers lecture. This is not a great learning environment. I always learned in school that children should have INTERACTION, not lecture. Dictatorship with the PTA. Principal leaves a great deal to be desired. NO stars for this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2007
The teachers are obviously not happy. How can you teach little children and be so unhappy? Look at the dress code - jeans and a sweat shirt at parent programs. I cannot wait to get my little girl out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
We have chosen this school over leading private schools in the area. Why? It is a caring environment for our child. Our child's teacher (J. Wisecup) is excellent. The PTA provides afterschool enrichment programs free or at low cost to our students- spanish, chess, math clubs. In addition, teachers frequently attend school sponsored events such as carinvals to mix and meet parents and students in an informal environment. As for fundraising, the PTA asks for donations of any amount from parents instead of sending fundraisers home from school every month.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
As a parent of three that attend Holz, and a transfer from another Charelston school, HOLZ is one of the Best!!! As we could all agree no system is perfect.. The curriculaim is a mandate from the County so for those parents complaining have you went to a PTA or LSIC meeting? I am the current 2006 /2007 PTA President and this year we have offered 3 different after school clubs, we have had 2 family nights. I believe that it takes the parent and the teachers to make a great school. The teachers that my childern have had are very caring and they differntly go out of their way for the kids. Monica Mawyer

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2006
I'm very pleased with the school and how caring the teachers are. Our second grade teacher, Tammy Hovis, went above and beyond the call of duty and attended little league basketball games and baseball games. I would recommend the school to any young family looking for an active PTO and challenging classroom environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
It is clear that those expressing negatives spend very little time at the school and do not involve themselves in the school's activities. First, Holz stresses academics for a reason. Schools are designed to provide the students with a solid education. Second, the school communicates frequently through papers sent home with the children in their backpacks. Third, parents have ample opportunities to participate in school activities. The PTO is constantly looking for volunteers to help with school ctivities that do not involve fundraising. The principal and teachers are highly motivated and have worked hard to increase academic performance and provide assistance to those students having problems. The PTO also sponsors several initiatives to help students with academic problems. This is a solid school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
My child goes to Holz and I am very involved in this school. Our family's experience has been very good. My child gets love, support and a great education. All of her teachers have been loving and kind to her and she has learned to read, learned her math facts and made many friends. Our principal is a fair and kind woman. It hurts me to read the comments on here, because with respect, I could not disagree more. Sometimes people write things on the internet that amaze me. Holz is a special and wonderful school. Blake, Holz PTO President.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2006
Holz is one of the finest elementary schools I have ever seen, from the principal to the academics offered to the level of parent involvement. I have lived in 2 other states where the schools are said to be top quality. My children have received such a better educational experience at Holz than at either of the others, and one was a private school in a major city. My children are finally learning the basics they will need in higher level courses in secondary schools and in college. Not only that, but the fine arts offered here greatly surpass my expectations. The principal is actively involved in the life of the school, offering positive, strong, no-nonsense leadership to the faculty, the students, and the parents. I could not be more pleased with my children's school, and I highly recommend Holz to anyone coming into Charleston.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
I definately agree with negatives posted. This is one of the wealthiest areas of West Virginia. Parents believe in education, but they expect too little from this school. 1. Observe the discipline techniques by teachers - they are not the most effective (grabbing out of children's hands, yelling, etc.) The curriculum seems to be 'drill and kill'. Little time spent on the arts- no presentations where children have the opportunity to 'present' programs and be on stage. Art is patterned and plenty of busy work, drill sheets and coloring sheets. The teachers do not seem friendly. Very few happy smiles and seemingly enjoyment for the job. They do not greet the children joyfully- and seem to lack iniative and creativity.The pricipal is not open to comments and suggestions by parents. Overall, it is not a great school like it is drummed up to be. Blue ribbon in 1993. This is 2006!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
very good gifted program teacher, strong PTA, small class sizes, onsite music teacher, art instruction and exposure to foeign languages. over all probably one of the best elementary schools in the state.

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December 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
My last kid is in this school. I cannot wait to get her out. The teachers read their curriculum. There is no personbality and not an obvious love for teaching. It is sad. I also do not care for the principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
One of the top public elementary schools in Charleston. Very active PTO and teachers who take a great interest in their students. I have four children who will have passed though this school. The school just recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Parents and PTO support music and arts education in face of lack of financila support from County Board of Education.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
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With a strong teacher retention rate, Holz boasts a fully certified professional staff, 66% of whom have earned master level degrees and higher. Holz is located within the GWHS attendance area, which is one of the highest rated secondary schools in WV with a 92% graduation rate and the most Advanced Placement college preparatory program offerings in the area. Nestled in one of the oldest and most popular neighborhoods of Charleston's South Hills, Holz provides an excellent community school.

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Holz Elementary School
1505 Hampton Rd, Charleston, WV  25314
(304) 348-1906
Last modified Holz Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Holz Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top