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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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