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Madison, WI
Students enrolled: 395

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4747 Waukesha Street
Madison, WI 53705

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(608) 204-4804
(608) 204-0419
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Map of Van Hise Elementary School address.
Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
July 28, 2015
The teachers at this school are burned out, unhappy and yell at kids. The teachers that are good, are few and far between. The building is not conducive to learning, it is overcrowded.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2015
Teachers are burned out. The building is not conducive to learning. The principal is very defensive and unable to create a growth oriented environment. The student make-up has changed with school choice and there are students from bad areas that bring a very poor attitude to the school. VH used to be a good school, but things have changed for the worse.

- submitted by a parent

July 20, 2015
Felt a sense of community at this school. The principal was very involved and teachers were compassionate. My children wanted to participate in school related events and when I attended school ice cream socials and school carnivals, I begin to appreciate the school. The only thing I wish they could change/improve is the drop-off, pick-up system. Before and after school can be a complete zoo! My children have a diverse group of friends and attending VHE has given them broad cultural knowledge. My sons and I are African American. I appreciated there being a wide range of races and backgrounds at this school. You won't find it at many schools in Madison.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 20, 2015
My son was a "difficult" child in a sense. I guess you could say that he didn't fit into the "mold" as some would say. With the help and collaboration with the teachers, volunteers and principal, we developed plans to help him succeed in school. I appreciated it very much! There was constant communication and I felt very good about my child attending Van Hise. I have another child that was older and attended Van Hise and was a "normal" kid. He enjoyed the students and staff. Overall I think that my children had great experiences at Van Hise. I have to disagree with some of the parents on here that spoke negatively about VHE. I really felt a sense of community here and made lifelong friends. My son now attends a different school and misses VHE very much. The principal and several teachers have contacted me to see how my sons were doing and I feel that they genuinely care about my children. We've moved around and I'm from Madison and we've attended several schools in MMSD. I can say that VHE is the best school we've been to.

- submitted by a parent

June 14, 2015
This school has a great reputation in the area; however, I was extremely disappointed with the low quality of teaching staff, low quality building, unprofessional staff and school bullying that was going unnoticed. Don't let the test scores of the school fool you. This school draws an academically inclined study body of local university professors, medical doctors, and other professionals that have children that are academically inclined. However, if your child has additional learning needs, this school is unable to provide a free and appropriate education. They have a "one size fits all" mentality that does not meet the needs of individual students. If you ask questions of staff or the leadership, they become extremely defensive and are unable to be objective about making changes. The staff personalize any type of feedback and are not able to use feedback as a learning opportunity to grow and change. They retaliate against your child if you disagree with their methods. I did a surprise visit one day and found that there was an extremely hostile environment towards certain kids and the teaching staff were "unaware" of the horrible environment. They did not address bullying nor find a way to keep all kids included. The grounds around the school are beautiful. However, the school is overcrowded. This school needs a complete overall.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Not enough
June 14, 2015
Teachers have never assigned homework and send home an email with a blanket statement, read for 15 minutes per day. There is no individualization to the teaching and learning.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Disagree
June 14, 2015
They allow students to bully and don't allow those that are being bullied to defend themselves.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Disagree
June 14, 2015
No, I hear teachers yelling at students and showing no compassion. This is not acceptable.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Disagree
June 14, 2015
There was favoritism and bias against or for certain students. Staff was not able to use feedback to make changes or be open to changed. This is a very closed system and very rigid.

- submitted by a parent

May 13, 2015
We have been a Van Hise family for years and have had a great experience. The teachers are incredible, dedicated people who I feel genuinely care about my children reaching their educational goals as well as their personal well being. The garden is amazing and my kids love learning about what is growing and being a part of the natural world. As a parent, there are so many opportunities to get involved and we have enjoyed that aspect as well. The school PTO is innovative and are very creative in the ways they raise funds for the extras the school needs. Not to mention that their events are so much fun for everyone in the family!

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2015
VHE has been a great place for all 3 of my children to learn. Before living in Madison we lived in a very large metropolitan coastal city, and raising children here in Madison has been a dream--we often comment that the Hill Farm neighborhood is like a Norman Rockwell painting. The diversity in the elementary school is nice, better than once the kids transfer to Hamilton and the schools split out a bit. The privilege in one of the comment about teachers being "lazy" and the neighborhood full of "vagrants" is disgusting and embarrassing. Parents are always welcome to volunteer at Van Hise and many of us do it on a regular basis--there are so many opportunities for community involvement that it is one's own fault if they do not take advantage or share the responsibility of continuing to make this a great school to learn at.

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2014
VHE was once a great school, not so anymore! The teachers are now all tenured, lazy and careless 'internal transfers', in other words, they got transferred to VHE because they think rich kids are easier to teach. They don't care about teaching, just drawing that paycheck until retirement. But worse yet are the parents, they lack any compassion or caring for the children, when 8am rolls around its time for state-sponsored-daycare, yippee, no need to contribute to their children's education--let the lazy teachers handle it. The community around VHE has taken a major nosedive, it is now crime ridden and crawling with vagrants--not safe for my children. We are considering a move out of the district because of how bad the school and neighborhood have gotten. The school could improve by bussing some of the local children to other schools, and opening up the school to a more diverse set of students. Try hiring outside teachers, not poaching them from failing school in the district.

- submitted by a parent
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October 20, 2009
Van Hise Elementary is a fantastic place to grow and learn! VHE has a dedicated and passionate staff that regularly goes the extra mile for all kids. VHE has the support of an amazing PTO! We love VHE!

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2009
I'm an alumni of Van Hise and I felt it was one of the best experiences of my schooling career now looking back. The teachers are superb!

- submitted by a community member

February 04, 2009
We went to VHE for nearly 2 school years, we came from the UK and loved it. The friendliness and kind atmosphere were brilliant and the independent learning and variety was great for all three of my children. Thank you VHE

- submitted by a parent

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Van Hise Elementary School
4747 Waukesha Street, Madison, WI  53705
(608) 204-4804
Last modified Van Hise Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Van Hise Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top