Do not send your children here!! This has to be one of the worst schools out there. My son who is now in 1st grade was being mistreated by his kindergarten teacher last year because he has ADHD and has trouble focusing from time to time. This kindergarten teacher is also very rude and should not be teaching in my opinion. She does not love her job and she makes that very obvious. The staff in the office is also rude. The principal doesn't even take the time to greet the parents. I am considering moving to Texas as well. They have much better programs there and have much better reviews. My son is already saying he doesn't like school and he is only in first grade. So if anyone is considering putting their children in NWH I highly suggest that you do not.
Northwest Heights Elementary School is a public elementary school in Durant. The principal of Northwest Heights Elementary School is Valerie Crabtree. 624 children attend Northwest Heights Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and American Indian/Alaskan Native. 63% of the 624 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Northwest Heights Elementary School is 18:1. Durant Intermediate Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- P.E. classes
|Native American or Native Alaskan||28%||33%|
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||26%||%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0.5%||%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||63%||67%|
This school moves ENTIRELY too fast. Even the staff will be the first to admit that the classes are forced to cover the material much too quickly and for those students like my twins for instance who can't keep up or require extra attention they are left behind and labeled a hinderance to classroom productivity. This school is a machine. My son was one of those little parts that required a little extra attention because of his eye stigmatism and his acute autism (diagnosed). The staff at NWH refused to work with him I found he was being sent to the detention room rather frequently and not for behavioral issues either....it was because he worked too slowly. Be cautious about this school for your child. They maintain their ratings by weeding out students who can't keep up and any uproar from parents will be met with an arrogant triage of school officials who will patiently tell you why you're stupid for having concern about the mistreatment of your children. Also only 15 minutes of recess and 7 hours of rapid coursework with harsh consequences for failure is arguably the quickest route to killing a young person's childhood experience. I'm glad I moved to another school.
Don't send your kids here. They will be burnt out before they even begin. Staff is very unhelpful and complacent.
I have two children have have/are attending NWH. It is a wonderful school. The teachers are there because they want to be. It is more than just a job to them. The teachers teach the children more than the '3 R's' they also teach them respect citizenship honesty leaderchip and responsiblity. I wouldn't trade this school for any around.
I have a child at this school..it offers no art program..the teachers are actually pretty rude to the parents most of the time and the principal has an authority complex..i am considering moving to Texas where the school system is well funded and also has more of a higher class of people teaching the children...plus..Texas seems to offer programs that durant will never have...
I currently have three children in NWH. The teacher to student ratio is pushing the limits but I'd say it's pretty standard these days (18-23 students per class) and I have seen no ill effects on the classroom. I have been so very pleased with each and every teacher as well as the other faculty. The teachers have taken a personal involvement in my children's lives even visiting my son when he was hospitalized. The principal takes time to get to know each child and can intelligently converse with the parents about the strengths and weaknesses of your student. The teachers are very well prepared and trained and the level of creativity is quite pleasing. All three of my children have learned to read in Kindergarten sparking a greater love of learning throughout all included grades (K-3rd). I wouldn't trade this school for any other!
My daughter has attended NWH for the past three years. The faculty and staff are absolutely wonderful. They have all shown a commitment to excellence and seem to truly care about the well-being of my child. This fall my youngest child will be entering their pre-K program. I had a choice between the program at NWH and the program at another facility. Both programs are high quality in my opinion but because of my personal experiences with NWH over the past three years I feel that they will provide the quality of education I am seeking for both of my children.