My children have been coming to Hendricks for several years and I can't imagine being happier. Any school can have a slick marketing campaign but what really matters to me is the atmosphere surrounding my children. Is it encouraging positive character building and challenging. Hendricks is all this and more. When it became clear the math curriculum was lagging behind changes were made. Parents with students now in high school say their child is doing great with the foundation they received here. I feel like my children are in a loving environment where they are challenged to be independent and think critically. Any concern I had was handled quickly and successfully. I plan to stay for several more years.
Hendricks Day School is a private middle school in Jacksonville. The principal of Hendricks Day School is Linda Johnson, Ed.D., whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 301 children attend Hendricks Day School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. The student to teacher ratio at Hendricks Day School is 11:1. Southside Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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I was very nervous about sending my children to Hendricks Day School as it was going to be a very large transition for both of my Montessori-educated children one going into 3rd grade and one into the first year of middle school in 6th grade. I was promised over and over that this is a small school and that gave them the ability to focus on the child and help both children through the transition. While my 3rd grader did very well even though the school has a tendency to educate through the "death by worksheet" mentality they completely abandoned my 6th grader and chalked it up to "teaching independence." Umm Montessori is the definition of teaching independence and they never once let the kids flail around unsure of how to do the work. I am sadly disappointed in the education and know you don't always get more by paying more. I will say that the school is filled with wonderful caring families and I am grateful for the friends that the children have found through the school.
I have been going to Hendricks since kindergarten I am now in 6th grade. Hendricks has a fantastic pre school and elementary school but the middle school not so much. The middle school teachers put so much pressure on you and some don't seem to care. I'm am starting a different school next year.
The Arts program at Hendricks is truly amazing! Mrs. Weise does such a great job with every single musical performance. I leave each one thinking that she can t possibly top it but she always does! Yes Virginia was the best yet such talented students we have at Hendricks! Mrs. Bayliss art class is also a favorite of my children. The works they bring home are actual pieces of art and all frame worthy! I m extremely happy that Hendricks values the Arts it is so important to any child s education!
Sadly I cannot recommend. Students are not prepared for High School. Especially in math. There is somewhat of a panic in middle school as parents are realizing this.
Over the summer the school went through some major changes I have to admit I was very nervous. I can honestly say that I am amazed at what they have accomplished with the changes they made! The administration obviously knew what they were doing. The teachers staff and administration are outstanding. Even the quality of my child's education has improved which I did not think was possible. I would like to thank Dr Johnson & Shane Tripp for making these hard decisions even when others disagreed. I am proud to be a Hendricks parent!
Take a look at April 18 2013 and see how many comments were written by the teachers - so wonderful and positive! Proof that Hendricks really is a great school!!!
Take a look at April 18 2013 and see how many comments were written for one day. Emails were sent to the teachers in groups to write reviews.
While reading these reviews please notice the last three or four pages of comments. You'll see page after page of positive reviews. Unfortunately all of the negative reviews began in May of 2014 the same month that several teachers were told their contracts would not be renewed. Coincidence? Probably not. Last year my wife and I moved our son from a decent private school to Hendricks. We haven't regretted the decision at all. The biggest difference we've noticed is that the student/teacher relationships are phenomenal! Having instructors that truly care about my son and aren't just there for a paycheck is PRICELESS! Spend 30 minutes at the school and you'll see what I mean...
The more time I spend at HDS the more I understand why so many families LOVE this school!! It's been a great first few weeks and I can't wait to see what the rest of the year holds. Skate night was a blast!! It was so great seeing all our families together having FUN - can't wait for the next one! I feel so blessed to be part of such an amazing school family!
The more time I spend at HDS the more I understand why so many families have not reenrolled their students. As I begin to tour new private schools I will be looking carefully at class size faculty/student ratio teacher experience and what school graduating students attend. I am giving one star for teacher quality because I believe the class sizes are too large for one teacher and there seems to be a lack of coordinated curriculum.
On the first day of school we discovered that the class sizes were significantly larger than last year. They are now averaging 21-22 students. Too large for the growing number of students with enhanced needs. If your child needs an enhanced learning program or has a McKay scholarship this school may be the right fit. Hendricks unfortunately is now known for taking students that other local private schools will not admit or those that have been dismissed.
Hendricks Day School is an unfortunate example of what happens when a volunteer Board of Directors does not perform their duties at a competent level. The Board of Directors has sat idly while the enrollment has plummeted and academic quality declines. The members of the Board have failed the students of this school and their once trusting parents. Hendricks Day School suffers from negligent leadership.
I think the fact that the school fired half of its teachers this summer and doubled the class sizes by reducing each grade to one classroom speaks for itself. They clearly have no regard for the parents who sent their children to this school for the smaller class size. Apparently the school has enough money to put all new flooring in and to build a brand new steam lab but they don't have enough money to pay half of their staff. Also have not been impresssed with a single teach there. Do yourself a favor and choose another school for your child. They will get a better education and maybe the staff at another school will care more about the children than the almighty dollar.
Hendricks Day School can best be evaluated by looking at the sharp decline in enrollment. The declining enrollment speaks more than any review ever could.
Hendricks is wonderful! I am sorry the other reviewers felt differently but I know that my kids are getting the best education. They are also learning to make good life choices. Changes are challenging but the teachers are amazing and I wouldn't choose any place else for my children!
Take a tour. That would be my advice to anyone considering this school. Despite the changes this year I am still confident that my children will receive the best education by the best teachers in Jacksonville and that's all that matters to me. Take reviews with a grain of salt (including this one). Do your research take lots of tours form your own opinion and make the best decision for your child.
The tuition is already $10 000 add the fact that you have a special needs child who needs smaller classes and it's an additional $5000-&10 000. That's absolutely ridiculous and more than some people make. I feel like it's a discourages those with discuss needs from attending just the average Mckay scholarship soyldnt even cover the base tuition. It's just such a shame the tuition is so high. How is the school diverse with such socioeconomic standards
Hendricks has gone from 2 classes per grade from Pre-K 4 and up to only 1 class per grade for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. The dramatic decline in enrollment speaks for itself.
I have three children attending Hendricks Day School and one who graduated and went on to the Bolles School. I have nothing but excellent things to say about Hendricks its staff and its leadership. I am a professional with much education myself and I recognize academic rigor when I see it. Hendricks provides that especially from 6th grade onward. From the lower grades through 5th I think of the school as providing strong academics (not quite the 6th and up level) but also providing a wonderful and nurturing approach to each student. Personally I think it's the combination of nurturing and academics that has allowed my oldest to thrive at Bolles in an honors curriculum. My children love the School as do my spouse and I. It's also worth noting that the School does NOT tolerate bad behavior and is known to expel children with such issues. As parents that's one reason to love Hendricks -- to know your child will be learning in a controlled safe and nurturing environment. If you're looking for an excellent private school that provides strong academics and extracurricular opportunity all with a reasonable price tag make sure Hendricks is on your list!