Hastings is a great school with a highly engaged parent community. The teachers we've had have all been within the range of really good (worst case) to phenomenal/life-changing educators (best case) - with tons of great school support staff tending to the needs of individual students and bringing out the best in each child. As an example - the art teacher has an amazing way of coaxing out each child's style through thoughtful instruction. You'd think some of this artwork came from an art school not an elementary school! All-School Meeting continues to be a great tradition of welcoming families to the school every second week to enjoy time together with presentations from individual students groups classrooms or just sharing and singing together! If you use PTA activity as a gauge for the school's community engagement - this PTA is extremely busy from organizing the annual Hastings Harvest Run (a Lexington 5K run/walk) a bi-annual adult social fundraiser a science fair the much-loved multi-cultural potluck June's popular Field Day and a host of various activities ranging from academics arts enrichment and community. An amazing school - truly a gem.
Maria Hastings Elementary School is a public elementary school in Lexington. The principal of Maria Hastings Elementary School is Louise Lipsitz. 431 students go to Maria Hastings Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 6% of the 431 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Maria Hastings Elementary School is 12:1. Bridge Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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Hastings like all Lexington schools provides a wonderful education. We had one bump in the road in second grade but that teacher is no longer at the school and the teaching staff since then has been extraordinary. What separates Hastings from the other schools in Lexington is the community and I would have to give credit to both the staff and the PTA. Given Hastings' diverse student population inclusion is important and celebrated at events like the multi-cultural potluck dinner. We were sad to leave when it was time to go on to middle school.
Back when Mr. Rogers (complete with sweater and trolly) was principal this was an extraordinary example of what a school might be. The administration was engaged students really learned life skills and the community was served beyond the scope of education. In recent years the school has fallen into quality mediocrity.
It looks like the pre-2009 rating didn't rate the principal so well but the other 2 rate the principal high and it would be a shame not to recognize that the current Principal (Principal Lipsitz) started in the 2008/2009 school year. She is terrific. I think if you're looking at all the Lexington Public Schools don't get caught up in over analyzing whether a 98 MCAS score vs a 97 makes one school better than the other because you are really splitting hairs and trying too hard to find which is "best" - they differ only by a matter of small degree. The community as a whole embraces education and that bodes well for all schools in the system. In each school you will find highly dedicated parents and equally dedicated teachers and staff working very hard to educate the kids and make them into solid citizens.
Hastings is excellent like all the Lexington elementary schools and our son (who is very bright) is totally challenged and excited to go to school. He's only in kindergarten but my initial fears that it would be TOO academically focused were unfounded. He IS learning reading/puzzling in leaps and bounds but his social learning is JUST as important to the teachers. The school has an All School Meeting every Friday with the entire student body attending to watch one another like watching a group of students demonstrating their jump rope technique listening to a student playing piano or hearing from a class embarking on an environmental protection project or doing a skit about equal rights. Hastings seems to be the most diverse elementary school in Lexington and the one that makes the biggest efforts to celebrate that diversity. We LOVE Hastings!
Hastings is an incredible school. Everyone is very welcoming and the teachers are top notch. The office staff and Principal Lipsitz are wonderful. My children have loved attending Hastings.