This school is extremely unorganized. The circus they have in the afternoon for car rider pickups has been a disaster for the past three years. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse it does. I really hope they can figure it out at some point for future students my kids will probably be in middle school by the time they get it together. In fact it's such a mess I have enrolled my children in aftercare and will gladly pay $80 a week just to avoid the daily dread of the car rider pick up line. To add the frustration a few of the teachers are very rude to the parents. There is a tactful way to approach and speak to people. We are not criminals at a prison and we are not insubordinate children we are adults and deserve to be treated as equals. It concerns me if these teachers are talking to parents like this how are they treating our children?
Harbour View Elementary School is a public elementary school in Summerfield. The principal of Harbour View Elementary School is MRS. MARLENE BJORK. 739 students go to Harbour View Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 10% of the Harbour View Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 45% of the 739 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Harbour View Elementary School is 14:1. Belleview Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- P.E. classes
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0%||0.6%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0%||0.1%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||45%||32%|
|Limited English proficiency||10%||5%|
I think this is a great school. My daughter loves going to school every day. I wish all the public schools in the Ocala Fl area were this great. My daughter attended here for one month and then we moved so she unfortunately had to attend the zoned school in that area. Every day my daughter witnessed a child being bullied. I reported the incidents and nothing was done to stop it. We thankfully had to move back to this area now she's back in the best school ever Harbour View Elementary.
My son is having a lot of issues with this school and so am I. My son is being bullied on the bus and at the school and the teachers seem to be turning a blind eye. even the dean tried to tell me how things happened when she wasn't even there but I was. They have college teachers teaching 6 year old and that is not right on many different levels and they do not take the time or effort to contact the parents with issues 89% of the time. They don't even make accommediations for children with special needs. This is one of the worst schools I have ever seen and recommend if your kid goes here to get them out immediately the bulling is so bad here.
I agree with most of the bad reviews on this school. I cant wait to get my son removed. As my son comes home with huge bruises and the teachers have no clue how it happend because they are there to teach not baby sit as i was told. -F School
My son has had problems with school from day one and this was the first year that he really improved. Not to say he had a perfect year but he did much better than he had previously and I contribute a lot of that inmprovement to his teacher Julie Boivaire. She went above and beyond to work with my ASD son and help him succeed. I don't really have an opinion of the rest of the school but this teacher really impressed me with the level of caring she exhibited.
Staff is rude and unfriendly. I volunteer often and see how these teachers respond rudely to their students. From what I have seen this school is unorganized and are not equipped properly for our students. The principle is unexperienced and unfriendly as is the vice principle.
My daughter just turned 5 and her second day of kindergarten was today.When i came to pick her up in this chaotic circus they call the car line i saw my already confused and scared little girl being yelled at to hurry up and get in line while being jerked around by the wrist and almost put into a strangers car.At the end of the day when they are done with school they treat those kids like cattle.Whatever happened to taking the time and being compassionate.When i dropped her off that same morning i was told by her teacher that she thought she could have a learning disability.This child can read write and speak Spanish.Not to mention it was only her second day at school.She was scared and instead of them taking the extra time to see what the problem was they decided to pre-diagnose her with a learning disability.
Bullying is not taken care of at this school
I did not like this school at all. There is little to no parent support. We had a problem with papers being graded wrong and the principle would do nothing. A month into the school year my son's teacher suggested he get switched to another class and it made me feel like she was giving up on him right away. The rest of the year was no better. I never received positive feedback about him even during conferences which were only scheduled 15 minutes prior to school starting. Whenever I had questions they were never answered and regardless of the teacher's constant negativity they will not send a behavior specialist unless your child is violent or completely uncontrollable. They don't even allow the children to walk around at lunch time yet expect children to sit still all day. Unless your child happens to be a robot I don't recommend this school.
Awesome school. Great teachers. Kids enjoy learning at their own speed. The principal is dedicated to impriving every way possible. This is the best school in Marion County if not in Florida. The more involved the parents are the more the kids benefit from Harbour View. retired teacher 4th grade
Every school has its issues just like every family. What I dont understand however is how many of you can write a bad review and not at least identify yourself. A lot of people didnt like Mrs. Bjork when she arrived but I dont think that she is doing any worse than any other principal in todays society. As far as being there for your children I totally agree with you. They always preach to parents be there for your child and you cant even attend a simple school party besides the fact that the SAC meetings and some PTO meetings have been held in the middle of the afternoon. SAC meetings and PTO meetings should be in the evening when the working parents can attend. What can we all do as parents to help the princpal and teachers to make HVES a better school ? Kimberly G. Lesher
The school seems to be very un-organized and not very up to date. I can't wait until kindergarden is over.
'Be there for your child?' How can a parent be there for your child when they are having academic problems and the teacher/principal will not allow text books to come home for that extra help??? How can a parent be there for their child when you have to argue with the principal every step of the way? Nope not this parent! I will never send my child back to this school. No thank you I did not find them 'parent friendly' at all. Talk about no cooperation what is a parent to do?
Such a wonderful place. A warm-family atmosphere. My children have gone here since Pre-K (1995) and still have children there.
The one thing I can say is that this school is not a school that you should send your child to if they have learning disabilities. My daughter was in classes for learning disabilities due to a medical problem and to me they just pushed her through the school year.I wanted my child to learn as much as she could but they did not seem to care. Also I feel that the reason there is not much parent participation is because the school is not as parent friendly as it could be. it seems like when you visit the school you are intruding on them. I would never send my children back to this school.
If your child doesn't sit act & perform as a drone don't send you child to Harbour View. I bought in this neighborhood because I thought it was one of the best schools in the county. Was I ever wrong. My son had 4 teachers. All I heard was how he didn't focus stay on task or pay attention but yet still managed to get honor roll and principals list. I can't wait to get my kid out this school. Even if it means moving.
This last review on Sept 2006 is right. This school and this county does not accomodate disabilities very well. They refuse to involve a behavioral specialist unless the child is violent or disruptive. We are leaving Florida. Florida schools leave something to be desired. If you have a disabled child check out NY NJ or CA. They have the better if not best programs for children with learning disabilities.
Teachers have to teach what is required of them by the state. They have no choice in this. We as parents have to help them teach our children. Teaching for testing is not the best way to teach I agree but until the state changes requirements teachers have to do what they have to do or far MORE children will be left behind. Harbour View has some of the MOST dedicated teachers and staff in Marion County. More parent involvement at HVE would help everyone out.
I Love Harbour View! THe only thing that I would change is the amount of extra curricular activities provided at the school. Go Dolphins!
I feel the teachers need to stop worrying so much about the tests and go back to the old way of teaching so the kids can learn naturally. I feel the new ways of teaching does nothing but leave out children behind. So much for no child left behind!