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Harold Schnell Elementary School is a public elementary school in West Carrollton. The principal of Harold Schnell Elementary School is Mrs. Barbara J. Gardecki and can be contacted at bgardecki@wcsd.k12.oh.us. 448 students go to Harold Schnell Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 25% of the 448 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 49% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Harold Schnell Elementary School is 17:1. Miami Valley Academies is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 80% 72%
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 15%
Multiracial 6% 6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Asian 2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 47%
Economically disadvantaged 25% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The year round calendar sets this school apart but also the quality teachers and the emphasis on teaching the kids character traits needed to succeed as well as math and writing. I'm always happy to tell people about our school and there are always lots of questions regarding the unconventional calendar (which we love).

  • (5 years ago)

    This is the best school around. The teachers care about every student and the building is probably on of the cleanest schools around the whole dayton area. I have been in some pretty dirty schools. They always make the parents feel comfortable. A++

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Harold schnell Elementary is a great school. My son is in the second grade. Have been very pleased with the school. Being year round is great. I think all schools should go year round. My youngest son will be starting preschool at ECC elementary.It's like Harold Schnell says 'Every day is a great day'.

  • (7 years ago)

    Harold Schnell is an excellent elementary school. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader. I have been very pleased with the year-round calendar and with the caring atmosphere. I would highly recommend this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    I was a little disappointed with Schnell. Overall I think they are the best elementary school in the district but I also think that the classrooms are too cluttered and I can see how that would be distracting. I know the teachers care about the students but sometimes they get a little over bearing if a student is having some difficulty which only makes the child feel more stressed out. Overall I am happy but I had pretty high expectations because of everything I had heard and feel a little let down.

  • (8 years ago)

    Harold Schnell provides a top notch education as well as a flexible calendar. It is the only elementary school in the district to offer the year round school calendar. The five week break in the summer is just perfect. It does not allow the student to forget their math and reading skills while still affording them the ability to enjoy the summer vacation. The leadership within the school is also the very best available. The principle and staff go out of their way to make each child feel important. They assist when there is a problem and most of all they care. There is discipline while not being an overly disciplinarian atmosphere. Learning is their objective not breaking the spirit of the child. They offer hands on learning while giving the child a chance to show off their abilities to parents staff and outside organizations.

  • (8 years ago)

    Harold Schnell is a phenomenal school. All of my daughter's teachers (Priest O'Brien Pfiffner) have been outstanding and the principal (Gardecki)is extremely involved and a very positive leader. The teachers are very aware of each child's ability level and challenge them accordingly. We really like the year-round schedule and hope the whole school district will switch over at some point. I rate this school an A++++++++!

  • (8 years ago)

    Harold Schnell is probably the best grade school in West Carrollton and at the top of the list in the Miami Valley. Their 'year-round' approach to schooling keeps academics in front of the children on a more regular basis and is also convenient from a scheduling perspective. The teacher to studen ratio is acceptable and the teachers are very engaged.

  • (9 years ago)

    I found that my child's teacher does not communicate well. I did not appreciate finding out difficiencies during the parent-teacher conference when they may have been addressed before a break. The classrooms are cluttered with 'stuff' I think the classroom enviroment must be distracting to young children with all the clutter. I do beleive the people care and wish to see the children succeed however with llmited funds and high property taxes to support the school there are certaily better choices in the area.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love having my son in Harold Schnell! My other children who are now in high school also attended. They genuinely care about the kids and I've never known another building principal who has known every single student by name! The art gym and music teachers are very creative and give the children a wide variety of experiences. Even the custodians make a point of being kind and friendly with the children. The year-round schedule is great and it helps the kids retain what they have learned and keeps them from getting bored. At Schnell it's a great day everyday!

  • (10 years ago)

    They have a well round studies for the children and in most cases children thrive on the individual attention.

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