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Harvard Elementary School9

Houston, TX | Harris County

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November 7, 2014


Harvard is a very good school for mainstream students who don't need much extra attention. In my experience, children with special abilities or special needs tend to be overlooked and fall through the cracks. In addition, I found the IB program and the Vanguard instruction to be rather underwhelming. The language instruction in particular is a joke. After several years of instruction my child doesn't know the most basic Spanish vocabulary words. If your neighborhood middle school is your school of choice, Harvard will be a perfectly adequate elementary school for you. If you'd like to send your child to Lanier or TH Rogers, you will want to choose ROE or Travis instead. Harvard doesn't really prepare students for the rigors of a Vanguard middle school.

Submitted by a parent

March 31, 2014


I'm a fifth grade student and LOVE this school. They have kind teachers who help you with anything needed and have many after school programs that you can attend for fun!! This school is an IB school with students who care and get good grades. If help is ever needed you can talk to the teacher about it and he/ she will handle it. If your child ever deals with bullying the teacher and principal will handle it giving the bully a punishment. The principal here is always on top of his game making sure everything is in order. This school is amazing!!!!! All of the teachers here are highly educated and so are we (the students) we have many projects, but they are always fun and the teachers give you a reasonable amount of time to do them. We don't get too much homework and go over everything in class. Everything is very organized as well. We have a tech lad, a P.E room, a music room, a library,an art room, a math room,and a science room. We are always learning new things and get help if we don't understand. I highly recommend this school for all those parents out there. You won't regret it !!!!!

February 23, 2014


Great school-- very caring, wonderful teachers, both grade level and auxiliary. Would recommend to anyone looking for a first rate elementary school.

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October 25, 2013


Harvard Elementary is a gem of a school! The teachers are all very caring, progressive thinkers, who are encouraged by Mr. Beringer, the schools Principal, to seek out and learn new innovative and technological ways to teach in the classroom and keep the students engaged. A well rounded internationally broad educational experience is foremost at this little school. Thank you for a wonderful experience watching my child grow and learn.

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October 25, 2013


Mr. Beringer, Harvard Elementary's school Principal, runs a tight ship at this school, which is why it has succeeded in its effort to become an IB World School, with major improvements in test scores over the past five years. Our child enjoys learning and is eager to come to school with children who are just as enthusiastic about learning. I would encourage all parents who work or have worked internationally to give your child an IB World School Harvard Elementary education.

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August 10, 2013


Harvard is a wonderful IB school with great teachers, friendly staff and an amazing principal! Our daughter had an awesome Kindergarten there.

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July 27, 2013


Harvard Elementary has been such a great school over the years, that I applied to have my children attend there, and drive eight miles through heavy traffic every morning to get them there on time. As for parents complaining, I would state that most of those parents want teachers and the school to raise their children do to a busy lifestyle. Harvard teaches children to be independent, handle conflict, and be productive citizens. My child was very-well prepared for middle school GT.

Submitted by a parent

January 16, 2013


My son was being bullied his teacher told teachers did not get involved. Kids had to learn conflict resolution My son started coming home more withdrawn, physically hurt without any action from his teacher. Other parents who had similar issues told me they advised their children to physically defend themselves. Inventor/science fairs are poorly structured, left unclear to both student & parent making them difficult to navigate. I doubt the material is taught to students&often leaves the parents w/the bulk of work & little understanding as to what is expected. When attempts are made to discuss with teachers they seem equally clueless & pass blame to the teacher responsible for that project. I rarely receive graded work only report cards/progress reports. This makes it difficult to know what to work on with my child. This leaves me the expense of tutoring & the hope that my child is learning from his tutor. This school teaches to the center of the class. Doesnt help the struggling kids & keeps gifted students from reaching their potential teachers dont work as a unit with parents for students The themes & IB attitudes are great in theory but not applied/practiced.

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November 24, 2012


Very disappointing experience with Kinder teacher. Such a shame since our first year exceeded our expectations.

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November 4, 2012


About poorly thought out discipline, I disagree. Education starts at home and we shouldn't blame teachers for children's misbehavior. Dig in deeper, maybe there is an issue at home the child is trying to deal with or possibly bulling at home/school, or even stress, but don't blame somebody else when you are not an involved parent with the teachers or concerned staff members. Speaking for Hispanics, we tend to feel more welcomed when there's more talking, but other cultures are different and in the U.S. we all have to learn to play by the rules ---respect and appreciate the dynamics in diversity. IB attitudes should teach all of us something to apply. Teaching is not an easy job. That's why a lot has to do with passion!!!!We should support our teachers and not look at them as daily babysitters. Education is suffering enough and if it wasn't for Principal Beringer 's great leadership, the teachers' extra kids in class, PTA members trying to get extra funds, and parental involvement, our children wouldn't have such 7 out of 10 score. I fully support the Harvard staff and wish them a successful year!

Submitted by a parent

September 19, 2012


Poorly thought out discipline, and a emphasis on test scores has left Harvard ripe with frustrated teachers. The leadership is lacking understanding of basic child development and current research on appropriate discipline approaches. We have been very disappointed in our child's educational experiences on quite a few occasions, and have seen many good families leave the school.

Submitted by a parent

August 27, 2012


Harvard is a wonderful school. Not only is it a Magnet School for Technology, Science, Math, and Engineering, but it is also an IB school. I want my child to be a world learner/thinker. The parent involvement is getting better every year. The principal works hard to make this school top notch. Your lucky if your child gets a slot in this school!

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July 16, 2012


Harvard is an award winning school that fosters leadership skills and inquiry based learning. The teachers are kind and extremely knowledgeable of their grade level and beyond. I appreciate the IB curriculum Harvard offers...I know that when my child graduates from there she'll be a world learner read for the 21st century.

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July 16, 2012


I love the "sharing the planet" theme Harvard embraces with it's entire staff and students. Everyone that works or attends the school is so "Earth cautious" it makes its' way into the homes of each student. My son is always coming up with new ideas to save a particular animal or how we as a family can better the planet. Great school all around.

Submitted by a parent

June 21, 2012


Everyone should have an opportunity to defend their school, however I am a parent that spoke truthfully about my experience with this school. There should not be any question of a parents integrity if they are merely asking for an enrollment application to fill out at home. After all, when you turn in the paperwork you must turn in all the valid documentation to prove your residency. It almost appears that arrogant and rude behavior is justified and defended and you are already guilty of being dishonest when you walk in the door. The principals comment about assuming my attendance was a talent show is also incorrect, it was Science Night, and everyone is encouraged to attend this function. In close, the school is a 7, not a 10. The list of 130+ is because of the neighborhood and area and the kids that attend the school. In close, when you deal with public in any capacity it is always better to be friendly, courteous, and exercise good customer service.

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