I cannot say enough about the education I recieved from IWHS! The modular schedule really forces you to learn time management skills! Academically I felt really challenged in a positive way and if ever I needed help or clarification on an assignment the teachers always helped and made sure I understood. The school offers Pre- AP and AP classes in the event that the regular curriculum is not challenging enough. IWHS also partners with UIW and offers some college level courses for students to take and begin earning college credits! IWHS also has tow really neat programs to make the students really feel like they belong to a family. The first is the Big Sis/ Lil Sis program where a seasoned Senior student and brand new Freshman student are paired up for the year. My Big sis was amazing! She passed on a lot a insider intel to me and made sure I was doing alright in my transition to the intense world of high school. I loved being a Big sis my senior year and getting little knick knacks for my Lil Sis and helping her find her niche at IWHS. My Lil Sis and I are still really good friends! The second program I found helpful is the Fish Tips program! In this program teams of Sophomore students help guide the freshmen through their first semester of high school. I loved their classes! They answered our questions and made us feel like we could come to them at any time if we didn't know something. I loved the All- Girl environment of IWHS! The focus was truly on studying and extra-curriculars! I think the fact that IWHS student wear uniforms and hardly wear make-up really help to keep the students from becoming obsessed with their outward apparence and the superficial aspects of being a teenager. I loved coming to school everyday at IWHS! Oh and if your daughter likes to sing she MUST look into joining the IWHS Choir. Mary Ann De La Garza directs the choir along with teaching Algebra. She is by far the best teacher I have ever had and being a part of the Choir and Madrigals was the BEST part of high school. Dela (as we call her) helps you be your best in both acadmeics and as a person. Incarnate Word is the best education by far for young women. They truly prepare you for college and ensure that the time spent there will be rewarding and memorable!
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I highly recommend Happy Hollow. My two boys have been there for two years now and have absolutely enjoyed their time. The teacher (owner) and the teaching assistants are fantastic. In fact, the teaching assistants are college students that are majoring in education! My children have have had the opportunity to be part of the Pre Kinder Program, after school, and summer camp. First, allow me to tell you about the pre-school/pre k, my youngest has attended since he was 3 (he is now 5). Celebrations are a big deal at Happy Hollow, huge parties for holidays and they really make the kids feel special on their birthdays as well. My youngest was born premature and he is a little behind the curve learning wise. The last two years he has gone to Happy Hollow, he has learned so much! He has excelled and is truly ready to rock kindergarten next year. He held his head so high like the other kiddos did walking across the stage it was beautiful at their Pre K and Preschool graduation ceremony. They had all worked so hard this year to accomplish their goals. Next, after school. The children are picked up from their local schools. They are ASSISTED with their homework and are able to play afterwards. It's a great feeling knowing that I don't need to worry about being bogged down with homework once home, I can check out what the assignment was and go about the usual nightly routine of laundry, dinner, clean. Ect. Last, Happy Hollow's summer camp. The children go on a lot of fantastic field trips, and have an opportunity to get swimming lessons as well. Unfortunately, due to my new summer work schedule- my boys will not be able to attend the camp and they are very upset about it. If you're looking for a special place that can give you piece of mind that your child is learning and being loved on, Happy Hollow is the place for your family. I really can't say enough how blessed we were to have found such a caring and kind school for them to grow and learn. Truly just the sweetest, and most knowledgable people I have had the pleasure of getting to know. Happy Hollow is WONDERFUL!
The Goddard School is an excellent preschool with an amazing curriculum and a unique way of teaching children to learn through play. My son has been attending there for almost 6 months and I could not be more pleased with this school. The owners are friendly and approachable and know me, my son, and the rest of our family by name...they greet us at the door as we arrive in the mornings which is a very personable approach. The director us amazing and strives to develop a child-fruendly, educationally deep program suited to my child's age and developmental level. My son's teachers have bachelor's degrees and are excellent with the children. They tell me how he did every day and let me know the funny, sweet, and memorable moments my son experienced that day so I feel like I didn't miss anything. They are constantly seeking ways to foster the children's creativity and my son gets so excited to go to school, wondering what he will get to do that day. Their summer program is amazing...they have had authors of childrens books in to read and sign their books, they have water day once a week, and challenge parents to read with their children. From the moment you walk into Goddard School, It is obvious you are joining a family of people who respect you as a parent and are willing to take an active role in your child's education. I love their open door policy...I can come in anytime to have lunch with my son or just check in on him. This is a wonderful place and I feel comfortable and safe leaving my child in such a child-friendly, safe learning environment.