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  • Hardin Valley Elementary School8

    Knoxville, TN | Knox County

    October 26, 2014


    Fantastic school. Teachers, PTA, and principal are terrific. My son is in first grade. He absolutely loves going to school.

    Submitted by a parent

    March 5, 2012


    We moved to this school from South Knoxville and are considering a change to private school. Our son's teacher seems very caring, but the administration is all about test scores. It seems the teachers' hands are tied by the government's liberal agenda. Why does a third grader need to learn about "Unions and Guest Workers?"

    Submitted by a parent

    February 1, 2012


    Good PTA,and involved parents but unfortunately, as with all public schools, due to govt intervention, the kids have to be taught to take a test. Really wish they were able to just teach.

    Submitted by a parent

    December 18, 2011


    We just moved from out of state, and my first grader started at Hardin Valley Elementary. His teacher, Miss Watkins, is teaching the class sign language, Spanish, and many things I wouldn't have thought to be part of the curriculum. I don't know if this is the teacher or the school, but we have been pleased with his progress this year. He looks forward to going to school and has had no bullying or interpersonal issues that some other parents have referenced here. We haven't had a need to interface with the Principal.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 18, 2011


    We have had nothing but regret after enrolling our child at Hardin Valley Elementary School.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 2, 2010


    I have four children and have had at least one child at HVES since 2002, and will be there until 2014! So I will span twelve years at the Elementary School. I have nothing but good things to say about the teachers, staff and the PTA. We are so fortunate to have such an awesome school, and I would do anything to stay in the school district if a move should arise. Everyone is very welcoming at the school, and the strong PTA involvement continues to grow by leaps and bounds. I am proud to be a member!

    Submitted by a parent

    July 26, 2009


    My child has been going to Hardin Valley Elementary ever since Kindergarten. I am very unimpressed with the whole school for a matter of fact. The children tackle eachother on the playground , and they are bullying like crazy , this is a result of unaware teachers and staff. The staff and PTA are the snobbiest people you could meet . The teachers are a wide variety though. Some are very kind and caring , while others ca'nt get their heads out of their mirror.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 12, 2009


    We moved to Hardin Valley from out of state last summer. Hardin Valley Elementary made the transition for my daughters to a new state, school, and home smooth and positive. The teacher's are amazing and the administration encourages parent involvement. In the back of my mind, I thought we would end up sending our girls to private school since the reputation for the public schools were so low. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised and will not move out of this school zone until my girls are out of school.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 25, 2009


    I'm surprised that the Great Schools score for Hardin Valley isn't higher. I'm a parent of a rising 2nd grader at HVES. My child has a learning disability that we've been in therapy for since he was 3 1/2 years old. While we had planned to send our child to a private school, but the economy changed those plans. We have had the most amazing two years at Hardin Valley. Our child has flourished there. As an example, he was reading at a 2nd grade level half way through the 1st grade. While a parent that is involved in my child's learning, I have to give credit to his first two teachers. Both were attentive, flexible with teaching styles, firm where it was needed, positive, and caring. They were simply amazing. Honestly, the weakest link in HVES is the administration. The principal tends to be impulsive and inconstant with decisions.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 21, 2009


    We are very happy with this school. This is the first year for my two children. We moved from another state and I was concerned about finding a good school. The school environment is very positive and safe. The academics seem slightly behind the state we are coming from, but we are still happy to be here. I think this is a state thing, not a school thing. I have taught in some schools that had higher academic standards, but the pressure and environment were horrible. Teachers are able to teach at Hardin Valley because discipline is strict and fair. There is lots of parental involvement as well.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 17, 2009


    Excellent teachers. Strict, but fair principal. Very involved and supportive PTA.

    Submitted by a parent

    January 18, 2009


    Excellent Staff, leadership, students,

    Submitted by a parent

    October 29, 2008


    I absolutely LOVE this school. The teachers have been more than accommodating to the needs of my children. I have 2 children there. One is more advanced than the other. The one that struggles has been taken under the wing of a wonderful caring teacher. My children both were in the Farragut school system before coming to HVES and believe me, HVES is better in every aspect of the word. As for Mr. Evans, the principal-He ROCKS!!! He knows how to interact with the kids but still is an authority figure. The new Assistant Prin.-Hats off to her too. She is kind and polite. HVES has made a complete difference in the lives of my children and our family!

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2008


    We have been unhappy with this school. They have been unwilling to work with us on on important health issues involving our son and our concerns have been met with an arrogance that I do not understand. If you are expecting open communication between parents teachers and administrative staff, this is probably not the school for you.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 19, 2008


    Some of the teachers are horrible and the staff have a holier than thou mind frame

    Submitted by a parent

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