We asked one of our families, the Wingards, why they decided to come back to HIS after trying another school. The following response was written by Jessie Wingard.
Our family is one of the lucky few who have had the chance to experience both the public school system and private school.
All three of our children started their education at Henderson International School in the preschool and pre-k programs. In our opinion, they received the biggest and best introduction to school and went into kindergarten with so much knowledge.
We thought that because we were zoned for a new 5-star public school that we should try it. So, our daughter went to public school from kindergarten through 2nd grade, and our first son attended kindergarten. I will give it credit and say that the first year, we felt that even though our daughter was miles ahead of 80 percent of the class, they were challenging her and she was still learning and being pushed academically.
By the time our son attended kindergarten three years later, the student body had almost doubled. Our son is a natural learner, and my biggest regret is not keeping him at Henderson International School for kindergarten. His kindergarten year was spent with him doing things he’d done at the beginning of pre-k. He was already reading when he started kindergarten, but due to the class sizes and that most of the students hadn’t had any preschool experience, he was forced to spend the first six months of the school year tracing the alphabet in rainbow colors.
In March of that year, we had decided that we were going to move them back to Henderson International School and have them all at the same school. I’ll be honest, it wasn’t an easy decision. The kids had a great group of friends, and we were leaving a school where I had invested a lot of time and energy. The teachers all know our family, and I felt like they genuinely cared for our children. I was worried that the kids wouldn’t have those same connections, and that we would lose the sense of community that I loved so much.
The first day of school at Henderson International, the kids all had butterflies in their tummies and a little bit of an excited bounce in their step. As their mom, I had all of those feelings, and was fighting back the tears as we were driving to school. The second we got there, and I saw familiar faces, the kids saw friends they knew from preschool and I saw how everyone was so happy and friendly – I breathed a giant sigh of relief. By the time we were walking back to the car, I knew that we had made the right decision for our kids and our family.
With the year coming to an end, I can say that we are so pleased with the education, the teachers we have had this year have been the best we’ve ever had. I love the small class sizes and the one-on-one attention our kids are receiving every single day, not to mention the special classes and extra curricular activities. All of the fears and worries I had of switching schools were unwarranted. It has been the best move that we’ve made. We love the tight knit “family” feel of the school. Our kids are thriving, what more could we ask for?
Jessie Wingard, HIS parent