Why We Chose HB
There are many reasons parents choose to send their children to HB.
Here are just a few:
"Being new to Cleveland, we toured the 'usual suspects' for our son's preschool experience. Our goal was to find the right educational environment where his social and emotional self would flourish. The warmth we felt by both teachers and administrators on our visits to HB was unparalleled. My husband and I knew instinctively that this was 'the one.' However, as African-American parents, we were concerned about [our son] being 'the only one' in his class. We were put to ease by Polly Fredlund's dedication to diversity in the early childhood classrooms - something we had not seen expressed with such earnestness at other schools. All three of us could not be happier at HB, and are excited to witness his educational growth and development over the next several years."
─ Dr. G. Brandon Atkins and Sharifa Atkins
"We chose Hathaway Brown for our daughter for many obvious reasons: its rigorous academic reputation, the high teacher-student ratio, an unbeatable facility, its extensive arts program, and its choice of Spanish as the foreign language taught in primary school. But since she began in the fall, we have discovered myriad less-publicized reasons to be happy with our decision. HB began making her feel welcome even before school started.
We were pleasantly surprised to find that the School and teachers are in constant communication with parents. We never feel like we have to wonder what our daughter is up to during the day. More than ever before, we feel like we know what she is working on, learning and accomplishing. We have also found the parent community to be very involved and welcoming. These details are not necessarily in any brochure, but they make all the difference in the world." ─ Juliette and Michael Reynolds
"Cleveland is blessed with many fine independent schools. But, for our daughter, Hathaway Brown stood out as the best. While the School's tradition is a long one of excellence, it is the stability and leadership of the current administration of Bill Christ and Sue Sadler that has made Hathaway Brown what it is today. When teacher after teacher tells you with great zeal that he/she has taught at Hathaway Brown for 10+ years, you know it is a place that is full of people who love their jobs teaching girls at HB.
In addition to the enthusiastic, committed staff, the girls themselves attracted us to the School. At HB, our daughter goes to school with some of the best and brightest students anywhere. Being surrounded by other girls that are as intellectually inquisitive, driven, and well-rounded as [our daughter] gives her the atmosphere and motivation to do her personal best in every situation. We are inspired to see how the girls work together, support each other, and have fun.
Lastly, one cannot ignore the physical environment for living and learning. HB has the stately, traditional architecture associated with its history, combined with modern, light-filled, state-of-the-art spaces that are truly a lift to the senses. The School building itself, along with the learning inside its walls, is ready for the 21st century. We are confident that her HB education will take her anywhere she wants to go. There is a positive energy when you walk into Hathaway Brown. We felt it when we first visited the School. Now she gets to feel it every day!" ─ Ethan & Elizabeth Spencer
"Choosing the school where our daughters are empowered to become truly global students was an easy decision for us once we encountered Hathaway Brown. Nowhere else compares.
Having relocated from England (and having moved schools many times in England!) we have enjoyed excellent highly-academic private schools in the UK as well as the public school system in Shaker Heights. Each of these has been first-rate in many areas.
However, we believe HB is in a different league to anything we have known before. We know that our girls will be 'wildly successful' here and in their futures. The energy and vision of this School is apparent through every level and the breadth of opportunity is unparalleled.
From the core subjects to options such as Global Studies and entrepreneurship classes, the girls are inspired, encouraged and supported to become well rounded, confident young women who thrive on pushing back the boundaries and consistently aiming high without embarrassment or distraction.
The teaching staff is committed and dynamic and the enthusiasm of all can be experienced by simply walking along the corridors. There is a very special energy in this School.
Moving [our daughters] to HB has proved to be the best decision for our family. It is a joy to have girls who can't wait to get to school each day and who even think the school lunches are great!"
─ Neil & Erica Heyside
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