Henderson International School Las Vegas Nevada

Complaint: As prospective parents looking to enroll our child into a private elementary school, Henderson International was highly recommended to us by the realtor who handled our move Like many other parents, we were impressed by the modern, state-of-the-art campus and beautifully manicured grounds which seemed to justify, in part, the hefty $20,000 a year private school tuition to educate students kindergarten through eighth grade. These grounds keepers do a great job. With yearly tuition being even more expensive than some of the most elite private high schools and even colleges in the area and beyond, our expectations were high that our child would receive a world class education in preparation for attending high school. It was only after we enrolled our child in the School, that we learned the ugly truth, like the robot housewives revealed in the movie, u201cThe Stepford Wives.u201d In our opinion based on a number of observations, the School is strictly run as a for profit business without concern for the education of its students. First, we found the School to be very, very aggressive to collect tuition, especially in wanting parents to pay the entire year up front. While we were still deciding if our child should attend, we were offered several options including paying tuition by credit card, even splitting it between cards. We were told some families pay it up front with a mileage card so they could get a fee airline ticket or two. The School even offered to send someone to our house to pick up the check. Upon reflection, these tuition tactics reminded us of something out of the Wolf of Wall Street boiler room, not a private school for children. The hefty price tag should have raised a red flag for us about this for-profit philosophy, but like other parents, we were taken in by the smooth sales pitch of its Admissions Director. Her Linked In profile reveals her prior work experience was in public relations, media relations, marketing (including educational marketing), marketing strategy, and branding. Her profile was notably lacking a Masters or Ph.D. in Education or even any educational experience as one might expect from an Admissions Director of an elite private school and as generally noted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Similarly, we were less than impressed with the quality and caliber of the School Administrators and Educators. We learned none had earned a Ph.D. in Education. This strategy makes sense where cost is a concern, because employees with Ph.Du2019s. in Education often demand higher salaries in education. It’s buy low and sell high here. We were particularly underwhelmed with the elementary school principal, John Heffron, who was once a lounge singer on a cruise ship and whose only prior educational work experience appears to be as a substitute teacher in Los Angeles. Doesn’t appear he was a principal or even a vice principal anywhere else. This lack of experience was evident in our interactions with him; we felt he was in over his head, lacked empathy and concern for children, and did not understand the needs of students or how to communicate effectively with parents. The Love Boat…exciting and new…come aboard…we’re expecting you. A google search of the headmaster also raised some questions about his prior job in Virgina. The gondolas at the Venetian are a long way from the Chesapeake. Most importantly, we found the Schoolu2019s academics to be questionable to non-existent in comparison to other local private schools or any out-of-state. Reviewing our childu2019s schoolwork and homework revealed to us generic lesson plans that looked to be created by computer software. What has happened to old fashioned teaching, where a teacher creates their own lessons taking into account studentsu2019 strengths and weakness and addresses the personal needs of each individual student? Because this a business. We started to look for who really is behind Henderson Internation and it turns out that the school is controlled by a private equity firm in Chicago called Stering Partners. There is even a podcast on their website highlighting their skills in maximizing revenue from education investments. A liquidity event is not a science experiment in this world. They note on their website that they build businesses worth buying. School. Widget factory. Biotech. It’s all about the return on investment. Faculty and administration of Henderson have used the words “paying customers”” on more than one occasion with us. They were not joking. It was clear that the parents are the customers. Wolf of Wall Street again comes to our minds. From top to bottom

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Address: HIS feels like a hustle once you step back and soak in what is really going on. The parents (us included) are often too busy to realize the emperor has no clothes when it comes to the actual education being delivered and who is delivering it. In fact

Website: by publicly issuing false and misleading statements and omitting to disclose material facts necessary to make Defendantsu2019 statements

Phone: the corporate parent of HIS just sold the majority of their schools to an education company with an address in the Cayman Islands for over $500 million. So Henderson International that was once a member of a family of secondary schools is now an orphan. The HIS website does not reflect this new status either. It still talks about this broad coalition of resources at the sister schools that were just sold. I have my doubts that Henderson will be around for much longer in its current state or even at all. But donu2019t worry. Sterling is fully committed to the school. How do we know? Well

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