At this time, I'm frustrated with Hoover schools overall, not just Spain Park. The emphasis is on the appearance of looking good and acting good while failing in many areas of being good. It is great having the majority of the teachers to have master's degrees but that knowledge is to no avail if you can't help the "least of these" to learn. Diversity and inclusion is more than just race, it is economic status as well. When PTO meetings are in the morning and most programs are costly you leave out the working poor. Also, when your administration is 95% or higher white, the minority doesn't feel represented or that there is some one approachable to talk to or relate to. If the majority of your under achievers by your standard are minority, why not try adding teachers that approach learning from a different perspective. As the saying goes, " no one cares how much you know until they know how much you care." There a lot of qualified teachers who are great teachers that are Black, Hispanic, and Asian. Be intentional, find them. Scores will go up. And working parents have good ideas too, let us be on committees as well, don't leave is out because we work, we care too.
It is funny that as I read the previous comments from previous students, parents and even teachers, nothing has changed. The administration is the worst I have seen in any school my child has been involved in. They do not show any interest in the student's opinion. It is run as a military style campus. The principle and his assistants run the school with an iron fist and you better not cross them or there is heck to pay. I know first hand of the retaliation that can happen if you go above their heads when you do not agree with their methods. The principle is not approachable at all. I have been to schools much larger than this in my job and the principles are hands on and approachable. This is definitely not the case! This is all sad because I actually made it a point to move to the area because of their academic standings. I did not know that wanting the best for my child would actually entail. I definitely should have looked at Hoover High School or Oak Mountain High School a little harder!!! I want my child to succeed not fail!!!!
The school district has lost it's focus and direction. All they worry is about their image and not teaching ALL students. Very sad.
I graduated from Spain Park high school and i have to say besides the recent comments listed below i really enjoyed my school. This is probably because i was really passionate about my sports. I was also in Pre- AP and AP classes throughout school so i got what i needed out of the school. As far as scholarships goes i got opportunities ti meet with many coaches that at many other schools i would not not even be able to dream of talking to, but besides the athletic component Spain park also set me up for many academic scholarships. However do not think i made all A's throughout school i didn't Spain-Park is hard but other colleges notice that so don't be discouraged, but in conclusion the school set me up perfectly for college freshmen year ( major engineering) was smooth sailing due to the curriculum SPHS had.
The school has really gone downhill in the past four years; the administration could not care less about the students, and they run it like a prison. They don't care about students' opinions and input. For example, the cafeteria food is awful, but the students are not allowed to leave campus for lunch. They probably can't afford good food because they're buying iPads for the students. Just like at any school, there are some great and helpful teachers and many that are unhelpful and care only about getting work graded. The theater and arts programs are good, but some departments, such as science and English aren't very strong. As for the students, many are shallow and judgmental, so being different is hard. Bullying is an issue that the faculty and staff fail to address, especially when you don't fit in.
I am a student at Spain Park. This is my fourth and final year and I can confidently say that the school has been in decline in the last four years. All they care about is beating our crosstown rivals, Hoover. This is a feat we almost never accomplish, academically and athletically. Having spoken to several of my Hoover friends, it is clear that their course offerings and general mood in school is much better than ours. The school almost has a military state feel to it. We are not even allowed to bring our phones to school! The teachers don't spend extra time helping you and you will be completly ignored if you don't fit in with the preppy crowd. Bullying is a constant problem here, especially with girls. Having seen both Hoover City Schools, I strongly urge you to send your kids to Hoover and not run into the same problems I have faced.
I would just like to say that Spain Park, with the exception of a few awesome teachers, does not like originality. If you don't fit the mold or if you are an original, they will attempt to squash you like a bug. Also, despite the fact that Spain Park teachers (most, not all) act and say that they care and want you to succeed, they do not care as long as they get their grades in. If you fail, it is not their problem. It appears good on the surface, but be careful. Bullying is a huge problem, especially for the girls. They get picked on all the time by other girls. To everyone who is different: there are other people that are different, you just have to know where to look. However, Spain Park has excellent theater, band, and art programs.
Excellent school. Both of my sons graduated from Spain Park and continued on to college without any problems. Spain Park prepared them well with rigorous academics and top quality athletic programs.
Ask anyone in the area about SPHS and they will tell you it is incredible. People, Administration, Students, Teachers, its all great. I love it.
Spain Park High School is a great school with emphasis on academics. Spain Park won two national Blue Ribbon Awards in 2008, Beautiful facilities. I couldn't ask for a better public school.
An excellent school by far. Our principle tries his hardest to make this the best school possible, and so far he's done pretty good. He got us two Blue Ribbon awards!
I am currently a freshman at Spain Park. At first I will have to admit that i found the school to be extremley boring and got home tired each day from running around the school so much, but now as the year has gone on I am beginning to enjoy it more and more. I feel safe at Spain Park and I know that it is a great school for academics as well as athletics.
Spain Park is a good school. Students feel safe and receive enough attention from faculty to learn. Academics are tough and students must put in extra study. The only drawback is when a student is unlucky enough to get a teacher who also coaches football. The teacher puts Football first and teaches a lack luster class.
Spain Park is an overall good school. Most teachers are at least nice, although some do not teach well enough so that every students understands. The principal, as like most principals in this area, is a bit obsessed with football. The arts at Spain Park are fantastic. The choir and band both compete and do well in competitions, but still are under-financed due to sports getting an abundance of money. AP classes tend to be OK, but some classes require self teaching. I wish the administration cared more about students and interacted more. Overall, the Spain Park experience can be good, if not great.
I think Spain Park is the best school in Alabama. My daughter is a senior and she loves it. This is despite the fact that she has to struggle to keep up in her classes. Before, my daughter was in the Birmingham City School system and it was a nightmare. She learns more at Spain Park in one class than she learned in nine years in the Birmingham schools. The difference between Hoover schools and Birmingham schools is night and day. Spain Park is safe, clean, and has a beautiful campus. There my daughter shines. Spain Park treats all kids the same. I get upset about the way people criticize Mr. Broadway when they should judge him by the school he runs. Spain Park is the Best!
I am a current student at Spain Park, and I love it. I enjoy the majority of my teachers and classes, but as in any school there are exceptions. The administrators are fairly nice, but do a very poor job of being administrators. I find Spain Park a very safe and comfortable environment, but there are quite a number of ludacris rules that students cannot reasonably be expected to follow. In spite of its problems and administrator's outlandish decisions, I love Spain Park and enjoy the time that I spend there. I consider myself lucky to attend a school with such an incredible campus and am very grateful to have access to the outstanding facilities.
Excellent academic programs. Some truly amazing teachers. Some not so good. Fine arts program is superior in both performing arts and visual arts. Strong athletics programs and facilities. Parent involvement is strong in some areas, weak in others. Prinicipal leadership is pitiful at best.
I graduated last year... and it was horrible. When the school started the teachers were amazing and the climate was fun. Now however, they focus on things like dress code instead of actual learning. Most of the excellent teachers have left for better jobs. The only administration that attempted to help the students left. The school still has some amazing teachers but the atmosphere is extremely unpleasant.
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