I am a senior (class of 15) at Huntsville High, and am disappointed with the treatment of the student body in general. Most students can get away with breaking any rules and doing what they want, and many minorities are under a much stricter eye. If you take AP classes the teachers are generally pretty good. The other problem I've found with Huntsville teachers is the lack of care for students. Most of my teachers hardly know my name, even though I make a point to talk to them regularly. They don't care what's going on with your life or if you need help. It's a sink or swim, competitive environment forsure. I have been pleased with the acceptance and diversity in school activities with all students though. It's not weird for someone to be popular, in academic team, band, etc. HHS has made me want to make good grades and to go to a good college. The art department is amazing and the theater department is very good as well. If a student emerses themself, they'll be fine. It's just easy to get lost in the crowd.
As a student actively participating in JROTC at the high school as well as having participated in other electives, there is much more financial and administrative support that goes towards sports, but honestly it's hard not to find a school focused on sports in Alabama. However, the education I've been receiving here is phenomenal and most all of the teachers are great at what they do (especially in honors programs) . Wouldn't want to be anywhere else in the city schools. Go Panthers!
I'm proud to say I'm a Huntsville Panther. As the school representing the city of Huntsville, we strive to live up to our name. We're the best in the city at every sport and great in academics. I'm proud that I'll get to tell people I graduated from Huntsville High School in the class of 2016. Go panthers!
I am a freshman at Huntsville High this year. (2012-2013)I probably have the most amazing teachers in the world. (I think Mrs. Dotts and Mr. Swanson are possibly the most inspiring teachers I've ever had.) They both are really passionate about what they do, to help us achieve our goals, they inspire us to our best, and they are both insanely funny! Also, I agree with people when they say things like, "The school is mainly about programs,clubs,sports". The school IS about social clubs,programs, and sports, that's how you have friends at this school... If you're not in at least one of the programs or clubs or anything at this school, you'repratically a nobody. I'm in the Band, French Club, FBLA, Newpaper Staf, FCCLA, and I perform with the band at the Halftime Show and sit in the bleachers with them and play flute. :) This is what my school is about and I am proud of it already.
I love this school, super great! Couldn't be any better! The tachers there couldn't of done a better job!
This school is great, my kid loves it! And the teachers there really know what they're doing. They have pushed my child to his limits and really made him shine! Both on the field, and in the school house.
I love how the teachers interact with the students, they really push them to their full potential. Go Panthers!
Huntsville High is a decent school. If you are not involved in sports, it's almost miserable. It seems to be what most of the school cares about. There are quite a few great teachers though, with a passion for teaching and helping students. Mrs. Schrimsher is probably one of the best teachers I've had. She has helped so much with the college applying process and helping to make sure we all graduate and excel at what we are best at. I believe she has helped a lot of students to grow up. Also, Coach Mincher is probably one of the best math teachers I've ever had, and has really helped me to understand it. I never understood Shakespeare before I took Mrs. Dotts class on it. It is super fun and amazing to see just how much she really loves it.
There are (basically) two populations of students at Huntsville High School. If you break out student performance based on demographics, one population scores better than any high school in Northern Alabama. Students from Hampton Cove and the neighborhoods in and around the Medical District contribute positively to the overall academic performance. Huntsville High School and it's extracurricular facilities are clean, modern and maintained. The students walking in the halls appear cheerful and engaged and they appear to be proud of their school. The faculty are stable and for the most part dedicated. There is a lot of parent involvement in both academic and extracurricular activities though the environment is extremely competitive. Virtually all students advance to four year universities and many students advance to college athletics and college arts.
I have been very pleased with the high school and all of the administrators and teachers I have encountered thus far. My daughter has some special needs and they have done a great job of accommodating her needs. I really sense her teachers care and their expectations for the students requirements and behaviors are clear.
Huntsville High School is definitely a great school. The counselors are willing to help, if only you are willing to ask for it. The teachers are good maybe not great. Mrs. Dotts, an English teacher, is amazing and is very passionate about teaching. So is Mrs. Blocker, a History teacher, she is one of the toughest teachers at the school, but trust me she is passionate and knows what she is doing. The classroom sizes are somewhat big (30 or more in some). Of course there will always be cliques in schools that's just how it is, but most kids are friendly enough. Also, the athletics are really good, though I never involved myself in any of them. The volleyball team won state for the 6th time in a row I believe. Overall, a very good school
This school failed us miserably. I've felt the censure of the educators toward us as parents as well as my son. They took no responsibility for our son's failure, it was all his lack of effort. Concluded that everday I sent him to this school emphasized his weaknesses instead of his incredible strengths and out of the box intelligence. He was struggling with anxiety and gravitating to students with behavior and drug issues. We reacted strongly and pulled him out to homeschool. It has made a TREMENDOUS difference. Now we focus on his strengths and abilities. His anxiety is gone. Confidence returning and he now talks about the possibilities of his future. If you have a different kind of learner (ADHD) don't even try - they have no clue. Take charge yourself and see success.
HHS has a lot to offer and there are some excellent teachers. As in most things in life, students get out of it about what they are willing to put into it. Overall, it is a good school. And kids have a wide variety of sports, clubs and extra curricular activities in which to be involved -- which I believe keeps them out of trouble.
As an educator, I believe HHS is one of the better schools I have taught at. Class sizes are a bit high- it can be difficult to teach when average class has more that 30 students. The biggest issue seems to be getting parents to support academics as much as they do extracurriculars. Parents seem to view a 'good' teacher as one who is willing to manipulate grades to make students look good on a transcript, regardless of effort put forth in a class setting. Students are not encouraged to take responsiblity for their actions or their education. However, of the area schools I have taught at, HHS is the best teaching environment.
If you really want to know about Huntsville, the leadership is weak, the counselors are more focused on helping the kids who are struggling than the ones with a desire to excel. They are overloaded and insensitive to personal needs. The teaching staff leaves a lot to be desired in the Math and History Departments. Science and English are better, but not by too much. I have had probably three or four excellent teachers in my four years, and at least one or two complete idiots each year. Think long and hard before moving into this district, your kids will do better elsewhere.
After having 4 children attend and graduate from HHS ( two in 2002, 2004, and now 2008), I believe the English and Science departments to be exceptional. The teachers really care about the students and nuture them throughout their 4 years. Math preparation is dependent upon teacher and level. A great principal who often must yeild to the fundamentalist codes of parents serving on PTA board. Social politics are sublte but quite active. Would that as much attention were paid to the math team, debate and other competitions as to the athletic programs.
Huntsville High is a great school, with a great Principal. It has any and every extracurricular activity there is to offer, so you're sure to get you student involved! It's recent move back to 6A classification (a result from an 06-07 attendance of 1512 students) has put its sports to the test. Yet our Volleyball team still has 5 State Champions in a row, and our Football program still makes it to the playoffs, this year ending a 7 year losing streak to cross-town rival Grissom. HHS also has a magnificent Drama Department and, under Mike Chappell, has put on a spectacular production every year.
We have just moved to Huntsville. I specifically chose Huntsville High for many reasons: academic, involvement, social, etc. One thing I would really like to see Huntsville High pursue is the use of technology. In transferring my child, I found much of the information and forms needed were in the office and plentiful, but hardly any of this information was housed on the website. Given today s lifestyle, communication is very important. Please continue to place the hard copy information in the office, but also place it on the website within twenty-four (24) hours of the announcement release. Prime examples are the summer reading list and the handling of a serious unfortunate incident.
There is room for lots of improvement-- parent of several current students ( Both parents have combined certified teaching experience of 30+ years) Its very disappointing for such a progressive and educated community to be willing to accept less than satisfactory teaching practices. We advise other parents to know how grades are calculated and expect clear expectations. MRS. McBeth is the BEST-- heart toward student achievement.
This is an awesome school with an wonderful athletic program. The volleyball team has won state 4 years in a row, which I am a part of. The counselors are sure to help your children graduate high school. They are there to give them all the information they need to fill out important paper work, that has to do with their schooling. Huntsville High is a really good school for any kid. And its not costly.
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