Great Academic school. Athletic program is mediocre and very, very political. Does not matter how good you are in athletics, more important is who you and your parents are. There is no off season sports program.
This school has started depending too much upon technology to teach the students. The teachers are rude and lazy. Have had them tell me there is no such thing as a "504 plan" (which is state law). Tends to have their favorite students, and if you are not a favorite then too bad for you. Terrible school system. And their online system is a joke. They (without permission) created my underage child an email account. Some teachers are so lazy now they do not issue books and require all assignments to be completed online (and do not check for plagiarism). Bullying is not taken seriously. My son actually "paid" for other children to "protect" him. When brought to the schools attention, they did not do anything to help. He was physically attacked by another student and had books smashed over his head and all the attacker received was "ISS" and Alternative School.
JHS is a great school with a caring faculty and staff. The academic program is one of the best in Alabama.
I'm a former student and moved away because of this school. The administration only cares about good test scores and has let students to free after getting caught with drugs so not to make the school look bad. One of the students and one of my friends committed suicide. There where serval students participating in self mutilation. I am include in this because of rampant bullying. The drug problem at this school is horrible and for alittle while I succumbed to the pressure and did drugs. I moved to a Georgia because of these problems
JHS offered my child opportunities both academically and socially in a variety of venues. The teachers genuinely care about the students. The atmosphere is one of high standards, high expectations and high achievement. At this school, a student can "get out of it what they put into it". Slackers tend to fade away from this environment.
I simply cannot see how this faculty could be less interested in the welfare of most of the children. There is a definite class system in place where some receive better attention and assistance. There is also a lot of fights and a growing drug problem. Don't they realize why a bunch of kids leave school whenever the drug dogs arrive? The punishment for being AWOL isn't as bad as getting caught with drugs. New leadership is necessary. Clean house and create an environment that fosters learning, accountability and responsibility for all parties.
The teachers and the school do not care about the students and will not work with the parents. The STI Home website is worthless because sometimes it takes 2 and 3 weeks for the teachers to post grades. Also, most do not use the homework assignment page. If you are trying to keep track of your child's homework and grades, it is hopeless. They do nothing to motivate the students and help them advance. In fact, it is just the opposite. Their uncaring attitude lowers the student's self esteem. How is it that a 10th grader can be told that there is no way for him to graduate. There are several alternatives that I found on my own but was offered no alternative by the school. They only care about their 'high academic grades'. If you don't play sports and aren't in that category, you are not wanted. Stay away.
I moved to Jacksonville because of all the great things I heard about Jville High. I'm very disappointed. The way it work s at Jacksonville is you are on your own. The teachers do nothing out of their way to help the kids that are struggling with their grades. There is no official tutoring service offered. About the only good thing I can see is that there isn't a problem violence or drugs. If I wasn't stuck with the mortgage on my house, I would definitely be in a different school district.
My kids are thriving at Jacksonville. I have three teenagers, and all three of them receive the help they need to reach their goals. I have a special needs child and I am completely satisfied with the way his needs are met and the way that I am kept apprised of anything specialsasatisfied with the
I dont' know what the others are talking about when they say JHS doesn't have a competive edge for college admissions. Last year the Senior class got close to 2 million in student aid and 80 percent went on to some sort of further education. Great School. Great Teachers, pretty good administrators.
Very good school; administrators are, however, currently changing a LOT of things. If you are looking for a new school in the next year or so, Jacksonville isn't recommended, as the order is somewhat lacking here, and new rules are being enforced daily. Good teachers, poor administrators, and not quite enough fine arts to give students enough options.
I believe Jacksonville is an acceptable school, but to really stand out and have an advantage in the competitive world of college admissions, I think you need things that Jacksonville doesn't offer, such as more AP courses and honors classes. As a one year student, I loved the sense of community in the school, but more opportunities need to be made available so we may be able to succeed further away from the community. From living in other states, I see what is expected and how students begin taking foreign languages and advanced math at an earlier age. I don't know if it is supposed to be the standard for Alabama in general, but I see no problem with setting the standard higher for greater achievement.
I am not a parent, but a Senior at Jacksonville High School and I feel that my school is the best public school in any of the nearest counties. My school provides the best possible cirriculum for college-bound students. The teachers treat us as college students because they give us all of the responsiblity in maintaining our grades. They also give students the the ability to exceed at his or her own level and they let each student become his or her individual best. I would not want to graduate from another school in Alabama.
I am a student at Jacksonville High and my mom thinks that the school is one of the best schools in the state of Alabama. That's pretty good because we've been to a lot of schools here in Al. By the way .. I am an 8th grader(just in case you wanted to know.)
I'm not a parent but a student at this school... I think jacksonville has to be the best public school in the area... This school has alot of school spirit it is alot of fun... Also i think it has a very nice environment compared to the other schools in this area...
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