This is a great high school. My oldest will graduate in 2014 with 7 AP classes completed. He has really enjoyed most of his teachers and has had no trouble making friends after having moved here from the Chicago area just before the start of his sophomore year. I also have a son who is a freshman and he is happy with the school, his teachers, and the friends he has made. The band program is quite good and my sons have enjoyed taking part in it. Both have participated in school athletics and have had great coaches. The school provides excellent academic opportunities to those who seek them and the community is a great place to raise a family.
Honestly, this is a very miserable school for the students and maybe even some of the teachers. Diversity is a foreign word here. Art?? Individuality?? Self expression?? This school seems to look down upon it, even punish it. Instead of nurturing and rewarding it. Sports! and Jesus!, yeah that's more like it with this school. This is a very cookie cutter, conservative republican, christian, vibe school. So if that's how you want your child then by all means maybe this school is for you. If your child has a big personality full of expression, questioning, and individuality.. hmm this definitely NOT your school. Its all about image here, a lot of the teachers are on some kind of weird power trip with enforcing the dress code instead of helping the students. Now that doesn't speak for every teacher there, with an exception of a very few phenomenal teachers. If you are not high upper class, and your child isn't dressed to the hilt in designer clothes, he or she WILL have trouble fitting in here.If your child isn't a cheerleader, or football player, they will not get special attention from the teachers, when it comes to help etc for "they should have payed attention in class"
The Hewitt Trussville High school is great. The Band program is one of the best programs in the state. The teachers and faulty is always trying to improve the progress of your children
I'm about to be a senior at HTHS, and it can be a great place to learn. What has kept HTHS going over the past few years is a very talented and strong faculty and group of teachers. They are simply amazing overall. However, there is constant administrative turnover, having had 3 different principals and 10 different assistant principals now since I've been here. The new principal is absolutely clueless about how to interact with students and teachers and really is clueless overall. A vast majority of the teachers can't stand him. If HTHS can solve its' problems with leadership that have plagued it over the last several years, it can be an excellent school and not just good.
I'm about to enter my junior year at HTHS and I can't wait to leave it when I'm a senior. More than half the teachers don't even know what they're teaching and I get very little help on the subjects that I struggle with like math and science. If I ask for help, they just say "you should have payed more attention in class" and not say another word. They put too much emphasis on dress code and rules as well as sports and standardized testing. Stop crooning over the football players and cheerleaders and start caring about the students for once. I just hope when my sister enters high school, my parents will have enough common sense not to put her in HTHS.
It's a school meant for the athletically inclined. Art classes gotten only one fifth of a fraction better. There is barely any hands on experience and the experiences that you do have are usually in a classroom or by the Cahaba. Dress code is ridiculous since piercings, hair color, hair length, and sleeve width are not distracting. Several teachers have power issues and help with comprehension is minimum. Some teachers are good in personality only. Send child here if you want them to become cookie cutter perfect in image only.
If you want to go to a school where every kid looks and acts the same with no adversity then HTHS is the place for you. They care NOTHING about the arts and dont even fund any of them. ALL focus is on sports. Sports spots sports. They're too concerned with being the most prim and proper and having NO diversity. God forbid a boy have long hair. He should be suspended for it. HA! The superintendent is completely clueless as to what would make the school better and runs off every decent teacher and administrator. If you want your kid to be exposed to diversity and be a true individual avoid HTHS. if you want your kid to be popped out of a mold, experience no new experiences, see no diversity, and be like everyone else. You've found your school. personally to any Trussville employees reading this. FUND THE ARTS!!!! and quit worrying so much about the dress code. having long hair or pierced ears isn't distracting from learning. Its you being afraid of anything like not a normal polo wearing cookie cutter kid. get over yourselves.
I am sorry to say that I am a product of Trussville schools. You should send your children to HTHS if: - You want them to attend a school that failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (*basic* federal requirements under No Child Left Behind) as recently as 2006; - You want them to attend a school that has an average ACT score of 22.2, less than a point above the national average and ranking *63rd* in the state of Alabama; - You want them to attend a school where almost all students who are college bound go on to a public university in the state of Alabama; - You want them to attend a school that not only lacks diversity on any imaginable dimension, but also prides itself on its homogeneity. Trussville schools are a scary combination of mediocrity and false pride. They are light years behind Mountain Brook, Vestavia Hills, Hoover, and Homewood schools, but they have no idea that they aren't special. If you are a freakishly-conservative Republican Christian who doesn't want children to question *anything*, then HTHS is a great choice! If you are moving from another part of the country, you will be shocked by the backwardness... Trust me.
hello i was formally a student at hewitt from second to tenth grade. my nieces are also students ,and they love it from my expierences at hewitt as oppose to others school (not to say anything negative about any teachers or learning institutions from other schools by any means) have been a great learning experence. now from what i see from my family the teaching still has the best teachers they will actually take the extra time to make sure no student is left behind in understanding . thankyou for making a page for people new and old students with families to express their opinions on any school thanks again mm class 01'
Board of Education not elected or represenative of parent and families. Focused on Money, policies and accredation instead of students.
I wish that I had never sent my children to this school. Awful teachers except for a few. No creativity.There is nothing to engage students. The only ones that count are athletes or if you are someone in the community. The system does not care about the students. All that matters is the school standing with other schools. As far as parental involvement, only a chosen few "the clique" is wanted. They need to focus on teaching the students instead of focusing on testing and making all the students hate being there. Faculty and staff treat football players and cheerleaders like they are royalty. The superintendent is an egotistical control freak who has sucked any creative way of teaching out of the system.
Move into the area with only two and a half months left in the school year. My daughter broke her knee the first week and everyone, staff, teachers, coaches went out of their way to help. We left a very small private school and didn't know what to expect. My senior and sophomore adjusted very well and are happy. It has been a great experience. Would recommend the school and the area to anyone moving to Birmingham.
miss manage school funding, focused on boe and teacher salarys, no communication with familys, very expensive for nothing
This is a fantastic school for my child, friendly and learning accessible environment.
The administration and staff care about our children and our community. Our children will be better people because they are a part of the Trussville City Schools! It's a great place to education our children!
Hewitt Trussville middle School is arguably one of the worst schools in the nation.
Very big school biggest school in the state of alabama. Great teachers
i attended this high school, and dont recomend it. Over half the teacher have no idea what they are talking about, but there are a few good ones. In my years at hewitt i spent a lot more time on my homework than i should have because the homework that was given to me the teacher never taught, so i had to take extra time to learn it out of the book. the principals are also not the best and dont even get me started about the superintendent. overall i rate this school a thumbs down
There are very few teachers with experience of 5 or more years. The policy is to have 60% non-tenured teachers.
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