As a current student at Hamilton High School, I must say it is an excellent school. We exceed in athletics, academics, and the arts. This school has a great foundation under it and is everything any parent could hope for for their child's education.
The semester I spent at this school was the worst semester of my life. The curriculum is too constricting and the schedule is detrimental to the students' time management skills. However, the biggest problem was the size of the school.The campus is much too small for the amount of students it holds, making hallways very dangerous. Hamilton does have a few good teachers, as I recall, but if you get stuck with a bad one they don't cater to your requests. It's very hard to get ahead in this school for the mass of the student body makes it hard to get noticed.
I graduated from HHS when it first opened I was really happy to attend HHS. Staff and teachers are all very caring. The only issue with the school was that it was a closed campus but I think it was a good thing because it kept students from ditching.
I graduated from Hamilton in 2002. The school lunches are nothing but fattening foods. I started ditching regularly my junior year. Missed 20+ days of the last semester. I got caught once. Senior year I missed 20+ days each semester and was never caught. I still graduated but was rarely there. There was a handful of great teachers that really cared. So watch your kids there.
Hamilton is a lovely school with a diverse set of teachers, a great campus, and great extracurricular activities. Of course, as in many schools it does have a few problems such a overcrowding, but I can assure you there is not a 'serious drug problem' I have been at this school for 3 years now and have never been confronted with drugs at all. Hamilton is a great school, and I would reccomend it to anyone!
I agree with the comments regarding the academics, but they have serious drug problems at this school.
The teachers and counselors are wonderful. If all our educators were so caring and responsive, our educational system would thrive. I'm thrilled my son is attending Hamilton and would highly recommend this school to any prospective resident.
This school has wonderful academic programs and extracuricular activities. And the students and staff are wonderful.
This is an amazing school! Enrol your children here! Beautiful campus, diverse! Simply amazing!
Quality of academic programs: This school has highly trained teachers that a are gladly willing to help students if neccesary. They bring forth a 'benchmark' or a moderately difficult test every 3 weeks or so to train for the AIMS (which must be passed by senior year or graduation will be declined) Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities: There is a massive amount of clubs avalible for joining at HHS. As far as class avaliblility goes, it becomes a bit iffy when you register a week or so after the school opened for registration. Level of parent involvement: Hamilton high school's level of parent involvement isn't what you would call great, but it holds steady at average.
My daughter Amanda entered 9th grade in July 2005 and is in honors classes, speech and debate and chorus. She is acclimating nicely to the large physical size and enrollment of Hamilton High and is attending her first social dance this evening!Her teachers are proficient and the student body in general is friendly and welcoming. I look forward to Amanda prospering here these next four years.
My son just started attending Hamilton after spending K-8 in a conservative, small charter school with a strict dress code and conduct rules. He wanted a change. We were afraid of sending him to such a big public school with all the regular temptations and potential problems. So far we are pleased. He feels safe, and the mentoring program they have for new freshmen is outstanding. You have to be a bit aggressive there if you want to find out information or answers to questions, but he seems to have excellent teachers.
In general my graduated daughter had a great experience at Hamilton. Most of her teachers were very good, fair and accessible. I would recommend the school to others. The two complaints we did have: 1)She took multiple AP courses and exams the last two years - she did exceptional except for Gov't/Economics and Calculus even though she had straight A's. The test material did not match the material studied in class. Also, the school favors sports programs over arts programs in an extreme matter - revenue, trips, sponsorship, etc.
Hamilton High School was a wonderful school for me. Even though the school was big, and the enrollment numbers made me feel like a small fish in a big pond, the numerous extracurricular opportunities helped me feel connected to my school and the community. Having such a large campus helped me better prepare for my college career. I graduated from Hamilton in 2002, and plan to graduate from Northern Arizona University in May of 2006.
Great athletics program, clean wonderful school. Nothing but positive things to say.
Hamilton High School is a great school for students, and it has one of the best sports organizations in Arizona.
Hamilton High is a beautiful school with a lot of good things going for it. However, because they are such a large school, students easily get lost. They don't follow up on student absences, so students can easily get away with skipping classes, etc. There doesn't seem to be a lot of one on one care for the students.
What an amazing school! We have had one graduate, a current senior and a current sophomore. We could not be more impressed! Dr. DePrez is a fantastic leader and challenges his staff to be as well. I am involved in many areas within the school and am impressed everyday with how they pull it off with such high population numbers. For the parent who was having trouble getting passes and info....go to the website for info, pick up a pass via the boaster club at almost any of the high school sporting events or call and ask. I have never experienced the staff not willing to find the answer to a question.
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