Higley is such a new school, that they have yet to establish the basic knowledge of how to run a school. I believe that the teachers are putting forth the best that they can, with a few exceptions, but the leadership of the principal is far too great. Perhaps a new principal would make the school run better, and the students would perform better.
Overall, I've been satisfied with the school. Areas that needs attention: Proofreading of information sent home such as the school newspaper. Even though it is student run, it should be checked by faculty before publication. The yearbook also had several mistakes and one inappropriate photo (a girl's belly piercing). These are reflections of the school's academic and moral standards. Enforce the dress code (especially girls). Progress reports and report cards need percentages and GPAs listed. I feel the school has experienced typical situations for a new school--lack of experience in different areas, the ability to offer a full curriculum, and involvement with getting kids excited about learning and planning for their future. I do not feel that any of these areas would be enough for me not to send my student there. I feel the school's staff really does make an honest effort to improve and I'm confident they will.
Could some more parents post their feelings on this school? We are considering this as a serious option, but need to have more input. Anything else about staff, academics and extra curricular activity would be appreciated.
This school needs a drastic change at the top before it can be considered 'acceptable' for kids to attend.
I think the atmosphere in the school is not one conducive to free and open thought. The administration rules from the top down and does not encourage stimulation and the exchange of different viewpoints. I know families that have removed their children from this school because of concerns that their children are not receiving a challenging, well grounded, diverse, educational experience.
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