The staff is RUDE, LAZY and very UNPROFESSIONAL!! The teachers don't care for the students and they are just as lazy as the staff in the front office.
Alas, Carson High (main complex) is only a shell of its former self. There's a lot of blame that can go around for this. I teach at this school but couldn't see sending my own children here. The classes are packed beyond reason and with now seven periods there is barely time to cover the material that kids so desperately need to absorb. The obsession with testing is driving everything and makes for a somewhat dreary learning experience for both teacher and student. Teacher morale is very low with the changes and a climate of fear and intimidation exists on the campus. Fortunately, the kids are wonderful and amazing. They are a pleasure to see and work with and make putting up with a some of the more intellectually specious directives somewhat bearable. The school is a bit of a factory. Budget cuts have eliminated many of its programs and the class selection is EXTREMELY limited. There is less than a 50% chance your kid will ever go on a field trip during his or her four years here. To be fair, this situation exists in many LAUSD schools. Carson is not special in this regard. The kids here are amazing. The education philosophy that is being championed here is not.
i just wish i could give it more than infinity and forever stars. Carson High Is the best it helped me make my identity. and now i work at NASA and the credit all goes to Carson
Carson High is a great neighborhood school. They now have School Loop Plus, an amazing website that sends parents daily emails with their students homework assignments and current grades and attendance. For parents who want to know how their students are doing and how to help them do better, Carson High School is an excellent choice. A little smaller than it used to be, there is an emphasis on personal attention and an academically focused atmosphere. Students also are able to see how they are doing on a daily basis and we are really seeing a change in how much students care about their grades now that they feel they have some insight and control over their grades.
I graduated from Carson High in '08 and i'm going to graduate from UC Berkeley in the spring. This school isn't perfect but i thought it suited me perfectly. There are many different AP classes and lots of organizations to join. As a Latina, i felt that i was going to fall through the cracks and not do well because most of the students that do well are from the filipino community but i got along with them well and i felt that though there were some racial segregations that we did ourselves i felt comfortable in that school and i did excellent. The different learning communities definitely help. I was part of Advanced Studies Academy and my teachers were amazing. I read books that my professors at Berkeley reference and talk about and i felt that i was semi prepared for college. High school is what everyone makes of it. I wanted to succeed so i did. If you want to go to school to meet girls or boys and just party then you will not do so great.
We moved to this school district when my daughter was a junior, I was under the impression this was a good school, she is now a senior and Im so glad she is graduating or I would have to take her out & relocate. There is no leadership @ this school. No dress code. The staff is detached and uncaring, the scores are low, the state needs to take over!!!
Many people are skeptical about sending their students to Carson High, but in all honesty, it is an exceptional school. Despite the ratings given to it on this site, many students from Carson do go on to top schools ranging from CSU's to UC's to privates. I, myself, will be attending UCI next year and I owe it all to Carson High. The teachers have helped me to become academically competitive against other schools. Though some students may fall through the cracks, high school is what you make of it. Its all about making the right decisions and growing up to become mature young adults. Paradoxically, parents wish this for their children, yet they are afraid to let their child go into the 'real world'. Carson High provides their students insight into the real world so that they come out prepared for what difficulties may come after graduation. Class of 2009!ASP
Unsafe school in a dirty neighborhood. Low test scores. Block schedule is not working out very well for my kid. Bully problems.
Yes, this school is dirty and there are many fights, but despite all of that, Carson High is great for having a memorable high school experience. I am currently a junior at this school, and it's not exactly the 'best' in terms of attendance or academics, but I like how there is so much diversity (not only in ethnicity). There is a club for almost anything on campus, and students can join which ever one they feel will help them to be themselves. This school is not only for 'ghetto' people like many think, for there are actually a number of students who do take part in a challenging curriculum to help prepare themselves for their future. Overall, this school doesn't bite, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in having fun and adventures during their high school years.
this school is great but they have lots of ghetto people coming from other cities messing up the school and its education status.
I'm enjoying my experience at this school. I was a transfer from Dorsey High and I feel that Carson High school gave me the push I needed to excel in all my classes.
The teachers do whatever they want and don't really care about anything.. They don't teach properly. Enrolling in carson high was the worst mistake ever and they have very minimum ap classes!
My child attended private school before going to Carson High School. I was worried about the quality of the school and the environment at first, but not anymore. The school and students are great! I really can't tell the difference in how these students behave from the way the students did at the Christian private school, and the academics are challenging.
Academic program (Advanced Placement courses) availability is very well rounded and gives students with desires to excel to do so with the support of teachers and administration.
I am glad they have more college prep programs at this school. But they really need to cut down the population of how many students go to the school.
I am a graduate of Carson High School and I have many great memories, most from the marching band! All the teachers that I had were excellent and I have no complaints. Great atheletic programs and many different clubs/organizations to choose from, also, many different academic academies. The only experience that I was not too fond of was the fact that it was a kind of crowded school, but after a bit it's not a bother. All in all I think it's a great school with a bright future ahead (as it looks with the rise in test scores that I've seen.)
Carson High School has several outstanding programs. The Advanced Teacing Career Academy (ATCA) prepares students interested in becoming teachers. The Humanitas Program integrates the subjects of History, Art, and English to give students an interdisciplinary curriculum. The Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) program encourages every student to strive for a post-secondary education. The Advanced Studies Academy (ASA) promotes self-motivation and thinking outside the box to encourage students to expand their world beyond the community of Carson. Carson High always has competitive athletic teams. The school annually contends for titles in football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, and track. The music department is experiencing a rise in participation with the hiring of a new band director. The level of parent involvement has increased with the opening of the Parent Center which is housed on the campus. Students must take the initiative to become involved, and Carson has much to offer.
Carson High is known for being a 'ghetto' school. I don't agree, it just depends on how you look at things. There are several strong academic programs on campus which include Advanced Studies Acamemy, Humanitas, A.V.I.D., and Multilingual Teaching Academy. All four are very organized and help students that want to be helped. They include honors classes and they teach skills for colleges and prepare them for fields they might want to enter later in life. Music and art are scarce, but sports and clubs are big on campus. There are tons of clubs for whatever your interests or goals. Sadly, the most parent involvement seems to be arguing for there children, although there is a P.T.A. that helps alot, mainly with sports.
Caron is the best school the the LAUSD. Their academic programs for high achievers is very successful and makes me happy inside. Compared to most schools in the area, Carson has many extracurricular classes that satisfy every type of student. Parent involvement is super fantastic! This school rocks!
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