I attended this school and so did my brothers. We had great teachers who did well in college at good or top schools. They taught us well. I went on to UCLA, so did one of my brothers. We enjoyed the school. There are students that do not "achieve" but that is not the cause of the school - but the parents and students themselves. The important factor is the teaching quality and resources. These enabled us and many others to succeed academically. I would send my kids here when the time comes.
This school is all about which program your child is in. Our son was part of the School for Environmental Studies, and it was AMAZING! We were so happy with the program. They receive some sort of grant and do not participate in the magnet program because they are better than a magnet! My son went on so many field trips and started loving school! The director is fantastic and is always there when you need him. The principal and assistant principals aren't so great but that didn't seem to affect the Environmental program our son was in. The director lives in the neighborhood and really cares about the kids.
Currently a student at enrolled in the SAS program at John Marshall High, and I am trying to transfer. The teachers are horrible; they make racist comments, have class favorites, and are extremely rude. On top of that, the teachers that I have don't teach, yet they have a very high unset standard. I've never disliked a school to this extent. All of my other friends are trying to look for other high schools to attend because they don't like the school as well. I hope there would be better teachers later on for the future students.
I am a Marshall alum and I loved my time there. It was academically challenging and I was able to be involved in Theatre activities as well. But its not solely on the students or teachers to make a school great, parents HAVE to get involved. There was a new math when I went called IMP or IMG... my mother talked to the academic counselors and insisted I take regular math instead and I am so glad she did. It helped me out a lot more when I went to UCLA than taking that weird experimental math. And yes, even though this school may be rated a 5, I went to UCLA and graduated from there with honors! Marshall is great especially when everyone in the community is involved.
I am the parent of a new student -- a 9th grader. Many of his friends claim to have good experiences here and some parents also praise the school, but our experience has been otherwise. We have found low classroom instruction skills from 5 of his six teachers including low-level questioning, lack of course and daily lesson objectives, no efforts to differentiate instruction, and no classroom discussion. School wide, the leadership has not taken an active interest in improving classroom teaching. Communication with parents is weak compared to other nearby public schools.