I ADORE going to Newport Harbor High school! The social atmosphere is accepting of everyone. There are minimal cliques and as a girl who used to be called "weird" and was bullied some in elementary school, I now have friends all around campus of every kind. One thing I recommend if you want to succeed here is be responsible and proactive in completing your homework on time and getting makeup work after being absent. Teachers, although most want you to succeed, will not hunt you down about getting your work done. I really hope you choose this great school where you will learn, grow, and have more required of you before college.
Our family has been at Harbor for 7 years and both my husband and myself have been very active in the school as part of the Foundation and with the various booster clubs of the sports our boys participated in. Our experience at Harbor has been outstanding and my oldest son has commented on how well Harbor prepared him for college.We found that both the administration and the teachers were accessible and definitely willing to help with issues as they came up (which fortunately were few and far between!!!) Is Harbor perfect? No. But I do think it is rather exceptional in that it has a large number of very committed and gifted teachers who are one of the reasons there are so many different clubs and activities for the students to participate in. I think the best way to insure a positive experience for both parents and students is to get involved and there are many, many opportunities for that at Harbor!
2013 review: i am going to be a senior this fall. social life is cliques. the more money you have, the better you fit in with the popular clique. sports is amazing. we have olympic teams visit school, and alumni go to olympics. they are so common i have had classes with them often. teachers create the most amazing bond with their students. open minded teachers, working their tails off. remodeled so school looks good, but bathrooms are still horrid. the school is mix of white kids and hispanics, and they do not integrate together AT ALL. so with that said, if you are chinese or middle eastern or eastern european, then you fit in neither category, and are a misfit. personally, i have had great academic success, but because it is a family tradition, not because the school is good at academics. the math departments sucks so much, i needed my dad, (engineer) to tutor me, or not i would have failed. I have straight a's with 7 APs total, so this school offers you the road to success, you just have to take it. the extracurriculars is so much that you would think thats all kids do. this is not a bad thing. this school has kids accepted to ivy leagues each year. but hard to make friends.
Excellent teaching staff. Encourages sports participation; allows and even encourages students to play several different sports. Overall very happy with all aspects of the school.
I'm currently going to harbor and i definitely think the teachers are committed to teaching (though there are a few who don't really seem to care)
My boys went to Mariners Elementary, Ensign, and Newport harbor High...we are not one of the "rich, get everything you ask for " families, but with good parenting and excellent teachers and administration my kids appreciate the education they have been given. They have friends from all social-economic situations and the difference is in the home. My boys took AP classes and worked their tails off. We do not feel however that the money you give determines the effort in your child. We love Newport and all of the families and teachers here!!
I totally disagree with the last comment...I was on the Harbor Board and donated "big bucks" and my child got NO special priviledges whatsoever! This is a GREAT school, very fair and with a fantastic principal!
Newport is great...the location is really what makes it key. As I always say, 'Beach town kids are happier kids!'
Im currently a transferring senior to Harbor, comming from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Although my previous school in Michigan was a socially better experience for me, I love this school. The only problem is that some people are 'clicky,' just as any other high school is. I like it though. Thumbs up!
Newport Harbor High is a great school. Compared to a majority of other schools in the state its variety of extra curricular acitivities are more than exceptional. However it is not as 'nice' as many would hope and expect it to be. The school is run down and unattractive inside. This is of course excluding the beautiful exterior with the iconic bell tower and Robins hall.
Pathetic.The discipline is only for the less fortunate. We are a upper middle class family and cannot wait to get our kids out of here. If you give big bucks to the school you can write your childs ticket but if not too bad for your kids. The parents and their cash run the school.
Harbor was an all-around great experience for my three children over the past 8 years.
When I read these reviews I think that they are referring to some other school. I have two kids in the school now, and one just graduated,who was admitted to some very good colleges. The AP programs are very good and are offered in many subjects. My junior is in 3 or 4 this year. I have also met some very good and committed teachers who do all kinds of things with the students after school. The school does seem to have its share of goof-offs and poor performers, which isn't surprising considering that it is by far the biggest high school in the district, and draws from a wide range of neighborhoods, including other language students. But the blend is socially positive. If your kid is a performer, this school has a lot to offer, with a lot of other performers and a rich sense of tradition.
Academics hardly outstanding. Some few dedicated teachers. Most just putting in time and 'making' work to fill hours. Lots of extracurricular stuff as if it were the ultimate priority. The worst bunch of kids I've ever come across, and that includes exclusive private schools in Switzerland, France and England. Sad.
There academics were too easy for my daughter. Its just like they are playing around- SHE SAID. i didnt let my daughter stay there that long to notice the parent involvement
In my short (5 mons.) experience I have many concerns; Teachers and counselors Week unwilling to listen or work with students Classroom conditions Poor at best classes leak water Overall priority of staff seems to be focused on sports and less on academics.
This is our first year at Newport Harbor and I have mixed reviews. On the positive side, I heard wonderful things about the school prior to our move both academically and sports related. It is somewhat strict which is not necessarily a bad thing. NH is obviously agressive in sports & doing great! And the office staff is super friendly & helpful. On the negative side, my daughter ended up transferring to another H.S. due to the difficulty she had in making friends. She was extremely popular, friendly, a 'hottie' as the kids call it, but the girls at Newport have a bad reputation as being snotty & clickish. Anyway, my daughter is much happier now but it's too bad. She was so excited to meet new friends and finish her high school years here.
the principal does not have any contact with the students. In fact he avoids them as much as possible and will not return parent phone calls.
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