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Pasadena High School1
Posted February 10, 2015
- a parent
Having read reviews and attending open night at PHS, i really had high hopes when enrolling my daughter at our local high school. She has not even completed her first year at PHS and we have had to take her out of the school. Teacher and staff seem overwhelmed, in ensure each child receives the support they need. Unfortunately for my daughter, a serious bullying situation, was not dealt with, in a manner any parent would have expected.
Come on PHS! This school is located in the most decent area of Pasadena unlike other high schools in the district, yet many of the abject mediocre students who live near their respective schools attend PHS due to its overwhelming popularity. There's a discrepancy between the poor students' abilities and stellar academics at PHS. True, PHS takes pride through many ways, but what these inept students are doing is obscuring the true image of PHS -- the number one school in Pasadena, surpassing the standards of private schools. And I affirm for this to be true despite Marshall taking PHS' position in being the number one school in the district. For those reading this lengthy comment, you can see how this school receives mix views of the qualities that define PHS. Indeed it has a turbulent past in which hostility was imminent and fear was ubiquitous. Well, that was ten years ago, and there are many old timers still teaching at PHS who witnessed the dramatic changes of the student behavior every decade. The school had made a significant improvement in its environment as of 2010 and its academics still remain immensely challenging as it was over the past 20 years.
Because of this outstanding school, college is not hard for me. I had very experienced and brilliant teachers at PHS who were former professors (Dr. Verdi and Mr. Davis). My professors at college were impressed over my strong beautifully written critical analysis and research. This school will actually prepare students to a prestigious university. What other school has an actual AP Physics class taught by a former university professor with over 30 yrs of experience? PHS! This school is home to the top elite teachers in the district. Send your child here to PHS to experience quality education.
I moved my daughter to PHS from a private school and I am very pleased at how well things have worked out for her. PHS has a much wider selection of Advanced Placement classes, along with an excellent music program and a wide variety of sports, clubs and other extracurricular opportunites including a Shakespeare play in which my daughter will have a role. She is very excited and pleasantly surprised at all the wonderful opportunities at PHS. Her counselor, Mr Tran, is outstanding, much better than her counselor at her prior private school. PHS is very safe and all the teachers are very supportive. The PTSA and music booster parent groups are very active and welcoming. I wish we had started her at PHS when she began high school, it has been a wonderful experience for our daughter.
This is a school with a great history, a lot of diversity, many great teachers, and their is a reason the weekly counts as the best public school in Pasadena. Given the number of low income students, our kids have very respectable academic scores. My child loves it a PHS, gets a lot of support and is off to a great college next year. Thanks PHS!
If this site would allow me to I would give this school zero stars! I have a daughter who attends PHS as a freshmen and another daughter in the junior level both girls have been picked on and harrased by a group of kids that has numbered up to 30 boys and girls all together. I have attempted to resolve this issue for months now without any success. I have filed police reports on these individuals and the bullying has continued to date, the school adminstration has the responsibilty to provide a safe environment for our kids to learn. In all we are very dissapointed with this schools leadership and lack of caring about there students safe being. We have to date filed two police reports and have meet with adminstration several times, send countles number of emails and spoken at school board. We are transfering our girls now. Grade F
I have been pleasantly surprised by everything about PHS. I was very apprehensive about sending my son to this school after a terrible experience at Blair (despite the fabulous principal). I even sent him to a charter for one year (another disaster). All of my worry was for naught. The thing that seems to make a difference is to have honors or AP classes. My son started in honors, since he gets As and Bs, and the teachers are excellent. I met all of them at the back-to-school night and I was impressed by their dedication and drive. It is a big school, but the good thing about that is that good kids have plenty of options regarding friends. Yes, there are some bad influences, but that's the case at any school, public or private. I have nothing but optimism regarding PHS; the principal is definitely going in the right direction.
I have a student at Pasadena High School and i am very happy to have him there. He has outstanding grades and he is currently taking AP classes. He comes home and does his homework and talks to his friends about how great he is feeling at PHS.