I'm grateful for my chemistry teacher, Mr. Lupoli. Throughout the year until now, he has been an exceptionally amazing teacher. The way Mr. Lupoli teaches is simple to understand and not only that but he understands how you struggling at times when the concepts can be difficult. But he wants the best for us, he wants us to try the best of our ability. He's also very funny. But sadly this year, he's leaving due to some "changes" made by the principle. Although he wants to stay, he cannot. Everybody will dearly miss him for being such awesome chemistry and physics teacher and friend.
Some teachers take an active mentorship role, but no way these caring individuals can impact the whole school, and no systemic outreach to students in need. If they go ask for help in wellness, it is available, but nothing unless they go in. There is a volunteer minimum starting Jr year.
This was not my child's first choice of high schools because it is a small high school (averaging 160 students per grade). However she has blossomed and made new friends and tried different sports and clubs. So we're huge fans, right? Not quite.....
Our daughter WAS a huge advocate and fan -- however in the past two years the administration has turned over and the new APs are not at all liked. At the same time the principal (who was never popular) has become even more controlling and panders to families with special needs or IEP to try and curry favor. She is at times downright rude to some parents and I hear has teachers terrified for their jobs. This has impacted my daughter as she loves her teachers.
All the administration cares about is their school rating and ensuring the achievement rate of african americans, english language learners and special education students improve (going so far as to give 50% even when there is no homework turned in and not suspending students as having a low suspension rate boosts ratings).
That said the majority of the students are left to their own devices. Ask to see the AP exam pass rates or college readiness scores and compare that to the GPAs. They don't align.
Yes this is a public high school with a varied student body. The same social pressures, challenges and issues exist here as with all public schools in an urban setting. The difference I feel is that with the size, there is no hiding it. Hence discipline issues need to be addressed. Stop the teacher turnover (hence stop bullying the teachers and improve the climate). They are terrified of the principal.
This school has the potential to be a true gem. However we need new blood at the administrative level. Assume ALL students can achieve instead of lowering standards just to graduate everyone. Make sure to nuture and invest in the new teachers and ensure the high turnover stops. Deal with the bad teachers but keep the good ones from turning over.
So stay on top of your child and the school. Find the good teachers as there are many of them and avoid the bad ones. Befriend those wonderful parents who spend hours volunteering. Again, our daughter has had some wonderful teachers that she loves. And she had a wonderful time with sports as the PE department is also outstanding.