I love this school. My siblings have gone here, I have taken a tour around the school. It's amazing. Most people only say it's bad just because it's all the way in the back of Tracy and it's a new school. But, I love kimball. They are VERY spritive for their 9th graders welcoming orientation, they have lots of spirit weeks. I love kimball.
My daughter attended this school for less than a semester. She got along well with the other students; however, there were abundant problems with teachers and administration. Administrators will not return phone calls or emails on a timely basis. Punishments are harsh and students and parents are not listened to (even at the district level). The Spanish department is the worst. Put your child in French! These teachers do not have the students' best interests in mind. It's a repressive environment in which students have difficulty learning.
Socially, and intellectually diverse, John C. Kimball hosts a wide variety of highly enlightened staff, a close knit and incredibly friendly and sociable student base, and dedicated staff members who are passionate about their job. Some aspects are in their own way ridiculous, such as an obvious bias in administering reprimand, but these aspects in no way hinder the students ability to participate as a student. They also in no way violate any ethical codes, nor do they conflict with the general mission of high schools. Consider them instead as easily overcome obstacles and annoyances.
As an incoming graduate, I must recommend that any and all considerate parents keep their children stay away from Kimball. The administration is adversarial, the student population largely delinquent, student "leadership" wholly uncommunicative with the student body. One can expect lengthy wait times when working with the office, and harsh penalties for relatively minor offences (I compare this with the two other highschools I've attended, and peer experience). Mandatory ID laniards, in the most unappealing color scheme. I once went to the office, asking for an icepack to numb my finger (pinched nerve). I was issued one, but not allowed to leave the office with it. As I had critical work to be done in the class I had left, I asked if I could get a bag of icecubes to go. They said no, either stay in the office with it or return to class without it. I suffered until one of my teachers got some from the science room, which brings us to the only positive side of Kimball: the teachers. However, two of my favorites are going to Mountain House High anyway (go there, they have a bell tower). Kimball administration runs the school like a jail, and they charge you for the stay.
BIG BIG PROBLEMS LISTEN TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT THE STAFF AND TEACHERS THEY ARE TELLING YOU THE TRUTH, DONT MAKE THE MISTAKE I MADE AND PUNISHED MY KID AND FOUND OUT LATER IT WAS THE TEACHERS ERROR.
Kimball is the worst! First of all the teachers are terrible! They don't like to teach and they never give back any of your work. A couple of times my spanish teacher lost my tests and gave me a zero on it because she couldn't find it! How unfair is that?! Another thing is that whenever I ask for help from the teachers I get a lecture and/or they yell at me saying that I should know this material already! If I'm coming to you for help obviously I was never taught this lesson! Not to mention how the teachers love to publicly humiliate the students! At this school I don't get bullied by the students. I get bullied by the teachers.
John C. Kimball High School in Tracy, Ca. has lots to offer anyone who has a GOOD attitude. It's newer, and, therefore, younger with a few kinks to work out. As a parent of 2 kids who have graduated from high schools in Tracy, and a 3rd who is a senior here at KHS, I know, for a fact, that KHS could use the money. When school starts, teachers ask for items their classes need/will use and parents provide what they can. KHS has promised to handle business matters to do with our kids with dignity, integrity, and consistency. If only the parents could see the forest through the trees. Perhaps the REAL problem is in the main district office, TUSD, from which all of the guidelines are developed for staffing, teachers, and curriculum.
This school academically is not bad. It is hit or miss but there are some amazing teachers. But that being said the office staff and the administration is really bad! I am a parent and every time I have to call the office or go into the office I cringe. I have been treated so rudely and dismissively by those in the office. I leave messages and never get a call back. The students that work in the office are way more helpful and cheerful then the people employed there. So I figure if they treat me badly as a parent, how is my child being treated. Not good is the report I hear. The sports programs are pretty good. We have had some positive interactions with the coaches and they do try hard. We are happy with the school mostly and just glad that my child doesn't have to attend classes taught by office staff and the administration. This is a problem that I have heard is ongoing, hopefully some day they will change.
I have seen better.The administration staff is completely useless, I am a junior this year and i have seen the principal around campus a collective three times in all my time at this school. The Spanish department is appalling. The math department is meh... i have had a good experience in the science department but sometimes i hear some scary things about it. The French department is amazing! the music and drama programs are good, history and English are very hit or very miss. In my opinion this school dumps way to much money into stupid things. The teachers can be very unprofessional and rude. THE WORST ASPECT OF THIS SCHOOL ARE THE SECURITY GUARDS. They harass you, they swear, and are all around mean, if you can go to West or Tracy High i highly recommend it/
The school needs to do something about the teachers. I hate going to school because of the fear that I might get picked on by a TEACHER. A handfull of the teachers swear to, or at their students. Many of the teachers are not focused and do not return our papers for weeks or even months. I do not believe it is a professional enviornment and I personally felt as if I was teaching myself in many of the subjects. I didn't choose my classes based on the difficulty of the course or my interest, I chose the classes where I feel I am likely to get a teacher that will TEACH. I do not recommend this school to anyone.
John C. Kimball high school is a young school, that being said they have a lot of kinks to work out in their system. I agree the office staff is by far the worst I've seen in any school. The teachers for the most part are fantastic. Tracy is a commuter town and parent involvement is not very high. You end up having a lot of students who do what they want knowing there aren't consequences. I feel disciplinary actions are either harsh for small offenses or not harsh enough for large offenses. Give the school a few years to grow and maybe I'll come back and change my opinion but for now I would say keep your kids away from Kimball it was honestly the worst 3 years of my educational life.
My school is actually pretty awesome. In freshman year I didn't like it because I was zoned for another school with my friends until the last minute. I am going to be a senoir now and know that going to kimball was a great thing for me, as a school we have high test scores and the best teachers. We have special classes like Hire Me First, Print Shop, and more. A lot of students liked to get involved in different activitieslike clubs and sports and teachers like to help students get involved by encouraging us. So I think Kimball is the best school in tracy :D
I came from a city which had the best schools and coming to this school have been the worst experience of my life. Starting as a new student, I was introduced around the school while the student was telling me how terrible the school was. In the office, the staffs are really slow, and often make mistakes. The teachers are okay and some aren't really great. Their AP classes are not very advance compared to schools in the Bay Area. They spent so much money on really nice built-in speakers and projectors, but didn't focus improving curriculum. The school is just way behind on some things(lessons taught) and needs improvement.
Principal/school leadership is poor. Go and try and set up a meeting with the school counselor, and they won't supply you with a meeting until a month later. The office staff is naive and careless. They act as if all the students are 'bad people.' They have no manners at all. The security guards aren't making the students feel 'safe' at school. Also, many of the security guards tend to use vulgar language in front of the students - not setting very good examples, are we? It's bad enough that the students aren't getting the full extent of their education. English department is unorganized. The math department is alright. The Spanish department is horrible, according to experience. The science department is 50/50. Music department is excellent. The school is still young, but why aren't they trying to improve? I honestly feel alienated at this school.
Terrible administration including secretary and registar. Staff there are not willing to help you. "Everything is online so help yourself" will be what you get disregard your problems and urgency. Staff don't listen...they split words "everything is online" or "I'm not the rt pp" but they won't direct to someone who can help you. It is a waste of parents' time deadling with concerns they have for their child. Very disappointing!
I love this school! Kimball High school has really given my children the opportunity to shine. My children are involved in multiple sports, AP programs, as well as leadership class. My children have excelled, have been given multiple opportunities, and absolutely love this school.
This is the most unorganized school I have ever dealt with. The office staff NEVER answers the phone, occasionally a "student worker" will answer. You are rarely greeted when you walk in the office and if you are, they say "what do you need". The entire staff treats the students as if they are always doing something wrong. My daughter is fearful of going in to the office because of this. The security guards all high five each other in front of the kids if they "caught" them doing something wrong. There is no positive reinforcements at this school. Very sad, being that my other daughter's Tracy High experience was nothing compared to this. I hope they change their attitude or more students will transfer out, just as mine did.
Most unorganized, useless school i have ever had to deal with. Poor uninvolved office and counselors, lack of any type or organization, overreactive about things that are unimportant in the high school life and curriculum.. treat students and parent alike as if they are there to have to be put up with and tolerated instead of active partners in education and shaping these kids for their future... Good luck to anybody attending this school
Fabulous music and drama department; wonderful upper-level math teachers; enthusiastic AP-level history teachers; abysmal English department--across the board; great French teacher; horrible Spanish teachers; so-so science department. It's a new school, so a learning curve is to be expected, but the administration is simply unwilling to change--even when the problem areas are pointed out (objectively, with portfolios, assignment sheets, etc.). They are the educators; therefore, only they have worthwhile opinions and ideas. And they, the administration, is absolutely rigid. The decent test scores are a testament to the quality of the student body, not the teaching staff or administration.
Counselors don't get involved and there is no one to really provide help or "guidance". Our Senior child was lost in preparing for college and even the previous year when deciding which classes to take for the senior year. Good luck to anyone going to this school.
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