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John C. Kimball High School5
Posted August 13, 2014
- a community member
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.
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.