Yesterday, August 7, 2015...I went to Harrison check in (registration) for my Freshman. My daughter and I were very excited and ready to meet some of the faculty and staff. Unfortunately, the staff was very rude, mean, short tempered and just came off like they didn't want to be there. With the exception of the nice older lady who was taking the forms for opting out of the military contact, the lady who gave you your final packet and the ladies who gave the schedules. They were pleasant. The heavy set, older lady who sat at the table for the athletic passes was so mean, bitter and rude! She yelled at another staff member in front of anout 15 to 20 parents, students and children because the other staff member was misinformed about a situation concerning photo IDs for the students. First impressions are the lasting impressions and I am extremely nervous about sending my daughter to this school. The bad part is that all of this was before 9 am. Sheesh! I hope this wasn't an indication to how this school year will be.
Harrison HS has come a long way in the past few years. Its test scores, student conflict rates, and graduation rates have climbed. That said, there is an inherent problem when teachers are part of a pay-for-performance system. Due to the often transient nature of the student population, test scores are not necessarily representative of teacher effort. Because many parents do not speak English, parent-teacher communication is difficult. Students do not always have the resources they need in the classrooms. There is no PTA. And in general, the school seems to care a great deal more about teachers' salaries than in placing students where they can best achieve.
Harrison is a great school and has improved a lot over the years and continues to get better. The education itself was very good, and the teachers and coaches were all involved and amazing. I attended and graduated with excellent grades, took honor's courses, excelled in athletics and extracurricular activities, and I was very prepared for college. I did attend another high school briefly, but it was terrible compared to Harrison.
Very unhappy with this school. Did not see any involement from the teachers or counselors to help my daughter who moved mid year. They knew she was struggling but I was not contacted to get her tutoring and couldnt get a response to my calls. A lot of drug issues too.
Honestly this school is not meant to prepare students for higher education. I graduated in 2008 and did not do well my first semester at UCCS as a freshmen. They focus way too much on the CSAP and are focusing more on the unproficient students than those taking AP classes and who already scored advanced on the CSAP. They also cut many AP classes as well. If you want your child to succeed, than you need to enroll them into a D-12 or D-11 school.. NOT Harrison District 2
i went to harrison my freshmen year and was extremely happy to be a panther but unfortunately had to move. but my teachers and coaches were amazing and were willing to bend over backwards for me to be the best i could be. and as for harrison reputation its really not as bad as people say, all it comes down to is the people you chose to hang out with.
Parental involvement tends to be low, but the staff involvement on the student's lives is excellent. This school gives students encouragement to not only focus on studies, but be involved in all types of extracurricular activities to keep them out of trouble. Students receive not only after school assistance on studies, but as well as a guided direction in their life. I've seen many people graduate from Harrison and excel in all types of universities. They were given the necessary education and guidance to be successful.