The "idea" of the Thornton High School International Baccalaureate program drew us in, the execution is often times poor. The classrooms are overcrowded, the guidance counselors are not helpful, and resources are bare. We were sold on the "individual approach to learning" that was promoted, but this is anything but that. It is a one size fits all learning regimen. We regret making the decision for our child to attend this school.
Thornton High School is an IB school and teachers are educated to teach the IB curriculum which is challenging and rewarding to the student. My son is in the diploma program and suffers from ADHD. He has an established 504 plan, but it is not, nor has never been followed. The school is not equipped to offer services to students with ADHD. The 504 building administrator and the guidance councilor are not only unfamiliar with the law, but go out of their way to prove that students do not need services.
Educators are not trained in how to help students with disabilities. As a parent, I often feel that they don't care, but realize how hard it must be to teach 35-40 advanced students per class.
My son has two more years at Thornton High School and I don't anticipate services being provided to him. The lack of support causes my son and myself constant anxiety. School is much more difficult for him than it should be.
I am an active parent and each year speak to his educators in order to build a sense of support between home and school. Each year proves to be a futile attempt.
Throughout my four years at Thornton I had many life experiences that have shaped who I am today. The teachers at Thornton played a large part in my success. The extra curricular activities offered and staff made school a second home for me. The support I experienced molded me into the teacher I have become today. I am forever grateful for the staff, teachers, and students that changed my life and made my high school career memorable and life changing! Class of 2006 - THS Trojans!
When there are issues they are dealt with with fairness, equality, and cultural awareness. With the school population changing month by month, sometime day by day, the staff do an excellent job to maintain compassion and individuality. I have the privilege of being a parent and a substitute teacher so I am able to use that unusual perspective to commend my school, Thornton High School to others.
I love Thornton High School because we have teachers that actually care about the students. We have an administration that works hard to make sure students get the best education possile. Thornton has been my second home for the last three years and this is my last year at Thornton. Thornton helped make me the student and person that I am today. I'm a proud Thornton Trojan.
Thornton is a terrific high school, with a diverse student body and faculty. They also host the International Baccaluarate program for the district, comprised of bright, motivated young people who will do great things! And the best part is, it's my alma mater!
The staff at Thornton High School helped me, a troubled teen work through my problems and make it into college. I am forever thankful for the ways they cared and how much emphasis they put on my continued education. The staff put in countless extra hours to help students achieve their goals. I am forever thankful!
I have a child at this school. My son has been attending Thornton for 3 years. The biggest complaints I have with Thornton stem from lack of discipline. Students can been seen walking the halls all day long, and there doesn't seem to be any consequence for doing so. My so doesn't always feel safe at Thornton. The teachers are very caring and support the kids well, but discipline is a major problem at THS
It's good. The excellent thing about this school is th IB program. The amount of work is alot but it will pay off in the end. The Orchestra is very good. Though it is a bit overcrowded this is a very good school and it is the best school for students who want to enroll into the IB program.
I have children in two of District 12's schools, and my son and I were much happier with the experience at Thornton than at Legacy. Thornton's staff and coaches have established individual student success as their priority. My son felt that he was valued in his academics and sports by each of his teachers and coaches. This school is lively and diverse. What it needs is much more parent participation and support. The athletes need to make a higher commitment to their sports and remain eligible. It is tough to be a teacher or administrator at this school due to the variety of needs the students present, but this staff handles itself with dignity and kindness.
This school has an amazing community. The students all seem to connect and have something in common. There is such diversity in the school that everyone can find a friend or more. The choir program is excellent, as are most of the performing arts. The athletics are also fun and welcoming. I really enjoyed going there and it gave me great people skills. The teachers focus more on the student than on the idea of a standardized test and it really teaches the kids to have realistic ideals of the real world and the hundreds of types of people you will encounter. Real world experiences are most definitely acquired here.
I am a grandparent and if I come into the school I am told I am not to wander the halls. I wanted to go with my grandson to purchase a yearbook but I was made to wait in the office while my grandson purchased the book. I felt left out of the process and that I had missed an opportunity to meet the teacher. I have offered my services as a volunteer and have not heard back from anyone. I was given the opportunity to watch the classroom when they were doing their mock trial practices and really enjoyed this chance to be in the educational loop. All parents,Grandparents and community members should be welcomed in the school.
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