I have 2 children currently enrolled at this school. When my oldest began her 9th grade year we immediately started having bullying problems. Shes now a senior and not much has changed. I have had more meetings at this school than i can count about several issues, bullying, struggling with classes, grades, cost, ect. I get the same response every time. "I'll look into it and give you a call" The call never happens. Their are probably a handful of teachers that seem to actually care about the students. The students are wild. There is some kind of lock down almost every month. There are no resources for tutoring or college. The guidance counselors either can not be found or have no solutions. The students are just a student number at this school. Its really sad. The attendance office is a joke. There is one lady that works in that office but she never gets up from her seat having the kids do everything for her. Shes more concerned with her appearance, constantly grooming herself even with several parents in the office. Since the new principal took over a couple years ago, she has basically taken everything away. Why would they care about school when there is nothing to look forward to? Also the kids have no one to talk to. The principal, Dean, even teachers never have time for them. When my children ask the teachers for makeup work or extra work they are always told "Not now, see me after school". Very upsetting to these kids that the only transportation home is the bus, in which they have to choose between makeup work (Missing the bus) or a ride home. There is no option for failing students. I have stood by the school sign to pick up my children and watched kids pass small bottles of liquor & cigarettes while the dean drove right passed them on the golf cart and never said a word. I really can not wait for my children to graduate away from this awful school.
Mr. Giles and Mr. Vass. They are great teachers and work hard to keep an open line of communication with the students. They support the students and do their best to guide them as well as address any academic set backs the students may be having.
I gave this (2) stars, because there are worse schools in Polk County, for sure.
Bartow High School would probably be a failing school if they weren't using the IB, and probably Summerlin scores to pull up their grade.
According to US News, less than 1/2 ar eproficient in Math and reading, and only 20% leave ready for college. 10% of the school are IB students, and then there is Summerlin, so what does that say.
This is not a reflection on the students, or even the teachers. That is what Florida does with failing schools. They attach a school that draws high achievers, to fold in their test scores, so no one knows how bad that school is. There are several in Polk County, like Kathleen/Aerospace, Lakeland/Harrison, to name just a few.
These add on schools, IB, Summerlin, Harrison, Aerospace, etc,. should be under a separate school number, so they get credit for their own achievement, and the true grade for the others comes out.
Bartow has plenty of issues, but seems safer than many others. They really do work on that.
It is a very poor school and does not get the perks of some of the big name sports schools, it seems. Parents are always left to scramble and raise money, give time, and teachers pay a lot out of their own pockets.
Why do parents settle for this?
Of course this varies widely
The IB teachers are top notch, (save one or two), and I am sure many of the Bartow teachers are also
Some, from what I have read, have given up, and are just trying to get through it.
This REALLY depends on the program.
IB is buried in work, Bartow, if you have regular classes, not so much.
I am not sure about Summerlin
You can tell an IB student by the difference in the size of the backpack.
Again, I thin you have this or you don't, and I am not sure how much of this they can get from a crowded high school
I think it takes determination to get through some of these programs, and classes, but I think those students were probably that way when they came in to Bartow.
I am not sure that is really possible with some of the high school students, and I do not believe this is a point of concern.
Concern seems more on dress code, tardiness, and safety (for which I do congratulate them.
Bartow does a better job than most, on that
By insisting, in Polk County, that these schools are attached to, and get the credit for, the other's grades. How is that honest?
Also, Summerlin has a bright, beautiful, separate campus, and IB is left to share the Bartow space...how is that fair?
I love it because we have three great schools at one awesome campus. It's the best situation, as an IB student, and I get to have friends at all the different schools so we have different perspectives and it makes for great conversation and learning.