I went to this school myself in the eighties and it was even bad back then. We had a name for it, Piper Prison. This school has turned progressively worse as the years have passed. The grade ratings for the facility are horrifying. My son was supposed to attend this year and I was so against it, we sold our home and moved to Wellington just to provide him a better education. I am not kidding, that is the sole reason we moved. He now attends an 'A' school. I highly encourage parents in the Piper Zone with no alternatives to send their children to magnet schools. The path your child takes with exposure to the current elements at Piper is in your hands.
I just graduated from Piper back in June and it was the worst 4 years of my life. When the former principal (since replaced as of June 13, 2003), the school saw the highest fight rates in Broward County for 2 consecutive years. The recent student government election scandal placed Piper in the newspaper 4 out of 7 days. Now, I took mostly Honors and AP classes and I will give them the fact that the teachers in those class types are second to none. But, the overall administration and the poor security makes Piper the embarrassment of the County, and ever of the state. The trash that is all over the school, the fact that the bathrooms are never clean, no soap or paper towels, and the very poor condition of the grounds is just too humiliating to discuss.
These ratings are from 1995. I graduated that year and the school must have gone down hill after that because when I attended it wasn't at all as bad as what I'm hearing. I had an excellent education, graduating with a 3.0. I was on the Dance Team and had numerous other activities. I'm sorry to hear how bad it has fallen. I am out of state now and have not seen the school since 1997. Hopefully the school district will get their act together and bring the school back to what it used to be.
I believe the school gives a great education. A lot of hearsay is in those comments. You hear of a fight in a school, but there are fights in everyschool. During my 4 years at piper (1998-2002) there was not 1 riot or problem that escalated into police being called except for a few little fights and a bomb threat once a year that could come from anyone. I think the teachers get involved as much as possible but it's kind of difficult to have 1on1's with 45 kids to a classroom, so it's not the teachers fault. If parents want their kids to get a better education, maybe they should get involved instead of complaining about it. I think the administration did a great job. The punished the kids that skipped class, got in fights, etc... with detentions, suspensions, and expulsions. Not once in school was there a weapon incident and I came out ready for college, all that i can ask for.
Hopefully, the new principal will bring order back to this school. If not, violence will continue on and off campus.
My how things have deteriorated. Our son went for 9th grade. The biggest mistake we ever made. Too crowded class sizes, halls too crowded to pass without incidents. Students out of control.You would think it was an inner city school in the 'Worst City, USA'. When we saw how terrible things were with no change insight, we pulled him out and sent him to Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, Ga. Now he is on the honor roll, active in sports and an officer. He has his self esteeme back and is reaching goals. As of August 2003, Piper has a new Principal, too little too late.
Piper High School is one of the worst public schools in South Florida as far as I'm concerned. Violence, fights, riots, and disturbances come up more than education does on a daily basis. The school itself is overrun with delinquents who constantly push their limits and misbehave in such a manner that it causes other students grief just witnessing such things. There is no control over the students or their actions due to the fact that the teachers are too tired of the repetitive occurrences to even bother anymore. Nor do they wish to be involved mainly because its too much work to sort out a problem. The students need an extreme amount of discipline to handle this problem, mainly from their parents who allow them to behave this way in the first place. Students fear reporting harassment because revenge for 'telling' usually follows from the accused party and all of their friends. If there was more control over the school and the students with more guidelines and no-tolerance laws it would be a more suitable environment. Sadly, today's youth continues to rot further into oblivion and there's no sign of turning back. Today's graffiti artists and social disasters are tomorrows future industry bigwigs. Are these the kind of people you want running your country? Why don't we ask Eminem?
My daughter attends Piper. I'm very disturbed by their lack of involvement and concern about the students. I have on several occasions left messages and emailed her counselor with specific concerns, with no response. When in class it seems acceptable for students to sleep. When school was missed, I wasn't contacted. If it was an excused absence, she was told that it wasn't necessary to make up work, nor was past work explained. I'm terribly disappointed in the Broward County School District as a whole,having had to try to deal with them for 6 years now.
I attended this school for the past 4 year and though I may have had many wonderful memories inside it, the school is in need of careful atention.
very unresponsive administration. Poor examples set by 'role models'
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