The school has a great selection to make up schedules. Therefore, every child can study for their passion. It is a great school with long history, the magnet programs have attracted pinecrest and palmetto bay students, which resulted in lower performance among the non-selective MPSH. Hopefully the new magnet programs, will help to attract more advanced students to the school.
The principal Mrs Dobbs is a great and caring person. She resolves any problem that is referred to her.
My children are taking the most advanced classes and doing well overall. MPSH has some of the best teacher in the county with best AP passing rates e.g. Ms Schlackman for AP enviro, Mr Garcia for AP calculus..etc.
If your child is focused on what s/he wants, this school is for him. By the new magnet programs, you do not have to live in the catchment area to enjoy the MPSH panther's pride.
I'm grateful for the many outstanding teachers at Palmetto Senior, but Ms. Mieko Avello really goes the extra mile for motivated Japanese students. She volunteered her own time, after school, to tutor my son and a few others last year so they could go from Japanese 1 directly to Japanese 3 - she took them through the entire Japanese 2 curriculum in about one semester of her after school sessions.
My freshman daughter is acedemically advanced and MPSH is the right place for her. She is challenged but supported. Her teachers are amazing! They truly care for their students. I am also pleased with the focus on community involvement in addition to the fun that is offered. She is experiencing a great balance of advanced academic rigor combined with traditional high school fun. We couldnt be happier.
Yes. The honors and AP classes are extremely rigorous. Some teachers are known for "overpreparing" their students, meaning their class is actually more difficult than the AP exam. Hence the school's high pass rate. (and unlike some schools, Palmetto lets ALL AP students sit for the AP exams and does not screen out the ones they think might not pass.)
Community service is stressed throughout all the clubs and organizations, and there are several student organizations such as peer and health counseling to have students help each other. There is even a program to confidentially help students with severe financial hardships have things such as homecoming tickets and other things they might not be able to afford provided for them so that they have the same high school experience as their peers.
This is a fantastic school with academic rigor and top tier college placements that meet or exceed the elite private schools nearby. It is big, yes, but with size comes the ability to offer a huge selection of classes and extracurriculars. I had my kids at one of those snooty private schools, but they hated it and couldn't get the AP classes they needed. Here, there's 29 AP classes and they have the highest pass rate in the District. Unlike magnets schools, your kid can change his or her mind and explore tons of electives to suit their interests, whether it's arts, business, languages, science or whatever. And I think that's what high school is for - finding yourself.
The school is great and the teachers are some of the teachers are awesome (shout out to mrs.dillon aka best English teacher ever) but the ladies who work in the office are the rudest people ever they complain and complain and u will literally sit in the office for like 10hrs waiting for something unless u speak up and then when u do speak up there extremely rude my mother hates going into the office just because of how rude and nasty they are they have so much sass and attitude especially mrs.mcdonald.