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Hillsborough High School5
Posted May 25, 2014
- a parent
Super school with a wonderful history. Band program is really really good...don't pass the band by. Thank god the school board rehabbed the building & didn't tyear it down like they initially wanted to do. Not a wealthy school like the other high schools (HBP) in Tampa but worth a good solid rating
im a 10th grader at hhs n the school is a good school but its true the principal really only care about the ib students like there is a separation between the traditional and ib students. But its really up to the student to how they view the school. For example before i started I asked people how was hhs and they all told mi different things and for mi non of it was true (that was for mi anyways) so its actually how the student takes it in.
If your child is not in IB take him/her out inmidiately before loosing time. The teachers do nothing, in their own word "nothing" because the majority of the kids don't care, talk back to teachers and they are afraid. The principal only cares about the IB the rest they are just there (in the school) so they are not in the streets that is their goal.
Everyone needs to be aware that HHS has an IB magnet program and a traditional program. They are two totally different animals and just because you live "in district" doesn't mean you automatically get into the IB program. You must apply and be accepted as a freshman. The IB program is wonderful for the self motivated student. If your student is not self motivated, do yourself a favor and do not apply. As for the traditional program, you may want to do some research and talk to other parents before committing. Definitely not the same experience, teacher attitude or caliper of teaching.
RUN THE OTHER WAY if your child is not in the IB Program! The faculty is just plain incompetent. I'm a parent of two traditional students at Hillsborough. If you inquire within the school, the staff doesn't even acknowledge you as a concerned parent. If they treat adults like this it's not hard to conceive how the kids are treated when you are not around...My kids and I talk about school and the teachers are cursed at and threatened by students with no actions taken. One wonders if they are reprimanded for reporting it????
IB Program is second to none. If you're lucky enough to gain entrance into this program, don't make a mistake and pass it by. Don't believe what you hear that the child is too busy doing homework to have a 'life'. My child is in many clubs and does a sport. Traditional students may look 'rough' but are harmless. Populations are kept seperate with different bell schedules. Administration is on top of things and the teachers are the absolute cream of the crop. Your child will be better prepared for college than in a regular high school plus will probably enter college as a sophomore or higher. IB is the best program around.
My daughter started the at the IB program a month ago and so far, it is wonderful. The teachers, students and sports have all inspired my daughter to do her best. They also seem to be encouraging her to be well rounded, not just a bookworm. My children came from charter schools where the schools expect the parents to donate a lot of support (money and time) to the school. This school doesn't ask for much from the parents (which is a relief, but I think the parents would be willing to do more if asked). The technology of the school is a little behind, but I'll take quality teachers over technology, any day of the week.
All 3 of my children have attended their IB program. 2 have graduated, & 1 is in her JR year. This school has dynamic teachers, & great programs, but like many others, is currently suffering from lack of funds. There are so many supplies & improvements that could be made with this money, please help us out.