The leadership needs to investigate some of administration and faculty for disrespect and bad attitudes. Some of the administrators only care about their salary and moving up which comes from recognition and test scores.
Teachers at this school are grumpy because they are working. They would rather stay home. If they deny that, thay are lying to you and themselves. Your student needs to be able to do all their work on their own. Do not rely on teachers. You may get lucky and have one of the better teachers, but do not expect it. It is not the norm.
The sports teams information listed in other reviews about this school is true. The school administration wants recognition so that they can eventually climb to the top of the district and payscale. The employees have forgotten why they went into the teaching profession in the first place. Recognition and test scores mean more MONEY for them. The faculty and staff act as if they cannot be fired. Many of them are irritable. They hate their goverment jobs of being around students. Too bad some of them are allowed to be around minors. They are teaching our students rude behavior is acceptable. They need to get rid of the disrespectful employees. Now that the economy is improving, hopefully the unhappy "bad apples" move onto other jobs, preferably with adults. (It does help if your student has a family member that is an employee that works at the school.) It is too bad that young people have to be around such unhappy, disrespectful adults for so many hours 5 days a week.
Though most of the teachers at this school are at least competent, and the students are fairly friendly, the administration turns this 4 star school into a one star school at best. Because of the block scheduling, moving your child into this school halfway through the year will be discouraged by the administration. If you manage to get into the school, they will resent you and you will most likely lose some credits. If you transfer from a school with a different math program, you will most likely be lost because CCSD changes the math curriculum here frequently. The administration is also mostly comprised of rude, lazy, unhelpful people. I had a 4.3 GPA and after moving here, I failed math. The guidance office was less than helpful, even after the several attempts to contact the teacher made by my mother were ignored. Everytime I have to contact the guidance office or administration, it makes me sick to my stomach because I know that something will most likely go wrong or I'll get yelled at. This school puts every priority above their students, enroll elsewhere.
Sorry you didn't have a great experience but your situation is not typical at Harrison. Both of my boys graduated from Harrison. One was in AP classes and the younger had a learning disability. Both had excellent experiences with teachers, programs and staff. As parents we were very involved with the school and received nothing but the greatest of support for both boys. We didn't always agree with everything the teachers said in relation to our son with the disability, but each disagreement was handled with respect. As parents we took active roles in our sons learning experiences. They both were well prepared for college and excelled due in large part to the teaching at Harrison. I know that our experience is far more typical of what Harrison has to offer. Very satisfied parents
I went to Harrison a few years back and had a MILD comprehension disability (along with a terrible GPA) Harrison highschool was nothing but a huge disappointment with helping students. Before graduation the assistant principal was in a meeting with my parents and a few of my teachers and told me and my parents "you're pretty, you can be a flight attendant..you don't have to go to college"...it was the biggest insult to me and my family. (My dad almost ripped right into them bc college is a DEMAND not a choice.) if you're a cheerleader or football player you will be set with the administration and staff because they care more about the sports than the academics. If your child struggles in school they will be "left behind." The only thing I will thank then for is giving me the drive to PROVE THEM wrong. I now have a 4.0, apart of national honors society and deans/presidents list. You should probably avoid this school, spend the extra cash and send your kids to private schools that have goals for kids and want to help the students.
Harrison high school is a good school if you have a child who is self-motivated, enjoys learning and is willing to take academically challenging classes. There is a strong emphasis on AP classes and if your child is on this track the quality of teaching is fairly good. If your child is not highly motivated and enjoys school Harrison can be a challenge. Students take only 4 classes per semester and it is a full year of that subject crammed into 18 weeks. Teachers seem to find it difficult to teach all of the material during the 18 weeks and, from what we heard from our children, rarely taught for the entire class period of 1 hour and 50 minutes. The administration seems more concerned about football than education and there is little to indicate that they are invested in making Harrison a great school rather than just coasting along to retirement.