August 13, 2015
Don't get me wrong: You won't find fault with their academics. They are far above average in that area, though they really do pile on the busywork, too. I'm sure it's a fine experience if you're monied, or don't happen to look just a little different.
However, we aren't monied, and my son didn't blend in. Because of this, he was bullied for his entire stay. He was ostracized, called names, teased, and sometimes mocked in a sexual manner for years. Because he wasn't ever physically hit, most teachers and administrators didn't take it seriously. Sometimes, they even blamed him. There were a rare few that took it seriously, and looked out for him. My biggest regret is that I didn't move out of this school district sooner.
I'm pleased to report that he is happy, healthy, and thriving at his new school. His confidence has returned and he's made many new friends. Also, he's now excelling academically. I guess that's easier to do when you're not made to spend all your energy getting through, huh?
We also never one single time got a letter about any school program's scholarship options. When I asked, folks in the office (who I agree, are mostly not very nice) looked at me like they didn't understand the words I was saying. They do hit you up for money constantly and we began to feel really singled out because we couldn't keep up.
Hightower Trail is a PUBLIC school. Everyone should feel welcome and children that are poor, or different, shouldn't be excluded. Shame on you.
- submitted by a parent