I'm a student from Morton. The teachers are okay, and I don't think that there's a huge problem with racism,though there still is a little bit. For instance in the spring when girls start to wear skirts, the parapros go for the latin and black girls wearing short skirts, and most of the time white girls dont get told anything.
I am currently a Student at Morton West High School.....Overall most of the teachers are very nice and caring about each individual student well at least the teachers I have are but if they know or can tell that you are in a gang they most likely treat you a little bit differently than they do the others. I have never seen the principal of my school or i have never even talked to my dean . My counselor is a nice guy though.
I read the reviews and I can't agree with them any more. Morton is a disappointment and I am afraid what will happen to my child when he needs to be prepared for college. The counselors, vice-principals, principals, deans, all the overall staff don't care. Your lucky if you get a return call back after 5 or so messages left for a person. The principal won't even call you back. There is not enough classes for all the students, they have them working in the deans office or in a study hall because they have no where to put them. it is so sad. I hope someone reads this and overhauls all of berwyns' schools especially dist 209 & 100. Please Help Our Kids
I just transferred out of Morton West. There are alot of Hispanics at the school, and alot of whites, but very few African Americans. I was one of the African Americans, and I constantly felt singled out. All day I heard people (mainly hispanics) saying the 'n' word like it was nothing, and I was even a victim of racism. A girl told me she hated Mexicans, and Black people, and constantly joked about the KKK, and my teacher would do nothing. There's also alot of racist staff members. The staff at that school couldn't care less about the students.
I believe this school needs a lot of improvement. I went there from 2000-04. I believe i saw the new principal three times (including graduation) and he wasn't very outgoing. The 'safety measures' are ridiculous and the parapros only catch you if they don't like you. Otherwise it's just another public high school.
I am a student at Morton and the school is alright. There is a lot of gangs, and a lot of fights. One student was put into the hospital, another fight was by my locker, and there was blood everywhere. They have good education. YetI still feel unsafe at school.
This school's only worry is about making money and pretending they care about your kids. I will soon remove my child from such school. I think that even Chicago schools are better that this one.
High School is very scary as a Freshmen, its new, big and a little overwhelming. Teachers arnt as kind and you loose that personal touch, I think its pretty said to overwhelm children the first few weeks with Homework, and then after spending several hour doing it, get uncalled for statements like (very weak effort) and stupid unhappy faces, I think its poor effort on the Teachers part, these are still kids! You should not belittle their efforts, let them know what is expected of them, give them time to adjust to their new surroundings. Really disapointed with the first week of Morton West.
I myself am a current student at Morton West High school and I think the school is great. But even the greatest have its own defaults. The extra curriculum activities are awesome. It is so good that there are alot of activities that students can attend to rather than being involved with gangs or any other foolish activities. The coaches are cool except for some of our that are too concerned about winning that they do not let some of the other players play in the game and eventually we lose our games. The teachers are awesome and do what they have to do. The principle is not that very talkitive to the students. I only seen him twice and that was in our pep rally and before our winter vacation. I think he should reach out more to the students.
As a young alumni of Morton West, I can say that the school has always manintained great facilities, resources, and funding for many various extracurricular and academic activities. Therefore, it is up to the student and parents' encouragements to make use of those resources (i.e computer labs, library, academic clubs like Scholastic Bowl, Model United Nations, and sport teams). It also important that students understand that Morton West is unfortunately filled with an environment of the majority of students who perform academically average or poorly and who may be disillusioned with their future. This, however, will not affect those who want to succeed, because students who follow the most academically advanced curriculum (i.e Advanced Placement Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, History and English) are better prepared academically by teachers, and increase their chances into great universities across the nation (i.e. Harvard, MIT, Stanford, etc), as it has been achieved from Morton West repeatedly.
I myself went to morton east and west. I think there is still room for growth but otherwise a good school. Education is what you make of it. If your kids apply themselves then they will get the most out of there education.
I have two students at this school and have had several problems with their safety. It seems that the school is only interested in serving the criminals than they are the ones that are there to learn. There is no cooperation from the Dean staff and the security from Berwyn Police is a joke. Here it is 2004 and there is still racism in this small suburb. I moved away from the City to give my kids a better chance at good education and safety and instead I feel I put them in more danger. The school also needs to offer more programs for teen moms, instead of sending them to Morton East. Morton West is a separate entity from East and needs to be treated as such.
Morton West needs lots of improvements, not only the teachers but office personnel as well, they are very rude and not very helpful.
This year's principal was a complete Joke. He didn't even make himself known to the school until a month into school. The old Principal Dr. Stan Fields was a great Principal and got things done and most everyone liked him. The Counselor system is also a joke. The counselors are supposed to be there to help the student and most of them just want you to do what they tell you to. The teachers on the other hand are mostly good people, hard working and excellent teachers (with a few exceptions).
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