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J Sterling Morton West High School2
Posted February 03, 2015
- a student
I used to be a student here at this school. I was a freshman during the 2012-2013 academic school year, however I recently transferred. Overall the school does try, however their lack of funding and motivated students really does the school an injustice. They constantly attempt to persuade their students to do better academically with a reward system. However during my last visit I realized that they did change things up a bit. The cafeteria is better now, so that's a plus. However the academics at this school are not that challenging and they leave the students unprepared for future endeavors in private colleges. Most students that go here end up going to the community college as well, which isn't the best of schools either.
Registration/transferring is terrible. I've registered two weeks ago and I got a false phone call that I'm enrolled. Staff is lazy and rude. Hardly anyone giving service at phone call. I highly suggest your registration advisor be fired. She doesn't do her job. I called her 4 times throughout the day, no call backs, no answers. This school is horrible with keeping up with paper work. At all the other schools I transfered to it took two days at the most for the paper work to go through and I started at the same day. This school sucks.
To the student who complained about the grading system...you're not imagining things. It's bad. It's difficult to understand, and it favors students who don't do homework. After using this grading system for just one semester the failure rate dropped significantly, but not because more students are re-doing tests and quizzes. It's mostly because missing assignments don't hurt the overall grade. My daughter never does math homework but still manages to get A's. Why? Tests are worth a huge chunk of the grade and she can keep re-doing big assignments until she gets the grade she wants. There is something incredibly wrong with this system.... More parents need to speak up about this. It's hurting our kids and degrading the quality of our school. The teachers genuinely care about kids and my daughter has had some really great educators. However, the district leadership is just plain awful.
This school has its good aspects, but I'm sorry to say that they are outweighed by negative ones. The educators themselves do care. All throughout high school, with few exceptions, I have had the privilege of having the most caring and involved teachers. With that said, the rest of the school's greatness is debatable. I would like to bring several details to attention. 1. Hoodie Cart - basically a shopping cart that the security pushes around during lunch periods, filled with students' confiscated jackets. Not only did it spread lice to several students in the past, but it looks completely ghetto. 2. Tardy Table - when students are late to school, they are forced to wait in line with other late students to get marked late, rather than their first period teacher marking them late. Once, I walked in to school at 8:01 and didn't get to class until 8:51 because of this line. 3. Security - oh, security. How they eloquently enforce the dress code policy. It is wonderful to hear "GET YOUR HAT OFF, NOW !" screamed at me upon entering the building in the winter time, as if it represented some gang affiliation with its fuzzy pinkness.
To the student who doesn't like the grading system... you are not understanding it. If you get a grade that you don't like, redo the test or quiz. That is the only difference. You can retake the quiz or test and aim for the grade that you like. Talk to your teachers. They are there to help you. Morton has greatly improved and I think people need to stop putting it down and stop giving it a bad reputation. Just because things don't go your own way, doesn't make it a bad school. High school is what you make of it. I have two boys at this school and they have been doing great. The help is there. It won't come to you. Be proactive and seek the help you need. If you really want to succeed, you can do it at Morton West.
The new grading system is terrible I literally want to cry every time I see my grades. I've never had a C before and now I have two and the rest Bs. I literally pray that my mom will let me do online schooling because I hate failure and that's what the new grading system has set me up for. I have always disliked school but now I dread it. I have been absent more this semester than the whole year last year. I used to think morton was a great school that actually cared about our grades. But, I just came to the realization that all that this school cares about is getting donations and they use them for their own benefits obviously since we can't even get a air conditioning system.Lastly I want everyone to know that the only reason the grading system changed was to make it harder to fail but also harder to raise your grade. So all the kids who don't care are getting by while all the kids who do care are struggling with their grades. All this just to make the school look good and get donations. Most comments say the students are the bad ones but honestly I have never had anything bad happen between me and a student . The only bad ones here are the school setting us up for failure.
One word to describe this institution. Awful. I went to Morton East High school and while that high school has enough problems to write an essay, the quality in the learning environment was a lot cleaner. If you want a high school that will prepare you to go into the LA program when you go to college then go ahead and enroll your kid here but if you plan to achieve higher and get into STEM courses and succeed then pass on these two high schools unless you're willing to take the risk. When my high school didn't even have an AP physics course that covered the basic fundamentals (classical mechanics) I knew I was going to be missing something but when I went to college passing those courses was nearly impossible unless I received extensive support from other students that were prepared for them. Thing is, many courses in STEM will become increasingly abstract as you progress through the curriculum and if you don't have a solid foundation in the maths then you will find it difficult to succeed in them. Believe me when I say this as I speak from experience and went as far as achieving honor roll status in my high school believing I was good enough. Boy was I wrong.
Morton provides a great learning environment for the students. My daughters both have nothing but honors classes and their teachers are amazing. The "honor staff" of teachers meet weekly to discuss these children, bouncing ideas off each other and correlate their curriculum to give their students maximum advantage. It's almost a school within a school. It's some of the parents of the community that have not made their children's education a main priority and that creates a domino affect in school. The teachers can only do so much, the parents are ultimately responsible here.
I think the rating is inaccurate.. My nephews are in this school and they both enjoy it. They are dedicated smart and respectful so I also firmly believe that it's the children the parents with teachers shape education.... You get what you want and ask of out of life but not all children have great role models and that reflects in their social life.
I don't understand why people say Morton is a terrible school. It's not. I love it there. They have amazing extracurricular activities, and I feel like the principal/most staff really care about the students. Our assemblies are always fun, and honor students always get the praise we deserve. (such as Summa Cum Laude awards/Top 10 from each team awards). Schools are always what you and your child make of it. Stop blaming the school and maybe concentrate on your child's schoolwork/behavior? There are fights here, yes, but to be honest that's not the school's fault. It's the students who believe that highschool is a place for useless drama. Regarding budget cuts: Maybe Morton should try not spending $15K on iPads and maybe put in more classes to give us the education we deserve? Nobody like Achieve 3000, we don't take it seriously no matter how much you think we do. That is the only negative thing I have to say. Other than that, I love Morton West. I get good grades there and I'm looking into getting scholarships early on. Which they encourage you to do as early as freshman year! This place is my second home...once a mustang, always a mustang.