I am happy my daughter joined Von Steuben High School. It is a great school. I'm excited about it and wish her the best. So far, after week 2, she is living it. Lots of homework but great experience.
this school is decent when it comes academically but the people here are druggies, constantly trying to sell to my child as i was told by him. there aren't enough extracurricular activities and the teachers seem to only care for the honors students and have drifted away from the regular students.
Hello I am a teacher at this school, and I have to say that I am very impressed. I have been imparting knowledge to children for 17 years now and I came across this site as I was doing some unrelated research. As a teacher in a number of school settings in various states from New York, Miami, and now Chicago you can always gauge the school's community by the smiles one sees on the students' faces. It conveys things like: I feel safe, I am happy here, I belong here. That is exactly what you see in this school. The educational leadership at this school is also top notch. Mr. Alonso the principal is a dynamic man with a clear vision of where the school needs to go and is taking it there. So proud to be a part of the team here. The teachers are very welcoming, warm and above all else knowledgeable. It is everything a public school should be for teachers and students alike.
Von Stueben Metro Science High School, in the beginning as a freshman i was excited. However the teachers suck the life out of you, they seem to truly not care whether or not you fail. If you ask for help they don't attempt to accommodate you. The teachers here barely ever explain it correctly. Most of it is just reading off a Microsoft Excel slide from the previous year. While some of the *Regular* classes have understanding teachers, most just blow you off. The counselor barely ever returns calls and its nearly impossible to make an appointment with teachers if you are having trouble. For example if you are sick one day, they will often not give you work from the previous day nor even help you to acquire notes from that day. The workload isn't very challenging, for exception of the Algebra and Geometry courses. The only possible rewarding experience in this school would be the honors or AP programs. All in all the school is average. The kids are alright, there are some teachers who care and the principle is nice.
The teachers in the Scholars program are excellent and the AP teachers are generally even better; the parent who posted below is either clueless or has a revenge agenda. My son is at the top of his class and has been both nurtured, due to his initial shyness, and challenged as needed. He requested and received prerequisite waivers so he could take more AP classes, sooner. When he wanted to add outside college and on-line classes, he received approval, and when he decided to self-study additional AP classes, books and materials were made available to him. You will not find another public school anywhere this willing to accommodate unusual talent or ambition. He plans to apply to Harvard and Princeton next year. Make no mistake about it, you do not get into such colleges solely on your own merits, you need the support of a caring high school like Von Steuben!
Sending our child to this school was the worst discision ever. Most of the teachers in the scholars program are terrible! They dont care about the students. The website states that the students have extra support their freshman and sophmore year but thats ridiculious! The principal only cares about listening to himself talk. Terrible school!!!!!!
There is good and bad in every school, for our family it has been an excellent choice. Our daughter graduated, last year, and was very well prepared and is excelling in college. Our son is taking a demanding course load and has wonderful opportunities outside of the classroom. There is quite a bit of parent involvement which the administration encourages.
this school is ok, it really depends on the student attending it. but overall it is pretty average.
I have a son who is currently a junior. We are very happy with the administration and staff at Von. From what I've observed, the teachers really want their students to succeed. Our son is getting a very good education and we are confident that he will be well prepared for college and beyond.
This school is tanking. It used to have a good reputation, but now they are only focused on helping the honors students and really have left behind the 'regular' students. The counseling department doesn't return telephone calls. Administratively, no one seems to know what anyone else does or even what their own responsibilities are. It is a yuppie-factory-wanna-be.
Im a freshman at von and im having the hardest time ever the teachers pretend to care about us but they dont my grades are constantly falling and when i asked my teacher to help me do whatever it takes to bring my grades up she told me she couldnt help me i needed to help my self.
My daughter graduated from Vong. Her teachers were wonderful and the education was the best. The principle, at that time, left a lot to be desired. My son is currently attending Von, he has some of the same teachers (grades in honors program are good, so far), a new principle that appears to be like Dr. Gazda, one who cares and puts the children first!
this is such a great school the teachers understand the students and they work hard to see how your student develops. the principle is really involved and there's a lot of great after school activities
I am a senior in Von Steuben (class of 2007). Von Steuben is a great magnet high school. We have a new principal from the beginning of the school year 2006-2007. Great honor classes & teachers, a little bit hard in A.P classes but great professors. Exilent concert band director/conductor/teacher (Mr. Walker). Teachers make sure students learn the knowledge, not just having good grades. Friendly staffs, up to date computers & materials, and five stars for school/campus security. Good neighborhood, outside campus areas are safe. Take a tour to visit our school & see for yourself.
Great school! This school should be classified as a college prep because when I graduated, college was breeze.
Great school. FIne teachers who make sure that your students are learning. A Big plus is the Honors program, which is small enough so that you dont get lost.
My daughter attended Von Steuben for four years. Overall her teachers were nuturing, and provided a stimulating learning environment. In particular, her band, language (French), and English (honors & AP)teachers were outstanding. I was not pleased with the current principal's deficient concern regarding some harassing situations that my daughter experienced, which forced me to take direct action to resolve the problems. Another disappointment was her counselor. She did not have enough information regarding colleges, unversitites, scholarships, grants, etc. I had to do most of the research and provided the results to her so that she could share with the other seniors. My daughter missed the deadline to apply to Harvard and Yale, because the counselor did not have the correct information.
An excellent place for children to learn--caring leadership, diverse student population, traditional high school culture.
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