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Macarthur High School4
Posted November 23, 2014
- a parent
I wish there was more information on who to contact when you have general questions. As a parent of a freshman who has never had a child in high school before, I find the lack of information provided very disappointing. Coming from a middle school where parents felt welcomed and teachers were readily available as opposed to being thrown into a new environment with no guidance as to where to go.
Great academic programs and challenging as well. Teachers do not accept medial work from students. There are a lot of extracurricular activities, like the plays, which my daughter is helping with at the moment. I think it is a great opportunity for her. I think there could be more parental involvement but I do see a good level of it.
MacArthur has its share of problems like any school. If I could have chosen any high school in the city, I still would have gone to MacArthur. The extracurriculars are great. Scholastic Bowl has been consistently successful for 15-20 years, the Drama Club is consistently among the tops in the state, Jazz Band does well at their competitions every year, and there are others. Of course, they are successful due to the hardworking students AND teachers involved in these. If you think that any student can waltz in and be involved, then you'd be wrong. If you are ready, willing and able to contribute to the success of whatever you're involved in, then go for it.
The music and drama programs are very good. Mr. C and Schepp are very good band teachers. Mrs. Barnabe is a wonderful choir teacher. And most of all Mr. Waller is an outstanding drama teacher. I am glad that I had the chance to expierence what the Mac can offer. I thank all of you.
Our family was a second generation MacArthur family. Unfortunately many things have changed. There were many thefts and fights. Safety for your student was not guaranteed. Although there are some very good teachers there, there were more that were not. When going in to express a concern over teacher quality, the administration's answer was they knew about the problem but not to worry your student wouldn't have to have them again. They are working to get their graduation rate up but the drop out rate is unacceptably high. They do offer a good Tech program and many extracurricular activities.