Much better so far with the new principals! My son goes there and I can already see the improvement over previous years.
I fear for my granddaughter's safety every school day! There are too many fights and too much violence not addressed. The teachers spend more time keeping the peace than teaching. The average student gets over-looked and left to learn on their own. This is no way to insure a secure future for our children. I feel too much money is spent on athletics, new buildings, and cosmetic improvements. Put that money in teacher salaries, text-books, healthier lunches, and keeping the arts funded. Children live what they learn and most of the kids at Pike aren't learning. Just because they graduate, one way or another, doesn't mean they've learned anything other than how to survive Pike High School.
I am a recent graduate of Pike, and my four-year experience was, in a word, subpar. I am fortunate to have been an AP student, member of National Honor Society, and to be a member of the top ten percent of my class with an Academic Honors Diploma. I am also fortunate to be naturally intelligent enough to be self-taught. Anything I truly needed to know, I learned from an AP teacher or from myself. There are too many students for most teachers to make time for an individual. Quality education can be received through the AP and Honors programs, but one is 'hard-pressed' to find the elusive quality education in regular classes. In a school where basketball reigns three thousand students, it is easy to see why many Pike graduates are frustrated and ecstatic to leave Pike behind--not because it is high school, because it is Pike.
I have had a teen @ PHS for the past 3 years and have seen the administration of Pike hide events that would cause any parent to pull thier child from that high school immediatly. This is why I would not recommend PHS to my dead dog!
I feel that this school does not provide enough quality time with the children at this schoool to get to thier needs. This shcool has a poor education skills. I feel that they should help the children more than just pass them. Pike needs to take more time to develpe a good school year curriculum for the students. Although schools have there pros and cons so one of pikes cons is education and one of there pros is Basketball. So overall this school is very poor in education.
As a parent of a learning disabled child I am disappointed in their special education department and in some of the 'regular' teachers attitudes toward their needs. rather than tearing down the school next door to make a parking lot and spending money on a separate building for freshman, I feel they would do better to spend that money cutting down the violence and having inclusion classes for special needs. I feel money should be used to get and keep good teachers and to not let kids slip between the cracks.
I feel confident that my child will receive a good education at PHS based on the goals/values of the teaching staff and the curriculum offered. The teachers seem genuinely concerned that my daughter (and fellow students in her class), understand the subject at hand and, if needed, offer a variety of resources to help. For the first time (in a long,long time) my daughter is actually excited about learning and is anxious about attending school!
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