Sad experience at Pike!!! This was the absolute worst choice I could as far as a high school for my child. The Freshman Center administration lacks compassion, this isn't a school, it's a prison and children aren't treated with respect.
Leadership in the district needs to be scrutinized as ineffective. Pike has floundered in mediocrity for the last five years.
A horrible school and administration, especially the shameful special education admin. Do NOT send your child to this school, or any of the Pike elementary or middle schools- if you are looking for a new home, seek another township or suburb where your children and tax dollars don't go towards this substandard education. The special ed admin has a well known poor reputation state-wide with other schools and staff. The incompetent special ed admin WILL impact your child: Children with special needs are given little to no assistance, and this not only affects their education but the entire classroom environment as well. The schools are physically and emotionally unsafe for your child unless placed in a gifted and talented class. Save yourself the fear and heartache for your child and do not send them to this school system.
that school is one of the best school there can be i sent my son to Ben Davis but they did not treat him with the respect he needed just because he is Puertorique o.
My husband and I are graduates of Pike (2002). We took several classes together and both agreed that we had great teachers. We are college educated with great careers. We don't attribute all of our success to Pike because education regardless of the level is what you make of it. Every school has its issues and it depends on the student to not get distracted. Plus my parents were heavily involved in my academic success and didn't leave it to the teachers and counselors.
Pike is not for everyone. Teachers and Coaches show favoritism towards certain kids. The admistration staff is not worthy of praise; I have not seen them treat students equally in discipline and half do their jobs. The counselors mislead students into taking unnecessary classes. Pike High preachs about doing IB track allowing so the school will look good yet the students grades are average (C). Teachers are not on the same page, which means they teach and grade unfairly. With that being said Pike High School should reconsider their adminstrative staff and teachers.
This school is the best place for your child in INDIANA!! Plenty of extra help, great sports programs, fantastic teachers, DIVERSITY which helps create a well rounded child, an international Baccalaureate program and most of all, it' has a first class facility! You cant go wrong....My son is a sophmore and love his school!
As a past student of Pike, I was more prepared than most students in college. Pike taught me the exact skills needed to succeed in college and in the real world. What aggravated me more than anything was the misinformed and ignorant views people have towards Pike. It was viewed as "ghetto" but the massive ranges in diversity, both cultural and socioeconomic, are outstanding. I would recommend Pike to any parent who wants their child to avoid cliques, and bullying from private schools because everyone is so unique at Pike that you'll be accepted into a group somewhere. The fact that Pike got a 3/10 on this website is a travesty and I hope that parents who are looking at Pike don't take those numbers into account and look at the wonderful reviews from parents and students because Pike is really worth it and, in my book, is a 10/10.
Amazing school, great teachers who were knowledgeable for the most part. Did a lot to ensure students got involved in at least one activity. Great athletics and great facilities. One of 13 schools in the state to offer the IB Diploma so its not the stupid school that everyone makes it out to be. Extremely diverse which puts you in real life situations, let's you know exactly how the outside world is and embraces how diverse it is and is proud of it. Not a lot of problems with race even with all the diversity. You get what you put into it, if you put in the effort the teachers will put in the effort and give you a good education. If you don't try then you won't get one of the best educations in the state. I am now at Ball State and find it much easier dealing with school work and dealing with people since I was a minority at Pike. Wouldn't trade the education, experiences, or memories I got from Pike for anything.
I was tied for 7th in my family (we're twins, and my family goes back to class of 1960) to go to PHS, and I'm graduating from Ball State to be an elementary and ESL teacher in 2 weeks. I must say, I would not trade my Pike education for the WORLD! Yeah, there are some stupid students and some boring teachers there, but that's life! Get used to it! If that's your only issue, then you have no genuine complaint. If you take honors and AP courses, and if you're willing to put in the effort, you have some of the nation's best teachers, courses, and opportunities! I don't take for granted the fact that I have found college much easier as a result. I also don't take for granted the diversity that I encountered-I'm white and bilingual mainly because I actually got to use Spanish outside of class! I know how to respect and interact with people who have different beliefs and cultures than me because they are my friends! (I actually was freaked out by the overabundance of white people in my first college class, lol!) On top of that, I never once felt unsafe in that building. Let's go, Red Devils!
I love Pike, people may think of it as the gangsta' school but its a total lie. If you are a minorty like me, pike really teaches you street skills, and that color doesn't matter. We are very good at sports, and our teachers are great as well. We don't need money to be great, we have the talent!
Awesome school!! Very diverse, good education, and great sports teams and facilities.
They have so many programs to offer and the teacxhers truly care! I went there now my son is.
As a current Junior at Pike High School it is safe to say pike is an average school i am an athlete as well as in an adv music course. The basic and only positives of pike high school is out standing basketball, football, and soccer, and AP courses. The negatives for students in 'regular' courses are if you need help, schedule it with the teacher atleast a week before hand, if you dont then every teacher is out of the building as soon as the bell rings but the basic jist you should know is if you are not a truly gifted Student Academicly, or an amazing athlete. Pike High School is not for you.
My daughter just finished her first week at the Freshman Center and so far we have no complaints and we hope it stays that way. My daughter is happy to be there. She came up to me and gave me a kiss and said, Thank you, I am so happy, mom. this made me feel so good. I hope and pray she keeps up the good work.
I'm a current student at Pike. There are a lot of clubs to join and they have a lot of AP classes. There is an IB Program. The school is only good if you are in the AP, Engineering, Computer/Networking classes. I learned in my sophomore year that I should stay in Honors. If you are not, then you are stuck with too many rowdy, obnoxious idiot teenagers. T(hey curse too much also. ) Junior year, i am taking multiple AP, Honor, and Computer classes, so I will have limited contact with them. There are not that many fights either. It's actually rare. The school is so big they hired a 'security force'. P.S. They are changing the grading system to an easier one( which is a bad idea) and doing away with class rankings.
I am a freshman at ball state right now and spent my entire high school career at Pike High. I have to say when I was there, there were times I couldn't stand the school and couldn't wait to get out. But now that I look back, I couldn't be happier to be a Pike High grad. Pike gave me some experience I couldn't get at many schools. First off, it has many MANY AP courses. I was never really big into them, but the ones I did take challenged me and got me ready for college. The comment below said that if you weren't in an AP course, then you would be in a class full of kids who didn't care about school. This is true to an extent. But if you're a serious minded student, won't you want to take AP courses? And yes, the teachers are very good!
As a Pike graduate at Columbia University, I grow more and more appreciative of my time spent in Pike Township schools as time passes. While I had numerous issues with the administration and one or two teachers, my overall experience with Pike was incredible. The wide variety of student activities, the rich diversity of people, the (mostly) incredible teachers, these I all appreciated while I was a student. However, I had no idea how fortunate I was to have such a rigorous preparation that has made transitioning to school here in New York relatively easy. Sure, the administration was ceaselessly incompetent and bureaucratic, but that's just proven to be some life experience that comes in handy all too often when dealing with the bureaucracies of college life. Pike did a great job of preparing me for life, and I deeply miss its environment and unpretentious student community.
Having a 60% population of African Americans does not make it 'diverse'. In fact, that couldn't be further from the truth. The culture is dominated by the 'hip hop' lifestyle. As a result, physical fights happen very frequently. The use of profanity and taunting others has become so commonplace that most teachers overlook it. If you don't take all AP classes, you will be placed with unmotivated and distracting students. This is not a good environment for serious-minded students who just want to prepare for college. The only thing I like about this school is the teachers. They are all wonderful and teach well. I have never had one that I did not like. I feel sorry for them having to teach students who simply refuse to learn anything.
My daughter has been going to the school for a while now and we transferred from Georgia and I really like it. It has excellent programs, the people really accepted my daughter, and also its education standards are really high somthing which I enjoy
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