I just moved to crown point and I really like it here. I think some of the posts on here are really messed up. I see that one of the problems is that some of the parents aren't focused on what their child or children are doing . Just worried about other people's kids that aren't their concern. My child hasn't had any problems and really likes it there. The teachers call me and set up meetings with me if there is a concern. I have a special needs child . Maybe these other parents need to better communicate with the school and keep that communication open on both ends. That may end the battle you might think that you are in. There is a solution to this by communicating .
This high school is horrible! I agree with the complaints about illegal students attending the school but not all are from Gary. My son has repeatedly told me about students who are proud the tell that they live in Illinois and come over here to go to school. The last two years the staff has stated that they are cash strapped but this year there are no complaints. But the amount of students has tripled. It takes my son an hour to get lunch, there is no structure although they claim they are strict and the staff is rude and a joke! My son has gone here since a freshman and I thank GOD this is his last year!!! The principals are useless and too hung up on titles and are just as useless as the staff at the school. The problem with all of the people who work at the school is that they have a job! Give those jobs to people actually want to work and will do good. Its a pure joke to only have kids re-register on the odd years, so a kid who lived in Merrillville last year and moved away is still in the system this year but no one checks this! Thats why its overcrowded. I went to Lew Wallace in the early 90"s and it was nothing like this. My son is embarrassed to go there!
I moved here four years ago from Southern Indiana and have four children in Merrillville Schools. My wife and I have been very pleased with the school system and the opportunities for our kids. The teachers show that they care and challenge students to succeed. The school is also quite diverse, which is a huge plus. I am thankful my (white) kids will grow up in a diverse school and get a quality education. I also have one special needs child and have found the resources for my child to be excellent. Great counselors, great principals, great superintendent = great school.
Honestly this school gave the the worst 4 years of my life. I should've transferred while I had the chance.
I recently transferred my daughter from a surburban school to Merrillville High, this decision was not made impromptu. My daughter likes the school and the teachers except for 1 who teaches physics, and gives preferrential treatment to a small group of students; in additition did not even give common courtesy to call reschedule a parent/teacher meeting after I called off from work to accomodate her time slot. As a parent I noticed a problem early and attempted to transfer her to another class; however it was stated that it was too late. Since then no progress has been made. When a teacher fails to perform, steps should be taken whether it be pay lowered or probation.
Back in the early 80s, this school was amongst the top school systems in NWI (along with Munster, Highland, Lake Central, and Crown Point)...now to even mention Merrillville in the same sentence as those other school systems will make you the laughing stock of the area! Merrillville seemed more interested in artificially growing their population (by allowing hundreds of illegal transfer students from Gary) as opposed to keeping up the standards and marketing for future long-term residents to invest in the town. Half of the people I grew up with (and their parents) have now relocated to Crown Point to much safer and quieter neighborhoods and with better schools. I am next to move. It is such a shame that my peers and I will have to recreate our awesome childhood for our children in Crown Point (a town that we used to hate and were our rivals)...but when Merrillville started allowing apartments and other sub-par building to overtake quality long-term single family housing, the downward spiral was inevitable. The only people who believe this now gang-ridden high school is still "good" are the folks that came here from places like Gary and ruined the school in the first place
I attend merrillville high school and i have been for 2 years now. Although many say we lack teachers and the teachers we do have don't work hard enough, coming from a students point of view, our school is one of the best. For the students who want to learn and get an education, it's the school to succeed. As for our 'behavioral' problem, it's more of an administration problem. I believe that our principles have a tendency to over-exaggerate on the small things instead of the more major problems. However, I must say that i believe this is one of the best schools in our area.
The school is political and prejudiced pertaining to overall education and the athletic department is misleading in its values and what sportsmanship represents.
Merrillville High School is one of the greatest schools to attend. They are very up to date with the technology as far as excellent computers, grading systems ect.Many of the teachers participate and sponser the students in all of the different activities. The teachers are wonderful and provide great education. They are also very supportive and they always keep in mind the intrest of the kids. Our school is known for its excellent football teams over the years and excellent indivuals that participated in track. Not to mention the fact that a two time world olympic medalist, David Neville, graduated from Merrillville. Even though Merrillville high school is a great place to recieve education there can be problems with the administration staff. The administration seems to be 'gung-ho' about all the wrong things. They punish the good students and leave the bad ones in school. They don't punish the football players.
I went to merrillville high school. Yes it does have alot of good programs for students to expand there knowledge in but it is also over crowded, under staffed, and can be unruly.
Not exactly my ideal school. Some classes I felt were a waste just for the fact that the teachers were not doing a good enough job. There were only a handful of teachers that i had which I would consider good, the rest were decent at best since they seemed as if though they didn't really want to teach. The school was more about extracurricular than education in my opinion.
I graduated from MHS in 1993 and the three years I was there, were under construction. I think if we did not have the construction, our students/teachers would not have been so great to one another. We had to help out one another when it came to hallway closures and not enough lockers. Another area of success was in after school sports. Our stadiums were always filled with students, teachers, parents, and former students. If it was not for the great education that I received there, I would not be where I am today. They prepared me for college and the real world.
Merrillville High is a very good school. It has great activities and very good teachers. The problem is the new principal,Mike Krutz, who has many things he needs do in order to be considered a good administrator. Other than him though, MHS is a good school where you'll learn alot, not just academically, but socially.
In my estimation MHS is by far the top school in the region in terms of diversity and preparing it's students for the 'real world'.The faculty have a genuine passion for the students,which gives the students the added incentive to perform to the best of their abilities. Northwest Indiana and the nation in general is an ethnic melting pot, the experiences at MHS gives the students a head start on what they can expect after graduation!
the classes are short on people who will teach them. i go to this school and i dont know how many times ive signed up for a class and had to change my whole sched. because they decide that they no longer have a teacher for that certain class! the school is also very crowed! trying to get from one class to another is like trying to swim with a cinderblock on your ankles. it just doesnt happen.
I'm a graduate of MHS. I won't lie, I HATED it when I went there. I transferred there halfway through high school. But MHS sure did whip me into shape for college! I never had to study to make good grades at my previous high school, and jumped into AP classes when I transferred because I thought they would be equivalent to the advanced classes at my old school. However, the advanced classes in Gary, were just regular classes here. I had to learn how to study and organize myself and I believe it has truly helped me in college. MHS has a lot of diversity which is something a lot of other schools in the area lack. That also prepared me for college. The principals and teachers here actually care that you show up and do well in your classes! I think every one of my teachers really did care.
Merrillville High School may be large, but it has a great staff who genuinely care about the students. The teachers are helpful, always willing to help a student. Merrilville offers a wide selection of classes, and also has a wide diversity of students. Merrillville's extra-curricular activities are some of the best around. Key Club, S.T.A.N.D., atletic teams, and academic teams all do well. Even if a sports team doesn't do well, they still have the support of the staff and students. That's one reason why I like Merrillville so much. Not just because of the great education, but because of the safe environment.
Merrillville is gradually improving. Teachers are very concerned and helpful. 'prom date' was great
The school is very diverse and thus reflects the world 'at large.' My child has been able to participate in numerous after school activities and meet some great friends. The facilities here are top notch as well as the teachers and staff.
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