MHS is located 4 blocks from a University., and uses many KSU resources. The children of KSU Faculty attend this high school. For that reason it is one of the most multicultural places in the state, and can be one of the most academically challenging. It has many Advanced Placement Classes, allowing students to complete a year of University prior to graduation. It is a large school of 2000 students, Freshman in another building down the street and grades 10 - 12 in a facility being renovated. The school has sent many students to Harvard, Yale, and Stanford; surprising because most Ivy League students are from private schools. 70% of students move on to college. The University has about 25, 000 students, while the town has only another 30,000. If a family is focused on progression to University, this is the place. If the focus is elsewhere, it can be hard.
I recently graduated from MHS this year. I can honestly say it is nowhere equivalent to my last school. Although I only attended Manhattan for my last two years, I saw enough to know it was no place I would want to send my kids in the future. They certainly do have some excellent and inspiring educators who really do go unappreciated, but in the field of discipline lies a whole nother story. I saw so many kids who were constantly in trouble and constantly fighting. They would be suspended for one day and then be back at school the next. I feel like Manhattan tries to pride itself on being able to say 'we have the best sports program in the state and we also have the best students in the state because no one fails.'
I graduated from Manhattan High School in 2007, and I loved it. It is true that the building drastically needs to be re-done, but besides that I believe that the quality of education I recieved at MHS has prepared me to enter a prestigious college and succeed. As stated in other reviews, some of the teachers I had during my four years were outstanding, but others were not necessarily up to par. This can be found in almost any school district however. The culture and environment of the school is varied, because this is the only high school in a town of around 50,000 residents all demographics are represented. Throughout my schooling, I got to be friends with people of different races, ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic statuses than myself. I do not think that MHS has any problems that are not found at any other 'typical' high school. I recommend it.
I attended MHS all four years of my high school. While the facilities are definitely not where they should be in terms of maintenance, the actual academics are excellent. From the '09 graduating class, there are 5 National Merit Scholar finalists- which is incredibly impressive by any measure of success. There are teachers who do not take their positions as seriously as they should, but most teachers do a great job of teaching students and trying to help them meet their potential. In my experience, the faculty have also all been very helpful. The student body is large enough that any individual who makes an attempt to find a place to fit in will succeed. The Debate/Forensics program has been very strong for the last several years, as have been the Fine Arts departments. As of this year, there are 14 AP courses offered.
This is a truely great school. There are so many different classes and the teachers really care....
I've read the other reviews and wonder if the parents heads are under a rock. This high school is a disgrace and the Manhattan/Ogden School district and Board should be ashamed of themselves. The facility is a disaster area, asbestos, bathrooms that should be condemned, a smell when you enter the building that begs the question, 'what are our children breathing in?', classrooms that haven't been maintained or updated since the school was built and a lack of resources that is unbelievable. Things are relative, because if anyone thinks this school is all it can be, then they haven't stepped out of Manhattan in some time. Academically speaking, it's hit or miss. For example, my child has an honors English class that the teacher rarely shows up to. UGH! I would steer anyone asking, away from this pit of a school.
I would not want my child to go to this school problems are so bad I pulled my children out of this district due to the problems
As a former student of Manhattan High, I would just like to say to all parents out their that this is a great place to send your kids. I learned so much their, the teachers are great and the east and west campus are both very nice.
Great school; wonderful drama and art curriculum, great support for students with special needs. Lots of parent involvement. Two campuses, with 9th grade alone and 10-12 on another campus helps students transition from middle school to hight school well.
My son is a 10th grade african-American who attends Manhattan High. He is constantly tormented by other snobby students. We are a 'Lower Class' family, and he is reminded of it every day by stuck up kids who constantly made fun of. We talked to the administration, and sadly they did nothing. I am very sorry to say, this is the worst school in Kansas. My son was attending Junction City High School and loved it. I would rather my child go there any day. Please take my advice.
Although Manhattan High is a large school and crowding is an issue, the large size also allows for an enormous number of oppportunities both in and out of the classroom. Although some children don't thrive in this large environment, most do well. My own son is a very timid, shy fellow, yet he has certainly found his niche. Band program is awesome and has helped him tremendously, as have several clubs he has joined and become an officer for. Leadership opportunities abound. Academically, classes are offered which range from remedial to advanced (many AP classes). Many electives and extracurriculars you wouldn't find in a smaller school. Teachers vary from outstanding to so-so, but we've not had any truly bad ones. Part of life is learning to deal with all sorts of people - that includes teachers! Overall, I feel my son is lucky to be at Manhattan
The school is entirely too large. Efforts to create two schools have been thwarted because of a desire to keep the school ranking high in sports. I feel sports is an important part of high school, but student well being and an enviornment for learning should be the first priority. It has been known for a long time that over crowding creates all kinds of social problems that lead to difficulties in many areas including learning. Any one who has taken Psychology 101 learns that from the experiment with overcrowding rats, but we have yet tried to apply this to our school. There are many wonderful classes taught, but many of the students are so overwhelmed by the size of the school that they cannot fully appreciate them.
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