As a former student of Mandeville high, I will say the Mandeville's academics are strong and you can learn easily here. However there is one problem I must point out. The administration is too heavily focused on dress code than anything else. I encountered several students with an attitude that could only be described as "snobby". The principals are so focused on whether or not you are wearing your ID card that they often miss several other offenses going on at school. But the number of good students outnumbers the bad. Overall, Mandeville is a good school and is certainly to be considered if you are going to live in this area.
I love how Bruce Bundy clearly tried to redeem himself by making a post by a "parent". I did not post those other posts, but did come across them when searching for an alumni association, and I couldn't help but agree with that person's post. Not only that, I was appalled by the clear attempt for Bruce to act like a parent on this website. It's quite obvious that's what happened. I graduated from MHS a few years ago, was EXTREMELY involved, on the nationally ranked Spinnakers dance team, a class officer, made a 34 on the ACT, went to a top rated college, already have a master's degree, and was just accepted to a top law school, and I can say that none of my success can be attributed to Mandeville High. Bruce Bundy is a TERRIBLE principal, and I can totally agree with the former posts. I have heard of some horrible things that have happened at that school lately, and they all point back to Bruce Bundy. Kelley Brondum is the best adminstrator there, someone should make her principal, and I think the school would improve vastly. Until then though, DO NOT send your children here. --an extremely successful, very involved, accomplished, yet extremely disappointed, former Skipper
This is an outstanding school. The faculty is supportive and motivates the student body to succeed. My son scored a 27 on the ACT as a sophomore - enough said. There are so many diversified activities to engage any student in becoming involved with their own education and growth. If your child cannot do well here - you cannot blame this school. It just might not be a good fit and your child may need more structure and more parental involvement.
The three posts made in quick succession in May of 2013 all rating MHS as a 1-star school probably have a common author who seems motivated by a vendetta against Mandeville High school principal Bruce Bundy. In fact, MHS is an academically superior school rated by the state of Louisiana as the #25 school out of more than 1300 in the state. Sure, some teachers are better than others, as in any school, but for the most part teachers and administrators alike are doing a good job. My daughter will graduate next year, and most of her friends in the class of 2013 were accepted into their first choice colleges. There are a wide range of extracurricular activities, the schools athletic teams are generally successful, and there is an overall friendly and caring atmosphere at the school.
Horrible, horrible principal. Bruce Bundy's only goal seems to be to ruin successful students. He only cares about himself and his reputation, and he is willing to throw any student under the bus in order to do so. I recommend that no one else send their children here, not with the plenty of other affordable private schools opening in the area. Do yourself a favor and seek out other schooling options if you live in the Mandeville High district.
Mandeville High School There aren't enough textbooks for the students. Some students were told they could buy their textbook online because they couldn't take it home. Generally speaking, the students aren't prepared for the ACT exam or for college. They do offer AP classes, at the students/parents expense; which is confusing since they get money and points for offering these classes and having the students do well. They only offer 1 ACT prep class a year. My daughter has been on the honor since 9th grade, taking Honors and AP classes, but was not able to make over a 20 on the ACT. I was told private tutoring was available and well as classes for $1000. Yet, the school was able to build a soccer field this year. Academics are obviously not a priority at this school anymore. Graduation is so unorganized. There are over 400 students graduating and they were told there was only a time frame of 1.5 hours to pick up all their graduation supplies. The lack of organisation and poor management are evident. If I had another child, they would not be going to Mandeville High School. It has taken a definitive nose dive since Katrina.
As of this year 2012-2013, this school has gone downhill. One of the main problems with this school is how overcrowded it is. No longer can Mandeville High brag about its small student body in comparison to its counter Fontainbleu High. The population get larger and larger every year as freshmen pour in and kids are forced to push through the main hallway like cattle. As a student here, I cannot express enough how crowded it is in the halls and how ridiculous it is that nobody do any action! Instead of focusing on either expanding the school or building a Madisonville High for a great number of students who live there, Mandeville High puts more money and focus into their sports and reputation. All the encouragement I ever got out of this school was to donate $$$. This year they are particularly bad about class fees and such but the fact that they're now allowing current Juniors to take a free ACT just tops it all off. Take my advice: send your kid to Lakeshore High. This institution is much bigger, has a smaller student body, and is more focused on the quality of your student's education. Class of 2013 student.
We gave 3 daughters at MHS. We moved to this area from New Orleans for the public school system. We have not been disappointed. MHS is definitely for those who are academically minded. It offers good classes for all levels, and a student body of middle to upper-middle class families, with college an expected "next step" for students. Vast number of clubs, activities, and sports. For those that feel there are "snobby" students: I don't see it. We are middle-income, and a large family, and we find our kids making friends at all social-economic levels. Kids do look down on the "druggies" and let's face it: It's high school. We love the area, the school system, and the future prospects for our children.
Great school - well run - well disciplined - tons of extracurricular activities.
I love this school. I am a junior at mandeville right now and I am so glad I decided to come to this school. This is an acidemically great school that challenges students to do their best. It offers gifted programs, ap classes, honors, and on-level classes. They have great sports; the football team won district this past year, and we have great school spirit. There are some problems with drugs and snobiness. But, there is no way to get past this if living in the mandeville area. This is definitely a better school than Fontainebleau High School, seeing as though we have less students (easier learning environment) and we are more academically challenged. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone.
This school is great, the teachers were nice, respectful, helpful to students and actually cares about them. The school has many programs, they value education and the sports well
Stepdaughter graduated this year, and is doing well at LSU on the TOPS program. I've been to the school several times and the students have always been well behaved and respectful. This school is one of the few public schools in the state that values academics as much as athletics.
MHS is a school content to rest on its academic laurels; the students are neither challenged nor guided; many of the teachers are as self-absorbed as their teenaged charges; and the school leadership, in particular the principal, suffers from gross megalomania coupled with a blurred but myopic vision of purpose, failing miserably as both an academic model and as a compassionate human being. The experience of my child at this high school has caused me to move her elsewhere in the midst of her academic career there. Not only to greener pastures but where the person matters and not the $$$!
MHS is a great school. I graduated in 2006. I was fully prepared for college. I participated in both athletics and clubs. It is easy to get involved. People who complain about the lack of extracurriculars don't want to get involved, they're making excuses for their parents. As for the drug and cigarette use, open your eyes it happens everywhere. I didn't think it was a big problem at MHS. As for athletics, they are very successful, especially the girls. Mandeville is by far the best school in the parish.
My child returned to MHS after attending another local H.S. for 2&1/2 yrs., and the difference in academic quality and student environment is remarkable! It was my child's decision to return, based on attending an English summer school class at MHS, & learning more in that class than in all time spent at the other school, and to develop increased academic enthusiasm. It is a true thrill for any parent to see a child begin to 'bloom' in all areas, to achieve academic and personal potential,& an improved sense of self-esteem. To parents concerned about crowding/facility issues, please remember that most schools in New Orleans & other Katrina-affected areas were destroyed/badly damaged, causing a major influx of students. Drugs, alcohol, teen styles, & 'PDA's' are common in most high schools; parents should focus on their own kids,including their needs (eg:attention) vs. desires (eg: cars).
I am very disappointed in Mandeville High School. The overall physical condition of the school is poor and the school seems quite overcrowded. On a recent trip to the school to handle some paperwork, students could be seen groping each other openly in the hallways and cafeteria. Teachers and staff walked by oblivious to it all. I have reports from my child that drugs and cigarettes are passed around in the classroom while the teacher sits at his/her desk. Based on what I have seen myself and heard from my child, I could not recommend this school to any caring parent.
Four of my five children either graduated or is attending this school. While none of my children drive fancy cars, or wear the priciest clothing, they have experienced a great education and have enjoyed the school's activities. There are times, like any other school, where you will find some disappointments, but our overall experience has been very good.
I love my school! I'm a senior this year at MHS. The academic teachers are challenging, and there are many great extracurricular activities to choose from. I have learned so many great things in the variety of different classes that i have taken. I only wish school spirit was stronger. But other than that I hold this school and everything it stands for in high respect.
My son is a senior this year, and we have been very pleased. I strongly disagree with other reviews which stated that the academic program is lacking. All schools can improve, but this school IS preparing my son. He is not sliding by. His grades are reflective of his abilities since grade school. I know what he is learning and, as a teacher, I recognize the quality being offered as quite high. Also, many school have drug problems, this is a reflection on parents in my opinion. Overprotection and fear of talking to your children at earlier stages leaves them looking for outlets. Encouraging their interests and strengths gives them confidence and places to 'fit in' when they get to high school,giving them strength to resist peer pressure and preventing the need for self medication. I'm tired of parents blaming schools. You are their first teacher!
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