I love this school. I have gone to the school every day to pick up my child and I've seen the staff interact with the children. Overall, almost every staff member is polite, kind and helpful, even when they are correcting the children. The front office staff and administration are exceptionally caring and concerned with the children. The principal is good at de-escalating situations before they get out of hand. From what I've seen and in dealing with him directly about my child, he is primarily concerned with the students well being. I can't say enough good things about this school!!!
Ms. Radtke for being such an amazing science teacher and for taking the time to guiding my child every day. Ms. Boudreaux for her dedication, compassion and excellent teaching skills in Algebra--she's the best. Ms. Hawkins for pushing him to become better. Mr. Gautraux for his caring and calm presence. My child would not have survived without him this year. Mr. Jackson and the front office staff for going the extra mile to help students. The vice principals and principal for their caring and good judgement.
It doesn't get better than MHS! The administration is kind, caring and compassionate for each student, regardless of challenges or needs. I've had one graduate, one getting ready to graduate and one still there, all with different needs and requirements and feel they are all being met. As any school does these days, they are challenged with extensive growth. Despite those challenges, this school perseveres. Principal Bundy does an outstanding job at the helm as the lead Skipper!
I have had three children graduate from Mandeville High School, and all three of them had a wonderful experience. The teachers and administrators care about the students. All three of my children did well on their ACTs and got their first pick of colleges. With all the clubs, organizations and sports teams, Mandeville High has a place for every student to fit in and thrive!
The top rated public high school in Louisiana. My child received an excellent education here and because of MHS high rating could go anywhere he wanted to go. Obviously lots of people here don't like the Principal Bruce Bundy who has been there forever and will probably retire soon. True he is more interested in the football team than anything else, [for some reason school boards seem to think that ex-jocks make good principals - what a fallacy!] but actually the place is really run by Vice Principal Kellie who is a fabulous administrator. The other big complaint that people seem to have on this board is that Bundy et al enforce the dress code too strictly! Personally, I appreciated that. The kids don't look like a bunch of heathens. The academics are first rate and there are so many extra-curricular organization that no matter what your child's interests, there is a place where they will "fit in". I found the teachers were commendable in their knowledge of each student. My son was in band and the emphasis on training, teamwork and leadership was outstanding and continued through several different band leaders. A great experience.
Weak leadership from Bruce Bundy, office staff is there just for the paycheck - rude on the phone, ignore parents and students when in the Student Services office. Teachers are good and know the material, however, they should focus on teaching instead of pointing out petty, teenage behavior like MINOR dress code infractions and silly/harmless behavior. The students find this teacher behavior to be distracting and lose respect for the teacher. Teachers and leadership need to remember that are in the business of children and rise above their egos. This would set a much better example for the kids.
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.