If your teen does not need special education services, can deal with fights, the bad behavior, enroll in the IB, Advanced Placement, PVA or better tech programs, it may be OK. If your child needs special education services, WATCH OUT. Staff members who know my autistic child warned me away. Unfortunately, we could not find a way to avoid placing my son at this school. Special education here is AWFUL. Your kid will be mainstreamed into "co-taught" classes where his/her education is an after thought. Kid having trouble? Don't count on much help from "co-taught" class teachers. If they get "busy" they will simply excuse your LD child from having to complete a project, and give him an A or B. Your child will soon learn that work done by special ed students does not matter to his teacher. SAD. In other co-taught classes, your kid will be staring out the window while the teachers concentrate on the "normal kids," or try to control the others who spend the period acting out. If your teen is well behaved, his rude, cursing classmates will intimidate and frustrate him. You will probably never see your kid bring home a text book, or homework in most classes, and you will wonder what that report card full of As and Bs was all about. If your child needs special technology, FORGET having it available early in the year. MONTHS will go by. Your kid will be left primarily in the hands of untrained , uncertified "aides" who are only required to have a GED or HS diploma. If you ask questions, or challenge how the IEP is being implemented, most of these "special educators" get defensive and start telling you about their qualifications to avoid giving you answers. When a few concerned faculty members warn you away in private, you know you are in the wrong place.
Almost no homework is given, especially for special education. Other students have also informed me that they almost never have it either. The faculty only bothers with it for the IB and AP students. I have never seen my special ed student bring home a text book. EVER.
My special needs teen complains so much about the insults, cursing and mayhem in his co-taught "honors" classes, that I can hardly believe there is much respect in this environment. Staffers I know complain about the horrible behavior. After fights, brawls that require intervention of law enforcement, offenders get a slap on the wrist and the principal sends out a robo-call about how fights, violence and the like is not a part of her school. Really? Looks like it is.
The unified sports is a nice idea. However, my special needs student has no friends, and has isolated himself to avoid getting hit and cornered in the hallway and the cafeteria. He is afraid to use the bathroom.
These values may be encouraged in the high performing AP and IB students, PVA and advanced tech programs, but not in all of the special education co-taught classes, which are a joke. Your special education student's work gets slapped with an A or a B even if it is incomplete, incorrect, or absolute nonsense. In a pinch, they sometimes do the work for your kid, so you think there is progress. If you know your child, you will not be fooled.
Only expected of the IB and Advanced Placement students. Everyone else gets passed on. Your special education student will be "taught" as an after thought, and only when the teacher has time. My kid has ended up believing that his work does not matter, and whatever he does, he will at least get a B. Not much need for grit and determination for that, is there?
I graduated Annapolis High School ten years ago. I took either honors classes or AP classes and it was an awesome experience. I learned a tremendous amount from the teachers the Math and Spanish departments really stood out. My friends are shocked when I say I learned Spanish just through high school they say well I took Spanish in high school too, how did you learn so much? It is a testament to the school s awesome Spanish teachers at the time. Math was great, I was well prepared entering UMD with what I learned at Annapolis. Annapolis High boasts an IB program which is as intense a program as there is for USA High School academics. My sister went through the program and with her extremely hard work and dedication to education ended up getting enough money in scholarships to pay for her entire schooling. If you work hard and apply yourself here then great things can come to you. On top of the excellent education students can get when they apply themselves, the diversity at Annapolis High is great and showed me the real world . In life you deal with people of all different backgrounds and Annapolis gives you this. I hope to send my kids to this school one day.
This school literally sucks. I moved from a school that teachers care about you and going to school was fun, NOT HERE. In any school students are what make a school, everyday there are atleast 3-5 fights a day, teachers dont care, principal could care less. Its ridiculous!! The ratings should be a -10 out of 10. Dont go here, dont put your kid here, if you do, you have made the BIGGEST mistake of your life.