Both my husband and I were graduates of the Class of 1980. When we had our children we decided that we would send them to Pikesville High School because of our great experience there. Our son Jacob was the Class of 2008, Daniel was the Class of 2011 and our youngest Rebecca will graduate this coming June, The Class of 2017. All 3 of our children have gotten wonderful educations at Pikesville and the teacher's were amazing!
Pikesville High has recently completed a $50M building upgrade that makes it the best equipped school in Maryland. It has over 20 AP classes tremendous STEM, multimedia, marketing and Engineering options. Last year, led by Sandra Reid, principle or the year, PHS was honored to house the National STEM teacher of the year, student teams who led the county with a first in the Physics Olympics and second in the Chemistry Olympics. Finally, PHS is a Lighthouse school where each student recieves a tablet/laptop compiuter to enhance their learning experience.
This school has very little class options. Mostly none of them are career related like other schools. No health classes (like health science, nursing fundamentals, health team relations..ect), no dance classes, only 2 engineering classes that are at a basic level. Seems like schools have so much more to offer. None of the classes helped in my opinion... The school over all is not bad but some teachers in my opinion DONT care about you...and are rude. I also do not believe our school in one of the "top" in the country. Test score aren't terrible but they aren't good from what I seen. Just average.
I am very upset after reading some of these reviews for Pikesville High. Yes, a few of the teachers are rude and unprofessional, but the school itself is steller. Fights are not frequent,as some would say. They very rarely occur, unless a verble 'fight' is what is being reffered to. Ever since the new principal stepped in there has been a shine on the arts department. Many AP classes are offered, and the staff really helps its students with any and all issues that can come up from family probles, to which colleges to apply to.
This school has great potential but the students are either amazing or belong in a juvenile detention center. Academics are great but some teachers dont look like they care. Fights are very frequent, sometimes upwards of 3 a day. The other half though seems to thrive and do extremely well. Office staff is ok. Weighing out the good students over the bad, this is an ok school.
It can only say it offers so many APs because half of them are online. In English and History, way too many kids are forced into APs, causing the level of the class to go down. The exact opposite phenomena occurs in science and math, with noly a few select eleventh graders ever managing to get into GT physics. The school had a far too small arts program and puts too much emphasis on testing over learning. Its only redeeming quality is its multimedia program.