I feind the post from October 2011 to be slightly amusing since the poster indicated that THS is "mediocre, at best"...but according to the stars, could NOT have rated THS less than 3 stars which is average (which falls above mediocre on the dissatisfaction scale...). I have two children who have gone through the halls of THS--one who has graduated and one who is still there. We have found the vast majority of teachers to be engaging and yes, there is a lot of standardizied testing but it is mandated at the county/state leval and NOT at THS's level so to blame the faculty for following the guidelines set forth by others is unfair. Sure, the COUNTY and STATE could EASILY do away with some abominations such as Common Core but, guess what? THS didn't choose it. When my graduate went to THS, he took an abundance ot AP courses. AP testing is NOT THS driven. His AP scores were great and they were great because the teachers prepped him accordingly. Some teachers (one in particular) will offer review sessions on their own time, bring in food for the students and go above and beyond to ensure success on behalf of the students. I feel that the block scheduling/AP courses were a good segue for the "real world". Only complaint is that some classes have too few students that prevent further expansion of their learning, mainly in languages (French--no Advanced Studies/AP, sadly and ASL--only goes to ASL II--WAS going to go to ASL III for the first time ever this year but the teacher had health issues and is not there this year). Prior to either child of mine attending THS, I was leery because there had been some student violence but neother child of mine has ever felt one bit afraid at all. I think that THS doesn't have the greatest reputation in the county--past history is a bit to blame--but the reality is that THS is no less safe than any other school in the county...and safer than some others. I would recommend it.
- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
Mostly bureaucratic based, policy driven public school. The staff practices a paradigm of C.Y.A., and students are treated as just a resource to facilitate promotions, based solely on aggregated standardized test scores. Individual student progress appears to be irrelevant as long as the standard test score train can be kept going. Mediocre school at best................ Any person that gives this school a rating of 4 or more stars either has a personal, vested interest in the school, or is obviously NOT paying attention to the inner workings at this school.