The person who wrote something about Bethesda schools is obviously an angry student or parent from Bethesda's Walt Whitman High School. I used to go to Walt Whitman High School, and I wrote a review telling the truth about how horrible it is, and recommended this school (which is where i go to school now, my parents go to Severna Park). Severna Park is NOT a snobby school. Most of the rich kids in Severna Park go to private schools, so enough with calling us snobby. We are just a public school. Severna Park is a great school, and has a very friendly staff and student body. I felt so welcomed here. Coming from a real snobby high school, I think I can assure you Severna Park is just fine and not snobby at all. Its the perfect school, and I'm GLAD I go here instead of Walt Whitman. And at Severna Park, we don't just pass our students to make the numbers look good like Whitman does, we actually work hard to get those numbers.
Whether you are an adult or a student, if you are one who enjoys climbing the social ladder by meekly following King and Queen Bees, you will probably like Severna Park. If you march to the beat of a your own drum and think independently, you will probably be unhappy here. And be forewarned, the players can be viciously competitive.
Construction on the new school will start this summer, with anticipated completion in 2017. the 53 year old building has seen better days, and yet the students excel.
If you want a great public school move to Bethesda. This schools test scores based on the demographics are disappointing.
Severna Park High has been a wonderful school for all 3 of my children. Our principle shows a lot of respect to the children, and in turn I see the respect that they show him.
The building is physically falling down, but the parents and community are currently fighting for a new building. The teachers vary from highly superior to way below average. The students can find anything they want at SPHS. If they are academically driven the school is AP course driven, if they are looking for sex, drugs and rock n roll that unfortunately is available in abundance also. Students who excel in sports can try out for football, lax, track, swimming, field hockey and more . The drama department offers multiple opportunities, with one act plays, improv comedy and singing and dancing in the Rock n Roll revival show. Students who excel in band are encouraged to join, if you simply enjoy band; don't bother as you will be pushed to always be the best. Second is NOT acceptable. This is a highly competitive school and if your child is not in the top 25% or the bottom 10%, expect a bumpy ride. There is a work hard/play hard mentality. Opportunities are available for parents to get involved, both in the school and outside of the school.
The academics are amazing, however if you take the time to meet alumni you realize there is something a little off about a homogeneous white-bread culture fixated on status symbols... If you can't "keep up with the Jonses," don't waste your money on a house in Severna Park. There are plenty of academically outstanding schools in the area that don't almost require parents to make six figures and spend half of it on their kids.
Great teachers help to really motivate the kids! I feel that a very high level of education can be obtained at this school - as not only do the teachers care the students do as well.
Based on one of the comments from a student, who mistakenly identifies herself/himself as a Teacher, I do not get a warm and fuzzy about this school. The review had many spelling and grammar errors. Is this student an example of a 10-rated school's education?
They really prepare you well for future endeavors. having recently graduating and now attending college I realize all the opportunities that the school has to offer. send your kid here and encourage them to branch out around school.
I would NEVER send my child to this school. I graduated from this school in recent years. Severna Park Senior High School students wear rug burns on their knees as if they are trophies and drink their way through high school. The appearance is deceiving. There's sex, drugs and alcohol at any school, but unfortunately it is to an extremely high degree at Severna Park Senior High School. There is also a large amount of bullying within all grade levels. I would not recommend this school to anyone and I will certainly not send my future children to this school.
great school. the is the land of overachievers. so prepare to study and don't expect to breeze through on natural intellect. you need to work :)
Academically and athletically, this IS a great school. As others have noted, however, the infrastructure is crumbling, and that is the fault of the county that SPHS depends on for support. As an outside observer, I'm also aware that bullying is a problem that, while episodic, has been given lip service, but has, to all appearances, not been confronted aggressively by the administration. That is a big detraction from the school's many excellent qualities.
Both of our children entered SPHS on a high note and ended far exceeding our expectations. Get your ducks in a row before entering! -Parent
This is an excellent school academically and has a strong tradition of competitive sports programs and VERY active families. Higher performing students will have many opportunities to pursue advanced programs that are not available at even some of the best local private schools. The only reason this school is not a 5 in my opinion is the facilities. AA County's procrastination with both maintenance and replacement of it's aging school facilities threatens the future success of this school, but it goes to show it is the motivation and involvement of the students, parents, staff and community that make a school successful, even if it has inadequate facilities. So if you look beyond the crumbling classrooms and some overflowing toilets you will find an excellent school, one of the best in the state.
I am a proud alumni of SPHS. I participated in both the music and athletic programs. I had a sibling particpate in music and drama while another chose to participate in no after school programs. While I agree with the student who said everything is a competition at SPHS, it is that competition that leads Severna Park to develop student who are ready for challenging college programs. If you are looking for a great school, public or private, where your child is expected to perform at a higher level, Severna Park is the place to be!
SPHS has an outstanding academic tradition, leading Anne Arundel County in AP/SAT/HSA test scores year in and year out. If I were shopping for a school for my child, SPHS is high on the list and 1st in Anne Arundel county. The academic program is highly regarded, highly rewarding and competitive. Academic programs are supported by a very knowledgable faculty. The honors/AP program is exceptional. Extracurricular and sports programs are highly successful, especially the women's programs. SPHS is a college prep academic institution. AP classes are available in all academic areas of study. The level of parent involvement is moderately high. This is a fine school with a long standing academic history.
Academics are top notch and Honors and AP programs are significant here.Student abilities run high. This school had 9 National Merit Semi-Finalists-the highest no. ever this year. Strong extracurricular programs exist. There is a strong choral,band and orchestra program. Sports are popular zand dramatic arts.The girl's field hockey is usually tops in the state. Teachers arehighly experienced and have a solid administration team.Class sizes could be smaller,but typical of today. This is mostly a college preparatory high school though other programs exist.it is a suburban school-relatively safe and there is strong parent participation through PTO and Booster organizations.Many people move here because of the school reputation.
I am currently a student of Severna Park. The students, teachers and administrators all get along. The only thing is that everything is always a competition. The sports teams are so competitive and political. If it was down to two people; one person having amazing skills, and one person having ok skills but parents knowing the coaches, the second kid would make the team. Academically, SPHS is a good school, but not in other areas. There are 2 different groups; preppy, and other. If your not in the preppy group, your an outcast. I think you should rethink sending your child to this school.
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