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Charles Herbert Flowers High School4
Posted November 21, 2012
- a parent
Flowers has a strong leadership within the new Principal. We have not ran into any issues so far! We are military and have lived many places and have seen many schools. The success of the school is on the parents. Your students will get out what you as a parent put in!
I love Flowers High School. I am in the 10th Grade and in the Science & Technology program. Although Flowers is a rough school, it has great programs. The science and technology program is sort of secluded form the general population of the school which is good because most of the general population is filled with ghetto and unsuccessful students. Science & tech provides its students with three tracks: biology, engineering, and computer science. I am on the biology track so it is mandatory for my to take bio/org chemistry and AP biology. It is also mandatory for all sci&tech students to take like physics, pre-calc, and engineering foundations 1 & 2. The program is VERY challenging but it is all worth it in the end. Like, our seniors have gotten into great schools like Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, Dartmouth, University of Maryland: College Park, UNC at Chapell Hill, UVA, UPENN, Penn State, UPITT, UMBC, GIT, NC A&T, Hampton, Howard, Temple, and more. This is a great school as long as you stay focused. Even though our principal of 12 years is leaving, this school will stay strong and keep doing great things.
I want to keep this short, but honestly as a freshman starting in '11, I can say nothing good about this school. None of the good programs are available to 9th graders, and the children (they certainly act like children) are ghetto and totally uncontrollable. When the school first opened, everybody wanted to get in b/c it was a good school back in the day. But now it's turned to bad things happening every day. There are only a few security guards in the school, and they don't really care about out-of-place uniforms, or kids roaming around. I'm closing, but if I were a parent, I wouldn't send my kid to CHFHS unless we lived in a perfect world.
As a teacher at CHFHS, I can attest that the school is indeed overcrowded, which only further confirms the high regard by parents of our school. At Flowers, there is a culture of learning that is matched at only very few schools in the county. The teachers are dedicated, the principal is excellent and there is a plethora of after-school activities for every student interest.
I agree with the parent who said the principal is clueless about other staff. In my opinion the school is dangerous and parents should drop in as often as possible to let staff know that you are watching. The security staff is made up of former police officers who are not trained in dealing with children within the school. You must let them know that you will not allow your children to be abused. Flowers test scores are only average, but in a county where all but two schools are severely below average in scores, it isn't a great achievement. Students roam the halls at will with administrators only complaining that "there are too many students" for them to keep track of.
CFHS has poor leadership and is a horrible school for any student. The principal is clueless to the activities of staff and other administrators. There is no structure, as students roam and "hangout" in the hallways even during classes. There are a lot of ethics issues at this school...some go unaddressed. Review school crime statistics before considering.
Flowers High School has a great science and tech program that students exposure to college level course content. It is not to be underestimated and I'm happy that many of the teachers take interest in their work to help students achieve academically and prepare them for college.