I graduated in 2011 & I will say I was very prepared for college! Our teachers pushed us hard & I thought it was too much at some times but college is a breeze. The only reason why I am not giving this school a 5 is the lack of diversity. I felt as if I didn't belong too well because I was not apart of the "majority".
This is an extremely rigorous academic school especially if you are taking the advanced level courses. The sports are top notch and the teacher expectations are very high.
I think a "great school" means that all students can benefit from the teaching. I went to this high school, and I was in the advanced stream and felt I got a great education and really enjoyed the experience and extracurriculars. If that was the end of the story I would give the school a 5 star rating. However, people around me were left in the dust because they needed a different approach to learning and weren't getting it. My brother and 2 of my close friends had learning disabilities and did not get enough attention to be able to excel in the school or in their life afterwards. Looking back, their parents kicked themselves for not sending the kids to a different school when they realized what was happening. In one of these cases, the lack of attention to these kinds of students was one of the contributing factors to a life of drugs and mental illness. I see there is another similar review about this kind of situation. So if your child doesn't end up excelling there, I highly recommend making the effort to move or if possible send your child to a private school.
Hingham High School is an exceptional school with outstanding academics, athletics, support and teachers. This school will prepare you for college and beyond.
Hingham High School just won a Blue Ribbon Award from the U.S. Department of Education for one of the best public schools in the country for teaching, community outreach and school spirit.
It is not possible to use the star rating system effectively in this particular case. I had 2 daughters who went through Hingham schools; elementary through high. Academically they both were extremely intelligent but had learning disabilities. One was more adaptive than the other. My experience of Hingham schools is that while it truly is a superior school system, the teachers, because of the tenure (which can be good in some situations) are very entrenched and narrow minded in what constitutes intelligence and learning. I have several friends who are teachers. They've helped me to understand that there are many different learning styles, only a few of which tend to be facilitated by most teachers. If a child falls outside of this standard, they could literally be exceptional in intelligence and fail miserably. My experience is that many of Hingham High's teachers are the ones who need to do some learning.
The School is very, very good; needs more updated technology in science and math; need to offer chess and bridge--starting at elementey school
I attended a private school in Braintree for middle school, and while I found the curriculum and the perks of private school challenging and pleasing, I was elated to find that switching to public school for High school was a great choice. Not only have I had the opportunity to take the most challenging A.P. courses available, but the teachers are phenomenal, and the varsity sports and extracurriculars top many private schools' in the area.
I have two daughters who graduated from Hingham High. They both went on to college and found they had the proper backround to be successful. They both graduated college in four years and are in grad school. Hingham High did prepare them well to be successful in their college endeavors. If I had a complaint it would be that the school was too competitive in some ways. If your student wants a college prep course, Hingham High can provide that. They also have some great courses which are not college prep, but I don't think many students take advantage of them because they are not academic in nature.
Both of my children went through the Hingham schools and they provided exceptional learning experiences. My kids were totally prepared for college and the work world.
Hingham High school I just graduated from there in 2003 and I can say it was the time of my life, and the way the teachers are prepared me for the future.
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