Seaholm is great, but it's important to take classes you want to take and get involved in clubs! Obviously there are some classes that everybody has to take, and with those you just have to get through it. The required math and science classes are rough, but you shouldn't let these classes define your high school career! It's better to focus on classes with smart, and passionate students who like the same subjects you do. Some classes with hardworking, students are AP Lit and AP Euro. Since the level is so high only dedicated students take them. Plus the teachers are great.
Getting involved is also very important. If you're unsure what to do I would suggest the Quidditch club. It's not just for Harry Potter fans, lots of the members are football players, or friends of the people in charge. Everyone is very friendly, the game is hilarious, and it's a great way to meet different people. Don't let the slightly obnoxious advertising turn you away- this is the best club at Seaholm!
Pro's Safe school Con's Trimester schedule with 70 minute classes is not as good as semesters. Staff is not professional or friendly toward students or parents. Teachers expect kids to teach themselves by watching videos and using google. Teachers verbally attack students, have their obvious "favorites" and have been caught following porn sites on class social media accounts. Half to three-quarters of the student body come from very rich families and look down on the less fortunate students all while raising money for the "poor" to gain community service hours and attract local media attention. Average to below average students are ignored while advanced placement/honors students (usually the students' whose parents are paying for tutoring by a teacher in the district) are celebrated. Teachers and staff protect one another when mistakes or inappropriate behavior is identified. This protectionism attitude goes all the way to the top positions in the district's administration. The school and district will hide/ignore many things in an attempt to protect the public reputation of the district even at the expense of student well being.
I am a student at Seaholm currently, and I really enjoying a lot of the teachers here, though many I think could do better. I am torn because I feel half of the student body are very kind, caring, and open, while the others are exactly the opposite. I definitely would believe it would be hard to come to this school from out of state and not knowing anyone previously, because people have "friend groups" already. The classes are very challenging (good) and a lot of the students have parents who push them to do well, and so they do. Some students expect they're going to ivy league colleges or something. Some days I feel as though I would recommend the school and other days no. I also feel as though everything is ultra-competitive, and other students or even staff judge you if you get one bad grade on an assignment or if you don't have the latest designer clothing trends and cell phone. One thing that stood out to me is that 4 times in one trimester different teachers of mine were absent, and substitute teachers never showed up!!! The school did nothing about it. As I mentioned previously, I feel some days I would recommend it and other days I wouldn't. -Student
I love Seaholm its a great place to learn at they use different teaching methods so everyone can benefit from each class. Everyone is so nice and everyone can find friends. I always feel really prepared for tests and exams I love it come join the Seaholm community. FEAR THE LEAF!
As a parent, I want my child to have the best education possible that can allow them to be themselves. It is the exact opposite at seaholm. My son told me that it is almost impossible to be creative and yourself at seaholm because of the way you will be judged by the students and staff. He seemed to only get bad grades because of the teachers not liking who he was and not because of his intelligence. He would cry some nights because he wouldn't fit in. Please do not allow your children to go to seaholm.
First, let me start out with the positive. Coming from a private middle school, I wasn't sure if Seaholm would be a great fit, especially since I'm rather shy. Luckily, I assimilated pretty well into the school, but I actually had to do most of the work of meeting new people...many students here are stuck in their "Birmingham Bubble" and really don't care about anything or anyone outside of the city limits. I'd say half the body is rather naive, while the other half is accepting and friendly. Most of the students strive to achieve and the atmosphere is competitive. There are plenty of clubs, the building is beautiful, and the classes are challenging, but the English program could use some strengthening. Let me also say that trimesters are the worst! No one likes them and it is horrible to have a class 1st and 3rd trimester, since you forget all the material in second tri. There are amazing teachers and horrible teachers, it really depends on the subject area (Most of the math teachers are bad) . Seaholm expects that every student is going to be an engineer or doctor, and there is little creativity. Looking back, I would have chosen a more diverse, accepting school like Groves.