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Novi High School5
Posted May 16, 2013
- a parent
Novi High School is a great school. The Principal, teachers, counselors & staff are excellent. All the teachers my daughter has are caring & very dedicated to teaching. They make learning fun & interesting. There is something of interest for every student & an opportunity to excel. Glad my daughter is a part of Novi High. Zenobia. H. Naterwala
The school has nice facilities and offers a wide array of activities for student's to participate in. They have numerous sports teams, clubs, honor socieities, and co-op opportunities. They also have a great band, choir and theatre program. The number of options available allows students to find what they're interested in and get involved. The school also has great resources available for college prep. The staff is very knowledgable about the process and about the opportunities available for students. The teaching and administrative staff also does a good job with the students. Overall, if students take advantage of the opportunities available to them, they can become well-rounded individuals who are prepared for college years and beyond.
Budget cuts in Novi, similar to most other schools across Michigan, have had an enormous negative impact on the school as a whole. Poor choices by the school board have made matters even worse, for example, spending thousands of dollars to train teachers and become certified to teach International Baccalaureate classes while at the same time, cutting other programs because of budget issues. The school offers a variety of "7th period" classes that take place after school, such as jazz ensemble, or additional IB courses. However, the administration does not treat these as legitimate classes, by allowing simple things to disrupt the class, such as an announcement being made over the PA system every 20 minutes or so. The school is also not very generous in giving teachers adequate planning time during school hours, making it difficult for them to prepare for the next day. The school is also constantly having issues with its air circulation, most classrooms being either extremely hot or extremely cool, and many rooms are depressurized, with a significant draft going into the room, and a large pressure change whenever a door is opened.
Novi High School doesn't even deserve the one lone star I gave it. With the acception of the wonderful music program here, I have had nothing short of a terrible experience these past four years due to politics in and among teachers and administrators alike, and an over-controlling administrative body. These goody-goody reviews are completely and utterly false.
As a student of Novi Highschool, the kids that apply themselves and actually try are the kids that end up going above and beyond. The majority of the teachers are fantastic at what they do, however there are those few that no one [of the student body] like. But they have those at every school. Extracurricular is amazing. There are so many things to do its almost impossible to stay away from them. Teachers are good at listening to students needs and helping them with them. Counselors are helpful and caring. Novi Highschool is a great school overall
As a parent of two Novi High School graduates currently attending Big 10 Universities, I would recommend this school to anyone interested in an exceptional education. The teachers, counselors and administrators are very caring, devoted professionals who help prepare students for higher education if they so choose.
Overall, I was fond of the way the school is run. The teachers are very caring of their students and provide excellent educational environments for them. It's sad that some of the kids don't appreciate such a astounding and profound school. If I had the option, I would attend that school in a heartbeat!