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6-12
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St. Paul, MN
Students enrolled: 1,091
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30 East Baker St
St. Paul, MN 55107

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November 24, 2014
As a student of Humboldt High School I'd say I had made the best decision to attend Humboldt as a 7th grader and still continuing until I graduate. Don't believe what you hear, actually experience it to know the true. Our school is very diverse and a lot of student came to our school without knowing English. It's hard for them to learn and the ELL Departments are doing their best in every way possible to help bloom a flower. On the other side, we do have kids who treated education as nothing. They came to school unprepared to learn without any materials. They gives teachers hard time but the teacher never give up on them, they will not stop until they help created a painting full of smile and tears. Humboldt is one of the school that cares about its student and their learning. Don't compare our test scores to other school. Don't look at how low it is. Come to our classroom and experience how hard teachers work to make sure flowers are bloom daily and make the lightbulb pop. Come see how our student who lacked English as their first language improve each day as they received the help from teachers. Come see those who failed trying to get back up with encouragement from teachers.

- submitted by a community member
November 08, 2014
The staff care about every student, even their past students no longer in their classrooms. I have seen college students even come back to get math help from their high school math teacher! I have also seen former students back to volunteer or work in Humboldt's after school program. It's great to see graduates so connected still to their high school.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2014
One word to describe it.....HORRIBLE!!! Full of bad students and the teachers and staff are just about the same. Especially the principal.! They will do their best to get u to sign up with them and afterwards u will never see them again. I saw the principal a couple days later and she didn't even recognize me! They have cops walking in and out of the school with dogs. Very unsafe and very unorganize!!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Humboldt High School Good example of successful navigating challenges of diverse student population. Very strong, diverse leadership team.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
Humboldt is a very poor school. Just check out the test scores! There are many schools locally and nationally with similar demographic bhey are performing much better. All the five Star reviews are from teachers whoapparently feel the need to justify their poor performance. Admin. supports poor teachers WHO tow the party line.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
Humboldt is a gem in Saint Paul. How wonderful is it that in a large urban city like Saint Paul, we can offer our children a school where there are not 2500 nameless students wandering the hallways. The staff know and care about each and everyone of the students at Humboldt. It is not like other schools. It is a second home for my children. The teachers care about the students as if they were their own. My children are afforded opportunities and individual attention that I know would go attended at the factory-like larger schools in the community and surrounding suburbs. Bigger is not always better. This is truly the case when it comes to a child's education. Don't be fooled by skewed scores and polls. This is a class act school.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2012
Humboldt is a school with a lot of problems. The students are great, and deserve a great education, but this is not the place to get one. The administration is weak--lacking in vision, judgment, and communication ability. The teaching staff is split, some great, but many with low skills that don't match their arrogant attitudes. The conflicts between staff members--in and between departments and between staff and administration--combined with very poor decision making by school and district administration make it a toxic environment that harms instruction, programs, and students. A word to the wise: If you care about your kids, don't send them to this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
In reading the reviews of Humboldt, I see mixed reviews from a former teacher. I know the principals in St. Paul are working to remove weak teachers who demonstrate weak instruction and wonder if the negative review is from a teacher who he worked to terminate. I've reviewed Humboldt's academic growth data and their data shows students may be starting below grade level when the enter Humboldt, but they intervene and get the students at or above grade level when they graduate.

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2012
I am an ELL teacher currently working at Humboldt, and would like to dispute some of the claims made by others on here. I believe that the teachers and the administration at the school are doing a wonderful job with ALL of the students at the school. They work tirelessly to make Humboldt the best it can be, often spending long hours after school and on weekends. Many of students that come to us are refugees with limited formal schooling, and as I look at the data, I'm amazed at how much progress our students have made. It's not always easy being in a place where you're pushed and challenged to be the best you can be and to find new ways to improve, but I'm glad that I'm here. It's an honor to work with the students here, and I've become a better teacher in the process.

- submitted by a teacher
September 20, 2012
As a teacher at Humboldt High School I was stunned by the harsh review from a disgruntled teacher. The remarks about the administration are not true. I worked for over 10 years in a different high school and when I transferred to Humboldt I discovered an incredible principal and assistant principal here. I ve worked in private business and now public education and I ve never had such accessible, responsive and truly helpful bosses. The disgruntled teacher stated, administration does not comprehend the needs of a large percentage of their student population, the ELL English Language Learners. What that teacher doesn t seem to understand, is the fact that our administration is implementing research based programs developed to challenge and push the students to close the achievement gap. We ARE making a difference and our data shows it. We have such incredible students at Humboldt who come from very diverse cultures and educational backgrounds, and the staff here impressed me from my very first day. Their level of dedication and their desire to work with every student to help them advance in all their academic skills is remarkable. These teachers have heart .

- submitted by a teacher
September 19, 2012
One more thing I love about Humboldt: the positive energy that is in the building. I have worked at 4 other schools and Humboldt is by far the most positive and has students who really pull for each other. To address the post below: 1) Our Admin is amazing. They are so phenomenal, in fact, that they are often offered positions at other schools. They are responsible, caring and push our staff to be phenomenal. 2) I would like to know about schools with similar demographics that are exceeding expectations. Like every other school in our district and state, we all have a long ways to go to meet our goals. Great place- I had a sub for the half the day today and she said that Humboldt is special because the kids are extremely respectful and the staff is caring and kind. GO HAWKS!

- submitted by a teacher
September 17, 2012
Humboldt is a phenomenal school! It is very innovative and growth oriented. The administrators and teachers are dedicated to their students and their success. The staff is welcoming and available to work with students one on one to help student achievement. Humboldt has a diverse population and many students speak two or more languages. The students feel safe at Humboldt and know they will be challenged and supported in their classes.

- submitted by a teacher
August 31, 2012
It is a very political environment. Forget about student advocacy. You WILL be targeted. Not only do they not understand their student's population, they do not care. I wonder how much energy it takes to simply pretend to care as opposed to actually doing it. The 40 students at L1 ELL in windowless classroom? True. The teachers had the students do busy work much of the time, with very little instruction. Staff looked the other way when kids with disabilities were bullied, the students who had abusive home lives, or the ones experiencing family discord. Awful work environment and learning environment. Close it down already and give the kids a REAL chance

- submitted by a teacher
August 01, 2012
St. Paul's Humboldt Secondary School is an amazing place to teach and get an education! The vast majority of students are respectful and very eager to learn. Teachers work extremely hard to understand and meet the needs of this very diverse student body. I've found administration very welcoming, open to suggestions and concerns, and always interested in what's best for our students. A career in education is not for pansies and no school is perfect, but I stay at Humboldt because I love the kids and feel well supported by administration from the top down. We're helping grow super citizens with good minds and hearts, and I'm proud to be a Humboldt teacher!

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 08, 2008
Humboldt doesn't live up to its expectation... it holds much higher! Humboldt is often looked down upon, when I don't believe it should. With a small school you really connect with your teachers, and get great chances for many opportunities, and you get to know everyone in the school. If I ever have an issue, I can think of a good handful or adults I could go to for help. Even the Principal and Vice Principals know you by name, and greet you daily. Humboldt promises to have a college student for every student. I am a member of ETS and it has brought me MANY opportunities preparing me for college. Teachers really care about you, as an individual. They'll even ask if you're doing okay when you're having an off day. You get a great connection with them, along with your classmates. Our sports are small, but they're incredibally enjoyable.

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2008
I go to Humboldt Senior High. I was nervous about going there bcuz of the reputation, but i learned a lesson: don't believe everything you hear! The teachers care about you, the adminstrators know me by my first name, even the principal (sodomka knows everyone!) and he cares, our sports aren't the best but thats cuz we are so small and don't have a lot of kids on the teams. My classes are really small-like 15 kids in a class, which is good because we get can individualized help. Their AP classes are tough, but you learn a lot and teacher make it interesting. Humboldt really pushes us toward college; I'll admit, I didn't think I'd go to college when I started, but they've taken me to campuses, encouraged to take harder classes (pre-AP/AP) and have gotten help from ETS (a college access program here) and other HHS. Humboldt's A+++!

- submitted by a student
February 15, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
November 02, 2007
I have to admit, sending my son to Humboldt was not my choice but with changing jobs I was unable to drive him to the school I wanted anymore. Humboldt was the dumping grounds for all the problem children in St. Paul! When registering my son I talked with the Principal for an hour and a half about the concerns and problems that I had. I told him that he had a half year to convince me that I made the right chioce. I did!! My son since changing over to Humboldt is an 'A' student and because I am an involved parent the teachers really help me stay on top of my son. I can't say enough about the school. They have really opened a lot of doors for my son, college wise! They recieved a bad reputaion and I hope that changes, it really is a great school!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2006
The quality of academic programs seem to be well, they seem to have a variety of business classes, which I really approve of for my daughter. I am not too sure of the parent involvement, I never seem to get any announcements or such as to needing parent involvement of any sort. That should be a priority.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2004
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Humboldt Secondary School
30 East Baker St, St. Paul, MN  55107
(651) 293-8600
Last modified Humboldt Secondary School is a Public school that serves grades 6-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Humboldt Secondary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top