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Jefferson City High School5
Posted April 22, 2014
- a student
I don't know what people are thinking--this school is amazing. I am currently at Westminster College, and JCHS did more than just prepare me for college; it gave me a leg up. I am a 2013 graduate. I was in National Honors Society, Key Club, and Hispanic Honor's Society. I graduated with a 3.75, working hard in that school. Now, because of that education, I am in the Honor's Program here, am at sophomore status because of the dual enrollment opportunities that were given to me at JC, and am currently at a 4.00 GPA, because I have been doing exceptionally well. JC gave me the necessary tools in learning, leadership, and excellence to push on. Yes, those who do not try will not get the same experience that I did, but can't that be said for any high school? JC is excellent, and is never given enough credit.
I graduated from JC 4 years ago and it seems like it hasn't improved much. A lot of these reviews are correct. If you're a normal kid, you'll do really well there. But if you're not, it's going to be tough. And seriously high school is hard enough. Teachers totally gave up on me because I have a different way of learning. I know for a fact that most of my teachers didn't expect me to graduate college. Now I'm in graduate school at one of London's top universities. Money is put in to sports because the coaches are amazing. I am not an athlete but I ran track and had many coaches for teachers and THEY were the ones pushing me to succeed. The administration helped me through my four years there but it seems like the people I had are gone now. There's a difference between teaching kids how it is in the real world and not helping kids to succeed. Being underpaid isn't an excuse. If teachers were in it for the money they would be doctors. I won't be sending my kids to JC when I have them, but if you don't have a choice, don't worry. A lot of great kids come out of JC. The drugs are bad which I attribute to absent parents. But it's inevitable that kids in Jeff City will have a run in.
My wife and I have had several (6) (3 girls and 3 boys) kids attend the Jefferson City Public School system. I would highly recommend the elementry schools for their Professionalism and Heart in making sure that our children are well educated. The Jefferson City High School is an entirely different matter. It all starts with lack of strong leadership, ethics and principles (not principals). One of my kids had a rough time with one of the School Administration to the point that he dropped out. He tried several times to go back with little to no evail. I hold the School Leadership partially to blame for allowing my child to drop through the cracks.
JCHS Is a very good school in most respects. The teachers are professional and hold students accountable for their work. The school is a slice of reality: there are kids from all walks of life, and that seems to throw some folks -- they want some Ozzie and Harriet world. The kids deal with the size of the school better than many adults. The school offers many advanced placement classes, a great musis and performing arts program, and a wide variety of offerings. OK, it's a school that takes a lot of pride in sports. That also causes issues. Frankly, I think it's a good thing, but I understand those who feel that too much attention is given to sports. I figure if sports keep a kid intereted in the other aspects of school, then fine. I would recommend JCHS to parents moving to this town.
I am currently a senior at JCHS. In my four years going to this school, I've only had two teachers(out of many) that I felt didn't really know the subject they were teaching. The school offers plenty challenging classes. School's library is really good. The media center, however, isn't that great. Cafeteria food is okay. The building is, indeed, old. Oh, and they should really start enforcing the dress code.
I graduated in 2005. JC did an awesome job preparing me for college. The teachers and counselors go way beyond what is expected, and genuinely want students to succeed. There is a great balance at JC - strong academics, great athletics, and many opportunities for leadership. JC students consistently score above the state average in every academic area, and over twice the normal percentage of students receive Bright Flight scholarships. I love JC! 43!