My kids feel successful and love their teachers. Kickapoo has so many wonderful clubs and activities!
Kickapoo is great i feel as if i am really going to be prepared for college. Kickapoo teachers are pretty great and really caring for the kids, any time i have a problem with something i have only ever had 2 teachers tell me that they cant help me. The administrative is great and there is not a lot of violence in my 3 years here so far i have only ever heard of 2 fights breaking out and drugs every school has them you just got to stay away from them. Kickapoo offers a lot for their students but it is very sport based and i dont care for that to much. But if you are looking for a school that will challenge your student Kickapoo is the place to be
Overall I feel this school is very good. Most of the instructors my two daughters have had have been very good. The counselors on the other hand are worthless, and seem more like over-glorified secretaries than counselors. Trying to get a schedule change is like pulling teeth. We had to contact the Superintendent of schools to actually get one of our daughters classes changed, and the Governor of Missouri and complain to get our other daughters class changed....ridiculous! Student ratio to teachers is horrible with up to 35 students per 1 instructor. Kickapoo is very sports minded, and these students receive special treatment. All schools has problems with drugs, however Kickapoo doesn't have a huge problem. The school police officers are very nice, and accessible. They have a hotline to report anonymously. Overall your child will get a decent education, however those who are struggling already are going to have a hard time due to overcrowding!
We love Kickapoo. We recently moved here and found this school to be an excellent choice for our children academically and in athletics. What a great school!
We recently moved to this area and my child began their sophomore year at Kickapoo in late Oct. Most activities were not open as we learned that you MUST take certian classes to participate in clubs and activities which was not the case for our old High School. My child found the school extrememly unwelcoming from a student stand point but the teachers have been excellent. If I could do this decision over, I would NOT choose Kickapoo simply from a social aspect of bullying and nasty behavior from students shich seems to be well known thoughout the community.
Despite having taken a "challenging" course load riddled with AP classes and graduating salutatorian, I was demolished my first semester of college (Northwestern) because most of my AP teachers at Kickapoo haven't gone over the materials well enough. Instead of actually absorbing new materials in college, I wasted most of my time re-learning my AP courses. In addition to the abysmal academics, the student body lacks diversity, and the sports are mediocre at best. The kids at Kickapoo were very bland at best. Most of the student body consisted of semi-decent wannabe athletes who spent most of their time sincerely believing that they could actually empathize with the afro-centric culture of hip hop, and they all came fortified with this undeserved sense of superiority, despite the mediocrity. Also, compared to the kids who play sports here in the coast, I've come to the realization that Kickapoo athletics is a joke.
This school is FULL of drugs. All schools have drug issues, but this one is exceptional. Check out the incident reports on the News Leader web site -- you will be astounded. We've had some very good teachers and some very bad teachers. For a go-getter of a student, I am sure Kickapoo has plenty to offer. However, a student who struggles academically or socially hasn't a chance here. Activities are geared toward winning and being elite rather than encouraging and teaching so make sure your student is already good at whatever he or she wants to do before trying to join anything. Sad. One bright spot was the school counselor.
The experience we personally had was my daughter who was a Honor Roll student prior to Kickapoo was dropped seriously here. My daughter was on a 504 plan, due to a serious "Brain injury".None of the teachers wanted to implement the plan or follow it, when I requested a meeting we were treated very rudely.And the special education coordinator seem to be upset we were wasting her time.So due to the refusal of the school to give her what she needed, my daughter paid the price with her grades..I am very bitter about the whole experience (never has any school district given us so much grief) we have been in several and they were all exceptional and understanding until we moved to this school dist in Springfield,Mo. What really makes me sad is my daughter took the initiative to speak to her teachers, on her own behalf and they were unaccommodating!
i am a former student of kicapoo high school this a great school to attend the school enviroment is awsome all staff have great attitudes and do there job very well i would recommend this school to anyone who wants a great education and good high school experience
I've gone to Kickapoo for three and a half years now and all in all it has been the best time of my life. I've met some amazing teachers and have felt I have been given every oppertunity to achieve that I could have been given. The only real drawback to Kickapoo is that it is in the Springfield school system and therefore cannot recieve the financial aid that you may find in a large single school town such as those found around Kansas City and St. Louis.
i graduated from kickapoo a few years ago. and the only reason anyone would ever say something bad about the place, is because they are jelous! they are the best at sports, cheerleading, and clubs!
Great school, great classes, great sports teams, and great at everything I forgot to mention! Overall A+
I graduated from Kickapoo and am now in college. I was very disappointed with what I got from KHS. I graduated a whole year early because, with the size of the school, the classes were just too big to learn effectively. Most of all, many of the teachers were not at all what I expected at what is supposed to be a great school. The teachers for the 'honors' courses were interesting and great, but the 'regular' classes were useless. Also, with so many students, I found it easy for people to 'fall between the cracks'. There were still the same 'negative influences' that you would find anywhere. All in all, I regret that I went to this school and strongly encourage one of the smaller area schools.
I am currently a college freshmen who graduated from Kickapoo last spring. I feel when attending a High School, especially one the size of Kickapoo, you have to keep an open mind, and be willing to adapt to what you wish to become. As a freshmen, I entered high school timid and shy with very little friends. Many see the size of Kickapoo as intimidating at first, but with time you will realize that it is a benefit. In my case it allowed me to find those people who I felt most comfortable with and the groups that expanded my envolvment. It took me from a timid freshmen to Student Body Vice President by senior year. The only criticism on my part is the lack of diversity, everyone comes from the same mold. Yet overall Kickapoo has something for eveyone and I can only hope to send my children there aswell.
Dr. Ridder noted two areas under AYP that need immediate attention: Four of five district high schools did not meet AYP under a new graduation indicator. Kickapoo High School was the only Springfield Public High School to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as stated by the Department of Early and Secondary Education under the new graduation indicator. The lowest drop out rate also belonged to Kickapoo High School.
The problem with Kickapoo HS is that there's a consenscending atmosphere in the school. They've ALWAYS ranked below Glendale in terms of test scores and other academics, yet they claim to be better. Why? They're the rich school and their sports teams are amazing, and they know it. Sometimes it seems as if more emphasis is put on the sports program then the academics. Also, the hallways are confusing at Kickapoo and it may as well be a maze. In regards to the arts, Kickapoo has an excellent marching band, but their regular concert and symphonic bands are found a bit lacking in terms of comparison with Glendale and Central High School. Their choir and orchastra programs are also dismal.
After having my daughter transfer to this school from another state I think it is one of the worst schools she's gone to. The councelour wouldn't let her finish algebra 1 in the last semster, and they didn't have german as a language there too. Now that we're moving again, she won't be able to get full credits for her classes 'til her junior year now.
I am a 15 year old that goes to Kickapoo and i am a sophmore, I find that, while i am a good student, discipline is certainly lacking in dealing with some children. Teachers are not as involved as i would like, the things that some of the kids get a way with would suprise you. Not only that but the facilities and resources available to staff and students are certainly limited.
After having three children graduate from Kickapoo High School, I find that it is one of the most outstanding schools in our nation. It has been chosen as a 'School of Excellence' by the U.S. Department of education TWICE, while no other schools in town haven't gotten the honor AT ALL! This year alone, we have placed three students in our military academies and many more into the most prestigious universities across our nation. The offerings of this school will prepare its students for the future. The only thing holding back the students is the lack of attention by their parents. Parents do not take part in the lives of their own children. They need to be a part of their education and not just sit by and let the schools babysit for eight hours a day. Kickapoo has many parent volunteers and it really makes a difference.
Overall I am finding Kickapoo to be a wonderful environment for my daughter. There are high quality teachers and ample opportunities for any student who wishes to get involved as well. There are a wide variety of courses, including challanging honors courses, to meet the needs of a wide variety of student. Any high school is what you make of it, as long as the administration and faculty are fair and unbiased. Kickapoo so far seems to meet and exceed that benchmark. So far I would say that Kickapoo offers more to its students than any school with which I've ever been involved, and as a teacher (who teaches elsewhere) that is saying a lot.
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