I am a sophomore at Gorman currently. I play football and am in the highest level of classes (scholars and AP) and hold a high GPA, so I will admit that I do have a bit of preference going for me. However, I feel that the school is run very poorly in a number of ways. First off, the administration killed school spirit. Dress down days and pep rallies are a joke because of the absurd limits put on what the students can and can't do. Second, some teachers are absolutely horrible at their job. Gorman seems to give preference to alumni and veterans when hiring while sacrificing quality. The school also holds the legitimate teachers back from utilizing their full potential as an educator. If you don't teach the way the want you to (even if it is not effective for the kids) they will call you in for a talk and after a couple instances, consider them gone. I also notice the deans IN GROUPS seeking out people for minor violations like untucked shirts, gum, etc., just for the pleasure of punishment rather than actually doing something productive. The education is good, sports are obviously great but more leniency and less limitation would make it a much better school.
Im disappointed with this school. Its made out to be a good, catholic, serious school. First, this school is not Catholic. It is the least Catholic school of all schools. Not many people at this school are nice, students do not display catholic values. Mass is only held around few holy days of obligation - I think for a catholic school, it should be held more often. In addition the students are terrible. It is very politically biased - athletes, especially football players and cheerleaders, are usually favored. It also seems like students are either over or under disciplined. Many programs are under appreciated. It feels like if you're not a "cool, athletic, party" person then you don't shine as much at this school. Another thing that bothers me about this school is the major lack of school spirit. Football and basketball games are almost always empty. When entering high school, I was excited to support my school but it almost seems as if you are looked down on for having school spirit - it's not "cool." I am running out f characters but i could go on. In conclusion, the school is not what it seems. Its a mess. The teachers are just ok, nothing special. Some are great others arent.
I went to Catholic school all my life until I left Gorman as a Junior, I couldn't put up with it anymore. This school isn't Catholic, and I was severely bullied there. The rich kids got special attention, and got away with things.
I am very disappointed to say that I am a student at Bishop Gorman. There is absolutely nothing positive about this school outside of the athletics. I have different interests that most kids, i dont play football of soccer, so there are very little things for me to do here outside academics, there aren't many elective choices either compared to what i see on Palo Verde's student handbook. Worst choice I have ever made. A lesson to all you up and coming high schoolers don't choose to go to a school just because most of your friends are going there, go to a school that fits you. This school does not fit anyone that does not have an interest in sports. All you parents, please send your kid to another school i.e. Faith, Meadows, any public or tech school are much better choices.
This school is absolutely absurd. The rules are ridiculous and take away the fun that should occur in high school. My son has told me many stories of the political factors that play into the administration's role. One student was told that he could either "tell on his friends" or "be expelled." Not very "Catholic" is it? I want my kids in an environment that conveys the importance of friendship, not an environment of fear. The deans and the principal need to open their eyes and realize that they are ruining high school for kids by making them fearful and deteriorating their friendships.
I attended Bishop Gorman when I was of high school age because I wanted the best education I could get in Las Vegas. I thought Gorman would be the answer. It was not. While the classes were interesting and challenging, the attitudes of some of the staff towards me (as a minority and slightly overweight) subjected me to ridicule and threats to "ruin my GPA". NOT a very positive, encouraging attitude. When it was brought to the attention of the superiors at the school, nothing was done. I stayed only one semester at Gorman, the constant teasing and bullying done by students and some staff made it unbearable, and I was forced to leave. My niece has been accepted to Gorman; I pray that she has a better experience than I.
It is a great school with an amazing sense of family and community. This school also offers amazing educations and has one of the top sports programs in the country.
When my child(who went to a public middle school) first started at Gorman, they were amazed that the teacher didn't have to stop teaching even once to take care of students disrupting the class. 100% of the time was devoted to teaching the students and allowed for a great learning environment.. The teachers are excellent and my child says that they were the best teachers he/she ever had. I also like their emphasis on being well rounded.
I have had 2 children graduate from Bishop Gorman and have been very happy with the academics, sports, clubs and other programs offered. The staff and administration were professional and seemed to understand my kids and their growing pains. Communication was great and my kids had a very positive 4 years and were well prepared for college. I have 2 more kids getting ready for high school and will be sending them to Gorman.
One of the best decisions I've ever made was to send my two children to Gorman.
We have two students at Bishop Gorman and have been very happy with the school overall. We like the academics and the sports programs. There are many clubs for the kids who are not into sports. The majority of the teachers and administrators truly seem to like what they are doing and they do it well!
There has been a major change in the school administration at Gorman. The previous Head of School was unceremoniously fired by the Diocese; in fact, the Diocese gave him 10 minutes to leave the building. The new acting Head of School, Aggie Evert, is one of the most competent administrators you can have at any school. I'm cautiously optimistic that things can turn around at Gorman, but there is a considerable amount of damage control ahead of the Gorman community. I don't envy Mrs. Everet's position; it's a real turnaround situation. Thankfully, Gorman has a wonderful student body and alumni community. I think there is a lot of hope, as long as the alumni make sure that what has happened in the past two years never happens again.
As an alumnus, I found that Gorman offered superior academic, athletics, and extra curricular programs to that of their local counterparts both private and public. My time there was unforgettable and the relationships that I have maintained since are paramount. One of the unparalleled advantages that Gorman offers is its tight-knit community of students, parents, alumni, and staff. Moreover, the student mindset of Gorman students is just different. As a public school student through middle school, I recall discussions that I had with other seniors across the valley, who were approaching graduation. The friends that I would talk to from the CCSD schools asked, What are you going to do next year? whereas Gorman students would inquire, Where are you going to school next year? At Gorman, collegiate education is implied and expected. It was this mentality that took me to an Ivy League school from which I graduated in 3.5 years. I would encourage any child or parent in the greater Las Vegas area to enroll at Bishop Gorman.
* Athletics are supreme here * Academics CAN be a total joke sometimes * The new campus has very obvious and stupid architectural flaws (small hallways for the ENTIRE POPULATION!) * Administration can be stupid/ridiculous most of the time (dont care unless you're smart to begin with)
School is fun, but the academics are not looked up as much as athletics.
Bishop Gorman is a cornerstone of education in Las Vegas. The school has the best students in the valley and the most wonderfully supportive community of parents and alumni. Gorman is is dire need of a professional administration that fosters all that is still great in the school before it's too late.
There is little to no professional development for teachers and teacher morale is very low. The current principal may very well be the worst thing that has happened to this school. This school has wonderfully supportive parents and motivated students and can rebound with a new administration.
My son was recruited here to play sports. The athletic programs are good, but outside of that, the academics are a joke. Gorman is very overrated as a school.
The student body is intelligent and talented, yet most of the teachers don't know how to encourage them to work up to their potential. The Advanced Placement Test scores are very low and raising them is not a priority for the administration. Old fashioned.
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