I am an alumnus of Souhegan High School. I was part of the first class to go through the school and graduate. I then went on to college and now work in finance. I was not a great student in high school by any means, but at Souhegan I was able to learn and grow as a person. I feel as though I was far more prepared for the college experience than many students coming from traditional schools. At Souhegan I learned how to learn, and that set me up to succeed in college. I heard the same nonsense about souhegan being too relaxed and not challenging students when I began school there. If students and parents work together there is no place more supportive or condusive to a good education than Souhegan. I feel many detractors just don't want to take an active role in their child's eductation. Thank You.
Souhegan is for motivated students. The above average and gifted students are not challenged enough due to heterogenous grouping. The communication with parents from staff is lacking and although they encourage interaction from parents, they are excluded from the inner workings and discussions that actually go on in the school. The sports are good, however the 'Healthy Connections' is of great concern - the recovered 'drug and alcohol' speaker IS NOT what we want our children listening to. There should only be 'positive' 'hardworking (all their lifes)' role models speaking to our children.
I chose to send my son to a private school rather than send him to Souhegan. Studies dealing with the effectiveness of education reform show the Coalition of Essential Schools to be one of the least effective reform methods. Souhegan seems to have a prejudice against academic achievement. It is an atmosphere where socialization appears to be more important than learning. Souhegan test scores reflect this, especially in math and science. Teachers will impose their liberal political philosophies on the students. It can be a very unpleasant place to be for students who wish to excel. Mediocre students often love it.
Souhegan High is not a traditional high school and one we have been very disappointed in. We moved here 9 years ago strictly due to the 'good schools'. We were very pleased with the elementary and middle schools. However, Souhegan is another story. If you want your child attending 9th-12th grade in a school that practices no discipline, no rules, total freedom, teachers who themselves wear jeans then you'll like Souhegan! We did not. We pulled our child out after freshman yr and sent them to private school. If your kid enjoys total freedom, this is for him!
I am currently a senior at Souhegan, and I have a very mixed feeling about the school. I believe that a person who works hard and challenges themself can do very well here. I also believe that I person can skate by without doing very much (myself included). Souhegan is what you make of it. Some people love it. Others hate it. It is so different from the traditional school, that it really is matter of personal preference. But I would never say that this school is a joke, or that it sets kids up to fail in college.
I have a freshman and a junior currently enrolled in shs. My jr. Is an excelled student and is challenged appropriately by both the school and indivual teachers. My freshman is a struggling freshman and i have to commend the entire staff for their 'above and beyond' efforts to help him better himself in school and in his motivation. I have always heard that shs was a 'do it yourself, self motivated' school, and if your child needed extra help it wasnt available at shs. Could not be further from the truth! Wonderful, caring teachers that always keep our family involved. They are afforded opportunities at shs that they would not receive in the surrounding school districts. Job well done shs!
Souhegan seems to be a great place for kids with special needs, but not for the kids that should be the next leaders of our community and country. A high percentage of the best and brightest leave to attend and a more traditional high school where there can be better prepared for college and the real working world. Quite a few kids that remain need tutors for math (and probably other subjects). Try to obtain extra help from a teacher in a subject such as math, and instead of explaining the concept, they ask 'what do you think?' That is great for the social sciences, but not for math or the physical sciences. The kids need to learn the basics before they are able to think. They should stand on the shoulders of giants and not reinvent all that has come before.
I have attended Souhegan High school for a total of a year and a half. Transiting mid-way through the school year proved to be difficult, but the friendly laid back atmosphere at SHS really helped with making me feel comfortable to excersize my full potential. The teacher/student relationships are unmatched, and though there are many rich students who attend- they in no way are favored above the not-so-rich. The teachers are very open, honest, and respectful with their students and vice versa. The relationship between students and teachers are personal, and yes, parents are less involved with the students academic life, but this is very good for most students. It gives you a sense of achievement when you accomplish something great without your parent's help. This same concept works when you fail to accomplish the task at hand- you are solely responsible.
Sougehan H.S. spends alot of time and energy forcing their philosophy upon the students. I'm not quite sure what it is. The focus seems to be on the students to recognize their personal style of learning and adapting to the school atmosphere, yet the teachers do not alter their teaching style to accomodate the student's learning style. Communication with parents is minimal, and confusing because of the 'learning/teaching'language used by the staff/faculty. This school is an average school. Not bad, no where the reputation.
Souhegan is a school that works perfectly for the rich. The teachers do their best, but I will never be able to understand how they put up the stuck up pampered students that go through this school system. The administration simply teaches them that if you have money, everything will be made right for you. The students who get the most help are the ones that put forth no effort.
Souhegan School is different solely for the purpose of being different. The teacher student relationship is great, however, the students seem to spend too much time overanylizing books instead of learning how to write. Granted there are many great teachers at Souhegan, yet the philosophy seems a bit backward at times.
I am currently a senior at Souhegan High School and I couldn't disagree more with the previous contributor. Souhegan is a little less structured than the more traditional high school, but then again so is college. If Souhegan is allowing us to be responsible and somewhat independent, why is that wrong?
This school sets our kids up to fail in college... The quality of the study skills these kids learn dose not prepare them for there future.. Everything is handed to them, take away their BMW's and help them learn
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