Great school, my daughter has excellent memories and has done very well professionally. She has made us proud.
For parents who are new to the area, I just wanted to inform you about how incredibly terrible this school is. The education provided at this school is so bad it defies belief. 1. The students are incredibly unmotivated due to the layed back atmosphere. 2. There is a large drug influence here. 3. There is also very little done to prepare these kids for college in terms of studying habits, writing skills, etc. 4. The teachers are hard to reach and often will not stay after school to help the kids (with the exception of the AP program which is actually reasonably good) 5. The courses available are lacking, for instance in a day and age where computers are so important, you would think they would have at least one computer programming class. These are just some of the things that are bad about this school. I am glad I took my kid out and transferred him to a private school. He is much happier their and has a much better environment. Please, do not send your kids here if you care about them at all!
This school is absolutely terrible. The bullying is horrendous there. I can't believe that they don't to a better job punishing the bullies...
For parents moving to town, you will hear a lot of mixed messaging about Souhegan. This stems from the progressive nature of the school. It's part of the Coalition of Essential Schools, which stresses a curriculum centered on "learning to use one's mind well". The town has not ranked on the US New and World Report ranking because we are eliminated on first pass due to a low level of English as second language learners and free lunch students. Ultimately, Amherst is a well-to-do town and student graduate from Souhegan immensely prepared for college. The high school does a great job in creating an environment where the students must learn to push themselves rather than the traditional method of pushing the kids themselves. This prepares them very well for college and the workforce when you need to become self-motivated. All three of our sons were extremely well prepared, their friends were too and the community has been consistently supportive of education as Amherst has a very well educated and successful population. Souhegan is a model for what other schools are trying to become as we strive to create 21st century schools in an increasingly complex and modern world.
This is the worst and most poorly run schools I have ever been too. It makes Bishop Guertin look amazing by comparison. You do not want to send your kids here. This school will leave a bad taste in their mouth for education. It certainly has for me. If only I had stayed at BG... They lie about their test scores and the success of many of their programs, about their dropout rate and their test scores. They say that there has only been only one dropout within the last four years but I know of at 3 just last year. The test scores are abysmal, the colleges the kids get accepted at are not impressive. The programs they run such as special education are not successful, they just buy excessive amounts of electronic equipment such as netbooks and ipads just to waste them to allow people to play games and surf the internet. There is no oversight of the kids there. Another example is the lack of after school help for many of their classes. Many of the teachers are not very dedicated and will leave school as soon as it ends. Even in AP classes, their are very little help for the students. I wish I had more room to explain how bad this school really is. You really have to go to understand...
We have had 3 kids attend Souhegan (one still there) and we love the school. All 3 of our kids are have different learning styles, and different personalities. All 3 have thrived. The level of respect and caring there is unprecedented. Students like going to school there, which is probably why they have a zero dropout rate. That says a lot, after all, is about the students. My 2 older ones felt very prepared for college - more so than their friends or roommates - in particular when it came to public speaking and projects. I rated the school a little lower on parent involvement because, like most high schools there isn't a lot of opportunity to get involved. However, there is good communication with parents.
Again, if your student is an exceptional athlete or an AP student this is a great school. For the rest, good luck.
Graduates of Souhegan are well prepared for college and life after college.
My daughter graduated in 2009 and we have a junior there now and another starting next year. We really like the school. My daughter did very well in her college applications and loves where she is now. She told us that SHS prepared her very well for college in that she is self motivated and had some skills (ex. presentation) that many of the other students did not have.
If you find your self looking at what the teachers are wearing compared to what they are teaching your problem is quite visible. With students who want to be challenged with honors it is extra work but the work is never an extra work sheet. The work is an assignment that gives you a chance to further your knowledge in the subject. If you are looking at the honors as extra work you should learn how to use the honors to your advantage. Yes, students do have relaxed personalities in school but that shows the school is good at what they are doing. No students are crazy about the next test because they are prepared for it. The freedom is what is necessary for you to be prepared for college. I moved here 5 years ago and am happy how my education has come out and the opportunities that are unfolding.
As a happy Souhegan grad, I can say that my four years at Souhegan were some of my favorite during the course of my education. Souhegan is the prime example of the Coalition for Essential Schools and proves that by treating students like adults and giving them respect, a school can not only educate but foster a safe, fun environment in which to do so. I briefly attended a regular high school and can safely say that other schools are prisons compared to the trust and responsibilities that Souhegan gives its students. Add in teachers who love their jobs and have not become jaded and you have the recipe for a great school that will do everything in its power to make sure that every student gets the education they deserve.
When we first moved here almost 6 years ago, I was taken aback at the clear cut opinions people had of the high school. They either hated it or liked it - there was no gray area. Now we know why. If you have a child who is self-directed, has done well in school already and doesn't require a lot of hands on, then you like the high school. If you have a child who needs help focusing, needs someone to hover, then you probably will have problems with it. A liberal leaning school; teachers don't head their political leanings or opinions. As a conservative student just stand by your beliefs, do your work and get the grades. It's about you and your future inspite of the teacher. Watch out for yourself.
The kids love the freedom, teachers love the lack of accountability, very dysfunctional place. If your student is not on the highest end and actually needs a teacher to teach, good luck! Helicopter parents everywhere because it is so loose and grading is so subjective that parent/student brown nosing is a sport at this school. Read the mission statement and then try to figure out what it means, typical progressive nonsense, use their minds well, ok that narrows it down. As a parent they tell you that this is not your school, that is for sure, most days it is not.
You have to advocate for your kids at Souhegan whether they are AP students or have learning challenges. My oldest is about to graduate and is going to an IVY. That's the whole reason we send them, isn't it...Parents have to keep tabs on their kids throughout high school. Don't leave up to their peers, educators and coaches....I think it is a great high school.
- 'Souhegan is a terrible school for gifted students. There is no drive to excel or challenge yourself at all.' This statement truly does not make sense. Souhegan is an incredibly school for gifted students. The underclassmen years are slightly more structured. They emphasize developing 'self-directed learning' and 'complex thinking' skills heavily. A truly gifted student would have enough motivation to take hard classes. I, for example, am taking four AP classes this year. Souhegan will also offer practically any AP test. This May I am studying for and will take six AP tests. Last year I took two, Calc AB and Physics C: Mechanics, and thanks to the wonderful work of my teachers, I scored a 5 and a 4 on the tests, respectively. http://professionals.collegeboard.com/k-12/awards/siemens-ap/winners Souhegan was one of 50 schools to win the Siemen's AP award this year. Last year (link) my Calc AB teacher won the award.
Souhegan is a terrible school for gifted students. There is no drive to excel or challenge yourself at all. As a student who enjoys being intellectually challenged, I felt stifled at Souhegan. 'Honors work' simply meant extra assignments, not more difficult ones. I felt like I was being punished for being able to grasp concepts easily and quickly. The teachers spent way more time (both during and outside of class) with special-needs students and slackers. As someone looking to get more out of their high school education, I was hugely disappointed. My parents were lured to the school district by the high test scores and good reviews, but the school was a huge letdown for me. Students who enjoy doing minimal work for excellent grades will have a great time at Souhegan, but if you're looking for a challenging learning environment, look elsewhere.
I am a senior who is just about to graduate from Souhegan, and I could not have had a better experience! I've had the privledge of being taught by some of the most knowledgable and compassionate teachers in the proffesion. There have been some reviews condemning the freedom the school grants it's students. Well guess what? It actually prepares you for the real world! Do you think professors in college are going to be telling you it's time for your next class or that you should really be taking better notes? We take pride in the fact that the staff can actually trust it's students to be responsible for themselves. And any indication that the academics are not challening is a joke. Yes, there are easy classes, but I've had friends come back from college saying how easy chemistry was compared to our Advanced Chemistry course.
My daughter is in her freshman year in college and is doing very well because of the preparation she received at Souhegan. Her writing skills are excellent because of Souhegan and her self-discipline is good because she became a self-directed learner at the high school. Of course, the school is not perfect. I challenge anyone to find a school that is. All I can say is the students coming out of our high school seem to do well in college and in life....what more can you ask of a school. We love Souhegan.
Ignore the real estate agents claim that this is a great school, it is not. Simply put the school and philosophy have hijacked this town and the tax payers. Ultra liberal activist teachers,no use of books,a general lack of discipline throughout all levels, an overall woodstock atmosphere which is failing the students of this town. Stroll the halls to find bodies and belongings scattered everywhere, students coming and going all day long, teachers hiding behind the wide open philosophy, a socialist adminstration more worried about self esteem then college prep. Barring a major revolt which most likely won't happend due to liberal newcomers who buy into this mush, the trend will continue. It takes awhile to uncover if you are new so be prepared to drill down in order to get straight answers.
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.
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