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Windham High School3
Posted July 21, 2013
- a parent
Please do not confuse the availability of modern teaching technology with the quality of instruction and that of the curriculum. Whether your child can meaningfully read and analyze Dickens or perform differentiation in the math class has nothing to do with technology. While we are constantly investing ever more dollars in classroom technology, our kids are failing the most important tests in ever increasing numbers. The solution is not to further increase the technological investments, but to have dedicated teachers who motivate the students, who can themselves do the differentiation without looking it up in the book first, and have enlightened administrators who design curricula not with the latest fads in mind but with intention of lasting intellectual impact. WHS is great in technology. But based on my visit with them, it is not so great in intellect.
Windham high school is truly a unique school! The curriculum is taught by some of the best teachers in the state of New Hampshire. The Technology provided at this school is insane. The greatest thing about this school is the teachers. The majority of the teachers at this school dedicate 110% to ensure there students are successful. Many of them have come from previous professions, and are not intent on there income but rather the success of there students. This year, 10 students were admitted into Ivy League Universities. The Windham Jaguars dominate in New Hampshire Division two and three athletics and hold several state titles. This is very impressive considering the high school was constructed only four years ago.The one thing this school could improve is the balance between the difficulty of the classed. Regular classes are very easy, and have little to no homework, while Honors classes are considerably harder and average about 2 hours of homework a night. The content is Honors or AP classes is a lot more difficult than regular CP classes. Another drawback is the fact that there is no track, and the school lacks several athletic facilities.
The teachers give 110% all the time. There is a large amount of homework, but it is helpful and relates to the topics studied in class. The school issues you a Mac book which is extremely helpful with just about everything you do. The teachers are also top notch. Our principle just got principle of the year and we have had teachers win teacher of the year as well. There are a wide variety of courses with all levels of difficulty. This school is only four years old as well. This is a great school to attend.
windham high has some of the highest paid teachers and staff in the state.and it shows in the accomplishments of its students .i was shocked to see the negative comments but i do remember those same comments being made by members of a neighboring town who were against their towns involvement in windham high.
This school does not take into consideration the needs and learning styles of students unless they fit a specific mold. Any young adult who is not garbed in the latest fashions, perceived by the teachers and administration to be on the fast track for an exclusive collage or backed by a town supported political parent is ignored, ridiculed or pushed toward leaving the school because they do not fit. The administration truly bullies students, belittles parent concerns, and fosters a hostile learning environment. If you have a child who is a free thinker, intelligent enough to need a true challenge, or has any sort of real skill this school will crush them into a therapy needing individual. It is the Stepford school on the hill, something out of a freakish nightmare. Please beware.
Windham High School is fine if your child is Average to Above Average. In fact, the grading system is set up to help the average child get higher grades. They can retake tests if the score is below 75%. The homework load is quite heavy. But many teachers rarely check the homework, so the child gets credit for doing the work, not necessarily doing it correctly. Honors students have an enormous homework load. The humanities dept. is dominated by young, inexperienced teachers who are overwhelmed by combined Lit/Soc. Studies classes. Sometimes with as many 40+ kids in those classes. Finally, If your child has an IEP, like mine, be prepared for hair-pulling bureaucracy. I don't know one parent of a high school student with an IEP who is satisfied with SPED. I recommend finding another district if your child has an IEP. Harsh I know. Windham HS is new & has a ways to go to be a mature school with well developed plans and rules. In the meantime, they tenaciously hold to arbitrary rules they made up that don't help the child. WHS touts itself as the public version of Phillips Exeter. It isn't even close.