I have a daughter that is a freshman in the EHS (Edison House). This is now November and I haven't seen or have had any problems yet. I went to parent/teacher night and all of her teachers were very concerned about her. The teachers were letting me know about the participation level that she is involved in, in her classes. Also, she has been absent a few days and they make sure they call and let me know that she wasn't present on each occasion. Overall, I feel at this time, that the school isn't all that bad, I feel the teachers that she has at this time are very concerned and ready to teach. Also, her guidance counselor is available at all times, when needed. Yes, the parents need to get involved in their childs lives because teachers cannot do it alone if the parent does not give their part.
My review is based on the Halsey House. This school is aweful, I rate it a 2. The teachers never have the accurate attendance. The teachers will all mark the kids absent but the attendence will say they were there. The councelors are not reliable, you as a parent will have to always be on top of them. The office staff is the worste, no respect for the parents. The one good thing is that the security is always around. The principal is never available when needed someone else is aways covering for him. As a parent you would know your child and they would try to make it seem as if you are trying to cover for your child whether it's an attendance issue or a sick child, this school is terrible.
I just finished my junior year. Yeah, there's a lot of wrap about EHS. I'm one of those people who are making the best of it, but it's hard to concentrate with so many unwilling to learn. There's nothing to be afraid of there unless you're a disrespectful person towards your classmates. The best thing about EHS is the extracurriculars. If you're looking for a great education, I wouldn't recommend that you find it there. I think I have a well-rounded education, with a balance of both EC's and school. If you go there, take advantage of everything that it has to offer; take all the honors and AP classes, join sports and clubs. I appreciate going there because you meet some 'real' people. The BOE was the one who gave me money to go to summer schools at Ivy Leagues. It all depends on the person going there.
I am a junior at the moment and after being in EHS for 3 years I realized that I should've transfered. It's my school and all, but the majority of the students do not respect teachers, their fellow classmates and worst of all, themselves. Of course there are students who attend that make the best of it. There are teachers who do not care but there are also teachers who do care. It's hard to judge my school, but I must give it 2 stars.
This school offers excellent extracurricular activities and a high teacher quality, however, the discipline is low and the parents have to help the students to chose their courses because the counselour can give them any schedule.
I think the school itself is one of the better quality schools, however without parent involvement, the children are at serious risk for the real world.
Unless you yourself went to Elizabeth High, you really can't relate... after 4 years of that shcool I'm so glad to be out and so sad that I didn't transfer high schools when I had the chance, now in college I struggle in classes because EHS didnt give me the training I needed. That school is over crowded, walking in the hallways is impossible, for 4 years I received no education in math and I told, my guidance councelor, my house director, etc. no one cares in that school, parents, get your kids out of there.
EHS is a school that is known as the Melting Pot High School. First you'll think there one race in this city or school, it's not it diverse of many differnt contries and academics are wonderful and challgning also they have strict policies and also this is NJ Largest High School which carry an estimate of 5,250 students, for more in formation please check the website http://www.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/
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