Our children took Latin Honors, AP course, Mandarin, Old German and participated in the Yale Model Congress, the Classical League, the players at Montclair High School. Our eldest child learned programming and digital advertising and excelled in Honors economics here. The architectural design of the campus provides for a neurologically enriching and inspiring environment where the wealthiest in town (i.e.- the Billionaires) send their children to attend with the Middle and Upper Middle class and lower income kids, providing for a real world experience. All of the sports teams from Crew/Rowing to girls and boys lacrosse, etc are championship programs that consistently send their senior classes to not only attend but to play in the IVY, little IVY and other prestigious academic collegiate programs. In fact, there's not a private school in this state that can compare with the ratio or the amount of students that Montclair High School sends to Stanford, MIT, Seven Sisters schools, Oxford, Trinity, Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Penn, Cambridge, Northwestern, Univ of Chicago, Madison Wisconsin, Duke, etc.. Our oldest went on to attend Princeton from Montclair. Our middle child went on to Smith before attending the London School of Economics. Montclair High School is the best public school in the Nation. Our youngest is currently enrolled and enjoying every moment.
Homework is perhaps the one thing that I am critical of. There's too much homework given from day 1 in Kindergarten on up to High School. We need to change that to reflect the model observed in places like Ireland and the Netherlands...too super educated places that allow children to develop their creative skills and to have a childhood.
Because it is part of the rhetoric from day one. We had to attend multiple meetings, tours and orientations over the Summer just to register our child for Ninth Grade. Everyone from the Guidance Director to the Principal hammered home the idea that students are held to the example of 1st class citizenship and are instructed in the concept of civility and adherence to the social contract.
I graduated from the high school in 2012. In my experience, teachers hardly ever held authoritative roles in the classrooms. The school was pretty much a free for all. It remained up to the student to apply themselves in classrooms as necessary otherwise it was easy to fall behind.
Counselors/ Staffs are great. Very accomodating and they would really help you out. I also like the teachers.. but... STUDENTS ARE MEAN!!! Some students are nice but MOST students are rude, They always talk back to their teachers, get mad for having their phone taken. They need to be disciplined. And you would always see couples kissing... Everywhere, in every corner, every seat during lunch. Well not only during lunch. Every morning, during breaks. all the time.
Teachers are awesome! They're very great, they would help you out with your concerns. Students here are very studious with their kissing not with their lessons. Very poor with accomodating new students,
The teachers are poor, overall and the administration stuck in the past or powerless to move forward. The school teaching approach hasn't changed since the 70's...and they compensate for modern teaching by throwing hours and hours of homework at the high honors kids, often on holidays and definitely over school break. It's a travesty to see how they set kids up to fail....no modern technology, outdated teaching, no guidance counseling to speak of, mounds of homework, inappropriate scheduling. And did I mention 0 period? So that after your kid has to stay up till 1:00 a.m. Just to get homework done, they have to be in at 7:00 a.m. Because the school can't figure out how to schedule. Oh yes....and because there are no standards between classes, classes that should be consistently taught (like HH English) are taught completely differently, depending on the teacher. It's an embarrassment. I can't wait for the core standards to kick in, but until they do...I would NOT send your kid here unless they are traditional learners, who are completely focused and organized, and who can compensate for poor teaching by having the ability to teach themselves. And even then, it's a risk.
Poeple are always talking badly about my school, but the truth is, it isn't the schoo, it is the students. It doesn't matter what school you go to, if you do not try, then you will not succeed. If you try and do well at Montclair High, and you go for help after school, and you attempt to understand what is going on around you, you will shine your brightest. But it all depends on who you are, and how badly you want to do well.