(cont'd from below.)...is an ongoing process, not a single exam. AP is offered as well, giving students great choices. Parents are very much involved and supportive & the administration welcomes it. Extracurricular offerings are extensive, whether sports, the arts, or civic. The majority of students are highly motivated, but not cut-throat competitive, because most kids there are highly intelligent & confident. Socially, it's a diverse student body, with kids from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds-- perhaps one of its greatest strengths--& sets it above private schools, which unfortunately can skew elitist. Honors kids grow up with a good grasp of the real world in that regard, while also sharing classrooms with the best and brightest. This fact is not lost on colleges. Honors kids are desirable students, are consistently accepted by top colleges & offered great scholarships. Principal is outstanding. New campus (Sept '10) will make it unbeatable. And it's free.
This is an excellent highly competitive environment for children. Expectations from teachers, principal, parents are other students are high. Very early on-5th grade-there is a strong focus on acceleration and college entrance. Overall the students are mature and very well behaved.
First off, I would like to say that City Honors is a good school. The academics are strong and most of the teachers are skilled at what they teach. However, I can't say the same about the environment. While there are a few select people who are genuinely kind, the majority of people I've encountered are scornful would do anything to ruin your reputatation. Students spread nasty rumors about you and insult you constantly. Also, cheating is rampant, and some students manage to 'earn' straight A's through consistent cheating. Overall, academically good school but the hostile environment makes it less enjoyable. If your self-esteem doesn't matter to you, or if you have no morals and are willing to cheat on everything, this is the place to go. Otherwise, pay for private where you can get just as strong an education with friendlier people.
I am a student of this school and overall, this is one of the best schools anyone could attend. Sure, the work is hard but it does pay off because we get to do things many schools don't get a chance to do. For example, Hillary Clinton came to our school and we get to take Chinese. Plus, our school is doing a multi-billion dollar renovation which will bring us a new building with 3 art rooms, a huge gym,and so on. The principal is great. He talks freely to the students and you can really feel comfortable around him. The teachers are great and always help you if you need help. City Honors has many extracurricular activities that include a tutoring program, many clubs, and many sports. City Honors also has 3 different orcastra's and 3 different bands. The band and orcastra also go on trips, for example, to Cleavland.
In my opinion, City Honors is one of the top schools one could attend. The vast majority of the students are respectful, intelligent, hardworking, and outgoing. CHS does not live up to any of its negative stereotypes, as 'nerds', 'wimps', etc. The sports teams are also very good. I am only a freshman, and already I have noticed I receive more homework to do than my friends who are Sophomores and Juniors at other schools. There are a wide range of extracurriculars to participate in. The level of parent involvement is incredible, never before at any school (and I've attended five) I have seen so many parents engaging actively with the school. The principal, Dr. Kresse, is amazing. He is an excellent principal, an awesome guy, and participates in school events whenever possible. The building itself is also very nice. In short, City Honors is one of the best schools.
City Honors is a sweet school! Most of the kids that go there have a lot of respect for others, not to mention they're incredible academic skills. The volleyball team is awesome!
Very good school, number 4 in the nation in public school curriculum rigor and active student body.
AS an alumna of this school, I have to say that I definitely recieved a quality education. The community feel of the school and the preparation for post-secondary education is phenomenal. This is still one of the few schools in the Greater Buffalo area I would send my child to. The level of educaiton is not limited to classroom learning, but there is a high level of cultural and socioeconomic diversity within this urban school.
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