June 26, 2007
School offers programming for serious academic student, (a small percentage take AP/IB). However, support for academically inclined students weak. Counselors seek to lower the bar - avoid student stress - don't communicate to students importance of challenging themselves in preparation for college. Selective college advising non-existent. Jr/Sr teachers also relatively unaware. Consequently, parents of academically serious students must be proactive early, understand college requirements, ensure child selects appropriate curriculum, activities & stays on target for top-tier colleges of choice. (Worked for us.) Huge emphasis on athletics. Good service club opportunitites. Excellent Performing Arts. Academic clubs seriously lacking. Have math club, newspaper, yearbook and an annual literature publication. But no history/govt/science/film/art/book clubs (no debate, Mock Trial, Model UN). Academically, Science, English, Math, Foreign Language departments perform weakly - see test results. However, Performing Arts (theater, vocal, instrumental) are highly selective & frankly, far superior. Big school; economically diverse population; truly challenging demographics!
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