I am a student attending Deer Park High School. I moved from one of the best school districts in Long Island : Half Hollow High School East . Coming from there I soon found out that there was an intense rivalry. I made lots of friends quickly. Which was a plus. But you also get judged very quickly. I'm an A+ student and in all honesty I have to say I never started having problems until I started going to this school. They offer great classes & academic activities to participate in, but they fail to keep fighting and bullying under control. Drug use is definitely average in this school. I knew people in 8th grade using weed or other substances daily. Drinking too. This school IS a good school. But this school can also be a TERRIBLE school if you're child gets influenced easily and has a hard time focusing. The bad path is very clear while becoming successful takes more effort.
I graduated from DPHS back in 2007 and believe it is a great school district. I think a lot of is what you make of it, if you re willing to put the time and effort in the teachers will go the extra mile for you. I graduated in the top 20% of my class, graduated from a university with my bachelors degree in Finance in just 3 years and moved on to work at one of the leading insurance firms in the world. DPHS was my starting foundation for all of this. You can t go to a school and expect to come out very well educated without putting effort into things yourself. DPHS offers a wide range of class choices as well as multiple advanced courses.
I am a 1979 graduate who attended a top university and also two top tier conservatories. DP schools provided me with an excellent academic foundation, especially in science, math, music, and extracurricular activities. All of this helped me become a well-rounded and well-spoken graduate and I am always pleased to be able to say the same about my fellow graduates, many of whom I simply run into on Facebook. DP has always been a low-to-middle class blue collar town. That does not mean that a good education is hard to get. My parents were motivated to make sure I took advantage of the many diverse offerings DP schools offered. You can lead some to water but you can't make them drink. Parents, if you want your kids to succeed, you MUST be involved in their lives.
I grew up in Deer Park back in the 70's and went to DPHS. It was GREAT place to go to school. It saddens me to hear some of the comments as to how it has gone down.
The school counselors are great to work with and I especially like working with Cory Black. I'm a very busy parent with long work hours. I rely on Cory Black on getting a progress report on my son's performance.
Deer Park High school was a wonderful place to learn. When I graduated in 2004, I could confidently say that most of the faculty is actively involved with student organizations and work to develop relationships with their students. The music department, while lacking in participation, has wonderful directors.
Great school ,great mix of children,from all social backrounds,all around,this school has everything a child should have ,when getting ready for the real world
My 2 children received a great education in Deer Park schools. The teachers are wonderful, administration is professional and motivated. This school district is poised to do great things in the near future. The BOE is moving things along nicely and is very supportive of the staff and students. The parental involvement could be better. Everyone should show their support at school meetings, PTA meetings and BOE meetings!!!
All 3 of my children went to DPHS. Graduated with honors and went on to attend excellent colleges. The staff and administration at DPHS are caring and professional. True, parental involvement is lacking in some cases, but not all. I am glad my children succeeded in a diverse atmosphere. There is an education to be had in Deer Park.
Just a step above ghetto. Drugs rampant. Poor grammar. When parents do participate it is at the game and the profanity is classless.
this is a good school but lacks great leadership. Has the potential to be one of the best because the athletic and academic talent is there but they have been unsuccessful un achieving that.
geared toward the average to below average student. No gifted/talented/enrichment classes.
DPHS is an average middle class school in a blue collar community.Very little parent involvement.At times the school seems to make it difficult for a student to achieve academic excellence. There guidance dept is average. Each counselor has alot of students.Guidance dept seem to promote community college and state schools.Its a burden to them when a student applies to top tier schools. They dont always send the correct and accurate information to colleges and universities in the college application process.There is not enough college planning.The principal is overwhelmed. The people in the attendance dept is rude to the parents.
This high school offers a wide variety of interesting electives which enables students to become enriched in many subject areas. The teachers relate very well to the student population and the guidance counselors and social workers are available to students throughout the day. Also, they are involved in day to day school activities which is so important. This school offers a wide variety of sports and extracurricular activities from student council government to subject area clubs. This school uses advanced technology, houses a complete library and an indoor swimming pool. Overall, the atmosphere is warm, friendly, and professional.
The school is truly trying very hard to provide a quality education for its students, however, the parent population need to get onboard. There is very little parental support, many of the parents seem to have low, or even worse, no expectatins for their children. There are some fantastic students and families in the community, but there is also a significant amount of apathy. The district needs a strong outreach and parental education program to reach the apathetic population. It's not the school's fault, many of the parents just don't seem to care much. Try parenting your children, I do.
Academic quality at Deer Park High is average among faculty, but below average among students. In a predominantly 'blue collar' town not much emphasis is placed by parents on children to pursue academic excellence. As a result your child in a honors class is not really seeing honors calibre competition from peers. Availability of programs is sufficient except where art is concerned. With more and more students required to have remedial classes, enrollment in art is woefully low. AIS has become more important than lunch period in many cases! The level of parent involvement is shockingly low! There is perfect correlation between poor performance in school and lack of high expectations by parents. This district would do well to invest in educating its parents to follow through with their vital role in the education process. Parents must support the high standards of academic achievement that educators set for students.
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