THIS IS THE BEST SCHOOL EVER!!! :D My friends go to Forest Hills High School or Catholic High Schools, and there is no comparison. The teachers push you until you're excelling far beyond what you could've ever imagined, the guidance counselors are always there when you need them, the students are so friendly and outgoing, and the school building itself is so organized and clean! This school is also very active- we have different things going on every month practically that is unique only to our school (like FON, election simulation, etc) and it enriches our high school experience. I love this school, and really wouldn't want to change anything about it. The workload is manageable and the atmosphere is a friendly competitive :)
my dayghter score 677 ela and in math 735 her average gpa 93% what do u think will she get admission in townsend harris??? pls help me
For those of complaining about gym, I honestly have to say that while it might seem ridiculous or pointless, in the long run, the benefits outweigh the cons. Honestly, all health and gym classes are taught by excellent teachers. You literally get all tools necessary for living healthy and you can carry this on to college. As a freshmen I had trouble running a mere mile, a testimony to my inactivity. As a senior, I took a body sculpting class where I learned how to use weights and as a result I became fit. Even now running a mile is an easy feat, showing my cardiovascular fitness. Its good to know that the school will take care of your mind and body. What many adults pay for personal fitness trainers, we get the knowledge for free. As for the running outside in the cold, honestly, it isn't that bad and in retrospect, it probably helped strengthen me too.
Mixed feelings about this school. No doubt it is one of the best high schools in NYC. As a parent of a graduated students, I noticed that there are a lot of rooms for improvement. The main job that they need to do is to find out why a national ranked 33rd high school have such low percentage of students accepted by ivy caliber schools. For the past few years, the number of students accepted by ivy calibers were under 10%. Whereas in Stuy, it was about 25%. For a class of about 270 kids, only 4 got accepted to Cornell on an average. Jericho High School in Long Island, which has similar class size, have 20+ kids got into Cornell. Why? That's a big question that Townsend needs to find out! Below are pros and cons: Pros: 1. Push the kids to their limit leads to better prepared for college. 2. Great friendly atmosphere for learning and making good life time friends. Cons: 1. Too much running for gym. 2. College counselors were inexperience that leads to large amount of smart kids NOT getting into Ivy League colleges. 3. Teachers gave out lousy grades. All classes are honors but they don't weight the grades. This also leads to students denied by large amount of top selective colleges.
I don't have much complaints about the school except the heavy amount of homework. I really hate the gym teacher that my child has and their requirement. They made the kids run 2 miles within 2 weeks and in a certain amount of time. What were they thinking of? Are they training the kids to run in a marathon??? They would even take the kids out in the cold while the gym teachers stood there, dressing all nice and warm in their winter jacket and mocking the kids. They wouldn't even care if your child is sick. They would give you BS that it's good for the kids. Well let me tell you this, it wouldn't be good for the kids if they don't properly train them and threaten to fail them if they don't run. What's worse, that they would have a kid that has a heart failure and they will be getting law suits in no time. They should train them gradually and build up their strength. This is my point of view as a martial arts instructor.
Its a pretty awesome school. At first, I thought I hated it because I was scared that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the work, and well...I'm still doing bad but that's just cause I procrastinate x( Aside from academics, I met some incredible friends here. Just remember to be out there and not hide yourself ;) There's huge amounts of school spirit and everyone here is just so nice and smart. Almost all of the teachers here are amazing. And sure gym is harsh, but it starts to get really fun. (at least for me) Besides, you'll be looking so buff when you graduate ;D Townsend was not at all what I expected it to be. It was so much better.
It's a wonderful school. My best friend goes there and she loves the workload, the interior of the building, the people, and concerts! She dislikes the gym however, saying that it is very tedious. I am very shocked to know that people would want to transfer out of such a lovely institution. She said that some teachers are boring, but most are enthusiastic. It is impossible to find a high school where there isn't one bad teacher. I'd like to know that if you want to get accepted, do you have to list it first?
Townsend Harris H.S. offers great opportunity along with excellent social and intellectual growth. With an enthusiastic administrative staff and superb teachers, Townsend Harris is an ideal choice for any student wishing to excell in life.
While the school environment is beyond welcoming, this school is more of a boot camp than a school. I've gotten a permanent knee injury as well as a sprained ankle and have been forced to walk up 12 flights of stairs more than once every day. Besides that, there are very few teachers who actually care. Most decide to ignore students who are not doing well, and only focus on the accomplished students. Guidance is a nightmare! Not only was my guidance counselor rude to me on many occasions, but it is very rare that anyone will actually find guidance counselors in the office. I have also found certain staff talking on the phone to their family members when they were needed for an emergency. While there are some enjoyable moments at Townsend Harris, it is definitely NOT a school that creates well rounded students. It has not only affected my physical health, but has made me a much quieter and shy person. I hate that; I'm transferring out of this terrible school.
Best high school in New York City bar none. The expectations are high and and the workload is rigorous, but the return is great. If you go to Townsend Harris High School you will not only be prepared to attend any university in the county, but you will prosper once you get there. The education received, both academic and social, rivals and often surpasses that of the best independent schools in the city. It is a treasure and it is consistently rated the best pubic high school in New York City. Townsend Harris High school is a gem, producing the most academically prepared and socially conscious young adults. They truly are the future leaders! Administration and staff are top-notch and create a challenging and nurturing environment for both students and families. I could not recommend it more highly.
This is a horrible place. There is an extreme amount of work and pressure. This institution is more like a graduate school.
Unfair environment, even if you are a good student. Do not send your children to this school, all of the rumors are true.
amazing school, great environment, great teachers, greatest problem = budget cuts. the welcoming school community cannot be found elsewhere.
I am a freshman at this school, and it is amazing. We have trhe best teachers in the city. They don't lay chalk and wak with the talk like the teachers in Stuy. These teachers are real teachers that actually care. They know how to teach, and transform a student for the better.
It's hard, and you'll have to sacrifice a whole lot for it, but it's a maturing experience.
Townsend Harris has an amazing arsenal of teachers and is rich with AP programs and classes. There are ample clubs, publications, honor societies and teams not to mention many honorable available opportunities. They provide the most tenacious and exigent workload, as well as physical regimen, keeping students in peak form. With abundant courses offering college credit and not to mention the taxing curriculum, countless students are constantly accepted and fostered into Ivy League colleges with broad scholarships, ready and confident. Townsend Harris High School is the number one school in New York City and should be recognized for its prestigious and desirable education, that it so dutifully provides.
What makes Townsend Harris great is the people, simply put. The greatest people you will ever meet, who are there for each other just like a big family. Townsend Harris is the greatest school in the greatest city in the world, and for good reasons.
Townsend Harris High School is an exceptional high school. It's a great place to attending if your looking for a challenging education. It's standards are exceptionally high. Although this is true, you are sure to have a great high school experience here.
Townsend Harris is a diamond in the rough: it's a small humanities-minded school in the heart of the most diverse counties in the country one of this country's biggest cities. Townsend Harris treasures its diversity and the intelligence of its students. Townsend Harris is the humanities alternative to the test-for-admission science minded specialized high schools. It's a small community of great and hardworking teachers who take the successes and failures of their students personally. The students themselves foster a friendly and competitive environment by pushing and challenging each other as well as helping each other. Although Harris is a humanities-focused high school, their science department has produced two city champion Science Olympiad teams in the past three years and several Intel finalists and semifinalists. It's language department has produced dominate Certamen teams (Latin competitions);it's humanities department produces writing contest winners; it's physical education department produces champion teams in swimming and track as well as consistent playoff appearances in many other sports. Overall, Townsend Harris is a great community with a niche for every student and space for their students to grow and explore their potential. Townsend Harris High School makes up for its size with its spirit. So if Townsend doesn't win this contest, it'll be more about its small size than a lack of love from its community.
It is wonderful learning enviroment for the best and the brightest students in NYC!
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