As an MHS graduate who is currently teaching in a different high school, I find myself constantly wishing the school I teach in now were more like Mahopac. The district provides countless opportunities for the students. The school schedule is set up in a way that maximizes student focus and involvement. Having the traditional bell schedule where classes are under 45 minutes long shows an understanding of the high school-aged clientele who typically find it difficult to concentrate for long periods of time. Shorter classes allow students to focus on learning and minimizes disruptions and behavioral problems in the process. MHS provides after-school buses at both 3pm and 5pm to allow all students the chance to stay after for one hour (2-3pm) to get extra help or attend a club meeting. All sports begin at 3pm meaning athletes do not have to make a decision between clubs, extra help or practice. This is very rare to see and in my opinion makes a huge difference! The student athletes are held to high standards and most even complete community service projects together through the Student Athletic Council. The teachers at MHS are amazing and dedicated individuals and I have maintained contact with many of them to this day. The building works together well to run efficiently and effectively. The hall monitors, I now realize, are incredible. These ladies were able to strike fear in all kids to make sure they were where they were supposed to be in a way the badged security officers in my current school cannot replicate. The school felt like a family and the community is very much intertwined with the high school. I loved my time at MHS and truly thank all involved to help me become who I am today and for helping to accomplish all I have. I was well prepared for my college coursework and for taking on leadership positions at my university due to the well-rounded education I received at MHS. We truly need more schools like it!
Both of my children graduated from Mahopac High School. They are both outstanding, productive and successful adults. I owe part of their success to this school. I would be thrilled to have my grandchildren attend this school someday.
I am now a sophmore in mhs. Because I am a Asian American in a mostly white school, I do feel some discrimination, even if its not flat out racism. I think the school doesnt address racism to minorities other than african americans enough. Many students are very ignorant of other cultures. There are many bad teachers, but that cant be helped because it's like that everywhere. Don't get me wrong, there are also some amazing teachers. I recognize that this school has many great things about it and opportunities. I hope that the school can improve.
Both my daughters attended Mahopac High School and went on to top colleges. This school district is an excellent value for the taxes you pay. Teachers were dedicated, many high-quality AP courses were offered, and the extra curricular activities offered were outstanding. I am extremely happy with the education my children received here.
The Mahopac School district has been good to our family. We expect to get out of it what we have put in. My wife and I spend time with our children on a daily basis reviewing and overseeing, but we are overall happy with our results. The football and sports programs are also well run. There is a real sense of community, straight forward and at least you know what your getting.
Quality of education at the high school is nowhere near proportional to the amount of taxes paid by homeowners in Mahopac. The establishment of older teachers without proper motivation for performance keeps bringing down the quality of education there. We purchased a house here motivated in a big part by the advertised "Blue Ribbon" school system, but we are terribly disappointed by the reality...We are seriously considering moving back to Westchester before our older son goes to high school here in Mahopac.