I came to this school thinking that my life was over but with the amazing things that this school has done to help me i only have good things to say. you may see some data that says HSES is just a B school but i can asure you that we are better then then that. Beacon high school is also a B school and is great in its own way but in a big school like HSES only the students who can handle some independance but are willing to get help when they need it will fit in. we need better students like myself who are willing to learn and excel.
the honors program is excellent but the normal program is less than desired
HSES is a great NYC public high school. The administration and teachers are terrific -- very dedicated to the students. The School was just awarded a 'Silver rating' by U.S. News and World Report and HSES recently became a high school partner with the Alvin Ailey Dance Program -- the students love it. The PTA is getting more involved with fund raising and parent workshops, and the security force is much friendlier to parents now.
I agree with some of these comments. I would like for those parents who feel the school is underperforming to get together to try to make the school better. We are consumers and if the product is not up to par we should do someting about it. Unless we are taking our kids out we need to help make HSES a place that serves our children well.
Academically this school is above average, but morally, socially and even structurally this school fails. They force schedules on students (electives? what electives?), the counselors refuse student opinions on their education and insist on giving them classes simply for the sake of raising their percentage of graduates with advanced diplomas, and don't expect a sit down to discuss your child's future unless they're a delinquent. Speaking of which, the office and security staff or horribly blase' to parents, teachers, and students alike, and use their position as a conduit for rudeness. Did I mention the halls are packed due to the one way staircases they use to shuffle students to class? Parents, how can your child thrive is an environment where 3/4 of the students walk down the halls attesting to how crummy the school is? A good school isn't just a novelty curriculum and four walls, and Environmental so poorly demonstrates.
I transfered to HSES the second semester of my junior year. it was a bad idea. this school is not a good choice for transfer students. i've had to make sure that i was getting all the credits i needed and i had to learn a lot of things about the school by myself. Staff at HSES isnt very helpful. there are some good teachers but others never should have gotten a degree. it's incredibly boring with barely any activities and the dicipline is lax. if you're looking for a nice interesting school look elsewhere....i wish i had.
I love this school. The teachers actually make time for you if you need tutoring and the'yre so many ways to get involved.
My daughter is a freshman in this high school and it's been only three weeks and I see a great improvement in her grades and attitude about school. She came for a Catholic School and had a bad experience in middle school so I give the teachers and the staff two thumbs up for making their students feel they can accomplish anything and also in preparing them for college even though they are freshmen. THIS IS A GREAT SCHOOL IN NY! Submitted by Ileana Rivera, a parent
this school isnt good for transfer students. only the AP classes are worth showing up for. They valued attendance alittle too much in this school. Overall this school is okie, there are not enough clubs of interest or sports.
Even now, having graduated from Environmental three years ago, few of my college professors come close to the wonderful teachers I had over there. It was more than just a school to me-for me and many of my close friends who I still keep in touch with, we were all a family (I think I spent more time here than I did at home!)I think back on it and for the most part it is all wonderful memories. The extracurricular activities are wonderful (Especially the music programs under Ms. Georgia Defalco!), and I still keep in contact with most of my old teachers! Minus the overcrowding, budget cuts, and other small things, this is a school worth sending your children to!-Class of 2003
This High school offers its students more opportunities than most public high schools. The teachers and the parents form a force to be reckoned with. I absolutely count this high school as one of the top public schools in New York City.
Wonderful and caring teachers and adminstrators in an over-crowded and underfunded environment. Quality academics mix with diverse student population to create a great larning environment. My son is a sophomore - has friends of all sizes, shapes and colors, and he feels safe in school. The budget cuts have been devastating, and this is a school with dedicated staff and parents with limited financial resources. The principal, Ms. Matthews, has worked miracles with what she was given this year, and maintained many programs that we were sure would be cut. This is a wonderful place to send your child, but be aware- your efforts as a volunteer will be sorely needed here!
It is a lie about the whole class size situation due to the fact that there are about 30 students in each classs (except for Special Education). You should change this information because it is completely incorrect. Instead of selling lies, tell the truth about all the budget cuts and all the programs that had to be canceled in the school due to this problem. Tell the truth.
My son is a junior at this 'great' school! And his grades reflect this, the teachers are truely dedicated. Security is 100% and thank God a Public High School with no metal detectors. Wonderful administration who has the leadership of Ms. Matthews as principal. My son is happy here and so am I. Will consider this school for my next child.
I'm a senior at the H.S for Environmental Studies. I really like going to this school it's a safe environment very diverse and the teachers are great, very dedicated to their work. I think it's a great school!
I'm a student at High School for Environmental Studies. I'm going into my senior year. I found this school to be an good environment even though there have been to many kids in the school cause our school is small.I had a lot of teachers who have been great and are enthused to teach and who really care about their students. The principal is trying to keep our good reputation even though some the rules that were installed for a time period were kinda stupid. But over all I enjoyed my stay. And I must say we do segregate ourselves (example preps stay with preps. punks stay with punks, etc.) a bit but not as much as other schools do. We have lots of diversity and its great.
I graduated recently from H.S.E.S., this is one of the best schools in the city and its public too. theres a wide variety of students and the teachers are great, the atmosphere is very academic and friendly. I bet you that you wont find another school like this one in the city. graduating senior of 2003 - J. R.
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