My friends son recently graduated from the school, and she was happy he was out, I'm not sure why the school has taken a down fall, it's not what it use to be. It use to be a caring environment where teachers and students cared about education(I know because a long time ago my daughter spend the best four high school years a teen can have) . I believe administration needs to put its foot down and take over the school instead of the students having the last word. Parents, educators, and future students need to know that once this school use to be great school, not sure why it changed.
I'm a recently departed teacher from this school. Maybe I'm biased, but most of the teachers there are very good. Nonetheless, I'm surprised by some of the positive reviews. The Principal is universally despised and is an impediment to the success of the school. We lost a lot of good teachers every year, and the vast majority of those that are left would leave the moment a decent opportunity opened up. All for the same reason - escape Shirley Matthews. Even her own "cabinet," the Assistant Principals, do not trust her. Everything is personal with her, nothing is business. Disagree with her once and you become a target. No one can understand how she has held this position for so long. The DOE must know. Perhaps they are ok with a decent school, even though it could easily be an excellent school. Eventually it will all implode. Maybe this year? Maybe next? I would NEVER send my child here.
Honestly the school does not live up to your individual expectations. Though it has a smaller student population than most high schools, the hallways are still way too crowded which causes tardiness. There are some dedicated teaachers but the others are not motivating you in anyway. As a student, I was disappointed, expecting a school where intelligence was a key factor in acceptance, to find that almost anyone was let in. It saddens me to see irresponsible and unwilling young minds roaming the hallways and being loud. I honestly regret my choice to attend this school and now it's too late. Everyday i cannot wait to graduate not because it's a highlight in my life but in fact because i want to put my 4 years here behind me as quickly as possible. The school is challenging i admit but it drains its students. i have yet to experience anything memorable.
My teen ateends there nad she is very happy considering she must deal with ignorance from other students that feel they don't need an education they rather population. overall my teen is happy and that puts a smile on my face :)
this is my first year in the school and i'll have to say i've been here for about a month and i still don't like it. it's very boring! i was expecting a school i could learn while having fun. the hallways are wayy toooo crowded and i just wouldn't recommended it to anyone. you also have to pay for lunch $1.25 a day. that's 6.25 a week, making it about 25 dollars you have to invest in lunch that is suppose to be freee. the bathrooms are closed the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes of every period!..what happens when you are having a emergency? honestly.. i really wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. if you are willing to put up with all of that then yeah, academically.. it varies on the teacher u get. you just have to pray you get a good one.
Its only my first week of school and i feel so welcomed. I love my AP teachers and i enjoy going to school because my environment is so caring,socially & academic wise and we care for the environment as well.
I love this school, i made tons of friend my first 3 weeks now im a junior and its still awesome, the teachers are nice and so are the deans, you can somehow always find help in this school
Best School Ever. It has it's highs and lows but the highs outweight the low. A great range of programs and best of all a flexible schedule. The Honor Academy Program is really strict and has tons of work but the normal classes are just as good. You won't regret going here.
Hses is one of the greatest schools out there. In this school i really feel safe. Also this school knows that keeping their students informed on what is going on in the school, is one of their top priorities. Yeah it maybe a B school, but its only from the kids that dont care about school. Just come to Hses for one day and there will be a smile on your face at the end of the day.
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.
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