The teachers are not only bad but they are also biased and they bring their biases into the classroom. The teachers at this school reuse past lessons that don't work for the majority of students and that is evident in the test scores, some teachers don't even come up with their only lessons but they use lessons they get online which is may or may not work for the majority of students but the teachers don't care whether the students pass or not since they bring in their personal biases to try and bring down the students they don't like. They do this by giving the student a lower score on things like essays, participation, classwork and yelling at students for doing something annoying like asking to go to the bathroom or talking, deny a student a letter of recommendation, or openly mocking students in class. This negatively affects students grades and consequently creates an antagonistic environment in which fights happen constantly. It's not just the students who are affected but the teachers are as well which is why all the good teachers who taught the subject well and get high regents scores have left for better opportunities like the french teacher who now teaches at stuyvesant.
i guess you could say this school is the epitome of America(which is not a good thing in this case) in that it is divided. This is the most decentralized school I have ever been in, the staff and administration don't get along. The students are mostly apathetic, and those who succeed do it in spite of this school because the study themselves since they can do it faster. All of the teachers who were worth keeping have left for better opportunities(one teacher teaches at Stuyvesant) and those who stayed are just barely okay, some don't teach(they just reuse past lessons that don't work or lessons they get online that are may be ineffective depending on the student but no student dares to speaks up because of pluralistic ignorance.), some are even racist. I guess this is a dream school for any republican since they believe that with hard work you can achieve the American dream but that is hypocritical if you're funded from tax dollars and you don't do your job well( or not at all) and are essentially not doing anything but skating by like someone on welfare which is ironic because from what some of the teachers say and do, you can tell they are republicans.I wouldn't send my kids here
Since the hallways are very narrow it is easy for people to eavesdrop on what people are saying but even when students and teachers are not in the halls but in the classrooms they are being spied on. The teachers don't even hide this if you pay attention you will notice that the teachers are unafraid of showing their biases, and since they also like eavesdropping it makes it easier for them to openly mock students and teachers in the classroom, sometimes when they're in the same room. Most teachers get their lessons online and recycle lessons from last year regardless of effectiveness. Good teachers do not stay long since they would be at another school. The same thing goes for students unless they have made good friends or want to stay with old friends but both good teachers and good students are few and far between, at this school a good teacher would be one that does their job without putting most of the weight on the students, at other schools a good teacher makes you care about learning the subject matter not just passing a test. If your child is at all ambitious or studious, don't send them here.
Apparently their idea of constructive criticism is to always be berating and belittling students who make them actually do their jobs,(teaching) and the students who study the material themselves make the teachers highly unnecessary, and yet the teachers complain about students not knowing the material when they don't teach. Don't send your kids here unless your kids just plan on studying themselves or socializing or both.
There are a lot of bad students in this school but there are also a lot of good students Too. There are a lot of really bad teachers and some good teachers who aren't good enough to leave this school so the quality of their teaching is based on how much they like your child. if you tried hard in middle school to get into the honors academy then you'll have a great time, just make the right friends, know that teachers have their biases too even if they are not supposed to. There is an incredibly obnoxious air of delusion among students and teachers thinking that they are better than everybody else (except among those who are most likely to excel), this does not create a conducive learning environment, especially if learning is dependent on the teachers liking you. For those who are not in the honors academy, try to transfer out, or try not to get sucked into the wrong crowd. One other thing, the mostly apathetic student-body, and largely terrible teaching staff(whether because of the student-body/school bureaucracy is unclear) makes this school on the cusp of being considered an urban school if it weren't for the honors academy.
This is the worst school ever. Teachers are so disrespectful. Principals are rude. And please don't get fooled by the name.
I graduated from HSES last year. I could not have picked a better high school. I absolutely love the place! I was able to do DNA extraction, work for the Nature Conservancy, plant flowers on the sidewalk and all through programs at the school. I was an honors student though and I know many of my classmates who do not share as fond memories as I do but it is really what you make of it. Also, most people have a problem with the principal...but my teachers were great so why miss out because of one bad apple?
Regarding the honors academy , I agree it is not easy to get in. I am a honors student and I got chosen because I was also very good in middle school. You can't come to the school with the mentality that you will automatically be places in the honors acad if you didn't work for it . I came in freshman year and was immediately placed in honors because of my middle school grades . By having one decent marking you can't expect you be places in honors. The honors acad prepares you for the ap course and the ap courses come with very challenging exams which is why not everyone can be placed in honors. Next year , how ever , there will be no honors acad; there will be only ap and regulars. My experience in the school so far had been great ! I love the staff and the teachers. The key to success is to have a positive attitude !
I am currently a sophomore at HSES . There's many things people would enjoy to say about the school and put the school without actually going to the school. Highschool for enviromental studies is a school that's very divers. Many parents say that the school is bad but NO SCHOOL is bad . Maybe a parent needs to check themself at home & how they raise their child. A school is not responsible for a child personal behavior . Also i agree with the whole you have to fight to get into honor classes . But the things that majority of people are basically complaining about is the student. My name is Jakaira Jimenez and my opinion is that if you go to HSES or have thought of transfering do a good research , present yourself towards the school go to open houses and ect. Don't just make a bad impression of the school for 1bad experience . Watch how you direct yourself towards others , attitued ,tone , body language, and for last language in general.
My son wants to be a Marine Biologist and got his acceptance letter to The High School for Environmental Studies after their open house. I sent an emailed during the break requesting a visit upon return. Imagine my surprise they said NO! I called the Guidance Officer who said No! I asked for the Parent Coordinator and explained to her that I/We just wanted a chance to enter and maybe meet the office staff to just get a feel for the school. I was very honest that the reviews online wasn't good and I wanted to give them a 2nd chance. She made excuses and said she thought the reviews were removed as she requested previously and that this is NYC" things happen". The best part is when she finally said yes and I requested the next morning,,,, she said no "she's taking a personal day off", I asked for the morning after that at 10am and her response was that I should call first. I called that morn at 8.45 and 9.15 to confirm and I got no response, she finally called at 10.45 not realizing it was me (she used call log) after her shock she asked if I can be there in 1/2 hr or it can't be done. Well... I Quit and sent my son for the 2nd round Choices it's better now than Sept. Thanks!!!
Hello my name is Bent Yitzhari, I graduated in 2012.Environmental Studies is just what you make of it. If you do well and study hard then i promise you that you will get accepted into a good college. Do not blame the school, blame the students for not caring about their lives. P.S i had the best time of my life!
I am currently a Junior at High School for Environmental Studies. I have had a disappointing experience at this school. I came into HSES expecting challenging courses and a welcoming school environment. So far, I have yet to receive either. HSES puts certain students in an Honors Academy program that they usually remain in for their four years in the school. It is nearly impossible to get into this program if you were not selected at first. I think the program is extremely unfair because only those students get access to AP courses. Ever since my freshman year I have had to fight to get into honors classes and/or AP courses. Why should a student who has proved herself over and over again be kept out of the classes she deserves to be in. Additionally, it is so hard to voice your opinion unless you scream and shout it to the principal herself. This school frustrates me and makes me regret not transferring as the days go by. I did not and continue to not enjoy my experience at HSES. There are a list of other things I dislike about the school but unfortunately there are not enough characters available for me to express my frustration. I would not recommend HSES.
School is not just for those looking to focus on the environment though there are a lot of opportunities to get involved from that area. There are wonderful teachers and content to be taught. There is a very diverse student body.
My advice is always be careful what you are wishing for.....especially for those who are applying for high school or people who are looking to transfer.....if there's a better option I suggest you take it.....
There was an incident where a student that was harassing my daughter convinced staff to clip the lock on my daughter's locker claiming it was his locker. He stole my daughter's property and the principal did nothing. I requested a meeting with the principal and staff and was told that if I pursued the matter, the staff who clipped the lock would lose his pension. I was guilted out of going forward. The student continued to bully my daughter and it turned into a huge problem for my daughter as some of her friends took his side since he was never penalized for the incident.
This school has been getting worse and worse. The students are very disrespectful and the school seems to be alright with that. There are a few students who care but the majority win them over. The school administration(teachers, principal, staff, and guards) are to blame for this school going down. If they cared about the school they would do something to change it, but they dont.
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 :)
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