I am a senior at Tottenville and I can honestly say this school is what you make of it, Granted in such a large school there is a certain amount of self control and discipline necessary to succeed but, if you are accountable for your actions and get involved this school is amazing. I can honestly say this has been the best 4 years of my life and I owe that to the amazing people at Tottenville. Obviously there are some issues but if you apply yourself there is no reason you can't succeed. This is probably not the school for you if you are unable/ unwilling to be involved and responsible those who are involved are the ones failing and roaming the hallways instead of going to class. This school has an amazing sense of pride in all of their and I feel bad for anyone who deprives them self of this experience.
AS a parent I advise everyone to keep their kids out of this school. This is a heavy duty drug school, my kids have 9 dead friends. They do drugs right in the classrooms and nothing is done. Teachers know, the Principal knows but nothing is done. Safety agents salute the kids as they cut out of the building. Weed is smoked out in the open, no one cares and that is the least of it. My calls were never answered and when I went up to school no one wanted to deal with me. With almost 4000 kids and parents that get up in your face because they are connected or on the job this will never get better. I don't know how it could get any worse. The football team uses, they expect them in SIUH ED. Teachers will never call you they are treated so badly all day they don't care. Many of them use themselves. Or shoot their husbands in the head (google it),
One of a kind school i went there from freshmen year to half my junior year and moved to florida. I played football there it was a wonderful academic and athletic experience i move to florida and now the education blows i enjoied every day at tottenville they pushed kids to the limit challenged kids every day nofights no confilicts no drama just a great school the people that say it suck are the ones who arent involved to be a shmendel do something and play football or something itsa great team and makes it go by a lot faster
I attended Tottenville and found it to be a subpar high school. Once I was enrolled in a top-50 university, I realized how ill-prepared I was for college. I was a member of Tottenville's Institute, which is the special program for academically gifted students, and other than Latin and some advanced math concepts, I learned very little. Worse, I learned it all from teachers who seemed less than qualified to be in their positions. It scares me to think how much less those outside of the Institute are learning. To be fair, I did enjoy Tottenville's extracurricular offerings, like SING and spring musical. The performing arts program at the school is above average, which was the main reason I attended. The sports programs also seem to be above average. The surrounding neighborhood is very safe, so there's another plus. But I didn't feel safe at the school (a glass bottle was hurled at me by another student from atop a one-story section of the building--why he was allowed to get on the roof, I'll never know--and there were fights in the hallways on a regular basis). The school is disappointment to students on all ends of the academic spectrum, so please send your children elsewhere.
I dislike the school. Granted my child was not a model student; however, the school could have intervened. When I on my own- found my child cutting, the schools verbatim response was 'there are 63 doors we cant watch everyone.' The school is too large for the staff to handle. The security guards are too friendly with the kids because they are powerless. It is too easy to cut class, abuse teachers and get lost at Tottenville HS. My messages to the school were never returned, and I went directly to the school several times in person to try to get help. The worst things about the school is they push programs such as GED right away because they want to keep their numbers up...that is all they care about.
THS is one of best schools around. The people and/or students who gave it a poor review are merely sour grapes. If you are a student who is mature enough to go to class, behave and take advantage of the many programs this school offers you will shine. Yes it is easy to cut out and get "lost" but that is the FAULT OF THE STUDENT and the UNINVOLVED PARENT. The resources are there should you choose to utilize them. Don't be a slacker! If your parents aren't available to help you there are many fine guidance counselors, assistant principals and teachers who will gladly assist you! This is one of the most important times of your life which can also be quite enjoyable. Be a PIRATE PROUDLY and forever!!
I have moxed feelings about the staff at tottenville high school. i alkso feel alot of children are sent out to ged programs and not suported in any way from there guidance counselors.i feel the school is more concerned about there rating then the student body and there needs.i feel the school. is over whelmingly to much for any one staff to handle.as a parent and having three children attend tottanville.i feel all students needs should be met and never turned away
The school isn't as much of a joke as everyone is making it out to be. It still has the lowest rate of drop out of non-specialized schools on the island. It is tempting and INCREDIBALY easy, and tempting to cut class, harass teachers, vandalize property, ect. and more than likely get away with it. However all that being said the school can offer some great well funded extracuricular programs and a decent environment for education. I myself barely graduated by the skin of my teeth due to the aformentioned temptations, but the school isn't really to blame. If there are any parents actually reading this in concideration on weather or not to send your teens to this school then you honestly should. But know that you do this at your own risk, watch for the warning signs, (they're given it out 3 times a semister) lol
I believe this school to be one of the top schools on the island. Every student has every oppertunity to succeed. There is tutoring every day for every subject, and the teaches will care about you if you show you care about work. On the other hand if you are a typical staten island teen you will get what you put in to it. It is extreamly easy to cut, but were ages 15 to 18 now i your kids can show a little responsibilty and stay for the 45 minute class. Tottenville is is great
This school has its ups and downs. i am a freshmen now its good and bad. Some teachers dont teach well or cannot control the class. there are so many cameras but you can easily just walk out of the school.
As a student in the Humanities Institute, I have to say that I have not regretted attending Tottenville. The school takes pride in the Institute, though we do have a rigid schedule and not as many class opportunities as honors kids. However, high school is what you make of it. Don't make excuses for your children by claiming that th eteachers are lazy and the guidance counselers are always busy. With a school of four thousand students, it's handling itself pretty well. Your children have to go out of their way to go talk to teachers and guidance counselers. If the teachers and counselers don't know that something is wrong, they won't be able to seek out the kids. With so many students, it's impossible to be able to have one on one time with each and every one of them. Make use of the resources given to you.
okay seriously its funny what these parents are saying. i attend tottenville and im in ap classes. not gunna like but the school lets you do what ever u want. its very easy to cut class and screw up. i wouldnt send ur kids here if i was you. i usto be in honors untilll i went to this school. trust me you will regret it.
So far so good - the institute program is great. plenty of AP classes and special attention is given to both classic and science institute students. great sports. including color guard. beware of the time and money in some of the sports programs
This school is as good as any. School is what you make of it. If your kids are slackers all you will hear is excuses about how the school did it to them. Get your kids in shape and they'll put their best foot forward. I'm in the science Institute class of '08. I have foudn nothign but the best at Tottenville and very proud to have attended.
The support is there if you need it. Shine and you will be supported; act like a typical Staten Island high school student and your years at Tottenville will not be your best. Tutoring is available for every subject and teachers care as long as you do. Of course, this all hinges on your child actually attending class
This school pays little attention to the child, no one is ready to speak to you. Security Guards are nasty and wont let you see the teachers. The Schools 'Counselor's' have little qualifications to be helping students.
This school is certainly weak in academics and structure. The schools administration is not up to par to managing a school of this size. Teachers not available to help students or provide support or leadership.
Not a great school. Very disappointed. You can not see the guide counselor, they do not pick up their phones, you have to live a message and they live you a message. There is no communication. Bureaucracy. Oversize classes! I will give a credit to the marching band and the Social Studies Teacher.
The school is great...my son didn't make SI Tech and 'settled'for Tottenville. 4 years later he was accepted to the Ivy League and I don't believe that would have happened at SI Tech. The school allows you to be as successful as you can be....motivation and determination are everything at Tottenville and there is something for everyone! Teachers really care - Mr Warren, Ms. Morelli, Ms K as Ms Tuzio - they and others like them really make the difference!! Keep up the great work, Tottenville!
This school is great... if you're in the institute. If you're like me and was not in the institute (honors and regular level classes) no one seemed to care. Taking Ap courses were not offered unless you were an institute student, I had to ask to be in one and when I was in it I was the only non Institute kid. I did not feel fully prepared for college which is a disappointment. I also had friends from Jr. high school with potential who l watched slip though the cracks at Tottenville. It's also disappointing that a large [part] of the school goes to CSI after Tot. When I saw the book of 2004 grads and the colleges they attended I cried in the college office, to me that shows the lack of motivation students have after attending Tottenville.
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