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I graduated from Providence High School in 2011 and I never want to go back. The place is straight out of "The Hunger Games." The teachers encourage a cutthroat atmosphere from day one. Students are left to sink or swim in the academic environment with little aid from the staff. Those who are at the top of their class become the "chosen ones" and everyone else is cast away. Many teachers (especially those who teach AP) are extremely unprofessional and see themselves as "college drill sergeants." One has to wonder why they would teach high school instead of college if they're so intelligent, but I'll let you figure that one out for yourself (hint: they're not). One teacher told my parents that students do not earn A's in AP courses because high school students can't get A's in college courses. I am now a junior at a prestigious university, earning my accounting degree and a year away from being commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Needless to say, the stories about certain failure if you didn't have a 4.5 GPA were utter bull. Do not send your child to Providence High School if you want them to receive a good education in a professional and respectful environment.
The teachers are awful and do not care about student sucess. THe administators are even worse! The only reason I am giving it one star is beacause I can not give it ZERO!!! They only care about you if you are the top 25 in your class otherwise they consider you dumb. The student population is not diverse and teachers try to make you fail. Please if you are considering schools for your children do NOT send them here they will only fail!
I have had children in this school for 6 years. I am so saddened by the culture in this school - which seems designed to take our best and brightest and "wring them out." It is almost as if some of the teachers don't want the students to succeed - they enjoy discouraging and belittling the students. (Of course, there are a few exceptions and a few good teachers.) For the most part, however, the principal and staff care about little other than test scores. Of course, the high test scores in this school are a result of bright students with families who put an emphasis on education. The crime in all of this is that the "B" student (who would be in A student in most schools) is completely neglected - and believe they are incompetent by the time the leave this school. Such a waste as our future needs the contributions of these capable and hard working children - they have much to offer. The administration NEEDS to step up and take responsibility for nurturing and truly educating our children during these important developmental years of high school. The current methods cannot continue and must be exposed.
Fortunately, some of us new parents have had tremendous success in schools other than CMS and realize that not every child needs to have tremendous pressure to succeed. Some students are intrinsically motivated and do not need a cattle prod to "push them along." They will be life-long learners and creative thinkers provided they are not stressed to the max. In fact, some of these students are smart enough to know the difference between busy work for the sake of vanity and work designed to challenge them. . Education is not a sprint but a marathon and contrary to popular belief, more is not better...just ask the rest of the industrialized world. Their students spent a fraction of the time our students spend on homework and yet their scores are better. Finally, contrary to popular belief, most high school students do not qualify as adults...there's a reason...brains are still developing. I don't expect 15,16 and 17 olds to make decisions like they're 30. An authoritarian methodology needs to have a balance. I do not see a balance a PHS!
Providence is a top-notch school with an excellent faculty and administration. Students are definitely challenged academically and held to high standards. Additionally, students are treated like adults and expected to perform accordingly. Regarding some of the negative recent reviews from new parents at the school, if you want your child to be well prepared for college, there's no better place than Providence. Yes, the curriculum is strenuous and there's lots of homework. If you're looking for an easy ride, then go somewhere else. Just like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Providence is a great value and rivals any of the private schools in the county in terms of education, a safe environment, and athletics.
I am moving and thinking about what high school the kids will be attending in the future. I have always heard that this was the best school around...but I have never spoken with one of its students. Based on the student comments, I feel I may just leave the city. If "the best" is making its students feel overly pressured and crushing their self esteem, then what does that say about the rest of the school system? I am also seeing a pattern in when the positive reviews end and the negative start, and it starts with Dr. Gorman's time here and it just hasn't stopped. Thanks for your comments students and good luck to you.
We are grateful for the candid comments that appear on this site. We were considering a move to the Charlotte area rather than continuing a 210 mile roundtrip commute. However, we would prefer driving rather than transferring our child to this school.
This school is incredibly insensitive to student success. The curriculum is poor and the staff does not teach. As a parent, I watched as my child who loved school turn to despise everyday of attendance. "The Best School in CMS?" I am not sure where this is coming from, but this is a horrible educational institution. I have worked in and seen better! Very SAD day PHS and CMS!
This is the worst school! Mindless drones taught me! I am in college now with a great GPA. While I was at providence, I suffered greatly because most of my teachers catered to the affluent students who gave the school money. I worked hard in my HONORS courses, but I did not learn anything about liberal studies or the digital world. My friends all felt the same way! I would not do it again, especially when I talk to other students from different states. They made my high school experience horrific, something I will never forget as long as I live.
The school I go to is full of under achievers and mean students. Not all students are mean, but there are students who are malicious and vindictive, willing to do anything to make you feel/look bad. The smarter groups of people tend to stick together as one big group, where as the popular people tend to hang out together, desperate for attention as always. There is also a slight smoking problem at PHS, where kids who seem to need a constant appetite for looking "cool." The cyber bullying online is tremendous, particularly on websites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Ask.fm. Academics at the school could be better, however, lazy students will continue to be lazy. Some teachers are actually quite excellent, but most fall short of this expectation. Most are not willing to stay after school because they're lazy and unwilling to cooperate. Students can also be pretentious, judging you if you aren't wearing Tory Burch or whatever stupidity dealt out. The social and academic scene aren't great, do your child a favor and do not send him/her to PHS. Waste of time is what it is.
Not satisfied with this school's recognition of diversity and genuine interest in each child's progress and advancement. So this review is not only related to academics. We are relatively new to Charlotte and like many of the previous reviewers here we suggested this school to our teenager. Seems there are some levels of discrimination and influence coming into play. We can only hope and help our child through those tough social situations they are sometimes faced with. Shamefully there are some teachers and parents alike fueling these toxic situations. No student should have to feel these kind of pressures. Shame on PHS.
We are from Dallas and was looking for a good HS in Charlotte. Based on the reviews, we are changing our mind about PHS. Our daughter comes from one of the best schools in Dallas and ranks in the top 6% out of 755 kids in her class. High school students have enough pressure just from their environment. The student reviews have made us re-think that PHS is not the school for her. Good luck students!
This is school has incredible pressure. I came here as a junior from a cms school at North. I was number 3 out of 500 students in my old high school. Here at providence, i am struggling trying to get a 70 to pass the course. The workload is so high and everyone at this school only cares about education. If you are not "born" smart, then you will struggle. Now, i don't even know if i will graduate on time.
I am currently a senior at Providence High School looking forward to moving on to the collegiate world. Looking back on my experiences in high school, I am sad to say that my time at Providence was discouraging. The school is exceptionally cutthroat, with a subset of teachers (rather than students) fueling an atmosphere of incredible pressure. The pressure is not just academic--certain employees teach with highly personalistic methods, adjusting grades depending on their preferences for certain students and sometimes fighting with one another to retain students in certain classes. Families of students at the school also contribute, often trying to work connections through the guidance department or individual teachers to grant their children a selective advantage--especially in the obtaining of awards, special designations, recommendations, and other elements that look great on paper to a selective college. This atmosphere in turn leads to the development of a group of "chosen ones"--students that tend to accrue most of the credit, much to the detriment of other hard-working, capable individuals. In short, if you go to Providence, prepare to fight for your right to succeed.
I am currently a senior at Providence, and have found that my experience has been mixed. All-in-all, I took 10 AP classes at Providence, and had my shot at many of the Ivy League schools, and was accepted at several prestigious southern private schools. Ultimately, I turned them down because I did not want a repeat performance of Providence. The pressure to be a top-performing student at providence is constant and omnipresent, and I found that the pressure and expectations of my teachers my junior year pushed me into depression and more-than-severe sleep deprivation. A student who would crack under such pressure likely may be successful at Providence, though it will be extraordinarily costly. I have also found through experience that those who do not take the AP classes wind up with students and teachers who really could care less, and ultimately receive a much lower quality of education. However, I have also found wonderful friends at Providence, especially through participation in the music and athletic programs.
We are relatively new to Charlotte and I have 2 students @ Providence High School. We moved to this area because of the the schools reputation. I am not as happy as I had hoped to be...and I am puting it mildly. I am trying very hard to embrace the rigid academic standards here but at what cost? I would love to hear from other parents...that may be struggling as I am.
I have had three children at Providence. These children have gone through all the feeder schools that go into Providence. If you read the reviews carefully, you will see a common pattern there. If your child is a high achiever, has great social skills, and little artistic interest, than your child will probably do well at Providence. My son did, and has looked at it as a means to an end. He has had some good teachers and some bad teachers. I am surprised, that with the area and the affluence, and it is there, that it is so hard to find teachers who are not more in love with teaching. Teaching at this school is a dream compared to other CMS high schools. My other two children have struggled much more, with the extreme social pressure, cliques, and due to size, inability to participate in the activities they would like to pursue. If your child is more creative and right brained, they will be miserable if they cannot find an outlet there. One of mine could not. My 3rd child has endured, but said she would be fine if we moved and has had trouble making new friends. Know your child. While being safe and clean, this school is not for every child.
My child is currently a senior at PHS. She has been with PHS since her freshman year. A solid A/B student on the honors track, it became apparent by her junior year that PHS focuses most attention on the highest and lowest performing students. Counsellors and teachers are over-worked and overwhelmed. As a result, mid-range students (A/B; 3.25-3.50 GPA range) receive little or no support. The pressure to take AP level classes is tremendous, often to the detriment of the student. The public school system has potential, but I truly believe CMS has become unmanageable and places too much emphasis on standardized testing and not enough on learning.
Hands down...Best CMS school! Top scores, beautiful campus, nicest part of town, great teachers, great kids from great families and top art, music and athletic programs. As close to a private education as you can get.
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