Students enrolled 1998
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School leader Tracey G Harrill
Transportation options Yes
District Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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1800 Pineville-Matthews Road
Charlotte, NC 28270

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3 stars
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September 09, 2014
I agree with many of the negative reviews here about Providence and the administration. However, I do not agree and think others should not be misled that if you have a top academic performer your child will be fine. My son was/is a top student and now in the Honors College at the university he attends. However, the vibe, culture, feeling, whatever you want to call it at PHS is damaging to the the very best students as well as the above average or average student. High school should have a little joy in it and so little exists at PHS. The culture is unnecessarily legalistic and the administration can not see the forest for the trees when it comes to the students. My son says his Honors College classes at his top knotch university are easier than Providence! It's not supposed to be that way! My biggest regret was not realizing sooner that PHS didn't have my child's best interest at heart and moving him to another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2014
Last year was my 6th year with a child at PHS. It continues to decline and will continue to do so as long as the administration cares more about the school's reputation than educating students. This attitude comes from the top down and has permeated the ranks of the teachers. Of course there are some good teachers and for that I am grateful. My kids were top students and quite involved, but I realized when my oldest went to college how damaging the school's culture was to my child. She has been "taught" that a teacher is her adversary, not her advocate at PHS and we have had to undo this mindset as in college (and at most high schools) teachers actually want to help kids succeed and happy to discuss how they can do that. Thankfully, my youngest has asked to go to a different school and we are done with Providence. My advice is to avoid this school if at all possible.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2014
My daughter attended West Mecklenburg as a freshman and sophomore. I got a new job in the South Charlotte area, which means she had to transfer to Providence. Considering it seemed to be a better environmental area, I was hoping Providence could be even better. It was an awful experience. My daughter was constantly bullied physically, her iPhone stolen, and administration looked the other way about all of it. I have learned that the South Charlotte area, and this school are NOT better environmental areas. If you are not a white, rich, and over-achieving person everyone is expected to be, you are looked down by many. Although West Meck had a bad reputation, it was a wonderful school and so was our apartment. Never judge what the majority say, usually it is not true.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
On the surface this school looks great, but the reality is very different! Everything you see in the other posts about the school being inflexible is true. The administration is a nightmare to deal with. The teachers think they are great, but the truth is they aren't very good and they don't deserve to receive the credit for the high scores that come out of the school. (The high scores are tied to the socio economics of the school. The students come into the school already smarter than most, the school does little to contribute to their ability. In fact, if anything, the school hurts many students because they really don' teach, they just assign a heavy workload. Students hire tutors to learn the material.) The school district administration has not come down on the school because the test scores are so good, but really, this place needs to be overhauled so that these wonderful students get a better education and actually enjoy their high school experience.!

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
This school is fine as long as you start here freshman or sophomore year. Junior year is intense, but if you have been at Providence since freshmen or sophomore year , you will be able to adjust to the workload because it gets gradually harder every year. This school is not as bad as the comments are suggesting. It is actually a great school, which offers many great classes that would not be offered elsewhere. It does have a few issues though: it is not very diverse(at all) and a handful of the teachers are horrible and lazy.

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2014
Providence is a great and challenging school. It's not easy but it is worth it. The teachers and administration are always willing to help and guide my children. There is a TON of extracurricular activities for any student from athletics to fine arts to academics. There are the "normal" high school things that go on but the administration handles any such things immediately, effectively, and fair. It's a good feeling that I always know my children are safe, cared for, and well educated.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
Update: This school epitomizes what is WRONG with the US free public education system. Long story short, my child was pigeon-holed as a low performer, failed twice by a teacher in a subject both his father and I are well versed in teaching on a University level. Our child had self esteem issues stemming from his attendance at this poor institution. Our child was at risk of not graduating from High School. Today, after a new school and some amazing administrators at his new school, our son is not only on the A honor roll, but has been invited to attend 4 prestigious NC Colleges, in addition to an invitation into a nationally recognized honors organization for High School Seniors. Follow your gut when it comes to your children and do not let any so call professional pigeon hole your child's future for ANY reason!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
FINALLY removed my child from this school after 2 years of empty promises and a facade of caring administrators. Been in a new school for 2 semesters and love it. Have a new found faith in education and can't express how much happier and production my child is. If you are considering PHS, words of advice; if your child is naturally a high academic performer you should be OK, the administration caters to these students. In fact they rely on them to pad their performance reviews. However if your child is an average student looking for a nurturing environment or you are looking for a 'family' oriented experience, this is not the place for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2014
I graduated here I'm 2011. If you are even I'm the slightest thinking about putting your child in this school run far! I transferred in my sophomore year and was in the top 10% of my old school. Once I got here I was struggling to maintain B's in my classes. The school only teaches you how to take scantron tests and write and produce a "senior graduation project." Their high "test scores" just come from their training you how to memorize information for a test not understand it or use it. Kids here are the worst and are not friendly at all! If you don't make strighy A's or your parents don't spend a bunch of money your considered mentally disabled in the schools eyes. I went to the school I wanted to get into for college but I still regret going to this school and I have never once returned.

- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2013
We are moving to NC! We need information about neighborhood, bullies, and social life around the area.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2013
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!

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
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!

- submitted by a teacher
September 27, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
April 14, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
March 15, 2013
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.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
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!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
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.

- submitted by a student
May 07, 2012
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.

- submitted by a student
May 09, 2011
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.

- submitted by a student
February 01, 2011
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.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
Outstanding school both academically and overall environment. Both my sons graduated from Providence HS.

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- submitted by a student
April 06, 2008
The counseling staff at Providence is incompetent, and the school psychologist is inept. The princial is smart & helpful, but consistently I experience frustration when I need something done that involves the office. Consistently I hear complaints by other parents about the slowness and mistakes made by the counselors- You are not permitted to change counselors. Be prepared to make numeous calls and visits to the school to get transcripts in line for college applications- they pass the buck. High level students get the most attention. Having a B average here puts you in the bottom half of the school for class rank. Security is good here. The athletic and music departments-good. Don't assume a teacher will call you if your student misses work or class. They prefer less motivated students drop out or transfer to keep the overall GPA high.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2008
Fantastic school. We moved to NC from CT in 2006 and have been thrilled ever since. We have 3 children (One a senior) and two in 7th grade and I have been impressed with the students, teachers, and administration. Providence has a wonderful Choir Dept. lead by Teresa Setzer. It is known for their fantastic musicals all lead by Paula Dean, the head of the theater dept. The high school is friendly. It is not a bother when you have to phone in changed plans. The office greets everyone with a smile. All grades are available online and progress reports are constantly being sent home. Students are encouraged independence, but at the same time properly supervised. Guidance counselors are good, but have many students so when it comes to SAT's and transcripts to schools you have to be on the ball.

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February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 26, 2008
Great school. Lots of challenging programs in fields ranging from auto tech to horticulture. Tons of AP classes. School has great facilities including indoor pool. Lot's of accomplished sports team, great music program, nationally acclaimed literature - this school has it all. I have two kids there with vastly different personalities and interestes and both are happy here. Safe school, great staff.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
I am currently a sophomore at Providence High School, and I enjoy it. After having to miss a week of school due to surgery, all of my teachers tried their hardest to get me where I needed to be. Providence wide variety of courses make it near impossible to not get something your interested in. I'm not going to lie and say 'oh the class are so simply and easy to understand', because depending on that classes you take and the teachers you have a lot aren't. I'm also not going to miss lead you by saying 'homework was quick and easy', because that would also be a lie. But that said, it is not impossible. If you think hard before choosing your classes, work hard in those classes, and do all out of class assignments you will be great at Providence.

- submitted by a student
December 04, 2007
My kids loved this school and did very well academically.

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September 09, 2007
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August 19, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 31, 2007
I am currently a junior at Providence High School, and I find that the overall quality of this school is excellent. The quality of the current teachers is great (esp. the Science and Math Departments). The vast majority of teachers will be willing to work with students in tutoring sessions. Courses of all varieties and levels are also made available. Providence offers many APs and gives students the option of taking the AP Test (which may qualify the student for college credit). Providence also makes accessible many extracurricular activities such as band, orchestra, drama, varsity sports, foreign language clubs, and other miscillaneous clubs. I cannot say much about social life at Providence because it is bound to change every year. But currently, Providence is so large that you probably can find someone with common interests. Overall, I strongly recommend Providence as a school.

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July 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
I teach at Providence and have a child who attended and graduated as well. I have seen this school from two angles. A student can receive an excellent education, take part in a vast array of sports, clubs, and extra curricular activities. Students who involve themselves in these activities greatly enrich their school experience. My student gained friends, challenges, and confidence through participation in the music program, which is very good! The EC department (not my dept.) is excellent and responsive to student needs. Student absences are called home each day, progress reports are sent out more frequently than required (every 2 weeks!) as well as grades being available on line. Like all large high schools, parent involvement and attention help students achieve success.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
Well,two of my daughters went to this school. One of them hated it,the other loved it. Yes the academics are great,but a majority of the teacherslack of compassion,or just love for the kids.Both of my girls said that the students were very judgmental as well. My daughter that loved it is an honor studentthat likes challenges and is very focused on success.My other child is a good student{in college now},but with a free spirit and an artistic soul. So,it depends on your child's needs.If your child is shy,or is not the popular kind,no ,this school is not a good match. Also,donot base your opinion only on the ratings...My child had so many substitutes this year!Seems that this great school can't find teachers.......

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2007
Providence High is a challenging school, not just meaning academics. My daughter has been attending for over 4 months now and has made 1 friend. . Providence programs seem to be geared for students who are attending all 4 years. It's not as welcoming to new students. My daughter's grades have fallen since attending Providence. I've tried to reach out to the school, but with no success. My time also limits me as a single working parent. She has truly fallen in between the cracks. I regret moving into this privileged area.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2007
I've had two sons at Providence H.S. If it hadn't been for the administration and teachers at Providence my son would have never graduated from high school. He's now in college. My second son, who was an honor student in middle school has found Providence challenging but enjoyable. He's found good friends and good teachers. This is a great school in relationship to their more 'acclaimed' counterparts in CMS.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2006
I dont know why these people are complaining. I too am a junior at the big P. For that person, who says that we have too many cliques, they are totally wrong. While our interests are diverse, if you throw yourself out there, many kids will help you. As for the teachers, they are amazing. Maybe your school in Chicago was just not as good, because while our curriculum is advanced, it's not that difficult to succeed. I play many sports at Providence, and still manage to keep at least a B in all my classes, with 2 AP classes. The sports and clubs are fantastic, especially our Ultimate team. The counselors are there if you need them, and they try to get to know you, but there are many students. If you set up an appointment, they are glad to help you. Our security is great too. Providence is amazing!

- submitted by a student
July 17, 2006
I am a PHS graduate and teacher in CMS. (not a Providence) Providence sets high expectations and high standards for students. THe students are very judgemental. Sound education but not realistic. Would not teach here.

- submitted by a former student
April 14, 2006
I also have no idea why people are complaining about this school. I am currently a Sophmore, and is my second year here. In my experiences, the students may have cliques, but if you get in there and be yourself, they will accept you. As for the teachers, it is not true that any 'don't care.' These teachers are top-line, and are pleased to help and tutor you at least twice a week. And, for those who like to use the computer, every class has atleast 1 computer, and many have 6 or 7. We have tons of great clubs, stretching from things like 'environmental club' to the new 'ultimate frisbee club.' Not only do we have great clubs, but we also have excellent sports programs. Our swimming, track, and cross-country programs are top of the line. Overall, I believe that Providence High School is the best!

- submitted by a student
March 20, 2006
My son is attending Providence High School and the standards are set extremely high academically. This is great for the students who excell in everything, however the struggling students seem to fall through the cracks...unnoticed. Very high pressured! Great band program.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
My child has had a wonderful HS experience here. It is a very large school and it is important to find a group to belong to, fortunately there are lots of clubs and activities. Band program is excellent and color guard is open to all students. We have not needed the councelors yet, but it is a bad sign that my daughter has never seen hers. The course work is very tough and the honors classes have loads of homework. The new principal is a breath of fresh air, warm, caring, involved and respected. Overall, we are very happy with Providence.

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December 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
I'm currently a junior at Providence, and my family just moved here this summer from Chicago. All I have to say is, if you're moving into the area, PLEASE don't be fooled by the school's 'wonderful' academic ratings. At my school in Chicago, I was 8th in my class. Here at Providence, I am struggling to keep B's in my classes. The kids at Providence are VERY cliquey, more so than most middle schools. There are two kinds of teachers at Providence-those that make their class insanely difficult and those that can't and don't teach at all. There is no middle ground. I can't stress enough for any parents looking at this school-if you value your child's sanity at all, DO NOT SEND THEM TO PROVIDENCE! The only good thing is that the new principal, Dr. Cockerham, is very nice and approachable.

- submitted by a student
October 26, 2005
I'm currently a student at Providence, and I think that the school is very good. I moved here from Miami, Fl and I think that the environment and the teachers here are great. I am always popping in on my counselors and she is always helpful! The teachers are intelligent and are always willing to explain stuff. I love it here!

- submitted by a student
August 01, 2005
I have had one child go through Providence HS and graduate and another child attend high school in Wisconsin. I must say dealing with the counselors and teachers at Providence was a struggle and very disappointing. They were unresponsive to my child failing a class and wouldn't return phone calls. The counselor at Providence for my son was difficult to reach, showed no interest and communication with her was an extreme challenge at best. Most of the teachers were not professional and did not seem to enjoy their job. My daughter went to high school in Wisconsin and had similar problems in school as my son. The teachers and counselors communicated well, showed sincere concern and interest in my daughter's success and were easily assessable. How interesting to have such a comparison and opposite experiences. It s a good thing other parents have a choice in Charlotte private schools.

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June 18, 2005
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- submitted by a student
December 09, 2004
Although I am not a parent at this school, I did graduate from it. When I went there I felt as though, since I wasn't a straight A student, I was nothing. I had friends that were in the top 50 of the class, and teachers and other staff members would take time to go up to them and talk to them. Myself on the other hand, was lucky if the teachers knew my name halfway though the 1st quarter. It was not as though I was shy or anything, it was becuase I didn't fit into the acadmic league that Providence was known for. I failed 3 classes one semster, and my parents were not warned of this until it was too late. My teachers didn't try to help me, even with my asking.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2004
I'm on my second child at this school, too, and found basically the same issues as previously reviewed. It's a great school if you have an exceptional child, self-motivated who needs no attention. However, if discipline or grades become an issue, don't expect support or notification from teachers or office personnel. Some teachers admittedly don't check their email, counselor is RARELY available, could be days or weeks before return phone call.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2004
Very unhappy. If you are the very best or worst you may get attention, but the rest seem to fall off the radar. Guidance counselor has really missed the mark, they do not follow their own discipline plan to track attendance problems and seem very disorganized overall. There are many who care, but many who don't. Very concerned having such high standards..offer very few alternatives to kids who are struggling. This is my 2nd child there and the first had no problems overall. We expected help from the school when the 2nd child started having problems. We were not notified that she had been skipping all last year until May of last year! Unheard of! She is to blame, but they have a responsibility to inform us as well. Sorry, but I have heard these same problems from many other parents too!

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February 23, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
January 22, 2004
Organization within the administration and guidance department is nonexistent. I've had nothing but problems since transferring to this school, the counselors provide no attention to detail whatsoever, going so far as messing up the transcripts that were sent to my colleges.

- submitted by a student
December 02, 2003
Administration not proactive/supportive of GT and ADHD kids. If new to the school double check to make sure records received - we experienced a lack of organization. Visit other schools don't just select this school based on track record like we did...statistics don't tell the whole picture. We are very dissatisfied.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter is currently in her second year at Providence and I have heard nothing but good things. She's placed in a challenging environment but is still able to have fun and meet new friends.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2003
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Providence High
1800 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC  28270
(980) 343-5390
Last modified Providence High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Providence High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 65 reviews.