We are new to this school. My child is a freshman. Thus far I can see exactly what other people have said about this school. The administration is horrible. The front office staff is clearly irritated when someone walks in and needs assistance and they have their conversation about pinterest interrupted. If they were my staff they would've been fired a long time ago. I've asked for return phone calls and received nothing. I've been spoken to in such a demeaning derogatory way - it's really quite astounding. The staff behavior - I've found to be completely unacceptable. Some of the teachers seem ok, not outstanding or impressive by any means. My child has ridiculous amount of homework daily and over the weekends, leaving no time at all for family. The kids have no manners and act entitled, which is not the school's fault but the parents fault - just saying this is the type of kids I've encountered so far. Overall, I'm very disappointed.
Lisa Cline ,a past assistant principal, who has helped multiple student literally fight with the administration, was moved out of reach and she was the only principal that seemed to care enough to advocate for the students well being!
Way way way too much homework! Its hard to tell if teachers think that a student shows up for their one class every day! They could be considerate and understand that these kids have families to spend time with!
Tracey Harrill is driving this school into the side of a mountain! She inherited a great school amd has turned into a stress powerhouse! Everyone raves about PHS test scores well explain how Marvin Ridge is ranked so much higher than providence is yet they dont have an ego problem or a test score epidemic! This school has caused me more mental pain than anything i have every expierienced and it is not worth your effort! If it isn't Tracey's way, its wrong. If its not making the school money, she doesn't care! This schools takes every bit of fun and enjoyment out of a high school experience! They don't understand that every student is going to a typical 4-year college. They build every aspect of their school to where it makes you feel like a failure! STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL!!! save some tax dollars and move to the Marvin Ridge school district!
I am a former parent at this school as well as being a former substitute teacher with a Master's Degree and an alternative certification in teaching from another state. I moved to the south Charlotte area, some 45 minutes from my studio, to ensure my last 2 children would receive a quality education in the CMS school system. My older 3 children had been educated at some of the best private schools in the South East and had managed to earn scholarships to Hampden Sydney, Penn State and the College of Charleston....that being said, I have to agree with most of the postings on this site. I found the administrators' to be rigid, inflexible and more concerned about their "standards" and maintaining their scores than educating . I finally pulled my sophomore (top 10% of his class) out after watching his mental health take an unexpected turn...He was stressed and felt like a failure. Since that time, my 17 year old is a senior, with a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina, Ms. Harrill and the the guidance dept at Providence have no business educating in the Public School System.
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.
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.
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.
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.!