When we were here we were a bit disappointed that it wasn't truly a "Classical Education". There seemed to be some problems with curriculum and some of the educators were horrible. Thank goodness my kids survived. We moved to a much better state and they are getting a much better education to finish up their high school years.
I attended this school near the tail end of the 2000s. I found my experiences from this school to have prepared me tremendously for college. I was even able to keep up with private high school graduates easily in undergrad and I was not even near the top of my class at Massey Hill. That's how academically rigorous our graduating class was. Its not perfect, no school is unless you're willing to shell out a ton of cash but this school was more than enough to prepare me for college as a STEM graduate. The best part was that it was all FREE as a classical public school. Majority of the teachers go above and beyond the call, the student atmosphere is relatively laid back and I am glad to have had such a focused education. I would strongly recommend this school for any parent who would like their child to obtain a high quality education for free that will prepare them for university level work. This school is essentially a public school with private school quality.
I have two daughters attending this school. They both had came from private schools prior to MHCHS. The administration and teachers at the school are caring and interested in the success of their students. If tutoring is needed, it is provided for the children without any additional cost (very different than private school). The student/teacher ratio is great and this school is for children who are going to college.
This is my sons first year @ Massey Hill, and I must say I am very pleased. Teacher/parent meetings have been well organized and informative, although my son does not enjoy wearing uniforms in HS he is enjoying Massey Hill a great deal more than he ever imagined.
This is a wonderful small school. All, but one teacher we have had contact with (with the exception of one) have been fabulous. They have added Spanish in the last 2 years and have a new pricipal and vice principal this year. I am very impressed with the pricipal,within 8 weeks he knew all the students names. It is a classical school so their are no sports, but students may play for their zoned school (mine do and fit in very well, most kids don't even realize they don't attend the school they play for). My sophomore loves it and her sister can't wait to go next year.
I think Massey hill is a great school for students. The teacher cares about the student.The only problem, is the transportation. I have attended Massey Hilll for two years. Eventhough i have struggled with carpooling, the school needs buses.Perhaps with more buses,more students would come.
I attended Massey Hill from 2000-2004 and after a recent visit and some conversations I've had with parents and students still attending the school, I have to say it's not the stellar school I started out in. 7 years of Latin did me good- who cares if it's not practical in the same sense as Spanish. The clubs and organizations were the only things that kept me at that school until graduation. There are so many opportunities for students to become leaders, develop their talents and abilities, and grow as people in a school the size of Massey Hill. It appears its size is its only redeaming quality at this point- which begs the question: Is dealing with administration worth it, in the end?
Massey Hill is a great place for students to be. Its small class sizes allow students and teachers to form bonds which increases learning. Sure, Spanish isn't 'classical', but it is the mark of a great school to adapt to the needs of the educational climate--and North Carolina has the highest growth of Spanish speakers in the country--many jobs offer bonuses for employees who can speak this language. The administration is caring and concerened with teaching students to be responsible individuals, attention to detail is always appreciated! Students have many opportunities to be involved in the community and their school with a variety of high quality extra-curricular and co-curricular activities. No matter the school, someone can always find problems if that is what is focused on. As a whole, Massey Hill is an excellent place for students to learn about themselves and to prepare for their futures.
Two years ago I recommended this school to other parents. Now I can't do that. The new administration team of 2003 leaves much to be desired. The focus has shifted from student performance and school cohesion to an atmosphere that's less productive. Scores have fallen as well as the morale of the students. The small size is the only remaining benefit.