My children love Seventy-First High School. I wish the principle and some of the teachers felt the same way. I am military and was first assigned to this area in 1994. During this time period everyone wanted to attend this school. I left and now I've return and this school on the 'Worst School List'. I can identify with some of the other responses and do not want to place blame on the entire staff. I do question the leadership. I ask my son how often does the principle come to your class and he said 'never'. Yes, the assist may visit the classes but the Principle should be spot checking classes to ensure the teachers are doing their job. If the boss send his assistant I'm not to worried but if the 'Boss' shows up I'm alert. Teachers should be in this mode all the time. Parent involvement is key!
I have received a top quality education from Seventy-First High School. I feel adequately prepared, not just for college, but for life as well. I have been blessed to have attended this great school. The various extracurricular activities meet the interests of our diverse population. There is something for everyone. People all over the county choose to send their children to Seventy-First, the Cultural Arts Academy. My parents had a choice, and they made the right one by sending me here.
Counsellers are not emphasizing enrollment in core (college prep) courses with parents making the final decisions on class enrollments. Recruiting/tryout process did not select best athletes based on a fair and objective basis-'Finally a new football coach!' The band spends too much time for practice after school, while bandmembers attending class the next school day. Parent involvement would improve if teachers and administrators would keep appointments and treat parents' time with the same importance as they would their time! New Student Orientation was a desaster! Lack of organization does not give new students and parents a good first impression. Seating was horrible and there was too many things being addressed in a short period of time. Overall I have doubts that my son is getting the best preparation for a top college or university of his choice!
As the Arts Education Academy, Seventy-First offers a great deal of options for students with interest in cultural arts. The teachers are very caring and treat students with fairness and compassion. I have chosen, without hesitation, to send my three children to this school instead of their home school, Southview. The academic rigor challenges the students and helps to prepare them for vocational studies or college. The diverse student body introduces students to the various cultures that make up our community.
I am a ninth grade teacher at Seventy First high School. As a student's first glimpse into a new high school experience, I continually adjust and make changes that will meet the needs of all of my students. Most of the teachers at this school design lesson plans to keep the children actively engaged. Some parents feel that their child's teacher doesn't care about the students, but how involved have the parents really been? As I walk down the hall of Seventy-First, I see caring teachers talking to students, making time for students, and giving them the ear or the shoulder they need, and this has nothing to do with the curriculum. Teachers are not in it for the money, it is for your children and their successes.
We have had very many positive experiences at this school. Faculty and staff are dedicated, many of whom have been there for MANY years! Students can leave there with the tools they need for college. There are lots of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. The school has great sports teams and performing arts. Parental involvement is on the upswing and that's always a plus.
I graduated from 71st in 2001. I can definitely say this school prepared with the tools for college. Now I will be graduating on time unlike many others from Fayetteville State University. I would say that every has it's problems. I wouldn't trade it for the world. They have wonderful extracurricular and clubs and organization for every type of student. Falconpride!
I had a daughter that graduated from 71 and now i have a another there who truly loves the school. Why the bad ratings? I believe that there are just a few unruly parents that are upset because they cannot get their way. The principal is a wonderful person and she holds her own. They have a great arts academy and the band is the best. Trophies are the proof that this school is the bomb. Rotc and the dance program are just two of the best. You just can't hide that falcon pride!
Seventy-First high school is very unorganized. The principal is very unhelpful. She does not care to listen to the opinion of parents. There are not enough books for students to have one assigned for each class. My child has made me aware that there are even times when teachers leave the class and stay away the entire period. I have pulled my child out of this school and I would encourage other parents to do the same.
I think that this school has a long way to go in caring about the students and giving them encouragement to do well. I believe that the Principal is at 71st because she has to be and not because she wants to be. She does not work well with the Students, teachers or parents. Since she has been the principal there has been a large number of turn over in the teacher's. What does that tell you?
My children never had a problem with the schools in Cumberland County till they came here. The guidance office is no help they refuse to meet with the parents. They do not guide or counsel the kids. When requested to help with a childs struggle in school or with classes they state it is not their problem. When you go to the school you get sent from one person to another and noone seems to know how to help you. They state they will get back to you and they dont. The children are unruley and fights are a constant issue. Racism is high in the school with kids and teachers. No books no equipment.
The people are rude not just the students. The school is dirty. there is alot of racism here. The principal is the worst of all.
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