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- a student
smith has great Ib program and some of the kids there are nice and sweet and the teachers take the time to stay after school until 8/9 pm to help you with whatever you need if you simply just ask and sometimes it doesn't have to be for school wise if something is going on and you have no one to turn to you can just ask one of your teachers to stay after just to talk and they will. People tend to blame SMITH(a building) the TEACHERS but will not blame the students. The teachers can only do so much if the child is in gang violence, does not care about their education, disrespectful to the teacher and those around him who is to blame but the student. everyone blames smith, smith is just a building that got the name . and there are EXTREMLY great people there and it all about what you child wants to do. if they want to go with the bad people no one is holding a weapon to their head its THEIR choice . you choose your path not others . if you want help the teachers are more than willing to help. I've seen students that are disrespectful to the teacher every single day they walk in the class but will still ask for the teachers help and will get it .

Amount of homework: Agree


- a student
at smith some teacher give homework based on : class behavior, grades in the class, how rigorous the class is (honors, AP, IB) and if the class is ahead of behind of other classes.


Develops character: Agree


- a student
The school's BI(behavioral interventionist) try and help to get to a situation and smooth it out before it becomes a big thing so that both sides are heard and wont have to suffer any consequences



- a parent
I wanted to rate it bad. But I put average because there are a few teachers that do care. There is violence and gang activity. My daughter found a bullet laying on the floor of the gym. These kids are able to talk back, yell and cuss at the teachers without getting in trouble. I can go on, but this will turn into a novel.

Amount of homework: no rating


- a parent
My daughter has a lot of homework, but that is due to the specific classes she's taking. I don't know about the rest




- a community member
I would like to know why my grandson is only taking 4 classes. This does not seem as if he is being properly prepared for the future. If education is supposed to be the same for all students, why is this happening? He is in the 9th grade. How can this school expect to ever be on the "Best Schools" list if it doesn't provide the proper educational challenges for the students?



- a student
Great school fun teachers great principals its changed alot. i know the history of this school but its all been turned around.



- a student
The main way to describe Smith is "up and coming". We've seen a lot of improvements in the last year that shouldn't be forgotten. However, there's still some lingering problems. The school is broken up into Common Population, Honors, AP, and IB students. The main problem is the CP students. The students who don't take the initiative to take higher level classes are the ones who have a larger amount of behavioral problems. These behavioral problems mean less trust from the administration which leads to less fun opportunities for the whole student body (dances, fieldtrips, etc.) It's exciting to see what's offered to motivated students. Today, the top 50% of the senior class went to visit two prestigious NC colleges, and we have more trips planned for this year. We have first rate college advisers, and counselors meet with each grade level regularly to make sure everyone is on track for graduation. To sum it up, Smith is the best place one can be if they're motivated. We have amazing programs and opportunities. If they aren't, they will fail. Smith tries its best for failures (EOC retakes, tutoring several times a week, etc), but ultimately, success is an individual choice.




- a student
This school is horrible. I went there in 9th grade and the students are terrible. A load of fights and the teachers could not control their students. Please do not send your kids who want to learn to this school, it's a horrible school.



- a student
I think it is the worst school in the county too many fights the administrators dont do their job bullying is very common in school

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Last modified Ben L Smith High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
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