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Ben L Smith High School1
Posted November 06, 2014
- 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?
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.
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.
Really the school overall is good. The problem that I have noticed even when I went to the school, was the lack of care on the part of administrative department. It takes forever to get a transcript (if they feel like sending one out), whoever is answering the phone seems to know nothing about the school, because no matter what you ask all you get is a BS answer and give you the run around.