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Posted October 01, 2014
- a parent
Hopewell High is a great school! With the addition of a new principal and strong, dedicated administrative staff, this school has made immense improvements in the past two years. I have two children currently at Hopewell, and we have experienced engaging, hard-working teachers who are passionate about teaching students! The adminstrative staff is quick to respond to requests and inquiries, and any issues have been resolved quickly! The sports and extracurricular activites are well supported, and the JROTC program is the best in the district (winning the Superindentant's Cup 7 years in a row!) Communication is a priority, and involvement is highly encouraged. They do a good job of proactively managing their points of challenge to ensure an overall good environment for their students each day. Every school is going to have challenges with kids who don't want to learn, and parents that don't support those efforts or get involved. However, Hopewell provides a GREAT learning environment for kids who CHOOSE to learn, and parents that DO provide support and involvement.
The administration at Hopewell are unprepared for the challenges of running a school. They are more concerned with what the community thinks of them than what they actually learned. Desperate to keep staff they higher teachers who rather not teach. I am not saying that the majority of the staff are wonderful educators. It is just that a few of the them ruin the school.
I moved here from Southern California and would rate this school on par with the worst of LAUSD. The teachers are comfortable sharing their socio-economic and political beliefs. There is little in the way of education based extracurricular activies but a lot of emphasis on politically correct and special interest clubs. Fighting is constant and good students are lumped in with those who are indifferent, when it comes to almost everything. This school needs a new principal because this one doesn't engender the respect of anyone. My student will be attending another school next year.
Hopewell has been our school for the past six years. My older son had a fantastic experience each of the four years. I could compare his experience with mine 30 years ago. However, when the boundaries were changed and more kids came in from Charlotte, the school became overcrowded and those coming from Charlotte most likely resented being bused so far. The biggest thing to remember about Hopewell is this: If you are a good student; well behaved; study and have good support from home, you will do very well and have a good chance at getting into a good college. However, if you are smart but not well directed and have transporation issues, you may get lost in the crowd. It takes a village, and even the best kid can get in serious trouble due to easy access to drugs and by hanging around with the 'wrong crowd'.
I agree Hopewell has academics, but what about the students that aren't meeting the academic goals through the eyes of CMS? There are some great teachers there, like at any other school, but those teachers need to step up to the plate and demand recognition and respect. Where's there trouble, you don't find out until it's too late. Overcrowding and discipline is a major concern and safety as well. You can't watch 2,589 students, so how can you weed out trouble?