We recently moved to NC from a big city and have now settled into Parkwood HS. We interviewed several schools prior to purchasing our home and Parkwood made our short list. This is certainly different from a metropolitan HS, but we are pleased with the learning environment, sports and club offerings. We have experienced caring teachers who are committed to our child's academic success and who have willingly communicated with us as parents. The guidance department was wonderful in helping us to acclimate to the school. Our principal and administration are accessible and hard working. Parents are involved and can be seen at games, plays and various other events. I was impressed to see the number of seniors who were awarded scholarships last semester. There are definitely newer, fancier schools in our county, but we are happy with the choice we made for our family. I am disappointed to see the low rating on this review, because it certainly does not reflect the experience we are having as we move into our second school year at Parkwood.
I have a 15 year old son at parkwood. I am a single parent (father) with 3 sons. I have found parkwood to be doing a good job with my son. He takes honors classes and is an excellent baseball player. He likes the rural atmosphere that can sometimes make it more friendly than a larger city based school .He especially likes his Bible History class.
My sons attended Parkwood High School - what a great school. They talk about 'Parkwood's Finest' - that would be the teachers - they absolutely go out of their way to teach these kids. They stay after for study groups - they tutor - whatever needs to be done, they are there for you. We had to move away from NC (job) - and the boys miss Parkwood terribly. The teachers had such an ability to reach out to kids. My oldest still uses techniques taught in his English III Honors class at his new high school -gotta love those sticky notes!! Don't hesitate to send your kids here - they will succeed.
Both my boys went to Parkwood High School. The opportunities are there to succeed if you want them bad enough. The teachers are fair and they are there if your child needs extra help in any particular subject. Plenty of extra curriculative activities for everyone. Parkwood is a school that loves for parents to get involved. You too will fall in love with the school if you give it a chance.
My daughter transferred from a SC school where she had taken 3 9th grade classes in 8th grade. Unfortunately, NC doesn't recognize over-achievers as these classes do not count and therefore were done in vain. Now, the only options are to re-take these classes or she will be penalized by being REQUIRED to take AP classes in her senior year to be able to graduate. Had we stayed in SC, she would be elligible to graduate early. NC appears to put more effort into making under-achievers 'appear' better than they are and pass them even when they should be held back, than in rewarding students for their hard work and intelligence in Elementary and Middle School. NC should just tell students while they are in elem school - don't bother striving to work hard during your formative years as it will count for nothing in High School.
I just sent my daughter to Parkwood High! So far she loves it! She's going into the 10th grade and is having a great time! All of the teachers are wonderful and I'm so impressed with the facilities! The teachers really know what they're doing, and I'm just so please with the school and all of the curriculums! I can't tell you how thankful I am to PHS! Thank you so much to everyone at PHS!