Advanced students are grouped with regular students. No effort is made to give advanced students appropriate material/support for their learning needs. My (advanced) student is bored in most of her classes
Art programs need more funding (oddly enough, the sports programs/teams seem to have more than enough money). Office staff, vice principals, and counselors take forever to get back to you regarding concerns. CC the principal in emails if you want a response - don't bother to call and leave a message because it won't be returned. 90% of the teachers are great, 10% of the teachers seem to have "checked out" eons ago. The good teachers aren't paid enough. The school pushes the baccalaureate program and most of the students who participate feel it's a waste of time. The freshman/sophomore mandatory 20 hours/year of volunteer hours (associated with the baccalaureate program) aren't "really" mandatory when you push the principal on it. If your student isn't going to complete the baccalaureate program, don't bother (there is a ridiculous lack of communication on that issue, FYI). The student body seems decent enough and we've never had problems with bullying.
Former student. School is corrupt. During my tenure (08-10), I graduated early since I didn't want to waste my time at a glorified daycare at which there were at least a dozen 'vice principals' who would spend their days chasing around the kids who wanted to skip school by hiding under the upper class men's cars in the parking lot. Public school systems that pay their principals north of 100k per year (August - may) and leave their classrooms and teachers without sufficient resources is sickening
MHS has been a wonderful school for my two children. The IB magnet status has simply made it even better. Ms. King and the staff are outstanding and on top of any issues. The PTSA is the best I've seen and do an excellent job with fundraising and supporting the teaching staff. The staff, PTSA, and many parent volunteers are supportive of all students through clubs, sports, tutoring, mentor program, etc. MHS is a very caring and encouraging environment to help every child succeed.