I am currently a senior at Walnut with several younger siblings attending and we all love it. It is a big transition from elementary school because 7th graders are treated a lot like the high schoolers. Students have a lot of freedom but it is really not abused. Going here gives students a huge advantage, I do more work than most other kids in the city, including private school students, and have greatly enjoyed my time here. Walnut is the best school in the area and anyone who says otherwise is probably trolling. Great diversity and great preparation for life. The "Honors advantage" has been lowered by offering AA courses correlating to the honors classes with equal weighting to non-Honors students. Amazing school with amazing opportunities.
i miss walnut. this school ranks in the top 100 for academics in public schools across all of america. my kids will hopefully experience walnut and enjoy it as i did. and for those that are negative........i had a friend go to harvard and one is working at the white house after graduating from this great school
I have 2 children at Walnut Hills High School (1 in jr. high, 1 in high school; the school is 7th-12th grade) & I'm very pleased with the school overall. The curriculum is 2nd to none. It's a classical curriculum, with Latin required for at least 3 years. The school offers an abundance of advanced placement classes, which can save parents money in college tuition later. The principal, Jeff Brokamp, is truly a gem; he has a genuine concern for the students and truly wants the best for the students and their development in the classroom and as people. Another great thing about the school, is that every teacher is required to offer a "help night" (before school, after school, or during lunch) in which any student needing or wanting additional help can meet with the teacher for help. This is important because the school's regular curriculum is already advanced, and with the addition of Honors classes, the pace can be a little overwhelming. I would like to see increased and better communication from the school overall. It's a phenomenal school overall --usually ranked about 65 out of 18,000 public schools nationwide and ranked #1 in Ohio.
I graduated from Walnut. The school prepares students very well, in addition to giving them a great amount of "street smarts" which make the transition into college much easier. Walnut has a stellar reputation with colleges throughout the country (the top kids go to Ivy League caliber schools), students with ambitions for these colleges should look no further. However, Walnut is a very systematic school and its plentiful resources are not evenly allocated. If you have a child with academic ambition it is VITAL to get him/her into the Honors Program. As an Honors student, you get the best teachers and priority placement into the school's numerous AP courses. It also gives your all-important GPA a boost that leaves the other 300 students in the dust. It isn't fair, but it's life. The Honors Program is heavily skewed toward white affluent students, which is a little eerie considering how diverse the school actually is. There is some racial tension and self imposed segregation at the school. I transferred into Walnut from a private school and chose it over many other good schools in the area, including my district high school (my parents paid tuition). It was worth every penny.
Having graduated three children in two years from Walnut and having been involved as any parent in athletic, academic, social, and fundraising efforts at Walnut Hills the last 6 years, I can say - without hesitation - that the previous posts claiming a drug problem at Walnut Hills are most-likely by anonymous internet posters looking to lower the perception of this phenomenal school for whatever petty reasons they may have. You cannot get a better education anywhere, at any price. You may be able to get as good, but you it will cost you several tens of thousands of dollars over 4 years, not to mention the six years that Walnut offers. No public school within several hundred miles will give you as good an education, not to mention better. As excellent as WHHS has been for decades, it has only been improving by leaps and bounds due to the incomparable leadership of its current principal. Every parent within the greater-Cincinnati area should consider Walnut Hills High School, first, as it offers the best education that they will be able to obtain for their children. With CPS' Open Enrollment, there is no excuse for a parent to not attempt to send their child to Walnut Hills.
My son went to Walnut Hills and while drugs are everywhere and at every school it seems , my son made good choices and now still enjoy great success in life!! Walnut Hills really prepared him to be a World Leader!!
I don't care how good the school is. If they can't get the drug problem under control, people need to think twice before they send their children there.
Walunt Hills High School is a great school. I graduated from Walnut Hills. They give you alot of freedom,space and choices on what YOU want to do. This school has very great acedemics,very great teachers and staff and,a high expectations of their students. Also they give you the chioce to take AP courses, which will help ALOT on your road to whatever college. The only thing I don't like about this school is some of the people. some of the people at this school is what might set this schools standards a little bit lower. There is about 5-6 thousand people walking at the same time in all different directions,65% of them are 7th and 8th graders. i have witnessed alot of bulliying at this school, because its soo big and people will not always get along but all in all its is a great school
This school is great! You have to be motivated to do all the work there, or else you will not succeed. As long as a student is motivated, the teachers will be more than willing to help. There are a ton of tutoring programs, and as long as you are willing to try, you will most likely love the school. A lot of the time, I don't even feel challenged. Once I talk to my friends who go to other schools, however, I realize that I AM, in fact, being very challenged, and I am actually taking classes that are one or two years ahead of my grade. I think that as long as a student is willing to work hard, and as long as the student WANTS to go to the school, they will do fine!
My daughter entered Walnut in 9th grade, after having been in a private school all of her previous years of education. I have been thrilled with Walnut. My daughter was used to a heavy workload before Walnut, so she wasn't thrown off by the amount of homework her courses entailed, but I know it was a big adjustment for many students. My daughter typically spends 4 to 5 hours per night on homework, but she is taking 4 AP classes (out of a total of 6 classes) in this, her junior year. She has had phenomenal teachers in so many classes, but particularly in her AP classes. The students in those classes are also exceptional, and very dedicated to making the most of their H.S. years. My daughter loves the diversity at Walnut, and appreciates that there's a niche of friends for everyone there. Mr. Brokamp, the principal, is amazing; he is the most dedicated administrator I've ever known. I think I have a unique perspective on the ability of this school to educate well. I am an ACT/SAT tutor, and I work with students from almost every public and private school in Cincinnati. The students I've tutored from Walnut are on par with the very best students from other area high schools.
My child has attended a suburban school but not a private school and Walnut seems to be a better fit. The suburban school were well organized but you were given many breaks or lets say they were spoon fed. When my child got to Walnut...he didn't get into Honors but the classes he were in were very fast paced from where he came from. I can afford to send my child to a private school but I know for a fact that Walnut will push him because if he doesnt excel in teh classroom, he will get that yellow slip in the mail. At a private school, they will help your child with a tutor or so but you may have to add to your tuition and at Walnut...only the strong survive!
I have had one child graduate from Walnut Hills and one currently still enrolled and it has been an wonderful experience for my kids. The school's greatest strength is the diversity in the school. There are students of every race, religion, economic status, social class and sexual persuasion all learning together - and it works beautifully. There is a dedicated teaching staff that provides top notch instruction. My only concern is the direction the school is headed. The school ten years ago was more diverse in thought with the school being equally committed to the three A's - Academics, Athletics & Arts. The balance has shifted to the emphasis being Athletics. Walnut Hills was a haven for creative, bright and "outside of the box" thinkers. Those kids today are being made to feel like they have no reason to exist while athletes are celebrated as the highest level of student accomplishment..
Similar to suburban schools, but it has more AP courses. Best suited for students who are very bright without learning issues. Most teachers are pretty good but a surprising number who are quite bad. Very disorganized as far as anything clerical - lost paperwork common. Guidance department surprisingly poor - my daughter couldn't get appointments and I had to call multiple times to get them to just send her transcripts to her college. On the plus side, when the teacher is good the learning is excellent.
it is racially and religiously mixed and has a great national academic standard
If you can't afford the suburbs or private school, this school is as close as you will get to those. If you can, this school is here to try to convince you not to utilize those resources. Contrary to what I thought when I first started going there, which is that this is a school for kids who are smart, it seems that it is in actuality a school to keep white people in the city. You only need a 70% to pass the entrance exam, so you don't have to be smart to get in. And you also don't have to be that smart to pass most of the non-advanced classes. So it seems to be more about having a reputation as far as the school is concerned. The day-to-day reality is a big letdown.
My son was not challenged in school, but I didn't know this until he entered Walnut in 7th grade last year. He was given a high school workload and learned quickly that there are no breaks. There are no extra points for class participation, most teachers give a '0' for late work, etc. He was sweating it out, hoping to pass some classes, even though he was an A student in his previous private school! I learned a lot just helping him with his homework. He did have a tutor for year for Latin since I couldn t help him much. I was worried that it would be too much for him, but he was adamant about returning this year. It is a great and challenging experience for both him and my 9th grader.
I am a student at Walnut Hills currently, and I absolutely think it's a tremendous high school socially and educationally. I'm am a 7th grader there (2015) and yes, it can be hard but it gets easier throughout the year. I love Walnut Hills High School and I hope to stay here until senior year.
Be advised that it is very easy to fall through the cracks at Walnut. And yes, I did take AP's and honor classes. Often the kids there are so intelligent that they can basically teach themselves. Unfortunately this is not the case for all of us. I found myself really struggling in math in science without much help. The teachers could give assignments but they couldn't teach. To my own amazement when I went to college I actually did well in my math classes, because I had teachers who knew how to teach. Now I'm a graduate student at American University with a 3.9. gpa. Walnut is very competitive and favors the rich and well connected. On the plus side there is no 'in' or 'out' crowd. I was well exposed at Walnut if nothing else. It was also the only good option for a Cincinnati Public HS.
Walnut Hills gives the best preparation for college and is a public school. It is diverse and I am a proud alum.
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