As a former student of PCN, and now parent of 2 High School aged children, I was shocked an appalled earlier this year to see the overall decline of this once great school. As a once proud alumni, I was completely caught off guard by the current student environment, that now closely resembles one that would typically only be found in an "inner city" school. Has this area of NW OKC, really declined in such a rapid time frame? Test Scores, and Graduation rates are all so important, so that's great that 67 of the 1,800 students are "scholars," however..8,10, and even 20 years ago...the ratio of scholar students vs. overall students was actually much higher. (There has been a steady decline.) I will always love PC North, and have much pride, but it is not an environment that is suitable for my children. This once great school, is now taking a turn in a direction that parallels the once great John Marshall high School. Its only a matter of time. And its sad.
My daughter graduated from PCN. She took advantage of advanced classes, the orchestra program, Key Club, and HOSA. She participated in LDI, the leadership retreat. This school offers so many classes, clubs, and opportunities for kids to grow that other schools can only wish to offer. The kids raise money to feed the hungry and provide Christmas gifts to those in need, do cancer research, and grant wishes of terminally ill kids.The support of the administration, teachers, and counselors has been great. They even have a college and career office. The administration does have to deal with students who make bad choices, but I've seen them do it with great care. My daughter didn't make the bad choices that 1-3% do, but if she had, I wouldn't blame those choices on the school. I suppose it's easier to blame a school who tries to help all kids than to look into what is happening within the home of the kids making the choices. This is a great school that still meets the needs of students and families. Bravo North!!!
You get out what you put in. Our family is new to PCN this year. We chose to apply for intra-district transfer into PCN. My philosophy has always been "be the change you want to see". I'm not a "helicopter parent", however, I am involved in PTSA and I'm there to advocate for all PCN students. PCN offers a ton of opportunities for students (and parents for that matter). College prep (you can get up to 2 years of college work completed,* tuition free * through concurrent enrollment), work force ready curriculum, and leadership skills are a priority. Every club, student council, and even PTSA has opportunities for leadership development. Also, communication and access to teachers and administrators (for students and for parents) is exceptional. EVERYONE makes an effort to be available for tutoring and advocacy. When you ask, you get the help and guidance you need to be successful. If you don't ask, you don't get.
This school is the worst one my kids have ever been in. My daughter lost her virginity in the school bathroom and when i took it to her principle he informed me that it was not the first time it has happened at his school. Needless to say my daughter will not return to this school.
This school is just terrible. The teachers don't care about the students education and will pass you just so they can have a good passing rate and say "none of my students have failed!" They don't care. The counselors aren't useful, they don't help the students at all and there is a serious gang issue at the school. They really were doing well but they've just lost my respect. I've been forced to withdraw my student from the Putnam City North and move her to a different school and it's a shame.
Students at Putnam City North have the opportunity to get an excellent education - selecting from 18 AP and numerous PreAP courses taught by excellent teachers with special College Board training to provide the student the opportunity to earn college credit within the safety net of the high school. Students have graduated from PCN with as many as two full years (60 college credits) from the AP program! Francis Tuttle offers its Biomedical and Engineering (also AP credit) programs as well as numerous other certificated programs. The State pays the tuition for students wishing to take Concurrent Enrollment during their junior and senior year. It needs to be said that the choice still lies with the parent and child. If they do not choose to take the most rigorous coursework offered, their learning will not measure up to that of the student's who did. Social and community involvement opportunities also abound at PC North. PNC is a treasure trove, and what the individual gets out of it depends on what they want! For those willing to challenge themselves and join in, PC North is nothing short of excellent! I am just grateful we live in this school's boundaries!
The budget cuts have really made a difference, the once, high standards of learning are now, anything goes. Each year they cut back on something. This year, it's the education. This school HAD the potinetal to be and do something great for generations.
I am a senior at putnam city north high school and i really enjoy this schools activities and spirit! Even if it feels like it is immposible to accomplish it, the teachers help in all way possible to make u succed! i am glad to say in the future that i graduated from Putnam City North High School!
I am a junior at north, and ive never so much school spirit, pride, and dedication. I really enjoy the challenges in the classrooms, and will miss north after i graduate. This school is a great place to get a higher level of education and, and fully prep yourself for college. There is no reason or exscuse to fail at north and blaim it on the school or teachers, because everyone has a full oppurtunity. I am a proud panther of north and cant wait to have kids in my later future to send them to north!
I am a senior at this school. It's overall a pretty decent school. Most math teachers are pretty good. I had little luck in finding a challenging English teacher. I lucked out senior year but that's a bit too late. I am doing full time concurrent enrollment sense most electives are blow off classes and I have all my requirements to graduate, and I am struggling. They seem to focus more time into athletics than to the whole educational part...but that's just what I perceive. The discipline here isn't all that great though.