Definately depends on what color you are at this school. Diversity is getting more and more lopsided as more and more students are bussed in. It's not a divirce community school any more. Media stories have helped bring out the bias in everyone.
My kids just started at Scott this year. We've lived in the neighborhood for years & all we heard was how "terrible" it was, but no one could tell me why. Scott is no worse than any of the other PPS schools. Yes, it has a HIGH hispanic population(oooh scary!). Yes, it has a high number of kids on free/reduced lunch. So do other PPS schoosl. That doesn't necessarily mean the teachers are bad. Lets be honest- people don't want to admit that they look down on their kids going to school with hispanics . But , when you compare stats, there are other schools in the district that are the same.YEs,all pps schools should be doing better. but don't label Scott a terrible school "just because", without investigating. My kids love it. The teachers have been great, too. And I am from the school of thought that what you put into a school is what you get out--- all the PPS schools are lacking, so daily, I sit down with my kids to go over their homework and make sure they are keeping up. I feel bad when I go to school functions and don't see a true representation of the neighborhood. I would encourage the neighborhood parents not to just listen to hearsay and check it out for themselves.
Local school, good education, committed teachers and diverse population.
This school has gone downhill. The middle school is way out of control and the principal allows it. Students, including my daughter, are afraid to go to some of the classes. Just a month ago one middle school boy beat up another one in class sending him to the hospital via ambulance. Many of the teachers are upset over the discipline and have taken it to the union. We have lost good teachers to early retirement based on the administration. We have a bad reputation with substitute teachers. Library books are so old that they are falling apart or are ripped up. We have been at this school for 12 years and are sad to see how much it has gone down hill.
My son started kindergarten at Harvey Scott this fall and my husband and I have been extremely happy with the school. Before attending the kindergarten round up and actually attending the school, I had heard many negative comments about our neighborhood school. I m really starting to believe that they were all tall tales that had been past on by people who never stepped foot into the school. The teachers are wonderful and Deanne Froehlich the principle is amazing. The best part is the diversity of the class rooms. I want my son to get a real picture of how the world is and not a class room where every kid looks just like him. Harvey Scott is a great school and I hope more of the neighborhood families will give it a chance.
The bright spirit of these students mixed with their potential to excel deserves more recognition. I volunteered here and found an amazing community of support that was simply lacking funding to go as far as they dream.
They have quite a few programs like TAG and raising a reader and a lot of parents are involved in the other activities as well. I do think they need to have PE everyday like thy did when I was in school.And they need more sports in general.But the teachers are great, and the principal is right on top of things.
We have been at Scott for 7 years. It is going downhill. We are now K-7 and will add 8th grade in 2008. I have been heavily involved at school and am unhappy with how the principal runs the school. Bullying is not taken care of on the playground. Heaven help you if you have a child with an IEP for learning disabilities. I used to have better to say but the last 2-3 years I have seen the school go downhill.
The faculty at this school are very involved with their students. They genuinely seem to care about each student and it shows. I have children with dissabilities and have had sad experiences in other schools, but not at Scott school my kids have had the best teachers attending to their life needs as well as their academic needs and I have seen improvements in my children I never would have believed even just a year ago. I would recomend this school to any parent who wants a quality education for their child, and for any parent who wants to feel like their child is being cared for when they cant be with them.
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