My child was greatly encouraged at parkland and really enjoys the atmosphere.
My son has been encouraged to do his best. His teachers have worked hard and cared enough to help him bring out his best work ever. They have a plan for the children. The school has a a lot to offer in the way of college prep or employment prep. As long as your child is willing to learn and participates things will work out fine. My son entered in the 10th grade. He found a lot of assistance from his counselor.
My children went from a school of 400 to parkland, a school of 4000. They were lost in the system, and nobody seemed to care. My daughter couldn't find the lunch room for the first week! The academic standards seem to be lower than that of the other school. There are vastly more opportunities and classes offered, but I don't know how that will benefit them if they are pretty much passed on whatever they do. My children are presenting sub-standard work, work that would not have been accepted at the other school, and it is getting an A. perhaps that is how they rate high? I think they never should have combined into this huge mini mall of a school, it is just too big and daunting. Add to that that my son has had numerous items stolen, and despite the on site police officer, nothing gets resolved. not impressed.
Over the past 7 years, my children have grown tremendously through quality teaching and nurturing in Parkland. The music department is, bar none, the finest I have ever seen. The kids are started out on a path of excellence from day 1, and by the time they hit high school, you can expect to be bowled over at any concert you attend. This continuity is evident academically and athletically as well. We are truly blessed to have had this opportunity for our kids. My only concern is safety...no parent wants to see their child pass through metal detctors each morning, but, in this day and age? I wish our senior high had some....are we over-confident or do we have blinders on?
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