I have a male, junior, average student. He was placed in advanced classes for math & science for two years & struggled both years. Until I requested he be placed in regular classes noting was discussed with regards to his placement. The teachers & counselor kept him in the classes with Cs & Ds. The counselors here do the bare minimum for average kids. There is no parental contact unless I initiated it. He is ignored unless I demand a meeting to address the issues. The school overall has highly intelligent kids due to the affluent area, intelligent genes, so does well on test scores. My son has very little homework every year. He had more in middle school. I fear he will be very unprepared for college. I have hired a tutor to assist.
While I was in the program I definitely thought there was too much homework and reading on a daily basis. However, now after experiencing undergrad and grad school programs I feel that Council Rock could have even used a little more homework.
Students that have went through the Council Rock program generally have respect for their peers. This includes students in other grade levels and even across individual schools. In my experience students also had a deep respect for their teachers and for people in positions of authority within the district. This was especially evident with teachers that participated in the sports programs.
Teachers have very good credentials and are well aware of demands impacting students. Subject matter was generally taught in a lecture format but active participation was encouraged and factored into course grading system. This increased the amount of knowledge retained as students were required to pay more attention on a daily basis. Teachers were always available after class or the school day to review topics covered and assist where necessary. Math teachers were particularly helpful in ensuring subject matter understood and retained.
I am a former student of Council Rock school district and was very pleased with the experience. Preparation for college was extraordinary and the teachers were able to relate the subject material to practical real world situations. Social pressures are present but no more than any other competitive high school.
Sports programs are time consuming however reinforce sound values, particularly the soccer and wrestling programs. Before and after school training sessions provided team bonding experiences and long lasting friendships.
Disciplinary action responses to unnacceptable behavior were generally appropriate and effective. Examples were definitely made at times but this was necessary to portray the right message to students.
Sure there were difficult moments however core values learned in the Council Rock program facilitated higher learning programs and ultimately a successful career path.
I honestly hate going to this school every day. It's such a shame because Council Rock has such a good academic reputation, but it is completely wasted because of the social atmosphere. Some of the teachers are really great, but the reputation is mostly because there are a lot of smart kids. I agree with another post; the students that go here are possibly the lowest-quality people I have ever met. Don't let the 'good academics' fool you into sending your child here, it's not worth being miserable.
I am the parent of two daughters who have both graduated from Council Rock North High School. Overall this high school has provided a quality education with a comprehensive curriculum, first rate teachers and a host of extracurricular activities, clubs, sports and opportunities so that the students can receive a complete and thorough educational experience. I am also very impressed, in this modern day of peer pressure and negative outside influences, with the steps and measures that the school employs to highten awareness of the dangers and consequences of drinking and driving, drugs, sexual relations, etc. Most important is the proactive stance that the school and administration takes with regards to other matters as well such as teenage suicide, a growing concern and problem across the country that Council Rock has met head on and provided counciling and continued and repeated education on. The school should be applauded in this regard. One area of potential concern is with regards to the math curriculum at the school. Despite being overall good students both of my children struggled mightily with math across all years of their high school experience. Thank you.
Let's see...a large number of students initiate a huge food fight. Instead of dealing with it proactively, Council Rock, again, deals with it by having a 'police presence', then later, of course, overreacts and actually has some kids arrested? But alas, the usual 'my child does no wrong' parent strolls in and threatens to sue? And this is a well-disciplined school? How about calling the parents and telling them their kids WILL be responsible for cleaning the mess up after school? This type of behavior happens constantly. What do the well-behaved kids gain from this? Not a school district I want my kids to be in again...ever.