As a current student about to graduate, the good qualties are the honors and AP classes, however the cp classes have been terrible. There is a major lack of control and dont l learn anything over the course of the year. The faculty has both amazing teachers and horrible teachers. I've had to go back to my 9th and 10th grade teacher when current teachers are not helpful. My guidance counselor however has been amazing and very supportive 10-12th grade. The last thing is the school has way too many students and not enough control.
I had 3 sons go through this school and although all graduated the fighting, bullying, lack of motivated teachers (a few i doubt were no more than full time subs), and overcrowding was a nightmare. School bus beatdowns happened frequently also which I witnessed personally while driving behind a school bus. The school is just too plain small for a student body of over 3,000 students and they have GOT TO HIRE MORE QUALIFIED GUIDANCE COUNSELORS!! There just are not enough for the amount of student per ratio. THE TOWN KEEPS ALLOWING MORE & MORE SUBDIVISIONS TO BE BUILT WITH ZERO THOUGHT AS TO WHERE THESE KIDS ARE GOING TO BE SCHOOLED!! Its gone BEYOND RIDICULOUS!! AGAIN!! BUILD MORE HIGH SCHOOLS!! ASHLEY RIDGE WAS NO MORE THAN A BAND AID!! That school is minuscule to SHS!!! Do SOMETHING WITH ALL THE TAX MONEY THOSE NEW HOUSES ARE BRINGING IN AND BUILD MORE HIGH SCHOOLS!! WHERE IS ALL THE TAX MONEY GOING IN THIS TOWN??!!
Summerville high school is a joke! While some can its great, I've seen otherwise! Between 2-4 fights on a regular basis with some starting as early as breakfast! Kids disrespecting staff, staff kissing up to students whose parents have money, students being subjected to endless racial slurs and taunts, bullying and not so kind administators to both parents and students! I heard how great this school is, but I got a first hand account that everything that glitters is not gold!
This schools administration does not care about the teachers, much less the students. The assistant principal Lynne' Reeves Assistant Principal, Master Scheduler punishes the teachers for wanting to be more influential to the kids. She personally makes sure the classroom is a non learning environment. What a disgrace. She just wants to push non educated students out because they are "insignificant". Horrible.
This school is far too large to be effective in teaching our children. At 3100+ enrolled students the school becomes a small city when in session. There are multiple full time police officers assigned to the school. Due to it's location the school often goes on lockdown when violent crime is reported in the adjacent neighborhood. I do have to say, however, that the new principal seems to be very effective and has a great background. Our son really enjoyed his time there and had many great friends. Academically the schools offerings are diverse and challenging. DD2 needs to keep up with it's booming population and build another high school.
I received an excellent education at Summerville High. The Honors and AP courses I took were challenging, and I learned a great deal. I scored well on the SAT and ACT and graduated from with honors from Furman University. My teachers at SHS genuinely cared about their students' well-being and success. I remember fondly my time at Summerville and know each student can receive a high-quality education there if they put forth their best effort.
My son excelled at SHS. Their math, science, and counseling staff include military veterans who, along with JROTC, are helping my son make successful applications for the Naval and Air Force Academies. My daughter had a very negative experience her freshman year. Teachers assigned to freshman academy acted more like college buddies than professionals, then struggled to contain personal feelings when they later tried to regain authority. Overall, student population is too large for the facility. Ashley Ridge should be considered when buying. The new principal (2011) is outstanding, renewing professionalism in staff dress code, staff conduct, and student leadership.
The academics at SHS if mobilized would be substantial. Our children would have purpose,vision,responsibility,opportunity and be successful members of our communities or other places they live. Our elementary schools put so much time ,energy,compassion,devotion,love and an awesome foundation of education into our children.The communicaton between parent and teacher gets lost in middle school. At SHS you have to make sure your chidren are taking the proper courses for thier desired education goals.SHS does have many chidren left by the wayside.As parents its our responsibility to instill love,morals values,beliefs,responsibiliyt, accountability,experience and goals in thier lives.Hopefully no more students with high academic achievements and community involvement won't be left behind. I feel The PTA should not worry so much about fundrasing, and more about communication from teacher to parent. and to help diminish SHS high drop out rate.
The school itself was an awesome experience for myself. The school is huge but its not big enough for the overpopulation of students attending. Coming from someone who has moved around their entire life i feel like Summerville High offered the most opportunities for young adults. The cons are that with it being so BIG and with 3500 + students there is not enough supervision. I had never gotten into any trouble in my life until i graduated to a freshman and summerville high made it so easy to mess up. But overall i loved the school.!
I loved going to Summerville. I can't say that I agree with all the things that the school does, but I had a lot of fun and enjoyed being a part of the green wave community.
Summerville High School is the largest school in the state and has great kids and great teachers!!
I am a former student and graduate of SHS and the four years I spent there were great. The teachers are very helpful and concerned with their students.
First of all, Summerville High School has an extremely large student body. Many of the teachers are either not interested or overwhelmed or just bad teachers in general. I am an honor student who always had at least a 95 average in English, but when I moved, I began classes at Summerville, my grades slipped to barely passing. It was nothing on my part, the teacher was lazy and simply didn't teach. There are some really great teachers who put their all into what they do, but most (esspecially with cp classes) don't help their students to excell. The guidence counselors are impossible to get intouch with! As a senior, I think that was one of my biggest disadvantages here. The school tends to obsess over little things such as IDs and dress code violations, which in the end results in the lack of intimacy in the classroom.
this school has way more advantages than others and has a willing of doing good to the students that go to this school!! great job and keep it up
Summerville High has been a great high school for my three children. One graduated and is now in college. I also have a sophomore and senior attending the school. Yes, it is over crowded, but it is the size of a small college campus. I feel it will help prepare my children for the college experience. Parents need to be involved with their children. Supporting, following-up and most of all communicating with the teachers. This goes for ANY high school. Like most things in life, you get out of it what you put into it. I am pleased with the education my children have received in Dorchester District Two, thus far. They are not perfect, but do a great job, overall. With the increasing amount of discipline problems with children now days, and lack of action a teachers is able to take....I don't know how they do it.
I love Summerville High School. I attended Summerville for 2 1/2 years, and loved every minute of it. I would recommend it to anybody who enjoys not only the academic part of school, but the social aspect as well. Most of the teachers are fun and well qualified in the Honors or AP programs, but CP is rather hit or miss. If your child is well disciplined and understands what it takes to perform well in school, I recommend Summerville High. If they need a teacher all over them all the time about keeping up with school work, I recommend Pinewood.
Overall it is a good school. Over crowding is a major problem (3500+ students) and with continued influx of folks to Dorchester II it will continue that way for sometime. The kids and the parents are the ones who are responsible for making sure a good education is received. If there are problems with teachers not being quailfied then they should be reported.
Summerville is a great school. opportunities are endless and the environment is terrific. It is basically based around athletics, but you don't have to be an amazing athlete to be someone. Alsowhoever says you have to have lived here your entire life to be known is wrong. I run on the track team and all the coaches know my name. I moved here a year ago. everyone has a possitive attitude and anyone who goes there should love it.
This is one of the worst schools ever. I have attended Summerville High School for 2 years now and I am very unsatisified with many aspects of the school. First of which being the overpopulation. there are around 3,500 kids that attend Summerville High School. Secondly, many teachers are extremely slack and unqualified in the teaching field. Thisrdly the school is filled with many kids who dont care and are just waiting to be hold enough so that they can drop out.
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