I am a community member with a long history in community music. With regard to the reviews which touch on music programs, I have to point out that competitions do NOT provide a measure of a music program. The measures of a truly great program are 1) how much the activities encourage and foster lifelong musical interest, knowledge and community contributions; 2) how much music activities contribute to character and community values rather than bleeding a community of its talent and finances; and 3) how well the music programs support and enhance academic and athletic programs. When people read the words posted here, ask yourself - was it truly someone in the community that wrote this? Or is it someone hoping to elevate outside unaccountable interests? Nothing helps kids more than solid, consistent character.
Carter High has the most competent and caring teachers you can find. There just aren't many advanced classes. Also, arts are an issue. You can't have a winning band with 2 directors and 200 kids. Knox Co. should give more support. If they did, Carter High would be a shining star for Knox County!
My second child is now attending Carter High School. Challenging academic courses are limited although the teachers are caring. The much-hyped band is a disappointment. We attend band events. While fun to watch, they haven't won a competition in the 4 years we've been here. Expensive trips to places like Walt Disney World promise round-the-clock fundraising - which stresses students' famililes. Chronically short on necessities and poor staff skills yeild hours of hair pulling frustration. Of the 150 or so students fewer than 10% even try for district competitions. If you want caring, compassionate teachers who can excite your student about learning this is the place - unless your child wants a serious career as a music teacher or musician. In which case, you need to look elsewhere.
My daughter is a freshman at Carter and I am very pleased with the enthusiasm and professionalism that the teachers and Mrs. Hickman have shown. The Band program is awesome, we have had a wonderful time going to the football games and competitions to watch them perform. The band's booster club is a very hard working bunch of people, and keep a severely under funded program, one of the best, if not the best around going! I feel very fortunate to be able to send my child to CHS.
Carter High School is a great school. I must say I was shocked about one of the parents reviews because i should know how the school is, I attend. Yes we've had fights yes we've had racial arguments but they've been handled since then. Cater isn't all about sports or smarts is about helping students with what they need help with putting them first. That why I like it.