There was a time when I took the bus home and a number of students were being rude to the busdriver. The principal(of a 2000+ student population) brought us into the cafeteria and had a 1:1 discussion about our behavior. I have numerous recollections of teachers, especially within certain programs, who uphold a high standard of character for their students.
Overall a good school with lots of programs and activities. The IB program is especially nice for those looking to attend programs recognized internationally. With a school so large there are bound to be disparities between the good and the bad but overall this is a great school with excellent opportunities if you keep your priorities in line.
I went to this school from '04-'06 and the teachers were competent and effective--some better than others. The higher level classes are equipped with teachers who seemed a little more engaging and inventive in their methods, while others definitely did not.
Two of my children attend the IB program here. Its the only school that offers IB. Students can attend this school for all four years if they are in IB. I had reservations about the school initially, but have come to learn not to rely on unfounded rumors. There have been 0 incidents since my kids have attended. Students in regular Plano East are just as nice as students in IB. Unlike some of the other reviews in the past, I have found the principal to be sincere and has been quick to resolve any concerns or questions I have had. My kids are very happy with the social aspects and diversity of culture. The IB program is tough, but the overall advantages outweigh the additional time in homework and projects. The campus is like a mini-college. Its huge, but kids get used to it quickly. They are expanding to include advanced medical buildings. The future is very bright for Plano East. Many IB students get fully paid scholarships. Kids drive from the West Plano to attend this school and have admitted their experience at IB is totally better than their experience at Plano West schools.
Plano East is a Great senior high school. The campus has a layout as a college campus has, preparing you for when you graduate and go to college. Excellent Teachers and Programs for all students, Has a good mix of races which is a good environment for students to be in. Also has an IB Program which not all schools have, I highly recommend this school.
I AM A STUDENT GRAD CLASS OF "10" if it wasent for the teachers that Ihad Iwould have given up on ever trying my best in hs. Everybody talks down on plano east hs, but for me Ifelt like Ididnt have to be something Iwasent. I felt like I belong somewere for the first time in a plano school. So the people that talk down on plano east hs maybe you are looking for the wrong things in a hs. Maybe you should be looking at the hearts of the kids instead of the major apperence
I had really high hopes for this school for my child, but it really didn't meet his needs. The teachers, on the whole, are substandard compared to others with whom I have worked (Garland ISD). As one parent wrote, there are teachers here who feel they are beyond reproach and outright defame their students. Tutorial help is a joke - it's like a classroom of students who don't understand a thing. I moved my child out.
I am a former student (class of '08) I moved to Plano my sophomore year and my peers were rather welcoming, diverse, and accepting. They treated the students as very capable adults. Formerly a Mesquite ISD student, I wore standardized dress, didn't have off campus lunch and had less than 30 minutes for lunch. The education is also superior to that of Mesquite's--no doubt. I'm glad I moved here, I just wish I would have done so sooner.