It is pathetic. PNG- High School has gone completely downhill for several years now. Friday Night Lights East Texas vs. a backwards and weak academic program. Not a great selection of courses if you want your child to major in STEM or Engineering. It's ALL about Athletics. Notice the lack of variety of foreign languages here and the anemic Science courses..seriously... Freshman take a Mickey Mouse Intro course known laughingly as IPC...(other schools offer Biology/Chemistry as an intro their Freshman yr.)
A lot of former teachers have retired. Sad to have had a disappointing experience with several teachers , including one who was fired mid-semester. Now it's all football and building a new sports arena...What about the Fine Arts/Theater program and Academics? We left and have no regrets. Do not move here.
As a current student of this school and PN-G band member, I couldn't be happier with it. This school's staff goes to great lengths to ensure that each student is accomadated to the best of their abilities with their resources. The school focuses on a continuing "tradition of excellence" and maintains incredibly high standards for its students. Community support is unmatched by any other school anywhere. Although some believe that funding is unevenly distributed, when compared with other districts, PN-GISD actually funds its programs more evenly than other districts (one neighboring district, Nederland, actually spends twice as much on athletics as PN-G, and actually sees less success in general). Academics is unmatched in the area, and the PN-G academic team has taken the last eleven consecutive academic district championships. The current principal has taken great strides to promote discipline in the school, and the school's TAKS ratings have shown an upward trend for the last five years. Extra-curricular participation is greatly encouraged, and PN-G programs boast more participation and generally more success than most schools could hope for. PN-G also has an excellent faculty.
I am a former student of this school. Unfortunately, this school does not deserve any of the higher rankings it receives. This school focuses on two or three main groups (football, cheerleaders, other athletes) and largely ignores everyone else. It funnels funding to these rather unimportant areas, leaving other, more critical ones(school upkeep, textbooks, actual academic things) to suffer. The teaching staff, however, is excellent. It has one of the best English departments in the state, and it's computer systems are taken care of by student and teacher team that can't be beaten.
If you are not from the area it is very hard for your child to fit in, even if they begin at Kindergarten. Very closed minded, clickish community who are not very receptive to others who are originally not from the general area. My student is doing ok, but my husband and I look forward to the day that he will be transfered somewhere else.