I totally understand that the teachers are under paid and I always insist that my children behave and do their best. However, it goes both ways. After years of observing situations many teachers use little effort and teach less. Some of the teachers are very bitter thinking they are under paid and over worked and take it out on the students by assigning lots of homework or giving harder tests. The students go to school with fear of what the teacher s mood will be that day; some students give in, some fight back.It keeps the cycle going and creates a very unhealthy environment.If some of the teachers and students act with class (mutual respect, reasonable toward students) , the school surely be a better learning environment. Some of the teachers give unreasonable homework assignments and give above university level exams with less time, then smiles at the stressful students. Some students were discussing it during lunch and most of them are confused as to why teachers get joy out of it. Some of the AP teachers discuss openly in the hallway that there happy to see the students switch to regular classes so they grade fewer papers.
I have to also say that my daughter repeated biology at the school and mentioned it to a peer. The peer told her that she cheated and passed biology. This isn't the first instance my daughter has told me about the cheating there. It is rampant. There is so much pressure on the kids with two - three tests each week, and two - three quizzes each week that is becomes a race for grades, attendance and passing. Ask your child about the cheating. Some teachers monitor, some could care less and some target. Just have your child study, maintain attendance and be the best he or she can be. FBISD HS are all pretty bad with discipline problems, cliques and teacher turn-over because the schools are getting over-populated with the growth in the area. Clements is worth the trouble. There are good people there and good administrators that do care. Just maintain contact with them. Remember, Clements is already over its student population because everyone wants to attend. I'm glad the school keeps up with attendance so that my daughter knows she needs to attend everyday.
My Clements is a Rushing House. It's true that Clements gives kids too much homework and many teachers are poor at teaching. For example, the Orchestra teacher came from Band background and lacks the skills to teach Orchestra. She is mostly cranking and yelled at the whole class almost every class. That caused many students to quit taking Orchestra. The clements is a big school, and classrooms are far apart, there are NOT enough bathroom facilities, it is extremely difficult for girls to go to bathroom even just 2 times a day. To make it worse, the school even closed down some bathrooms near the entrance/exit to prevent kids from sneaking out the school. The 10-10 rules are even worse, the kids need to hold back longer if they can't get to the bathroom during the 5 minutes break time. How do you expect kids to learn well when they are dying to go to the bathroom and can not go.??? The school is supposed to teach kids good habits, but instead, is teaching kids that basic human needs (the Number One and Number Two) should be ignored. The school's lunch lines are always long and with students cutting line, and you don't have much time to eat when you manage to buy your food.
Amazing school I spent my last four years there. And I wasn't the best or anythin its just i tried and studied hard and I graduated with a 5.1 gpa. It prepares you well for college. I still had enough time to socialize along with three extracuricular activities. It definitely deserves five stars.
As a former student of Clements, I know how hard it can be. I am not a naturally smart person, I had to work hard for the grades I got and sometimes working hard wasn't enough. I struggled a lot with math and science. In the end 3 points were what got me across that stage at graduation. Now don't get me wrong my average was a 2.8 out of 4. Not great, but I made mostly b's. I had a few ap classes. Problem is, after school tutorials didn't help. The teachers just did what they did in class. Basically you worked on your own. About 70% of the people who passed science cheated on every single test. I refused to cheat and this got a 69. Then had to re take it, and got a 73. There are some teachers who care but the ones who needed to, didn't. I never even met my councelor in all the four years I went there. When it was time to apply for college I didn't even know how. Oldest child. No school help. Parents went to school but they didn't have to do half te things we do. So I am at community college. Cuz I didn't fill out applications in time. I wih the school took everyone into consideration and not just the jocks and top 10%
This school does not allow you to have a life... too much homework, too stressful, huge weed drug problem (if you are into athletics), and horrible teaching. they expect you to read the textbook every night, teach yourself, and take a test the next morning. They also pile you with tons of homework and don't realize that children also need time with their family and outside of school stuff. very disappointing... everyone competes for top 10% but of course only 10% of the people get there- mostly only the Asians. in fact. if you are white, you are automatically labeled "dumb" and your only hopes is to excel through athletics... this school was a huge regret. however, college is easy-peasy if you graduate. :)
Clements certainly does prepares you for college but the some of the staff are very rude and unreasonable. One teacher in particular always used to tell us how stupid we were and assumed we never learned anything in junior high. Sometimes she would tell us not to take notes and to learn "by ourselves". Although it is understandable, I would like more than just a textbook to rely on when I take an exam. Some of the newer teachers are nicer and understanding when it comes to tests. As much as I love this school I wish the staff would understand I also have stuff to attend to at home other than homework and studying.
Everyone makes Clements sound really tough but it's not that bad. Sure some kids stay up all night studying but that's only because they're taking harder classes than they can handle. I for one am taking 6 pre-AP/AP courses and made it into top 10%. I do around an hour of homework a night and a few on the weekend. There's still a lot of time to have fun and hang out. People have to realize Clements is going to be more competitive than other schools. That's what you signed up for going to the best high school in the district. It's not as bad as you may think just don't stress out.
This school highlights it's Global Learning Academy on their webpage, however, they do not accept Washington World Studies Credit for People to People Travel. Students who travel with this group in the summer and sign up to get class credit are required to homework that relates to cultural diversification as it applies to economics, politics, psychology and other topics. I am surprised Clements High School does not recognize this even as an elective. I think they are so narrowly focused on their own suburban community they can't practice what they preach.
My daughter will be a graduating Senior for the Class of 2012. My daughter has mentioned she has a few friends who had to with draw from Clements and attend a private school instead. This decision was based that the curriculum was too hard at Clements and that they could not compete for the top 10 percent of their class. I told my daughter that I was not so concerned for her to make the top 10 in her class but to compete and do well. She has played varsity athletics all four years and is graduating with academic awards. She will be attending a 4 year university on an academic scholarship. I agree if you can compete, learn to priortized and have good study/homework skills any student can learn After visiting multiple colleges/universities it's not just Clements that push AP courses. Every school is doing that. They want to see kids taking more pre-AP and college credit courses. This does not mean your average student cannot do just as well. I feel the 4 years that my daughter has been at Clements has prepared her for college this fall. Parents have to be involved with their childrens teachers. They need to keep an open communication.
I wish I had never attended Clements. As a student that has attended Clements High School for all four years, I can say, beyond any reasonable doubt, that these have been miserable years. Students here do not focus on the passion, rigor, and breadth of learning and instead ask, "What do I need to know to get an A, and elevate my GPA?" The teachers assign piles of busy work that leaves students stressed. Competition is healthy, yes, but not at the expense of learning. The school's aesthetic value is also nonexistent with few windows and fluorescent, narrow little halls for 2,000+ students. A smaller, healthier environment that encourages learning would be infinitely better.
I have not wanted to post this because it is still so upsetting for me to even think about, but the previous post has me thinking otherwise. I had a horrible run in with an AP at Clements. I had tried to contact her for three days through email and leaving messages, but to no avail. I was extremely concerned about my child and her mental health. A VERY serious issue. Friday afternoon, I call and leave a message (again) with her secretary, that if I did not hear from her by the end of the day I would have to go over her head. She calls me shortly after that and proceeded to tear into me and tell me she's busy and shame on me for threatening her secretary. I was in tears by the end of the phone call. She even had the nerve to put me on speakerphone so the entire office could hear me crying. I am a teacher myself, so I know know how badly the AP handled this. Shame on her, and shame on the principal for not taking a more serious approach. The entire situation was about my child. But this AP seemed determined to make it all about her. How unprofessional.
Not safe. A Principal actually protected a student that threatened physical harm to my child. The district as well as the school was so uncooperative that my child was left with one choice, to withdraw completely. The school didn't even tell me about paperwork that had to be filled out when reporting a bullying incident. They purposely omitted that info. I am Clements Alum and I thought it would be great for my child to go to my Alma Mater. But I'm very disappointed. The principal broke the law and nothing happens. Instead my child's education is severely damaged.
Overwhelming sadness that permiates through the walls. Unheathly competativeness that teaches kids learning is not important. Class rank and SAT scores are the only thing that matters... Would love to know the number of students that attend Clements that are being prescribed anti-anxiety medication...not kidding.
My daughter graduated from Clements 3 years ago and my son is currently a sophmore at Clements. It has a competitive academic environment and the student must be willing to take mostly AP and Honors classes if they want to be in the top 20% of their class. This is good or bad depending on your student. Most teachers hold before of after school tutoring sessions four days a week. Students must take the initiative to seek help. My daughter went to a small highly rated private school and has been very successful. Many of her peers came exclusive private schools in our area and struggled to be successful. Clements prepared her to succeed in college. If you want your student to have loads of free time this is not the school for you. Students who excel will be spending several hours every night doing homework assignments and preparing for exams. However, my son has had the time to become an Eagle Scout and a Black Belt in Karate so there is still time for extra curricular activities but your student needs to be organized.
I've attended clements 3 years, Very Good School. Students are quiet in class and they all pay attention. Some students are competitive with their grades which is a good thing. Teachers teach very well. as you can see, the people who have given clements a bad review are NOT talking about the education. i am so glad i go to this great school that has prepared me for college.
This year started out kind shaky with adjusting to a new school and highschool itself. Our experience so far is that it is a great school. A huge part of the success of the school is the make-up families and students who attend CHS. This school is dominated by a majority of students who want to do well and achieve a lot with their future careers. This school is able to focus on academics rather than discipline. It is not overwhelming but maybe challenging at times but very achievable by the average student who works har.
This school is not what people say it is. To name a few, the dress code is barely enforced, really not at all. The staff doesnt listen to the students or hear them out. They dont work with students really well, unless youre more of the popular crowd. The school parking lot, you pay thirty dollars to park, seniors get spots, but they dont enforce other students not parking there. You have to be a junior or a senior yet freshmen, softies and people who didnt pay park their anyways. The school work is crap. Some teachers dont care, others press to hard to fast. It's just a down right no. It was a mistake to transfer thinking it'll help me, but I take two courses, BIMM and WEB with the same teacher, and there's not much different in the class like the course description said. Sad.
In my opinion, as a foreigner living in the US for just 3 years, most of the criticism I've read in those comments is inherent to the american society, like competitiveness and an open privilege to the top students, which is just natural, as I heard that most kids are just not interested at all. We found out soon enough that the only way of getting a reasonably decent class would be taking AP and Honors courses, where the 75% kids that are not interested wouldn't disturb. I'm amazed to see that once you've made your decision to go for it, the contents of the AP and Honors courses compare to all other hightly considered High Schools in Europe and South America and completely disagree that it all comes down to mermorization. All the AP and Honors courses propose lots of challenge, promoting critical thinking.
I am a former student of Clements. It seems, by reading the reviews, very little has changed in some areas. I remember having anywhere from 50 to 200 questions in science due the next day. Some of the teachers were amazing & others (including counselors) didn't look at you if you weren't in the top 10%. However, if a student plans to go to college it is important for them to learn to be self-disciplined & gain good time management skills. Also understand that a teacher will not always be avaliable, but there are other options (people) to go to for help.
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