Incredible staff, students and community involvement and support. Great athletics, coaching and AP class offerings. Gets your student ready for college or the workforce.
I think Park City High is the best. The school has such great community support and spirit.
The kids care about each other and their community, and help where ever they can.
Academics are good, its very safe, but the students are very closed-minded and prejuduced in general. I didn't enjoy my time there.
We moved from florida where my kids were straight A and A/B students. They each got their first 'D's at Park City. I am not sure what that was all about. As for social issues in high school - that is what high school is all about - you aren't going to avoid that anywhere. What you should worry about is whether or not the school is a threatening environment. Park City High School is very safe. As for economic status - having from from the very class conscious south - my children noted how refreshing it was that the students they became friends with lived in 10 million dollar homes as well as 300K condos with mult-generations living in them.
I agree with the last reviewer. Although we have had a few really great teachers in the 10 years we have lived in Park City with two children, most are dismissive of parental concerns and don't seem to care about the children. It would be SO great to have other local options for high school education!!!
Asking for help at this school can actually prove counterproductive in getting a student's needs met. The teachers are generally unwilling (or unable) to adapt their teaching interventions for individual needs of a student. Requests for help or for appropriate accommodations are met with a reactive, defensive stance. Don't be fooled by high test scores for the district. These scores are not due to anything the school system accomplishes; they reflect the inherent intellectual and emotional assets within the wealthy, successful, competitive families which make up the Park City community. Socially, this school is a difficult place for most kids to navigate. Intense and sometimes antagonistic cliques are quite real here. Unfortunately, there are no local private school options so the school system has little pressure to change or adapt.
The teachers lack any drive or motivation to help struggling students. It seems as though they feel that the strong students need more assistance than others
I really like Park City High School. Pros are; easy going atmosphere, wide variety of courses, the school started rebuilding in 2006 (so all new school) and dedication by students to academics, music, community, and athletics is commendable. Cons are; half the teachers are great, half are just not good at what they do, policies are ridiculous at times, the Christmas break is about 10 days, and the school food is simply unhealthy (when I must eat it I usually have a PBnJ). Bottom line though is that I am comfortable being here and confident that if I work hard and choose the right courses I will be able to get into my school of choice. Just recently friends of mine have been accepted to Dartmouth and Stanford. PCHS was rated in the 150 top HS schools in the US by Newsweek, and the best HS in state.
Excellent school, incredible parent support and involvement. Athletics are not supported by principal or district. All sports programs are funded by parents and booster clubs.
By far one of the greatest academic rewarding schools i have sent my kids to, the social structure seemed a bit frustrations at time, and it seems that the drug and alcohol usage seemed to vary more than what would be needed. Academicaly rewarding, yet socialy struggling. Overall the actual school was the best i have seen in the state.
PCHS has an above average offering of advanced placement courses. Our experience has been very rewarding. My son requires both an I.E.P. and honors courses and administrators have gone above and beyond to provide and customize his curriculum.
Park City High School is awesome if you are looking at it purely for academics. I graduated early from PCHS because I couldnt stand the people anymore. If you are not rich, you are not cool. PC is a very wealthy community and many of the kids are free to do whatever they want. Only send your kids there if they need challenging acedemics. Otherwise, the people and social issues are huge problems.
I recently moved from Park City to Kentucky. If I had known how awful Kentucky schools would be compared to Park City High School, we would have never left. Park City is such a wonderful school that I would attend school there SIX days a week! Providing excellent foreign language programs including Mandarin Chinese, the music program is fantastic, and a wonderful environment to work in where students are rarely swearing, no smoking in the bathrooms, or causing mahem. I loved going to school,(and students usually hate it) and I was a freshman! I would reccomend this school to everyone, some downsides to attending is having to start school at 7:15 A.M., constant downpours of snow in the winter making it hazardous when driving, and the halls in some parts of the school made me feel trapped, it is also rapidly becoming crowded due to it being a popular destination.
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