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Provo High School1
Posted March 18, 2015
- a parent
My daughter goes to Provo High, I find there is total lack of communication between teachers and parents as well as between students and teachers. They grade incredibly hard, and have taken D completely out of the grading system. Therefore if your child is barely below a c- at 69% they fail! Tests are what they score the hardest making it almost impossible for the student to pass the class my daughter had everything turn in at 100% but she received 7/10 on the tests so she failed two semesters in the same class. She went in for "invention" but was not helped in the areas she was lacking in. 7/10 is pretty good in my mind. The computer system they use states your child is failing within a week of the beginning of the semester, and rarely is updated! Trying to get help or figure grading out is ridiculous. If you do not love your job and don't love actually teaching, you should look for a job elsewhere, because you are setting a lot of kids up for failure. I am interested in the drop out rate here vs other schools. Worst school I have ever had to deal with. If you can choose a different school for your child to attend I would say go for the other school!
My 15 yr old step son goes to Provo High. I am not impressed at all so far in the lack of communication we have with the school about his grades. The laws in Utah are way to relaxed and it only rewards laziness. My husband and I know what our son is capible of and the school is not holding him to the same standards at all. When he was with us he was on the honor roll and he has done nothing but struggle with no communication as to why and what areas need to be worked on. Very disappointed.
I attended here for all 4 years of high school. I found that a school is what you make of it. The teachers I had were knowledgeable. The programs that I participated in were top programs in the state. I found if there was something that you wanted to do and work on there was a teacher there that'd help you to achieve that.
I attended this school during my Junior and Senior years of high school, and I was unsatisfied with my experience. The Honors Spanish class I took didn't assign homework or even have textbooks. Many of the students were superficial, and I had a hard time making friends (but I think that's probably most high schools). Most of the staff was not helpful at all, except for my counselor and the woman in charge of concurrent enrollment (Jeri). The school did have concurrent enrollment, and distance education, which afforded me with the opportunity to take college classes and get my associate's degree a year ahead of my peers. This was one of the only things I enjoyed about the experience.
Outstanding school in my opinion! Just like any other, it depends on what the child desires and want to accomplish. Provo High offers all kinds of opportunities for the students but students have to be AMBITIOUS enough to go for it. My kids were involved in leadership, sports, AP and Honor classes and all kinds of enriching activities. They excelled academically and received scholarships to great universities. Parental involvement could be better and so could teacher accessibility. I get involved early in the school year so that seems to set the tone with the teachers. As far as diversity is concerned, it all depends on how well adjusted the kid is. My two students are African Americans. There are only a handful of African Americans at Provo High yet my kids still did very well. They respect themselves so others treated them with respect.
I have had five children attend Provo High School. All five excel academically, but have found it is an uphill battle if a child has a high IQ coupled with depression, bipolar disorder or any nontraditional 'disability' that interferes with daily functioning. PHS provides excellent support for highly motivated and academically excelling students. They provide a variety of extracurricular activities, opportunities for school involvement, great counselors and some tremendous teachers. Overall terrific school.