February 21, 2009
Most of the teachers are good, and most of the students are good-humored, making the environment both fun and conducive to learning. But the school is not without flaws. 1) Once a student is tracked at a particular level, mobility is limited (C students in honors classes typically stay in honors classes while A-students in regular classes are rarely recommended for them, and a pushy parent goes as far as academic performance), or impossible (if you do poorly in math in 8th grade and take 'Integrated Math 1' as a freshman, you take Geometry as a senior but never get to Algebra 2. This means you've never learned much of the math for the SAT, and you aren't eligible to apply to many colleges). 2) Upper middle class kids seem to be favored in class placement, extracurriculars, and disciplinary action. 3) The school day, homework, and commute add up to a 60 hour work week, which is overtime for adults, let alone young adults!
- submitted by a community member