My son is a 9th grader. the Honors program is amazing and challenging. The teachers in that program are there to teach at a high level. He is also a basketball player. The sports programs are strong and the drama and dance teams are strong too. It is still important to be involved as a parent. Its a large school so take the time to get to know the teachers, counselors, and principal. Go to parent night. Don't just rely on your student to get things handled, they are teenagers :)
I have been affiliated with KR for several years now, and have recently become a freshman. I like the comfortable atmosphere of the school, and yet it sometimes feels a little bit to comfortable. I like all of the teachers, but i think that the majority of students, unfortunately, do not apply themselves at all. I feel that the administrators always brag about how great KR is, when I can't really understand what they're saying. I still give KR 4 stars because I feel like the teachers make it a great school, and the sports programs are up to par with the academic opportunities.
I am currently a student in Kentridge High School. I recently moved from Seattle to Kent so it was scary to make new friends. But this school is very diverse (I'm Vietnamese American) so I was able to make friends quickly. I also have a hearing disablity so the teachers were kind enough to check if I get the information properly. Not to mention this school is 33 in the state so you guys should go to this school.
i am a student a kentridge and i gotta say, its probably the worst school ive been to. First the counselors, they never help you with anything, its like why are you even working here if you cant help a student out, they always say they have more stuff to do then to listen to what students have to say. Making friends is the worst too. They all got there own little groups and will never except a new student. I hope to get into running start so i wont have to see them anymore. Drug use is a Huge problem here to. i was the only one out of 25 students in a class that didnt smoke. seriosly i hate this school, if your not involved in anything then, well nobody is gonna like you. I still thank God for always being there for me, cause nobody else will. I recommend a different school for sure. just cause it looks nice doesnt mean it is.
I 'd have to rate this school as terrible mainly based on the counselors. My daughter , who lived iwth her mother nearby, attended this school for 3 of te 4 years and they were just not there for her. I personally met with one of them during her sophomore year to ask him to be available for my daugter if she came to see him because there was a risk of issues with her moters boyfriend and he told me to my face that he didn't have time to "pay too much attention" to one kid because he had 3000 oter kids to worry about.. The situation I was concerned about materialized a year later and it ruined the rest of my daughters high school experience.. There are 2 or 3 other examples I could share but I think this one should be enough. Parents, be real careful about sending your children here.
My son goes here and has a learning disability. Since starting here last year he is failing every class. At Kentwood the year before he was on his way to excelling and improving. He was passing all classes with good marks. Whatever they are doing here does not work. There is a lack of communication. I emailed one of his teachers twice and never got a response. Things discussed in meetings with teachers never take place. Hard to watch your child struggle and everything you do to help goes nowhere. I also agree with another student poster about a drug problem there. My other child sees frequent comments on Facebook from other students regarding drugs and also hears things at the school.
I am a student at this school currently and I do not like it at all. There is definitely a drug problem here, and in the past semester we've had 2 trashcans set on fire. I don't feel especially safe here. Few of the teachers care about student success or are willing to work with them so that they can do better. Many of the teachers, especially those teaching science and math are not competent and grading policies differ greatly. Also, most people here are liberal. I am very conservative, and I feel like I can't express my views and thoughts here without experiencing discrimination.
poor communication between parent and teachers. Parent involvement is minimal. Teachers are using material inappropriate for high school students.
am in kentridge now when i was looking at the class list i was blown away by all the class choices there were. also i looked and this school is rated the number one school in the state. the spirt is awsome there sports are the best and as for acedemics no other school can top us.
Great school that offers a wide variety of course work and activities.
Wonderful students and a great community. I currently attend, and the only problems I can find with the school are with the principal and the faculty all together... They just aren't cut out to be teaching. The kids are awesome and have a lot of school spirit. Great after school sports selection, and clubs.
Needs better teachers. Curriculum is great and the students have many activicty choices.
needs better teachers great cirriculum and a huge selection of after school sports choices.
Programs are very progressive. Crowded classrooms. My children were successful at this school.
The Kentridge AP program (Stats, Calc AB, Calc BC, Bio, Music Theory, Psychology, US History, Human Geography...and more!) is great! The teachers are helpful and really teach well according to students. The school's history of scores is also phenomenal... they are all posted on the KR website. They avg around 4.0-4.5 for AP calc compared to the national average of around 2 I think? They also offer college english, a college level class where college credits can be earned. The administration is alright. They run the school well and the students are happy and spirited. KR also boasts 2 orchestras (one more advanced than the other), jazz band, wind ensemble, jazz choir, and like 2 other choirs. The school PTSA helps run things like dances and other school functions. There are always parents at sporting events too... KR is a very spirited, highly academic, involved school!
I Graduated for Kentridge in 2004. It is a wonderful school. The Staff is very helpful and committed to teaching. It is the best out of the four KSD High Schools.
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