I really enjoyed going to this school, but I grew up around a lot of friends from around the area. It's different if you move there and try to fit it. But still enjoyed it, and learned a lot, ended up attending WSU after.
I attended and graduated from this school a few years back. The school is great. You can get all the support you need from the teachers and the class offerings are great. I took 8 AP level courses in my 4 years there, and there were many, many more to choose from. There are many low level classes too for students who have fallen behind. Countless students end up at Ivy League schools (even have a graduate going to Harvard this fall). It's eye opening to see how many things this website has wrong about this school. 91% white? The school is 70% hispanic! The hardest part of going to this school is the stigma some of the community has about it. There school has a wide range of students and the students at the bottom receive the most attention. People need to go to the school and see for themselves how great it is. They also have many extra curricular activities. They have more music trophies than any other school in the area (including 2 grammies). Their sports have taken a recent hit but they have hallways full of trophies, with State Championships in soccer, football, basketball, and dance. There are better schools but there are worse schools too.
I think the test scores speak for themselves. The students at Pasco HS can't possibly compete with college bound students that are graduating from top performing schools. I would guess that the top performers at Pasco HS, if transferred, would struggle at high schools with a more rigorous and academically challenging curriculum. Would be interesting to see SAT scores from this school, but based on the state test scores, probably predictable. Only took one semester to figure out that this wasn't the place for my kids. Picked up and moved to a better district.
I attended Pasco High School for 3 years and then I moved. In my opinion, Pasco High School was a greatest school. i love all the teachers and students. I felt very comfortable in school. It has a very nice invironment to study.
This school is nice in the sense that it is culturally diverse. It offers many clubs and programs such as Key Club, Decca, Dance team and many more. Their guidlines are enforced, sometimes. The only 'bad' things about PHS is are crowded and old the school is!
The programs that this school has to offer are very impressive. There are more advanced placement classes at this school than most other schools. The variety of classes, extracurricular activities, and events are much to be desired. There is a lot of pride from the community surrounding the school as well.
The academics at Pasco High are unbelievably weak. Very few foreign language and honors classes are offered. Students see a 'one size fits all' attitude in classes and teachers take little time to help students who are struggling individually. Many gifted students are forced to stay behind while other students catch up so everyone can be average. More emphasis is placed on sports, especially football. Players get the minimum grade needed to participate, it should be the opposite. Music and Arts have little emphasis and clubs/extracurricular activities are few and weak. I would not send my child to this school having spent 4 years adding extra home study courses to my routine in order to test well enough for college. The staff makes students wear name badges in order to attend and learn, what a waste of money that could be used to fund a better selection of classes/teachers.
I feel there are many great things going on at PHS but the high number of kids that they have hinder the student involvement. This is supported by the low numbers in many of the sporting events as well as the student involvement at the government level. Kids need to feel that they 'matter' in order for them to 'belong' to school organizations.