Central Kitsap High School maintains a very welcoming environment. On the first day I transferred in, I was very surprised to have the students shake my hand and welcome me to the class. I was instantly introduced, which was refreshing and inviting. Previously, I was a shy student who was very nervous about transferring to a new school after experiencing isolation from another school in the district. However, at Central Kitsap, I felt like the transition was natural and I felt truly welcomed into the community. The students at this school seem to be very open and friendly to newer students. The teachers and staff are also very helpful to students. They approach students politely and kindly. There is an abundance of higher level and AP courses to challenge students who want to be pushed academically. Regardless of the high level classes available, there is a noticeable gap in motivation of a standard requirement class and a higher level or AP class. This, however, depends on the teacher, as some teachers in the standard requirement level have higher expectations of students and give them equal standards. Overall, CK is a great school with several academic opportunities.
We enrolled our daughter in Central Kitsap High School this past fall. She loves it there. She should be going to North kitsap High. Our daughter loves it at CKHS and is doing extremely well. The teachers are great except for the fact that they seem to favor the students who came from Central Kitsap Junior High. Our daughter with many others, came from Ridgetop Junior High. We doubt that one junior high is better than the other. All are good schools. Thanks CKHS for making an impression on our daughter.
The posting on Feb 20, 2008 is quite accurate. I too had a high achiever and one facing more academic challenges at CKHS. The high achiever flew through but there have been few to no options for the average to low average ability child. Math has been a nightmare. Group learning, no classes for those not bound for college. Overall, I would say the school principal and staff have been responsive and invested. The classes offered are abysmal for the non college bound student.
I have a son with average grades. I specifically told his counselor that I wanted him to improve his grades & asked if they had any helpful classes that can lead him onto the right track. She told me that the school does everything they can & that if my son does great in regular classes he could soon take AP courses. I was taken back because my son averages D's or C's and there's no way she just suggested he would be able to take AP courses soon. My daughter who is an AP student is on her way to graduating with honors and I'm glad that the school puts so much effort on their AP courses but what about the students who are *average* Are there no classes to help these students? I'm a concerned & proud parent but I would like the school to focus on helping underachievers.
There are some fine things about this school, which are also its downfall. CK focuses on the Advanced Placement program. If your student is in this category, he/she may do very well. If he/she not an AP student, but just average, he/she will be relegated to Sweathog status, and the school doesn't give a damn about these kids. I say this as a parent of 2 AP students and 2 average ones.... The advanced ones are challenged and are succeeding. The others can't seem to find traction anywhere. The Math program in this school is Disastrous The teachers don't teach anything. Kids are peer taught in small groups and their success is determined by the smartest kid in their group. Progress Reports show that class averages are consistently F. This school is mostly focused on WASL scores and not on education. They teach mainly to the test.
Wow! The staff is on top of everything here. The school counselor that my daughter has is so knowledgeable and is available 24/7. The teachers are outstanding. The national scores speak for themselves. Top 2 percent in nation. The sports program is outstanding. I can't say enough good things about this school. I am glad to be part of such an awesome school.
After moving to a different area and going to a different school, I never realized how great this school was. The teachers are awesome, and are always willing to help you out when stuck, and are dedicated to helping you succeed. The students are kind and polite for the most part, and they have tons of school spirit. This was pretty much an easy environment to learn in. They have many classes to choose from, foreign languages, many different english classes, electives, math, etc.... There are also many clubs and sports you are able to participate in. (every morning they announce something sports related this school is usually the winning team) Overall this has got to be the best school I have been to.
This is a great school with all around great people. From the teachers to the sports coaches they all want everyone to succeed. The teachers are top rate. I would not have want to get my education anywhere else.