This school is the best you could hope to have. My parents hate it, but i think this school has amazing students, understanding teachers and there programs are phenomenal, if you want a high school just right for your kids, this is the perfect place
Ferris features a plethora of extracurricular activities, and nearly everyone is doing at least one or two (or three, or four, or ten). The Wind Ensemble is one of the best in the state, as is the football team. The latter has won several state championships as well as academic state championships. The basketball team is also pretty good. The Canterbury Belles (an all-female, audition-only choir) are good on a national level. Unfortunately, rules are seldom if ever enforced, so the school is marred by extreme amounts of profanity, inappropriate attire, vandalism, smoking, and general lack of tact. This alone is what causes the school to be 3/5 rather than 5/5. Lots of AP programs are offered as well.
Ferris is a wonderful school. Despite some reviews stating the teachers are difficult to communicate with, I find the opposite; Every request or concern I have stressed has been handled with the greatest concern for my child. I have not had much luck with the counselor as she doesn't seemed the least bit interested. So I prefer to go through the teachers. Music program is awesome!!
Excellent school, great classes, fun students, great sports, amazing music program. My child loves it here.
The school is generally fine as far as public school education, but the teachers are difficult to communicate with, the counselors are too busy to really pay much attention to individual students, and the administrative staff consistently treats parents as if they are an inconvenience--the opposite of friendly customer service. There are some shining exceptions, but generally speaking we would give the school a low rating from a parent perspective. As alumns and the parents of three kids that have gone to Ferris, have a good deal of experience with the school. Our kids have been good students, many honors classes, involved in varsity sports, etc., but we are glad to be moving on.
Everyone has commented on the music programs, which as have been stated, are amazing! The Wind Ensemble and Advanced Percussion groups put on great shows and recieves awards every year. But we also have a great ASB, and sports programs. Our Boys Football and Basketball teams are always at the top of the highly competitive GSL.
As a former student now attending a public University in Washington, I can say that Ferris prepared me very well for the rigor of college academics. The honors and AP programs at Ferris were just as rigorous as my honors classes in college, and the high expectations of my former teachers are equal to the expectations of my professors now. Also, Ferris has an excellent music program that I was a part of for all four years. The program includes students of many skill levels and stresses having fun and learning to improve music skills rather than being competitive.
Most of the teachers are absolutely terrible and do not have even mediocre expectations for student performance. Many teachers do not respond to parent communications and when they do, the issue is not addressed. Students at this school are not prepared for the future as grammatical and analytical skills are not reinforced. The administration also does not repond to many parent communication and concerns and this frustrates the parent and escalates the concern to the superintendent and/or state level for resolution.
Ferris offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities to supplement a very strong academic program. The music program has consistently been one of the top programs in the state over the past ten years. The staff stresses strong academic and athletic performance. In 2004-2005, Ferris won the prestigious WIAA scholastic cup, recognizing the succes academically and competitively of the extracurricular program. Ferris is a comprehensive high school, offering a wide variety of academic programs ranging from remedial to AP programs in all academic disciplines. Every spring, the Ferris PTG sponsors a variety show which raises over $50,000 annually to support both academic and extracurricular programs.
Ferris doesn't really have any extracurricular activites, and most of the ones they have are pretty expensive. They dont have much punishment, when i drop my kids off at school I see about 50 students outside smoking on school grounds.
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