As a long time Ferris supporter who has had multiple family members attend Ferris it is very depressing in my opinion that the Ferris High School Athletic Department has declined to the point that families with children that want to excel in athletics need to look at other schools. This trend started a couple years ago and can best be encapsulated with the varsity baseball team head coach this year that is way in over his head. It got so bad this year that the varsity head coaches father stepped in to try and help right the ship to no avail. Feedback from fellow supporters indicates the same is taking place with other parts of the athletic programs. After observing the baseball season I was left to wonder as to how the decision was made that this person was qualified to coach, teach, and mentor these fine young athletes as rather than coach, teach, and lead, the head coach repeatedly publicly humiliated many of the players in the middle of games for all to see. You could see it in their faces. You could see rather than building a team he was breaking them and ruining their passion for the sport many of them had played for years. As a former coach for nearly 20 years I understand that parents and fans love to second guess coaches and believe they always have the right answer. That is not the case here. With that said I was in such disbelief in the behaviors and choices that this coach made repeatedly throughout the year that I struggled to contain myself and felt terrible for the kids. I was able to speak to many of the regulars that followed the team and it seems as though the Athletic Director is the mother of the head coach which explains how someone as under qualified as this coach is ended up coaching these kids. I am a believer in giving people the opportunity to grow and learn, but in this case the behavior of the coach was so out of line that I feel compelled to provide feedback to not only Great Schools but district leadership as well. While the head coach has some ownership in this with his poor behavior the real issue needs to be addressed at a higher level or the once great athletic program will continue to turn kids that want to excel in athletics away toward other schools.
Insufficient dress code, drug restrictions. Most recently they observed Two days of silence at school in favor of homosexuality, this occurring just after the state leader imposed a complete embargo on travel to Indiana because of the religious freedom act. I did not know that public schools had the right to force students to participate in social movements. Spokane schools in general do not sufficiently prepare students for exams or college. Drugs, sex, immorality-the motto of Spokane.
Teachers are fully engaged. Staff is wonderful. My son is getting a first-rate education, and college prep. I will say that the school does a bad job of keeping parents notified of events, but that is my only complaint.
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!!
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.