As I read the reviews of Curtis High School and the overall University Place school district, I couldn't help but seek out the rating of Bellevue which seems to be the UP equivalent. I wasn't surprised to see them ranked a 7 - only a point higher. Scanning the reviews, same statements made by upset parents - all athletics, administration isn't doing their job. Honestly, the biggest difference I saw was that parents are far more involved with the school. I think as a community if we do less complaining and more volunteering of our time we would see proactive changes in the areas we are concerned about. My kids have been in the UP district since Kindergarten and have had an outstanding experience. From Chambers Primary through the advanced placement program at Narrows, and now onto the Jr. High and High School, I am excited for them both grow further over the next few years. Thanks for doing such an amazing job thus far UP!
I am rating this school district as a whole in stead of this high school. In fact this high school is a victim of failed policy engineered by the school district to fail elite students. This school district is located in the most elite student population in South Sound. The quality of the students is similar to that of Bellevue school district. The school district's policy is amazingly good at holding back elite students. If your kid is exceptionally good at math or science, the district is not helping. They will ask you to go to private school instead without even looking at their failed policy. Their graduation raking is by pure GPA which means if a student takes all very easy classes and get 4.0, that student will be honored as academically top student. The school district just doesn't encourage student to take advanced classes with this failed policy. Do not send your kids there. This school district is a joke.
All three of my children went through Curtis HS. My two daughters excelled at sports, while my son did not participate in athletics. Athletics at Curtis was very well run and they had great coaches. Mathematics however was horrible. The teachers did not teach lessons well and then would be unavailable for questions to clarify the lessons for the kids. Many times throughout the year, long standing Curtis HS math teachers would be gone and replaced by substitutes, severely disrupting any possible continuity in teaching plans. TCurtis was trying out Integrative math at the time my kids went through, which completely neutralized the parents in trying to assist their kids in learning math. In turn, out kids were ver unprepared for college level math, with two requiring remedial level college math (sub-100 level). I think the schools scores in math related subject confirm this, when Curtis is compared to the other schools in WA state. What is needed is for Curtis to get serious about providing an education to our children, including looking at replacing some of these teachers that do not have a clue on how to teach, and replace them with new teachers with the desire to teach.
i graduated several years ago. there is a lot of cliques among students and rude/obnoxious kids who bully easy targets while others are indifferent to just sit and watch without telling the teachers. I don't know about now but back then they only offered basic classes and I didn't think much of it then until i found out some of other high schools offer design, computer science and even accounting class I give one star because some staffs in administration office were nice and attentive to what students had to say.
Now that i'm graduated from an university with people from diverse backgrounds I have doubts about what people in Pierce county had to say about CHS as a academically thriving school. well i think it's because it's surrounded by even worst ones in tacoma and lakewood. I found many CHS grads incompetent once they advance into 4-year universities and lag behind others from different schools. CHS puts too much emphasis on athletics and makes those who aren't involved in sports feel like an outcast. Don't send your kids here. There are much better high schools out there in Bellevue and Issaquah school districts.
School provides many good opportunities in academics, music, theater, and sports. Some superb teachers, a few disasters, most very good. District superintendent Patti Banks caves to bigots and has an adversarial stance in dealing with parents; needs to be replaced.
I currently attend cHS, coming from lakes. I have to say that curtis is a greay school. the teachers are outstanding and they teach so that you can understand what is being taught. Curtis is a harder school than lakes but the more complicated the work, the more your student will be prepared for college. CHS is wonderful and I recommend it to any parent who wants their child to graduate from high school with the best education offered from any public school.
1. There is never one way to learn anything, because ultimately it is up to the student to study and learn the material, not have it spoon-fed by a teacher. 2. Cliques are a part of every high-school and I don't think they are overly prevalent at Curtis. If you just be yourself and stop worrying about what everybody else thinks, you will meet plenty of fun and interesting people. 3. If you take challenging classes such as AP and Honors, the coursework is harder, yes, but it is also more enjoyable and intriguing. 4. My family is not extremely wealthy and I do as well as, if not better than, my 'rich' peers. 5. The reason successful kids thrive here, is because they get involved, meet people, and want to improve. The students that do not, are those that complain about bad grades and then go home and play video games all night.
I am currently attending CHS, and I have previously gone to Lakes High. The academics at Curtis are rigid, and embrace one style of learning, and have very little use for students who learn differently than this. At Lakes, it was easier to learn what was being taught, and the styles of teaching varied more. The social aspect of CHS is also more inflexible. There doesn't appear to be as many cliques as Lakes, but once you become immersed in the actual school setting, you realize that the dynamics of cliques at CHS are more invisible to the outside eye, however, more complicated and hurtful. I very much dislike Curtis and cannot wait to graduate.