Wednesday, November 16, 2011
My son will be in high school next year. So we went to the open house last night.
I am not a fan of high school. I didn't enjoy my time when I was there and I home-schooled my daughter from seventh grade on. So I haven't had to deal with that scene for thirty years.
Don't get me wrong, I loved learning and I got good grades, but the school was a nightmare.
There was a lot of fighting, racial tensions, people smoking in the bathrooms, lots of people overdosing on drugs. There were even times when I carried a knife because of fear. I came close to dropping out, but I refused to let anybody stop me from walking across that stage. I shutter when I think about that place. I hear they have metal detectors and the school is now being run by gangs.
I've heard a lot of bad things about this high school as well, but then again, there was a rumor going around about the Intermediate School that made all of us parents a nervous wreck. It was that the kids were making out under the stairs. NOT TRUE! This school is on total lock down all day. The kids have to carry a passport that has to be signed by every teacher or staff member so that their whereabouts are monitored.
I have never seen a fight occur after school and the Principal and other staff stands outside the school every day until all the buses have gone and she makes sure the student don't linger around.
The High School Principal is a very nice woman, who is genuinely concerned and very easy to talk to....she is also the acting Vice-Principal for he Intermediate School and runs the Parent Advisory Board.
I am impressed with the classes they are offering. Their College Prep program allows students to acquire college credits, they get a Microsoft Word Certification....free, they have a ton of grants, a new Performing and Fine Arts program and so much more.
The teachers seem dedicated, understanding and happy.
We will be looking at the technology high school next week.
Keep us prayed up and keep the advice rolling cause I'm going to need as much support as I can get to make it through those 4 years.