Access DeniedVisiting campus this summer? Pardon the dust, construction is being done on Building B for over providence high school next few provideence before the start of providence high school. Stay tuned for construction updates and exciting summer happenings on campus. What a weekend of celebration! The Class of walked across the Liberty Hall stage last Saturday afternoon.
Providence High School
We did not find listings for: Please visit our International Site for listings outside the United States. Yes, the other posts are true. The administrations is awful and only puts emphasis on their test scores and reputation and do not take account the mental health and happiness of their students. Most of the kids here are miserable, depressed, and stressed. The front office ladies are rude, ineffective, and lazy, not to mention one of them is definitely racist.
The teachers are OK, with the exceptions of a couple really good ones. The counselors also suck as most seniors have no idea what they're doing during the college application process, and in turn receive little to no help from their so-called "counselors. Overall this school may make your college experience less challenging, but the four years spent here will tarnish your high school experience. Go to a private school or some other school because this school sucks.
More than anything, I feel sad for my kids. They are bright kids, work very hard, and have earned good grades here, but they do not look forward to going in the mornings. School can be challenging and demanding, but it would be nice to see the administration pause and reward the kids for helping be a part of what makes Providence what it is. It's the vibe here that is sort of damaging or the culture or whatever you call it.
Yes, there are clubs, sports, and events. But the school makes it seem that Providence is a happy and hippie school when really it's quite the opposite. It's stressful and quite gloomy because we have tests almost every single day. I get that every school has to have tests, but we don't have to 3 test in one week. I find myself having like 4 tests in one day.
It's helpful if there are more quizzes than tests. The school relies on too much technology to do work. My parents yell at me for using technology all the time. It's not my fault. I didn't have a phone for all 3 years of high school, and some teachers had a problem with that. Calvar, took it too far email my parents during my junior year to say that I never told her I had a phone.
I was supposed to have a phone for Spanish class. The email was so insulting. It's not my fault that I don't have a phone, and because my parents have a financial problem. I echo the comments of many of the other parents. My two children were successful at Providence, but it had more to do with their effort and parental oversight.
I believe that most of the teachers were OK, but I found the administration totally inflexible and unwilling to assist if it meant any additional work for them. I believe that the Principal and her lieutenants and counselors look out more for their best efforts than that of the students. I've told many folks with children younger than ours that they should go the private school route if they can afford it.
Considering the reputation of the school, I was very disappointed with PHS. Providence continues to care more about its test scores and the way it looks on paper rather than the individual students. This proves why we have mental health problems in America, because they turn the other cheek in every situation. This also proves why we are poorly educated compared to other countries, because all they teach you to do is memorize, not learn and understand the material.
If you don't understand the material, they shun you. If you do get a's that still isn't good enough. Teachers choose favorites or do not teach at all. Don't get me wrong, there's a few outstanding teachers here Ms. Smith for English, Mr.
Cawthon for World Hisotry and Mr. Townsend for psychology but for the most part the administration lacks the care children need during this part of their lives and does not educate the children on the real world in any way. Providence is a great school so far I am in my freshman year.
The clubs, sports, extracurricular activities are awesome. The teachers care about you and help you succeed but I feel as if I am under pressure with the amount of work.
Not all the teachers are very good some are exceptional. The homework given is incredible and I do not think it is necessary at all. I feel like it is too much sometimes. I really want to be able to do other stuff but the workload is great sometimes. We pulled our second daughter out of this, "school" and I use the term lightly, her sophmore year.
One of my biggest regrets is that we didn't do this for our eldest as well. The negative comments you see about the administration are true. Don't think it will be different for you, it won't. The culture created by the admin of stress and non caring has trickled down to the teachers. I feel bad for them. If their work environment is half as bad as the learning environment I can see why the good ones leave.
We spent hundreds of dollars a month for tutoring, as a lot of the successful students must do. My daughters freshmen year her science teacher was an administrator who had never taught a class before and then her sophmore year he was her psychology teacher. They assign ridiculous amounts of homework, I guess in hopes that they will figure out at home what they aren't taught in class. Moving was the best decision, I just wish we had done it sooner. This schools reputation of being unnecessarily rude, lack of common sense and non caring precedes itself.
Other admins of other schools shake their heads as well. Lucky for us the school my daughter is in now was also aware of PHS shortcomings and they have made it clear to my child that she is worthy of being treated properly, and taught.
She is a straight A student and will be well prepared for college while actually having a few fun High School memories. If I could rate this school with zero stars I would, one is too many. We are new to this school. My child is a freshman. Thus far I can see exactly what other people have said about this school.
The administration is horrible. The front office staff is clearly irritated when someone walks in and needs assistance and they have their conversation about pinterest interrupted. If they were my staff they would've been fired a long time ago. I've asked for return phone calls and received nothing. I've been spoken to in such a demeaning derogatory way - it's really quite astounding.
The staff behavior - I've found to be completely unacceptable. Some of the teachers seem ok, not outstanding or impressive by any means. My child has ridiculous amount of homework daily and over the weekends, leaving no time at all for family. The kids have no manners and act entitled, which is not the school's fault but the parents fault - just saying this is the type of kids I've encountered so far.
Overall, I'm very disappointed. Tracey Harrill is driving this school into the side of a mountain! She inherited a great school amd has turned into a stress powerhouse! Everyone raves about PHS test scores well explain how Marvin Ridge is ranked so much higher than providence is yet they dont have an ego problem or a test score epidemic!
This school has caused me more mental pain than anything i have every expierienced and it is not worth your effort! If it isn't Tracey's way, its wrong. If its not making the school money, she doesn't care! This schools takes every bit of fun and enjoyment out of a high school experience! They don't understand that every student is going to a typical 4-year college.
They build every aspect of their school to where it makes you feel like a failure! I am a former parent at this school as well as being a former substitute teacher with a Master's Degree and an alternative certification in teaching from another state. I moved to the south Charlotte area, some 45 minutes from my studio, to ensure my last 2 children would receive a quality education in the CMS school system.
My older 3 children had been educated at some of the best private schools in the South East and had managed to earn scholarships to Hampden Sydney, Penn State and the College of Charleston I found the administrators' to be rigid, inflexible and more concerned about their "standards" and maintaining their scores than educating. He was stressed and felt like a failure. Since that time, my 17 year old is a senior, with a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina, Ms.
Harrill and the the guidance dept at Providence have no business educating in the Public School System. Last year was my 6th year with a child at PHS.
It continues to decline and will continue to do so as long as the administration cares more about the school's reputation than educating students. This attitude comes from the top down and has permeated the ranks of the teachers.