Thoughts? - Health Careers High School
Health Careers High School...
A necessary institution that facilitates growth for your studies as a pre-health professional before college / the real world?
An educational facility that merely limits options of its students and could be more effectively summarized into a health department on a larger campus?
Current Mood: curious
A necessary institution that facilitates growth for your studies as a pre-health professional before college / the real world.
Health departments at other campuses do not equal what we had. And if we had been a sister school, like Business Careers or Communications Arts, we would have lost all prestige we held.
Some people do not belong at HCHS. I don't agree with kiddos who attend to get out of what they would otherwise go to, for whatever reason - despite knowing so many who did this, yourself included. I wish HCHS conducted interviews for prospective students, to weed this, as well as slackers, out. Some people just lack that passion. Its not for everyone.
I see growth in HCHS's future, and if I ever teach there, I'll do whatever I can to facillitate that growth. Not so much to make it like a larger campus, but to diversify the options we had as far as coursework.
As far as "the real world" - I still have to stick with the first situation you gave. My HCHS friends have better heads on their shoulders than any of my regular-HS friends, period. Our 99% college-attendance rate should make that obvious(because you can't make it in the real world anymore without higher education). Our work ethic is also generally better than any "real-world" HS graduate I've ever met. So what if we didn't have Art or Drama. We chose to attend this school. We could have left at any time to our home schools - but 200 people each year leave HCHS with diplomas after two years of three-hour-labs, two years of health education, more math and science and English than anyone could imagine. We also all graduated knowing every face and every name in our class, unlike in larger campuses. I've seen camaraderie like what we had in my work and in what I've tasted of the "real world" so far - nothing like the petty BS and unfamiliarity that larger highschools have. The benifits outweigh the drawbacks, in my opinion. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I'm slightly mixed on the issue. I would say that the first option is the way the school started out, and its' definitely how our academic reputation has been cemented. When i attended HCHS, we were ranked the #1 public high school in texas, and we had a 100% taas passing level.
Since then, i've heard that the school has fallen downhill, and i think that it has to do with student culture. More and more kids are being accepted that are "problem students" to begin with. They are defiant and immature, and these behavior problems eventually lead to detriments to the overall academic performance.
ten years ago...hchs ONLY accepted students on academic merit. then people started bitching about the brain drain against other schools, and they started lowering their admissions standards. the class before mine (i graduated 2001) was the last class to be chosen purely on academic merit, with no type of lottery whatsoever.
So yes...i think that if given teh chance...the first option is the correct one. the opportunities are certainly there. the electives suck...but there's no getting around that without more funding, and that's not going to happen. students just need to understand that that's what they're getting into, and they need to commit themselves to what they've started.
Even with the lottery my class (05') was still pretty decent, but after that things started getting worse. I think before they switched principles the first time they actualy did some selctive withdrawls from the pool of aplicants before doing the lottery. Beyond that the assistant principle I think it was sent out a bunch of acceptance letters to students who wernt suposed to get them. On top of that the district is fucking the school over, the labs are now lab rotations for Jrs which isnt a bad idea except it means they only get 9 weeks in each lab or they go to clinical, 9 weeks isnt enough time to get anywhere in labs like diag or even pt care really. The district is trying to get HCHS to be more of a vocational school instead of a med prep school (to get diag to be kept my sr year they had to argue to the district that it did teach students a job they could enter into right out of HS, just that for phleboty jobs they had to turn 18 first but that the class prepared them in every other way to be a phlabotomist) Most of the problems now with health careers have to do with what the district wants of the school witht heir ass backward ideas. The electives do suck and personaly Id love to see art replace music apreciation, more languages to be offerd (could mabe do that through another school?) But as stated in the other post HCHS would need more funding to fix curiculum problems like that which it wolnt get.