I graduated from Gig Harbor High School this year and I am grateful for the experience. I transferred from a private high school after my first year for financial reasons and I was worried that public school would terrible. I am happy to say that I actually liked attending GHHS better than my old school. I feel totally prepared for college. I took advantage of honors and AP classes (lots of options to choose from) and the teachers in these programs were excellent. They challenged us and taught us critical thinking skills. My AP scores allowed me to start college as a sophomore and I thank my dedicated teachers for that. I also found several activities to be involved in like cross county and the debate team. Both of those programs are excellent no-cut and have terrific coaches. Like the person before me said I was kind of intimidated at first because I'm kind of nerdy and shy and I was worried about cliques but I found that there really is a place for everyone there...you just have to jump in with both feet get involved and keep a positive attitude and soon you'll feel right at home. I am thankful for the education I got here and I'm proud to be a Tide!
Gig Harbor High School is a public high school in Fox Island. The principal of Gig Harbor High School is Ted Strong. 1,638 students go to Gig Harbor High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 10% of the 1,638 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Gig Harbor High School is 21:1. Henderson Bay Alternative High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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As a parent The total lack of leadership is the most frustrating...there is no leadership..Parental input is not only discouraged /ignored it is penalized. Incident after incident is mishandled at every level..math program is still very weak..Sport teams are very political..the majority of kids that give the teams a try walk away feeling inadequate.....quality of programs..some good ..most well below what would be expected at this size of a school that has the tax base it has to draw from. Given the opportunity I would without hesitation send my child elsewhere.
I'm another former student of GHHS and I'm now a sophomore at the University of Washington. For the most part I had a very positive experience at this school. However I think that there should be some major changes in the curriculum to better prepare students for college. Watch out - the math program at this school sucks! I went all the way through caculus (the furthest you could go) but I can't apply what I learned to anything. From what I've heard other GHHS students have struggled with this as well. They also do not give their students finals. Yes this seems great when you're a high school student but it's a rough awakening in college. The athletic programs are mostly fantastic (XC Volleyball Track Soccer Football) however there are the occasional horrendous coaches that the district has refused to let go after multiple problems (Girls Bball) . The sports can be very political as well. Good school but like any other it has its positives and negatives.
I am a former student of GHHS and current WWU student and I must say what made me what I am today is GHHS. With few exceptions I was offered a wide-variety of course choices and I had good relationships with all but a few teachers. By far GHHS' greatest asset is its staff any attempt to seek assistance was always met with a great deal of help and it was obvious they wanted me to succeed. Three teachers in particular above and beyond the regular scholarship notebook program took time out of their schedules to help me achieve a full-tuition scholarship for two years this staff is like family to the students.
As a 3x mom of very different kids here's my input English - Very good prepares well for college Science - Good - miss Mr. B tho Math - with the exception of one (Mr J) it's terrible; one great teacher can't possible prepare 1500+ students Choral Music Dept simply the best great director - probably the best thing about GHHS History - Good Extra Curricular Athletics - strong programs (Track & XC consistant championships - terrific coaches) but sometimes political; Theater & Arts - terrific plays talented kids and director; diverse Clubs pretty much something for everyone Staff - depends on the teacher; agree about the liberal slant (keeping personal views out the classroom is a problem); VPs - both helpful and committed to the kids; Principle - pretty much avoids controversy but gets no support from the District Office either (what a joke there - overpaid clueless and lazy) all three had good experience
Very disappointed in the staff and their lack of communication with parents. Unhappy with the way an important incident was 'mis'handled by faculty and staff. Would not send my child here if I had another choice.
We are very impressed with GHHS we have two students there and although we are interested in purchasing a different home we absolutely decided that GHHS was the school we had to be in for the years our children were still in school. This was both because of the School newspaper program and because individual teachers worked with our children to help them realize their potential and their skills particularly in the writing skills. In regards to the math I know at another school (CA) there was a lot of students that had to repeatedly take the Grade 9 math & that was not considered an anomaly. We had a problem that required an interview with a Vice Principal and a teacher I was totally blown away with how supportive the VP was with my teenager and how totally well he handled the whole situation. It was really excellent!
I just graduated from this school. I have been to other schools and this one by far is the best. It has classes that many other schools don't have and allow the students to broaden their horizons to other opportunities to pursue in college.
My daughter is going into her junior year and she has grown up so much in just 2 years. I give credit to her teachers especially who wouldn't let her be lazy. Now when she talks about college I am not so nervous!
Like any school what you put into it is what you get out of it. GHHS has been a good environment for my kids both academically sports-wise and for extracurriculars. There are opportunities at GHHS for kids to travel competitively for debate and for cultural exchanges with Germany and China. Overall this is a safe school environment with caring staff and I think GHHS is doing a good job at educating our teenagers. That being said there is always room for improvement. If I had to point a finger it would be that the math department is weak but that is also a fallout of the math curriculum the district has chosen to adopt. The kids have the convenient option of doing Running Start if this is a problem for your student.
I have had four children attend GHHS. It has been a constant struggle to get help from school officials. The math program is an absolute disaster. When my son began to have trouble in math I requested the teacher send weekly e-mails updating me on his progress. This lasted about three weeks and stopped. I had no idea he was flunking math until I saw his report card. My children have been harassed for their religious beliefs and their communication difficulties. When I complained about this the typical answer was 'kids will be kids'. The teaching environment is extremely liberal and my children have come to the point of simply not commenting in class over liberal remarks made by faculty members. My children have attended three different high schools in WA I would rate the faculty by far the lowest. If I could afford a private school I would send them.
I attended Gig Harbor High School from 2000 to 2004. It is a fantastic school committed to education of both the mind and the heart. Many parents in Gig Harbor choose to send their kids to private school. This is a case where I do not deem that as necessary. I was especially surprised at the great Christian community that culminates inside the school.
There is a lot of parent involvement at this school. The teachers have a big impact on the students and are available outside of class many times. After school sports are also present as well as many clubs for students to join.
Gig Harbor High School has not been a good environment for my child. A B-student in middle school his grades have been steadily declining from the day he set foot in GHHS and I find it difficult to get support from the school. They seem only interested in punishment not in helping the student make positive choices for improvement. I am researching other schools.
this school is an awesome school for any child. filled with different types of peoplea different programs its a good choice for your teen. they're also very focused on college and working hard to get your child where they want to go.
GHHS is the best school imaginable and has the best teachers and the best classes!
GHHS is in many respects a relatively good school. However as in any school there are some bad apples. Yes test scores are somewhat higher than those of most public high schools but the fact remains that it is still an under-funded government-run propaganda centre.
Seemed like a very modern school each room had computers and tvs. The school has excellent social and academic programs.
This school has great potential. The teachers are hit or miss as far as reaching the students. The students that do the best seem to be the ones whose parents are most involved. As a parent you need to stay tuned into the social environment due to a prevalence of wealthy families and 'spoiled' children - and the attitudes that go along with that. The extra curricular programs are terrific and highly pushed by the administration. While a very clique school there is a place for everyone.
I graduated from ghhs in 2002 and loved every moment of my time there. It is an excellent school with exceptional staff that truly care about their students. the community is very supportive great sports teams and lots of volunteer activities. I loved every year of ghhs and made countless friends in my 4 years there. This school is HIGHLY recommended all everyone!