We have been homeschooling for the last 4 years, but I am considering enrolling DD in high school next year (freshman).
We are zoned to KHS, but I was trying to look at all of our options. I know KHS is supposed to be great academically, but it is so incredibly competitive and so large. It amazes me how well a student can do there and not be in the top 25% of their class. Does KPHS have that issue as well?
DD is strong academically (I give her the IOWA test every year so I know her scores), and I would want to continue with challenging curriculum - but not busy work. She plays basketball, so I don't know if something like Quest is a good fit for us without any athletics. Do you know how many girl basketball teams are there at the high schools?
On Quest's website, it states priority is given to youths that are disadvantaged, underserved, English is not the first language, or first generation college students. DD does not fit any of those criteria. Do those students generally take all the spots available at Quest?
Any experiences, comments or comparison that might be helpful for us? Are transfers even being considered for KPHS? If not, our decision will be narrowed down to Quest and KHS.
Not sure this will help - almost all of my children went to KHS. Some were very good students, some were just OK. Some were very acitve, some not.
I think they all recieved a good secondary school education, and were prepared to do college level work.
They all had some wonderful teachers, and some so so teachers. Some great coaches and some not so great coaches.
I think there is only so much the school can do, and should be responsible for. I think it is still much more about the parents and the home than it is about the school. I think an involved and concerned parent is the most important factor for a sucesful secondary school experiance. Since you home schooled I am sure that wont be an issue for you.
Good luck with what ever choice you make. And sucess to you child.
Going from being homeschooled, Quest is probably the best fit. Academically focused, smaller classes, little extracurricular activities. It would be the closest of the three to a homeschool experience.
Interestingly, my daughter graduated from KHS with kids who went on to Stanford, Dartmouth, Cornell, Purdue, and Brown.
My daughter was accepted to a prestigious art school and given an awesome scholarship based on her portfolio which was due to her talent being enhanced by the art program through middle school and KHS.
So, not everyone feels KHS, KPark or Quest are mediocre schools.
Agree - just so subjective - There is a very good secondary education available at KHS, sure the same at the others. To my original point if the parents are involved in their child's education - ensure they are taking the right courses for their talents and aspirations - they will be well prepared for the next level - not sure what more you need or want in a high school.