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Kelly DeBrosse

Panther Creek High8

Cary, NC | Wake County


August 7, 2014

Panther Creek is an excellent school. The curriculum and classes have been challenging for my son which is a good thing. He has been in the advanced placement classes and I believe he will be ready for college when the time comes. The school has a wide range of classes and activities from which to choose; therefore, I believe it is an excellent school for most students.

Submitted by a parent

October 17, 2013

Looking at this school as part of a district you would say it was the one to go to. However, you get a different view once your child enters the school. Built to hold less than 2000 students this school now has portables and has at least 3000 students. Also all students are scheduled for the only lunch hour provided. Yes they try to get students to go to a smart lunch study hall but it is not enforced. No matter how much staff they have, they can't be every where and protect everyone. Girl against girl bullying is a big factor. The bullies we came across only got warnings. Unless this school gets cut in half and teachers and administration really are there watching out for your children sending your children to a smaller and better monitored school may be in the best interest of your child.

Submitted by a parent

September 24, 2013

Hands down the best school I have ever been to as a student. The staff is awesome and willing to learn from the students as well.

September 5, 2013

This school is tops due to students that come from one of the most educated demographics in the nation. While there are a few excellent teachers key leadership is below-average with regard to their educational backgrounds and insights. The principal and others come from lower "safety" colleges/universities with miminal entrance and performance criteria. Leadership also has an over inflated assessment of themselves as a result will only consider inputs that are in-line with their limited perspectives. In critical situations do not expect transparency from the administration or teacher accountability. Over the years we have seen some of the best teachers leave due to their frustration with the leadership and some of their lessor performing peers. If a parent is able and willing to spend money on tutors/outside the school programs, and/or sweat equity to provide instruction the school does offer a range of AP classes for student to demonstrate high academic prowess. However only a few teachers appear to qualified enough to teach them. Almost all the students we know that did extremely well at Panther Creek (got into top Universities) did so with substantial outside support.

Submitted by a parent

May 27, 2013

My children have had an overall good experience at Panther Creek and up to this year they have had a good experience with their teachers. This semester has been an exception, some things I have noticed. 1) The blackboard assignments are not posted in a timely manner. 2) The directions for assignments are quite often vague or the material has not been covered in their 90 minute classes. 3) Smart lunches are a fantastic idea except there are usually more students in smart lunch than in the actual class. TEACHERS: if you read these post please remember the kids do repeat what has been told to them by teachers so please be an encouraging role model rather being well I'm just going to say it MEAN. Hoping for better semesters ahead!

Submitted by a parent

October 11, 2012

the gpa is extremely low make the gpa standards go higher. Make it more like green hope

Submitted by a student

August 7, 2012

This school is truly amazing, there might be a few problematic areas that even I can agree with and I know that probably someone from green hope might have written that review according to their basic knowledge on the school and was probably a student. The principal, the staff might be a little off on some cases, such as the 10th grade AP Social Studies teacher stereotypically, or what I've heard, REALLY does only give A's to blonde girls, and fails the rest. Overall, I enjoy having this school for more years too come.

Submitted by a student

June 8, 2012

I am a junior and I have been going to this school since freshman year. I really love this school. The teachers are the best. I love how this school created SMART lunch and other schools have followed from the positive outcome, such as Green Hope! SMART lunch gives me time to do my homework, study, and talk to my teachers if I need help. SMART lunch has helped me maintain my grades. I have practice after school and most times I do not get home till 7. So, with SMART lunch, it allows me to complete and get ahead of my homework for the incoming night. Plus, if I don't have homework, I have an hour to talk to my friends. I would not want to go anywhere else!

Submitted by a student

March 24, 2012

High teacher turnover. The principal does not respect and value his staff. The school is good but could be great if more teachers stayed. The principal's treatment of staff should be looked at a little more closely.

Submitted by a parent

January 17, 2012

Very satisfied with the education i have received here. Excellent teachers and principles, rigorous curriculum, excellent sports programs and a wide variety of clubs.

Submitted by a student

December 3, 2011

My son is a freshmen at PCHS and really likes it there. He's actually interested in going to school (finally!). I find the teachers to be great at communicating with me despite the fact that they have so many students. As far as the traffic problem in the morning, here's a brilliant idea... have your little princesses and princes actually RIDE THE BUS and there you have it, traffic problem solved! Your children won't shrivel up and die if they ride the school bus. I feel that my son is getting a quality education and that his teachers are able to give him one on one attention IF he attends smart lunch. The choice is his and if he chooses to not utilize the resources available to him, that's on my son, NOT the school. The resources are there. As far as the leadership goes, I only know that the principal held us captive at Freshman Parent camp for the most long winded, not-important speech ever. I was very turned off by that. The person that spoke after him actually had information that I needed and she was cut short because he used up all the time talking about himself. I have no other experience with the leadership.

Submitted by a parent

November 26, 2011

This school excels in academics, athletics, and the arts. Teachers and administration are organized, caring, and have high expectations. Great school spirit. We love it.

Submitted by a parent

October 16, 2011

The comments from the parents post 9/28/11 are right on target. Not sure who "actually'' wrote the review for September 29, 2011 in rebuttal to this one on September 28, 2011; however, in reviewing all of the posts, it seems pretty unanimous with parents being unhappy with Admin, Teachers, PCH overall, the parking lot in the a.m., etc. As the saying goes, if you continue to hear/read about the same things all the time, there must be some truth to it! I certainly agree with what the poster stated dated 9/28/11. Also, why extend the offer to the poster to volunteer, or help out if the school already is so great? Quite contradictory it seems.....

Submitted by a parent

September 29, 2011

Yesterday's post is laughable! First, school spirit: PCHS's student section was rated the best student section in the Triangle for the 2010-11 school year and is one of the finalist again this year. Mr. Nelson is not an attention seeker, but he is easy to find. He has some of the best APs in the area and they have been able to attract excellent departmental heads. For example, Performing Arts/D. Robinson is one of the best in the state, and easy to work with. Athletics/T. Schuler is an exceptional leader and has built one of the best coaching staffs in the state. As for the Janitorial/Maintenance staff, Hector and Nadam are fantastic! They go above and beyond each and every day. Typically staying late and coming in early. I'm sorry, but this parent is at a minimum uninformed and if his/her concerns are sincere, then get involved and help make things better. Join the PTSA, Band Boosters, Athletic Boosters, volunteer in the Media Center, front office, etc. etc. I wouldn't want my child in any other school than Panther Creek!

Submitted by a parent

September 28, 2011

In my own humble opinion, I feel that Panther Creek High and Wake County schools are not great. It seems that PCH lacks school spirit on all levels. In addition, I cannot fathom why the textbook budget was ever eliminated. Recently, cuts have been made with School Nurse's and Janitorial/Maintenance. These positions are essential in keeping the school clean and hygienic, especially since the incident of students defecating in the bathroom sinks and walls, thus the bathrooms being closed for the rest of the school year(4/11). Many things are not disclosed to parents. Moreover, I don't think that many Teacher's are HQ status and I do not understand why many of the Teacher's curriculum is not reviewed or approved by Administration. I get the sense that they just do whatever they want to regarding curriculum. There's such a lack of presence of leadership which really hurts the school; therefore, I have to agree with other postings about the Principal hiding behind the desk. Overall, I wish that the hype about PCH and Cary, NC would stop. The school and the area itself are mediocre at best.There are other areas in the U.S. that are better, even with budget cuts. I am not impressed.

Submitted by a parent

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