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Providence High9

Charlotte, NC | Mecklenburg County

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February 25, 2015


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....that being said, I have to agree with most of the postings on this site. I found the administrators' to be rigid, inflexible and more concerned about their "standards" and maintaining their scores than educating . I finally pulled my sophomore (top 10% of his class) out after watching his mental health take an unexpected turn...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.

September 9, 2014


I agree with many of the negative reviews here about Providence and the administration. However, I do not agree and think others should not be misled that if you have a top academic performer your child will be fine. My son was/is a top student and now in the Honors College at the university he attends. However, the vibe, culture, feeling, whatever you want to call it at PHS is damaging to the the very best students as well as the above average or average student. High school should have a little joy in it and so little exists at PHS. The culture is unnecessarily legalistic and the administration can not see the forest for the trees when it comes to the students. My son says his Honors College classes at his top knotch university are easier than Providence! It's not supposed to be that way! My biggest regret was not realizing sooner that PHS didn't have my child's best interest at heart and moving him to another school.

Submitted by a parent

September 9, 2014


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. Of course there are some good teachers and for that I am grateful. My kids were top students and quite involved, but I realized when my oldest went to college how damaging the school's culture was to my child. She has been "taught" that a teacher is her adversary, not her advocate at PHS and we have had to undo this mindset as in college (and at most high schools) teachers actually want to help kids succeed and happy to discuss how they can do that. Thankfully, my youngest has asked to go to a different school and we are done with Providence. My advice is to avoid this school if at all possible.

Submitted by a parent

June 19, 2014


My daughter attended West Mecklenburg as a freshman and sophomore. I got a new job in the South Charlotte area, which means she had to transfer to Providence. Considering it seemed to be a better environmental area, I was hoping Providence could be even better. It was an awful experience. My daughter was constantly bullied physically, her iPhone stolen, and administration looked the other way about all of it. I have learned that the South Charlotte area, and this school are NOT better environmental areas. If you are not a white, rich, and over-achieving person everyone is expected to be, you are looked down by many. Although West Meck had a bad reputation, it was a wonderful school and so was our apartment. Never judge what the majority say, usually it is not true.

Submitted by a parent

April 28, 2014


On the surface this school looks great, but the reality is very different! Everything you see in the other posts about the school being inflexible is true. The administration is a nightmare to deal with. The teachers think they are great, but the truth is they aren't very good and they don't deserve to receive the credit for the high scores that come out of the school. (The high scores are tied to the socio economics of the school. The students come into the school already smarter than most, the school does little to contribute to their ability. In fact, if anything, the school hurts many students because they really don' teach, they just assign a heavy workload. Students hire tutors to learn the material.) The school district administration has not come down on the school because the test scores are so good, but really, this place needs to be overhauled so that these wonderful students get a better education and actually enjoy their high school experience.!

Submitted by a parent

April 3, 2014


This school is fine as long as you start here freshman or sophomore year. Junior year is intense, but if you have been at Providence since freshmen or sophomore year , you will be able to adjust to the workload because it gets gradually harder every year. This school is not as bad as the comments are suggesting. It is actually a great school, which offers many great classes that would not be offered elsewhere. It does have a few issues though: it is not very diverse(at all) and a handful of the teachers are horrible and lazy.

Submitted by a student

February 18, 2014


Providence is a great and challenging school. It's not easy but it is worth it. The teachers and administration are always willing to help and guide my children. There is a TON of extracurricular activities for any student from athletics to fine arts to academics. There are the "normal" high school things that go on but the administration handles any such things immediately, effectively, and fair. It's a good feeling that I always know my children are safe, cared for, and well educated.

Submitted by a parent

February 18, 2014


Update: This school epitomizes what is WRONG with the US free public education system. Long story short, my child was pigeon-holed as a low performer, failed twice by a teacher in a subject both his father and I are well versed in teaching on a University level. Our child had self esteem issues stemming from his attendance at this poor institution. Our child was at risk of not graduating from High School. Today, after a new school and some amazing administrators at his new school, our son is not only on the A honor roll, but has been invited to attend 4 prestigious NC Colleges, in addition to an invitation into a nationally recognized honors organization for High School Seniors. Follow your gut when it comes to your children and do not let any so call professional pigeon hole your child's future for ANY reason!

Submitted by a parent

January 28, 2014


FINALLY removed my child from this school after 2 years of empty promises and a facade of caring administrators. Been in a new school for 2 semesters and love it. Have a new found faith in education and can't express how much happier and production my child is. If you are considering PHS, words of advice; if your child is naturally a high academic performer you should be OK, the administration caters to these students. In fact they rely on them to pad their performance reviews. However if your child is an average student looking for a nurturing environment or you are looking for a 'family' oriented experience, this is not the place for you.

Submitted by a parent

January 3, 2014


I graduated here I'm 2011. If you are even I'm the slightest thinking about putting your child in this school run far! I transferred in my sophomore year and was in the top 10% of my old school. Once I got here I was struggling to maintain B's in my classes. The school only teaches you how to take scantron tests and write and produce a "senior graduation project." Their high "test scores" just come from their training you how to memorize information for a test not understand it or use it. Kids here are the worst and are not friendly at all! If you don't make strighy A's or your parents don't spend a bunch of money your considered mentally disabled in the schools eyes. I went to the school I wanted to get into for college but I still regret going to this school and I have never once returned.

November 23, 2013


We are moving to NC! We need information about neighborhood, bullies, and social life around the area.

Submitted by a parent

November 19, 2013


I graduated from Providence High School in 2011 and I never want to go back. The place is straight out of "The Hunger Games." The teachers encourage a cutthroat atmosphere from day one. Students are left to sink or swim in the academic environment with little aid from the staff. Those who are at the top of their class become the "chosen ones" and everyone else is cast away. Many teachers (especially those who teach AP) are extremely unprofessional and see themselves as "college drill sergeants." One has to wonder why they would teach high school instead of college if they're so intelligent, but I'll let you figure that one out for yourself (hint: they're not). One teacher told my parents that students do not earn A's in AP courses because high school students can't get A's in college courses. I am now a junior at a prestigious university, earning my accounting degree and a year away from being commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Army. Needless to say, the stories about certain failure if you didn't have a 4.5 GPA were utter bull. Do not send your child to Providence High School if you want them to receive a good education in a professional and respectful environment.

October 18, 2013


The teachers are awful and do not care about student sucess. THe administators are even worse! The only reason I am giving it one star is beacause I can not give it ZERO!!! They only care about you if you are the top 25 in your class otherwise they consider you dumb. The student population is not diverse and teachers try to make you fail. Please if you are considering schools for your children do NOT send them here they will only fail!

Submitted by a student

October 9, 2013


I have had children in this school for 6 years. I am so saddened by the culture in this school - which seems designed to take our best and brightest and "wring them out." It is almost as if some of the teachers don't want the students to succeed - they enjoy discouraging and belittling the students. (Of course, there are a few exceptions and a few good teachers.) For the most part, however, the principal and staff care about little other than test scores. Of course, the high test scores in this school are a result of bright students with families who put an emphasis on education. The crime in all of this is that the "B" student (who would be in A student in most schools) is completely neglected - and believe they are incompetent by the time the leave this school. Such a waste as our future needs the contributions of these capable and hard working children - they have much to offer. The administration NEEDS to step up and take responsibility for nurturing and truly educating our children during these important developmental years of high school. The current methods cannot continue and must be exposed.

Submitted by a parent

September 27, 2013


Providence is a top-notch school with an excellent faculty and administration. Students are definitely challenged academically and held to high standards. Additionally, students are treated like adults and expected to perform accordingly. Regarding some of the negative recent reviews from new parents at the school, if you want your child to be well prepared for college, there's no better place than Providence. Yes, the curriculum is strenuous and there's lots of homework. If you're looking for an easy ride, then go somewhere else. Just like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. Providence is a great value and rivals any of the private schools in the county in terms of education, a safe environment, and athletics.

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