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Harriton Senior High School8

Rosemont, PA | Montgomery County

November 9, 2014

Great school if your student is a self sufficient high achiever. But if your student is not, look elsewhere. I had a teacher say to me "God help the B student in this school. They are overlooked and ignored." Teachers don't teach, they "throw" information at students. If you student knows how to catch and absorb on his/her own - great. Otherwise you'll be spending money on after school tutors to teach what students should have been taught during the school day.

Submitted by a parent

August 29, 2014

The best of the best of schools. Very high caliber students, teachers, principals, guidance counselors, courses and extracurriculars. I can't imagine any better high school.

Submitted by a parent

November 20, 2013

Perfect environment for the affluent, over achievers with above average IQs. Principal is political which is not synonymous with effective. Teachers are privileged, lackadaisical, and apathetic. If your student does not meet the criteria of the first sentence you would best be served looking for another school. Students outside that criteria are dismissed as unworthy. Also, Special Needs compliance virtually non-existent. Special Ed teachers may try but receive zero cooperation from the main stream staff of teachers.

Submitted by a parent

May 5, 2011

The sciences were great. The language arts at best mediocre. The kids like to party. There was taunting of different students that was not dealt with. Cheating was rampant, well, shall I say, it was the norm. I can not say that is different from other high schools because I don't know other high schools. Some kids were really great. Some kids were really mean. Some teachers were really great. Some were really not. So I give it an average rating. Many kids appeared to get professional help in achieving good grades. Parents care about grades.

Submitted by a parent

March 28, 2011

I didn't appreciate it at the time but Harriton provided me with such an excellent and well-rounded education. Now, in college, I am way better prepared then a majority of my classmates.

April 10, 2010

My child is in the Harriton 2010 class, the first to graduate since the new school buildings opened. Even the old Harriton offered fantastic opportunities, at least within the broad 'honors/AP/IB' paths. The school s core strength is its teaching faculty. Our child's teachers have ranged from solidly professional to inspired. Because the student body is relatively small and the array of extracurricular activities is full, sports teams are inclusive. Offerings in the arts are strong and should improve further with the new buildings great new facilities. And about those facilities--they are great and being put to good use by the faculty and coaches. The exercise room rivals a sports club, the all-season field and track are extensively used by teams and neighbors, the classrooms, library, cafeteria and other common areas are lightfilled and well-designed. Negs mostly auto-dependent campus, though the natural-gas driven buses are quiet and well managed.

Submitted by a parent

July 27, 2009

This is a truly great school with some of the best teachers anywhere. It is the only school I have ever found where a Science Olympiad team gets cheered in the hallways for winning a competition. With 14 consequtive Pennsylvaia Science Olympiad championships along with national championships and consistent top ten in the US it sports a science department of committed teachers who go the extra step for their students. Where else do you find a public school where teachers meet with students on a saturday morning at a Starbucks to talk physics?

Submitted by a parent

December 3, 2008

I have had one child graduate and currently have two children at Harriton. Although Harriton is located in a relatively wealthy area of the Main Line, most of the wealthiest children attend one of the numerous private high schools in the area. Harriton is a bargain. It is a great school, the dozens of students I've met are racially tolerant and terrific in every way. Every school has its share of idiots, but to describe Harriton as elitist or intolerant is inaccuate at best, and an outright lie at worst.

Submitted by a parent

March 8, 2007

My son entered Harriton coming from a private school. I was concerned about the level of education compared to where he came from. I must say that I am very impressed with the teachers and the quality of overall education. He will be going into the IB program next year which is a real unique benefit of Harriton.There has also been a lot of negative comments about the wealth and status of the area and the affect of such on the student body. I must say that the students I have been exposed to are all high achievers and set bench marks for their peers. I believe that my son is extremely bright and continues to be challenged while getting an excellent education.

Submitted by a parent

March 2, 2007

My child attends Harriton High School and I appreciate their high academic standards, however, I am deeply disappointed in the lack of racial tolerance at the school. I encourage all parents to teach tolerance, so we can all learn, work and play in a healthier society.

Submitted by a parent

February 20, 2007

Harriton High School is a good school, don't get me wrong, however I want to let other parents know that sending your kids here is very difficult. Harriton's student body is a small, mean, fast group of kids with too much of their parents money. There was so little reality there; my child ended up graduating with the belief that a 3 story, 4 acre property was average and having almost zero interaction with children of different ethnic and economic background. Over Harriton, choose Lower Merion, same district but much firmer grasp on reality and a much softer student body!

Submitted by a parent

December 20, 2005

Good High school. Kids do really well after graduation. Great special needs programs

Submitted by a parent

December 14, 2005

An excellent public high school. Students are challenged academically and have a tremendous number of extracurricular activites to choose from.

Submitted by a former student

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