Pell City High School
Pell City, AL | St. Clair County
June 29, 2014
I am currently a senior of PCHS. I am on the yearbook staff, involved in FBLA, robotics, and I am in the ham radio club. My school has a decent standard academic program. My school gives students many oppuritunities to succeed and get prepared for everyday life. I have been given the oppuritunity to take college classes at a real college, learn business skills from excellent business education teachers like Mrs. Pope, Mrs. Spraberry, and Mrs. Parris. I've been given the opportunity to take agriculture classes with Mrs. Hill and Mrs. Lambert. I could also take band, JROTC, theatre, choir, show choir, welding, and even a computer programming class. There are gobs of programs and oppuritunities at PCHS. You may see old reviews on this site about horrible administration and bullying which was true! But ever since Dr. Dowdy has became our principle, I haven't heard of a single fight all year and we haven't been on the news once. Please take this administration change into consideration when choosing your child's school. I have had a wonderful experience at Pell City that I would not trade for anything. The one bad thing about PC is that it revolves around football. The whole city does.
April 15, 2014
I graduated from PCHS in 2012. There are good and bad things to say about the school, just like any high school. I will state that I do not feel prepared for college, I attend UAB, after taking some courses and feeling very lost in the material. Professors expect high school teachers to teach the material, and I can say that it was not taught well enough. I took standard classes, so maybe that is the reason; but that shouldn't be an excuse. Administration was getting more strict the year I graduated. The school is old, but what do you expect? You get what you take out of the experience. Some kids in sports are more known, but that is not something just at Pell City. I made good grades, and had some good and bad teachers. Not every school is perfect!
February 27, 2014
Do NOT move your kids here. Awful place. Went here 4 yearws and learned NOTHING about the real world.
January 16, 2014
I graduated from pchs and had a great experience with great teachers and plenty of friends, sure there's a lot of people and drama that comes with it, but that's life and as far as the academics go, you get out of it what you give.
July 1, 2013
The bathrooms are filthy and the food is awful. Discipline is very inconsistent. Some classes are overcrowded. There are a lot of fights.Submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
PCHS has a history of teachers resigning due to misconduct. During the spring of 2013 some of those were on the TV news in Birmingham.Submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
Very chaotic, lots of drama. Some of the teachers openly gossip to classes of students about other students and also get into Facebook drama with the kids, etc. The special ed. coordinator in the central office does not have a degree in special ed. and is not certified to teach special ed. The athletic director does not answer to the principal.Submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
The football coach, AD, and football caches run the school and system. The school system always ask themselves how would it benefit football? Title 9 is a big concern in this system. Discrimination and Equal Opportunity is, too.Submitted by a parent
January 12, 2013
under the leadership of its principal and her staff , pell city high school has moved from being a "dropout factory" to a fantastic place to receive an education. As a former student , i have already made the decision that when the time comes my children will go to school here.
August 8, 2011
The school as declining resources and they are reducing instructional blocks year over year. The leadership is stagnant with very few if any innovative ideas. Much of the campus is outdated and does not meet ADA compliance. There is a clear miss-match of resources between male and female sports (ie Football, Band, Volleyball, etc.) For example transportation to participate in off site sporting events is done by parents for some sports, but no all.Submitted by a parent
November 29, 2010
This school is run by students, not administrators. The students can do what they want. I taught there and was cursed out by students almost every day. The students skip class with no punishment. The administration does not have the teacher's back. This year, 3 teachers have left in the middle of the year because the school has gotten so bad. The academics do not help students for college. The students will struggle if they go to college. The school also has maternity leave because there are so many pregnancies. I do not recommend sending your child here.
July 31, 2010
I'm love pchs. I'm a 2009 graduate of pchs and I had an amazing high school experiance. The teacher were ther to help and the administration was very hands on.Submitted by a student
June 11, 2010
I graduated from PCHS in 2008 and I am overly confident in my academic path for my future.The teachers are great and the students are compared with a high academic standard. Like most schools, PCHS is completed with everything you need! GO PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 7, 2010
This school has some great teachers. The problem with the school is the bullying of new students. My daughter has not had a break all year. This has been a continuous problem with no help from school officials. We will not be returning next year, I would rather my child not have to wonder if someone is going to attack her every single day. There needs to be better administrators and a better resource officer at this school. (Not to mention the parents of these kids, have definite problems). Do not send your child to this school if you want them to have a great high school experience.Submitted by a parent
May 2, 2010
My son transfered here his junior yr. He has been on an IEP since middle school, and I'm sure they are written with best intentions, they place undo hardships on a student with ADHD. He's at the end of this quest; and will have nothing to show except a High School Certificate and being allowed to 'WALK' I doubt even 3 goals have ever been acheived, and it seems as though his starting problem has been comprehension, and not getting what is read.This area has never been addressed, even with direct references. He's struggled so, and I feel guilty that a diploma is not within range. Now he's been offered to participate in ceremonies days before we were told he couldn't. They don't have any medical or affective behaviors of these disorders, they seem to group it all in one, but every student/child is different , these disorders bring out .Submitted by a parent
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