CITY HONORS SCHOOL AT FOSDICK MASTEN PARK

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16070 E UTICA ST
BUFFALO, NY 14208
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Phone: 716-816-4230
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 9
  • Educational Climate: Low
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: 5th Grade - 12th Grade
  • District: Buffalo City School District
  • Students/Teacher: 13:1
  • Students/Grade: 118.8
  • Number Students: 950
  • Number Teachers: 108
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 10455
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 60
  • Principal: Dr William Kresse
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings (28 ratings)
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    School Reviews (28 Reviews)
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    Posted 2012-10-22
    "I hate this school with most fiery of passions. The academics were decent, but not superb as can be demonstrated by the fact that the pass rates for some regents exams are laughably low for an honors school. The student body creates a very hostile environment, and some of the teachers spread rumors and trash talk students. In fact, one time I saw a teacher spreading a malicious rumor about a student and asked him why the teacher did it, the response was, I kid you not, "To embarrass him [the student]." A lot of times, students behave with impunity and at other times, administration is arbitrarily stringent in enforcement of school rules. Since GreatSchools won't publish reviews that name students, teachers or staff, I will just say that some students had bullied and harassed another student for months on end and received no punishment for what they did. After graduating from this atrocious institution, I realized that high school literature courses killed my joy in reading. The mathematics department is nearly a joke. The sciences are particularly weak. Overall, terrible high school with a horrible environment. Wish I could go back in time and gone to a different high school."
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    Posted 2012-06-08
    "As a parent of two recent graduates, I can say that I would choose City Honors again in a heart beat. My children grew into extraordinarily well-educated young adults who are also well-rounded, empathetic, independent thinking, and globally conscious, They were a part of a wonderfully diverse student body (both racially and socioeconomically). Their social experience was extremely positive. They have made life-long friendships with peers and teachers alike.The school offered a multitude of social, athletic, and creative outlets and offered many opportunities for personal growth and community involvement. The IB curriculum is a premier education model, from which both kids benefited greatly, including the awarding of full college scholarships and college sophomore status upon their high school graduation. The administration of City Honors is hard working, extremely competent, involved, and caring. Students are expected to work diligently and to apply themselves at City Honors. If a student is not so minded, and/or if a parent is not prepared to support their child in that effort, there is no point in being there. CHS enjoys multiple top 10 national rankings. Absolutely no regrets!"
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    Posted 2012-02-10
    "City honors has thus far surpassed my expectations . I feel if my child takes advantage of what is being offered. She can achieve what ever she sets out to achieve. The decision is truely up to her. The bottom line for me is that she is being exposed and academically challeneged. The bulk of our public and even charter schools are lagging behind , I hate to say this, it pains me to say this , but there are high schools in our city that are nothing more then teenage waste lands. I base this on graduation rates and college acceptance percentages. As for my child this free ,public education , if nothing else has my child on the right track."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-12-21
    "Honestly, the four years I have spent at City Honors for high school were the most miserable years of my life. It's been a couple of years since I graduated, and I still feel the sting of the bullying and harassment I suffered at the hands of peers, both those my age and even younger, and occasionally even teachers. I feel like I had so much more potential and could have succeeded to a larger extent in a less hostile environment. Instead, City Honors crushed my sense of self-worth and esteem. It got so bad that somedays I would just dread walking into school and felt lousy at the end of the day after an entire day's worth of ostracism and rude behavior from students. Academically, the school's pass rates on AP exams and some regents are laughably low for an "honors" school. The IB program is a scam, and does very little to prepare a student for college and earns the student almost zero credits anywhere. I do applaud the school for its socioeconomic diversity, but the student body is very racially segregated. Some teachers are pretty good (Jurich, Crane, Stephens, Roche, Franke, etc) but many are indeed washed out. Overall, my experience at this school was less than satisfactory."
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    Posted 2011-11-18
    "I'm a freshman at Honors; it's my first year attending the school and I can honestly say it does not live up to any expectations. I came to Honors to be academically challenged and surrounded by peers with the same thrive for knowledge. I found out quite quickly that this simply is not the case. The students are not as gifted as many seem to think; one of my peers stated that when the Earth goes behind the Sun, the Sun casts a shadow on the Earth. Many of them simply arrive at Honors in fifth grade and lose all thrive for a higher education within a few months. Also, while some teachers are truly fantastic, many are quite the opposite. The coursework is mediocre at best; I've put minimal effort into all of my courses and I'm receiving grades ranging from 95-103. It's also a terrible social environment. The school is excessively clique-y; I've already been shoved into the "losers" clique (which I don't mind at all; I love my friends), and many people won't talk to me just because of it. I was cyber-bullied by a student before I even started classes in September. All in all, honors is really just a letdown and I wish I'd chosen a different school to attend for the next four years."
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