Matt Graham

Park Hill High School8

Kansas City, MO | Platte County

June 24, 2014


I am very happy with this school district. My kids are getting the help they need in certain areas and have improved so much that they are now where they need to be and above. I am glad we moved to this school district.

Submitted by a parent

April 9, 2014


One of the top schools in terms of academics in the area if not in the state. Outstanding students and teachers (despite some) make for a great environment.

Submitted by a student

December 8, 2013


Park Hill School District as well as Park Hill High School is amazing. My children have been recruited by IVY League institutions for their successes in high school. My wife and I would not send them to any other place. Thank you Park Hill.

Submitted by a parent

October 21, 2013


cont... Cons: I wish I could have skipped physical science and took more AP classes. I didn't like my counselor. Others liked theirs. We've had negative news a few times, but it is more of select individuals. They should not reflect the whole school. Remember, the graduating classes are around 450 people. The school does a lot to try to promote a positive image. Parking could be a challenge. Also, when school starts, you can only enter from the front entrance. It sucks when the weather is terrible, but it's for security purposes. Foul language being used. You must be extremely sheltered if you think no one cusses in high school. This should be a problem if it's elementary school, but it's not. If they don't experience it now, they'll experience it in college. Honestly, if you need more proof, I'm at Vanderbilt University now, and I'm doing just fine. Park Hill is a wonderful place to be. Enjoy your four years while it lasts.

Submitted by a student

June 12, 2012


I have had 3 children graduate with Park Hill High School, and their experiences were all very positive, We were involved in their education and although we didn't have any disciplinary problems, the administration knew us by name and child, and opened their arms to us. They welcome parent involvement in all aspects of the high school experience for our children, and I think the negative comments come from parents who do not actively and positively interact with the school or they are not actively trying to work with staff in the best interest of their children. I like discipline for the students, this is the last chance we have to mold them into positive individuals entering "real life" after graduation. My husband works for the city of KCMO, and we specifically moved to the Park Hill School district for their award winning education.

Submitted by a parent

April 25, 2012


My child was a sophomore during the 2011-2012 school year at Park Hill, and we learned this lesson the hard way: there is no standard of grading applicable to the same class taught by different teachers. For example, one teacher truncates (and includes the decimal point) while anothraounds (to the whole number), thus creating an inequalities and negatively impacting the student.

Submitted by a parent

May 3, 2011


I have had a child in Park Hill Schools since the first grade who is now a sophomore and also have two more now. From the youngest being sent to walk home through non-sidewalk entrances and in all types of weather rain-snow anything, to my oldest being bullied in grade school without the other child getting 1-day in-school for writing foul language on three different walls, to the middle child being picked on by teachers, oh and the admitted discrimination at football games of younger students, to not allowing students struggling in class to taking an EOC (end of course exam) guess this how their test scores are so high NOT ALL THE STUDENTS TAKE THEM, to bullying from the staff, to not allowing students to take home graded tests, to weighting grades towards tests as high as 85% of the overall grade, to a new scoring system that the highest grade is subject to the teacher and not based on performance on homework, class work, or tests, simply judgment of the teacher. Oh but the athletics are pretty decent too bad the rest of the school isn t. I would not ever allow one of my friend s kids to go to this school district without warning them first. This school is BAD

Submitted by a parent

February 12, 2009


There is virtually no racial or economic diversity and way too much emphasis on sports!

Submitted by a parent

November 6, 2008


I don't know where some of these other students are coming from, but I love Park Hill. The teachers are incredible, the community is very friendly, and the administration is very positive. (And for the people who claim that South is better, just remember that South's test scores are dismal compared to PHHS).

Submitted by a student

May 5, 2008


Park Hill South uses disiplin more that just trusting the students to do there best. They rarley encorage us to do good in classes, but they are quick to say that if a student does one incorrect act, such as being late, they make it so a security personel is needed to escort the student to the bathroom, luckaly the teachers stuck it to the man and realized that such a plan was stupid and riduculous and that plan is no longer in use. It is a matter of time before there is another plan to degrade the student body.

Submitted by a student

April 3, 2008


Park Hill is a horrible representation of what the Park Hill District has made of itself throuhout its many years. Since I switched to South(the other highschool in the district), I have seen exactly the differences, especially in the areas of security, accessibility, administration, and the over-all school environment. Going to school is a joy at South, at Park Hill its just plain unpleasant. Especially when GSA entered the school. The club was created for a just cause, but soon turned into a heated argument within the student body, parents, and the administration. Christian Club was made to counter-act the group, thus creating a bigger divide amongst the student body.

Submitted by a student

October 27, 2007


Park Hill is a fabulous school. The administration cares alot about grades and are very tough. If you have an F you are placed in an Academic Lab and Wednesday Support Block to help bring your grade up. The teachers are phenomenal and will assist you in any way possible. There are tons of activites to be involved in. Park Hill probably has the most school spirit out of any other schools in the area. We have an assortment of clubs, ranging from Anime Club to Scrabble Squad.

Submitted by a student

September 3, 2007


My daughter is a Junior here at PHHS. Great facility, great teachers! The principal on the other hand could use a dose of humility. Some of the teachers she has had have truly been excellent. I Never worry about her safety, in comparison to other districts. I would recommend the Park Hill district to anyone moving to the KC area.

Submitted by a parent

February 28, 2007


I have been involved with PHHS for the last several years. This school is top-notch. Any one relocating to the Kansas City area should consider Park Hill High School above all other area public schools. I have nothing but positive comments about the teachers and administrators.

Submitted by a parent

June 21, 2006


In the two years I have spent here at Park Hill, I can honestly say that they have been great. The best thing about the school, bar none, is the social aspect. By this I mean, there aren't many problems with bullying, and, for the most part, while there are cliques, there is nothing concrete, and almost all of the students are easy to get along with, and live in peace with. Further, the teachers, at least in the Arts and Social Sciences are fantastic, they are intelligent, well educated individuals. The Extra-Curriculars are great, and supported, without taking away from the learning environment. The Sports programs are successful, and, PH Consistenly maintains the highest standardized test scores amongst any large school in the State of Missouri. The Theatre, Debate, Art, and athletic programs are open and inviting.

Submitted by a student

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