On May 5, the Post-Dispatch published a list of the eight “most dangerous” high schools in the St. Louis area based on the number of discipline incidents at these schools. While it’s true that these incidents should not be discounted, schools should not be judged by these alone.
I am currently a freshman at University City High School, No. 8 on the list. My school is not perfect, but it’s far from a bad school. Many students are very involved in the programs our school offers, from sports to the spring musical to robotics. A group of juniors and seniors even got to see the presidential inauguration in January.
Our academics aren’t bad, either. Many students challenge themselves with honors or AP classes, and quite a few are very successful. One senior even earned a 36 on the ACT this year.
UCHS does not have a “pervasive culture of violence,” as was written in a letter to the editor on May 12. I am not afraid to walk the halls here. At UCHS, I am not surrounded by violent drug addicts. I am surrounded by the familiar faces of my friends and classmates, people who care about their futures.
Don’t judge schools by discipline incidents alone. Many of these schools do great things, and my school is one of them.
Christine Politte • University City