Doherty High School
Colorado Springs, CO 80917
About This School
In 2011, Doherty High School had 20 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Colorado average is 17 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Doherty High School Reviews
I have 2 children (Junior and Softmore) attending Doherty High School. I have had difficulty with the school in providing fair, consistent approaches to my children since they have attended. The school preaches a family atmosphere, but honestly, our children and family have been outcast since they have attended. [Content removed by Education.com.] Now I know you may think I have some difficult children, but the reality is that my son is very quiet, never been in trouble with the law or teachers, and averages A's and B's. My daughter is more outgoing, but attentive in class, never in trouble with law or teachers, and averages A's, B's and possibly a C every now and then.
Academically, the teachers are about 50/50 interested in the development of the children. Books are a challenge and public school will cost you approximately $100 - $200 to attend per semester for books, workbooks, etc. The school recently had a building improvement, but did not budget for books, an epic fail for a school.
The basketball program has provided a new head coach in the last 3 years that has been an unfair, political program from my experience. If your children play for the "Force" then you will have a spot on the team. Monies invested into specific parts of the program (i.e. - level C) will result in funding the Varsity Team. Play and participation is strictly dependant upon who you know and not skill. The program eroded so badly that many of the Juniors and Seniors (approximately 75%) from the 2012 season did not try out for the 2013 season. Very dissappointing basketball program - don't waste your time.
There are some good teachers in the school which is the reason why we continue to allow our children to attend, but ultimately, the school continues to worsen each year and I am very dissappointed with the lip service they provide to the parents.
Doherty HS is an excellent score for teachers and students. The Social Studies Dept., where I teach, is highly impressive with the skills of the faculty and the curriculum offered. We value strong teacher-student relationships, challenge students on their level of ability, and prepare them for the world outside of HS.
The school is very safe with a relatively minor drug/alcohol problem, very few fights, and an effective discipline program. The worst that can be said about DHS is the frequent cursing by students is offensive. Still, aside from this, the students are respectful to one another and to staff.
Athletically, DHS is average in most sports, but, has an outstanding boy's basketball program due primarily to a legendary head coach. The student-athletes are not as dedicated to sports as schools in the southern portion of the U.S. and the Denver suburbs. The head FB coach and head baseball coach are both outstanding coaches and people.
I teach 9th grade high-risk (mostly underachievers) students in World History and coach a "C" squad baseball team. The students I teach are fine young men and ladies, yet, lack the love of learning and academic commitment to excel at this point.
Hope this candid observation helps you understand about DHS.