John Jay High School Reviews
Rating 3.89 out of 5 111 reviews
Ever since I entered those doors of John Jay High School, I've envisioned myself slowly progressing into the person I wanted to become. An approachable, out-going, sociable student. That was my long-term goal. I would find common grounds to connect, socialize with my peers or giver them a chuckle of joy. In order to experience High school to at its extent, I got involved. I joined the Cross Country Team and Track team. It was exhilarating, the blood bumping from an intense workout, such determined and sweaty faces, and authentic personalities. That's what I wanted. To be surrounded by those who lift each other towards their goa. I loved it. I sparked my running career from early Freshmen year, throughout my whole Junior year and partially my Senior year. I've learned so much from joining a sport because I really felt the accomplishment of working to your at most hardest, till you're about to drop died, knowing you've made a difference with yourself. High school is truly a gift.
Even with Covid my experience at John Jay has been astounding. The music programs have greatly enhanced all of my abilities.
It is a really awesome school and the environment is accepting. The teachers are really open and accepting and the overall feel of the school is really nice. The teachers are well instructed and the class work and lessons that they give help the students become stronger in the topics being taught
John hay has provided me with amazing academic opportunities and has really diversified me. I'm in love with the school and I can't wait to see the opportunities I face in the future!
john jay was a fun school to go to. the teachers are very nice and they are always there to help you. there isnt alot of diversity but the students are nice but can be cliquey
I currently have two children at JJHS, one is in 10th grade the other a senior. We have an amazing arts and sports program, both equally celebrities at John Jay. We also have amazing teachers across all curriculum who are really there for the students and who are wonderful educators.
This school has a great mix of focus on academics and art. The teachers are very invested in their students and the classes they teach. The counselors are attuned to the varying kinds of needs of their students and help to point them in the right direction.
The academics and staff are amazing. But the environment is not very friendly. The kids are all grouped together and difficult to communicate with.
I really felt like John Jay prepped me for college. When I got to college I was able to keep up with my work and at times I have felt like I received more work in High school than I do in college! The only thing I didn't like about John Jay was that I felt as if I had no sense of freedom. They wouldn't ever let you walk around and if you were walking around they made you feel as if you were doing something very wrong.
I had a wonderful time overall but lacked engagement and proper challenges. I loved most of my teachers but not all we're perfect. I enjoyed high school, take that as you will!
JJHS has a solid academic program, sports program and extra curricular programs. It's easy to get engaged with the school as a parent and student. The facilities for sports and theater are very nice although the classrooms need serious improvement. They do not use a collaborative format and by no means focus on the individual student and "how" they learn best in varied settings. The classrooms and the library more resemble something from the 1980's or earlier. That said, the teachers are mostly good and engaged with the students as are the administrative personnel. I would increase the college preparedness and offer more advanced areas of study including in the languages and career choice areas (i.e., such as sports management, fashion design, health and more.) Overall, it's a very good public school but just needs greater thought-leading initiatives and perhaps greater funding to afford more updated facilities (beyond the sports facilities, which are clearly well funded).
The academics and teachers are fantastic, but certain elements of how the building is run can be deeply frustrating for students and unnecessarily restrictive, such as door locking policies.
I have been a student there for 4 years now. I am a senior and I can say that it has allowed me to grow as a person. I am now a strong leader in and out of school. This school may not have all the necessities needed, but with the teacher's hard work, you gain a lot of knowledge.
I am a recent graduate from John Jay and they definitely prepared me for college. The classes I took were relevant and helped me with college classes. College organic chemistry was much easier for me than others after taking my high school chem class.
I think I'm extremely lucky to have gone such a nice school. If I could improve the school, I would create a better art program that has more resources for students. I would also improve the current parking system.
I really enjoyed my time at John Jay High School. I have found most of my teachers to be very accommodating especially during extra help sessions. If you struggle in any class and want to improve they will help you make that happen.
John Jay High School is a school that encourages its students to be accepting and respectful of everyone's differences. The culture is one of the best things about the school. The traffic flow could be better in the hallways; there are crazy traffic jams because the stairways are too narrow. It would be nice if they provided an outdoor area for eating lunch. Teachers are nice. Plenty of clubs, activities and sports. Strong academics, but could use more time management training to get ready for college. Kids are nice and it's a very safe school. Administration is respectful to students and parents.