I'm very privileged to go to this school. It has lots of connections and resources; Ex: Each year Global Navigators sets aside a minimum of about $10,000 for Payton students and last summer, 20 students traveled with CIEE. Most of the teachers are very passionate and happy to help but often, it has to be on your own initiative. The school culture is okay. There isn't much severe bullying and much of the student body is educated with regards to social issues. Of course, there are exceptions. The environment often feels cold and cliquish and more competitive than collaborative. I'm not a big fan of the counseling department because its members have often come off as careless and there have been times I was blown off, had my questions for help unanswered, and had random racial remarks made at me. Other than that, I think this school has prepared me well for college. The school is trying to fix these problems and I have faith that its culture can improve with time.