Como Park Senior High School (CPHS) is where I spent four crucial years of my life. Attending the school throughout my freshmen through senior years, I absolutely loved every moment. From the experiences with my Advance Placement (AP) classes to the teachers that taught them, I know I am ready for college. As I have great familiarity with the school, I am here to give you an idea on how Como Park Senior High School excels beyond the standard of the other six inner city public schools in Saint Paul.
Como Park Senior High School’s academic strive is superb. Test scores generally rank above the other inner city schools and all of the teachers that I have had are all amazing are drawing in students’ attention and keeping them interested throughout the year. Even the teachers I have not had the pleasure of learning from, have positive reviews from other students. CPHS also boasts an impressive resume of 18 AP courses which are currently offered in all the major disciplines. Over 550 Advanced Placement exams are given in May with a pass rate of over 50%; this is an extraordinary accomplishment considering the national average is around 40%.
Along side being a superior academic school, CPHS has a lot of extracurricular activities that students can partake in. There are clubs like Young Democrats, Young Republicans, and Anime Club, but one of the main focuses is the athletics program at Como Park. CPHS always produces a competitive team, regardless of sport. Despite being an inner city school, meaning that talent is spread out to other schools due to boundaries, Como Park generates an excellent basketball and football team, either winning the conference or coming in second. Minnesota’s singles badminton champion also attends Como Park while the overall team finished third in state this past year.
One of the main problems with schools’ are its administration, or lack thereof. Located within Saint Paul, thus the inner city label, Como Park Senior High effectively integrates all ethnicities within the school ranging from Caucasian, African American, Chinese, Native American, Hmong, and other cultures. When teenage boys and girls, raging with hormones, are stuck in a building for six and a half hours a day fights occur occasionally; however, CPHS handles fights well as teachers are quick to end fights and maintain the safety of students. The prevention of fights is also effective as the administration monitors the cameras around the school and occasionally enforces a “No Hall Pass” rule to further guarantee the safety of students.
If you are looking for a public school within the Saint Paul Public School system to send your child to this upcoming fall, Como Park Senior High is an amazing choice. The school’s academics, athletics, and administration are all good reasons for CPHS to be your child’s choice!