The option of transforming my school highly disappoints me and angers me. Supposedly Banana Kelly has to be transformed because of our “low graduation rates”. There are a couple of reasons why we have low graduation rates. One, because we are being over-filled with ELLs (English language learners), Special Education students and over-age freshman students. Secondly, we do not have luxuries such as a gym, auditorium, and a library. For our physical education classes we have to walk a block to the Police Athletic League and borrow their gym. We do not even have enough tables and chairs in our school.
There are some classes students wish to have, and some extra-curricular activities and after school programs, but the school can’t afford them. If Banana Kelly was funded properly and the amount of ELL, Special Education and over-age freshman students was limited, I guarantee a dramatic increase in our graduation rates. Why can’t we get support from the Board of Education to overcome these issues and work with us to improve our school, rather than destroy it?
Banana Kelly High School has helped me realize my potential, not only as a student but as a young adult. The teachers have not only taught me subjects like history, mathematics, reading and writing and art, they have equipped me to think about life after high school and what I can achieve. This school is my home and if you take that away from me I have nothing.
I spoke about the lack of tools to help the school function properly. I mentioned how the school needs a gym and an actual laboratory. I spoke about how the Board of Education expected so much from us even though we lacked many supplies. Banana Kelly is a big family where I have grown into this school.
Why break hopes and dreams when we can make them come true instead?
I attend Banana Kelly High School, and I think that this school is one of the best high schools ever. The teachers are hard-working and really care for the students and their education. This school has the programs and the help you need to succeed in life. During my time here I have taken tests and classes that benefit what I need for my future. The Children’s Aid Society’s program at Banana Kelly has the help you need in subjects like History, Global, Science, Art, Music, cooking class, Math, English, and Health. I pretty much have no complaints towards this school and am looking forward to graduating as a senior this year.