A wonderful teacher! I had him for AP US Hist. Pay close attention to his lectures because they are great for connecting large concepts over time. His assignments may seem like busywork, but, if done diligently, you will "crush the exam to dust." He likes hard workers and those who pay attention during class. Do what he recommends and you will be well prepared for the exam. His tests aren't hard if you follow his directions. He has a LOT of history to share!
Man what a guy. John "johnny" Downes might just be the most interesting character at CHS. He's quite the awkward fellow, but that's why we love him! He's super knowledgeable in AP History courses as well. Just make sure to always know the material going into class, as he has little tolerance for stragglers. He leaves much to be desired by way of structuring and lesson planning, and his activities sometimes seem like busy work. But overall he's pretty chill as long as you don't say "Jesus Christ"
THE John Downes is the most interesting experience I have ever had as a student, with that being said I am fully convinced he is a god. Extremely knowledgeable and insightful. If you have him never say "Jesus christ". Other than that he's one of the best teachers I have had.
Mr Downes is a smart guy, and he clearly loves his job. That being said, I hate the man with a passion. His early attempts to explain how to write essays for the AP made absolutely no sense. Often, he'd assign homework with ridiculous due dates (once, he assigned a reading the night before class at 2 AM over email).We spent a lot of time in class learning test skills and had to learn all the material on our own with the textbook. That was the idea, but would've been nice to be instructed
He knew exactly what he was talking about and told you exactly what he expected. Truly loved the subject and you can tell. It's hard to come by teachers as excellent and proficient as Mr. Downes!
Got caught cheating and got yelled at and got my grade lowered by a whole grade. Still got 5 on exam. Ez pz.
One of the most energetic, inspirational, and relatable teachers in CHS. I developed a passion for history (which I thought was impossible 1.2 years ago) through him.
I'm one of Mr. Downes' daughters! Emma, the oldest. I'm going to high school this year and although I don't have him as a teacher (I don't go to Chantilly) couldn't ask for a more awesome dad! He is kind, supportive and yes loves his Lord of the Rings.
pew pew pew pew
BIG D. What can I say just a fabulous teacher. Loves what he does and loves kids and teaching. He doesn't really pick favorites and if he does it's not obvious. His lectures are great and you should take copious notes and pay attention. DON'T SKIP THE READING. Especially ap world students. He isn't strict about phones as long as you're not texting a lot. If you anger him he will yell. He will prepare you for the ap exam. I had him two years In a row and I will miss the guy. Bring hand sanitizer.
Be on his good side. Yah, thats basically it. And reiterate what other's are saying. Read, read, read. And study well. The AP exam is based on what he's taught you and how much you STUDY from what I'v
He's one of those teachers you can't really 'rate', for some people, you can't rate him until the AP exam, based on what HE'S TAUGHT not on how well you study, because really thats up to you. But he's
Downes can be mean and stuff sometimes and embarrass you, but in the end he's a fantastic teacher. DONT b.s. assignments and just listen in his class and you'll do fine. READ
i had him last year and i got a c/d the entire year. his class is too hard and he doesnt explain things well. the way he lectures is very confusing and he thinks hes better than everyone. im sure hes
Mr. Downes is the best teacher I have ever had. He is strict and will make you work hard, but he knows what he's talking about and is a very reasonable teacher. Work hard and he'll respect that.
He's a bit of a hard teacher. You have to prepare for long nights and hard days if you have him. But at the end of the day, you know you've learned atleast something.There's a whole lot of work though
i love downes, great guy. tough class but it's an AP
I don't understand why people are hating on mr. Downes.he's the best ap teacher you'll ever find. If your scared that he's hard don't cause I was about to pee in my a
arguably the best teacher at Chantilly, Downes knows his stuff like no one else. He's a really great person to talk to in and outside of class...keep in touch with him for those college aps!
He's a great Pre-AP teacher, but very disorganized. He is sometimes confusing, but knows a lot about his subject. Advice: Follow his rules and study key terms for quizzes.
Even if he's wrong, he knows more history than you do guy 3 below me. He embarrasses you cuz it's funny, the quizzes are hard cuz it's AP, there questions he didn't discuss cuz you're supposed to READ
He's a great teacher! I've had him twice and he's a lot of fun. He really knows his stuff and is very passionate. Hard tests, but entertaining and you learn a lot. He great!
Okay, so speaking from experience....he's an AWESOME teacher! I never thought so at first, but it was his hard work and teaching that got me a 5! Just do the reading, and you'll survive.
uhh hez kinda cool in a way but his classez are SOO hardd ur barely gonna pass
Downes is an amazing teacher. he's passionate about the subject and you cant help but pay attention to his lectures. best ap world teacher ever! (do your reading!)
Ive had him for ap, and yes, he is harder than monteverde, but he is much better at teaching. He knows what hes doing, and its ALOT of reading, but hes an AMAZING TEACHER. ap world is worth taking
love him love him love him... hated him at first, now hes my favorite teacher ever (have had him for two classes)
Downes is the best teacher I have had to date, he knows AP so well, he's so educated his lectures make you want to listen. You get grades back at interim and end of quarter, he'll get frustrated if you go ask him before, but really in the end there are enough fluffy points to help your grade in AP that you will be absolutely fine. He's excellent in giving the extra help after school, on blackboard (its always fun getting an email from the almighty john downes), and at the reviews. Amazing class.
Although he is a great guy, his lectures leave a bit to be desired. But he does use 'fluffy' points to balance out his AP grades. Use them to yout advantage. It's a hard class, which is to be expected, and the reading is brutal. Make sure to turn in all your work on time, otherwise you're sunk. But he does a pretty good job, as far as teaching goes.
ok everyone is being way too harsh. he is such a great teacher! i love his class a ton- even if it is AP. he prepares you well and if you do the reading and try you will be fine. besides, you want him over monterverde or whatever his name is, you WILL fall asleep in his class and his class average is a grade lower then downes' cause downes is sooo much better!!!!!
I try not to stab myself everyday. The amount of reading expected in AP world is ridiculous even though i havn't read anything yet.
If you are taking AP world..... try not to stab yourself
He's tough, but a really nice guy. Study the unit guides in World 1. get him talking about star wars, lord of the rings, or the catholic church and you'll get out of classwork! he loves FRIENDS!
Mr. Downes is the best you can get. Don't switch out because you think he's going to be too hard. I almost did that, but i'm really glad i didnt. I have never learned so much in one class before.
one word HARD. we were having quizzes EVERY day. be prepared for a lot of projects. He had a sub come in when SW episode 3 came out. kind of weird. if you are bad w/ homework, get out of that class.
Great teacher! His lectures are excellent and you will be so prepared for AP history. The only teacher who actually helped me with writing.
I absolutly love mr.D! Hes the best world history teacher you can get,and REALLY prepares you for AP with Demek.His lectures were the best! Hes also cool bc hes a Harry Potter fan!
best history teacher iv ever had , has a fun side and explains things with facts and details.....far superior to ms emch makes her look like a elemtary student trying to teach an ap class
uh mr downes picks his favorites from day 1. he is overly hard and i have forgotten almost everything ive learned. his lectures were good though
mr downes is a great teacher. i dont care what anyone says. hes the hardest teacher ive ever had but i dont think i have ever learned more. hes a great guy and is amazing at what he does.
he's awesome1 really random, but so nice and helpful. i had him for 2 years, and yeah he was hard, but i still had a social life despite what those other people said. he prepared me well for AP, especially for the essays.
Those who gloat about Mr. Downes do so because they are his favorites to some extent. He is a moody person who constantly changes dates of just about everything. He grades easies too harshly, providing unhelpful criticism. He can lecture well and thats it
I wish you people would stop whining about his class. I'll be a senior next year and had Downes 2 years in a row, so I can tell you that you will be so thankful when you get to AP. You will be so ready for the work. Good thing he's finally getting an AP
why is this guy the only one who taught me how to write???? the english teachers don't even try. if you get Demek, pray you had Downes.
Really, if you must put verbal vomit somewhere, put it somewhere that freshman won't read and think that your telling the truth. It's sad that one of our most dedicated and caring teachers gets the most whining from kids who are lazy beyond belief.
Mr. Downes is amazing. He's a great teacher and he knows what he's talking about. He may not be the easiest, but if you do your work and you study you'll have an easy B. I don't see why people don't like him! He's great.
Please! Downes is so cool. He talks about things we care about! Uniform violations! Hillarious! MTV! TV! You got some mean kids Downes! LOL
Great teacher... nice and helpful/makes jokes... He is only to be considered hard if you don't study at all. His assignments are fairly easy as long as you take your time on them... helps me in english to with essay work.
Downes...A few adjectives that describe Downes...arrogant, condesending, indecisive, disorganized, star wars/ lord of the rings freak, critical, over anylitical, boring, annoying, doesn't like barbies, and always has to be right.
eh hes okay but needs to realize that some of us actually have lives outside of history and know that not everyone likes star wars
I'm now a freshman in college; I had Mr. Downes for GT World History I. He really prepared me to write, the primary ticket for survival in AP and college.
Take AP World next year! Mr Downes rules! If you love history, he is the man.
I have NO artistic ability I CAN'T HAND DRAW MAPS!!! Cool guy but LOTS of work
Downes rocks!! If you want to go to AP history with Demek then take this class. The only class I have ever had that teaches how to write thesis statements which all jounior and senior teachers expect you to know. Hes a cool dude too!
Had him sophomore year, prepared me QUITE WELL for AP, was his aid second semester junior year, and had him write my college recommendation. He's extremely awesome at that I might add, I got into William and Mary!
the kind of teacher you want(if you want to know everything about history) nice guy though
His class isn't too hard to pass (as long as you kiss all of your social life, spare time, and sleep goodbye)...you will learn a lot though
i had him a while back- was pretty immature. said he didn't have our tests graded casue he was watching star trek! expects more from students than from himself.
he's cool... really hard tho... this is the first class i really had to study in... dont study your almost garunteed to fail
Stop complaining and pay attention. I had him for 2 years and now my AP class is so much easier. I have a better grade in it than I had in this class.
Ok, yes he may seem freakishly hard and there are lots of maps and cartoons, BUT you will pass your SOLs with no problem at all. You will be so prepared for AP
Mr. d is a great guy. just do your work and study and you will be fine!
he is the most qualified teacher i've ever had. he may seem really hard at first, but you learn so much; you'll be thankful!
nice guy, very passionate about history, interesting class, but dont get on his bad side
mr. downes is THE coolest ever! i mean who talks to u about MTV and stuff IN CLASS? ya hes a little hard but he covers the content so well, a good teacher!
Mr. Downes is the coolest! I'm gonna miss him after spending half of high school in his classes. You learn lots, and he is very enthusiastic about history, fun
He teaches at a very high level. I just graduated from CHS. His focus on essay writing in freshman history was helpful to me when I took AP Euro as a senior.
Really great teacher you'll work hard and he is really cool teacher to get to know, but you will be an artist after the thousands of maps u get to do
Um..thought Downes was cool but man he is not being cool lately...he likes to disrespect his students and blow things out of proportion
I HAD HIM LAST YEAR AND THIS YEAR I'M HIS AID. HE IS A GOOD LISTENER AND HE IS REALLY CARES ABOUT HIS STUDENTS. YOU ROCK MR. DOWNES!!
quit complaining, this guy is so tremendously easy, i do no homework and never read the sections and still hold an easy c+ in that class, hes an awful teacher
he is a great teacher..it takes awhile to get used to his workload but once you do its not so hard.you learn a LOT..& be prepared for lots of reading quizzes!
An extremely good teacher when it comes to history, although everything is about him and that act gets a little tiring after a while. Tests should be easier!
his tests/quizzes are incredibly hard but he's really cool. amusing, as long as you work. especially when you talk about essays. he gets all happy and jumpy...
As a person he's cool, but man...he's GOT to lighten the work load.
You have to do A LOT of charts, but overall, Mr. Downes is cool.
Yes Downes is hard but I bet you'll remember the stuff he teaches you. Just study real hard and you might have a chance with a good grade. Dude Mr. Downes Rocks
Only take his class if you know you can handle a lot of writing and I mean a lot. He knows history!
hes a great teacher but his quizzes/tests are hard. plus u hav to be perfect on everything, so u hav to try so hard
HAHAHAHAHAH I LOVE THOSE DOWN WITH ^*&%$^%& SIGNS Mr.DOWNES!!!! NICE CLASS YOU GOT THERE
Whoever said mr downes is good, ur wrong. he's too TOO hard w/ his expectations. Nothing can be less than perfect. This year is no better than last.....
how can anyone hate the guy. he rocks. stick with him and AP is so easy!
Downy!...hard class but learned so much! This year is a breeze! haha- downy..breeze..haha