Fantastic teacher. Fair, knowledgable, prepares you well for the AP exam. Really fun and diversified learning style.
A lot of these ratings are so harsh. Please calm down and acknowledge that he is still a human being with feelings. Please just take a second to realize that you are dismissing his entire career as a failure. How would that make you feel? If you approach his class with an open mind, empathy, and do what he asks of you, his class will not disappoint.
While he was SOOOOOOOOOO HARD, I respected him thoroughly. He once said that he has had students he hated who got an A, and students he loved who got a B; I was the latter. Bagel talk is chill. I almost met a lot of friends in that class, and the group projects were fun. Study a ton and get frequent essay help if you want to survive, though.
He probably has a bad reputation as a freshman/sophomore history teacher, but as an APUSH teacher, I think Mr. Drajpuch fulfills his role of preparing students for the AP exam. The class certainly isn't the easiest of the APUSH classes (arguably the hardest), but there tends to be a positive correlation between class difficulty and AP exam preparedness. So long as you do the reading and pay attention to lectures, the class and assignments/assessments shouldn't be overwhelmingly difficult.
Showed HUGE favoritism, extremely biased. I have never had a teacher that so obviously graded based on how much he liked you as a student rather than your work. In second semester, I never got a paper back with feedback- I doubt he even read most of the work presented. His exams were difficult only because no thought was put into them- questions were broad and vague. Seriously, if you have him- I am so sorry.
He doesn't provide the class with resources for studying, which sucks when it comes to final exams. I always feel unprepared going into his tests, with absolutely no idea what is going to be on it. His entire class revolves around lectures, so if you miss a day to tune out you're screwed. He may be really smart about world history, but I feel like I have learned nothing.
Probably my favorite NT teacher. Lectures were hilarious and educational. He is lazy and takes his time with grading but he gives you a rubric explaining what he grades for and isn't a bitter grader. Didn't give nightly reading check quizzes. Awesome
Looking back, I don't think I've ever had a worse teacher
Honestly, this guy is just kind of lazy. About one day a week we would do absolutely nothing in class, while he lectured us on something irrelevant like what a proper bagel is or why kids who go to NT are spoiled brats that are too uptight about everything. Even though he seems to know his stuff underneath, we did most of the same activities every day. Looking back on the year, I could maybe tell you three facts that I learned the whole year, none of which he actually taught me.
He is Lazy. He does not give your papers back before the next one is due, so you have no idea what to change. He gives you letter grades not number grades so you have no idea where you are. He tells you to figure it out. I hope you get Trajos who is nicer and a much more engaged and interesting teacher, and interested in helping his students. Drajpuch milks the system, taking lots of days off. Trust me, you do not want him. He does not give you the benefit of the doubt and is not invested.
He knows US history very well and is a fun teacher. Contrary to popular belief, we actually did work in class, although most of it came from questions students had. The curriculum might change next year, but this past year it helped to read Divine, Amsco, and the ch. summaries online with the know-and-do list for each test. He grades essays a little harshly, but it helps for the AP test. He wants you to come in to see him and he can really help you. You have to work hard for that grade, though.
Mr Drajpuch is a fantastic teacher. He taught me so much this year. His classes are really fun and he is really easy going, but we still learn a lot at the same time. Awesome teacher!
definitely one of my favorite teachers of all time. probably the hardest APUSH teacher, he's definitely worth getting. Just remember: God Hates the Whigs, No one, and i mean NO ONE listens to william jennings bryan, he doesn't care, and thats capitalism baby. theres winners and losers. Also remember that President Taft carried the weight of his party
awesome teacher, one of my favorite of all time lots o fun
Let's be honest, you cannot go into this class expecting to learn everything you need to know for the tests in the time allotted. Mr. Drajuch knows that, so don't expect him to teach you much about US history in class. Do expect to learn about Tom Brady and bagels though. You know, the important things. He is very amusing, but the brunt of the workload falls on you... and the textbook, be prepared to marry that thing. I'm glad I had him as a teacher though, he's a good guy.
Horrid teacher. Deserves to be teaching a lunatic asylum.
No doubt if you're writing glowing reviews about Mr.Drajpuch, you've been selected as a favorite (kudos) and additionally are the typical NT student, with nothing of your own to say, but regurgitate exactly what you hear, especially if it sounds profound. Drajpuch's "life lessons" are nothing you couldn't have deduced without a little far sightedness in life, beyond grades and college, the object of many of his lectures. They waste class time that could be used clarifying subject matter, or perhaps, shocker
Mr. Drajpuch is a brilliant AP USH history teacher with a great sense of humor. He tends to get a bit off track in class, but when he's on topic, he gives thorough, fast-paced, interesting, and insightful lessons. HIs class is challenging and it is definitely beneficial to see him outside of class if you have any concerns or questions; you will for the most part get clear, helpful answers in response. Just make sure you aren't too mindful of grades in his class because he is a man who values learning for th
APUSH was one of the best classes i took at new trier because of drajpuch. he's a tough teacher and expects you to do the reading every day so that you can have real discussions in class. we would talk about us history but also about current events and interesting things. he expects a lot of you and you have to be motivated, but if you're willing to learn on your own outside of class you'll get a lot out of it and the ap test will be really easy
drajpuch is so great, i had him for apush. he really expects you to do the reading and work hard outside of class so that you can have good discussions in class. if you do the reading you'll be fine and you'll totally enjoy the class. he's a us history genius and is willing to help you if you go into his office and ask
Drajpuch is a wonderful teacher and a great man. The life lessons he teachers are just as important as the history.Enjoy his class; the hard work is all worth it in the end.
This class was probably my favorite class at New Trier. Mr. Drajpuch help build my enthusiasm for history every day, especially with projects like the simulations. Yes, it is a tough class, but if you put the effort into it, it can be one of your most rewarding classes.
Fantastic class! I couldn't ask for a more charming teacher and fulfilling subject. I've just entered this class, but believe that it is a safe assumption that Mr. Drajpuch is an extremely qualified teacher.
It is definitely true that this class is not easy, but it is by far the best class I have every experienced at New Trier. Not only is Mr. Drajpuch one of the most eloquent speakers I have ever met, I was absolutely captivated my the level of discussion that I experienced everyday. I could not recommend a better class to a rising junior. APUSH is rewarding and Mr. Drajpuch will remain as one of my inspirations in regards to my continuation of history in college.
I've only had him for about 2 months. but i can already tell his class is going to be awesome. he is hilarious-- best part of my dayy!!
Easily one of the best teachers at New Trier, comes to history with an enthusiasm unrivaled by his peers.
clearly my least favorite teacher in my new trier experience. Arrogant and plays favorites. Wastes time and is mor interested in himself than his students
he's not that smart and he is really ignorant. I got an A in his APUSH class, but it was unnecesarily hard. He definetly picks favorites. I do not know what he is doing as sponsor of Student Alliance because he does nothing. His class periods are not extremely productive and his tests are quite challenging. Try to switch into Plank if you get him. He is really mean about rounding grades up too. One of my friends was at 89.9 and he wouldn't round her:(
Hard teacher, but prepares you for the APUSH exam very well. Hands down one of the most intelligent teachers I've ever had.
Extremely difficult grader, unwilling to help students in the slightest way. Vastly more difficult than any of the other AP teachers.
drajpuch is making my life miserable right now... in class we spend more time talking about tom brady than we do about history...and he is a really hard essay grader and the hardest apush teacher at new trier... i wish i had plank!!!
Drajouch was difficult, but I would say he is the best teacher I have ever had. He made me a better student, and I handle college material using the techniques and approaches he taught me.
He is one of my favorite teachers ever. People don't like his teaching because it's pretty low-key. He ISN'T obsessed with grades, unlike the rest of NT; he's about learning. That's a GOOD thing.
BEST TEACHER!!! hands down he is amazing i had him for modern world history and sure he was kinda hard at times but you will learn sooooo much! he is super nice too as long as you do waht you are suppose to!
Hes definatly cool, but I might question his teaching. He isnt that hard but I don't think that this will help me down the road b/c of ok teaching.
Mr. D is by far one of the coolest teachers Ive ever had. However, his positive characteristics stop there. He is a horrific teacher and could care less about his students grades.
Very cool, could be fun class if other kids weren't stupid and yelled the whole class, amazing teacher, but could be much more. He is awesome though!!
Mr. D is da'bomb. Students with learning disabilities should not get special treatment. He treats all students the same. You rock!
needs to be a bit more understanding when a student has learning disabilities
D is one of the coolest teachers ever. Dude he even plays grand theft auto with his 2 year old daughter
Mr.D is nice and really tries hard to get people involed and intrested in what he is talking about
He's a nice New Yorker...its thats possible. Just don't mess with him...he gets mad and it is scary. He will assign homework if you talk too much. Overall hes a real nice guy but he keeps it under control.