SDOHS is a relatively new school, but shows signs of becoming a top notch school. The music program especially is incredible and has won many top awards. (It may have the best marching band program in AZ.) Other extracirricular activites are still developing; there are many service clubs but not too many interest or hobby clubs. Academically SDOHS is a good school; it has the core AP classes and hopefully more will be added. Teachers and staff are professional and caring. Most are good teachers; some less so. Volunteer opportunities abound in the office, bookstore, library, etc.--a great way to get to know staff and feel connected. Coaches are inspiring and good role models for the kids. Some have won regional honors awarded by their peers. Finally, the campus itself is new and architecturally distinguished, with an acoustically superior auditorium and excellent sports facilities. This school has a lot of potential.
My child is a Junior and has been at O'connor for all 3 years. This school is great. The teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic. I'm surprised that there are not more comments on what a GREAT school this really is! GO EAGLES!
Unfortunately, at SDOHS, teachers do not communicate well with parents. The do not respond to phone calls or emails unless you file a complaint with the Vice Principal. It is extremely frustrating for parents who are trying to be involved with their childs progress in school that teachers will not respond. While it is not the schools responsibility to raise our children, it is their responsibility to educate them and help parents understand where their children are struggling. A little extra effort by the school staff would certainly not hurt our students.
School does not seem to be involved with the students welfare as they should be.
My child has done very well at Sandra Day. I disagree with parents aren't notified how your child is doing. Child brings home report about every 6 weeks or so about their progress. Most of my daughters teachers have been receptive and very helpful. If I have ever had to call any of them they return the phone call 99% of the time the same day. I feel you need to communicate with your child about their progress. If you aren't getting responses you feel are correct then you need to contact the councelor. At the high school level (especially) your child needs to be the responsible one to prepare for college. I feel more parents need to be involved with their children at the high school level but having more than one child makes it difficult at times. It takes alot of effort. I feel their are several extracurricular activities
Our child did not do well at this school either. It took several months to realize that our child was having problems academically. I disagree that the counseling department was awesome, they were responsive, but failed to follow through. We had to continually follow-up---follow-up--- with little or no results. Teachers too failed to follow through even though 'Group' meetings we held. Promises to e-mail progress was also never done. Phone calls were not returned, etc... Needless to say, our child is no longer attending this school. We found something much, much better.
My child did not do well at this school. Teachers did not communicate well. I emailed them and never recieved a response. It took about nine weeks before I was even informed of the problems my child was having.
Brand new facility! SDOHS is beginning it's 2nd year 21Aug2K3 - hence no AIMs scores, etc. Comparisons will be, at best, difficult.
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