I was a student, I went there from kindergarten to 7th grade (I'm in 8th now) and I've experienced lots of problems in recent years and it's sad because it used to be such a nice school, I have so many great memories and we used to always be celebrating awards from the district about how great we were and then all of a sudden we got a new principal and things changed. Bullying used to be non-exsistent and then it was at every corner and nothing was being done about it, and I think that's solely because the teachers don't know how to properly handle a situation like that because it used to never happen... Teachers were little to no help at all, either they were too lazy and though cracking jokes all the time was great or they were too strict and got too frustrated to actually teach the material, there was no inbetween and it was really dissapointing. I told my mom I wanted to leave and once I left I realized how many schools there were that could give me better so please don't choose this one.
The new principal has ruined this school!!! It was the best one in the entire district, now its the worst! Parents are NOT welcome by the Principal. He seems to not care about anyone, especially students! He is never around to talk to parents. I will be finding a different school for my children! SR was the best BEFORE this new guy took over. SAD TO SEE THAT THE GOVERNING BOARD HAS LET THIS HAPPEN!!!
Terrible school, only cares about what parents see not the education!! My daughter went to this school a couple of weeks ago for the sixth grade and was treated like dirt. The teacher (i will not name them, i have respect) always flat-out told them that they were practically stupid and needed extreme help, but that is the teacher's job and he's asking others to do it for him! He also makes a phone call home every single day for stupid things like my child getting 4 or 5 answers wrong. He shouldn't be calling me in the middle of work (a job in which calls shouldn't even be answered) for something like that. I would expect he use the "phone call home" consequence for emergencies like cussing, violence, disrespect of teachers, etc. Not because they don't understand the subject! He also rolls his eyes and practically asks if he has to "help" the students when they ask for it, yet he complains that they don't ask for help. We pulled my daughter out of there! I urge you to select another better school! Before it's too late!
This school is fantastic. There is ZERO tolerance for bullying!! Whenever I have any issues the principal and the teachers fix it right then and there. They are real good about sending home information about things that happened on campus or around campus that the parents need to be aware of. I believe this comes from great leadership. The principal truly cares about her students and their families! I believe this school is only rated a 6 due to lack of funding, size of school and lack of reviews :) I highly recommend this school to you newcomers.
I have 3 children at this school.. and they love it!! The school is a very close knit family, the principal, teachers and staff are always going the extra mile to make sure that no child is left behind! The school has numerous family events throughout the year.. I would definetly reccomend this school :)
I have substituted at most of the schools in the Pendergast School District, and I have found a 'home' at Sunset Ridge. It is true that the Principal and staff are amazing and they sincerely care about every student. At Sunset Ridge we believe that every student can succeed and we strive to teach them life skills that will empower them throughout their lives. I am amazed at the many opportunities the students have to serve and help their community. There is definately a sense of pride which surrounds the school, and students are learning to be responsible individuals. I highly recommend this school.
The principal, faculty and staff are all extraordinarily dedicated, energetic, creative miracle workers. The population is a difficult one; a large percentage of students are just learning English. Also, lots of the kids come from difficult homelives. Nonetheless, the principal and faculty are consistently cheerful and enthusiastic, working tirelessly for the kids. They put on numerous fun family events, school spirit events, and awards ceremonies throughout the year making sure that each child is recognized for his/her special qualities. They take pictures of the kids having fun and being a part of the school activities, then show the slideshows frequently with music. They play uplifting music and chant the empowering school pledge every day. All these efforts and many others make the kids feel like school is an important community where they belong, and where they can succeed and make a difference.
I dont think our school deserves a 5. It should atleast get a 9! The principle and assitant principle are really nice and invovled. The teachers are awesome and understanding. Im an 8th grader and I never want to leave this school. Go Cougars!