I graduated from Shadow as class of 2013. I had only attended for my senior year and was very quite displeased with the education I received. Moving from California I felt that helped prepare me a lot, in which I felt my senior year was at the difficulty level of my freshman year. Some of the teachers I had I was frustrated for their lack of not being able to teach and not even knowing how to handle high school students. Granted overall their staff is good but at times felt like they easily baby their students which does not help them with college classes. It all depends on the course and the subject their teaching. I was a lot more involved in extracurricular activities which was a definite bonus.
I graduated from Shadow now my daughter attends Shadow. But like every school it has its flaws. If you don't have money don't expect your kids to play any sports. I think that is frustrating because not all parents can afford $200-400 for each sports. I dont understand why parents have to pay for the extra ciriculum classes and why Shadow Mountain does not offer dance to the students...
Great Teachers overfunded send your teenagers here many great chances will come to your love one if they go to Shadow.
I have had two students attend this high school. In both cases I have found the Staff and administration to be ineffective. Overall I would strongly recommend to any parent thinking of sending their children to this school to consider another school. Additionally while the staff and administration states that they promote parental involvement, they do everything to prevent it. If this were a private institution they would have went out of business years ago. Much of the problem lies at the feet of the district and its staff and administration.
We have been very pleased at this high school overall,, though their math program is very poor. The principle is passionate adn dedicted;l the community is embracing and the classes are focused - except for their math program. The quality of teachers in the program vary widely from very good to very, very poor. And the very, very poor teacher teaches the honors classes! I think that this is because these students teach themselves; however, if you child has an apptitude for math, but is not an A+ student, and they end up with this very, very poor teacher - it is a disaster. She is much more interested in being popular than she is in reaching the students that need to be taught by a competant teacher.
Shadow Mountain is one of the worst schools in the history of puplic high school facilities. The staff, faculty, and administration lack in all areas. The students have no drive academically, and lack in work ethic. Those who do not wish to receive and education in a very poor environment would do well to not attend this school. My parents are both high school educators, and they hold the same opinion as I.
I am a student at Shadow Mountain High School, and there are many things that I wish could be done to make this school better. Many parents have complained and had a hard time with the administration office, for the faculty that works at that office are often times unbeleviably rude to parents and students. Also, many things in this school should be taken more seriously, such as grades, school work, sports, student council, school dances (there's only two a year), and dicipline on the kids. It's disturbing in our classes to see that other students will swear at the teachers or other students and there's nothing being done about it. Also, there's many fights and students who start trouble right in the middle of the hallways or class and there's never anything done about it. I really think that this school could really improve in many different criterias, being that the majority of the people I talk to that have attented or are attending this school agree with.
The school has great teachers that care about the students by working with students after hours, even over the phone and e-mail!! They really go out of their way with teaching.
There is nothing special about this school. Whatsoever. Myself and my 3 siblings graduated from this school...and none of us was truly prepared for college at the level really necessary. that being siad, I doubt that it is any better or worse than other area valley schools.
SMHS is a great school. My daughter's transition to this school from out of state was better than expected. Ms Peroutka in the counselors office made a positive impact along with all her exceptional teachers
SMHS is an excellent school for any parent and child who wants to recieve a great education. The teachers are great and the sports programs are outstanding
I loved Shadow Mountain High School and even though I only went there for 1 1/2 years I fell in love with it. I wish I could go back but I can't because I have already graduated. The ROTC program was the best part of Shadow for me. I love Cheif Master Sargent Gatewood and Lt Col Ribarich. They were like second fathers to me and I love them both.
I had the please of attending SMHS this past school year. To tell you the truth, I would'nt trade it for the world! I met some of the best teachers and friends. I learned things that I never thought I would and did things that really made the school year great. Im now a senior at Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama. Its horrible...Im always talking about SMHS to all my friends and telling them how wonderful it is. I wish I could go back and enjoy it for my last year. I hope that if any other student out there gets a chance to go to SMHS, do it! It was my best year!
High level of academic skills. Athletics are improving with the change of new coaches and administration. Parent involvement is to intense.
Shadow Mountain has most things that all high schools have, the basics...no more. Many of the schools sports programs have been cut over the past years. After school clubs and activities are lacking. The thing that bothers me the most is the schools approach in setting the students up to succeed. I, as a parent of four, one in Shadow, two at Shea, one at Desert Cove and a former student of all three schools myself, find myself wondering if my children would do better in a different educational setting.
Shadow Mounatin High School overall is a great place of education. The only thing that would strike against them would be their principal leaving mid school year and allowing a vice principal who has only been there one year to take over.
I think Shadow's discipline of students leaves a little to be desired. These are teenagers and they still get put in 'timeout'. Also, instead of sending students to 'SWEEP' when they are late to class; instead they should use the 3-strike rule and after three tardy's, give the student detention. From what my son tells me, the students are ruling the class -- not the teacher. Change the disciplinary procedures in this school and you'll see a difference. Additionally, marginal learners at Shadow are apparently being overlooked as well. From what I can tell, the educators don't really care if a student passes or fails.
While sports are important to the well-rounded development of children in school it's my opinion academics should be the number one priority. Most schools are as good as the teachers it has on staff. My child has been in the special resource curriculum for the second year now and is extremely happy. She is learning, albeit at an appropriate level, increasing her self-esteem, feels safe and is enjoying school at SMHS. This I attribute to the school employing excellent teachers for the program.
I find the teachers at Shadow to be overworked and underpaid. I would like to let them know that we, as parents, are doing everything we can to allieviate this unfortunate circumstance and ask that they try not to allow their circumstance as victims to be projected on to their students who will have more than enough opportunity for this as they enter the real world. May I suggest that this is the very best time to go above and beyond for the sake of our future as a community.
Overall, Shadow Mountain has a lot to offer, ROTC, a vast sports program and a vocational program. The music program has gone down hill and the quality of the football program leaves a lot to be desired. As a former student, I have seen very little be done to improve these aspects since my tenure (graduating class of '96). However, the swimming, basketball and wrestling programs have produced world class athletes.
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