This school and the school district is failing the youth of the community. When we moved to agua dulce 15 years ago we were told that our daughter was lucky because she would be in the first graduating class that attended 4 years at the new school, she is now graduating college and that school is still not built, 4 years ago a bond was passed to build a new school, still to this day not a single board has had a nail put in it. The school should be condemned, portable buildings that need repair, paint, no shelter for students at recess, a gymnasium that can not be used by the school because it does not meet state criteria., the list goes on. We are moving so we do not need to subject our son to this mess
Well I'm afraid I have to offer a contrarian opinion here, to many of these suspiciously glowing reviews from faculty and parents who don't have to go to this school. I'm a former student, it's been years since I've attended this school and I've graduated college now, but it wasn't in any way thanks to this place. I'm sorry but I've found graduating from this place embarrassing, and having visited the campus recently for all times sakes it doesn't seem like it's changed much, at least physically. Look I'll be fair, I know it's had it rough financially, and I do truly hope that the school as changed for the better and that it's on its way to becoming something legit, because all I remember and now know in retrospect was an interim campus that was inadequate. The kids of Acton deserve better than this, make it happen. My class may have been cheated out of a proper high school we were promised, but maybe future classes can have it.
Whats the deal anyway???? Everyone complains about the facilities at Vasquez yet go to West LA and look at their high schools....old, lots of worn down portables, and no where to play sports! What do we have? A clean campus, lots of room to play sports, committed teachers, wonderful student body, great test scores, small community atmosphere, little crime/drugs, a commitment to our children AND a balanced school budget!!!! I'd take Vasquez over another school anyday!
Vasquez great school, absolutely! All you have to do is look at their test scores; they are higher than any High School in the Antelope or Santa Clarita Valleys. Also there is a camaraderie there that only a small school can have. This school is special. quality over quantity.
Vasquez has come a long way with its current principal, who has done a superhuman job of vastly improving this grossly underresourced school. VHS may not have an imposing campus, but it offers many unique opportunities, a friendly and respectful student body, and a number of spectacular teachers. Parents need not send their children elsewhere, though they many need to be proactive in areas where improvement is still coming. For most area students, VHS is a terrific high school.
Vasquez is a great school, we are all looking forward to having a permanent high school soon.
Believe it or not Vasquez is a great school. Not just the education but the people in it. Everyone practically knows eachother, and there are rarely any problems between students. May I also add that the sports and music program is outstanding. Mrs. Roberts is a great Music Teacher, and Mrs. Owens has the greatest view in her students. She has to be my favorite teacher ever! As a junior I look foward to my senior year.
My school is awesome! I even like the teachers and administration! We may be small, but we are great!
I'm a student at VHS, who wants to let all those parents who think our school is a joke, that they are wrong! I go to Vasquez, you don't know what goes on there, everyday! You are an Outsider. Do not judge our school for it's 'trailer' looks. They are deceiving. Although we don't have luxuries like other schools ( a gym we can actually use, a library, etc.) we make the best of it! We work hard none-the-less. There are students who don't give a crap about the school or school itself, but there are students who devote their time and effort. They set up fundraisers, clean up our campus; and there is one in particular who is on the School Board and does everything in her power to try and persuade the parents' minds about our school. And we are highly educated. Ashley Smith.
To offset the more denigrating comments posted here I must point out that, as a Dept. Chair & Site Tech Coord., I am privy to facts the average parent or even student may not & could not be. Many of our problems stem from a community unwilling to pass a bond to better the campus for the STUDENTS. The bond is NOT to line our own pockets as some claim. Little could be more untrue. Qualified as much of our staff is, we could easily teach elsewhere for better pay. We are here for the kids. Visit another high school-- you'll see our students are safer & as well (if not BETTER) educated here than anywhere else. Mr. Austin
This is a very nice school, with a great invironment. There is no violence.
Here are some statistics from the CAHSEE last year. We do not yet have the results from this year. These statistics do not even take into consideration that our kids had to test in a freezing cold gym while other schools had heat for their test. VHS: English Language Arts 86%, Math 83% QHill: ELA 89%, Math 79% Hightland: ELA 78%, Math 76% Hart: ELA 85%, Math 87% We either were higher than both or had one area where we were higher and one lower. This doesn't even count the lower performing schools of the Antelope Valley that were not even close to us in performance. I don't know how this would qualify us as the worst school for miles around. I am not sure where your impression is of a bad attitude either. Perhaps you would like to visit my classroom. I guarantee there are no bad attitudes there. Ms. Owens
This is probably the worst school for miles around. Everyone has a very bad attitude here, and nobody in the community cares about the kids futures. The people in our community are a selfish joke, and this reflects on the campus, and the students that go here. Most of the teachers need to go back to school because they don't even know how to teach correctly and efficiently.
The people of Acton and Aqua Dulce will never do the right thing by the high school and make it a real campus. I have lived in Acton for many years now and have yet to see the bond measure for the school pass. The Principal at Vasquez is also the parent of a student and a resident for many years in Acton. What has she really done except impose what the district imposes on her. She is a joke and will remain one in my eyes always. Give credit to the people of Acton for at least making the proper changes on the board that are ultimately why things are getting some what better. We need better teachers as well, many of the really good ones left on their own over the past several years. Mrs.O doesn't deserve her paycheck, actually do very little.
I have had one student graduate last year and have a sophmore attenting now. I have seen vast improvements in the school since then new principal has arrived. At back to school night standards were posted in everyclassroom, school wide rules and expectations were posted on large posters in every classroom. As a teacher of over 22 years I see these things as showing overall growth and improvement in a school that has been through a lot of adversitities. With passage of a bond and the building of permanent facitlities, this school will continue to flourish.
Vasquez as seen by a student cont.. People are trying to diminish our need for a real school so they don't have to pay taxes or pass our bond. They think our school has enough when it does not. They try to belive that we take pride in our school. In reality many students are ashamed and laugh when telling other about it. Students that transfer from High Desert(the junior high) are disappointed in Vasquez. We are not trying to make Vasquez look bad, just merely trying to give people a slight reality check. Vasquez is not perfect. It still needs a lot. Like money and our bond pass. Please help us take pride in our school and give us what we need! This was what Vasquez looks like through a student's eyes.
Vasquez is truly a great and high quality school. SAFETY: VERY SAFE - Check the address with the LASO crime stats unit. VHS has an excellent record. Location (as a town Acton has a lower incident of crime than all schools in the area (including all the private schools located in Palmdale). EDUCATION - UNLIMITED: Numerous students in recent years from Vasquez have went on to some of the top colleges in the nation. VHS uses College of the Canyons curriculum. Students can earn as much as 1.5 years of credits that can be transferred to California Undergraduate Colleges. BUILDINGS: ADEQUATE - The buildings are portable and functional. PRIDE: Kids at VHS are tops in this area and should be. People make up a schools, not the buildings. Acton Kids are mannered, come from very good families, and rate above average nationwide as people.
I feel that this is a school with a great staff and administration that are providing great opportunities for our students- College of the Canyons classes, and ROP classes just to name a few. People need to stop complaining and support VHS!
The past 4 years have been quite challenging to say the least. We went thru 4 principals and 4 superintendents and we never really had a guidance counselor, however this last year by far was the best. Many positive changes at the school and future at Vasquez. We have a great staff and committed principal with heart.
I am not impressed with the new principal. She talks more like a politician than a concerned educator and leader. Weed out the bad teachers and get a new principal. The kids and parents deserve better.
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