As an alumni, I am very disappointed in how far my school has fallen. The principal stresses the fact that "All of our classes are college prep", which means that those students not on a college track are left behind.
Teachers are a hit or miss. We had 2 great teachers - teachers who showed support and concern for their students.
At best, the teachers are overworked and understaffed - at worst, they are obviously burnt out and borderline abusive.
Getting information from school staff has proven to be difficult - and they've made it very clear that questions from parents are an inconvenience.
We were fortunate to have a great counselor in Mr. Taketa. One shining star kept this from being a one star review.
This school is said to have a student percentage of 65% that use drugs. First time offenders are policed through the justice system. Kids just think they will be smarter and not get caught so this system doesn't work. The answer is to rehabilitate like the court system does instead if kicking them out of school and creating a juvenile a record for them to follow around for the rest of his/her life. I believe a crack down is necessary but policing schools are not working as in the case of Adolfo Camarillo High School. The academics are exemplary and the kids that attend receive high ratings in star testing. The drug use in this school and the policing of it are ruining the future of our children's future and resulting in further delinquency. The police that police this school don't deal with the kids honorably despite cooperation. That in itself instills in our kids that the camarillo police are their enemy resulting in the disrespect of their authority. We are dealing with kids here and they make mistakes. Rehabilitating our smart kids is the answer instead this school treats and prosecutes them as criminals for first time offenders.
This school is the best in Oxnard Union High District. Teachers, at least AP/honor class teachers, are caring and responsible. Campus seems safe. Parking is an issue, especially now with the construction of its swimming pool. The biggest problem I have observed is the attitude of front office staffs. A few of them (you know who you are) always give students and parents cold shoulders and use condescending language. Totally agree with one of early reviews--"Very unwelcoming to parents and students." School admin must know about this, but couldn't or wouldn't do anything to correct it. What a shame!
ACHS is a great school. I'm very happy that I decided to take my own children here instead of in the city where they live. The administration is supportive and consistent, and the teachers are available for their students and care about learning. I wouldn't want to teach anywhere else!
The CP classes are far too simple and the honors classes are hit and miss, mainly just tons of homework. The classes are filled to the maximum and the best teachers are extremely difficult to get. Outstanding teachers are rare; most are average. On site daycare for children of students (Little Scorps) - and there is actually a daycare elective (students care for students' children). Volleyball program unorganized and political. Office staff ok. Counselors overworked, stressed but kind. Lipman is a difficult person to deal with, terrible bedside manner and seems to care little about students. Very unwelcoming to parents and students.
Here's what all the locals already know: in the last few years, so many unhappy parents/students have transferred out of this school to Newbury Park High School (which is in a different district), that now Oxnard Union District won't allow any more transfers. See Ventura County Star article on 1-12-12, "Oxnard Union High School District to tighten its transfer policies". Says everything about the attitude, doesn't it, that the District's response to unhappy parents/kids is not to improve, but just restrict people from leaving.
Been trying to get help about an issue im having at this high school for about two weeks now. Been sent to four different people and all they have done is sent me in a circle around to each other. Who knew it was so hard to get a little help. If there were a choice for no stars to rate this school i surely would have been glad to choose it. People in the office don't care about the kids. and now it comes to my attention that they don't even care when the parents get involved. Not helping means not doing their job. Long story made short... the people who work at this school are the most irresponsible people i have ever come across. I would suggest transferring to another school if your headed for Camarillo High.