The spanish teachers are great, the math teachers are great, the english teachers are great, and the science teachers are great. Note: I am in honors classes and have only had honors/AP level teachers for the most part, excluding Spanish.
The student body at Canyon is very welcoming. This can be attributed to effective anti-bullying and inclusion programs. The sports programs are in decline, however, with only track remaining a yearly contender. For the most part, the teachers are great as well. The biggest problem is the administration and counseling. Although there are some good administrators/counselors, this area is overall weak, especially when compared to that of Valencia or Hart, whose counseling departments seek out the highly successful students to give them the inside scoop on the best ways to improve your college resume. At Canyon, however, I did not receive such treatment (probably in large part because I had THE worst counselor my first 2 years), and could've done such things as taken more classes over summer etc. to improve my standing with colleges and compete with students like those at Valencia in the admissions process. Overall, Canyon is definitely not a bad school, but there is much room for improvement.
Disclaimer: This review was hastily written and may contain grammar errors, run-ons, etc.
A current Honors/AP student at Canyon
My daughter has been attending school in this area since fourth grade. She was in her freshman year at canyon, but since we moved she won't be able to go this year just because we are only a few feet away from the school's zone. We are very sad. My son graduated from Canyon, and I think it's the best school. Now she will have to go to Golden Valley. Any ideas?
This school need a lot of attention in the area of getting its students ready for college. Counselor and some teachers are very political. If you want good recommendation, you need to play some political games. Only a few students get all of the SCV Foundation scholarships, and they are all in ASB officers. Yet every year counselors would tell parents that there are plenty of scholarships, but no student apply.
heyy! im a sophmore and this school really is the great.all the teachers are really cool and their great at teaching, they make it alot of fun. i was scared when i first came here but it turned out i was really happy i did come here instead of golden valley, plus its really easy to find your way around the school. Go Cowboyss! XD
Mr. Messina, the principal at Canyon, really tries to get parents involved. He holds wonderful information sessions (called the Parent Advisory Council, or PAC) monthly, at which he works hard to get a lot of information into the hands of parents, and takes the time to listen to parent concerns as well. All of the teachers and support staff have been wonderful as well. The experience has been beyond our wildest expectations for our son.