CHS--Disappointed and disappointing. Turnover of athletic directors, principals and yet no turn over of awful teachers and there are many. I know, the union doesn't allow firing of teachers but it's something that will need to be addressed in the future if the public education system is to thrive and survive. There is no reason with the kind of funding this district has that our students at CHS should lack good teachers in most subject areas. CUSD needs to remember that teens are old enough and smart enough to assess what's going on with their education and CHS is failing many students hence the exodus we are seeing to home schools, charter schools and private schools.
We've had two students at CHS with good and frustrating experiences. There are some great teachers, but not as many as the mediocre ones. There are some great, unique classes and extracurriculars, as well--Honors and AP classes, Show Choir, Lacrosse, Rugby, Dance Team. But when Principals and teachers only last a couple years, there are issues. This year, my daughter's Statistics teacher left under questionable circumstances a few weeks into the 2nd semester. To that point, the teacher had not been effective, and then provided little instruction for 2 weeks. Following a 2-week Substitute, a contract teacher came in to finish out the year--all this in an AP Statistics class! The school was very flexible and helpful during the awkward transition and has tried to make amends. My next child is a 9th grader at Sage Creek High School nearby. The trimester schedule with more room for a variety of classes and the STEM focus are a good fit for her.
I'm a sophomore at carlsbad and I hate everything about it. The teachers don't teach, the students are mean to everyone, and it's just an absolute joke. If you want your student to have a good education, send them to Oceanside high school or la costa canyon high school.
It's a great community. Unfortunately, the teachers at Carlsbad High School are not the greatest. They teach from a text book instead of engaging the students. The school does absolutely nothing about the mediocre quality of their teachers yet they expect so much from their students. They boast high test scores and being an AP school but that's because most parents get outside tutoring for their kids. Many families cannot afford the additional cost of an outside tutor...besides, teachers should be doing their job. I don't understand why the district/school is so afraid to get rid of horrible teachers. Example: My son has asked for help and they either work out the problem for him and won't show him the process OR they accuse him of not listening. He goes to school "tutoring" and it's the very same teacher that teaches the subject. If you can avoid sending your kids here, do so.
I went here last year, and it was mediocre. The English 1 (9th Grade English) education recieved here was so easy, i got an A-, and you aren't challenged to your full potential (unless you take AP or honors classes). The academics (even though with a block schedule) feel extremely slow and unstructured to me. Last year, CHS students had to suffer the symphony of saws and hammers of the construction of the new buildings. Many kids here like to skate and tend to drop out and do drugs on campus. Bullying here is a big issue, and are judged by everything. I got so upset here that i had to visit a psychologist 3 times a week. Sports are mostly funded on football, where most other sports are neglected. However, thanks to Sage Creek, CHS will get smaller, and it will have more of a community feeling, and it might get better. Its a shame that in such a good community that the majority of carlsbad teenagers have to attend this somewhat misguided high school.
My daughter had attended a high school ranked 4th in the state. Her GPA was 3.5. Now at CHS, her GPA is 4.4. This is because the standards are lower at CHS, and it is easier to earn an A. If you want to prepare your children for college, make sure they are in AP or Honors classes at this school. It is unfortunate that the beautiful community of Carlsbad doesn't have a better school district.
Excellent teachers and facilities. The number and quality of AP and Honors courses exceeds or is comparable to other highly rated high schools. The number and variety of extra curricular programs is impressive.