I am in process of looking for my two kids for the 2015 school year and was told about Sierra Canyon by a friend. I can't believe how right she was to send me here. I toured both the elementary and high school and found the facilities to be beautiful and inviting. I guess the thing that impressed me most was that every child or student that we came in contact with seemed really happy and was so polite and welcoming. This is definately a school at the top of my list.
Sierra Canyon affords students the opportunity to pursue their passions. Students can start clubs, voice their opinions in student government, and teachers always have open doors and are excited to engage in conversation and debate. Although the academics are challenging, the school environment is not too competitive. I love being part of such an accepting community.
As a student at Sierra Canyon, I know I always feel comfortable to be myself. It is a place of community where the students are so welcoming, which creates a comfortable environment for both new and returning students. Teachers are flexible and willing to work with you whether you have a question, an issue, or if you just want to talk- they're always there for you. The small class sizes allow for students and teachers to have a close relationship and a connection that's unlike most other schools. Also, the food is so good and the snack and lunch times are perfect lengths!
This school is great I'm a student here. All the bad comments about the school are not true! Those are the idiotic kids who didn't take school serous. This school offers some of the best education in California , it's $30 thousand for a reason.
This school sucks, i go here currently and its absolutely terrible. The education is alright but some of the teachers are very rude and disrespectful. There is a teacher who actually insults their students and calls them idiots. Mostly, lots of the kids are very very rude. There are some nice people who are really sweet but mainly is guys who make fun of you and make disgusting sexual comments. Then there's the girls who whisper about you and the school is so cliquey. do not go here, please. i'm switching to public school next year and i hope you dont go to this school because you'll be miserable
The math program was substandard- No progressive program--My child was not prepared for college math--lots of puffery coming from the administration-
I disagree. As an alumni parent of a student who just graduated from college, I can attest to the fact that our daughter was more than adequately prepared for her university experience. In fact, she did well in both business and science classes at university. Both math and science are prized at Sierra Canyon. Last year, one of their students was named an Intel Scholar, sometimes referred to as the student Nobel Prize. For students at Sierra who, like our daughter, struggle with math, the teachers were great about making themselves available for additional, personalized instruction. Bottom line is that there is excellent teaching going on there, and the kids are well prepared.
Fantastic! I really love this place! The arts curriculum, the community feel and the overall facilities make this a special place. They are currently building more for their baseball program and constantly looking to improve. The teachers are very approachable and parents are welcome at this school, which I cannot say was the case at my previous school. My child feels at home and has grown so much and matured that I am amazed. As a current parent, I recommend that you all take a tour and figure out whether or not this school is what you are looking for. For us, it has been everything and more.
Terrible school! Not much more than a public school on a beautiful campus. The school has steadily declined over the years. This school used to be elite and a privilege to attend. There used to be an admission process that the school would strictly adhere to. Not anymore. The class sizes have increased. SC claims to have a 9:1 student teacher ratio. This is not true. Most classes are way over this limit. Not only has the class size increased, the staff have been decreased. A school that once had incredible supervision, has a poor excuse for supervision. There no longer is a science specialist and many other things that once made this school a wonderful place. The education is mediocre at best. The students above grade level get a decent education while the kids at or below grade level are given good marks while they are not mastering the curriculum. Most students have outside tutors so they can actually learn something. The curriculum is just recycled year after year. The administration panders to the wealthy and the rules are not enforced for children of the rich and famous. Some of the worst behaved kids attend this school. SC only cares about sports and money.
Absolutely AMAZING! This school have everything you need and more! Such a breathe of fresh air in the world of education. This school's culture is centered around the family environment. It's hard to say what Sierra is "known for" because all the elements are there. They send their students to the best colleges in the nation, have fantastic state-of-the-art sport facilities, incredible art programs and much more. I'm so incredibly grateful I found this school for my family. Thank you Sierra Canyon for putting my faith back into school systems. You do it right!
When I brought my first child to Sierra Canyon, I was amazed at the amount of space; the environment was expansive, with a great del of grass and blue sky. Then upon hearing the "pillars of character", I was thinking; 'okay their heart is in the right place', but it was upon seeing the smiles on the children's faces and hearing the little gap-toothed recitations as un-coached answers to the admissions director's random questions that I was sold. I was not wrong. My daughter has recently graduated as an academic all-american and is attending a premiere research facility in the UC system. I have a second child who's matriculated to the upper campus where my first child actually started the new swim team. She asked, and Sierra delivered: if you need it, they will do it. That's a can-do attitude. In regards to the 11th grade literature list that someone mentioned below; that person is patently wrong. I know the list, and can attest that the Springsteen poetry was presented in contrast and addition to Leaves of Grass, Death of a Salesman, Two Trains Running, Gatsby, Scarlet Letter, Dickenson's poems and two others. The Faulkner was part of the TENTH grade list. Take a tour! It's great.
The teachers are great and most of them really care about their students. However when problems arise the administration's handling of problems is marginal at best with respect to the lower school. They are very quick to blame the child and parent and even in the face of evidence to the contrary still blamed the child. This was psychologically abusive to our child!! They tried to say our child was the problem and that our child had all these problems as diagnosed by their "specialists." When we had our child tested outside their "specialists" turned out our child is actually very, very smart. Some families are afforded accomodations and are able to make their own plans that work best for their children while other's are not and that depends on whether you work there or not or how much money you have. As far as bullying that other's describe that is the absolute truth!!! Administration does look the other way depending on whether your family has money to give to the school or if the child's parent work's there. Way too much bully behavior goes unchecked there be sure your child can hold their own before considering Sierra.
Was a former student here. A number of teachers were given positions due to nepotism and long-time relationships with the owners, with the result being that academic quality and teaching techniques are mediocre (public school level, really). The school spends a lot of money to make the buildings and grounds look impressive, but neglect what should really count. Just as an FYI a lot of people I graduated with have gone on the Pierce College and Cal State Northridge, with less numbers going to UC schools and a few to USC. (I can count may one person who went to an Ivy League school, and it was on an athletic scholarship.)
I am a parent to a child in the Lower School, and we have been very pleased with the campus, teachers, administration, and academics. My child transferred from a different Independent school and it was amazing to see how much more he learned and progressed at Sierra Canyon. The learning environment is divided into "like learner" groups, which is fantastic as the children are placed into a level that is appropriate for their development. The students take very interesting field trips, including overnight ones, which really allow the classes to bond. My child's teachers have all been incredibly caring, qualified, and devoted to bringing the best in the students; we are delighted with our choice to attend Sierra.
My daughter says she loves Sierra Canyon despite sharing a few negative incidents. I thought I could trust this school but will reconsider if the "Character Counts" program isn't respected. I've told her to focus only on learning, ignore bullies but stick up for anyone who is picked on so that they have a witness on their side. We'll look out for the problem families. Thank you for the valuable information. I'm sorry to hear what you went through. Bullies are a dime a dozen. Creative bright polite happy kids are so rare.
In response to the parent who posted on October 20, if you're unaware of the bullying problem at the school, I suspect your child is not sharing with you, which is not surprising - my child was expressly told by an administrator to NOT share with me bullying incidents that occur at school. The kids are well aware of the pervasive nature of bullying at Sierra Canyon. A while back, my child received a phone call from a former classmate apologizing for the bullying my child endured. Just recently I was chaperoning a party and a little girl came up to me - she knew who I was - she told me she was aware that my child was bullied, and she was very sorry. She proceeded to share with me that she, too, was forced to leave Sierra Canyon because she was being bullied and administration would not deal with it. Further, a teacher at Sierra Canyon shared with me that she had to withdraw her child, also because because of bullying. The only reason bullying is such a problem at Sierra Canyon is because administration looks the other way. If the bullies were seriously reprimanded, they would stop. Instead, the victims are forced to withdraw in the interest of their physical and emotional safety.
Sierra is just awesome.... Just awesome... I love it.... It is like a family... Our headmaster is just the greatest.
CAUTION PARENTS i am a former student from sierra, (K-7) and it does not prepare you for real life!!! The math program is messed up. Even if you get a C you can pass the class. At public schools, you have to get a 85% that shows that you actually know the material!!! ONCE AGAIN do not go to this school. It is is WAY too overpriced.
As a parent whose child went through entire program, I will address the comment @ "Their math skills are streets ahead of their public school friends and neighbor kids", If only that was true. I would not feel as though I wasted thousands of Dollars. It is Absolutely False. My Student feels the school did not prepare for college Math. @ Comment regarding Chemistry teacher---This is correct. The teacher was Lost; the entire class was spending hundreds of dollars on tutors. @The red flag to your comments are "tutoring kids." Perhaps the kids you tutor are the problem------- The Majority of my Students friends at Sierra opted for tutors.
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. ~William Arthur Ward Beautiful 37 acre campus. Outstanding faculty, councillors, and coaches with depth, teaching savvy,, and hearts in the right place. Sierra Canyon recruits the cream of the teaching and coaching world. Incredible staff. Credentials and advanced credentials from Harvard, Yale, Tolstoy, Colgate, Stanford, and many other great Universities. Teachers that would be successful at anything they did. No attitudes here,, the focus is on education and building character with bearing in a magnificent, friendly and helpful learning environment. Outstanding academics, athletics, theatre arts, dance, sciences, social energy, field trips,, it's all here, and it's all superb. Our 7th grader excels in Sierra Canyons learning atmosphere and loves it here. No issue getting up and rolling to class in the morning. May be tough to get enrolled. Worth the effort if your child is a good student and of good character. Not for children with learning disabilities. Sierra Canyon School cues up your childs best years in front of them.
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