Beautiful campus, but the counselors act like they have so many students to tend to and wont let you see your personal counselor when you need them. They look at you like you are the dumbest student ever and say you better come back another time! It's High school and we are graduating very soon, my older sister is a senior who just moved in after winter break and it is chaotic for her. They lack support for new students, any student for that matter. 90% of students have already made friends and wont make new ones, closed off to new people. They definitely don't want to help new students, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN! Even counselors can't help, they will get you a student to tour you but that student will just take you back and forth to your classes and leave you. Awful place, I do not reccomend to anyone especially new students in need of friends! Teachers target you, students shrug you off.
My son feels very comfortable at this school . He has done very well there so far
I checked out high schools in our area not on line but in person. I talked to office staff, teachers and students and met with the supervisor of admissions for San Juan 3 times. Mesa Verde is a smaller student body of about 1000 ,has a wonderful link crew that welcomes ninth graders, a very nice campus with Wi-Fi,a fairly new library,a credit union staffed by business students,a recycling center,a little art gallery and a program working with the elementary students next to them as well as a awesome drama program.My daughter loves it there, she does not see any clicks, (like the movies) or any picking on freshmen,mostly kids that are ok with being different and being smart. The office staff is wonderful. One of the teachers called me to say my parenting skills were reflected in my daughter, she e- mailed her to ask about homework because she went to see a play on a field trip for another class. That's a great teacher to take her time to call me. This school has pride and spirit many students wear the school attire and you will hear GO MAV'S ! My A student is sure to also have fun here at MESA VERDE.
my brother attends mesa verde and he is doing GREAT! He is involved in everything including sports (cross country and tennis) to yearbook and the choir. He maintained a 4.0 while running cross country. He is a great student and he could only do it because of the wonderful staff and councelers. A special shout-out to Mr.Beisanz, the yearbook and freshmen english teacher. Also, if your daughter/son is going into their freshmen year, make sure they have Mr.Beisanz for english. If they are thinking about sports and they like to run, then encourage them to run cross country. Ms.Gusscinni is a wonderful coach. She will also help them in their academic problems. If you are one of those parents who think Mesa is a bad school, don't send your kid to a private school. First, try Mesa and if it doesn;t work out, then send your child to a private or charter school.
I think this scool is really great because, my son who is in the 10th grade really likes it. He is getting really good grades here.
I have 3 daughters, one has graduated class of 2005. One graduating in 09' & 12'. All of our girls are attending Mesa Verde and have had a wonderful school experience. I would recommend this school to any incoming high school students. Teachers are wonderful and you can get all the help your child may need thru the staff at Mesa. Go Mavericks !
great school son loves it there and has a great time all the teachers enjoy there job and enjoy teaching and he has good life long friends and enjoys going to this school
I went to Mesa and graduated in 2006. This school has an amazing faculty, they really care and a few teachers in particular were key in my success and really did change my life. They are the reason I will be completing a teaching credential with my Masters Degree once I graduate from undergrad study. But I'll admit, the office staff was always scattered, and you have to really know what you want when you walk in in order to get it. I was apart of the first AVID program, and ended up taking honors, AP classes, and am entering my third year at UC Davis. Money is the biggest issue.
I graduated from Mesa in 2007. I went there all four years and found it to be very helpful. I was in the AVID program and that helped me get into college. I would recommend any student in high school or entering high school to join AVID. More than half of my AVID class went to a CSU or UC simply because AVID's main goal is to help students who need the extra push to strive for college. This includes giving better studying habits and homework time. Overall Mesa was a fun, educational high school to attend. I'm glad I went there.
i am an x student of mesa verde. i love the people at the school. it's real mellow nad everyone gets along for the most part. half of the teachers are pretty good but the other half couldn't care less. i didn't attend 1st period the last year and a half i was there and no one said anything. and the councelors are aweful. if your child goes to this school make sure they are in the avid program (college prep class) because that's the only way they're are ganna get any college information! i graduated not knowing what a CSU was. also the drop out rate is atrocious. most of my friends never came back to jr. year. half of our class didn't graduate! and only 3 people i knew went off to a state college or UC. there's no future at mesa.
The school can use a little help with money. The sports programs are not that bad, but i would love to see mesa get an all weather track, or a football stadium, or at least even a pool. I believe that sports is important... being a 5 sport athlete at Mesa Verde I don't know what i would do if they did not have, football, basketball, track, baseball, and cross country (I could actually live without cross country).
IT is a wonderful safe school. with police walking campus at all times. The teachers care about how you are doing in the classses and so does the staff.
The teachers are doing a wonderful job and they care for the students. Parents need to get involved more.
I am attending Mesa Verde high as of this moment. I believe that though we may not have a football field or a lot of spending money on sports, Mesa is still a very academically supported school. We are here to learn and to achieve the highest we can. Not to play basketball or football. I myself, love sports, but when the desicion to take your child out of a school, is only based on the sports standards, its just unnecessary. Focus on your child, and their education. You pay money for them to learn, not to look at the field.
One good academic program, AVID, and that's all. Music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities should not matter at all and they don't, you go to school for learning not for sports, and if you work you can learn at the school. As for parent involvement what does it matter, most students at that age don't want to be near their parents.
I am currently a Senior here. The campus, though small, I think I'm biased saying that it is the most diverse campus around. The atmosphere on campus isn't judgemental or harsh on any new students, but actually very welcoming. Everyone is nice and tends to treat visitors generally very well. Respect is a huge commodity. Respect is common knowledge on campus, as is anywhere else. We may not have the best sports team, but we still support our teams! We have one of the best math teachers around! He's even head of the math department in the San Juan Unified district! He teaches Calculus step by step! A baby could do it! People may think that Mesa is a 'stupid' school, but I guarentee you, if you were to take Marshall's AP class(I dare you to even try) , you'd be whipped into shape. I have AP Gov/English/Calculus. You try it.
I was incredibly disappointed with this school and I will keep my kids in private school from now on. The block scheduling is not effective for every student, nor are there chances to pull your kid from an elective and replace it with a core class they are failing. The music/arts program suffers from block scheduling as well.
Mesa is the best school I've ever been to. I'm failed misserably but the teachers there tried harder to teach me than my own parents. I'm going to La Entrada Continuation High right now but My main goal is to get back to my beloved Mesa to graduate. Mesa is a place for your kids to grow. Yeah every kid talks crap about their school so did I. Only when I left did I realize exactly what I was leaving. It needs the student envolvment in the first place in order for the new uniforms. But look at our football team! Its the biggest I've ever seen it! with Numbers ranging 1-99 Come on 99 to 110 kids thats great on a team thats great!
Good School academic Program inline with other high schools in the area. Good sports programs but the sport fields are historic. No seating, scoreboards, snackbar etc. Makes it very uncomfortable to watch a football game or other outdoor activity.
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