My son is the 11th grade Summary: * Teachers:"F". They are horrible. Very lazy and absolutely no motivation to give the minimal effort. The only reason school's scores are competitive is because students work hard in spite of the poor teachers. The system is set up so that if students get high AP scores, then it must be because of the great teachers, right? Well, not quite. My son had a teacher tell the kids to leave the classroom so he could make a personal call for the whole class period. Another would scream and yell at students all the time. While yet another didn't know how to do the math problems so would work out the easiest one in the chapter and assign all the rest without teaching the content. Administration: "D". Principal doesn't want to document infractions against teachers, etc. As a result, they tolerate poor teachers. Many schools sponsor lots of academic competitions to promote high achievement. This school has AP, IB, and that is pretty much it. We asked them to promote the different olympiads and they weren't interested. We asked them to administer other AP tests (not offered at the school). The teacher did not want to come in to administer a test.
There is good and there is bad. However, there's actually more bad than good. GOOD: DBHS is highly regarded, has high test scores, relatively clean campus, and open doors for lots and lots of opportunities. Students are hard-working, dedicated, but it can be a little extreme. With a award-winning music program, world-class calculus classes, CIF wins in many sports, and a ridiculously high API score of 895 (2013), DBHS is regal. BAD: There are bad teachers for more difficult subjects, and social status and wealth dictates your social standing, which in the end dooms your high school life. Music program "requires" donations, and shuns peers that are less talented and active. The presumptuous majority of students are snobbish, judgmental, and die-hard-study-or-become-worthless thinkers. This is sad, because far too many students think that good grades mean college. Classrooms can be overcrowded, and lack of racial diversity interaction makes a social hierarchy, with the majority race standing on top. The popularity and success of a student in DBHS is dictated by their social standing, or wealth. Kids with money tend to be more "privileged", such as United Student Body (Leadership).
Terrible. How did this school get a 4 stars this place sucked. Only a few of the teachers were really good like the math ones. That's about it.
This is hilarious, reading all of these comments bashing this school, Im sorry, but those who did likely did not work hard or worked at all. This is a great school with great teachers and amazing opportunities, its competitive as heck and thats the brilliance of it. Its as real world as you get, so many people complain that its so hard but thats only because they dont understand how hard life is. As a student who has taken nothing but the most rigorous schedule (we're talking all AP/IB) every year, I have to say that you wont find a better school. The people you meet here are great and will move you forward, a good rule of thumb is to be friends with those smarter than or as smart as you from day one. I will admit, around 100 of the people in my class are likely stoners but that was their choice. In summary, make good choices and actually care about school, do both and you will be great. Also, at the comment that all the smart kids go to tutors or something- thats completely false, not to sound snooty, but if you understood the material you wouldn't need to be tutored, and all the people here who care about and work at their classes deserve their hard earned grades.
Diamond Bar High School is, in my opinion, such a great school that offers so many opportunities to succeed to its students. Many down here on the comments have written that the school's success is based on solely students' hard work, but I strongly disagree. While currently attending a top-15 university, I see my high school teachers' (Buccola, Alcosser, Hwang, etc.) effort and work ethic reverberate onto my own work today. This school, overall, prepares students very well. As long as students form a positive group of friends, stay active in school-activities (such as band, sports, community service clubs, usb, etc.), and stay focused in studies. DBHS is of course a very competitive school, but it's that competition which drives students to excel and be prepared for their future.
There are some great teachers, and a little more bad ones. The band room is extremely messy . The workload is huge and many teachers don't even teach. Staff is also rude sometimes. I do not recommend this school. Everyone gets private tutors, but why? Why should the school take credit for all the good grades we (students) achieved with outside tutoring when the teachers should be teaching. My grades have plummeted going to this school. If you can afford private education, I suggest you enroll your child into a private school. This is not a good school , don't waste your time.
I am a current senior and I don't recommend DBHS. My family and I had always thought that DBHS was a great school. Little did we know that it has really gone downhill since we moved here. Half of the teachers I've had are at best mediocre, and I had to teach myself when my teachers didn't teach the lesson well. The counselors and faculty aren't great either and I find them unapproachable. The extracurriculars are great but I feel that was the only thing DBHS had going for it. I wouldn't recommend this school and I suggest parents reading this search for better options for their child.
Disappointed and unhappy. Transferring here was one of the worst decisions of my life and I truly regret coming here, thinking that DBHS will provide me with what I need. They didn't. They said they were "unable" to match up the classes and just gave me a random TA position knowing how much that will negatively affect me in terms of academic. This school may be prestigious and all, but it has nothing to do with the staff or the teachers. I am angry and disappointed, I'm in my most important year of high school where everything counts and I feel like they're just playing around with my classes as if they don't seem to care how much it will hinder my college transcript and application. The faculty shows no effort in helping a student, especially someone in their most important year of high school. I gave up APs at my old school and when I got to DBHS, they gave me nothing but poor "just to fill in credits" classes. Don't waste your time coming to this school. DISAPPOINTED.
Have been attending this school for the past four years and have finally graduated. My evaluation of Diamond Bar High School is not too positive. Reading the articles and hearing others saying that this school is top tier, having a reputation of having that best calculus program in the world, while this maybe true, the credit should not go to the school, but the individual student, I am sure most of the students who are successful have obtained a private tutor, because the faculty does little to no effort in helping the student to his/her success and this also applies to other subjects as well. Some of the teachers that I've had takes their job as a forced "routine" and not a challenge that they will enjoy for the sake of teaching. As for the student faculty, majority of them are obnoxious, arrogant and rude. I've have seen a lot of my friends from elementary school/middle school change their personality drastically (for the worst) during the four years of attendance because the sheer influence from majority of their "peers". Please reconsider or look for more valuable options before considering this school.
Segregated PTAs -- seven -- one for each ethnic group. (You can find this for yourself on the school website). The ethnic groups stick to themselves and exclude parents from outside their group. This was tough to take as mixed-ethnicity parents since we were basically shunned by the PTA groups and other parents to the point of it being cruel. If the PTAs are like this, you can imagine how bad it is for the kids with this kind of example being set by parents and condoned by the school allowing such an environment. I was shocked when we moved here from a racially diverse city where the ethnic groups mix and work together. Teachers and principal are fine and responsive to concerns, the test scores are high, it's a very safe neighborhood, but the community is comprised of very rigid cliques. It's very sad. I suppose if you fall into one of the preferred ethnic groups, are NOT mixed race, and are comfortable with the segregation you might be very happy here. But, I find it pretty horrible and shameful and would not recommend this school.
Ironically although this school is known to be one of SoCal's finest, that is truly not the case. Many of the praises given to DBHS have been about high test scores, and to be honest, that is all the school has to it's name. The vast majority of it's staff has no true understanding on how to handle students, except when it comes to punishing or degrading them. Many of the school's more finer teachers have left or have been fired due to financial problems, and much of the lower quality staff remains. The students are also of poor quality, as the majority of the students enjoy ridiculing other students, fighting, or spreading rumors. For all parents who are considering this school that believe sending your child here will help them get into a better college will be disappointed that the opposite occurs. Because of the competitive and snobbish nature of many students, to truly stand out in this school is extremely difficult. Overall, this school may have used to be a great option, but the quality of the school has completely diminished over the years.
I don't like how the teachers and the school's programs are praised for the good name of DBHS when, in reality, the true reasons for the school's good reputation are the self-motivated and hard working students who persevere despite being taught by incompetent teachers.
Starting from the principle to the teachers, everybody is very dedicated and helpful. Just walk into this school, you will feel welcome. Students are amazing, well behaved and also ready to lend a helping hand. Music academy program headed by Mr. Acciani is just great. My daughter loves it.
As a student of this school, I have notice something, first off the academic standard of this school. The teachers are very socialble and will give help when asked, but being very socialable the teachers that i have notice do not teach the students effectively and sometimes just talk about there weekends or other off topic situations, which i personally dislike. As for Athletics, DBHS has a very good program, winning CIF championships and watching the athletics take action is very enjoyable. Now, for the social life, this is what i have experinced, (this doesn't apply to everyone, but the majority) choosing your friends is very importaint during your freshman year, seriously, if you dont, doin hookah or playing beer pong is something you might be ending up doing through out your high school life.
This is a really good school. There are great teachers, staff, and it is also a clean campus. I would recommend this school if you want your child to be a successful student. Some people say its overcrowded, but that's not a bad thing. Every student is helped either by a teacher, tutor, or counsler. The world is overcrowded too, you don't see me complaining. Some parents don't understand that more people mean more socialization. More help from other students instead of just the teachers. It teaches kids to live in the real world, not just a dumb school with a small population.
overcrowded,some teacchers are average,they shld. have entrance exam. before entering here not just keep on accepting students
This school is extremely overcrowded. For a special needs child or one that is just very sensitive emotionaly this is defiantly not the place to send them. Classrooms are too small to accomidate the student enrollment.
It's a shame that the this school is mainly student driven. For the most part, the teachers do not really care. Having known many students that went through this school along with my kid, I can safely say that this school will probably be among the worse if it weren't for the self-motivated students and parental support. Although they have many programs and activities, most came out due to necessity of the students who were driven hard by their parents to do well. A good number of students take private tutored classes. The school is not diverse at all. Lack of interracial activities plague the campus.
Great school that is extremely competitive. Most students serious as well as many, but not all, teachers. Many of the best teachers are leaving this year of 2007 leaving many students who are lost with inexperienced new student-teachers.
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