We had a rough first year at Korematsu and decided to find a safer alternative. Our bright and gentle child was verbally and physically harassed on a daily basis. I do believe the administration tries to manage the issues at hand, but the communication between staff, admin, and parents is poor at best.
There are a few inspired teachers- but the head count is high, and often trouble goes unnoticed. P.E. is a nightmare.
There are a handful of inspired teachers with excellent lesson plans, but there are simply too many kids per class for effective education. There is also a number of teachers who have simply checked out, or use aggressive behavior to control their classroom.
I'm a 7th grade student, and I just started going to Portola. Even though we are in portables due to the construction of a new building in a different location and we are not Portola anymore, we are KOREMATSU!! The teachers are awesome and understanding, we have the best school librarian in the world along with our principal. it's a safe environment for everybody to learn
Real diversity in the student body. This is not a self-selected group of academically oriented kids, but a haphazard group of the poorest and richest kids in the area. I would say that this is the year my child sat up and took responsibility for her own education. Now she wants it.
Several programs on campus encourage dialogue and respect between students. Students attend each other's performances (there are all kinds of performances of all different kinds…music, dance, poetry slams, history reinactments, plays, student council speeches, science fair presentations, speeches as assignements, etc.), and other kids support each other in putting it out there, taking the risk, even when not very accomplished. Our daughter is less afraid of speaking to groups now than in the past, and is (her words) “in awe of my classmates”.