December 27, 2007
First off, this school is not for everyone. I recommend it to kids who have interests or a passion and would like to strongly pursue their passion. This school lets students explore all their options and interests providing many opportunities to succeed. It allows kids plenty of freedom to work on their projects following their own guidelines but to get an educational meaning out of it. But students also have to show responsibility to get their work done and that the work is high-quality. It also is very flexible and lets students work around their productive schedule. For example when juniors and seniors take college classes during school hours. This is something I extremely appreciate to have the opportunity to take college classes on my own time. But the downfalls of this school is that is does not offer any sport related activities such as soccer, football, basketball. So if a kid s passion involves sports maybe this isnt the right school for you unless he/she is signed up in a sport elsewhere. But the school does offer newspaper, drama, dance committee, book groups etc. Another thing it does not offer is big dances because the school is so tiny and therefore the school can t provide the classic dances like homecoming, winter ball and prom. Although the school offers these dances but there are so little people there that students might miss out on the classic high school experience (If you care about that kind of thing.) When I compare the regular high school I attended to Shenandoah, Shenandoah is by far way better. The reason is that I get to work on projects that Im interested in which opens me up to learning and learning new things. At regular high school I was bombarded with work, schedules, lectures, and too much structure which didn t teach me much. I like that each individual at this school has some kind of passion to look forward to, to drive them and know what is ahead. They have some idea of what they are going to do in life. I have explored many of my interests that have root caused to final meaning, wonder, and have educated me in ways that normal public high schools could not have done. I now have a clearer plan on what I want to do after high school. Overall this school teaches students how to be independent by taking on their own projects, and emphasizes on the personal qualities like maturity, responsibility, time-management, and independence. Ok I hope this has helped the reviewer.
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