I was very frustrated with the teachers at EGHS and their unwillingness to communicate with parents. EGrades were available on internet to track your child's progress; however, many teachers did not update progress, making this service useless. New administration seemed to be attempting some changes, just not fast enough.
We moved back here to the area where I grew up and our child went in as a junior. As I myself went to school here, I found that many things were basically the same. I think that they are dealing with overcrowding as best they can in the area, but, if a student can find his or her niche, he or she will be ok. That aspect is unchanged. However, as it's a rather big 'Herd' as our team is called, a student must find a good space or else, there is plenty of room to fail sadly enough. The art dept is doing pretty good things and very professional looking work when I viewed their end of the year show. Music dept is doing well too. Academically, well, I think they're doing their best, but, not all students participate fully.
Politics and beuracracy before students is the m.o. for Elk Grove High School. The administration and some teachers are more concerned about weeding out students who don't conform to the Elk Grove model rather than focusing on teaching and preparing students for university life. The mode is one of teaching to the test rather than one of developing the ability of intellectualizing concepts. A decent education, by California standards, can be had here, but you have to be self-motivated. The athletic programs are well-run and supported by the community. The school board and most district schools have far too many over-paid administrators, and too few counselors and mentors. What school needs 4-5 vice-principals? Students need more one-on-one interactions and less administrative dogma.
I have to say that I do not like this school at all. I just moved here and I feel like I am going to high school in the fifties. There is no racial interaction and the school does nothing about it. Some of the students' families have lived here for decades and live out their high school lives through their children (for example: football is huge) I'm sorry but there is more to live than the cheerleading squad. The administration does not prepare us for the real world, instead they try too hard to live up idiotic traditions.
My oldest son has attended this school for two years and I'd have to say that he enjoys it up to a point. He indicates slight racial tension between the white and black students but he doesn't feel threatened. The office staff ignore parents when they come in and aren't very friendly on the phone. Most of the teachers are great, but the principal is never available for parent communications.
This is a wonderful school full of teachers and other staff that truly care about the students. Good communication with the teachers always ensures the chance to do well in that teachers' class. The wide variety of clubs and electives gives each student a chance to do what interests them.
My son and daughter go to Elk Grove High. The teachers provide academic success to a large student body with a hometown feel. The cheerleading is the best second to none, hiring the top coaches for original complex moves. My children have a wide variety of electives and plenty of college prep classes with plenty of recognition for accelerated academic excellence.
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