I'm a Senior at Etiwanda High School and have been attending since the ninth grade. To be honest, I cannot imagine myself at any other school. It's not just the academics, but the atmosphere as a whole. Etiwanda is just a naturally inviting place to be. In all my four years, I have never felt victimized or put down by anyone from the school body. Everybody is friendly and nice, and those who can't find it in themselves to tolerate other human beings, fade into the background. Of course, every place has its handful of hotheads that feel the need to strike out when they can't seem to get a point across, but this can be said for anywhere. I agree with the accusation of some, though, that there are a few incompetent teachers, but in a way, I've learned to appreciate their incompetence. In some rare instances I had to take education into my own hands and self teach myself and find outside resources in order to succeed, but if you think about it, isn't that how real life is? Not everything is going to be handed to us on a silver platter . With the exception of those few rotten tomatoes, the teacher staff is really great and I can safely say that I've learned a lot. Overall: A
Etiwanda is an excellent HS. My oldest son graduated in 2012 and my middle son is a freshman. I have seen so many outstanding teachers and I believe my kids are getting an excellent education, for a public HS. Etiwanda prepares interested students for college and the the strong state testing scores support the quality of this school. The only negative is the school is old and outdated, but with the bond measure that passed in Nov 2011, that will provide new and improved facilities. If I had to enroll my kids again, I would! P.S. the boys and girls basketball teams are among the best in CA!
Even though this school has an 8 on the API, I feel it credited to the students. My daughter has some of the worst non caring teachers and counselor ever! She came from a very caring school with the same API to a non caring school. Even their lunch staff is the worst. expired food, no you can't have that food. It is true about the counselor- My daughters counselor gets mad when I come in and tells my daughter she needs to handle it herself. He intimates her. Im thinking twice about letting my 3 other children go there if things do not improve!
Etiwanda High is not perfect; NO school is - but, they have some great teachers, a few good counselors and one or 2 good administrators. Unfortunately, a couple of men at "the top" do not seem to adhere to high moral standards. API (scores ONLY) and athletics seem to be their priorities and we've noticed morale is very low at the school, which is a shame considering there are so many GOOD staff members there and pretty awesome students.
All three of my sons attended EHS throughout the course of ten years. My youngest son is a senior and I have to say it has been painful seeing a school go from great to poor. The school is suffering from a lack of quality students and parents. The administration and faculty are not at fault, the socioeconomic conditions and demographics in the area have changed and the school reflects that. EHS has gone from clean and wholesome to rundown and urban.
I have seen this school go from good to horrible in the five years that I have had students attending there. The councellors are hard to reach and then when you do approach them with concerns they brush the student off and tell them that they need to learn to deal with things. And there is gum everywhere and there has been for five years. Then there is the athletic program. It is all basketball...you would not know there are other sports at the school. My daughter has had four coaches in her four year there each one worse than the other. This new set of coaches are hypocritical and condesending to the athletes. When approached by the team they deny what they do and it is no use to talk to the pricinpal because he just sits in his office wearing his shiny patent leather shoes and smiles all day long. A real winner of a school.
It's a shame parents want to blame the school for their child's lack of academic success. They want phone calls home -- REALLY? With overt 3,000 students? They get a progress report every 6 weeks-- READ it! Also, there are some blatant lies on here. EHS does NOT have fights everyday. Counselors are not lazy.The school grounds have been improved. No school is perfect, but Etiwanda is better than MANY. My son received a good education and went on to graduate with 4 year degree. Not every teacher is great, but there are SO MANY who are.
Etiwanda Highschool has given my daugther the opportunity to get an excellent education and learn a sport that she enjoys playing.
I loved my years at Etiwanda. There are always teachers and students that give a school a bad reputation, but its unfortunate because there are some amazing teachers who go out of there way for you (rarely seen today). Students are great, no real racial tension which is a big factor. The student before me must not have had the same counselor as me. Mine was constantly riding me to achieve. Eagle for life!
I am currently in my last year of high school at Etiwanda. I have attended Etiwanda all four years. I will start with the campus, the campus is dirty with gum in every possible area. The administration really does not do much besides hide in the office. The counselors are down right lazy. They often sound annoyed when you need to talk to them about something but they are productive. The majority of teachers are not very great but there are a few exceptional ones who have changed my life.
I am currently a sophomore at EHS. While this school certainly has a lot to offer, such as an excellent Latin program, and a high-achieving band, it also has its problems. Namely, the administration. They lack motivation and come off as lazy. If an honors student, let alone an average one, comes in with any sort of problem, the administration handles them quickly as if they were an annoyance, rather than their purpose. Based on my own personal experience, many of the counselors lack professionalism. Other than this, EHS is a wonderful school, with an exceptional honors program, especially in sciences and world history. It's cultural diversity is an unusual sort, as aspects of racial tensions are slim to none.
This school is an embarrassment. The student body looks like there is no enforcement of a dress code at all. And the students act like they just crawled out of the ghetto. There are fights daily and the academic enviroment is inconsistent at best.
I relocated from LA to Fontana and moved my children from the Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) to Etiwanda High - big mistake. I always attend school meetings and later notice that what is promised is not delivered but when I bring it to the attention of the teachers and counselor, there is always an excuse. On another note, why is it that we get regular calls about school activities and monies owed but no calls about the progress of our children? Isn't that as important?
I do not think it is a teachers fault if they 'fail to contact a parent' when a student is performing poorly. Part of preparing for college is becoming a responsible individual, which means seeking help on your own, not making your parents do it for you. Will your college professors call your parents when you are failing their course? I think Etiwanda is just as good a school as any other, and I'm glad to have gone there.
My daughter is a senior and graduating in 2010. I am happy this school will be behind us. There is no consistancy in the teaching. After being an A student in English for the first two years she suffered through Junior year and survived with a C+. In that class they wrote only one essay the whole year and piddled about with vocabulary cards. Because of this she couldn't do the swim team. Same in U.S. History, the teacher unindated my daughter with homework (i.e. who needs to memorize the names and sentences of all 32 members of the Watergate incident and know every country in Europe), while her friends class has one page of memorization on the US. No satisfaction from talking to counsellor or the principal of instruction. Now in senior year English she is back to an A.
As a parent of a child who is 'academically challenged' I feel that the school finds this either the 'parent's fault' or 'extra work' for the school. This school has lost their passion to see students strive, students of all academic levels. Their word and/or ideas are generous but the actions do not follow. Once again another school that puts their focus only on the gifted because it is easier.
The teachers here are wonderful especially Mrs. Bryce the latin teacher and we have the best drama program in the district. WAY TO GO MR.KILEY. Hey we may not have the equipment but we have the spirit and for all the parents out their don't be so hard on our teachers they are the best and i really like this school. Especially as you get older.
Music program has a long history of excellence-- next year the marching band is heading to London to perform. Have a wide range of diversity in the crowds.
While I agree that it is the parents responsibility to be involved in their childs education, it is extremely difficult when you are met with school staff that is not responsive. I did run into difficulties and did try to reach out to the counselor, dean of students and teachers to no avail. It always amazes me how supportive they are of kids that are doing well, when it's the kids that aren't excelling that need the help. But I guess that would be more work.
Etiwanda High School has the potential to be a top educational campus. In order for students to be successful a partnership must exist between the student, parent and teacher. My son is currently in the AVID program. Remember hard work equals success,
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