The great students and staff! They all care about each other and they have excellent teachers and programs. The only high school in the county with a Biotech class - awesome! There is a great Ag and Culinary program, the math teachers are fantastic, the jazz band is amazing, the dance program is number one and, I know I've missed a lot but - it's a great high school in a small, rural area. Lots of AP classes and vocational learning.
I've lived in this area for many years and am continually impressed by the ability of El Molino to excel with such a diverse population. They really emphasize being responsible, good citizens; they help support and inquire into a student's life, but don't baby or ignore. That's what the future needs, not whiners and slackers needs. Not a bunch of whiners.
I have chose to teach here for almost 20 years. I have even worked with some of the most challenging students. All kids have the opportunity to find success at every level imaginable, if they are ready. This is a unique staff...they work very hard, and they truly care about kids of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, beyond the call of duty. It is safe and fun.
Ive had three children attend this school and all three leave 1) to transfer to another High School which he then excelled at 2) to attend a charter school where as a special needs student he received much better attention and excelled 3) last child left to do indepenant study as she hated the school so much.... Try ever getting a counselor or an administrator to return a phone call...They just dont.
I would only recommend this school if you know you have a self sufficient learner. My son was lost in the large class size/ shuffle and has a learning disability that they were unwilling to test for. I pulled him out half way through 9th grade and placed him in a smaller setting.
Our kids are in 10th and 12th grade, and have had a great experience. Both have taken advantage of the culinary arts program, sports, and AP courses. I think as a parent the best thing about Elmo is that I feel comfortable my kids are in a safe, supportive environment.