We are very pleased with Granite Bay High School. First let me begin by saying our daughter was a transfer student from Sacramento Country Day School her sophomore year and we are so grateful to SCDS for advancing her the way they did while there. What brought our attention to GBHS was the newly implemented IB program that we were familiar with and so eagerly wanted DD to participate in. Also the convenience of the school being up the street, so no more rush hour drives into Sacramento. DD loved the thought of being able to participate in EC's because that was difficult at SCDS due to distance. GBHS staff allowed her to fully embrace her academics with continual support when needed. The IB curriculum was very vigorous which led to many tears at her computer on early mornings, but thats what made her. Her involvement in Speech and Debate and Track and Field taught her responsibility to manage her time while keeping her GPA up in IB. The school fostered a confidence in DD which will be everlasting and we are so grateful for that. Thank you Granite Bay for providing the vital tools needed so my DD can continue her academic journey with confidence at Dartmouth College, 'Class of 2017'!
As a grandparent, I've witnessed some of the negative activities, and will need to see the positives to gradually increase my rating.
Has an awful drug problem. lots of drama AND peer pressure for your child at any grade
I only got to attend GBHS for a while, however I loved it there and thrived as a student. We have great sports programs,challenging classes, and great electives! I fell in love with this school and its people. I think there is always going to be drama at any school. sure the stereotypical picture of granite bay students are rich, but they're not all spoiled brats, and rich. There's plain jane average people like me there! Plus, I absolutely adored the staff. All my teachers were very caring and they knew what best to teach the kids. When i first came to the school as a freshman I felt so welcomed. I took spanish 1 and 2, which are great classes! You'll also never find any other art program quite like GB's, the art classes are amazing. whether its drama or actual art, or ceramics, you're guranteed to have fun! And don't forget to join the tribe. The football games are so fun and its a great way to participate, same with the dances! Don't miss out, being a grizzly is amazing!
My first experience with GBHS was when we listened to orientation for incoming freshmen, a current student at the podium said it can be lonely here and your friends will continue to change; wait she didn't just say that in front of parents and faculty? It's true, doesn't matter if your average or the popular cheerleader, kids are mean here. Yes, the IB/AP program is good, but unless you are at the top, you would be better off being closer to the top at a smaller school like Oakmont. Think about how best to package your child for college, before you send your child to GBHS, would you rather them be in the top 25% at GB or top 10% at Oakmont or Del Oro? Don't be fooled, most parents are asleep at the wheel and have no idea what their kids are up to or how they are being treated. As for the Administration here, they do what they can, it's a big school, but they do not have control of the school compared to other high schools in the area. I'm not trying to put down the administration, but they simply do not have strong enough leadership skills to make this school what it should be. The Eureka School District is great, so what the heck happens when these kids land at GBHS?
I am extremely pleased with Granite Bay High School. The teachers fantastic and it is clear they LOVE teaching. My son had heard negative things about the school prior to his freshman year and he is socially shy yet he has thrived at GBHS. He is receiving an incredible education and his teachers have always been responsive to my questions and to assisting him after school whenever he has needed help with a subject. He has chosen the right friends and says he has never even been approached to buy/use drugs. The community is very involved in supporting this school district which is great for the kids. I am a single parent who moved to the area for the school district, my son is not into sports and I am more than pleased with the school and the district.
Granite bay contains many problems and graduating from here I know first hand. It's true the Ap and IB classes are good but if you expect to end up is a top notch college, think again. The teachers give little information about most subject and the ones that do teach only share the basic idea. The majority of the students go to Chico because they have trouble getting through the ap and IB tests given due to the lack of knowledge. The success rate is acceptable but most students score the bare minimum. In class everyday students learn how to solve, for example, x+2=y but on the day of the test are faced with x^5/2+(x-3)^2=y. The school spends most of the money of sports equipment hoping to collect more funds from parents and students are left with old ripped textbooks to study from. If are are enrolled here I hope you know how to learn by yourself, because that's what a lot of days will have to look like if you plan ti go to a well know college.
Granite Bay has great programs for both AP and IB goers, most people chose the former, and I strongly recommend them even for those who are afraid of the workload! The AP teachers are great, I strongly admire the history skills of a certain Mr. Valentine and Mr. Dell'Orto. Most teachers on this campus are stressed, probably from the volume of students/workload... This is high school, so if you aren't applying yourself you won't be noticed by teachers, athletics coaches, and potential college recruiters. Sadly, with the sheer number of kids, (and it's increasing every year) the counselors are overrun with students so I would recommend outsourcing... Get involved with clubs, debate team, Band/Choir, and any of our Sports teams!! GO GRIZZLIES!
As a student i have expirienced first hand the out of control rumor mill this school has. The drama is so intense and it makes it very hard to keep up with the school work. This school is challenging but if you can take the drama and block it out you can do great there. The classes they have to offer are amazing. You have many opprotunities to succeed but you have to be willing to work hard.
I have two children who just graduated from Granite Bay High School. I cannot say enough good things about the school, staff, administration and students. GBHS is very devoted to the students and their well being. They invest in anti drug/alcohol messages, tolerance and esteem building. The majority of the staff are creative and very energetic. The kids love them! The principal, Mr. McGuire, is a very caring person. He is exactly the type of person any school would want as their school leader. Their sports programs are also excellent. I have boy/girl twins who had different circles of friends. Both groups included the most responsible, caring and polite young adults you would ever want to meet. I credit that to, not only my kid's great choice of friends, but the parent involvement in the Granite Bay area and the school itself. Kids who want drugs will find them at any school they attend. I believe the responsibility for that falls on the individual and in the case of minors, their parent's involvement in their lives as well. Its easier to blame the school than to look within. Don't blame GBHS. They turn out hundreds of wonderful, successful young adults every year.
GBHS has a terrible drug problem. If you need advice or resources for your teenager if they are using, google "pathway to prevention". I found them online. It was started by Mothers whose teenagers graduated GBHS as addicts. It is much more common than the faculty will admit.
every school is going to have drugs. Granite Bay High is the best high school in CA! We are one of the few schools that actually have the IB program in the state of CA. I have attended 3 different high schools in CA including Lincoln High School, Woodcreek High School, and Granite Bay. The other two schools were just bland, granite bay has a very enthusiastic enviorment! GO GRIZZLIES!
Granite Bay is a good school for high achievers in the IB and AP system. The sad thing about this school is the deaf ear given by the administration to the drug problems and average achiever student. If you want your kid to go here talk to the parents and students, don't let an inflated API score make your decision.
Granite Bay HS now has an IB program that will be graduating it's first class of seniors -- go Class of 2010!
If I had to pick a school for my students now it would not be Granite Bay High School. The politics, the 'my way or the highway' attitude of the teachers, and the favortism given to the IB and AP students, typifies the Granite Bay 'bubble.' Don't get me wrong, my student is an acedemic achiever, but not because of the environment at this school.
I am very impressed with this school. It has a variety of programs for the gifted student as well as the challenged, and I have experience with both. The IB Program, AP Classes, and Honors classes will keep the brightest kids challenged. The tutoring center is a blessing for times when your child needs extra help. There are classes organized to help your child learn at their speed. The outside activities and clubs are amazing and too numerous to list. The choir, band, team sports and the many clubs are all recommended and of good quality. This school offers a tremendous amount. I encourage all students to take advantage of everything it has to offer! Technology is used so that the child and the parent can keep track of academic progress as well as school social activities. Good communication from faculty is a major plus.
This school is great with a lot of great communicative and experienced teachers, successful sports teams(name a sport, we're good at it), technological programs and resources, different clubs, diverse electives and lots of school spirit and parental support. The school has adopted the IB program which makes it one of the only 2 schools in the district to have bringing in even more bright students into its campus. The school boasts over 3 computer labs and an entire 'learning center' for classes to use throughout the day and students to visit afterschool for tutoring and studying. The school has a blocked schedule which may seem complicated to those that are unfamiliar with it, but with a blocked schedule, students in can take 2 consecutive math, foreign language, science, etc. classes in a year allowing them to progress further and take as many upper-level courses as possible to challenge. GBHS Rocks!
The school seems to be more about advertising the appearance of great education but not executing with effective teaching or administration. Examples: The school pushes an accelerated block system warning parents of dire consequences if their child is sick for more than a day since every day missed is 'times 2' yet they delay the 'back to school' night for 3 weeks (x2=6 weeks) into the school year so parents are limited in ways to get involved in their child's life and success, or to address any problems or concerns about a class or teacher. Was this because they wanted to produce flashy video to ask for money? Second, the school points parents and students to supposedly a rich web site of resources; fact is the web site is often out of date, incomplete and so poorly organized one cannot find the gems in the clutter of content.
Granite Bay High only reaches out to the high achiever, normal and students who are struggling are swept under the rug.
I graduated Granite Bay and I think the academics are far superior than any other high school. I am breezing through my english classes and know, to some degree, what all of my current professors at Sac State introduce as 'new topics'. As for the social aspect it is easy to get caught up in the wrong crowd and because there are so many privilaged children there accessibility to lots of things that can lead you astray.
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