Posted January 31, 2014
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Half Moon Bay High School is a " diamond in the rough." I know that may not sound great but it expresses the new energy and commitment by the faculty, staff and parent community to create and sustain top notch academic programs. My daughter graduated two years ago, along with five other children from our neighborhood. All of them got into the college of their choice and, more importantly, all of them are excelling. The AP programs were great - challenging and engaging. Also, the school is making its mark in sports (Bay Area top 25 basketball team; superior swim program despite a terrible pool, etc). The only drawback seems to be the district's inability to hold onto top level management. The last two principals left for higher pay in what may be perceived as "superior" districts. My daughter petitioned to go to HMBHS (we wanted her to go to one of the private schools in the area). Reluctantly, we said yes and we're super happy we did. We're proud to be a cougar family!
I have two children at Half Moon Bay High School. I think the teachers at the school are generally excellent. I do think there is a lot of pressure to have kids take AP courses if they are college bound. This would not be a problem but in such a small school this leads to essentially a two tier educational track. Sometimes there is a large discrepancy between the academic demands of the higher level courses and "basic" non AP courses with little in between. However for bright motivated kids the rigor and quality of the AP classes is comparable to what is available in private schools. Graduates from HMB HS can and have gone to competitive Ivy League universities and more than hold their own. I do find the administation lacking in warmth and support and seem more motivated on advancing their own agendas. The music program at this high school is small and underfunded but a marvelous director makes it a highlight of most band and chorus student's high school careers. I would like to see less emphasis on sports achievement and more on academic achievement. You might have a 5.0 average but if you are a sports star you will find you get a lot more attention at this school.
After two years with a child at Half Moon Bay HS, I feel I must post a cautionary warning. This is a tiny agricultural community barely keeping up with the competitive academic atmosphere of the Bay Area. The administration and especially the office staff are cold and not interested in the individual needs of students. The class offerings are slim and the teachers are simply sub par. Avoid this high school if you can or plan to pay for supplementary tutors and programs so your child can be college ready. I hoped for better and I am sorely disappointed by our experience with this school and this community. Parent involvement is average, at best, although the community takes great pride in their support of the school! It's a little sad.
My daughter graduated with the class of '09 and is now at a UC campus. She was happy and successful at HMB High. We especially appreciate the wonderful music program and its director.
The teachers and staff are doing a great job with much less money per child than any other near by high school. They are working very hard to care for all the students and to improve everyone's life regardless of race, class or gender.
My son graduated from HMB High in 2007. They have wonderful ART and Music Departments. The Community Spirit keeps these programs alive. We are so fortunate that the School District recognizes that education is not complete without appreciation of the Arts.
The Center of Community for the Coastside. HMB High does the best it can with the financial resources available. The Per Child expenditures are not equal on the coastside to other school districts, and yet the school still manages to excel!
I have two students in Half Moon Bay high school. For such a diverse population, they do an excellent job with limited resources. The counselors are very involved and exceptional in my opinion. We had the option of private school, and chose this school instead.
Beautiful campus, involved and dedicated teachers and diverse student population. I have 3 children who went to HMB high and I recommend it to others.
This school may not have the best administrative leadership, but the teachers are very enthusiastic and consistently more than competent. As a student involved in advanced courses, I highly recommend this school for its scholastic opportunities.
I have two children in HMBHS, one is a senior and the other a freshman. They are both very different. The senior has found her passion in music and the performing arts. The freshman is finding enjoyment in shop and social studies. They have both been encouraged to challenge themselves academically. There is such a supportive environment at HMBHS that both are able to feel successful.
HMB High has strong science programs, with outstanding teachers, particularly for advanced students. There is a good selection of AP courses, sufficient to full the application requirements of the most demanding private colleges. To complement the academics, the sports programs are also quite good. The School Loop feedback system works well to communicate with parents and to keep students informed of their assignments.
Two different children; two different sets of interests. One child graduates this year; the second will start as a freshman in 2006. I believe, a solid measure of a high school's success is the college acceptances and this spring, my senior was accepted at Cornell Univ, UCBerkeley, UCLA, UCSD. To get into good schools, students also need to be rounded; HMBHS provides great opportunities for kids to excel in sports, music, the visual arts, theatre, leadership, and academic clubs. Parental activity is very high in the afterschool arena and involvement in the leadership teams continues to grow. The school and the district are committed to continuous improvement and success for every student. To that end, there is a 5 year strategic plan, now in its first year of implementation, on-line courses are available through the University of California, and the principal is committed to finding resources to add classes and opportunities.
what a great small school for kids to have a great high school experience. Good teachers, a bit lax, but seems to be an all american place
I graduated from HMB High in 2000, so I am a student reviewing the school. HMB HS was a good HS to attend. The class sizes are small, there are a lot of chances to take advanced classes, our scores are always above the state average, and HMB is the most beautiful place I have lived. I did wish that there were more elective classes offered. Teachers are for the most part friendly and outgoing. Because of the higher socioeconomic status found in HMB, it was quite common to find students and parents that are snobs and very self involved. All in all it was a good experience.
Adequate teaching but conventional and uninspiring. Administration detached and unresponsive.
With my dealing of the adminstration I was very disappointed. The teachers do not help the child when there is a need and does not help when the parents is asking. They are to worried about getting their money for the school and not putting the child first.
All schools need parent involvement to round out the total success of a school. In my experience of being involved with various programs and school functions, the success is only as strong as the parent involvement. Teachers can not do it all. If parents aren't involved in helping with the activities, fund raisers, or supporting the teachers by volunteering to help in the classroom with one-on-one assistance, there is a noted lack of enthusiasm in the students and difficult for the teachers to keep up a positive momentum. It takes everyone cooperating and working together to make it work!
HMBHS has a beautiful campus and some great teachers, however, there is very little spirit or sense of community within the school. The students don't go to games or dances, and though you can do well if you try, most of the kids are very apathetic about their futures. The community isn't doing much to help with this.
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