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16955 Lemon Street
Hesperia, CA 92345

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November 15, 2014
I don't uderstand how anyone can listen to bitter people that make up lies, because thay did not like going somewhere for school. Maybe your parent mad you go Encore like my parents did! At first I hated it, but once I got into what they had to offer I was glad I was there. Don't listen to anyone that will say your credits won't transfer or you can't go any where but a Jr. College. That's just lies, I am graduate from Encore high school attending UCR, and my friends are attending UCLA, UCI and more. Thanks for reading

- submitted by a student
September 04, 2014
I was a former student of Encore. First, you are sadly mistaken if you believe the glowing reviews posted here and on other sites. The teachers constantly loose classwork and many do not have the credentials to teach. The school is run by two people: Ambassadors and those who support the school (a.k.a brown-nosers). Many of my friends who did graduate from Encore are having trouble having their credits transferred. The whole "no homework" pitch? Don't believe it. The teachers overload the students with homework, essays, and random assignments. To sum it up, "NOT AS ADVERTISED".

- submitted by a community member
July 30, 2014
My son has been going to Encore since he was in 7th he is now going into 10th grade. He loves it. I think it is a wonderful school for children who love the arts. My younger sin is extremely excited to attend his 1st year this fall.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
My school is great. They don't punish kids who like academics, that review is crazy. We do all kinds of things to help improve academics and make it fun. We had Mickey's Math Challenge last year to make the basics fun and I know teachers who have spent time helping kids with college questions and issues. I've had one or two teachers who aren't that great but they don't last long. My Jr. High had a LOT of teachers who shouldn't have been teaching and bullies too. The kids who WANT to be here are great. The ones who don't are a pain in the ass. I think you could say the same about most schools. A few try and ruin it for everyone. I LOVE this school and my experience here. I get on the bus really early and sometimes don't get home until 8 or 9 during a performance blackout. I'm tired, but I get my work done or I can't perform and I love what I am able to do. Heck kids here can juggle and ride unicycles, take pictures or be in a band-all in a school day. Where else can you have the freedom to learn these kinds of things? Haters don't hate- this is a great school.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2014
I'M a FAN! My daughter has had an GREAT experience here. The ARTS & ACADEMICS teachers are FANTASTIC! Her elementary school was terrible / her Jr. School was "bully central"- My daughter started in her 9th grade year & is graduating this yr. She's an A/ B student with a LOVE for theater & music. I understand that "disgruntled" parents are sour if their "little darlings" could not keep up with Encore's standards.Encore expects much from the kids. In turn they GET a lot. Some of my daughter's friends at other schools constantly say how terrible the bully situation is at their schools. NOT at Encore. The kids are ARTS kids according to my daughter... very accepting of each other. We will be applying to UCLA, UCR & Redlands this year. I'm a doctor, (not that that matters) BUT, I would NOT allow my daughter to attend ANY school without researching the academics. ALL Academic teachers are credentialed, the school is WASC accredited and A-G approved for college transferability so yes, they are top notch in my opinion. Finally, when we arrived at Encore, my daughter was timid and shy. She has confidence & poise thanks to Encore. NO other school in the HD offers what they do.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2014
Two children of mine attended Encore, and many of my friends' kids have attended since its inception. WHAT ENCORE DOES RIGHT: - Arts elective offerings are diverse, unique and many - Daily study hall - Improvements can be seen each year in the campus and operations - The shows are completely student staffed and are amazing - Some of the staff members are incredible with the kids - The student comaraderie is good with little conflict WHERE ENCORE FAILS: - Labeling "College Prep" is stretching it. Even the teachers' kids go to community college or low ranking art trade schools - Counseling is horrific. Calls, voicemails, emails, nor being physically present gets you any face time with a counselor - Programs and students are favorited to the extreme - The staff put out flyers with the most terrible grammar, run-on sentences, incomplete information, and many of the staff are simply crass and rude. In fairness, some wear far too many hats to do their jobs properly - Drama production rehearsals practice terrible time management with the kids - Several seemingly impeccable arts instructors find employment elsewhere after a short stay - Graduation chord requirements are murky at best

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2014
Encore High School is a horrible school that sets your kid up for community college at best. Very few of the courses are actually applicable at 4 year colleges and universities. The counselling department is awful. The counselors are impossible to get a hold of whether you are a student or parent. Legal documents are lost constantly and the blame always lands on the student. Many of the teachers (past and present) are not even accredited to teach. The campus is constantly in a state of disrepair, many of the classrooms do not meet basic safety and fire codes. The favoritism at this school is ridiculous, if you child does not become best friends with the teachers and faculty on a very unprofessional level your student will receive no guidance and no help in the classroom. The school likes to boast of it's accepting atmosphere but many students face daily discrimination just by the faculty and administration alone. The only remotely redeemable aspects of the school are the vast number and variety of classes to choose from, and the high percentage of student and parent involvement. If you want you child to get a sufficient and fulfilling education DO NOT send them to Encore.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2014
My granddaughter wants to attend this school and I have my concerns. I have heard from a few parents that their child was bullied and the non of the staff was concerned, so now 2 of the parents are now home schooling the other attends another school. I have also heard that if your child attends high school at Encore and you have to move and go to another school, the credits they have earned can not be transferred to the new school. Does anyone have any insight on these issues.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2014
I like that there are a lot of different conservatories to do and the teachers/staff help students also. Encore is not perfect, but it is a great, unusual, preforming school to go to.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2014
Graduated Students from 2 from Encore 1 transferred Senior year to Excelsior. (High Honor Student)

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
As concerned parents we want to share our experience with ENCORE JR SR HIGH SCHOOL. Our son is 17 and has been an over-achiever his whole life. Last year he took a few classes at Options because he had the idea to graduate early. He later decided against that idea. Encore went ahead and registered him as a senior in October 2013 without informing my wife and I or my son. We just found this out a few weeks ago. They are refusing to change this situation even though he has begged to take extra academic classes so he can experience his 'actual' senior year with his friends. We are angry and feel robbed of celebrating his final year of high school. He's missed out on senior pictures, prom, being a senior in the yearbook, and all senior activities regarding college walk throughs and missed the deadlines to apply for student loans. In our opinion NO ONE SHOULD ENROLL THEIR STUDENT AT ENCORE HIGH SCHOOL... a school that penalizes a kid for being intelligent and over achieving their whole life. We truly feel this is a personal vendetta against our son. Please pass this info forward.... Kids should be rewarded for hard work not punished.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
This school is ran by unorganized, unprofessional people. "Owners" do not know how to manage a school properly, nor do they have the kids futures in mind either. The lack of professionalism is ridiculous. This school has a quick turn around rate for teachers that are employed, which leaves the kids without proper guidance. Treat the teachers better and with respect!

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
Kudos to Encore for the new methods of communication with parents! I love the newsletter and the new e-version. With a busy family and a busy life it is hard to keep up with all that is going on at school- and to ensure that our students make the most of the opportunities presented to them. Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
After 3 schools, ENCORE is it! Finally a school that cares and gives kids real intensive performing arts training! IM VERY HAPPY! My kids love it!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
This is a good school for the most part. Not run very well. I don't think the current administrator has the proper credential. The family that started the school is busy starting a new school down the hill. The Ambassador program thta was once reserved for the best of the best has become a total joke. They will not be doing any extras or touring this year. I personally feel that once the owners daughters graduated they are not interested in this campus any longer. My child will not be returning next year. There is so much favoritism its hard for your child get good roles. I have personall heard the owner talk about students in a negative way, actually stating she felt some kids had mental issues. I was happy for several years but I am now ready to move on. This is the school like it in the HD but its not worth it. Take your child down the hill and truly invest in their future.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
Horibble school. RAN by 2 people who think they know everything in the world and just care about money. Waisted 3 years going there and now because of them im behind in HS good luck with your smelly hallways. I remeber everyday a kid will signup for school the next week you'll never see them again.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2014
This is an awesome school for the area. I would have to say, one of the best. The best part about it, the kids get college credit for the high school classes that they take. That is the biggest perk.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
I have always believed that a stable learning environment through the Arts is ideal for a great education. I have four kids that attend this school, two of which have been here since it first opened. My kids love this school and their grades are so remarkable, testament that Encore's Curriculum works. One of my kids is autistic and I am very impressed with how attentive and compliant the school has been to his needs. I couldn't have picked a better school to place him in. The teachers are dedicated and pride themselves on creating a great learning environment for the kids. It's not perfect but then again nothing in life is. Most of the negative reviews I have read here seem to come from disgruntled employees and the parents who are complaining do so about the Dean of schools. Yet you're forgetting that its the teachers that "teach" your children, not the Deans. For this school to have only been opened 6 yrs. I feel they have come along way, not to mention that Encore High School of the Performing Arts scored a 793 API for 2013 and it is the highest scoring high school in the HUSD and the Second highest scoring high school in the entire High Desert. That alone speaks for itself.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
As a former employee who suffered at the hands of the deans I strongly urge parents to find other options for their students.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2013
I have been very impressed with the level of caring by the teachers and their willingness to help a student achieve success. The school fosters an environment where the kids work hard to learn and perform. It would be wonderful to see this school get a real theater but they do a great job of making do with what they can dream, build or get donations for. We just saw Ghost Train and were so impressed by the team of young students who were serving dinner for this Dinner Theater show. There is something great about a student getting up on his own at 5am to spend a long day at school, get home at 8pm because they are involved in a show and they are HAPPY to do it again the next day! The school still needs work in the organization area and making sure things go out in a timely manner and all staff are the same page but that is true of many places and I know that every year there are more and more improvements. Kudos to Encore for keeping my kids excited to be at school.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
i turned in application for my daughter to be enrolled next school year. However i heard some inside news about how Encore HS will change. Class room size will be 76 students per classroom. What is going on? can anyone clarify this? How can one teacher handle 76 kids?

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
I keep seeing all these negative comments about this school when it really isn't that bad. I mean, we made it on the top 5 schools in the High Desert for a reason. This is my 3rd year going here and I seriously wouldn't want to be anywhere else. No, it's not perfect, and it's not the stereotypical high school you usually see where the 'outcasts' are always bullied by the 'normal people'. Everyone that goes to this school IS an outcast. The teachers are all wonderful, no matter how many changes they make to them. The office staff, however, could use a bit of work.

- submitted by a community member
August 23, 2013
I don't think that they should be able to advertise as a "college preparatory" school. I'll just leave it at that. -Encore graduate, currently attending university

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
This s my daughter's second year at Encore. She is in the top ten percent of her class in academics. The conservatories she attends, dance and music, are excellent as well as the teachers. To date we have never had problems. Weekly updates from all teachers is great!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
I really enjoy all the activity at Encore. They really work hard for what they want. All the negative reviews I see are not true. Maybe you're saying "well what does she know?" I'll tell you what I know. A lot of you are saying that the deans only care about the ambassadors and their daughters. Well I am proving you wrong. If they only cared about them the deans list they wouldn't allow other students to do activities. They let other students audition for plays and join clubs. The other students are the reason they're there. Sure they made the school for their daughters could enjoy but they are nice enough to share that with other students. I know this because I'm a student there. And I'm not on the deans list. They treat me like a nice person they are. It wasn't easy for them to make this school happen. It happened because of the people who wanted a school like that In the high desert. The school district laughed at them for the idea of Encore. And look where they are now. They proved them wrong. They work hard for everyone to go to that school. I recommend this school for all the teens out there. They just don't care about ambassadors. They care about EVERYONE. Trust me;)

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2013
Encore is a horrible school. It is run by deans who started the school for their daughters. All they care about is raising money for a group of hand picked students (formerly known as ambassadors or deans list) to go perform at a festival in Scotland during the Summer. The fundraisers are not the best either. It is a "tradition" at encore to sell Donuts at nutrition during the winter. The only fundraisers they have are junk food. Everything is about junk food. It's disgusting. They do not care about sports, visual arts, or music. The deans are VERY Bias. No ones opinions matters, not the teachers or anyone. If you're not into flashy performance style, this is not the school to go to. Teachers are judged personally over work ethics. If the Deans don't like you, you're fired. Opinions don't matter at Encore. Since they are a charter school they can kick anyone out whenever they want to. If your child wants to get somewhere in life, don't send them to encore.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
WORST education anyone can possible get! I was there for three years and I never have done so poorly ever at school. I transferred for my sophomore year to a real and better high school and have almost a 4.00. They do not care about you as they say they do, unless your in deans list, then you get away with everything. There is nothing but favoritism in that school, all they do is lie to you, they only care about money. Everyone I know hates it there, and either stayed due to being forced by parents or left to a better school. That school really lowers your self confidence. They truly rub it in your face who is better than who. I honestly do not think sending your child here is good for their future. The only way they can improve is to CLOSE DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 30, 2013
My son is finishing up his 10th grade year here at Encore. We moved here from NC. In NC, he hated school. Here he loves going to school. He plays the piano and is very gifted at it. Here he is encouraged daily at school. He has made so much improvement in his musical ability here at Encore.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
I don't listen to sour grapes! I took the time to check out Encore High School and this school is just what my kids were looking for. The entire staff cares about my kids and have since they entered the school my son 4 yrs. and daughter 2 yrs. ago. My son had struggled interacting the other children and now has a lot of friends. Both my children are maintain the good grades they had before Encore but here they want to get up every day and get to school with out the morning fight to get out of the house. There are some changes each year at the school some with teachers that my kids loved but the school is better for it in the end. The Administration and teachers have been there for me when I have needed them I just made an appointment. THANK YOU ENCORE keep up the good work. Proud Encore parent of 2 and 1more next year!

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
Generally speaking the students at Encore are fantastic. I have not seen or heard of one fight that happened thus far in this school year. Encore kids are an entirely different group of people and very open, which would explain why there is not much bullying that goes on. Students at Encore do have good grades for the most part, because they want to stay there. And the Deans and staff make sure to take advantage of that, of course. They treat your kid anyway they want to, and that's the cold truth of it. The staff is rude and only a select few are treated like they are human beings with rights, there to learn and graduate. The teachers are great and I will give them that because I can't just go on about the bad. The teachers are as fantastic as the students. They teach well and the classes are small. No, the bad reviews are not from "Sour Grapes" there is truth in what they say because I've seen these things with my own eyes. A teacher was fired for having an opinion and the deans act like they can do anything they want to. And they do, simply because kids want to be there so they let themselves be kicked around. Encore could be so great but it's not. Be assured, this is not all.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
Just looking for a performing arts school for my daughter who is an actress.... can anyone help me with that?

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
Encore is a school that has to 'make-do'. It wasn't built as a Performing Arts School. It must rely on all the parents to help out, and the students too. But in the last 3 years that my son has been there I see constant evolution which is a good thing. The school is a community and while certain aspects of the school have taken priority, I have seen that evolve too. You can't fix everything at once. What does make this school great is the willingness to improve and evolve. If any parent or student sees something missing or lacking it is their responsibility to become part of this community and make it better. I can tell you that my children previously attended a well rated school in Apple Valley that they HATED... and now they both love school, are involved in lots of activities and choose to spend up to 12 hours a day some days at school. Their grades are outstanding and the teachers communicate and keep me informed so I can make sure their grades stay outstanding. And while certain conservatories do tend to stand out, I have seen improvement in all in the past few years and I know that they way to improve them in parent involvement and partnership with instructors.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
The "Dean" lacks communication skills! Extremely unproffessional! The students do "P.E" in the parking lot! The " hallways" are overcrowded and not safe! Fire hazard! The classes are hot,stinky, and musty! This is not a normal functioning environment! The "pick up "procedure is "wacky"! I would not let my child step foot in this EX~correctional facility!!!! zero stars!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2012
My son recently started at Encore and loves it. It is really nice to see him actually get excited about 1) getting up in the morning 2) being involved in school 3) NOT complaining about the day he had and 4) looking forward to most of his classes! When we went to the orientation, we knew the school was offering performing arts classes as well as academic classes but didnt realize how many they had to offer. My son is actually doing his home work every day (they have a study hall too!) and is getting (so far) very good grades. He said he felt welcomed from the very first day and he fit right in! He likes all of his teachers and is playing guitar and loving it. from everything Ive seen myself, the staff is very caring and courteous to the kids and the parents too! I cant ask for anything better- especially given the choices in the Desert. When we moved here this summer, I heard nothing but terrible things about every school except 2- and Encore was one of them- so we were nervous. Not anymore! I hope the enthusiasm my son has keeps going and I would recommend this school to ALL parents that have kids who have a creative side!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
I am a parent of a 11th grader who started encore high her 9th and 10th grade year. I am very disappointed on the feedback that I got back from my daughter when I asked her how she liked Encore-and if she wanted to go back to the school. She declined to return to Encore because she felt like the Principal and his wife did NOT give any of the other kids (that weren't in their Ambassadors special club) and attention or rewarding things to do. My daughter had a 3.6 gpa and was a cheerleader. The teachers there were so incredibly unorganized constantly losing my daughters assignments and making them turn them in 3+ more times. The turn around on the teachers was ridiculous. So many teachers were in and and out-as students were to. slowly buy surely many of the students were leaving encore and gong into other schools that didn't have favoritism. My daughter did so much for that school i.e. drama, cheer, dance and volunteered a ton-and got no recognition from ANYONE. Don't send your child their-they will feel unrecognized and eventually move out to a different school -like many of the kids do. I was so excited for this school-BUT it turned out to be a DISAPPOINTMENT.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
This school is horrible. There is to much favortism. If your not in any art programs. They don care about you. I was in karate and. The princibal didn't care about us karate kids. Thye kept moving us from classroom to classroom. And eventually we ended up practicing outside. To them we didn't matter. i really hated this school and now gladly im going to a different school =D.So if your not in any of the arts you will NEVER be reconized.

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2012
Another end of the school year with high staff turnover. But what else can be expected of a family business, where "mom" and "pop" lack the ability to objectively evaluate or to retain talent? Of course, some will argue that the teachers they let go every year are "bad teachers" but that excuse only lasts so long. That this business continues testifies to how desperately the people in the area want their kids to be stars, and how desperately the Hesperia School District wants the enrollment across district lines that an "arts charter school" can provide.

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2012
Its year 4 and I am still very happy! My oldest daughter and several of her fellow class mates have been excepted to to some of the top colleges and university in the country. My youngest daughter loves all her classes and teachers. Keep up the good work Encore!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
I love how this school is focused on both academics and the fine arts. I was at a "for the arts" high school and we did about 6 performances annually. This school does a bazillion! If a student does not maintain a C minimum in all classes, they get booted from the play or show. The staff is kind and polite. Heck, I have the admin staff on speed dial and all the time they call me back within a few hours. They are dedicated. The teachers will accept no less than their students' very best. And the plays are entertaining. As for school lunches, they are average but sometimes they have a special treat. Last month, the Dean ordered In and Out for the students. My kids were so happy that day! In fact, even though I really don't know The Griffins that well, I want to. I consider them both to be my friend.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
Encore has the best API in the entire district! Teachers work with students in a smaller setting than other schools, offer tutoring every week, and meet for parent conferences monthly. Dedicated teachers who care about their students is hard to come by. Not an Encore! Students come for the electives; parents love the academic rigor! Parents have opportunities to volunteer, too!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2011
This is the best school my son has ever attended. He has always struggled in school, but Encore is different. The teacher's care about every one of their students. They want them all to succeed. My son scored advanced on state tests at Encore when he has never scored higher than below basic at any other school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2011
This school is bad, really bad. The people in charge are horrible, the counselor is rarely available. Its an unfair school, some electives are put at the bottom and they shouldn't add sports to there program if there not even going to fund it properly. I was a student there and its not a great school like some people say

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2011
I love this school. My little one has attended there since it's opening. She has increased in knowledge and her conservatory so much. The shows they put on there are amazing. The staff there -they are TRUE EDUCATORS that care, put hours and hourse of time in tutoring after school to help students succeed. Academics are amazing. Teachers are amazing. The couple running it ARE AMAZING....Have you seen Jungle Book? THANK YOU Encore & Staff. This family truly appreciates you.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
Encore High School teaches students to not only improve in academics but in the conservatory you choose to mayjor in. Many people believe that there is alot of faoritism at encore, i dont believe this is true. The deans "favorites" are people that work very hard and deserve everything they recieve. Those students work at a professional level and are very talented. Encore gives students oppurtunities that alot of people would not be able to expierence. I love this school and i dont see how anyone could disagree.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2011
I've been a student since this school's opening and to be honest, I love it very much. I've never been strong in math and science, and since attending these schools, I am actually able to comprehend what they are teaching. I have had the opportunity to try countless different things I would not have been able to do at any other school. Before coming to Encore, I was bullied, yet have encountered little problems with students here, and when there was any issue, the dean took care of it. I feel confident in all the teachers, and have witnessed that when there is a teacher who is not up to par the school dismisses them and brings in someone who can actually teach the subject. Although many people complain about the dean's and their favoritism, I don't feel its true. They focused on the performance aspect of the school in the beginning because those were students whom they knew. Now that the school has become more establish, I feel there is equal love towards all conservatories. I think if someone wants to have a good experience at Encore, they have to realize it is still a school. Yes, it is exceptional and better than most but it still comes with bumps on the road. I recommend Encore

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2011
We had a brief experience with this school. Had to move on, academics are subpar, in the bottom third of similar schools state wide, according to the state. And there are better arts programs elsewhere. The couple in charge is clueless.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
This is my child's first year as a 7th grader. I chose this school because she wants to be involved in performing arts and the school where she would normally go to has a bad reputation. At the start of the year, she was assigned a lot of homework but they are changing that now. She said at this school, kids don't pick on other kids as much as her other school, and I've heard this from other kids as well. The shows are outstanding. We are really lucky to even have a school like this in the High Desert.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2010
this school is very bad Ive changed my schedule like a billion time but it hasn't changed I am very disappointed

- submitted by a student
October 09, 2010
Once again the instrumental music program had an amazing performance this past week, and once again received NO recognition! No announcement was made about the upcoming concert, no administration members attended, and they didn't even get a "good job" on the weekly all call update. I guess for this school to give you any importance you must be in dance or theater.Sad.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
Both my parents and I are very disappointed.They have changed my schedule 9 times .On the sign up sheet, they show electives that aren't offered at this school at all.The teachers are rude and the parents will agree.Everyday there are parents and students that complain in the front office .They just do not care.Students have no say in what go's on at this school.ASB and kids in a group called dean's list control the events along with the founders of the school.It is sad. Our autatorium has a stage a foot high that seats 150 people standing. We have no football field,Track,soccer field,baseball field or any grass at our school.All we have is two basketball poles in the middle of the parking lot.For P.E. we run around the parking lot and the golf kids play in dirt.No lockers and every classroom has plywood running threw it because it was a juvenilehall.

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2010
My daughter is in the 9th grade, she started with Encore in the 7th grade (their first year) and they still have not gotton their act together. Even though they send out a sheet for your child to pick their classes for the next year each year my daughter's classe have been wrong, not one of the three years has she gotten her requested classes ,the first year her classes were picked in orrientation... and yes.. the comment about the dean/owner.. he is very rude.. and needs to hire someone to be the dean that has background in that position. I also agree efforts and time are placed on dance and theater but not as much enphasis on music and arts.... and they cant seem to get the busses right, bus drivers quit my kid is left at the stop and they are all far and spread out just bad...

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
so far everything that we were told in orientation is false!! I've only heard from one teacher out of my daughters 9 classes and they don't update their homework and grades on the website like we were told. There are bullies there and even though we've notified the school several times nothing has been done about it. My daughter has told me that she is not doing so well in a class but do you think I've heard from that teacher?? The drop off/pick up is VERY unorganized and the principal/Dean/founder is very rude. We have to pay lab fees and volunteer our time for this school and my child seems to not be benefiting academically or theatrically. This school has until the end of the semester to shape up or I will pull my child out and make sure everyone who reads the paper know of their faults.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2010
Prior to sending your child here - look at the percentages of the students who are actually passing (look at the tabs above). Beware of this school

- submitted by a community member
September 20, 2010
I love Encore High School because the teachers care about their student. They care about where they are at now and where they want to go. Although academics are the most important, we look at the whole student and help them achieve in every area. Parents bring students for the academics and the students stay for the Arts.

- submitted by a teacher
August 20, 2010
This is partly a response to the previous reviewer. First, do you know what "respected dance resumes" are? Apparently not. FYI, attending a school of a professional company is not the same thing as being a dancer for that company. The real artists in the faculty are gone- fired because they didn't kiss up to the owners (yes, let's call them that, because that is their attitude!) or quit. A while back the Dean of this school was so disturbed by a negative review here that she "requested"(ordered?) faculty and parents to flood this board with "positive" reviews, so as to bury the sincere, if negative review that so offended her. Finally, how sad that anyone is impressed by an API of seven forty something. Are standards that low in the high desert? Rating: administration: 1, faculty 3, students 3 (for enthusiasm if not talent or discipline). Average: 2.33

- submitted by a community member
August 16, 2010
I can't wait for the new school year. Not only did they hire the best of the best in the vocal department with a huge background in show choir for this year, they also hired an actual lead from a ten year run on one of the biggest Broadway shows of all time. The dance teachers are all professionals with respected resumes and the yearbook started winning awards in their first year. they had nine major productions last year with close to 100 performers in every show. Each of the shows over the last two years has had different leading roles and there are so many opportunities for the students to get involved. Did I mention that the theater is dinner theater. Also, they do field trips to places like the Richard Nixon Library and the Long Beach Aquarium. They do overnight science field trips. It is such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2010
O.K. so the teachers are great. The staff and the favorites are not so great. So you want to send your kids there well when you go to sign them up ask for the list of plays they have done and pay close attion to the lead roles and notice that the favorites are the leads all the time. The daughters have had leads in everything and they don't even act that well. Next notice the dirt, the place is dirty, Ask about computers only in one class and this is the generation of computers, Next ask about field trips, well they spend tons of time going to American Idiol but if your kids not a favorite they won't be able to go. Oh and ask about a.p. courses, don't have... Oh then ask about testing why some kids go out of the class to test? dont send your kids here

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2010
Unprofessional administration,, plays favorites with students and faculty. Principal has own kids in starring roles. All of the talented arts teachers are gone. Could have been something special, with better leadership.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
This is a school of choice. Kids that come here want to and do their best to stay here. (Staying out of trouble and getting good grades) Kids who do not do well at this school have issues before they get here. I have 2 children that go here. My daughter is in 8th grade and holds a GPA of 5.0 and my son who is in 10th grade holds a 4.0. Just to let you know my daughter is in all honors classes. Academically speaking, this school is great. My kids did not have issue's before coming to Encore and they have fitted in perfectly. They have not been in or around any fights. Fights are not a bad issue on this campus. If a fight breaks out or a rumor of one, it is dealt with ASAP. I trust the staff here at Encore with my childrens education.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
My nephew goes to Encore High School and he really likes it there. He has gone to his local neighborhood school, alternative schools, and he prefers Encore over them all. I don't know of any other public school that offers piano, guitar, and dance classes all at the same site. I wish they had a school like Encore when I was in high school.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2010
Encore is not about numbers. If a student is caught breaking a school rule, they are dismissed from our school. The comment that fights break out is also misleading... Kids are known for horseplay, and if it gets out of hand, there are consequences. We have several proctors to ensure the safety of our students. 'High turnover'? If a teacher is not fulfilling their duties and serving the students, why should they stay? We employ highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers. Other schools wait until the spring to hand out pink slips, and if the teacher is tenured, the chance of getting rid of a bad teacher is slim to none. We care about the students enough to bring on the best instructors. Why would you want your kids to have anything less? This school is the best option in the high desert for any parent and student who wishes to succeed.

- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2010
My son has struggled through school since second grade. He has gotten Fs in every core subject since then. His 3rd quarter report card at Encore had all As and Bs. It's the first school where the teachers actually helped him, despite his learning disability. He also loved playing golf at Encore. I can't say enough great things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The students at Encore are awesome. I have taught at 2 other public High Schools, and the student body here is far superior to either school. The students care about their school and their education! We are a College Prep school and I can attest that these kids are being held to a higher academic standard than any other HS in this area. Our 743 API score should answer all questions about the academics at Encore. Yes, our kids are very talented and the arts programs are important, but the kids have to be academically eligible to participate in the productions! Every school has it's issues, but this school has FAR LESS than any other public school in the High Desert. Great school!

- submitted by a teacher
April 23, 2010
I live in Apple Valley and recently spoke at the Apple Valley School Board when they made the decision to dump staff next year. I spoke of how the decision affected the Town of Apple Valley's motto, 'A Better Way of Life'. I emphasized to parents that they have a choice! Take your children out of overcrowded, understaffed (teachers & classified) AV schools, under the direction of a Board who feels it is more important to spend $12m on solar panels that will pay for themselves in 8 years rather than on the immediate need of our children...bring your students to Encore where they are proud of their API scores and are NOT on the bottom of the State of California's list of schools (as are Apple Middle and Vista Campana). Encore has kids that are excited to be in this school with a great academic and elective choice.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
As a parent, I am naturally concerned about what is happening at my child's school. I want a balance of strong academics, talented and caring teachers and staff. Encore has a wonderful balance. The staff and students are great, they support one another, they have common interests and goals and it is the safest public school around. I am confident that any drug issues, violence, or other inappropriate behavior is not tolerated and is dealt with right away. I appreciate all that the staff do to work together to make Encore a great school!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Well things started off well when they opened up but now I think it's all about numbers. Students are found having sex, fights are breaking out and where is the supervision. There is beginning to be a high turnover. The focus is on arts not academics. Just do your homework before you enroll. We have already pulled our children out.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
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- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2010
I am proud to work at Encore. We have some of the greatest students in the High Desert and some of the most Rigorous Academics. Visit any other campus and you will not see so many smiling faces happy to be at school and learning. Encore is not for everyone, but if you are a high academic achiever, and have a passion for or interest in the arts Encore is a great choice.

- submitted by a teacher
November 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Students are there because they really care about their education. It's not like the public schools where they have to attend because of the state laws. The deans do every thing possible to support the students. Students and teachers look happy to be at Encore. My daughter's grades are A+'s, she happy and she doesn't complain about other girls bullying her or anyone else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
its a great school there are so many great activates to keep me busy

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2009
This is a school that ranges from 7th to 12th grade and all the upper grades treat the younger grades like brothers and sisters. We look out for each other. Not only are the kids great here, the teachers are awesome. I love coming to school. My gpa is 4.5 so we get a great education at Encore. The performing art and art classes, well come down and see for yourself, they are awesome!!

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2009
that even though they are a arts school the emphasis is on a college prep education.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
I love Encore because it not only has great electives that we pick but it also has amazing teachers for academics and electives. There are not as many fights as other schools have. We have study hall so we do not have to do homework at home. The first friday of every month we have babysitting night so parents can enjoy Encore as much as the kids do.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 06, 2009
Encore API score us great. Plus there's great edjucation and electives I absolutly love encore!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
They require academic excellence, as well as performing arts excellence, from the students. My daughters love going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Not only does Encore High School have a great API Score it offers a unique blend of teaching academics and the arts that is beneficial to all students including my son who is autistic. He absolutely loves Encore High School. Everyone has gone out of their way to insure that he is receiving the best modified education while also stimulating his love and interests in the arts. Kudos to this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
i love the dance classes that they have instead of running p.e.

- submitted by a student
September 30, 2009
Great API score! The awesome combination of the arts and academics makes going to school not boring. This school is new but already is off with a bang. I definitely recommend this school for those who are interested in any type of visual and performing arts

- submitted by a student
no rating September 28, 2009
I love that my daughter has an equal opportunity to get an education with the availability of teachers that have time and truly care. I love that she doesnt have to be in fear just to attend school! Thank you Encore

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Encore lets me be myself everyday. At Encore, I feel safe going to school. I feel it will help me reach the goals I would like to achive in life.

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2009
I love encore because its a well orginized performing and visual arts school. Thanks to encore, Ive progessed in my art, I can dance [who knew?] , and I can piano and the claranet.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2009
Encore is a great school.....i was at encore last year for seventh grade and again this year for eighth grade and it has been nothing but FUN. the teachers are amazing. The academics are excellent but thats not all there is singing,dancing,arts,musical instruments,karate,cheer and much more. LAST YEAR there were many plays :cats,hunchback,beatles,spring ballet,annie, and way more i would tell you but i forgot because there are sooooooo many.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
All my teachers are my favorite, I love Mr. Castro, he is a great teacher, and so is Ms. Mccue, Miss Crawford, and many more encore helps me love each and every second of my life!! wooo Encore!!!!!! I love this school!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ^^

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
They are very hard working staff and always friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
my school is amazing! All of the teachers are cool. its like we live in highschool musical or something. everyone is always active in amazing arts. the standers are great there it is hard not to get As. great environment, and last year just saying we took field trips to see American idol live now that is cool and it was the first year last year .

- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
Not only are talents of the arts nurtured, but much attention is given to the provision of successful studies. There are so many diverse opportunities that no youth can fail, nor have idle hands. Dance, instruments of all kinds including piano, Drama, voice coaching, golf, as well as mandatory study hall(with help standing by at all times), mentor classes, Honors classes, college prepraration and sooooo much more. When my youth come home, they are satisfied. My girls do not want to go anywhere else until they move on to college and this will indeed be hard to top!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Encore offers academic & arts to its students like no other school!

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2009
It's home for me and the students are like my own kids. The students and staff are all family to me. I love being at Encore each and every day.

- submitted by a teacher
September 18, 2009
Most of the teachers are great. The administration is the worst I have seen and for that reason I pulled my child out of the school. The Dean has no communication skills and very rarely speaks with parents. I did not know she was the Dean when I enrolled my child last year and I only dealt with other staff members on serious matters because the Dean ignored my requests to speak with her. Parents need to look into the level of education and experience of the entire administration staff. Also, the high turn over with their employees.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The teachers and staff are the greatest. They care about the students and the families.

- submitted by a community member
September 18, 2009
We have the most supportive staff, wonderfully talented, and amazing students.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
I personally love the school. You really get a lot of oppotunities to perform. Since its a new school its a little rough around the edges, but I think it agreat school

- submitted by a student
no rating September 17, 2009
We have it all! Awesome arts departments and outstanding academics. Students today, stars tomorrow!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
While every other school is cutting their arts programs, we are increasing student choices. Our API goal was 720, and we achieved a 743. That was just our first year of being open. Our staff nurtures our students. We have the best staff, administration and students in the whole High Desert. All we need is a little more financial help to make this school the best-equipped and really give the students the opportunity to soar to new heights.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 17, 2009
I'm a student at Encore High School of the Performing and Visual Art. This school is great, it allows you to show the real you through the arts. There isn't just a singled out spectrum of art that gets the most focus at our school, all art is embraced and displayed.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
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September 09, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
I like to be very involved in my children's education, and I won't settle for anything but the very best. This school is the greatest. And when I discovered that my child could take dance, piano, and karate without costing hundreds of dollars a month and spending all of my time as a chauffeur, I was thrilled. Definitely the best choice around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 21, 2009
I pulled my kids from University Prepartory. I was nervous at first, but Encore was a fantastic choice. There are some wrinkles, being a new school, but my kids are safe and are finding the academics more strict than U.P. The ballet and tap cost over a hundred a month at a studio, and my kids are learning at no cost. If you want your kids to be well rounded, than this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2009
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Encore High for the Performing and Visual Arts School
16955 Lemon Street, Hesperia, CA  92345
(760) 956-2632
Last modified Encore High for the Performing and Visual Arts School is a Charter school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Encore High for the Performing and Visual Arts School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 101 reviews. Top