I read these reviews when we were looking for a house a few years ago and I have to say I feel snookered by these sunny (and frankly, delusional) assessments of the school. Most of the wonderful teachers mentioned here are no longer there. The school is a mess. Teachers are disorganized, overworked and uninspired. Look no further than the English and Language departments which have churned out all sorts of crazies in just the past two years. I honestly don't blame the teachers because even the best teachers wouldn't be able to function in such a chaotic environment. But whatever the reason, the end result is you have a subpar school that relies on parents and a privileged student body (that really would get the same test scores in any other school district) to create a veneer of quality and competence. After moving here, we moved our daughter to a private school where she is thriving. If you're only moving here for the good schools, keep looking or look into private schools.
All teachers are above-average on their teaching and caring. It is sad to know that they only get paid minimum wage. The school itself is disappointing because of an unfair principal. If you cannot give money or get a good score on tests you are discriminated by her. By god, this is a PUBLIC SCHOOL! She is the worst role model, giving unreasonable examples and suspension. She almost breaks the law to get students in trouble. The students didn't even break the rule! Let them live naturally you ***. Everyone is brainwashed by the money-hogger. It's time she gets retired.
This school has some stellar teachers who really care. However the principal has proven to be worthless. She does not care about students as demonstrated by the fact that she allows many low performers to be funneled into remedial math classes only to languish there with little to no instruction. This is a dire problem with 8th grade. Talking her to her is maddening because she simply does not care what you think and fails to honor the opinions of those receiving the "services". She thinks she knows more than anyone else about everything at Egan. She suffers from a terrible case of "certainty" and it's high time she and her damaging practices be retired.
The principal here is given a primed group of students who would probably succeed anywhere (i.e. "award winning demographics"), however she is unresponsive and patronizing towards parents who want simple information. It's time for this principal to retire!
Egan provides a calm and comfortable place for most children. They focus on the API score. It fits in with the lifestyle of Los Altos. Pleasant and not so challenging. Few clubs and extra curricular activities. The teachers are competent and experienced but the school is not cutting edge. However for the average student, its a safe place to be . For the curious child, it is not very stimulating. Most LASD schools are faced with stiff competition from a local charter school which should serve as a wake up call. The charter has lots of problems otherwise they could take over Egan.
Egan is a jewel of a school and a model of the public system for middle school. It is demanding, the teachers are passionate and inspiring, but it is an environment in which the expected student difficulties are supported by a senior staff that just "gets" what it is like to be a young teenager at a key life transition. This is a place where it is expected to make mistakes, and you will find the support and true learning of that experience. It is not just about academics, but about growing the individual. Our son is not a high-flier, flirted with F for a variety of reasons,but I have no doubt that this experience at Egan will set him up in the best way for high school and beyond.
Egan is an absolutely wonderful school. The transition into the seventh grade can be difficult for some students but as long as you keep up with the work, everything is excellent. Egan was by far the best experience I have ever had during my adolescence. The transition from Egan to LAHSflowed very well and I was well prepared in every one of my classes. Beware that Egan can set the bar too high because some of its teachers are so incredible!