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.
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!
Mrs Dyckman is very discriminatory about kids requiring special ed. She does everything in her power not to accept enrollment of any kids who requires special ed: In our case, she did this by being extremely non-cooperative. When we insisted, she threatened us about taking the issue to the court so that the judge can force the kid to attend some other school "which can provide better support for the kid". She did not strike me as a principle who cares the best interest of the kids. She is only interested in kids who can fit her standard of "normal". The worst part is my kid is not even challenged academically (gets all As and Bs). Even though she did not even know my kid, she did not even bothered to learn/ask about my kid.
By far my greatest experience I have had during my entire schooling process. The teachers are well educated, connected to one another, and interactive with the students. There is no group exclusions and the school activities really help unify the school. Egan has healthy food products and offer great preparation classes to the students preparing them for high school in tremendous ways. Everyone takes their work seriously and I had so much fun being able to meet new people. There are so many great classes offered at this school and I had such an amazing experience.