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Sage Hill

Private | 9-12 | 479 students

 

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Posted June 1, 2014

I'm more than pleased with all of my experiences at Sage Hill. The academics are strong across every department. The teachers are well versed in their subject areas, and some seem to have a ton of knowledge in multiple disciplines. The new science building looks awesome, and my science teachers have been wonderful. I notice some social circles, but I disagree that things are so segregated as described in the other review. There are endless opportunities to get involved and to make close friends. It is what you make of it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2014

I came to Sage solely for academics. The teachers here are smart and supporting with the exception of a few. Our science department is mediocre and barely prepare you for getting a 3 on an AP exam. Most of the other departments are decent. Social life at Sage is terrible. The minorities, who are basically the Mexicans at our school hang out together, ostracized by the "rich" kids at our school. The hippies and the "not rich kids" based off of Sage's definition of rich hang out together. Then the rich kids hang out together. Basically, if you're rich, you're set. I feel this is the perfect example to share a quote said by a freshman. "Why would you drive a Prius to save gas. It's such a cheap car".
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2014

I genuinely looked forward to going to school here. All my teachers were very caring. My classes were VERY challenging, but possible with all the support and help from teachers. There are COUNTLESS opportunities to get involved in things and make friends. The only negative thing is that it is a small school, so socially, you are stuck with anyone you don't like for a while. MANY of the kids are BEYOND privileged and have no value of money or sense of reality, so this can be a challenge for many kids, but overall a great experience.


Posted November 18, 2013

I have genuinely never looked forward to going to school until I came to Sage. The academic program is excellent, as detailed by the reviews below so I won't go too much more into that. The only problem that comes with such a one-on-one education and hands-on environment is that the small size of your grade can get a liiitttle old sometimes... but it works itself out because the community (yes, I used that dreaded word) is very in synch and members of different grades constantly socialize with each other. I love (almost) everyone I have met at Sage, and it has truly a diverse student body. Not to mention the beautiful campus, which one would think would not make a huge impact on a student's experience, but it DOES. Everyone has those days that are a little off, but when my surroundings resemble something of a five-star resort, it's hard to stay down. I am graduating this year as part of the class of 2014, and I will definitely miss being a "Sager!"
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 2, 2012

As a parent I could not be happier with how I have seen my son mature and develop at Sage Hill, in every aspect of his life. He was always a good student but his writing has vastly improved and a life-long dislike of math was completely turned around by one phenomenal Geometry teacher. The coaches inspired him to play sports that he'd never tried and he has come to love participating on Sage Hill teams. Surprisingly he also really enjoyed his experience with the arts program (there is a 2 year requirement), something I never would have expected, and again, it was teachers with a passion for the arts who made the difference. He has also had a great social experience and met friends from diverse backgrounds and all different ages (it is nice to that at a small school students from different grade levels socialize together.) No school is perfect, and Sage Hill has its issues like any other, but they do seem to try to help you deal with problems that arise. Overall, I am extremely satisfied that we chose Sage Hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2012

Graduated in June. Lots to say about Sage Hill! Academic program is designed so that teachers and "advisors" are to keep a close eye on every student which is great for students who struggle w/ issues like organization, time management, or simply not keeping up with the rigorous class material. "Conferences" were wonderful because it allowed me to have the option of 1 on 1 teacher help and also forced on me the responsibility of keeping in touch w/them. This aspect shaped a lot of how interactive I will be with my professors in college. In addition, advisors acted as an extra eye to not pamper students but give a sort of extra guidance if needed. As for its college counseling program, Sage is extremely well known for sending students to top schools in the nation (6 of 97 seniors went to Stanford). The program never fails to give students & parents unrelenting support and guidance thru the whole process (a big component is the college counselor to student ratio is 1:37). As for athletics, Sage is in the worst league in the OC (Academy league) although it has 3 CIF team titles and 3 CIF individual champs. Why I give 4 stars: social life sucks. Girls AND boys are spoiled brats.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2012

I love Sage!! Sage has helped me grow as a learner and as a person.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 8, 2012

Great campus, but some teachers seem to lack full knowledge of what they know and seem not to follow a specific curriculum, which makes the teaching slightly sloppy. Teachers are not monitored on their teaching and they seem to forget to teach necessary things needed for college. Math is WAY far behind other schools and is very unadvanced with a very slow learning pace. Public schools taught algebra one for seventh-graders and what i learned in one year of algebra one was taught in algebra one and two at Sage, essentially making algebra 2 the second half of algebra 2. The placement test is very inaccurate and will usually lead your child into taking the same math class a second year. Sports wise, all of the coaches are great. Also, the teachers even though helpful at times, seem to run on their own schedule for extra help even though the school "says" the education is oriented towards the student. There is freedom at Sage, but at the same time the staff always over reacts to small situations and makes them big because they are so oriented towards their image. The school is very oriented on getting donations and will do anything to get them even at the expense of their students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 8, 2011

Academically speaking, I've had a all-round excellent education, with the teachers being so helpful and caring, I couldn't ask for anything more. Socially speaking however, I've found it very hard to try and fit in with a group, probably because I never attended here as a freshman and everyone has sort of found their social circle by then.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2010

At Sage Hill School, the teachers are your student's heroes, the athletic and arts directors are their role models, and the college counselors are their guides, while the community wraps its arms around the entire package. It sounds rather magical, doesn't it? As a parent of a graduate and current student, Sage Hill provides a superior academic atmosphere, talented faculty, and an administration that is not afraid to go "out-of-the-box." The Sage Hill education is for the student who strives to make a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

My daughter is so happy here. Academics are superb and the faculty are all amazing. The gorgeous facility doesn't hurt either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Love the school! The curriculum is great and everyone is so supportive! It's worth the tuition, so you all should apply!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Our daughter just graduated. Academics at times can be brutal, I think they lightened up a little since she started. But she survived and was more than ready to take on the world. Doing great in college socially and education wise. It was a good experience overall but was very difficult at times and ended up costing much more that what we started at. Great work habits, good with groups, good level of maturity, I think she got a lot out of it, but it was not easy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

I had a student graduate from Sage in 2007 and I have my second child currently attending. My oldest is absolutely doing outstanding in her college classes. Many of her textbooks were already familiar to her. My second loves her classes also. I think it is a lovely environment where your child feels safe, and happy to go to school. The big world is waiting and they will get there soon enough, why not let them enjoy life a little longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2008

sage is nothing like i imagined. sage could deffinently be a great opportunity for some kids, but like the other comments said, they baby you. i dont want to have this advisory thing taking up half my day. sage is almost trying to hard to create a 'relaxing' enviroment, but you really just have too much free time and its caddy. im deffinently considering leaving sage soon!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 20, 2007

Everything I thought was so great about sage is now what I hate about it. The small class sizes are what you'd expect in primary school and this is high school. Being in high school should prepare you to function in large environments (like business) with tons of people, but sage simply wants everyone to stay in their comfort zones and stay in a small community setting. Because of this reason, I can conclude that sage lacks the ability to prepare its students for the real world beyond college. Also at Sage, everyone is always nice to each other, willing to work with anyone, and always reaching out to others. I'm not saying this is a bad thing but in the real world no one is always going to be there to give you a helping hand. Another thing about sage are these advisories. I think they are a bad idea. Students shouldn't be herded like sheep in this way and always be forced to sit with and meet with these people. Students should be free to choose their own friends and not have the school choose for them. As for report cards, comments are not necessary. This is in another way like grade school; the teachers point out the students' weaknesses for them and expect them to come ask questions. In high school, it is the students' and only the students' objective to find out their weaknesses theirselves and go ask questions. Because of this lack of skill for one to find his/her weakness, sage students might have trouble finding their weaknesses when it comes time for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

I have a child who's a freshman, and the school has exceeded our expectations -- small class environment (my daughter's class sizes range from 13 to 18), superb teaching staff, high academic expectations (but supportive in having my daughter be successful in her classes), and small (but not too small -- about 450 students) school environment in which every student has to chance to participate in over 20 sports teams, clubs, yearbook, etc. College counseling is also top-notch. End result is we believe our daughter will receive an excellent education at Sage.
—Submitted by a parent


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Ethnicity This school State average
White 59% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 26% 11%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Black 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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20402 Newport Coast Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92657
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