The school was made for the wealthy families of Newport Beach. Coming from a family needing financial aid, I felt excluded from the social environment. Needless to say, the school has an excellent academia program that often babys you. The small class sizes serve as a hands on experience but lacks to prepare you for the large class sizes in college. While the school has room for all student in their athletics program, this contributes to sage's lack of professionalism for the real players. I found out the reason why I wanted to go to sage was for the "brand." The school is too obsessed with their image based off of perfection, but forgets to care for the students. If you have money, go to this school. It will be a heaven of connections but know that you will have to sacrifice your real identity to fit in with the school's monarchy.
It gave me the best four years of my life. It's a place where "nerds" are embraced by the "popular kids", athletes and artists are best friends, etc. They love the students feel for their teachers and vice versa is unlike any school you'll ever find. They remain in contact and friends for years. The support you get from all areas of the staff, both coaches, teachers and the administration is unparalleled! We had/have a twice a week all-school town hall meeting in our courtyard and people do everything from make announcements to bring out a piano to play a song. Usually lasts around 35-45 minutes and is a really nice part of the day. Classes are challenging, but everyone is on your side and wants you to succeed. They're now expanding and I hear they've begun building the tennis courts. Our team is wonderful and they deserve it. Volleyball team is unreal and football is really doing well, too. College was fun, but not many people can say they wish to spend another day in high school, and I'd do it in a heartbeat! I ended up at a college on the east coast with a few High School friends which was so great. I still keep in touch with my core friends and would be thrilled to see any member of my class. I couldn't imagine having gone anywhere else for high school. I realize I'm gushing... but your kid would be so lucky to go here.
Couldn't have asked for a better experience. I feel very fortunate to have been able to attend this school. I wouldn't be surprised if some of the few negative comments here (and especially the one with the obvious, purposeful misspellings) were from people who don't even attend.
Greatest decision going to Sage. I transferred to Sage my sophomore year, and previously had only had a public school education experience. I am extremely happy with my choice, and transferring schools was hands down the best decision of my life. At Sage we celebrate really every kind of person, and yes of course there are social groups made up of those with similar interests. That being said, I 100% refute the claim made down below claiming that Sage is a "rich-kid school" that ostracizes others. I myself am not of a high socio-economic status, but I can safely say that I am close friends with probably 99% of my grade. At Sage we receive an academic education, but more importantly we receive life education. Compared to students from other schools (where I know many people), Sage students have a general respect for each other and for faculty and administration, along with a true intellectual vitality. Of course every person, regardless of his/her school has the ability to be respectful and be intellectually invested in something, but Sage Hill is a school that catalyzes these attributes early on. I absolutely love Sage and I highly recommend it to anyone who is considering it.
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.
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".
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.
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!"
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.
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.