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45077 Road 200
O'neals, CA 93645

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June 02, 2014
Minarets High School is an excellent school. My children have been lucky to attend this school. Not only do the teachers and the school foster a love of learning but they have a very strong extracurricular offering as well. If your child is into sports, the arts, or FFA, they have it. My children have had the ability to take college courses while in high school and they are excited about furthering their college experience. This is a direct result of they education they received at Minarets. All staff is very supportive from the office to the superintendent. They know the children by name and work with them on an individual basis. I highly recommend this school and am proud to say my children attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
Minarets is a very great school! This school is professional and every single staff member helps you and pushes you to do your bery best because they want to see you succeed. Minarets has AWESOME staff and students! I've been to alot of school's and Minarets was by far the best school helped me eith Technology and to be more professional. Minarets is a school of big dreams and success. I really dig the whole technology education too. Minarets changed my whole life and I am so glad I attended this school. Now I am a senior and I am graduating Class of 2014!!!! Went from having bad grades and a 0.50 gpa freshman and a little bit of sophomore year to going to minarets and having a 3.80 GPA all because Minarets got my mimd focused and the staff members worked with me 1 on 1. I highly recommend you attend this school and meet a great superintendent Bob Nelson and a awesome principal Mike Niehoff. Go Minarets!!!! -Chach

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2014
My daughters experience at Minarets has been fantastic. My faith in a public education has been restoresd. The educational philosophy is based in mutual respect and a desire to see atudents truly thrive. Educators motivate students how to be and think in adult world realities. My daughter is accepted and clearly knows that the responsibility to learn is hers. This is because communication between teachers and administrators is uncommonly open and ongoing. If you want a high school experience beyond what you think is possible I could not more highly recommend Minarets.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
I cannot say enough great things when it comes to Minarets. Before I attended Minarets I attended a vet main stream school. A school that had it's priorities straight and I was not one of them. Minarets has been the foundation of my success. I've learned how to work smarter instead of harder. I discovered that a team of small, driven and passionate people can make a bigger impact in the world. At Minarets you'll be apart of team that values you and your voice. Mr. Mike Niehoff is the kind of principal one want to be in charge. Not only does he know every students name but he makes the time to say hello and guide you to the greatest avenues of ones life. Minarets is a new kind of school and I solemnly believe it's the way of the future.

- submitted by a community member
June 01, 2014
I've been going to Minarets High School for two years. Those two years changed my life forever. I went to another school, for two years, I can say without a doubt in my mind that Minarets is the best high school the area. At the other school, I went through a lot of problems, not only with the other students, but even some of the other teachers. You may ask any of the other teachers, students, and other staff members of the Minarets school, I'm not a bad student. I'm also glad to say I no longer have back problems, because of the text books I used to carry. I'm very proud and happy that I'm graduating 2014, from Minarets High School.

- submitted by a community member
January 16, 2014
Minarets is horrible !!! And that's for sure I have had numerous children and friends attend... Yes they will pass and learn how to use a computer however will they be swiped for life and the real work college takes? Absolutely not... One of my children a minaret graduate did nothing her entire senior year and passed not one assignment nothing... She wanted to prove a point... And if you have a special needs child they will do there best to discourage Them and you so you will leave! I have lost all faith in this system! The teachers that are amazing are leaving as well and if they don't leave they are fired! That's the good teacher that is... So sad so much potential for below mediocrity !

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2013
Teachers won't talk to you except via computer. Very easy to pass. Not much learning for me. : (

- submitted by a student
October 04, 2012
Minarets is a great school. After attending en elementary school that felt like torture I felt like I was in a dream when I came to minarets. The atmosphere here is so good, and the people here as well. As a student my highschool life is so enjoyable I actually enjoy coming to school. Have you ever heard a person say that they WANTED to go to school? Well the point is, minarets is all and more than anyone can hope for in a high school. It is a place where everyone comes together and spends their very vital four years before we are out in the real world

- submitted by a student
August 08, 2011
Minarets High School is a great school. All the teachers and staff are supportive and willing to help, and most of the students are nicer than students at other schools. Plus with all the technology it is preparing students for the 21st century and the future.

- submitted by a student
July 29, 2011
I can not say enough good things about Minarets. My oldest daughter started there as a Sophmore after a Freshman year at another area high school that was filled with disappointment in the staff, academics and class offerings. Minarets was the complete opposite with a staff of teachers who not only know their subject matter, but care about each individual student. You won't find any burnt out, tired of teaching, just waiting to retire teachers at this school! Everyone of them is motivated to help the kids learn and is always available to assist the kids even out side of class time. It's not uncommon for my daughter to send an e-mail to her math teacher at 9:00pm when doing homework and get a response within a few minutes! The school offers more then schools that have been established far longer and while other schools are cutting back on what the students get from their education due to budget cuts, Minarets is adding more! Each student receives a laptop to use for the school year (yes, they take it home with them), there are a wide array of electives from Media (Film) to Ag Mechanics and the education is top notch. We couldn't be happier that our children attend MHS!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2011
Minarets is a different school from the others, first off theres the Macbooks that the school loans out for the year, the principle use of books have been almost eliminated "except for reading books", the teachers are open, friendly and they even provide their cell phone numbers, and every student is given a email that they can use to communicate with other and staff. I believe that the 21st century is a new era of education for The United States.

- submitted by a student
July 22, 2011
Minarets High School is a phenomenal school. I have succeeded in so many ways that I didn't think was possible. I have better grades than I have ever had at a normal school. I love how the teachers and students respect you at Minarets High School. I also enjoy the feel of the school, it feels like a home and honestly if I could I would live their. I am glad I chose to go to Minarets because I am pursing my dream, I love photography and right now I am a photography assistant and later on in life I want to open my own photography business.... And before I went to Minarets I didn't know what I wanted to do. If you are even thinking or considering about letting your kids go to Minarets... You already know that the answer in your mind should be YESSSSSSS .........

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2011
If I had to sum up Minarets High School into one word, it would have to be... creative. I love going here, because I feel safe and I get along with everybody. I am excited to be returning this year as a sophomore with bigger and better ideas. I love the teachers, who are more like friends, and I have shared some great memories here.

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2011
Wow what a fantastic school! I am so happy I am here! The teachers are amazing! They are more like friends, they want to help you be amazing and not fail! They care about you more than any other teacher(s) I have had! Our principle is amazing! He is so dedicated to our school and the people in it! He will sit down with you listen to what you have to say even if he has other things to do! He wants to make sure you are in a place where you feel comfortable and if you aren't he will do everything in his power to make you feel comfortable! The curriculum we are learning isn't the same things my parents learned in high school! We are learning more current techniques like how to navigate on a computer and complete a project like we will be doing in collage! I am so glad I am at this school! If I where at any other school I most likely would not be having as much fun while learning! I am so proud to go to this school! Its one of a kind!

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2011
I enjoy bragging to my friends and family about Minarets. Most people look at me as though I am telling them a fictional story. It's hard to believe how great this school is. Principal Niehoff is a top notch princial who is in touch with the students. He knows each student's name and their parents. It is easy to get in touch with teachers and express concerns. Teachers are always available for a one on one meeting. The school has a unique way of recoginzing students with their talents. We have an annual awards ceremony, called MMA's (Music Media and Arts) It's Minaret's form of "The Acadomy Awards". Students dress semi formal and when each winner is announced they walk on stage and receive a plaque and are given the opportunity to give a Thank You Speech. Nearly every student is recognized for something special they have done or created. Looking forward to another successful school year. Go Mustangs!!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
Minarets changed my life. I went to a different school for two years and switched my Junior year and I honestly have to say that it was the best decision of my life. MHS has teachers who care and will push you to be your best. I had a teacher look up my grades and saw I was slipping in a class that wasn't even his and told me that he would help me do whatever I needed to raise it. The students are amazing and welcoming, they don't exclude people like so many other schools have problems with. I have real friends that I know I can trust now and teachers who will work with me when i'm struggling. There are not enough words to describe how much I love going to Minarets. How often does a parent hear "I love going to school"? Probably never i'm sure. But my mom has heard it countless times this year. If someone is struggling and wants a place to fit in and be able to express themselves MHS is the place. We do get computers but we really use them and take advantage of the opportunities having one gives us. We don't do the same old essay after essay, if we have an idea to get credit in a class even if it's from doing a video to singing a song we are allowed and encouraged to do it.

- submitted by a student
July 11, 2011
Before attending Minarets our children hated school and had low GPA's. Now all three have GPA's above 3.5. They can't wait for summer's end and school to begin.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
Minarets has been a fabulous experience for my daughter. She repeated her junior year, enabling her to attend Minarets as there was no Senior class. Her grades improved. What has really impressed me is my daughters overall attitude. She has more self confidience then she has ever possessed. She has an "I can do it" attitude, not only on her school work, but, in her personal life as well. She is looking towards her future with great anticipation. If I could sum it up with one situation- the day the gym got flooded my daughter came home in tears, someone had damaged HER school. She cares that much. A passion beyond her own realm. It shows that Minarets is not just a school, but a home for its students. The Teachers and Administration are the most awesome, well connected set of personnel I have heard of ior seen in my 18 years of parenting. WAY TO GO MUSTANGS!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2011
Going into my third year of being not just a Minarets student, but also a Minarets enthusiast, I can honestly say I couldn't be more thrilled. The most common thing that is discussed between friends during times spent away from MHS, is going back. A sort of "Silver lining." Minarets High school is more than a place for learning, it's a home. We come together as a team, and a family. The students and staff are all treated as equals helping each other when in pinch, laughing until we all cry, and always having a shoulder to cry on. Academically, I feel right where I belong. If I don't understand something, that is always temporary. We push the envelope everyday through our graphic design, writing, speaking, and endurance to take in more. If we think we have gone to big with something, the staff will remind us that "Going big" has no limits. Our math department is phenomenal. Before MHS, math and I were sworn enemies. But now, I feel as though I have no greater strong point. The last thing that leaves me feeling so blessed to be a part of all this, is the fact that I know "We weren't born to follow."

- submitted by a student
July 10, 2011
We have had our son going to this school for the last 2 years and have been very pleased with the school and staff. Mr. Niehoff has been such a great person and really shows that he cares about his students and their parents. He has gone above and beyond and we really have appreciated this. Having the opportunity to email the teacher for any given question or concern has been great. Being able to check your childs grades online, also checking the lunch balance and actually seeing what your kid is eating (ha ha) has been really helpful. All the teachers and office staff have been so caring...We love this school! Can't wait to see my soon to be Grand baby coming to this school someday!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2011
We heavily debated where in the local mountain area we wanted our Freshman to attend. We ultimately selected Minarets, and I couldn't be happier with my child's school experience, thus far. Minarets high has been developed with a distinct vision: Kids are provided a quality learning experience in career-oriented, technical education that is relevant in today's economy. Moreover, the faculty of MInarets clearly understands the important nature of building relationships and their ability to impact the engagement level of teenagers. There is minimal risk of kids dropping out of MInarets because they know that they are valued and that they are connected to something bigger. Principal Niehoff and his staff, both certificated and classified, are exactly what you want in mentors for your child. They are intelligent, capable, and perhaps most importantly, they are simply kind to kids. Those type of personality traits can't be mandated by either union leaders or administrators. heya re just the way things are at this excellent school. Stay the course, Mustangs!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Minarets is an outstanding school! The Principal is engaging with the students and the overall atmosphere makes everyone feel welcomed, wanted, and most important, worthy! I wouldn't want my son to go anywhere else! The teachers are outstanding and make the kids work for their grades. There is NO half-stepping on this campus! I hope my other children will have the opportunity to attend this fine school!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
We have a son who started as a Freshman (in the original pilot class) and will be a Senior in the fall. The staff at Minarets is top notch, encouraging our son to excel and making themselves available almost 24/7 (via e-mail, text, cell phone and online) if he has needed any help. The staff continually encourage the students to think outside the box of traditional "schooling", yet still instruct them to state standards. The principal is very proactive leads by example of how to relate to the kids. He and the entire staff have a unique way of connecting and relating to the kids. He also has shown great leadership when dealing with inevitable school issues, disciplining when needed in an appropriate way. We couldn't hope for more from a school for our children, and are so fortunate to be in a district with a school board that has chosen to focus so much on the kids and THEIR well-being, instead of our child being just another body to be shoved through the system. Finally, we have another son starting as a Freshman this year at Minarets - he wouldn't be if we didn't fully believe in this school and staff!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
AWESOME SCHOOL! Absolutely love this school teachers and staff are wonderful. The Principle at this school goes above and beyond his expectations in making sure this school is a success and that the students are happy. Way to go Minerets!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Minarets High School is amazing. The teachers are very knowledgeable in their subject matter and work hard to make the lessons exciting to the students. Teachers are available by e-mail, text, and cell phone. They seek to promote individual excellence for their students. The principal is very involved with the students and has made himself easily accessible to parents. The school curriculum does an fantastic job of preparing the students for real life. They are not expected to sit in desks and listen then regurgitate. Instead they are expected to think critically and prepare presentations which showcase the lessons learned. The extra curricular activities are supported by parents and community and allow all children the opportunity to compete or perform regardless of their skill level. The school board is extremely forward thinking and highly supportive of the students they serve. I would recommend this school hands down!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
I believe this school has found the way to meet our children where they our and help to take them where they dream of being in the future. The teachers and the principal leadership skills are outstanding. As a parent who is very involve in the life of my children i would recomend this great school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Minarets High School is truly one of a kind! The connection between the students, teachers and staff is unbelievable. The support and encouragement that is given to the MHS students is what every student deserves but so few get in other schools. My daughter LOVES school, learning, the environment; she actually looks forward to Monday!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
Minarets is an amazing place! The staff, teachers, and administration are student-centered, supportive, and enthusiastic. Students are challenged academically to keep striving to grow and improve. The students are also equipped to develop their unique talents and interests. The school works hard to model and teach professionalism. My daughter has been involved in FFA, a program I knew nothing about two years ago. The program promotes leadership, personal responsibility, teamwork, academic growth, and community...just to name a few. The honors classes that my daughter has taken have been rigorous, as well as creative. There is a misconception that Minarets students do not have homework. Their first year, they take a projects class to get a lot of it done, but my daughter still worked at home to go above and beyond what was required. She has grown these past two years academically, socially, and personally. One of the wonderful projects that each student completes each year is called their "Personal Brand Equity," which they present as a culmination of all that they have learned and accomplished during the school year. Minarets is truly an amazing place!

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2011
We love Minarets...Minarets is a truly unique and outstanding school...this is written by a former home educator and my standards are very high. The staff is very involved in not only teaching the students academics but true life skills. The teachers and principle truly care for the students well being and diverse learning styles. The project based learning actually teaches the students in a superior method, as they are not just receiving a head knowledge through books, but they are actually learning with hands on techniques! You can also visit, sit in classes and see for yourself. Just another plus!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
This school is amazing! I have never felt such a sense of family among staff, students, and teachers. I preformed my final student teaching at Minarets and what I initially hoped to learn from my experience was superseded. My master teacher's were very educating and inspiring, but what I did not expect was the students teaching me more than just how they prefer to be taught. I learned how to be a great educator, how to connect will all my students, and how to making a difference in a students life isn't and that it is not something to far out of reach. I learned that my love for teaching is genuine and I gained an even bigger passion to make teaching not all about tests and grades, but to make it about connections, positive experiences, away to guide a student in the education and their future. I hope to carry what Minarets has taught me to every school I go to. I hope my infectious attitude reaches staff and students in the way Minarets has done so to me. Minarets you have not only touched my life, but the live of everyone I will meet.

- submitted by a community member
January 02, 2011
In America, our high schools lag behind in terms of real life experiences. Freshman are told to "wait until they are a senior", and then seniors leave school at noon or just take one class. Technology is feared, instead of utilized - everyone is on their own, and ask kids who are enrolled in technology classes at any high school, in general, the "technology" is out of date and out of step. The staff of Minarets feel students need to be prepared with skills they will need on "day one" after graduation. And at Minarets, technology is valued, not for it's own sake, like a big geek fest, but as a way to get information faster, stay in contact with more people in more places, and express knowledge and skills in more ways than just essays and multiple choice exams. Yes, at Minarets they write essays, yes they read books - but they do so much more - they work alongside adults on progressively bigger projects, they create and present their work to adults and peers, they travel and compete more than most high school students do. Thinking about Minarets? Just show up for a tour, you'll see a dramatic difference.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2010
I have never gotten to be as creative anywhere else as i have been at Minarets. I actually enjoy going to school and I feel safe too, like I can be myself. The students, for most part, are all friendly and I'm not afraid to be rejected or picked on. The staff is great too. Teachers are all friendly, fun, and create a good working atmosphere. They truly seem to appreciate working at such a great school.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2010
I am fortunate to work at Minarets where students and teachers work together to create an open and warm school community. As a teacher, I have the opportunity to engage and empower my students in their education. My students are encouraged to have a voice, a say and a choice in their development as a whole, thriving and contributing member of society. I am delighted to create relevant projects that support not only students comprehension of content standards, but the application of those standards. Minarets mission is to educate to the whole child, to support their learning and emotional development, so that when students graduate, they ll have a clearly self-defined path with relevant and meaningful goals for their future, as well as contemporary skills.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2010
The environment is welcoming and I can relax at school and not have a teacher yell at me for the dumbest things. I love the teachers. They help me with all my work and they do it with a smile. They love their jobs and make classes fun. To me, Minarets isn't a job, it is a fun place where I can get my work done and have fun in the process.

- submitted by a student
December 30, 2010
MHS is one of the best schools I have had the pleasure of serving at. While individual teachers at other sites do their best to connect with students and make a difference, you rarely find the cohesive dedication as an entire staff and culture to put the student first and find the connection necessary to make a student successful. Students comment often about the "family" nature of the campus and their relationships with each other and the staff. This is truly the very best place a parent could send their student and where a teacher could have the opportunity to serve.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2010
I think Minarets is a GREAT school because it is led by a principal that has cutting edge ideas to make high school a great place for students to learn and want to be there. The teachers are all awesome and go far beyond what is expected to not only teach but show the students they truly care. I have never been around so many high school students that are polite, caring and creative as Minarets students are. We have super parents and all the staff work together as a team. From an employee stand point, I have never had a better job.

- submitted by a teacher
December 30, 2010
I am a Freshman at MHS I love all of the opportunities at this school, but I wish it was located in an area that could be easy access for anybody in this area. I have a lot of friends that wanted to attend MHS but they live in Oakhurst and Bass Lake and cannot get transportation to the school. I love the idea of a 21st century school, I just wish that more students could attend.

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2010
I am a Junior at Minarets High School this year and am exceeding in more way possible everyday. My passion is film making and I could think of a better school that lets me learn as much as film as any other subject (math, history, etc.). This school has been so great to me, I don't want to brag, but this really is the best school ever!

- submitted by a student
July 30, 2010
Minarets High School has surpassed all of my expectations! My son is an incoming sophomore and is counting the days until school begins again! His attitude about his education has done a 180 degree flip. The teachers are men and women of honor and integrity who go above and beyond to help students excel. The principal (and his staff) have been accessible to a degree that I have never seen in the past. In fact, my son has been able to contact teachers (by email, text, or phone) during vacation time to discuss projects. The principal acts swiftly and courageously when tackling problems. The academic program has been challenging, with the focus on planning, organization, research, technology and teamwork - all skills needed in the 21st century workplace. As a bonus, my son has already been contacted by more than one university.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I currently have a freshman at Minarets High School. Next year will have a freshman and sophomore. My children both test advanced in 2 or more subjects. The school is eager to work with us in achieving our educational objectives. The teachers really care for their students. And the students really enjoy their teachers and school. We looked at Yosemite High and Glacier Home School. Minarets was the best option for us. Our family is truly blessed to be apart of it. Best of luck in your search.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 18, 2009
Lots of interesting things going on at this school. Extreme PE, laptops to all the students, teachers that are really in tune with the kids, very high tech school with just about every class taught through internet, technology, etc. Kids comment that they like the school week better than the weekends!

- submitted by a community member
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Minarets High School
45077 Road 200, O'neals, CA  93645
(559) 868-8689
Last modified Minarets High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Minarets High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top