August 17, 2011
Yes, we give detentions for the most minor infraction. Yes, I am mean and strict and demand every single assignment done. Yes, your child will come to school on Saturday. Yes, your child might be overwhelmed with the rigor because they did not enter junior high at grade level. Yes, we do make your child attend extra tutoring in ELA and math during and after school. No, we cannot meet with you regarding every single detention because I need to grade, tutor, prep, discipline, etc. and my leisure time is scarce and valuable. Yes, many teachers stay hours after school is over with students (6-7 PM) for homework help. Yes, we have highest API in CA (currently); we push students testing basic, below basic, and far below basic to score proficient and advanced. No, we don't believe in ANY excuse or reason besides death. Yes, we hold students with a low socioeconomic background to the same high standards as Piedmont students. No, we don't have sports. No, your child isn't going to be a pro football player. Your child will go to UCLA, Cal, MIT, Dartmouth, Cornell, etc. like our high school graduates. High self-esteem comes from knowing your intelligence and potential.
- submitted by a community member