I believe that the amount of work given at Skyline is low compared to most other high schools. If one expects a student to go home daily and spend hours on homework, most will not receive that experience at Skyline.
That being said, my personal philosophies do not agree with much homework, so I agree with the workload for the most part.
I have been a member of the Skyline High School staff since 2009 and loosely involved since 2005 and it has been a fantastic experience. Nothing at the school is perfect but for the most part the community of staff / students / etc is quite strong. Given the choice to leave for a better job, my choice is to stay at Skyline.
My son has special needs. He is getting the assistance and accommodations he requires. He is maintaining a 3.5 GPA and participates on the cross country and swim teams. He is thriving at Skyline HS.
Also, the principal, Vinh Trinh, has a great vision for the school and has been working to achieve that vision over the past 3 years. We are neck and neck with Oakland Tech in terms of curriculum and academy's.
Mr. Trinh, the principal, is one of the most dedicated professionals I have ever seen in action. He cares about everything at Skyline, spends time with students and is constantly working to improve Skyline. Times are tough with budget issues, but he manages to make it work for us. He is able to support a lot of AP courses with the help of excellent faculty, many with MA's and PhDs, He's a Harvard graduate, and he seems to work non-stop. I only wish we could support him more and I hope he never leaves.
The teachers here are very passionate and only want the best for their students. This school offers three academies : Green Energy, Computer, and Education. Along with those, Skyline also offers pathways. As a student of the Green Academy, I can truly say that I have enjoyed every single part of being a Green Academy student at Skyline High School. I can also say that Skyline has the best performing arts program in OUSD. Dawn James is simply an amazing teacher and always puts on an amazing show for the winter and spring recital. In addition, Skyline also offers many extra curricular activities for students such as volleyball, basketball, ROTC, golf, lacrosse, swim, art, creative writing, and many more. Overall, the teachers and staff provide a safe and welcoming environment for learning and only wish for your child to excel and reach their full potentials.
Skyline is pretty much like any other high schools in Oakland. Many students don't take advantage of the education given to them. There are some great teachers who loves their jobs and cares about the students, but our school just don't have enough money. I really like the location of Skyline compared to other high schools in Oakland.