June 16, 2005
When I think of Miramonte, I think of green lawns, a sprawling campus of warm-toned buildings, great teachers, and incredible homogeneity. My parents moved from Oakland to Orinda so that my brother and I could go to Miramonte - like trading higher property taxes for the price of private school. The academics are, for the most part, great: AP scores and standardized tests show this clearly. Sports teams are successful but they don't have to dominate the student life. Orinda is home to a lot of wealthy families, so I feel that there is a 'rich kid' attitude problem at times, but kids are definitely focused on college and the future, and therefore tend to get things done. In other words, discipline isn't a big problem. The typical Miramonte class is engaging and interesting. It doesn't seem to matter whether the teachers are young or old, veteran or new; students can tell that they really care about education. The teachers are what really make this school a good one; their devotion and willingness to talk to students and go above and beyond what is usually demanded of a public school teacher is rare indeed. Take a look at the graduation rate and the caliber of colleges and universities that Miramonte grads attend, and you'll see that Miramonte is a lot more successful at prepping students for higher education than a lot of private schools in the area. The predominantly caucasian student body is monotonous, and to me, of the very few problems with Miramonte, was one of the biggest. The other was one that might be resolved by now, but now that I'm out of touch with California legislature, I don't know, and that is the problem of funding. A lot of the younger and newer teachers were fearing for their jobs when I was a junior and senior in high school - however, a strong show of support from students and parents helped with this situation.
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