I went here. Read my other review about OIS. I had the same problem here as well. I was hoping with two years of Orinda living under my belt that I can fit in. Nope. I was wrong. Some of the girls went to the same preschool, kindergarten, same elementary (wagner, glorietta, del rey), same soccer practices, same church, same clubs - they have known each other since they were little girls. I never felt like I really fit in with them. I always felt like the outsider. Maybe because I was Asian - no they weren't overtly racists. My immigrant parents were obviously WORLDS apart from their parents. During events, my parents will huddle in the corner not talking with any of the parents. It's a great school, ya da da ya da, but people fail to realize that high school is not about just academics. It's shapes your life. I never fit in and I am still struggling with it.
MHS prepared me extremely well for college. While the people and social aspects weren't by any means my favorite part, the academics were solid, challenging, and relevant.
MHS is FANTASTIC. In all aspects. Teachers, academics, social life (most of the time), prepares students well for college...etc.
i hate this school more than anything in the world. yeah the teachers and academics are nice but the other students are complete jerks, id say 40% do crazy drugs. I am a transfer student from the el sobrante area and mexican and not accepted because of that. If you look anything out of the ordinary of their already pre-set environment or cliques, such as i am, you will be stared and and be made fun of behind your back, i am being called ghetto because i am not either white or asian. this school is a complete joke socially. and the so called link crew that helps you try to fit in only gives you free pizza.
Great and challenging academics with many AP classes offered. Extraordinary drama, music, sport , journalistic and public speaking programs.
Miramonte is a great school for college prep. After attending this school, I feel that my children will be well prepared for college. They had some wonderful teachers who were very dedicated and inspiring. However, I agree that if you are not an advanced and very well-prepared student, you could easily get lost here. I also think the alcohol issues at this school are disturbing. Why does there have to be alcohol at so many school fundraisers and related activities? After noting this, I'm not surprised at the number of DUI's among the students. Also, there is quite an exclusive attitude at this school. So for my third child, I am exploring other options.
The academics and sports programs are superior to most surrounding schools, however the staff and students, not counting teachers, are very unconventional. In fact the student body as a whole are out of control, seeing how students have died from drug use, with staff failing to take any significant actions. Be very careful when placing your child in this school. -Note. The new principle is apparently doing a much better job than the former failure of a principle who recently "resigned" a year ago. The former principle did very little to quell drug dealers and bullies on campus, even when directly reported to about such activities and individuals.
Great parent involvement. The teachers are some of the most dedicated people you will ever meet in your life. Miramonte puts a lot of pressure on the students to perform and some students will crumble under the pressure. Everybody takes AP or Honors and some students end up taking courses they aren't ready for. The counselors will not guide the students much except for when it comes to colleges. If your child is naturally gifted this school will treat them well. However, if the student is not self-motivated or naturally bright he/she will not fair too well.
Miramonte is a high-achieving and fun high school with arguably the best and most committed teachers you will find in any public or private high school. My classmates are interested and interesting, talented, athletic, artistic, intellectual, and passionate about work and fun. It is the best high school around!!!!!
Good school for high achievers, Students push each other to work hard and be successful,. Some very good teachers.
I think the other reviews are accurate. Miramonte is very strong on acheivement. The extracurricular activities are solid. I think it produces highly ambitious young people. Unfortunately I don't find the students to be aware of much else. Not very well rounded and not aware of the world around them. Teachers are very dedicated if the student is high acheiving, if not children are easily lost and seem to fall through the cracks. The counseling is focused solely on college preparation and there are not services or time from existing staff to help with social, emotional and other issues kids face during this challenging time. I found the adminstration unresponsive and uncaring and very protective of tenured staff who are abusive (but acheivement successful) in the years my son attended 2003-2006. I hope it is different now.
This school is as good as any public high school can get. There is a real culture of achievement, and the students are friendly and helpful. My son likes and respects all his teachers, and tells me that the underacheievers never rule the class. We came from a good private school, and find Miramonte more and better in most aspects.
The quality of education is great unless you have to deal with administration for any reason. The best part about the school is that because of the dedication of most teachers and the dedication of the parents, the students work very hard to achieve high standards. I personally believe these exceptional students should be given more respect. If you are considering this school, I highly suggest you take a tour and try to talk to the principle and other office staff before you move to Orinda. If they aren't courteous to you, they won't treat your kids with any respect either. High test-scores aren't everything!
I went to school here, solid education for a public school in this area. There's a reason Orinda property values are so high.
It is a great school. I sent both of my daughters. Both have done well. Getting the elective of choice is a problem. All the years they had to choose, they could never get what they wanted. Parents really get involved and share a lot of information. Great connection with St. Mary's college.
Great school with fine balance between athletics and academics. Great parent support
Level of parent involvement is exceptional..quality of academic program is also excellent and the availability of sports and extracurricular activities is also superior to most.
MHS is undoubtedly, along with Campolindo High and Piedmont High, the best public high school in the East Bay. High quality extras include the performing arts, team sports, and schol security/safety. Prestige among the students depends more on accomplishments as looks and clothes. This is not to say that all is perfect; there is a distressing amount of Berkeley type liberalism among the faculty and there is a fair amount of administrative turnover for some reason although teachers tend to stay. Your kid must be a self-motivator to excel here as there is no coddling of failure. Grades are earned not freely given out. After finishing at MHS with a 3.5 or better, any UC campus (including Berkely and UCLA) will not be a problem for your child.
As a teacher at Miramonte, I am continually impressed by the motivation and good-heartedness of our students. They are engaged with themselves and the world in a way that is rare. Of course there are kids who are unmotivated or unhappy, but the general school climate is one of intellect and involvement, and it is a joy to work with such capable students, all buttressed by their supportive and generous families.
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