Please, this school is a disaster as are Pasadena schools in general. If you have children and are thinking of moving to Pasadena, Don"t.....unless you are intending Private education.
John Muir high school is a good school, but needs improvement. From a students perspective I can tell parents what really goes on in the school. First main problem is not only affecting Muir, but other schools in the nation, and that is the budget. The schools low budget limits the amount of student activities, but more importantly affects classes and educational programs that helps students. The last problem are the students enrolled in the school. Muir has a great team of staff and teachers willing to help students learn , however students disrespet teachers and students often pay for this. Muir might become a good school in the future but as of right now it needs a lot of improvement. Also some of the students pier pressure their fellow classmates into doing drugs, which leads to someone going to the hospital(it's happens 3 times so far! )
John Muir Highschool is the absolute best school for my 15 year old son. He was diagnosed with Autism at age two and has developed into high functioning Asbergers. The staff at Muir is excellent in engaging him, teaching him and advising him. He has superb grades, picked up playing the saxophone, got into marching band and is also a part of the ROTC. I am amazed at the young gentleman he is becoming. He is on track to fulfill his dream of becoming an engineer. The Principal is always available to talk to. We bought a home a few blocks away from PHS but told the district we wanted to keep him at Muir. This school is turning around, changing and it's thrilling to be a part of making it happen.
John Muir High School is great school to attend we have so many activities that will help and prepare us for college. The staff and administration are very joyful and very encouraging. I feel very safe as a student here at John Muir High School. I feel like I have many opportunities in this school.
JMHS is a great school! The faculty, staff and administration are all very supportive. They've been working hard to improve the overall quality of the school, and there has been tremendous improvement since Principal Sipple has arrived. The kids are fantastic and are really fun to work with. JMHS is working diligently to ensure the kids are getting a world-class education. Don't believe me? Just ask for a tour of the school and see for yourself!
As a graduate, don't send your kids here. We didn't learn anything in half of my classes and half of the teachers didn't teach. The excuse of demographics doesn't even apply since PHS and Marshall pull from essentially the same pool, albeit no PUSD school compares to its neighbors. It wasn't until I went to college, with friends from every other high school around Pasadena, that I realized how cheated my friends and I were out of an education. Different standards expectations and performance compared to us who nearly all of us either failed a class or dropped out. If you care about your children's future, don't send them here.
I went to many high schools and i plan to go back to this high school for my senior year because others just don't compare. The staff is great, the students are respectful and highly motivated. Our school spirit is the highest i've ever seen and for a reason. The staff is attentive to the needs of the students and the teachers are amazing. It gets a bad rap for the part of the neighborhood its in but it really isn't anything like they make it out to be. Its a great school that produces great allumni.
I do not recommend going to this school period. I'm a current student at this school, Junior, and I plan on leaving soon, (I received a letter from the district allowing me to do so due to its low API) Muir's teachers aren't motivated to teach since the students aren't willing to learn and there are some students that take education seriously and they are treated like the rest. Since Muir is blocked schedule you might not see your teachers for 2 days, you won't receive that student teacher bond. The academies are a complete waste of time they have you take art, business, & environmental science, and when you actually think about it you will begin to wonder as a student "Why am I here?" The staff isn't great either. I'd say the only good teachers are the ones that teach AP. This school is good only for babysitting.
The school spirit is so high and the alumni in the area are so supportive! We have the only Alumni Association in the area and the group is working hard to support the students, teachers, faculty & staff and improve the school as a whole.
John Muir HS isn't what everybody thinks. I am a current senior, and first hand, I know how everybody judges the students who attend this school but also the school itself. In my opinion, it is better than Pasadena High School. Despite the part of Pasadena John Muir is in, it has a big graduation rate, it is very diverse, and has an amazing staff. When I leave John Muir this year, I'm going to miss it incredibly. My children will definitely go to John Muir, and will follow my footsteps in graduation.
Muir has a terrible reputation from previous years. But now, with a good principle and some great teachers and programs, it seems to be improving. The freshman test scores are much above average. Muir was even featured on the Pasadena Star News discussing a great improvement. It is still yet to be seen if Muir can follow up well.
When I attended there, I had a blast. And the school had everything. One good thing that is coming about it is that it's getting some improvements on it, tradition needs 2 b brought back, most importantly close stricter discipline.
I am currently a student at John Muir, & I think its a great school. It has the most supportive staff out there.
this school is NOT that bad. The problems that arise at this school are the same as in every other high school. people only focus on the negative at Muir. There are so many seniors that just graduated and went off to four-year universities, so many students in clubs and sports and with above average grades. the only peope who rate this school are eople who don't even attend. Muir is a perfectly normal high school and it is NOT a death sentence to put your child in that school.
Absolutely awful school. Thank God my parents pulled me out of there and sent me to St. Francis. Lousy academics (Don't take my word for it, just take a look at their test scores) and an unsafe campus. Why would any parent want to send his or her child to John Muir?
I'm a 13-year parent at Muir. Best performing arts program in the district with students playing original scores, annual musical, great sports, Puente, Avid, Air Force JROTC, Science-Engineering-Technology academy, AP classes, Mustangs on the Move after school program. The past two principals have done everything they could to sink Muir, but it will not go down. We will get a new principal soon & have the opportunity to invigorate the performing arts & sports programs. Students of diverse backgrounds mix well & truly appreciate the opportunity to mingle. Grads accepted to Naval & Coast Guard Academies, Stanford, Berkeley, Yale, Brown, all UCs, USC, Smith, Syracuse, Cornell, & other prestigious colleges. Parental involvemnent & safety was hindered by previous administration but should improve with new leadership. Faculty is dedicated & outstanding, especially in science, English, social studies, & music. Partnerships with Southwest Chamber Music, JPL, Rotary, Kiwanis, others. Strong alumni involvement.
Muir High School has seen a steady decline over the last 4 years my son has attended. Recently, they've combined special ed. classes with the regular student population to accomodate the parents of special ed. children who felt their children were being treated differently. The fact of the matter is, their children do have different learning needs. Every other school recognizes those needs and provides an atmosphere where they can be met. The byproduct of combining the classes is that learning is hampered to both the special ed. students and the general student population. Muir's test scores are proof enough that the current system isn't working. If at all possible, find another school until this one figures it out.
Despite the modest efforts of the teachers at Muir, the administration appears blind to the consistent decline of the student body. Many high school seniors can barely read and student discipline is nearly non-existent. This school needs a lot of help. The teachers cannot do it all and the children are clearly suffering for administration's lack of envolvement.
Administration seems to be unaware of the parents concerns. Some classes still in the 4th week of school do not have a teacher. The quality of the long term teachers that they so have is excellent. Teachers seem to be doing a great job. Administration needs lots of help.
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