November 20, 2003
Shasta's 'strength' is supposed to be academics, however the only program that truly lives up to this reputation is the AP program; that is where you will find the most prospective students and parents. The problem with this, is that AP is not a program for every student, and for those who are college-bound but do not fit in with the curriculum offered in AP, their alternative choices are limited. There is a big gap between the AP program and the other alternatives. The extracurricular activity programs are limited as well; the only strength being in their choir and musicals, which is usually students from educated, middle-class and up families, making it difficult for less fortunate students to participate in. The music program (such as band and orchestra) is not very strong either. The sports offered in this district and area are limited, it lacks sports such as field hockey, water polo, rugby, lacrosse, gymnastics, badmitton, men's volleyball, hockey, and several others. Both students and teachers have difficulty showing the respect, appreciation and admiration demanded of them by the administration due to some noted hypocrisies in their policies over student body activities. Socially, Shasta indeed is a very 'yuppy' middle and upper class school which makes it difficult to fit in for those who are not as fortunate. If Shasta High School is supposed to be considered the best school in academics in the Northern California area, then I am deeply concerned about the education of our area, because Shasta High School has come up short. It is not the program but the actual students and backgrounds that is mainly to be accredited for the 'good' API scores (Shasta has the highest, yet it has not reached the score of 800) Because so many students come from educated families and are educated oriented, the scores are higher because they are stronger academically in that sense, and would be in any other setting. Shasta is supposed to be the best, and sadly it most likely is, and yet it does not meet the standards of what the 'best' should be.
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