I am a current student at Everest. This is my Senior year and I fear it may not be my last. I have been here since my Freshman year and I absolutely loved it. This year, I dread the thought of waking up to go. The school changed their format without notifying parents and students over the summer. The school now uses an online/computer approach to "teach" and the teachers feel that means that they don't have to teach anymore. Since the new format I feel I may not graduate. Many students since the beginning of the year have left. If you consider sending your children here, please reconsider. This is not a school if your child needs instruction and guidelines, the rules and work policies are very loose and arbitrary. I have spoken to other students, they hate it here and younger students feel that if they leave they will have to repeat their grade because they feel behind. Do not go to this school, your child will not be ready for college, they will not get the education they deserve, and they will struggle and fall behind like me. Everest, Summit, Rainer, and Tahoma, avoid these schools.
Everest Public High School is an amazing school, if you take advantage of the opportunities available. The teachers are incredibly gifted, although some are stronger than others in communicating and teaching students. Office hours are available two times a week, and other support systems are in place.
The teachers at this school know their subject and are passionate about teaching . . . though I suspect too many are more passionate about taking the fast-track to having a school of their own given the explosion of growth at Summit. The administration on the other hand has tanked this school. Each year a new program is introduced. An inordinate amount of time is spent making the decision, leaving precious little time to thoughtfully implement new programs, or tell students or parents. The worst example is this year with the sudden implementation of a brand new program which shifts virtually 100% of the content learning to the students via Chrome books on Fridays, leaving the "common core" instruction to the teachers to accomplish Mon-Thurs. The program is so poorly executed they had to announce full year grades (rather than semester) because so many students couldn't possibly complete enough work to have acceptable grades. This was just announced a few weeks ago. Bottom line - there's a reason there are so many openings for the spring semester. BEWARE!
School has a resource teacher(s)/case manager but in the 3 years and now starting the 4th (my son is a senior) have had 4 resource teachers change. Some of the general teachers are not trained and are not knowledgeable about dyslexia & ADHD. Had a lot of push back from these teachers especially in 10th grade even though he had an IEP. His math teacher even told him that she did not believe that when he did well on an assignment in algebra class, that he was capable of doing that. He felt so bad and frustrated at her for even thinking that. Last year he was accused of plagiarizing because he just forgot to put the sources name on a statistic he wrote on a project. He did not receive any credit for that project that he had worked so hard on for 3 weeks.
This year, they have introduced a system where students have to learn online. Parents & students are not happy about this. Even some teachers have quit because of this. Their talent is being wasted. For my son, and other students that have learning disabilities, they are struggling even more. My son needs that direct teacher interaction to be able to understand and learn fully.
There are now over 400 students at this school and it is a real gem. It's litter-based as it is a charter school in the Sequoia High School District, and it is college prep only (no tracking). But the teachers are exceptional and caring, the classes are small and you could not ask for a more nurturing environment.
A truly amazing place. Just overhearing these talented, passionate, devoted teachers honestly makes me want to return to high school. Such motivation catalysts are rare. If only our government and it's education planners woud take some notes and advice from this school, the challenges of educating America's children would be largely resolved!
Everest Public High School has a highly professional, dedicated staff of teachers and administrators, who are very successful providing a quality education to their students, instilling the core values of the school, and preparing students for college.
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