THEFT! Make sure your child takes summer school PE. My son has had 3 thefts from the boys locker room in 4 years. Locked lockers with required locks won't stop the thieves.
The staff refuses to even acknowledge that a $900 computer was stolen Dec 2015. No one staff member returned my calls or emails. Computers are required for the school work but the school refuses to provide a secure environment.
This depends on each student. For some the amount is too much, for some it is just right. However it is usually never "Not enough." This also depends on the program your student is in. For many IB students, it is too much. However this teaches students to be able to handle such work loads, and helps them get ready for college. Many alumni come back to Mira Loma to tell current students that college is easy to handle because Mira Loma's IB program did such a great job of preparing them for it.
Mira Loma is a great school for students seeking academic success and rigor. The IB Programme, which is offered for both 9-10th graders through MYP, and 11-12th graders through the Diploma Programme is reason enough to be apart of this wonderful school. The program challenges students not only to think deeper, but also to be a better person. As cliche as it might sound, Mira Loma truly teaches students how to be well-rounded. The diversity of the school is amazing, and helps students more than you think. I myself have learned to be more open minded, and I am constantly learning about different cultures and their customs, traditions, holidays, etc. Not only that, but the students and faculty at Mira Loma are more like a family than anything. Everyone at Mira Loma knows everybody. We all might not be close friends, but we all know each other, rather than being separated into cliques such as Jocks, Nerds, Preppy Kids, etc. that you see in the movies. Everyone's differences are celebrated and respected at Mira Loma. There is also a wonderful school bonding event that takes place second semester, called Sports-A-Rama. It's a competition between the four classes, Freshmen-Seniors, but instead of diving them it brings them together. This school has everything that will matter in the long run, it teaches students valuable life skills, and the academics are top-notch. There is much more to say about Mira Loma, but I think it is clear how great of a school it is. Please consider Mira Loma as a school that you send your students to, you or your student won't regret it.
Once again, check the results of this magnet high school against state and national rank. Look at the demographics of the students. For the most part, it's obvious that these Mira Loma teachers are a great credit to their profession!
Mira Loma is one of the best high schools in the San Juan Unified School District, and in the state. Outstanding staff, faculty, support personnel, students and parents. Look at the total scope of their mission, their programs, and most of all . . . . their results.
My mother and I graduated from Mir Loma, her 1984 and me 2005, and I loved this school. Sure the football team was terrible but academically, which is what truly matters, was fantastic. I am still friends with some of my teachers and enjoy visiting whenever I can. I hope that my son will also be able to attend Mira Loma and graduate.
As a recent graduate of c/o 2014, I can say my Mira Loma experience was marvelous. Coming from a non-competitive middle school, freshman year required me to adjust quickly. Some (IB) students may complain about the HW load; however, I've never had more than three hours of homework a night, and even then, most of my homework centered on Math, which has been scientifically proven to require daily HW for improvement. MLIB has a group of extremely bright and ambitious students; yet, because ML has so many group projects, ML has less neck-to-neck competition and more camaraderie and collaboration. Like any school, there is a variety of teachers. However, teachers for the core subjects, math, science, history, and english, are both passionate and attentive. They regularly call on students to analyze how the class is doing. If a student provides a less than adequate answer, the teacher will ask something like, "Why don't you be more specific?". If that response proves wanting, the teacher will ask another student. ML sports is not amazing, although water polo and tennis are doing very well. Yet, my belief is that education is the greatest investment one can make, not sports.
I do not know how Greatshools ranks a school. I am however certain that it is completely wrong in not giving Mira Loma High School a perfect 10. If there is any school in the Sacramento Region that should be given a rank higher than 9, the first one should Mira Loma. Simply put, do not be fooled by a 8 out of 10 rank given to Mira Loma by Greatschools. Call a Mira Loma parent or a student who puts academic success the No. 1 goal. Yes, if your or your student considers academic success not important, or does not want to work hard, or thinks schools is only for fun, then it is not a good fit for your. For the rest, can have better choice if live around. I have the parent of a Mira Loma alumnus and a current student. I had endure very hardship to be able to send my kids to Mira Loma due to distance, but it worth every bit of it. Can't think of sending my kids any place else. The other kids, the teachers and the administration all are super.