I graduated from San Clemente High School ("SCHS") in 2007 and then attended UCLA. I would argue that there are two "tracks," and implicitly two different schools, within SCHS: honors/AP/IB, and everything else. I did the former of the two, so my experience and comments are limited therein. I had an excellent experience at SCHS, particularly in the International Baccalaureate program where deeper thinking, not simply rote learning, was encouraged. Students in the honors/AP/IB track generally know the same kids for four years, and that fosters both a sense of community and one of hard competition (net positive). Nearly every teacher has at least a masters degree in their subject (again in the honors/AP/IB route) and most were outstanding instructors, not just knowledge stores. Students rarely lack extracurricular activity options (orchestra, band, multitudes of sports, dance, theater, etc.) and many of those are nationally and regionally ranked and well-respected. I strongly recommend taking any classes from Kathleen Sigafoos, Patrick Harris, Lisa Kerr, Jeff Kolasa, Jennifer Morris, Rob O'Rear, Allison Schick, Rob Urquidi, Pat Wilsey, and Duncan Wilson.
SCHS is a terrible school! The school is wayy over croweded, the teachers here dont care,very low bugets to do anything and it has a serious drug problem!
SCHS has been a great school for my daughter, who is currently a junior. They offer a variety of classes that other schools may not. From fashion to surfing classes, there are many options for kids who want to explore the courses that may very well turn out to be professions for them one day. As for the drug issue, there are many kids who are involved with it, however, in my opinion it seems more like a county wide problem rather than a school problem. We are a military family and not exactly in the same financial bracket as many of the other parents. I have noticed that much of the problem lies with parents who are so busy making money that they tend to ignore the needs of their kids. Some of these kids are given as much as 6,000 a month to do as they please! Eventually they are going to turn to drugs without parental support and free spending. My daughter has a good head on her shoulders and we don't have that kind of money so she has stayed on the right course. If you stay involved in your kids lives, most likely you will not have an issue.
I attended this school in 2012, and the school may seem nice at a glance. However, there is a SERIOUS drug problem and students can often be found engaging in extremely inappropriate PDA everywhere. Bullying is extremely common, but campus is generally well-maintained . There is an over-emphasis on sports over academics, as well as a low budget and lack of discipline.
I have three children who have either graduated from or are still involved in the AP and IB programs. The teachers are all exceptionally capable, dedicated and hard-working. Unfortunately Capistrano USD receives even less funding than the woefully low average for the state of California, and it shows in the facilities. In spite of that, the school performs well both academically and athletically, with equally dedicated coaches.
I have a son currently enrolled, have had 2 nephews who attended this school. Both of my nephews had terrible experiences because of learning disabilities and they would've graduated 5 and 6 years ago. Instead they were low performers and rather than receive the help and education they deserved they were pushed out. Now my son is experiencing the same. No change means no accident and in fact points to a likely policy. This school is terrible.
No doubt SCHS is a big school, but the athletic programs are great, although many of them cost HUNDREDS of dollars to compete in just to buy uniforms, jerseys, shoes, etc. HAs Japanese, French, and German. Plenty of AP/IB classes and many music programs(band, orchestra,choir, jazz band, marching band, color guard.)90% of the teachers I had, I liked. Because it is a big school it is important to remember what your goals are because it is relatively easy to ditch, and find trouble because this is a large school.
Highly Qualified and Enthusiastic teachers, challenging courses IB program, tops in Athletics and the Arts.
Our experience with the administration has been top-rate. They have been very helpful from the academic side ensuring our son was in the proper classes, etc. The school offers an array of high level AP/IB classes for the brightest students. The teachers are like any other school. Some are fantastic, others play favourites and use their 'power' against students they don't like. This was frustrating but as another parent said it is a principle of life and the students have to learn to cope with the inequalities dealt them. SCHS is a very large school but your student should find a 'niche' for themselves whether it be sport, music, drama, or joining a club (or start one!). Being involved in any aspect helps make the school smaller and more enjoyable. Lots to offer both academically and socially.
Because SCHS is a great school for my children, this school keeps the students intrested in all areas of academics so they can be responsible people in society. thank's SCHS
Good points include teachers who care, quality educational programs, excellent sports programs, excellent auto tech program, and location. School is very large and spread out, allowing students to get away with misbehaving and trauncies. Discipline from administration is lacking. Students know who the easy teachers are and can get by without getting an education, but that's a principle of life. SCHS offers kids everything, but parents have to be involved and vigilent to keep their children focused and out of trouble.
Excellent for motivated students. Excellent for kids with IEP's or GATE identified. The large size means you need to be highly involved with your students education to keep them from falling through the cracks. I am forced to give the school an overall score of average.
School is oversized, but the teachers and staff overcompensate through a multitude of programs that has something for every student. San Clemente High School reflects the community and has a community atmosphere. The downside is that if your child is not one to seek involvement, your child may slip through the cracks due to the large campus.
Under staffed~over sized class rooms~ Children lack guidance~parents really need to be there to guide and prep child for college~would not recommend this school unless your child is a very disciplined.
my daughter is on the SCHS Dance Team and the leadership there over the last four years has been remarkable. My daughter told me, 'without Dance Team, she would have been lost.' I commend Jeane Mcphee and her chorepgrapher Kelly Reed. It is this kind of dedication that builds great citizens for our future.
Staff and administration show very little concern for any child struggling below their expectations. You either meet their standard or you are forgotten and swept under the rug. It is all about public perception for them--I made a mistake sending my son here.
So far I am not impressed. School is too big and there is not enough faculty to help. School does not follow the mo child left behind act. Teachers don't care.
Quality Programs, Open campus - good prep for College. Sports diversity high parent involvement.
The school is wonderful. Because it is a military town the teachers and students are understanding of the children and what they may be going through with a move/transfer.
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