This school is a very horrible school!!! Everything is out of control. Students can do whatever they want and dress however they want. I, personally disklike that they allow students to dress with sagging pants, piercings on their lips, eyebrows and etc. The kids are allow to die their hair any color they want including blue, red, yellow, pink, etc. Some boys even have yellow mohawk. Police is always on site because there are always fights. If your son / daughter has already started with an attitude or has been out of control, this school can only make it worst. I don't recommend bring your kids to this school because its just a very bad school overall.
In comparison to the other public schools in the immediate area, only one of which it has been my distinct displeasure to serve with, that being Horace Mann MIddle School, this school offers to its largely disavantaged popluation the most quality education you are as likely to find in the general Central City Heights Neighborhood, or in any other inner city neighborhood, for that matter.. If you have had bad experiences with other schools, or even at this one, my experience working with the dedicated veteran teachers at this school and their supervisors was nothing short of outstanding in every way (allow me to be more specific) 1) Everyone from Principal Vargas on down allows each child a chance to succeed, or fail. As the school motto goes, "The CHOICE IS YOURS" and I truly believe it is this motto, in other words, it is not just a slogan. It is a way of life practiced by each and every one of the teachers each and every day, and every day is a new day, a chance for a new beginning, at least unitl the choices for your student dwindle down to a passing or failing grade at the end of each week! 2) The staff at this school cares. They will offer even the hardest cases options!
I have nothing good to say about this school. The teachers I had to deal with are very unprofessional. I went through the proper chain of command to get some resolution to the issues my children were having with the teachers and the only thing that came out of my constant communication with the Dean of students, vice principal, and principal was a bunch of finger pointing and no one wanting to address my concerns or the issues. The Dean was afraid of the teachers and the vice principal was so disorganized and hardly ever truthful. I was shocked with the way the principal pretended to have no knowledge of the ongoing problems with his staff after he gave me his word he would take care of the matter. The school doesn't offer much in electives or do much to keep the children motivated. This school has been a huge disappointment.
BIG disappointment! With the extra support of the S.D.S.U. Collaborative this SHOULD have been a great school. Teachers and staff are very knowledgeable and experienced at dealing with a diverse population with severe socioeconomic challenges. However, this latest administration is oblivious to discipline issues and has caused an environment of finger-pointing and "reactive" not proactive management. Parents in the community try, but others expect the school to raise their children.