My son attended PLHS. He struggled at the beginning, but I always found that teachers, counselors and staff were responsive as long as we communicated what our needs were -- no one just steps in. He found that if he worked hard, was respectful to the teachers and looked for opportunities there were plenty of great things to be found there. The students that don't do well are not putting themselves out front, and their parents don't participate by volunteering and getting to know the teachers -- always a big mistake. PLHS is crowded and has a lot of budget issues, but if you work for them they will work for you and your child. A relatively new principal (2013) is helping things as well. A large number of students are bussed into this school and their parents either cannot, or will not, participate so if you have time and a few extra dollars you can make a huge impact here. We felt it gave our son a terrific foundation for college.
I have to say, this school is one of the worst schools in the san diego unified school district.
It is impossible to get any communication from the school. The counselors don't return phone calls nor emails and are rarely in the office. The principal, vice principal and technical staff never respond to emails or calls and are never in the office to talk to. Our son had no Spanish teacher for the first 6 weeks and we couldn't get him moved into any other class. Very frustrating trying to deal with this school. I'm not happy with the quality of some of the teachers either. Not a good experience so far for a freshman student.
Reading the comments about athletes. I have not found it to be true that your child can't make it if they didn't start as a freshman; parents don't volunteer; or that grades don't matter if you are an athlete. Maybe in other sports, but not girls volleyball. You try out every year and every year you can be replaced by someone better. Volleyball is very competitive at all schools, and it's this way everywhere. I do agree with the person complaining about how hard it is to get in touch with counselors. It's near impossible. After weeks of emailing and calling and leaving messages with everyone my husband finally took time out of his day to walk into the counseling office so we could get an appointment with our son's counselor. That appointment was supposed to be today, but our son was never called out of class. Very disappointing. There are some really exceptional teachers at PL. If you can excel you will do well here.
Beware Drugs are a major issue at this school. Councillors do not help and Principle and vice principles do nothing.....that's if you can actually get to speak to them. They do not return calls, they clearly are not that concerned or heard it all before. School police are fantastic but they have a hard task ahead of them with little support. Teachers- there are a number of Great teachers so if you can steer your kid in the right direction and keep them aware from the low life then you will be okay. Be realistic with yourself and dont be fooled in to thinking you can handle it. My advice would be to send them else where.
While there are problems at every school, I object to one individual's characterization of student athletics at PLHS. My son started running hurdles as a Sophomore, not as a Freshman. He received daily individual help from a coach over several frustrating weeks until he finally was able to succeed. It is grossly unfair to infer my son or any athlete receives his grades because of sports participation. I will match his class grades, PSAT, SAT or AP scores against your students or any other non-athlete students results.
Just be aware of a few things if your kid is interested in sports. If they do not get in as a Freshman, the are pretty much out of luck. Although at try-out they say everyone is equal whether you were on a team the previous yr or not - don't believe it. If you volunteer with the team or your kid was on a sports team the previous yr, you are pretty much guaranteed a spot. See it every year. Also, don't worry about your kids grades, if they are in sports - your kid can get away without meeting the guidelines (a wink and a nod). Got a bully in sports? He/she will be protected your kid is on a sports team. Ain't being in sports great! Don't forget, get them in as Freshmen or your are screwed.
I too had bullying issues at Point Loma High which were not addressed to my satisfaction by leadership. The bully was in Athletics so he was "teflon coated" and it was a nightmare for our family. Counselors are awesome and caring. We had good strong teachers.
I have two children there and have been very impressed with the leadership, teacher quality, and diversity. I have one child with a learning disability and one in the gifted and talented program and the school has done a great job with each kid.
Point Loma high school is a great school my two sons went to point loma high and I have a 3rd son going and both my sons have graduated from this school and all the teachers will assure that your child will learn here
Three generations of my family have graduated or currently attend Point Loma High School. They have the best teachers and counselors to insure students are well prepared and eligible to attend the college of their choice.
Great teachers, great parents and a great community make for a wonderful learning experience for all.
My two sons immigrated from Peru last December, starting at Point Loma High mid-year, as Sophmores. School administrators, counselors and teachers all amazed us with their help in getting the boys quickly acclimated. Professional and caring. Devoted to students well-being. High standards held with heart. Great communications. I can't imagine a better first USA experience for my sons. And the school continues to amaze me with their continued excellence despite terrible funding cuts.
It starts at the top with Bobbie, our principle. All kids are important! Good teachers.
My son is excelling at PLHS - thanks to all his wonderful teachers !
I feel Point Loma has great science and foreign language teachers. The counselors and attendance staff are very helpful and responsive to any problems. My children are very happy at Point Loma and are reciving a great education considering the horrid budget cuts and constraints of No Child Left Behind.
School Spirit! School involvement! Sports Programs and Cheer Squads are amazing!
i feel that plhs could be doing more for its students. there is still too much of an emphasis on athletics, and too many mediocre teachers on campus. retirement-aged faculty: please retire. it's unfair to students for you to stay in the classroom when your heart isn't in it! i also feel that the staff could be more diverse as a whole. pl is a very ethnically diverse school, and the teaching staff should mirror that diversity--but this is a problem districtwide in san diego. the positives: plenty of ap/honors courses to choose from; parent connect; naviance. a good education is possible at point loma if a student is highly self-motivated and has parental support at home. advice to parents: be very involved and stay involved.
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