My daughter has become hyper-aware of anti-bullying campaigns specifically toward treating all kids equal, no matter what their gender identity or race. She also was a member of Circle of Friends where the kids lunch together with intellectually challenged students.
My 8th grader has enjoyed her 3 years here and has had some really wonderful teachers. It's a large school with a very diverse population and I think she enjoys that experience. The after-school program supported by the YMCA staff and PTSA funds has a lot of options. As a parent, I'm excited about our new principal and the increased engagement with both teachers and parents I've seen. I heard from a teacher last night that he's really enjoying an improvement in the culture among the teachers and collaboration since Dr. Casillas has become principal. I do wish more parents would get involved in their students' education through PTSA and school activities.
My 6th grader is engaged and excited about the projects he is working on. All of the teachers are good, but a few are extraordinary, the kind of teachers you remember for a lifetime. It is a positive and challenging learning environment, the kids are supportive of each other. The after school clubs offer good opportunities to engage with engineering and arts.
I was worried about homework, but my son really doesn't have too much. There is some almost every day, but never too much, at most 1 hr on a heavy day. The math teacher occasionally gives math problems for homework, but the daily homework is a "math reflection:" what did we learn today with 2 examples.