As a student who moved across the country during Sophomore year to this school, I have a few things to address.
Please stop crying about the "over-privileged, snobby rich kids". Not everyone is judgemental, and it's not the school's responsibility to ensure social acceptance. It's impossible. They can't do that.
Scripps Ranch has over 2,000 students, and if you can't find at least one friend within that vast population, you can't blame the school.
The school itself is wonderful. There are so many opportunities and very talented students and teachers. Yes, some of the staff can be rude, but no school is perfect. And dealing with rude people is a part of life. Most of the higher level teachers are genuinely interested in furthering students' academic success.
If you're in a lower placement class, it's not uncommon to experience lower class teachers. That's just how it is in almost all schools.
This school has provided me with so much regarding academics and extracurriculars. There's just so much to do and experience and a lot of the students fail to see that because they don't "fit in". I honestly think you're just looking in the wrong places for the wrong things. Take advantage of this school, because it really is a great school.
This school has nice test scores and many kids have high grades, but a student will find themselves unhappy here because of the community. People here aren't very welcoming and they're very judge mental. I wouldn't say that the school should take credit for making the kids smarter, which is providing high SAT scores etc, but it's the kids themselves that do the work. Students here are very competitive and have drive, and a lot of them also have outside-of-school tutors because they can afford it. There are good teachers, but then of course there will be bad ones. The 'bad' ones are usually lazy, they don't really like to teach they kids and give them a better understanding of the material. The good teachers are usually hands-on and are fun to be around. The counselors are nice but from my experience with my counselor, she treated me poorly when my grades were low but once I raised them up she treated me with respect like everyone else. She also told private information about my grades to another student, who was related to me, yet I feel that was an invasion of privacy and that she shouldn't have done that. Most of the faculty is nice, the lunch staff is sweet. The women in the office are horrible and have no patience at all and are constantly rude to the kids. The nurse is often rude as well and makes smart remarks towards the students. The security guard and officer for this school are pretty nice people. I would say go to this school if you're looking for colleges to see you went to a High school with good test scores, etc. I wouldn't however recommend this school because again, the kids are just mean. They're judge mental and there's a lot of cliques. Of course there are a few nice people here and there, but majority of the people are stuck up.
This school tells school that placement tests will not affect child in any way then it affects placement when child does not try their best. They tell me that they have 30+ years experience,and there attitudesare similar to 30 years ago as well.
About the negative reviews on this school, all i have to say is that it really differs from what you choose. For example, one says that the kids in class are always sleeping and doing nothing, but that's for lower level classes such as regular biology. This is so because the students are not that intelligent or, as mostly the case, not that willing to do homework. This is why the teacher does not force you that much, because you choose to be in a easier class. In AP or Honors, everybody is crazy studying.
I would never go back to this school. This is filled with snobby rich white kids who are only open to being friends with other snobby rich white kids. I felt so alone at this place. The teachers were unsupportive of me while I was going through a rough time during the months I attended. Staff only favors the overachieving, upper middle class kids. Don't go here if you're not any of that. Attend MMHS, it's much more lively and accepting.
This school is stupid. The staff is very rude to the students. For example my stomach was hurting and I went to the nurse, but she got furious and started complaining. The teachers also made fun of my projects. Don't even think about sending your child to this school.
SRH is an extremely backward school. Parents that expected something like Marshall Middle will be very disappointed - almost zero use of the web for posting hw assignments or class materials, a block schedule that makes no sense, a private web site that seems to distance the school from standard DIstrict information and supports including the more functional web pages for the teaching staff. Academics at this school are not as good as they appear since, despite being a neighborhood public school, it seems that they find ways to eliminate some of their lower performing students. Obviously, the neighborhood is not very diverse and so neither is the school but it sounds like a prejudiced 'coding' in those the reviews that mention the wish that outsiders could be kept out of this school. Teachers are mostly OK, with relatively few in the weird and bad, category, the behavior of many of the top administration is atrocious in ways you will not have experienced before as they show complete lack of normal civility and professional behavior towards students and parents. I am looking forward to my children leaving this school.
Player selection for the Scripps Ranch women's varsity soccer team has more to do with politics than soccer. School guidelines regarding the selection of athletes are not based on individual merit and are purposefully vague to enable the coach to make whatever decisions he sees fit. This allows the coach to promote his club team within the school soccer program and "blackball" any athletes that he personally does not like, regardless of athletic ability/skill. The school does not question these "coaching decisions" and the coach seems quite comfortable in making them. This has been happening for awhile now, and all of these factors do not put the best team on the field... That's not a secret either.
The school and academics is great but the extra curricular activities such as sports was a let down when I witnesed it for myself that the unfairness, politics, and the little racisim that still exists amongst the students in this school. Aside from grades and gpa sports is a very big part of my child's life and is a big factor when colleges look at accepting a student. My review is based on two years of witnessing this unfairness and happened to wait an extra year to see if it was just coincidence. Big let down staff and students...