As an '04 graduate of serra, I would say avoid this school at all costs. The learning environment is non-existant, and cheating is rampant. The division between staff and student is clear and leads to apprehension amongst both. This school has a facade of wellness, but actually it is an empty cavern -- pushing students through the 'public education' mill. Although I fared well after Serra, I wouldn't credit my education at Serra for any of it. In fact, my time at Serra made me suceptible to laziness -- as the staff doesn't attempt to push students higher.
If your child is a scholar (AVID Seminar)or if you are very involved as a parent (Booster, PTA, sports mom or dad that can take your child to all of their games, this school is great for you. If both parents have to work and your child is average, the teachers 'teach subjects to pass the state tests, not actually teaching a subject.' The Principal? Well she never returns phone calls.
If you're on the 'college track' the classes can be good to excellent. 'Regular' classes can be like raucous warehouses where discipline is virtually non-existant, as is learning. Extremely rigid administration, except for the counseling staff, who all seemed sane and reasonable.
I am currently a student at Serra High School and I find it a very good school. I like the diversity and all the extracurricular activities including ROTC. I think anyone considering going here should definitely go here. I love this school and most kids I know love it too.
I am so impressed with the work that the principal is doing to ensure the success of all students. She has been working on the improvement of instruction. Teachers are more focused on supporting student success, especially around California State Standards. Serra H.S. has a friendly and safe atmosphere about it. I am so happy that my children attend this fine school.
This school has fallen apart. How can the principal even be talking about academic excellence until they get some regular discipline going? Was the fight/safety problems discussed when the people from the Western Schools Committee came to visit this year? The principal seems totally out of touch.
First off I am a parent of a child who has no choice but to be bussed in because the district will not allow her to attend in her own area Morse. And I must say it isn't the children's fault the school is going through a rashining of violence I hold the school accountable, not the children or the parents. My experience with Serra is that the staff doesn't care about the children. There isn't enough staff and student interaction and I believe that is why the school itself is suffering. You very well can't expect kids to teach themselves social skills. The [school] expects the students to figure everything out themselves and that isn't going to happen. I feel that the schools really need to get more involved. A very involved parent M. Caliver
Well, I graduated from Serra is 1983 and my son went to Serra in 02-03. We had to move to Moreno Valley last year for personal reasons. My son misses that school and so do I. Even with all the kids being bused in, the military kids coming and going thru the years, the school still has kept it's high standards. All schools have some problems. I was proud to go to that school and proud that my son got a taste of it. Be proud that you or your kids get the chance to go to a school with great history for the most part. Plus, it's not all the teachers, get envolved yourself. You also can make a difference.
School is hampered in its adademic achievement by students bussed in from other parts of San Diego. While creating diversity, it also creates tension among students which administration is unable to eliminate. The extracurricular activities are limited (in fairness this is due to District budget constraints) and superior students are not challenged. The current principal is trying to improve the academic climate, however with a significant percentage of bussed in students and a large number of students whose parents are in the military, there is a substantial fraction of the student body with minimal or no parental involvement. District policies and budget cuts have resulted in many experienced teachers leaving. In sum: a school with great, but largely unrealized potential.
Serra High is not given the credit it deserves. Parents from the surrounding community frequently send their children elsewhere. Too much diversity?? Those who stay and contribute to the school make a huge impact because they are dedicated parents who strive for the best . There is a brand new specialized academy for technology, AP classes, a marching band and drama, athletics, ROTC, just for starters. Community volunteer hours are required and seniors are required to make an oral presentation in order to graduate. The curriculum is a very ambitious college prep. Your student will be pushed. Weakness: Vocational education is lacking.
I am not a parent; I am actually a student a Serra High School. Overall Serra is not a bad school. They could do more work with the teacher s interaction with the students. It is hard to get my word out in school, so this is one of my many ways of letting somebody know. Finally I want to say that the Principal is doing a great job and I am very proud of her success and commitment!
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