SFHS has been working with parents and students to improve academic as well as overall performance. My daughter is a freshman and is excelling in all her classess. She feels welcomed and accepted by teachers and students..I look forward to working closely with staff in assuring her success.
San Fernando has a great program like Project Grand. Project Grand help's on going to college and taking college classes. Project Grand will work with you.
(Continued) I wish I could write a full review on the regular school. Magnet is a success not just because it's a small community, but because there's a mutual involvement among the students, parents, and staff. A few years ago, the school (like many in LAUSD) created SLCs in an attempt to perform on par with Magnet. Nothing changed. I know because I took a few classes in the regular school due to scheduling conflicts. There are a handful of good teachers but many are STILL uninvolved and lazy. Standards are low; the workload and pace are pathetic. There's a Puente program, but guess what? A friend of mine worked there and said that the teacher is lazy, takes months to complete lessons ("big" assignments being pitiful essays) and gives students passing grades when she tires of reading their work. SFHS does well athletically - academically it's a joke. The school got close to losing accreditation three years ago and as a result, went into panic-mode (i.e., block scheduling). As for the students, most are incredibly disrespectful and it's not uncommon for fights to erupt during class. Unless you get your child in Magnet, avoid this zoo if education, civility and safety matter to you!
This school isnt bad, but it falls to the other magnets which offer much more vigourous courses. It has poor availability for classes. It only has 8 AP courses, when many other high schools have 10 and above. This school will not be challenging. Do not send your child here to be a big fish in a little pond. That's pathetic.
I'm a former student. I was NOT in magnet, yet had ALL AP/Honor classes. I was continuously challenged! Mr. Muller is one of the greatest english teachers; Mrs. Cardoso for Science; Mr. Morgan for math... If you take the right teachers/classes, this school is just as great as any 'high achieving' school.
It has some good teachers, programs and course, but compared to other schools, it does not have enough resources for its students
I am glad my daughter attended SFHS Magnet. She was challenged by all of her teachers and she has a close bond with all Magnet staff, faculty, and peers. As a parent, I like knowing what is going on with my daughter at all times. If she was absent, I got a direct phone call from Sylvia (the magnet secretary), which is fantastic. I've gotten to know all of her teachers well. Most importantly (for me at least) is that my daughter hated reading and writing until her tenth grade year with Ms Alvarez. Now she has Ms Haynes who she equally adores although she is just as rigorous as Ms Alvarez. She also loves Mr Beck, who is according to her the sweetest and most knowledgeable man. I could name all teachers but I'll bore you. All teachers in the magnet are fantastic!!! She's graduating this year!
I am a 2001 Alumni, this school has a lot of programs that children will benefit from, Project Grad, Avid, Student Gov. and Leadership, and Magnet. I was a Magnet student that transfered to this school my Junior year. It was the best 2 years. My Counselor was very helpful in choosing the correct courses to prepare me for college. I attended University of Riverside, California and graduated in 2005. I know that San Fernando High School prepared me to achieve my goals!
My child transfered from another school district because the motivation from the teachers and staff is so personal. College is his goal, thanks to the staff which has now brought up my child's grades.
San Fernando High is a great school, despite the neighborhood it's in or others' opinions of it. The Puente Program is amazing, as are the other programs such as, Project Grad, Avid, Student Gov. and Leadership, and Magnet. Sure, SFHS has its faults, but what school doesn't? I know that I would not go to any other school even if I was paid. SFHS may be lacking in some areas, but it is not lacking in pride and determination, and those are two important assets in a school community, believe me, I know.
San Fernando High School is a school where many opportunities are available and students have many options open to then. As a Project GRAD student they can get experience with tutoring, community service, and they can actually study abroad. Many students have gone to Thailand, Australia, Brazil, Costa Rica and many other countries to study. Over SFHS is a great high school where any student can highly achieve.
My kid just transfered from one school district to this school because the counselors and academic program is inspiring him to get into a college. Coaches, staff and counselors are very much in tune with the student. We hope for a successful 2 years.
'The Puente' program is great. The teachers really push their students for overall success. I have been impressed with their involvement in their current academics as well as their future academics for their universities. Counselors have been very encouraging & helpful with class selection. My son is very self motivated which helps demonstrate that taking advantage of all available programs, all is possible. My son has learned about all the extra classes by himself with the help of his counselor & 'Puente' teacher. All is possible with encouragement & positive attitude.
This school has great classes, and programs for students including the project GRAD.
It's a over crowded school and the own kids make fun of others. Don't send your kid here!
Quality of academics can use some improvement. Music, arts, and sports have a great program. Parent involvement the level is not that high.
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