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Gabrielino High School5
Posted May 13, 2014
- a parent
Gabrielino is a very good school! There's a waiting list to get into this school because of its academic reputation and it's small size. There's a lot if parent involvement which gives it a private school feel without the additional cost. Students are successful and have many opportunities to excel in business, art, science, music, sports, speech etc. my children attended and were very well prepared for college (UC campus). The staff take pride in their students and their school. Our community takes pride in Gabrielino. Come by and visit and you'll feel the Tongva spirit!
Gabrielino is an excellent school. The students are motivated, the school grounds are safe and clean, and the students are challenged academically. The principal appears to be setting a great example, as I have seen her and her staff at several events (academic events, Speech and Debate, sporting events, etc.) It's clear that the entire school community (administration, counselors, students, teachers, coaches, staff, parents) all work closely and take pride in this educational environment. As a parent whose children have attended San Gabriel Unified schools since kindergarten, I can say that even though SGUSD may be small, it is mighty. And "Gab", as the pinnacle of their experience, is a great way to end this experience as they prepare for their futures. Gab is still one of the Best HS in the US (Silver) by US News and World report. (156th best in California, 769th in the Nation) Go, Eagles!
Gabrielino seems to be proud of the 246th US News HS ranking. Look closely, it is not that impressive knowing other HS in the region mostly ranked higher. Although it is unfair to compare with SM, Arcadia, SP, or TC, still Gabrielino comes behind SGH, Alhambra, Arroyo, Monterey Park with the same demographic characteristics, making GHS one of the lower ranking HS in the region. Also notice that a handful of Gabrielino graduates actually go on to descent colleges. I don t think the school is bad. The members that sit on the SGUSD school board just have to do a better job to ensure Gabrielino stays competitive and strong. Some board members are incapable and some are career politicians that don t have a vision or clue of how to make a better school. Hope the election will bring in some fresh blood to flush out the system.
I would like to say that this school's learning environment is very nice. There is not really anything in the school or classrooms that can negatively affect how the students learn. Some teachers are better than others, but most of them are pretty good at teaching and have a lot of patience. This school is extremely competitive, academically and in athletics. Being in a sport in this school will teach you many things and provide an unforgettable experience. Some say that for a high school, Gabrielino is tiny, but I see this as a positive attribute on Gabrielino. This allows students to bond and know people more easily and we get to feel more like a family, than just random people. This school is still kind of new and is constantly growing. What I'd really like to see added into this school is a swimming pool. Oh, and the food is important. Sure there are snacking stores available for students to buy at for lunch, but the lunch that they serve is not the greatest. Gabrielino recently changed their pizza, and after trying it for myself and hearing it from a lot of people, it tastes like cardboard. Their best lunch, in my opinion, is the teriyaki bowl. It usually never dissapoints.
This school does such a good job at making students a unique individual and not just another number. The teachers are great who teach with enthusiasam and not just because it's thier job. This school also has great school spirit.
We definitely took another look at this school after it was extensively remodeled. Nicely done and community recently voted to approve funds for new buildings, etc. Teachers are highly credentialed and are very involved with students. Alumni have done well and give back to the school with their time. Great sports, fun parents, (huge) Speech and Debate team called the Screaming Eagles which placed 5th in the Nation. Changed our kid into a butterfly.