I agreed with the assessment about EVHS. My daughter took AP Calculus AB last year (10th grade) with Ms Thieu and it was horrible. I had to hire private tutor for her 4 hours/wk to catch up because the teacher taught almost nothing at school and she gave out hw that took 3-4 hours a day to complete. My daughter is a straight A+ student in all her previous math classes (and other subjects). I hired 2 different experienced math tutors and they both agreed. When I emailed and asked her about it, she told me that it should take < 1hr a day to complete her math hw. Please. I was a calculus tutor and teacher assistant in college many years ago and I do know about math.
The students here deserve better teachers. I have recently completed my junior year at this school and the quality of the teachers is just horrendous. With the exception of a handful of wonderful teachers, most of the teachers at EV have obsolete teaching methods, unorganized grading systems, no motivation towards teaching, and are just plain incompetent. Many students here are very bright, talented, and passionate about learning, hence the schools high API score, but it is not because of the teachers. The staff quality is overwhelmingly poor; staff-student communication is almost nonexistent and most of the staff show no concern about the students' futures or well being. EV's good-looking campus is ruined by the overcrowding of students and complete lack of unity. There is almost no school spirit and the student population is divided up into its own secluded groups and cliques. Also, EV has a ridiculously poor selection of classes. EV has no honor classes, not many APs, and only two foreign languages. This is laughable when compared to other schools of this size. Other than a nice campus, good students, and an unpleasant high school experience, EV has little else to offer.
Honestly, this school consist of the worst teachers, who can't comprehend the act of "teaching." This is my Junior year and it's a waste of time. Students are unmotivated because of the unmotivated teachers. I wish I could go to Silver Creek after hearing all the stories!
Its more of the students making this a good school, not the staff. I personally think that this school may not have the right activities and staff for learning, but it definitely has the perfect learning environment for students of all abilities. For me, I really had no choice but to go here or silver creek, but for the sake of distance and friends, I chose this school.
As a sophomore student here. I can say that it's been disappointing. Although there are some good teachers, I would say that some teachers aren't qualified to teacher their subjects, and are just lazy and incompetent. A more budget cuts happen, they'll be a lack of opportunities and services.
I am a student here and i strongly think that this school is not as great as everyone makes it seem! There are no good electives compared to many many other schools. Its teachers are not good! probly only 2 out of 4 teachers are good! i dont learn anything in 3 of my current classes. not that i do not pay attention because i do and i actually try to learn but these teachers just CAN NOT TEACH! the one and only thing good about this school is its campuse. Many parents think this school is so great! well its not remember this IS HIGHSCHOOL! drugs, fights, and major problems do occur here 24/7!!!!!!!
EVHS really is what you make of it. Given that this is a fairly new school, it is no wonder that a surplus of activities has yet to be developed. But take into consideration the quality of the things that do exist. Students at EVHS push the limits, are passionate, and excel in what they do. The campus is beautiful, the opportunities (if you take the time to put yourself out there and really take hold of them) are good, and the overall environment is one of the best. You get the best of both worlds at EVHS- the competition is great for growth and challenge in educational aspects, and there are a few great activities that students really put their hearts into which bring out the best in everyone. Work hard and be interactive. You will see that EVHS really is a great place.
This is my second and final year of attending EVHS. although I am only a sophomore, I've noticed the ambiguity that is my high school. although we've received a 'distinguished' 10/10, I'd like to disagree. I think that our high tests scores cover up our overcrowded, sometimes high-strung campus. It is not clear to me whether our high scores are a direct result of 'good' teachers, or the mainly intelligent demographics of our school. However, this task of uncovering the truth is up to you the parent and your student. Don't get me wrong though, there are truly some really great teachers, even if they are from mainly 'third world' countries. And we also have oppurtunities for the betterment of all types of students, including: college-bound students, mentally disabled students, and students struggling in CAHSEE math and english. But, its up to you :]
As a graduating senior, this school does have it's positives and negatives. The people here are pretty much open and welcoming, though there are the few who aren't as inviting, but that's normal. After reading some posts by freshmen,I'm kind of confused because there are some really great teachers here, it's just masked by the incompetent ones. Those who say this school has no class spirit is dead wrong. Probably they themselves don't participate in homecoming, battle or whatever. Plus, the graduating class is going to top schools in the world, I don't think being that smart comes without some help with teachers.
This school has its ups and downs. The teachers for the freshman class aren't very good and the campus is covered with a huge amount of gum, but the students are mature and responsible and the class spirit is amazing.
I'm a freshman at this school, and given the chance I would definitely attend a different school. There is only one part-time counselor to provide for the entire student body. The teachers are lacking experience and seem to all be hired from third-world countries. The campus, new as it is, is simply disgusting and there are black splotches of gum everywhere. There is absolutely no familiar school spirit at EVHS. I don't think that test scores alone can bring this school's rating up to a 10.
This is my freshman year of high school and I already wish I had chosen somewhere else. Half of my teachers are incompetent and and have little to no control over their classes. The counseling is insufficient and the environment the students and faculty create often comes across as cold and impersonal. Teachers rarely seem to care about their students at all, and blame the students for their inability to teach.
This place rocks. The only bad stuff is the usual high school stuff. I'm an angel though. 0:)
Evergreen Valley High School is a great community of parents, kids and teachers who care about each other and are committed to academic excellence as well as creating well-rounded young adults.
I went to this school and am now a few months away from graduation from CAL. I struggled in my first two years of college because I had not learned basic study skills and did not have the same level of knowledge or competitiveness as my peers. The school was already in decline before I graduated and I know from contact with teachers that things have definitely gotten worse (conflicts within administration, poor management, rise in disruptive behavior from students, etc.). I only did well here because I took extreme initiative in my classes and extra curricular activities. The average student would not excel here. I strongly believe that I was accepted to university because I wrote about the extreme and unusual disadvantages I had (lack of classes, self-learning for AP, etc.) while attending this school. Your kids are much better off going to nearby Silver Creek or Mt Pleasant.
This school looks prestine on the outside but bad teachers on the inside. Needless to say, just because the school is new [est. in 2003] does NOT mean is good. Better school to attend to is Overfelt High or Independence High [they have better scores on testes then this school in a million years combine] . Your kids will thank you for it.
I transferred out of this school half way through freshman year. I was made fun of for being white, and the schools environment was very unwelcoming.
I was a student who was amongst the 2nd graduating class of EVHS. Initially in high school, to be honest, I was heavily unmotivated and in the 'bad' crowd of students. I was always skipping classes, failing classes, and just doing terribly. However, the only thing that made me realize my passion for education (and subsequently higher education) were the amazing faculty and principal -- Mr. McDonough. A teacher whose name I will not publicly mention actually called me in one day and sat me down after class to ask what was bothering me and why I was under-performing. Needless to say, I got my act together. Currently I'm at a high ranking UC studying a technical field with promising industrial and graduate school opportunities waiting for me shortly. Undoubtedly, without EVHS I wouldn't be the person I am today.
Reading the negative reviews from emo 9th graders got me a bit irked... I'm a 2nd year teacher at EVHS and I have to say that it is by far the best high school I have had the pleasure of working for. The administration is busy but functional. The art programs are alive and flourishing. The school climate is positive. There are very few fights. Students and staff are friendly. Students are (for the most part) highly motivated and capable. My one complaint about the place is a lack of available technology for students and teachers. We have no computer lab - shameful! Just to be clear, I've subbed throughout the East Side district and seen just how inadequate other schools' facilities are. Kids - FYI: if your bathrooms are gross, try taking care of them instead of expecting your parents to clean up after you.
My two children are attending EV. Both are very strong in math. I am glad they both had Mrs. Salgarino in AP Calculus AB and BC. They have never appreciated their math skills until they were challenged and loved by their math teacher. Thanks to Mrs. Salgarino and to all their math teachers. Sadly, Mrs. Salgarino is not with EV anymore.
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