August 09, 2015
I'll be honest, I had a bit of an exemplary time at this school. I was treated well, and the school worked well for me.
One of the recurring things that I see in the negative reviews from San Marcos is that it is big. This much is true, but it does not mean that you have to be treated like a number. If you make the commitment to get involved, you will find your niche somewhere. Of every school I've visited/heard of/had friends at, this is especially true at San Marcos.
When I graduated, there was no place like San Marcos in North County. No other school could boast the pride that we had. For the most part, this extended as far as every member of the campus, should they want to participate. Of course, there were groups who weren't involved, or who didn't feel included, but we could only do so much as a student body to reach everyone.
Though it seems challenging, the honors and AP programs are incredibly rewarding. For those of you complaining about teachers, the instructors in those programs were some of the most inspiring, engaging and talented individuals I have met in my entire life (lookin' at you, St. John, Pluciennik and Sabato).
That being said, you get what you give. If you treat even the best instructors like you would rather be anywhere else in their class, they will treat you like they want anyone else in their class.
As for the people complaining about the social environment, drugs are a thing these days. They are not going away. Comparative to other schools, what happens at San Marcos is relatively tame. Of course there is pot, and people drink. But long gone are the days of any real hard drug use or destructive substance abuse. In my four years I saw just about every side of the San Marcos night life, and ventured into surrounding cities. I can tell you that Vista, LCC and Mission all have some more serious issues that San Marcos does when it comes to illicit activities. You would be hard pressed to find a more safe environment in a traditional school.
All in all, I have to say that I think San Marcos is one of the best schools in North County. It has serious potential for anyone- all you have to do is take advantage of it. The sports are coming back. Football, basketball and lacrosse are all gaining momentum to become great programs (this does of course mean that they are becoming more competitive). But its good. Probably the best
- submitted by a community member