Just did a search because I was curious and saw the negative reviews. Feeling better because I have had a tough time at San Marcos. Everyone here feels like a number and the teachers and aps are always angry and not interested. School is more interested in bumping up the api score than actualy teaching us anything - and i am in the honors/ap program. Wish I went to LCC or even Mission (and that says something).
Very few are worthy of any kudos. They are quick to inform parents of how they are overworked and the classes overcrowded. This is like an inner-city environment ... high pressure with few resources ... and everyone is very vocal about it.
Highly inconsistent attitudes ... the teachers and staff are given a lot more credit than students who perform based upon personal merit and/or integrity. They could definitely benefit from more assemblies to push this area of developing total students.
SMHS encourages anything that avoids open discussion, honesty and integrity. The administrative staff is often bullying and quite rude. We haven't had any personal confrontations, but the stories are endless - and from highly credible sources. I will say that even if you have an honor student, there are no points for personal credibility in any situation.
Explore other area schools before signing on the dotted line for this one. Our family moved into the district, because we'd heard great things ... but that appears to be more hype than reality. The classes are overcrowded, and the majority of the teachers simply cannot handle the numbers. Curriculum is sub-par by area standards, and there is no desire to push the envelope. Very few graduates attend schools one would consider superior ... and counselors certainly do not guide students toward appropriate goals. When 4.0+ students are stretching to attend Long Beach State, there's a problem. Awful. Terrible. Consider another town, go private if you can finance it, or take a tour of High Tech High. Sports? Great, but not a reason to attend a school as few athletes pursue sports (or are granted scholarships) beyond high school.
I hear a lot of talk about our amazing new campus. It's true; we have an incredible new campus equipped with all of the latest technology. However, with a large campus comes lots of students - 3,000 to be more precise. This school is super over-crowded and I do not recommend t to anyone who has issues being around large crowds. The staff of San Marcos High is not very friendly. The supervisors have harassed friends of mine and so have office administrators. However, most students absolutely adore the counseling staff and they are all very helpful. The classes are top-notch but they're very challenging, which can be good for getting into college but many students struggle with them. If you choose to go to SMHS, you will cry more often than you bargained for, but in the end, it's not a terrible experience. I personally have not enjoyed my 2 years at SMHS and I do not plan on attending next year, but I'd recommend looking into this school and its programs before deciding to attend because it is definitely the right school for some.
I can go on about this school, but i won't! Let just say you are better of sending your kids to a charter school! Specially if your kids are mexican! I'm not going to get into details about this, lets just say some teachers are perverts! The assistant pricipal MR. Zeith thinks his the owner if your child! He will BELITTLE YOUR KIDS AND HUMILIATE THEM IN FRONT OF THEIR PEERS! His so out of control with his attitude that the staff will ask him if everything is ok? He needs to learn his place! Don't raise your voice at my child!!