I am a special education assistant for many schools in the Los Angeles School District however I have graduated from the Santa Monica-Malibu School District as a student having gone to some of the finest schools in the Santa Monica area. I grew up there which was a plus as well and having Santa Monica High School also known as Samohi being my high school...amazing....If i I lived there I would send my kid to school there unfortunate I don't live there. I am honored to have been there for high school and still carry the school pride with me yeah go vikings...At this school you know everyone and everyone knows you basically because its only one high school to one city versus in the valley area you have a few in one city for high school
Administration turns a blind eye to increasing influx of kids whose parents want them to escape from LA Unified. No serious checking on where these kids really live. Paying sky high taxes to fund LA kids is something even liberal parents take issue with.
What it is: A HUGE public school with caring, competent educators and a plethora opportunity. The best instrumental music in the state, along with fierce athletics and a massive club culture makes this school unique- one of the most egalitarian schools in the state with a total absence of a singular "popular crowd" or a jock culture. What its NOT: A small private school where everyone know everyone, and they gather round the fire to sing kumbaya on weekends and everyone can be part of every activity. This is a school that demands competence and resolve from people in what they do. This means that not everyone gets to be an athlete, even on the freshman or junior varsity level. Not everyone gets to play in the top 3 bands, or sing in the top choirs, or play in the top orchestras. Competency is a mandate, and people who don't cut it get weeded out. This goes for academics as well, people don't usually peruse AP's across academic disciplines. This is because these classes hold students to the highest standards: a student in AP English generally will not also take AP Bio. This is not a school for the type of people who will "fall through the cracks." It is world class education.
This school is AWFUL and so is Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District. Their biggest problems are racism, discrimination against the disabled and the poor attitude of District and school site staff. You also need to beware of Buffy-the-wallet-slayer! They are always begging for money. If they have any of your information, it will definitely be used to beg, beg, beg you for money. When it comes to something that you really need to know, no one will be able to find your information. Do yourself and your kid a favor, skip this school and go to New Roads or better yet, homeschool your kid!
Between Oct 3rd and Oct 25th, 2010 there were TWENTY THREE reviews of this school - all of them extremely favorable. The busiest days for reviews were Oct 19th with SEVEN reviews, and Oct 18th with ELEVEN reviews - in a row... all glowing! I haven't seen anything like this in my school searches before. Is BALLOT-STUFFING the reviews common???
SAMO Hi is truly a great school! They are concerned about the student 100%. It's great to be able to have my child attend SAMO Hi!
It is diverse and It has something for everyone. Academics, Sports, Music and a community that cares.
Excellent music, arts, academic, diverse and community-based school.
Consistently in the top 200 US public schools in the nation. Nationally renowned music, choir, art programs. Exceptional curriculum and teaching staff.
Great adminstration, great structure, great academics, great campus, great kids!
Samohi has great spirit, great diversity, and great programs. There is something for everyone, and every student can find a sense of belonging by associating with a program, a club, or a sport that interests him or her.
Samohi has always offered so much to it's student. Since I can remember when I attended in the early 80's. From Arts to sports, clubs tutors, etc. We are now in the midst of so many cuts that all of these programs are in jeopardy.
I love that we have the houses, because the kids have a staff that will know who they are for the next four years.
I am a grandparent of one current student and two recent graduates of Samo High. I know many students who are grads. They are attending great colleges, and have all the educational advantages of any private school I've heard of. It is a school and an educational system to be proud of.
Great teachers, good class offerings, diverse population, lots of clubs
Samohi is a fantastic school that has so much to offer: diversity, high academics, lots of class offerings including many APs, performing arts, a true sense of community... and so much more!
A successful large public high school in the state of California is a rare thing to find. We graduate 97% of our students in this diverse community of 3000.
SaMiHi is a very large School, with more than 3,000+ kids -as large as a college, yet the school is trying - and succeeding - in giving personal attention to every student.
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