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Buena High School5
Posted May 31, 2014
- a parent
Good school overall. History program-mostly leftist teachers who twist history-minimize the United States. Especially true of AP History. Example essay question to students applying to AP History ...Why do you think Barak Obama is one of our best Presidents? One teacher unplugs school PA system during Pledge Of Allegiance and if she has to do it, takes her hand off her heart when words "under God" are said and won't say them. Promotes you are a citizen of the world. Stickers/posters in classes highly tilted politically. Music Program lacks fairness with Director playing power games giving different levels of hardness test questions to students to favor or put down whoever he wants. Positions and awards can be based on favoritism or power games and have nothing to do with ability to play an instrument or skill level. Teacher tantrums are not unusual-have a demoralizing effect on talented students. Not doing "assigned" volunteer work can be taken out on you in other ways. AP Programs available in Math, Science, and English. Some excellent teachers (Environmental Science and Biology). Some excellent regular track Math Teachers. AP Math teachers are a mixed bag.
My husband attended Buena back in the day. My twin sons are now juniors there, and I can say I am well pleased. One of my sons has special needs and they've been addressed promptly and thoroughly. The administration is strong, the teachers are above average to superior. Everyone on the staff is eager for students to learn and go great lengths to assure that happens. This a well run, safe school.
Wonderful school, some problems but they were minimal. The environment was very relaxing and the students didn't bother anyone all that much. Some of the students were really mean but people actually stood up for you and the drama was minimal, only if you weren't looking for it. Though the restrictions on off campus lunch have become ridiculous.
Buena is the BEST school in Ventura. I attended the school for four years, having graduated last spring. The teachers there are really helpful and knowledgeable, along with all the other staff members. Everyone working on campus gives an effort to better the campus and enrich the students education.