My child was an AP/IB student at Rancho and received full academic scholarship to a UC & graduated with 2 B.S. degrees, Magna Cum Laude; was pursued by Yale, Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Cal Tech to continue education with Ph.D. in chemistry, again on full fellowship. The teachers in the science department and all the AP/IB teachers were excellent and encouraging. The school, like all California schools, is overcrowded, parents were not encouraged to participate, and the counselors & principal were noncommunicative & not helpful. However, the school was safe, and the teachers are of excellent calibre & very student involved.
RBV is beyond a doubt the best- a variety of classes, great teachers, enrichment programs and enthusiastic students. Sure the school is overcrowded, but you work with what you have, and it has far fewer problems with drugs and gangs than its counterpart. It also has an 8 of 10 in school ratings which is high for California.
Where to begin, The school was too overcrowded, it had twice as many kids as the school was built and designed for. The counselors were never available we were only able to contact her assistant. There is no follow up available for parents, i.e., mygradebook or Aeires. The parent involvement is minimal at best. My son went to RBV his freshman year and security on campus was minimal. We would not recommend anyone to go there.
It's a great school! Peacefull and ecxiting! Good leadership, great classes. Best in Vista!
Rancho is a great school! In spite of its large size, Rancho involves all of its students in a myriad of academic programs at all levels, extracurricular activities and sports. No doubt a lower enrollment would benefit all, teachers, staff and students, but as large it is now, Rancho has excelled in many areas. Most important, students feel that their teachers care, and that is quite an achievement for such a huge school. The IB/AP Program is outstanding. Students participating in it are guided by excellent teachers throughout. Congratulations to Rancho for being the Academic Decathlon winner for 2006!
Drastically overcrowded, large classes, long lines, overburdened counselors, limited space and resources. Teachers are generally good--many excellent--but morale has suffered, due to overcrowding, shortage of supplies and resources, and pay and district administration issues. The new superintendent may help. Social science and math departments are strong. Science is good. English and languages (Spanish, German, French) are underemphasized and it shows. Library is ridiculously underfunded. Arts range from mediocre to okay (except no orchestra) to good/excellent art and drama (both offer higher level IB courses). Physical and Health Education are inadequate. Vocational education (ROP) is separately funded, generally good, and, in some cases, excellent(graphic design, stage design). Athletics is average for area. Little attempt to involve parents in academics; more for extracurriculars, mainly fund-raising and transportation. RBV is an International Baccalaureate World School. 25-30 seniors attempt full diploma; most are successful. 2006 state champion academic team.
RBV has one of the best academic programs in North County with the IP/AP/honors program. It has great theater and music departments, as well as great sports teams. I went to three different high schools, and this was the one with the most school spirit and the least cliques.
Rancho provides a wealth of Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. Excelent teachers in honors and IB offer guidance and support to all students as they pursue the often overwhelming college track.
This school is wonderful and the staff and teachers really care about the students - always looking to expand the class offerings available to students. The make progress every year in the stuff that matters to the rest of the world (API scores), and the stuff that matters to us.
I think Rancho is a great school. My son is in the IB program and I couldn't be happier with the courses available. I think there is excellent communication with parents. My only criticism is there are far too many students per counselor, but that is because of lack of state funding, not RBV's fault. I highly recommend RBV.
We have two daughters that attend school there. I an impressed with the level of communication that we have with the teachers and the school in general. After school and lunchtime tutoring in every subject is available daily. They encourage parent involvement from day one. One of my daughters plays the guitar so she has taken some of the music classes and really likes them alot. There are a multitude of clubs and activities for the students to participate in throughout the year.
this is an great school for everyone ethnicity and the staff and faculty is wonderful.
Rancho Buena Vista High School is an excellent school that has progessed over the years since it has been built. It is a very prestigious IB school and has exceptional extracurricular programs. The school is very culturally diverse and has a lot to offer.
Counselors have huge student lists. Rarely seeing each student unless a problem arises. And then, it's a problem too late. Vocational counseling is excellent but college candidates need encouragement too. Good students need counseling. Not all students have older siblings sharing the college experience. Students in the college curriculumn should have activities where previous H.S. students come in to talk about the enjoyment of college life. Many kids are still hesitant to venture beyond their home. They miss the importance of living away from home, beyond the psychological umbilical cord still attached to their parents. They need to confident to explore new subjects and take part in college campus activities. RBV leaves encouragement to the family and doesn't emphasize choosing college in any substantive way. My daughter is an honor student, but unfortunately has chosen to stay local and go to a community college.
Excellent school. Teachers and administration seem to work well together. Good ESL program. Something for every student.
I am a former student of Rancho Buena Vista, most of the teachers dont really care, and the students care even less. Not the best learning envorinment, yet, far better than some. If the students are really willing to learn, then they have most of the opportunities that they need, in most cases. Unfortunatly, most of Ranchos students just dont care. And some of the teachers are starting to give up.
The school has great parent teacher communication. Rancho Buena Vista has many resources that are at our childrens finger tips! Great school. Should add more pictures to school website i.e. construction progress, team pictures etc also more game stats and cheerleading info! Thanks!
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