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Mesa Ridge High School5
Posted January 24, 2015
- a parent
We moved to Fort Carson from an affluent school district in Northern Virginia, my son had completed three years of French as his foreign language and the school he was assigned to attend (a district 8 school) did not offer French which caused us to search for a school close to Fort Carson that did offer French, in which we found Mesa Ridge DID offer French AND many other languages as well. My son transferred in to Mesa Ridge at a 4.1 GPA and had no problems at all with his teachers regularly challenging him to achieve greatness. The sports program at Mesa Ridge is great, the coaches of both the soccer and swim teams are encouraging and supportive. My son loved everything about Mesa Ridge High School and made wonderful friends there quickly. The kids were very welcoming and friendly to my son. Mesa Ridge had a phenomenal Foreign Language program as opposed to the other school in District 8 that only offers 2. The school is updated and very clean and the staff in the front office & guidance offices are always so willing to do anything they can to help assist in any way. I would give this smaller school 5 stars all around. This school wants your child to be a successful student.
I wasn't to excited coming to this school because of the look of the school... But the school isn't too bad. People that do attend MRHS are fair people. Some are cool, some are "fake", some don't take anything serious, like Academics. You get caught up in drama way too much. The teachers here are amazing. But my grades weren't... The sports here are good, gears are pricey, $80+ The people that do tryout a sport think they're better than half the girls/boys that do. I might attend a different school next year, because the selection of people here & my grades are falling apart... But it's a good school.
Mesa Ridge is practicing inefficient operations, that cost taxpayers, many many $$$$$$$ of dollars. The school board doesn't provide adequate oversight, an inconsistent contracting process. Internal audit system and serious security and privacy issues are off concerns!
We moved here at the end of my daughter's freshman year. Her first report card was all failing. She is a child that has struggled some, but never an all failing report card. I immediately started trying to communicate with the school and teachers about it. She took some summer classes to catch up and went on to start her sophmore yr at Mesa. Again, all failing and lots of struggle. I fought a losing battle to get some form of communication with the school. Finally, after arguing with the guidance counselor that my child would not graduate on time without some help, we decided to pull her out. She is now in her new school with awesome grades and amazing staff. The staff at Mesa was huge disappointment. I am so sorry to my child that we didn't pull her out sooner. The school as a whole seems to be a very toxic environment. Everyone is always on edge.. not just hormonal students. I am taking appropriate measures to make sure that my upcoming high schooler does not attend Mesa Ridge. It is an awful school for any student that isn't naturally an excellent student.
Im a former student at Mesa Ridge and i must say it is an amazing school. Its my first year and the teachers as well as students make your high school experience the best it can be. The sports programs are amazing as well as the academic programs. Im getting better grades and engaging in more extracurricular activities and i love it!
I am 2008 graduate of Mesa Ridge High School and I have to say that this school truly shaped me and prepared me for college. The academics were fantastic and the teachers truly cared. I never had any difficulty getting clarification or support in any subject. The music program is among the top programs in the state. The marching band is the 'pride' of the school and creates such unity between students. The Speech and Debate program is growing in number and talent. Mr. Garrett has absolutely changed the school in the most positive way. I was proud to be a Grizzly for those years, and I will always be a Grizzly.