This is a fairly new school. They are working out kinks and adjusting where concerns are made. My son had attended this school for 3 years, 9-11, and will continue his senior year here. He has found great mentors in teachers, coaches, and admin. Mr. Gross is a beloved principle who listens to the students and respects their opinions. It has been a great experience and we love it.
I have a son who has been bullied since 3rd grade. Now he is standing up and defending himself, only to now get into trouble for doing so. So, he can't win.. gets bullied and not supposed to do anything about it. he goes to teachers and councilors and still nothing... not a good program at all.
First of all, they took in 600 freshmen this year, through the choice in. This school cannot handle the volume. There are 80 kids in some classes, which are held in the common area's where there are too many distractions and the kids behavior is terrible and goes unchecked. The only thing the principle is concerned about here is the money he is getting, not the education of the students who are impacted. My son is in one of these classes and he is failing because he can't concentrate and can't get instruction due to the unruly behavior of the other kids. It is very clear that there are favorites by all staff, as some kids can do things and others can't. My children have been misplaced in classes that do not equal their skill level, nothing like setting kids up for failure. sports are a joke, again, if they like you, you play, if they don't, you don't, really has nothing to do with skill. My children will not be coming back next year.
This principal is clearly in the right line of work! He is enthusiastic about his job and deeply cares for the students. Also the guidance counselors are wonderful! Can't say enough great things about this wonderful school with a warm and caring staff.
Vista Ridge is the best high school in D49, however it is the best of the worst. The principal lacks leadership skills and common sense...has a view that kids should focus on what they can do well, and not be pushed at what they can't do. Frankly, I want my child to learn what he doesn't know well! Only a handful of teachers are great. The school policeman is pompous and is not kid friendly. He spends his time looking to handout as many traffic tickets as he can to parents on the street in front of the school. The school curriculum is horrible and doesn't come close to the many class choices other districts offer. The dance team coach did not care about her team last year and abruptly quit on the team before the last few games of the year, and the athletic director doesn't care about the dance team...and so, dance tryouts were held at the end of last year (for this year's team) by students and a parent, without the athletic director knowing. The parent/judge then brought her daughter in the last day of tryouts and she still made the team unfairly. It was brought to the attention of the athletic director and he let the team stay intact instead of making all the girls fairly tryout with a new staffed dance coach...many parents are upset. The counseling staff does not care about the kids or their schedules, and I could not get one of them to call me back until I threatened to call the administration building. This school is a waste of my tax dollars and is disappointing. I have moved my child to District 20 which also doesn't have nearly the fees that D49 has.