I'm a former student at Sierra High School and I must say that this school is very underrated. Freshman year, I felt very welcome. The teachers and staff were the best and taught me everything I needed to know in ways I could understand. The student body government is amazing as well as after school clubs and sports. It's very diverse which is one of the reasons why I love it here. Recently though, since this school year started, Sierra has had major problems. The new principal, new curriculums, and the release of many of my favorite staff members has made it difficult to go through with high school. Now, everything seems to be falling apart to the point where this school won't be as great as it used to be. The new teachers , our work ethics, and our sports teams aren't as great anymore. I've thought about moving schools but I just can't even if it's best for me. The school spirit that all students have in this school and the way we stand united just makes it harder to leave. I know I'll never find a school like this. Sierra is overall an amazing school. However, since the changes, I'm not so sure this will be the best four years of my life.
I graduated from Sierra in 2006, and those were the best 4 years of my life. The student body is diverse and very accepting of new, "different" peers. Although there were some students who were immature and belligerent, most of the ones I came across were warm and welcoming. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for some of the teachers. Some just did not care about their students- even going as far as to "pretend" to teach us material from the book whenever the security guard would walk by. I was also enrolled in the newspaper class, and our teacher at the time was amazing! He was always available, was more than willing to listen to us, and took the time to talk to us about what we needed out of the class. Overall, I cherished the experience. I started my high school career in a new school and in a new state. And the teachers, staff, and students were all very welcoming.
I'm a former student C/O 09!!! And as I read these reviews below me honestly, it upsets me. The school has its flaws, but don't all? As far as the diversity goes, when I went there we had a student from literally all nationalities and all races. The academic have improved since my freshmen year and they help build you up for the real world, I now am a sophomore at Arizona State and Sierra helped get me to where I am. Some of what people are saying is true, but most of it holds no water. Sierra has great sports, superb education, and great staff! Every year we have multiple teams making playoff in all sort of sports, we even won state two years in a row in boy s basketball, and had a 9 time state champion in track graduate from here. As for education, my class (C/O 09) had 80% of us go on to some sort college programs across the country. We had two students get accepted in to the Air force Academy, and C/O 10 had a student also get in to the Air Force Academy and one go to West Point, not that many schools can say they had students get accepted there! As for the staff they're excellent they want nothing more than for us to succeed in life and will bend over backwards to do it!!
Sierra High School is one of the most underated high schools in Colorado. The people of Colorado Springs refuse to give any appreciation or credit to producing the next generation of athletes, teachers, or any other leaders because Sierra is widely diverse, I should know I'm a Stallion, class of 2014 baby! What most of these people say isn't true, the school isn't 75% minorities. There are no minorities, the academics are challenging for anyone in any grade, and Sierra used to be a bad school, the senior classes of 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 really cleaned the place up, granted there are a few a bad seeds there but they are weeded out, and Sierra pushes toward academic excellence by involving everybody, the students and the parents. Why not give the Stallions a chance, just because it's in a bad part of town doesn't mean its that bad a school. Why not look at Harrison, I went to school with some of their 2014 students, and they are worse. Forget all those D-11 and D-20 schools they're rich and snobby. Give the Stallions a chance, they might change your mind
Sierra is a school in the middle of alot of poverty, middle class and lower incomes. They are a very diverse school that gives teenagers the best they can, preparing them for the world thru academics and sports. They have to complete a portfolio to graduate, and amongst what they have to do to complete this is to volunteer. Great people come out of this school. I know, one is my son :-)
I am a former student and completely regret my 2 years at this school. From the diversity standpoint, 75% of the school was minorities. I may have gone to this school, but I know that 75% is the majority! When there are programs and the like for 'minorities,' it leaves me excluded and that's not right. Academically, there was no challenge at all. The school lowered their standards to where nearly half the school was on the Honor Roll every quarter - some of these kids were failing classes! As for the teachers, save for only two, they couldn't care less about me and my academic advancement. Most often I was excluded from group activities because I was 'an unfair advantage.' That's discrimination! I'd give this school a negative rating if I could!
I am a substitute teacher for Sierra H.S. and, in truth, I wouldn't wish the treatment I received from the students and administration on my worst enemy. The students are proud of their belligerence and disrespect to guests in the classroom and the disciplinarians do not do much to ensure teacher safety. The school needs to get their act together and find competent, reliable mentors and programs so that they can take care of these obvious cries for help.
my son and daughter dislike this school alot! The location, staff, fellow students, and academic challenges are the problems I hear! It seems like the top complaints I hear from my kids and friends is the principal and his friendship with several students! They say 50% of this school is ingored by the staff!
I think Sierra H.S is a great school, it has a lot of diversity and is improving as years pass. They have great teachers and administrators who truly care about teaching and helping their students succeed.
I am a former student and had a rough time as a student socially and the school staff at many times was slow to assist or respond to my needs. Academically, the classes were average and could have been more challenging. Sierra has a bad reputation and it may be somewhat based on truth as far as the work environment and learning enviornment
I am a former student of Sierra High School, and I must say that this high school did little to nothing to help prepare me for further education, or to attack the job market post graduation. I sincerely lament the time I spent there, and while a small few teachers there honestly wanted to help the students, the vast majority gave me the impression they were there to collect a check and nothing more. I remember teachers showing up late to class, being disconnected, standoffish and overall just acting outright as if they had better things to do.
I think Sierra H.S. is improving year to year, and I believe the diversity of the student body and faculty adds a lot to the learning experience
Overall i think that Sierra High School is a good school. The way the school is run is great! i wish i never left the school. The faculty and staff are awsome and the courses offered weren't to bad.
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