July 05, 2013
The primary problem with North Fremont, as evidenced by many of these reviews, is its blindness to its own flaws. On numerous occasions as a student, I offered constructive, reasonable criticism of various elements of the school environment, and every time I was treated as if I were a spoiled brat who didn't realize what a "gem" of a school I was lucky enough to be attending. The main problem, in my opinion, is that the administration's assumption that most kids are naturally "bad". While I was there, for example, only three minutes were allowed between each class because, according to the assistant principal, if students had 5 minutes to get between classes, they would use the time to get in trouble. Thus, a trip to the bathroom or your locker without careful planning and speed would result in tardiness. Overall, the school is fine. To be a "gem" of a school, though, I believe the school must change its focus from "keeping kids in line" to encouraging real and varied intellectual pursuits. This would not take additional funds or teachers, simply a more trusting environment where students were not simply divided into the "good kids" and the "potential troublemakers".
- submitted by a community member