I thoroughly enjoyed my four years at Skyview. I was one of a few students who was involved in AP classes, drama, band, and sports. While I understand the argument that sports get most of the money, I think it's a false perception. The funding for the sports is mostly earned through admissions to their events and concessions. Band and drama need to charge and have concessions if they want that kind of funding. Academically, I felt that the teachers did the best they could with the resources they had. It's unfortunate that there aren't more opportunities, but even if there were students and parents would complain. I had great experiences with most of my teachers and staff. There were no clique or bullying problems when I was in school there. I think the A/B days and different lunch schedules really help with that. I wouldn't hesitate to have my kids go to Skyview.
The school administration needs to do a better job preventing bullying and creating a more nurturing and challenging environment for students. This school seems to fall right in line with the overarching problems that face the entire NSD district. If you are thinking of moving to Nampa and have children be warned.
I'm a student that atttended all 3 years at East Valley Middle School in Nampa and was set up and very involved in Columbia's programs (both athletic and academic) and had developed a great relationship with all of my "future coaches" there. When my 8th grade year came around, I had qualified to take two classes at Columbia High School and had one of the worst school experiences that drug out the entire year. It became very evident that there was much more drug dealing present at Columbia than other high schools I knew much about. Starting on the first day, it became apparent that it was very much a preppy school with horrible teacher's who's only goal seemed to be to hand out a lesson and make it through the day to keep the students busy. Also, after years of continous failure in their football and basketball programs, the athletic director still refuses to replace the coaching staff. Unfortunately, the lack of coaching drags down all the way to the Middle School level where we had amazing potential and still didnt manage to win a single game in football or basketball all 3 years. When I finally began to realize this, I transfered to Skyview and have had the best experience.
I believe Skyview High School in Nampa Idaho, out of the three high school's in Nampa, it is one of the best. I know lots of people impressed with this school, such as students, parents, and teachers. I reccomend this school for students.
this school is great and has a helping staff ready to work with your children
One of the best school in the state. Great teachers and amazing sports.
Our youngest son is thriving at Skyview. We observe a high level of professionalism, and there is good communication. The power school website is great for following academic progress. The longer class periods allow students to complete most of their 'homework' in class. The only drawback to this is that unless students take a lot of difficult AP classes, they won't be prepared for the amount of independent studying required when they get to college, especially if they choose a difficult science or math major. As parents of university students, our advice to our youngest son is to take as many AP classes as possible. We appreciate that Skyview offers plenty of choices.
I'm a 2007 graduate who went to Skyview for three years. While the school does offer a rather impressive array of classes I found that many of the teachers weren't -aloud- to run them as they should be. Administration put far to many rules on the teachers that completely made them helpless when it came to their students. Not only that, but Administration seemed far more worried about trivial things going on in other schools rather than focusing on their own. Also, the Academy system is one of the worst systems. All it does is limits a student's potential by severely narrowing the class options. The best thing to do is avoid getting stuck (yes, -stuck- they make it horribly difficult to change or get out of them) in the Academies. Also, taking AP courses is the best bet. The professionals that teach the AP courses are the best.
I have had several children go through Skyview & have seen the school evolve over the last 5 years. The 1 thing that has not changed is the over funding of athletics & less funding for the academics & arts. Until we as parents make a big deal out of that, it will not change. The teachers that i have spoken with in the building feel the same, but have their hands tied as employees. We as parents in this community need to make the choice on what to support. I choose academics & the arts. What about you?
I graduated in 2007, my personal experience at Skyview definitely had its ups and downs. In my opinion Skyview only has a handful of teachers that are willing to teach and challenge us. Yes the others do their job, but they let us slack off. If you get in to the higher AP and CP Classes, you usually get the good teachers. If you re looking for a place with a lot of social aspects, Skyview should be your first choice. I do wish that I got better preparation skills for going to college. Especially, my lovely procrastination skills that I learned, Now yes I do understand that it is partly the person, but when you re not challenged enough, or you feel like you re being dumb down one will start to slack off. If you want your children to be challenged move to Caldwell and have them attend Vallivue High School.
as an overall experience, the standards at skyview high are very low. there isn't enough challenge for students. there is very little community involvement.
this is absolutly the best school ever people, teachers, staff....everything is just awesome
We are just starting our sons freshman year... and so far... not impressed! No interaction with the new parents.. from day one! If i need to find out about my son and his classes. i would not know where to start. But this will change!! I will get involved. My son will not be a jock that connot read a 5th Grade book as a Senior because he could play football.
Skyview is not the greatest school, but it is the lesser of two evils. It's true that athletics gets a lot of attetion, but the students enjoy that. What doesn't get enough attention is the school rules. Not very many students here really care about the school dress code or attendance policy. The administrators say they are going to crack down on it every year, but so far I haven't seen anything strictly enfourced. The greatest thing about Skyview is definately the teachers. -Vanessa Glover
I am a current student at Skyview High School. Let me just say that it isn't the greatest school out there, but it is the best one in Nampa. Yes, football gets all of the attention, and Jocks rule the school program, overall it is satisfactory. There are only about a handful of teachers and 2 counsolers that are really good. The others are just not as great.
Im a current student at Skyveiw and i hav liked the spirit toward their sports, this school shows that it has lotz of heart for it! Even tho band gets cutt out of funds.
Of the four years that I went to Skyview I also saw most of the money poured into sports. When band and choir were using pre used uniforms and robes, football always had brand new uniforms. Its been five years from my graduation and I think they just recieved new uniforms and only because the parents and students raised the money for them. As far as the teachers go, all the teachers I had were great. Considering my father works there, I know for a fact that they are NOT IN IT FOR THE MONEY, nor for the three month vacation. Also for those of you who think they don't care for your future.... you must have had your head in the clouds for four years. I haven't met a teacher yet who isin't in it for the kids.
Athletics definitely receives much of the funding, far more than the music programs. Education is totally lacking, and most teachers and faculty don't care about the students. When you find an exception, however, they are very noteworthy--there are three SHS teachers I make a point to stay in contact with after graduating 2 years ago, and will remain in contact with for years to come. I took advantage of AP classes to challenge myself, and took some courses at Nampa High, so I received the best that both schools had to offer, and none of the worst. This made my HS experience better than most students.
I am a student of Skyview. I refuse to put the school on a rating system because I do not know of other schools. I can say that much of the money is spent in athletics. 'Education' does not seem to be of too serious a subject for many of the teachers, however, there are many good teachers who would have the student body exceed if it were not the poor focus on education in the town of Nampa. I shun the town rather than the school. I attempt to grasp the many oppurtunities this school provides in hope of escaping to higher standards. I do not know how to compare the school, really. I suppose there are worse schools around, at least this one is growing in it's attempts to provide support for an education after high school.
I currently go to skyview and i enjoy it for the most part. the social aspect of skyview is great but the school part it sad, the teachers dont care enough about the students, they are just there for the money. All skyview is really about is the sports.
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