There are some really great teachers who have made a wonderful impact on my children. Unfortunately they are over- shadowed by a horrible administration. I've had many teachers tell me that it's pretty bad for them as well.
We had a situation where an administrator lied to us, we have proof of this lie and nothing was done. We found an attorney who made several attempts to resolve the issue, the schools attorney doesn't respond to his messages either. We finally switched schools. Ultimately, This was the best choice.
The administration is a disgrace, they lie, they don't get their phone messages, repeated mistakes that you will have to make sure get corrected, they stick their heads in the sand and cover their own backsides. It's all about the principle and no one dare go against her. We finally switched schools and wish we had done it sooner. The superintendent is a very nice man but Clearly needs to retire, he seemed genuinely concerned but not enough to confront the issue. Unfortunately, the damage that they have done to our child can not be undone, but they have taught us the " not everything is fair" lesson.
Sadly, much of the criticism is still very accurate. The best improvement to SHS is the new track and football field - but guidance dept and administration remain the same. 8th graders are fleeing this system so that they don't end up here. Top colleges? Many at SHS end up at Plymouth State, UMass, Bridgewater State or other unheard of schools. Kids with 4.2 GPA's don't get into Northeastern because of SHS rankings and consideration by college admissions officers. The guidance department is a disgrace, and if you are college minded, your will have to help your child every step of the way to not only pick a school based on their goals and interests, you will have to monitor every step of the process (transcript requests go unfulfilled, things don't arrive on time, etc) With years of serious dedication and an administration overall, I hope that SHS can be a place that students want to attend again. For now, it remains no good.
The Sandwich schools offer opportunity and prepare the students for colleges like Harvard, Tufts, William and Mary, Stonehill, Keene State, UConn, Catholic University, BC, BU, Yale, etc. There's also a strong focus on the arts and community! Moving my children from private schools back to the Sandwich public schools proved to be a good decision.