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.
Terrible administration. Over paid egos that clearly need to read their own handbook. Bullying? Yes by the admin. Completely unprofessional behavior, again by the admin. It's no wonder the population decreases so much every year. Taking $ yet not completing tasks, it's the same as it was in the 70's. It's no wonder students are fleeing. Time for new blood at SHS! But please take the new AD with you, we don't need anymore ego here!
As of 2014 - the building is falling apart. The grounds are an eye sore. The principal and vice principals are horrible people and difficult to deal with. Guidance counselors need to be watched as my husband and assist out kids in class selection ever year - and every year it's not entered correctly. Lazy mistakes !!! The bright spot is the teachers. They have been very supportive and helpful. 64 out of 246 8th grade students opted NOT to attend SHS this year.
Sandwich High School has been a great experience for my daughter. The principal has been very supportive and immediately addressed any concerns that I have had regarding my daughter. The coursework is rigorous and my daughter is involved in lots of activities at the school. They score above the state average in MCAS and are in the top 100 high schools in the country. We are pleased that our daughter is attending Sandwich High School and is having a great experience both academically and socially.
The school has been outstanding. The advanced placement classes really challenge my son. He has never worked so hard. I like the small class sizes for the most part. Teacher communication has been fair, but we haven't had any problems. The facilities are good and I like the new. STEM Program being implemented for the 7th & 8th grades.
I currently have three children in the Sandwich public schools and one who recently graduated. I am very happy with the quality of their education and the wide range of extra curricular opportunities that were offered to them. My kids all loved their elementary teachers at Forestdale every year. And the high school definitely prepared my child for college. Sandwich has a top notch public school system. I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Words can't describe how elated I am that my youngest son got into Sturgis Charter School and will no longer have to attend this less than average school. Thankfully, my oldest son is a senior and we will only have to deal with this school system for one more year. There's a reason why 34% of the towns 8th grade class applied at Sturgis. This school system has been in constant decline for many years, what a shame.
There is good reason why Sandwich High is one of the top-rated schools in the country. There is now a new superintendent (and a wonderful new track). Earlier comments regarding these needs can be disregarded. Sandwich High is a great place for learning in a great, caring community.