I'm a former student at EHS and about to graduate from the U. I've grown up, been able to comprehend my high school experience and compare it to other places I've lived. I feel like I got an above average education. EHS caters to those who really do well in school. After school programs are solid. There is plenty support for both sports and music. Here s the problem. It's an EXTREMELY hostile environment for students of color. Not so much from the teachers (although there are teachers who seem to keep an eye out for certain students) but the school itself is very segregated. The black kids hang out with the black kids, Hmong with Hmong, etc. Obviously that is not the case for all but students aren't very receptive for those who stray from those lines, probably because there s little diversity in the school to begin with so minorities are already the outsiders. I'm a mixed student of color so I noticed it a lot more than others since I was treated like an outsider. There seemed to be negative connotations associated with the different racial groups. Those feeling transcended across the student body and racial slurs were used quite frequently.
Eagan High School is rated fairly high according the new test scores but it is just a factory with way too many students plus includes the Middle School in the same facility. If you can afford it send your child to a private school with fewer students. If you do send your child to EHS make sure you let the teachers know you care about your child and meet with them as much as possible. Home Schooling kids score better in MN and you can have your child "do" High School via computer with certified teachers free too without sending them off to this giant brick box which just is a processing plant for thousands. Frankly, they just don't care-too many kids being pumped through.(Except for the surface politeness BS for the parents.)
If you are thinking of sending your child there as "the new kid" please don't. This school is designed for either very academically high students or for star athletes. Not meant for the average joe. The students that attend this school are very cliquey. They do not want anything to do with outsiders. You will have to try very hard to make friends in this school. The principal is nice yet he makes students feel less of themselves, which is not very motivational. The school is far too big and you can easily get lost, with no one to help you. There are many extracurricular opportunities for students. The workload plus after school activities can get very stressful. If you go here prepare to have a lot of work on your hands.
Eagan High School has been led by the same administration since it opened 20+ years ago. Time for a new perspective and fresh attitudes. If you're not a superstar athlete, academic, or actor, you're out of luck. The school does not know what to do with average kids. Lots of needless pressure with teachers who don't even recognize that your child is in their class! Too big, too much stress, with outdated ideas about how to manage it all!!! Look elsewhere!!!
Eagan High School is a high school with both stellar students and underachievers. Therefore, it is my belief that it is hard to determine the school as either a great school or otherwise. However, I will confidently state that the school was very draining when it came to the way that the curriculum was structured (the short lunch period doesn't help either.) It is possible to become very successful after attending Eagan High, but I found that success to be at the cost of constant sleepless nights and amounting stress. The school wants it's students to do as much as possible to succeed, and, consequently, I noticed my peers either seemed to give up or overwork themselves. In retrospect, I was never truely happy while attending; it just wasnt right for me.
I think that Eagan is a very mediocre school with bad standards. Their productions are ok, and after school activities are mediocre as well. The offer very less honors classes, making it hard for a student to keep an honors ranking, when compared with students taking 5-6 honors classes every year. In my opinion, between Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, and Eastview, any other school would be better...
The school does not cater to everyone, often neglecting the needs of academic achievers. The coursework is not diverse and does not offer many advanced or honors classes. Many of the teachers are mediocre and the school is not socially or economically diverse. The typical student is one who takes average classes, is greatly social, and has no concern for matters outside of his or her little bubble financed by the parents. If you like to party, stay well dressed, and criticize those who favor academics, then this school is a perfect fit. However, academically gifted students looking for opportunities will probably be better suited at another school. But that's not to say that I haven't had great moments while attending the school. Some of the best teachers I have had are from this school, but those instances are much too rare to consider the school as a favorite of mine
My daughter graduated in 2009 and was recognized by colleges being a graduate of Eagan High School. It has a stellar reputation amongst some of the finest colleges. She was well prepared for college after having attended EHS. Dr. Reikowski is the heartbeat of that school and is an amazing principal and person. She has created a great staff. Great community/parent involvement, respectful student body. Fantastic school!
Through class size expansions, lackluster attention to students, and an no attention to frivolous budgetary decisions, I am embarrassed to attend a school that cannot support the interest of any student.
This school is great, the technology is up-to-date and even advanced in most areas. the educators are knowledgeable and the facility is quite well kept. even though Eagan is not known for there athletics, their Speech and Debate teams are nationally ranked, as well as the their Drumline which is also nationally acknowledged