I believe that this school has come a long way. The nice thing about Desmet is that the student to teacher ratio is very low, so there is a lot of one on one which helps a lot of kids tremendously. As far as extracurricular activities, they have flag football, track, basketball, and volleyball. The coaches that deal with these students on a regular basis are also their teachers, and they truly care about the students. I have dealt with this school for 8 years now and would not want my kids to go anywhere else. The principal has brought a lot to Desmet and gotten them a lot more better things that they never had the opportunity to receive before. The sad reality is that with the new housing districts coming in, the school is going to become overcrowded and will need to expand. Go Padres!
The administration is hard to communicate with and does not seem to value the few parents who actually care. The quality of academic programs is steadily improving. The music program was great; we will see what the new teacher brings to the table this year. Art program could use some work. Sports program is improving, but still needs lots of work (there will be a new PE teacher this year). Extracurricular activities do not exist. The level of parent involvement is very poor. The student population is challenging with many of the children (about 80 %)facing sad and scary situations at home. There is a bad bullying problem! The lunch program is terrible and not nutritous. There will be a new lunch lady, so that brings some hope. The counselors are AWESOME and very helpful. The school has potential. High turnover rate for teachers, which is hard on students.
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