I have 2 students that are recieving an excellent education as well as an experience.
I keep reading about how Sparta students don't get into good schools, but I'm a Duke grad. Of my friends who I graduated with, we have Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth, Harvard, UVA, and Stanford represented. I'm not sure what they're talking about when they say "You'll be lucky to get into Community College."
This school is average. There are highs and lows. Many teachers will support you if you want. If you're lazy, they will not hesitate to let you fall behind. I attend MIT now, and a few of my graduating class also attend Ivy league schools. While I wasn't accepted to MIT due to my being at Sparta high, being in college now, I value what i did learn here. My education here was very good, because my parents decided to make it so. You can go far from being a Sparta graduate, but not without outside help. All in all, Sparta is a good platform to jump off of or fall from, but it really depends on your legs to see how far you land and how well you stand.
I attended Sparta High School and am proud that I went there. The teachers and coaching staff were excellent overall. I participated in cross-country and track. Ms. Lockhart was a fabulous, patient algebra instructor. I felt a part of the school community. GO SPARTA!
Our daughter graduated from Sparta & had a wonderful experience; many great opportunities; She went on to a good university where she excelled thanks to the good education she had received a Sparta!
Sparta High School Doesn't make the grade. Test scores don't lie. The most recent state testing indicates that Sparta High is ranked #42 in the "I" school district out of a total of 48 schools. This places Sparta High near the very bottom of their district. Yes, the school has been remodeled and they are trying their annual curriculum change. However, this has been done almost every year and the results continue to disappoint. Things will not change until they get rid of the Superintendent and his supporters on the BOE that have driven this once proud "Blue Ribbon" school district into the ground. High taxes and poor school performance all add up to a bad school choice. Private school in Sparta is a must if you want your kids to get a good education!
We moved here from a state in which we thought that the public school system was less than adequate. We had read and heard from our realtor that Sparta High School was in the top tier of the state. What a huge shock to find that not only was this school below expectations, but our "less than average' school system from another state was far superior in terms of SAT scores and overall education scores. Our children expressed out of control classrooms, teachers who teach in a politically liberal if not accurate sense, and a staff that leads out of fear of parental retribution. The students who graduate from SHS are not attending Ivy League schools. In fact, many are happy to get into community college. The students run this school, and the leadership allows it. If you are reading this and considering moving to Sparta for the school system...make sure that you have enough built into your budget for private schools. You'll find it you are going to need it!
I am disappointed by the Sparta BOE. I moved here speciifcally for the educational system 8 years ago. I have been going to nearly all the BOE meetings and sadly see all the wasteful spending that they do. At a $64 Mill. budget they just keep spending. They make careless decisions and keep all the focus on the high schoolers and not on the younger elementary kids. The educational system is trending downward; they need to get new leadership from the BOE and the super.
Sparta just passed the largest referendum in the state showing the communities commitment to keeping the schools great in Sparta. They consistently pass budgets and have an Education Foundation that is active is raising the funds needed to keep excellance in the schools.
The music programs haven't enough funding, the building is falling apart and the new addition won't be finished for years (putting students in trailers for classes), sports are overemphasized, teachers are unsympathetic and uncaring. Honors and AP classes are mostly a joke and consist of an arbitrary unduly long application and testing process for acceptance, extremely small classes, and the same studies as the regular programs but with more homework. I would not at all recommend this school.
Academics not important at SHS: athletics matter infinitely more. Best department is music; music teachers very best in school. Superintendent is horrible. Very few students allowed into AP and honors classes. Most students have little or no homework. Teachers hand out mimeographed papers (copious) with illegible handwriting. Suggestion - if you want your kids to get a good education, bypass Sparta High.
I'm not a parent but a graduate of the Sparta school system. I've recently graduated from college with high honors and am working in my desired field, well ahead of many of my piers. SHS served as a superb starting point for a successful future. I had the privilege of learning from some of the best teachers (some better than many of my college professors) I've ever known. I took mostly AP/Honors classes throughout my HS career and learned a great deal. An earlier review said that the selection process for these classes is arbitrary, but I assure you that's not the case. As long as you took the time to apply and proved that you belonged there, you can join these classes. The same review also said: 'If your plans include a top college, then forget it,' but all of my friends went on to prestigious institutions, including Harvard.
I think it is a great school. I feel my children and their friends have learnt a lot and have contributed equally back to the school and community. Sparta has seen growth in population in the past few years. With growth comes new problems - housing, schools and safety. Sparta has handled these problems quite well.
While the school is a bit overcrowded and the facilities are a tad dated, the quality of education is second to none. The teachers are top notch, the sports teams are successful and the arts programs are diversified and well run.
Academic excellence is not a priority at Sparta High School. A large number of the experienced teacher have retired or moved to other schools. Teachers don't want too many honor or AP students and the school administrators have devised an arbitrary formula to reject potentially eligible candidates. The school is overcrowded and there is a neverending battle between the Superintendent and the Township about building a new high school. The sentiment in the township is against it. Many people believe that there is room in the present school for expansion at a much lower cost. If you are interested in football, soccer, or baseball or don't have much academic expectations for your kid, then Sparta High is not a bad choice. If your plans include a top college, then forget it.
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