I think that Santa FE high School is a school that has high expectations with some wonderful teachers. Though I do think that the Principal should take a closer look at what is best for the students. i.e. The small learning community. My child comes home complaining about being isolated from her friends and how many of the teachers are planning on quitting if they get stuck teaching in the S.L.C's. The elections the school has to offer is the best Santa FE and has many classes that are not available anywhere else in the state. This is truly the best school in New Mexico to send my child.
I am a parent of a daughter who attends SFHS. This is her first year as a freshman and a new transfer student to New Mexico. I am also a student myself at a local college. My daughter has been put into a class with a bunch of rowdy teens who do not want to take the class serious which in turn has affected her grades, because the teacher cannot control the class. And it appears to me the teachers love giving out tardies and making it point to discipline students who show up to school/class and are never late and who do the class work and seem to be the good students in their class.There is not enough information sent home to inform the parents of grades reports, extracurricular activities,pictures, or problems on campus. Our children are old enough to take some responsibilty, but we pay the taxes! I want to see results!
The board members care only a little for extracurricular activities. They can do better on listening to students' opinions. Students are not focused. Teachers should care more.
My Son currently attends SFHS, and I must say that this has to be one of the most incredibally lousy schools in the country ( the others probably being from here). The administration is completly unhelpful, the secretaries even more so, and this is when it isn't busy. Speaking about the administration, they will only talk to parents when there is a 'problem' with your child i.e disiplinary. The students are mostly fine, but gang activity is ever present. There isn't really any place for them to 'hang-out' when it's cold, and the cafeteria is know to run out of food before serving most. The staff really could care less about your child unless your child shows he/she truly wants to learn ( and how many children actually show do show that kind of emotion?).
Both my daughters went there and one did well and one did not. A child at Santa Fe High School must want to learn, because the school personnel could care less whether a child is not doing well or not. The counselors do not help the students plan for their future, they don't even help with the college process. (The administraters set rules that have nothing to do with the learning process. (They also love to make tardy policy, but they don't mind pulling kids out of class for suspension and assemblies).
I am a senior at Santa Fe High this year. The education can be either good or horrible, depending on how you apply yourself. If you choose to slack off ( which is very contagious) you can expect to fail. There are very few teachers who listen to, and teach their students thouroghly. Luckily I have two fantastic teachers that I can count on!If I could start all over, I would definitely work harder the second time around. My advice for students is to work to your fullest ability, and you will go far!!
I am a current student at Santa Fe High and I feel that the quality of education depends on the classes that you choose to take. I have found now as a junior that the quality of teachers improve as the difficulty of the class increases. Stick to honors and ap classes and preperation for college will be just as good as anywhere else.
Although I am not a parent, I am a 2000 graduate of Santa Fe High School. SFHS's only goal is to get students through school, not to prepare them for college or life after high school. When I went onto college, I was told that its very rare for a SFHS graduate to enter into freshman english, they usually need a pre-freshman english class or two. If I was a parent, I would seriously think twice before sending my child to school at SFHS. The only good thing about SFHS was the principal we had for a year to a year and a half. He would personally interact with the students at lunch and give us daily morning announcements. None of the principals that I had after and before him never put that kind of energy into it.
I'm not exactly a parent; I am actually a graduate from the 2000 class. I now attend a four year private university in California, called the University of the Pacific. In high school I took all honors classes and graduated with a 3.225 GPA, and my parents were very involved in my education. Since I have been in college I have found myself to be unprepared academically, and na ve to even the simplest things like the how our government operates. I would advise all parents to become involved in their children s education, not only at home but also in the criteria that they are being taught.
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