Both of my children attended Sachem schools from first grade to 12th. Every time I entered Sachem North I was struck by how clean the campus and building is, and how on top of things the staff seemed. My kids liked their teachers, several of whom called me to tell me how much they liked my kids and to encourage them. Excellent academics, but also a good sports program and this high school is known for the excellence of its plays and musicals, as well. A very good experience.
My daughter attended Sachem from Kindergarten to graduation. Upon applying to college, she received full academic scholarships from two acclaimed universities, as well as several other acceptances and scholarships. Not one for sports, she joined the orchestra in 4th grade (when instrument-specific music programs are first offered) and played viola until 11th grade, when she realized her calling for Broadcast Journalism. She was involved in Sachem's unique FM radio program, giving her great experience in the field. She also found a passion for Environmental Science through the AP class offered in the field, as well as the Envirothon competition (which Sachem has dominated in for the region in the past few years). My daughter and her friends would attend football games to watch the school marching band or buy tickets for every night of the school play. The Sachem North football team were the Long Island champions this season. Overall, this is a great school that offers opportunities for every type of student.
Both my sons graduated from Sachem North. I have nothing but great things to say about the school. Mr. Nolan (principal) is absolutely the greatest! He is very caring and is very well liked by students, parents and staff. The APs are simply wonderful as well. They took interest in my children and always returned my calls in a timely manner. They were very concerned with proper placement and took the time to guide them into taking classes that were suitable for their abilities. The teachers were equally as caring and always encouraged my children to work to their potential. What was best is the fact that parents were always informed about the goings on in the school and no one was left in the dark. Excellent school!
Sachem East is a wonderful place to educate Special Education students. The staff and administration is very understanding and accepting of 'special behaviors' that may be deemed inappropriate or disrespectful in other school districts. Special students are easily mainstreamed into regular ed classes. The money spent on Special Education is by far more than the funds allocated in other wealthier districts. Although the campus at East may appear to be unruly. laxed, and unsafe,during the school day, it allows for special ed and disadvantaged kids to have control of how the school is operated. In fact, that the parents of special ed students havemore of a a say in behavior codes and curriculm than the parents of the students with greater advantages. Teachers have little input in what is done, and are discouraged from giving failing grades. Sachem is perfect for needy families and students with special behavior needs.