January 28, 2004
Sure, I agree with the comment below that students are in school to learn, but at the same there's a total lack of socialization here. Ever since the district reconfigured, very much against my wishes, the high school has grown to be large and monstrous (2,200 students). In this school, it seems as if the 'jock' types who strut around in their Saratoga Blue Streaks sports jackets are the only ones who receive any attention. Everybody else is pretty much ignored. Because of this, a relatively small, but highly noticeable sub-culture of goth/punker types has formed at the high school. Otherwise, if you're an artsy type, a prep, or an intellectual, (or any combination of these) you probably won't fit in too well here. Because the school is enormous, don't be surprised if you have eight minute walks between classes, and you may never get to use your locker, as well as there being two or three week intervals from when you may see acquaintances. Besides this, the administration is a total joke, and sometimes you get the impression that they just could care less (we're the only school in the area which doesn't publish their honor roll), we have a bad student-teacher ratio (17-1), and the teaching staff is kind of a mixed bag with some good ones, some mediocre ones, and quite a few lousy ones. Parental involvement in this school is extremely LOW. I do like my guidance councelor and he has gone to bat for me several times, but the guidance department itself seems quite understaffed, and their whole concept of college and career planning is to sit you on a computer and have you visit a bunch of websites, rather than to speak with you one on one because they simply don't have the time. Simply put it, if you don't mind large and I mean extremely large schools where most students seem to blend into the woodwork, along with putting up with long walks between classes, a mediocre teaching staff, and don't mind putting up with an administration which doesn't want to listen to your concerns, than this school may be okay. Otherwise, if you need a more personalized learning environment with stronger leadership, you should probably seek alternatives. It's a shame that given the community Saratoga Springs is, we don't have a stronger high school.
- submitted by a student