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Sandy, OR
Students enrolled: 1,258
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37400 Bell Street
Sandy, OR 97055

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(503) 668-8011
(503) 668-7646
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October 21, 2014
Where do i begin. Lets start with the math department. From distracted teachers to painful communication gaps the math department covers everything on the spectrum of ineptitude. Whats the point of having a state of the art school crammed full of incredible technology if none of the administration knows how to use it. The fact that the students understand more about how the schools features work than the tech department is sad. Many of my friends and i have been offered positions to TA for the tech department because we know how to run it and they don't! I have been in many classes where we could not complete assignments, or the teacher could not show us a presentation because the software was not correctly installed. We also have huge issues with hooking up projectors. I could understand these issues if they were every now and than but it is a constant recurring problem. Thank goodness we are still able to get an internet connection here, which is quite surprising considering how terrible the tech department is. It's a shame that the school has so many amazing clubs that don't get any support from the school and don't even get recognized for their achievements.

- submitted by a student
September 10, 2014
The community was suckered into "investing " in their schools just prior to the great recession. This new edifice in our community is so lavish and extravagant that it put the school district to shame. It is filled with dead wood educators. The majority of the math department can not effectively teach math. They have great credentials but can not teach. There are so many poor educators at the high school you can not dodge around them to provide a quality educaton to the students. There is a very strong union in this district and they basically run the show. I believe if you removed most of the educators in this building and put them at the elementary level you would be doing the high school students a great favor.

- submitted by a teacher
August 21, 2014
Find a better school! Class sizes range in the 25:1 student-teacher ratio. Much of the homework we receive is in fact busy work that does not aid in the exercise or understanding of new concepts. A few of the teachers are very openly biased concerning their political and moral beliefs. There is a wide variety for lunch options, but the quality of the food is unsatisfactory. There are also records of finding mold on cheese served to students (myself being one of them). During lunch, students are herded into the lunch room and the 3 wings are closed at the main hall causing students to group and gather in a confined area that could result in a Fire Code violation. In short, Save your children from going to this school. Find a private school or homeschool them.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2014
I am a staff member, not a teacher. This is a great new building with all the technological capabilities that could be wished for. Unfortunately, the quality of the education offered here is not up to par with the building. If you have a special education student, the ed. assistants are the ones teaching, not the teachers. I spent a year in a Study Skills class a couple years ago and the teacher spent the class planning her wedding on the internet while I helped the kids with their work. Now a lot of movies are shown in the special ed. classes, often just because the teacher needs a "break" or catch up on their paperwork. (One sp. ed. teacher showed most of the entire James Bond series during his English class. Lots of learning going on there.) Special ed. students aren't challenged here or encouraged to succeed, just go for the modified diploma and take 2 P.E. classes and an art class per term, you're good to go. The modified diploma is highly promoted at this school, even with students who can handle the regular diploma. Take it from someone on the inside who sees this first hand. I've worked in a lot of sp. ed. classrooms here.

- submitted by a teacher
February 17, 2014
This school is not the best, all of the math teachers i have had are really bad! Most of the other teachers are not much better, with the exception of a couple excellent ones. The councilors are really not much help at all! I also find that students here are rude, and have terrible language, along with a huge drug and alcohol epidemic. the curriculum is also not challenging enough i think the teachers just settle and give up, giving us the basics and no more. So personally I am not a fan of Sandy high school, and from my perspective the school building is beautiful and grand but the teachers and students do not deserve it. -from a students perspective.

- submitted by a student
November 23, 2013
Awesome school, with quality teachers and nice courses. The building is brand new, with a fantastic athletic complex.

- submitted by a student
October 27, 2013
Sandy High School is undergoing some radical changes this year. We have new administration that uses a "hands on" approach to digging in and making necessary changes to the way things have been done for years. It's no secret that big changes mean big upheavals in current practices but I think the changes will help students gain specific skills in reading, writing, math and science. The skills based approach will mean students must focus on acquiring skills needed to demonstrate competency rather than just "jumping through hoops" of competing assignments or just showing up to class. I'm looking forward to fine tuning the processes we've begun this year and incorporating real, progressive change at our school. Staff members are spending more time developing usable techniques and lesson plans that address skill based learning. We're being asked to collaborate and help each other more often. Overall, I feel that even though we're making big changes, they will benefit our students!

- submitted by a teacher
August 03, 2013
Sandy High School. The Oregon Trail School District has built a state-of-the art new school. Take a look at the photos posted online. The athletic fields have just been refinished. The new school is a technological amazement. Included in the new programs offered now is a much improved autos program and Ag program. Sandy High has room to grow. Builders included a fully functional TV studio. It's a much better facility today.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2010
Sandy High School could really use the money from this for there school programs

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2010
2010: I found out yesterday that the teachers and staff or not going to do anymore repairs at the old sandy union high school here in sandy oregon and the classrooms are now way over crowded do to teacer cuts so now the classrooms have 45 to 50 kids in each classroom with one teacher in them and there is one classroom with asbestos exsposed in it and only one window open in it! If the school district wanted the kids to stil go to the high school they should keep the old school in repair! But they decided not to becuase the new high school will be open in august 2012! this is not fair to the kids going to the old high school now!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
The staff, including teachers and counselors, are very supportive and go out of their way to help the parents and students as much as they possibly can.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 10, 2008
I'm attending Sandy High School this year, and although I can give nothing but praise to the school's administration for doing their best with an inadequate building, the fact is that Sandy High School is vastly underfunded. Several parts of the school are reaching 75 years in age, and the school is also suffering from mass overcrowding. The roof leaks, tiles are hanging off from the inside of the gym's ceiling, and the school's design makes it vulnerable to security breaches. Once again, I praise the school administration for doing the best with 2nd rate materiels. The majority of their teachers are above parr, and the school's newspaper is notable for its lack of school controlled content. But no matter how good a car's driver is, he's still driving a Yugo.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 25, 2008
this is a really great school !

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
I graduated from SUHS years ago and swore I would never send my kids there. Well, unfortunatly one goes there now. I love the town, but the school needs major help. It is over crowdedx. Wonderful town to live in, just bad schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
November 12, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 25, 2006
I am a current student at SHS it is a great school, and I would recommend it to anyone! the teachers are great here as well as the administration, The Sports and extracurricular activities here are also very fun and exciting. Although the only downside to the school is that it is extremely crowded and the 1500 students and staff are out growing this building big time! but it is still kept in good condition, and under good discipline. so in general this is a great school to got to! GO PIOS!

- submitted by a student
February 02, 2006
I had an extraordinary experience at Sandy High, and would recommend attending it to anyone. It is in a very safe environment, and surrounded by an agricultural community. Their sports teams are spectacular, of which I played on year round. I will admit the education is not tuned towards preparing the average student for an Ivy League education. Although an Ivy League candidate must challenge him/herself to exceed in the advanced courses that Sandy offers. My brother and I both succeeded at this and even coming from a lower/middle-class family we attended Ivy League schools on full ride scholarships. Sandy High is what you make of it, because it has as many, if not more, opportunities than the average Oregon high school. I highly encourage anyone already there, or planning on attending to take full advantage of the Sandy High experience.

- submitted by a former student
September 29, 2005
We have had two graduate from Sandy High recently. I found the level of education at SHS to be typical of most oregon public schools. I was very satisfied with the safety, extra activities and sports. Academically, it is entirely possible to graduate with honors and even attain valedictorian status and still maintain a normal and social lifestyle if the student is a dedicated learner and self motivated. Preparation for Ivy League college was terrible. Preparation for Oregon Universities was fair to good. For the good student who seeks challenging courses, the opportunities are there, but not in abundance. I would recommend SHS to anyone moving to the area, with the caveat that students strive for a high gpa in advanced placement classes. The School suffers terribly from overcrowding and this will not change until the community approves a new high school builing. Parent involvent was excellent. Art/Music/Math/Science/Shop excellent

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
I am a parent of two graduates of Sandy High School, and one current student at the school. My children have received a quality education in sciences, english, and mathematics- as well as excelling in the advanced placement and college credit classes. Teacher interraction is phenomenal, seemingly to truly care and want their students to excel, and take their education to the next level. With a small school feel within a large institution, activities, and clubs are well advertised, so that all students are encouraged, and welcomed. My children have all played sports for the school, and succeeded as academic allstars. This was done with the help of local scholarships. Also, musically they have participated in ensembles that won national awards.Both have attended colleges, and won numerous scholarships with true academic quality based on their excellent education at SHS. Variety is the spice of life, curriculm enriches and expands knowledge,SHS does it well!!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
I attended Sandy High School my Freshman year and experienced I did not feel safe at all. Unfortunately nothing is getting better on this issue, and it continues to be a dangerous environment due to the surrounding pressure by the other Portland metro area high schools on this school to excell, which it doesn't. Academically, students are given chances to evade basic science and math. Agriculture and Horticulture are used as excuses and science and it's possible to graduate without passing Algebra. Overall, this school is dangerous and unacceptable academically.

- submitted by a former student

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Sandy High School was built in 2013. It is a new facility built to exacting "green" standards with state of the art technology throughout. Sandy High boasts a number of caring, professional teachers. Excellent programs abound including an outstanding autos program, robotic program, English and writing programs and skiing club.

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Sandy High School
37400 Bell Street, Sandy, OR  97055
(503) 668-8011
Last modified Sandy High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sandy High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top