August 19, 2003
There is little or no connection between students and staff. The education students receive at Blue Mountain High School is limited to facts and formulas, and there is little done to foster creativity, to inspire, and to reach beyond the confines of the classroom. This school is rigidly traditional, and while the students may suceed on state-mandated standardized tests, that does not mean the students are prepared to be open-minded, compotent, and thoughtful members of society. My impression of this school was that it was rather backwards with regards to technology (few computers in each classroom, a library equipped with only a dozen or so units, and maybe one or two computer labs) and almost seemed resistant to embrace a more hands-on, interactive educational philosophy. Little is done for gifted and talented students, and their fine arts programs are horribly lacking in comparison to schools with much less funding available. Too much emphasis is placed on athletics and not enough on technology, music, art, and the theatre. There were also few (or no) AP course offerings available to help give university-bound students a competive edge. If you are looking for a school with where everything revolves around football, Blue Mountain is for you, but if you want your children to receive a well-rounded, pertinent education that is relevant to the world today, this might not be your best bet.
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