involved kids (hard to find a kid who isn't involved in at least one extracurricular activity; committed faculty, staff and coaches;
involved parents (maybe a little bit too much -think afterprom); great graduation rates and college admission rates; hard to imagine paying private or Catholic schools when our tax dollars support such a great public school experience.
special needs kids welcomed on sports teams and as prom dates; Special Olympics team coordinated by student leaders and athletes; LGBT support; race relations all seem to support my rating that for a suburban, upper middle class community, students seem to be developing these characteristics
students generally respectful of adults and each other - "character" awards on sports teams and in senior awards underline the importance of this; middle school seemed to have its problems for some kids but at the HS more of a "bully free" zone
on the academic side, the students do seem to challenge/compete/develop successfully but for the characterics listed here, sometimes faculty/staff seem a bit too involved in areas where students might traditionally develop some of these traits - eg, student elections where the faculty/staff "vet" for eligibility; also, in athletics where some coaches seem to get the heave ho (with a fair amount of parental pressure) for being too "tough" - if you don't learn to deal with the heat in the kitchen now, it's going to be a real eye opener later ....
Yannacone - time energy devotion
Hollingsworth, Andrew Benzing, Styer - enthusiasm time energy devotion in and out of classroom
Clancy - an icon even if you don't like the T offense
Honz - really ??400 ??? kids in the band how does he keep them all engaged???
Miraglia and Adams - "perfect together"
Jason - trainer - for always caring about all his athletes
We had 5 children graduate from Strath Haven High School and each have said that the curriculum prepared them for post high school academic work. All have excellent vocations, are happy with their choices. The foundation starts at home and was progressed at SHHS. Are we lucky, maybe, but this school offered our children what they needed. Was it smooth sailing all the way through, no, but the end result prepared them for their futures.