This school is actually terrible. The teachers are sub-par and often lose students assignments and then claim that they never received them. Also students are never treated as though they have something important to say unless it involves football. There is so much competition here that students who learn differently or who aren't as motivated end up completely discarded by the system or treated as though they will never amount to anything more than a job at McDonalds. I LITERALLY WATCHED A TEACHER KICK A STUDENT OUT OF CLASS FOR HAVING A DIFFERENT OPINION. This school was a prison that I could not wait to get out of. Mental health is completely undervalued and depression is rampant here because no one cares at all about health and happiness. There is so much hatred here. Don't send your kid here. They will suffer and regret ever coming here.
Joe Green is the best thing about this school's leadership, otherwise the other assistant principals are rude, power-hungry, and over-eager to assert their dominance over students. There is no good student leadership and teachers are just left to follow a certain curriculum that is often outdated and unfair.
If students come in to this school with those traits then with extremely hard work they can be kept. However those traits are not taught here and even further, they are discouraged. In order to succeed, students need to lie and cheat in order to make the grades to get into college.
Some teachers are great and really should be working somewhere else where their quality of teaching is actually valued. The rest however are coaches or extremely old and out of date on new teaching methods. There is no in-between here and it really is a luck-of the-draw type thing that determines your student's entire high school career.
My daughter graduated in 2016 from DSHS. She is so well prepared for college. The teachers are excellent and the over all campus feel is amazing! I should know because I have been working on the campus as a substitute teacher for several years. I love this school and have other children in the district that are excelling in their classes. I wouldn't want my kids anywhere else.
Cheating on assignments is prerequisite to success at this school. And all with any success cheat in order to get by. This is due to the intensive workload of very unengaging tasks. Here I learned that the only way to succeed is to get your nose brown from the staff, while coning them behind their backs all in the name of getting into some pompous university sooner.
I could not be more disappointed with this school. The problem with these small town schools is they are very narrow minded, and are very judge mental to people who are diverse or different. There is a lot of bullying that occurs at this school not a specific group everyone bullies everyone. And besides the social aspect of this school their academics aren't too great either. They focus more on athletics more than academics. Athletes get a lot of leeway compared to non athletes. A good majority of their teachers are coaches who know nothing about the subject they are teaching. Would not recommend this school there are better options in the Austin area.
We could not be happier with Dripping Springs High School, where I have two ninth graders in the GT program. The teachers, superintendent, and principal have all been thoughtful, caring, and highly informed. Bruce Gearing and Joe Burns are fantastic . . . you could not hope for better. Retta Green, the lead counselor, is truly a wonder and provides the same services you would get at an elite private school (far more, actually). As a case in point, she--and all the counselors--meets with students individually during their freshman year to talk about goals and map out a college prep course plan for all four years. They then have that meeting every year thereafter to readjust according to students' needs. The homework load is tough at times, but mostly because my kids are in Olympic level training six days a week. My kids' teachers are extraordinary, very experienced, and, like Ms. Green, go light years beyond what is necessary. I feel that my children are learning from the best of the best--and that goes for the administration, too. We are very grateful to everyone at the high school who works so hard on behalf of all the kids.
Very guilty of prioritizing the wrong things. Grades are more important than physical or mental health, and football and band are more important than grades. I always got the impression that coming to school sick was preferable to gaining one horrific absence. This school may be better than some other public schools in the state, but coming from private school, it was appalling. Diversity is hugely lacking and, by extension, the general populus is mostly judgemental and unaccomodating. Students who rely on more than just luck to choose the appropriate "your/you're" are few and far between, and signs/posters put up in the hallways by students have major grammar and spelling errors. Obviously the education quality cannot fully make up for the social and administrative failings. At the very least, if they won't treat the student like an adult human being, they should provide an adequate education, but even that appears to be too difficult. Overall, not great, by any means.