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11055 South 1000 East
Sandy, UT 84094

(801) 256-5000
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July 06, 2015
Academic program is sub-par. The only reason I stay at this school is for the music program. Acts of discrimination are not taken seriously as I was told that I was "overreacting" when making a complaint. Student body is very "clique-ish", which was never a problem for me, but is a problem for new students coming into the school. If you're not in some sort of club or sport you will have a hard time here. There is little diversity among students as more than half of them tend to be white and LDS. The term "separation of church and state" seems to draw a blank. Micro racism and homophobia manifest as a result of this.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Disagree
July 06, 2015
Students are not motivated to do well at this school. Many of my friends are satisfied with their D's and C's because they are "passing grades". Coming from the PNW where grades like that are very heavily frowned upon and considered a disgrace, I was surprised at how grades like these are considered acceptable! When scheduling, my peers did not pick classes that would challenge them, but instead picked classes that were an "easy A". Teachers don't help either. Though they monitor grades closely, the offer little to no help when students come to them.

- submitted by a student

February 25, 2014
I taught at this school for 30 years and enjoyed it and feel it was a good school. Most of the teachers are dedicated, most of the students are committed to learning and I enjoyed my interaction with the parents and community and my only complaint would be some of the administration. They lacked the drive and vision to move it from a 4 star school to a 5 star school. I would also have enjoyed more diversity as I think it would have been good for the student body. .

- submitted by a teacher

August 18, 2011
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. The quality of education at this school for my kids is below the standard of schools years ago where I obtained my public education. In my observation, the left hand rarely knows what the right hand is doing.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2011
We moved here from a wealthy out-of state district in a large city, so I was relieved to find that the students are not fashion conscious at all by comparison. You can be poor and be popular here--I can name a dozen kids whose fathers are not employed or who make next to nothing who are popular. Kids at Alta dress down compared to wealthy communities in large cities back east. It's very laid back...no changing your wardrobe every season as soon as the models hit the runway...thank heavens. The kids are happy, not too competitive, and yet they try to get good grades so they can have a future. There isn't much of a push to help the kids get into top schools, but then I think most people here just plan to send their kids to the state schools or religious schools in state. Kids are mostly middle to upper middle class and their parents are professionals and small business owners...nothing spectacular, but still respectable people. They have good music, dance, and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent

February 02, 2011
for a high school in this state to even be competing on a sunday is usually not done in most areas, but to have a manditory event on that day is unconcunable your community ratings and the pay for the people who make these kinds of decisions should both be reduced

- submitted by a community member

August 09, 2010
I've had 1 son that hated Alta and quit to attend an alternative high school. I've had another son that liked Alta, but graduated as an average student and complained of boredom. Now I have a daughter attending there and she loves it and excells. I think the academic choices and the teachers are very good - although I think there's too much homework assigned. The struggles I've heard about are largely due to social issues. It's a very large school and there can be alot of peer pressure to be popular and fashion forward. Just help your child to be self-confident and ignore the crowds.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2010
Alta isn't terrible; but it is far from being a good school. The academics are poor. Most of my classmates can't spell words my 8 year old brother can. The overwhelming amount of LDS can feel suffocating to those outside of the church. They are not extremely exclusive, but the LDS do have a tendency to stay within themselves. Additionally, the school has the feel of a trap. There are few windows, and the upstairs classrooms are unbearably hot. If I could choose, I would elect to go back to my previous school in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a student
no rating
March 07, 2010
I have a child attending this school. A warning for anyone planning to attend Alta, you will feel worthless unless you are 'popular'. My daughter is miserable here and I have noticed she has become much more self-consious. She is constantly growing more high maintenence as she tries to keep up with the trends just so she can keep her friends. On the plus side, there are many different classes available at Alta and most of the teachers are very encouraging.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 07, 2010
This school has really great teachers who try to encourage students to succeed. The only problem I have had with sending my daughter here is that she has grown more high-maintenence, She has to keep up with the trends to keep her friends, and she feels miserable because she complains she is not 'popular' enough. The teachers are great but the vibes that come from the fellow students are often discouraging. I sometimes feel that every day my daugter prepares for school as if she were in a competition for the 'best looking'.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2009
I'm not a parent, but I am attending Alta right now, and I think its a wonderful school. The teachers are amazing, and they have so many options, whether your just trying to get through highschool, or trying to graduate with an associates, you can do it at alta. There is alot of students at alta but personally I think that just allows you to make more friends and be with different people. There are loads of extracurricular activites from football, to mathletes, to anime clubs, alta has it all. I would highly suggest it to anyone.

- submitted by a student

September 02, 2008
I graduated from Alta in 2006 and it is a great school. Many people complain that snobby people go here, but not everyone is snobby or rich for that matter (you could say the same thing for most high school in Utah). I never felt the need to be popular to fit in. The teachers were great, though the classrooms were a little crowded. I loved it here.

- submitted by a student

April 14, 2008
Beware students, this is a very trendy, snobby high school. Classes are overcrowded, teachers are subpar. Avoid this highschool at all costs, unless you want your kid to have a miserable experience if they are not 'popular'

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2004
I graduated from Alta High School in 1986 and now my daughter is attending Alta. I had a very enjoyable experience and my daughter is now doing the same. The thing I have been most impressed with is that my daughter attends some special education classes and the Alta High Counselors have been top notch in making sure she receives all of the credits she needs to excel. Additionally, they recognize when she needs a change and they assist her in her studies so that she is learning and acquiring wonderful grades with the skills she is learning. I would not hesitate to send another child to this school. On the down side, the only thing I mention is there is an extraordinary amount of students that come from very well to do families. The peer pressure for material goods can be somewhat overwhelming at times.

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2004
I am not a parent but I did attend Alta high from 1996-2000. I loved it. I was part of the band and chior. I loved it. The teachers where wonderful.

- submitted by a student

May 04, 2004
This school is the best in Utah. It is amazing! The extracurricular activites are top notch! The teachers are great, and the tests scores are some of the best in the nation!

- submitted by a student
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Alta High School
11055 South 1000 East, Sandy, UT  84094
(801) 256-5000
Last modified Alta High School is a Public school that serves grades 10-12
Alta High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top