August 10, 2003
The best part about this school is the diversity. Yeah, once you're there, you'll hear it over and over and over, but it really is great. It teaches you patience, tolerance and understanding in a way that few other schools can match. Most of the teachers are good, the IB program is a definite plus, and the sports aren't the bottom of the barrel. Plenty of cool and interesting clubs to join, however, beware the administration. The guidance staff is definitely lacking, as their turnover rate seems so high as to be alarming, and you'll rarely find a counselor that's not being contradicted by a different counselor. (Best plan of action is to get any sort of long term plan (like summer school or something) approved by the head of guidance, and signed. This way, if they should suddenly be replaced, you'll have proof that the last counselor really told you to do these things) The principal seems to wander around, unaware of how his school is run, and very distant from the student body (never actually saw him interact with any students) but thankfully, the secretaries seem to know what's going on. The security staff is usually friendly (as long as you're not breaking rules) and school lunch is... school lunch. There are vending machines, at least. My strong suggestion: bring your own. Definite plus: fresh baked cookies. On the upside: lots of neat electives you can take, like video editing, computer programming and fashion marketing. After four year, it'll leave a mark. For most people, it's a good one.
- submitted by a student