The world is a diverse place, likewise, Juanita is a microcosm of the world students will enter upon leaving high school. Students are challenged with AP classes, the music, foreign language and math departments are excellent, and similar to college, self-driven and motivated students will thrive. while the building is in less than desirable shape, the new bond will address this issue. Don't discount a great local school based on a few disgruntled reviews.
Juanita High School is a great school. The experience of pretty much all high schools is dependent on what you make it. That said, bullying is non-existent with a diverse student body of many nationalities and income levels. We find that the staff is responsive to the needs of the students and the Principal's administration is responsive as well. It's a fun place to go to school. Academically, there are schools that are better and there are schools that are worse, but there are other ways to measure qualities of a school: Like the compassion students show each other, and the relaxed atmosphere that minimizes stress on the student. At Juanita HS, there is a lot of school spirit and students support students! We have found teachers and staff very approachable. There are teachers with degrees from MIT (2) and teachers with decades of experience! We feel it is a good school. Maybe it is good for students to be pushed and stressed-out to optimize their output so they can adapt to today's fast-paced society, BUT there are other ways to experience life and to make of it what you will. Juanita allows for student independence and a self-directed experience within the constraints of a bureaucratic school system.
Poor communication. Teachers do not reply to emails. Counselor does not proactively care about the progress of a student's academic path.
Favoritism is high. All about who's who. If you are not an involved parent, do not expect your student to excel.
Bullying and drugs are a major issue. Little adherence to district policies.