From my observations, there seems to be little to no disciplinary action taken against misbehaving students. Just a lot of "warnings" that are not taken seriously, thus allowing the cycle of rude behavior and disrespect to continue.
Students with learning differences are placed in the same classrooms with the rest of the students. I have witnessed some students attempt to intentionally upset/frustrate those with learning differences. Not a positive, supportive environment.
The administration does not have an effective disciplinary policy in place. As a result, the cycle of poor behavior amongst students continues.
The ASB officers do not seem enthusiastic about their positions. While I am sure some truly enjoy being a part of ASB, it feels like many are simply filling the position for their college applications. They do not seem to listen to the student body they represent, and school spirit is quite low.
Many of the teachers do not seem passionate about their jobs. As opposed to working WITH students, they simply speak at them. They do not discipline misbehaving students, so the classrooms are often loud and chaotic.
I’m going to be honest: Delta High School is not much of a STEM school. Firstly, their academics are not STEM rigorous — it essentially feels like you are going to a regular high school. Secondly, their technology is not the quality you would expect from a STEM school. The laptops are old and in poor condition with awful battery life. There have been times when you have to go without a laptop (despite needing one for the class period) because they are all either broken or not charged.
At a traditional high school, you have dances, sports, bands, theater, and many clubs to choose from. You also have a wide range of electives and classes. At Delta, there is not any of those fun options (except for a small number of clubs) and everybody takes the same classes. While you are allowed to be a part of a sports team or band at your home high school despite going to Delta, this is quite inconvenient if you and your parents have busy schedules since you have to go back and forth. You will also have to go to the dances at your home high school since it is not unheard of for Delta’s socials to be cancelled due to low turnout.
An issue with Delta is the lack of separation between standard, Honors, and AP classes. As a result, students of varying academic abilities are in the same classrooms. Students with less academic experience fall behind, and students with academic excellence are held back. This causes frustration within the classrooms, causing the students to act out. This is not a positive, efficient learning environment.
One thing that astounds me is the lack of respect students have for each other and for faculty. Drama, foul language, and even bullying are not too uncommon. Since students who require special assistance share the same classrooms as the rest of the student body, there are sometimes rude, insensitive remarks directed towards them. From my experience, the administration does not have an effective policy in place for dealing with disciplinary issues. As a result, there are few repercussions for their poor behavior, allowing the cycle to continue.
With only several hundred students total, you would expect the class sizes to be small. They are not — there is about 30 kids per classroom.
Delta, in theory, is an excellent idea. The program has promise, but in its current state I would highly recommend going to a traditional school instead.
Very disrespectful and disruptive students and a staff that provides no discipline. It has turned into more of an "alternative school" than a STEM school. The academics are not rigorous, but the grading is unfairly punitive. Delta prides itself on never having allowed a student to graduate with a 4.0 grade point average. Makes it hard for students to get accepted into prestigious universities.
Delta High School is a STEM school, (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) yet, the school hardly feels different compared to an actual school, sure our schedule is in blocks (A block, B block, etc) and those blocks do change in order each day, however that isn't the point. Even our grading system, which instead of A's and B's is actually based on a, what I like to call the "Counting" system, we are graded on numbers 0-4, a 4 being a 100% or A+, and a 3 being proficient at a 75% grade. The school provides alright food at lunch and like a lot of high schools we have our fair share of questionable teachers and staff. But as a student of the school I've gotten some insight into whether or not I can recommend this school, that's a definite no. Over the past years that I've attended there is virtually no anti-bullying or harassment system in place at this school that I have seen, in the entirety that Delta has come to being, only 1 student that I know of has EVER been fully expelled. If your being harassed, the only thing you can do is go down to the office, discuss your complaint, and receive the same simple answer of, "We're aware of the issue and we're doing what we can to improve it." That statement means absolutely nothing to me and I have not seen any improvement in various disrupters, some teachers will shut it down if there are bullying going on, but there are also those that only make it worse and even cause arguments with those students.
Overall, the academic system and potential for students at this school is average in my opinion, I do not feel like I have very great advantages here compared to other high schools and I'm sure being swayed by the whole social experience that I've had here. There is less of a presence of "cliques" however there is still the presence of students with disruptive tendencies who wouldn't survive at their home high school.
Do I recommend this school in terms of grabbing an education? Sure
But do I recommend this school if your looking to have a great experience with the students and teaching environment? Depending on the blocks that you share with certain people, probably not.