Many courses have homework listed way ahead of time, so that if students will be out, or want to move ahead, they can do so. It helps with students who work, have other commitments, so that they can arrange their homework around other activities and responsibilities.
A truly excellent Engineering dept. run by a highly experienced professional in the field. Along with Computer Science, the corresponding clubs offer exceptional taps into the industries, along with guest speakers, class trips, etc. Much is available to keep students involved and on track. Other programs and clubs offer equivalent direction, for students wishing to take part.
Highly motivated teachers, that show their enthusiasm to educate.
This is a large Seattle school, and parent(s) involvement should be a MUST & a KEY factor in keeping students motivated and in touch with educators and offerings, as in any school your child attends.
I make sure I meet ALL my child's teachers & couselors, and keep in contact throughout the year, inquiring about programs, policies, etc.
Roosevelt is highly recommended for its excellent staff, courses, and student involvement and spirit.
I wish to echo other comments about how easy drug use access is at this school.
Bullying, gun threats, and extremely poor supervision is also the norm at this highly rated high school. The only reason, as far as I can tell, that this school has a high rating is because when your child has trouble in school, most parents in this affluent neighborhood can afford tutors (this is what we had to do because of a truly awful math teacher).
We moved into this neighborhood after reviewing stats and such on schools so that our child could go to Roosevelt. DO NOT make the same mistake that we did. This is not the school you want your child to go to.
Lastly, the so called fabulous orchestra program is the worst I have ever seen.
This is my son's first year at Roosevelt and I've been very impressed with his teachers, his counselor, his coaches and the staff in the offices are friendly and open to questions that we have as new HS parents. My son is really happy here, doing well academically and in sports. I'm also really pleased to say that he's also enjoying drama and marketing classes that they offer - all of which support a well rounded education.
As a brand new student at Roosevelt, it was extremely difficult for me to make friends and find my place. People are polite but distant and exclusive, which makes for a rough year if you aren't from Seattle. Of the five other people I know who have moved to Roosevelt from a different state or country, every single one of them had an AWFUL first year, and two went through phases of depression. However, the second year is always better. On the up side, the music and drama programs are EXCELLENT and there are many great opportunities at Roosevelt such as the Hands for Bridge program etc.