Academics for the school are very good, hands down. A lot of AP and challenging course work with supportive teachers. Their ranking tells it all.
However for a balanced student, athletics are a joke for girls, especially for Girls Basketball.
Coach picks girls through the feeder program making decisions years in advance based on the how the parents suck up to him. Little opportunity for any girl get a different opportunity..
It's really bad when you see the dynamics. The high school needs a shake up. Coach needs to leave as does the athletic director. They don't care about the environment, never want feedback on coaches. Teachers have feedback all the time.
If you provide feedback it's the typical response, "it's a competitive environment". But it's really not. I've play high school and college athletics. It's not really competitive, couple be so much better and definitely not a positive one. I'm all for competitive when positive; no one there is going to the WNBA.
1. Shouldn't have a JV coach that coaches his own daughter on the team.
2. JV players should all play decent minutes else let the girls know they won't at the start of the year. Set better expectations.
3. Just watch... even in a blow out they don't put in other players. Girls still only get 1 minute even if a win is inevitable.
Create a better environment for these girls!
Thank god we moved schools and my daughter started played varsity in high school and was league 2nd team.At Woodinville she didn't make the team, nothing to do with skill at all.
The experienced staff leads to high graduation rates among classes year after year. The student life is a bit more about popularity and status than anything else, but you'll find that at any high school in the nation. As a wealthier neighborhood, you are going to find easy access to drugs and alcohol for the students that attend. It's really on the parents to monitor that behavior and set limits on allowances for their kids, nothing the school can do about that.
For those interested in sports, the teams are great due to private club teams and lessons provided by families in the area. Hundreds academic and athletic scholarships are awarded to students every year.
Foreign language programs at the school are awesome, and kids can earn college credit while enrolled at WHS.
This High School is in an excellent area and the Middle Schools that feed into it are excellent. Although the school facilities are excellent, the focus of the school is more about the advantages of being popular and having wealth than it is about self-worth and achievement. You can get on the sports teams if your parents could afford to give you private instruction. You can park close to the school if your parents can afford to pay the ludicrous parking fees. This focus on status and popularity encourages a student culture of class separation and exclusion. As far as the curriculum goes, there are some very dedicated teachers and others that give less than their best. If you don't know this beforehand, or don't know how to get your child into the right teacher, your child's education will suffer. Don't bother reporting things to the counselor's either, unless your parents....oh well, I think you get the picture. This is a great school if you want to teach your child the importance of money and status. If you wan to teach your child the importance of self reliance and self worth, find a different school.
If you want a school where the teachers waste time in class, shove their liberal ideas into your childs head and couldn't care less about their academic success, then this is the school for you. The building is nice and the admin staff are very nice but that doesn't make up for what counts.
We like this school, but were very disappointed in the band program. They are touted to have this great band program, and it's just not true. The marching band is a joke...they don't even march! Academics are fine, and I think the environment is good. But the music department is a huge disappointment :(
As a former student of this school (3 yrs), I read the previous reviews with a bit of amusement. Yes, I was harrassed publically and setup to fail in a Math class; but it often backfired on the teacher, (i.e. when he had to change his answer key.) I still 4.0'd his class. Yes, there are a few drug use problems on both the high and low end of the student spectrum; but again isn't that expected for upper middle class neighborhoods? However, my overall assessment is this is one of the best schools I'd EVER attended. If you want an education the staff here will help you achieve it, period! If you just want to coast, it's not the schools fault if you (or your child) doesn't learn anything. I am VERY Happy I graduated from this school.