Some teachers really tried to teach well, but they were hampered by limited resources and a very mixed bag of students. There were almost no classes for the more advanced students, so they were mixed with students who would probably have qualified for remedial classes at larger schools. That meant the teachers had to teach at a much lower level than some would have liked.
There were also other teachers who did not even try to teach well or who just had no idea what teaching well means. Some had been there for decades and no longer cared. Others were simply incompetent. Regardless of the reasons, there was a lack of quality in much of the teaching.
I very rarely had any homework in my whole high school career. I don't think students need overwhelming amounts of homework, but having some would be helpful, if for no other reason than to develop the habit so that it will be ingrained in them when they reach college. There were occasional papers and things that had to be done at home, but not enough to really prepare for college.
There is not enough intellectual or academic challenge in the Cokeville school to really develop the persistence, grit and determination necessary to succeed in higher education. Students have to learn that for themselves, often at great cost when they get to college and realize they actually have to work for their grades.
There was a dearth of programs in this school allowing for serving others or for developing personal qualities in the students (outside of athletic qualities, that is). These sorts of things were generally left to the local church. However, not every student was a member of the church and even those who were could have benefited from more focus on serving others and less on personal glorification.
Cokeville WY is a very small town with a big heart. It's center is the school system. The schools here are great! Most class sizes are under 20, and kids learn a lot- teachers have time to spend one on one with the kids. The academic programs are great- they prepare kids for college- It is awesome when your child can participate in any sport, club, or extraciricular activity he/she wishes to. It is a great school and the teachers there are of the finest quality availible.