Bayside High School was initially a prime location for students wishing to pursue either art or music, but in the four years I attended, both of these programs were decimated by budget cuts. The art program now largely exists in the digital space, with none of the core education in drawing that is necessary to every budding artist. After the two music teachers crucial to the program's survival were laid off, Bayside's once legendary music program was ultimately gone.
Several AP classes have also disappeared in the four years I attended, including AP Psychology and AP European History. (AP Studio Art was also severely limited, and existed as a group of a mere three students, myself included. We were the only ones who'd received enough artistic education to perform at AP levels.) These are classes that were eliminated just as my class was preparing for college, and would have been crucial aspects of our college applications.
However, Bayside continues to have some of the most dedicated faculty I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, some of whom I have still keep in contact with after graduation. They run clubs, school events and student government organizations, often times solely for the sake of their students. Their job is a noble one, with no thanks.
Its incredibly disheartening to watch a perfectly good school come to pieces under pressure from outside administration, and by my graduation I was more than happy to leave.