Some teachers are great and some are not so great. I would say about 50% have teaching credentials or a degree in what they are teaching. You can tell that some of the teachers do not enjoy teaching they just do it because they need the money. Most teachers will give you a quiz or project to work on at some point of the school year. Some write on the board, others teach in the form of a PowerPoint, and some just talk and make sure you write notes as they talk. Most teachers are good at updating grades, it just depends on who their grader is and how many times they come into work. Overall they could improve on the teachers they hire.
Resources & Facilities:
The facility is pretty old. They have been updating some things of the facility such as windows, doors, lockers, etc. Overall the facility is OK, it's not the best but it is manageable. They need more updated computers and printers that actually work because they always have to fix the printers we have. They definitely need guidance counselors!! They have students who offer tutoring and the teachers stay after school for an hour to help students with homework they did not understand. They do not have college prep classes but they do offer SAT prep courses you can take with a program they hired. The school has something called PTO which stands for Parent Teacher Organization. Teachers and Parents work together to plan special events for the school. The school can improve on the resources and facilities they have.
Health & Safety:
The school is very safe especially because of its location. Newbury Park is one of the safest places to live in Southern California. Bullying is not tolerated at this school and if it occurs the bully will be suspended or even expelled in extreme cases. Since we are allowed to go to the food court for lunch we cannot go alone, we are required to have a friend with us at all times and a staff member will always be there to make sure the students are safe. While we are in school the main gate is locked. We have safety drills every couple months just in case a shooter happens to be on the campus. Since it is a dormitory school dorm students have to let their deans know where they are if they are not in the dorm after school hours. If you need to go to extended campus for any reason you have to let your dean know, if not there will be consequences. If you do go off campus you have to be back on campus before 7 pm. Curfew is 9 pm for dorm students. We do not have an official school nurse which is not good but our school secretary takes care of you if you get hurt and there is also a sick room in the office if you are not feeling well. If you are a dorm student the deans will take you to the nearest hospital. Overall the school is very safe.
Administration & Policies:
The staff on this campus is very helpful and just want the best for you. They want to make sure you feel happy and comfortable at this school. Holistically they want a healthy Christian environment at this school. If you are caught smoking marijuana you can potentially get expelled and not be able to return the following school year. If you miss a lot of days of school you can get suspended for a couple of days or weeks. The dress code is very strict, if you are not wearing true grits uniform you will be asked to change and if this happens more than once you will get suspended. We lack guidance counselors, especially when it comes to helping you choose the right college. You pretty much have to figure that out on your own. As long as you abide by the rules there will be no issues.
There is so much to get involved in on campus! Especially since it's a small school. There is different clubs you can run for. The hardest one to get into is the Associated Student Body because you have to make a speech in front of the whole school on election day and the whole school votes who they want as officers for the upcoming school year. There is National Honor society, the requirements are to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and be involved in other things outside of school. Class officers, you plan different activities to do with the class, the class votes for the people they want as officers. There is also international club where you eat, talk, and have fun. Anyone can join that one! The last one is running club, if you like to run and aren't involved in a sport join running club! Each club has some form of commitment especially if you're an officer. The Associated Student Body officers have to put in the most time and effort because they are the ones who plan events for the whole school like banquets, spirit weeks, etc. There is also four different varsity sports you can join, such as volleyball, flag football, soccer, and baseball/softball. They also have intramural sports where anyone can participate; the teams are composed of students from the school. The school has a choir, select, choir, praise band, band, and strings club. If you are musically talented this school is for you! Any of the things I mentioned can be fun it just depends on what you think is fun and what you make of it. The administration supports all of these different clubs and activities as long as they are appropriate.