Topic: Overall Experience
"I spent three years in the high school, and my overall experience here was definitely better than what it would have been in a large public school or one of the other private schools in the Sacramento area. However, that does not go out without saying there weren't/aren't problems. When I began attending here, it appeared that everything was fine, but I probably just didn't hear about any issues. The next year is when I began to notice that the focus of the school was shifting and we may be spending money a tad recklessly. Specifically, I will address two issues. Starting in my second year here, I began to notice that the school's focus was shifting towards athletics instead of academics and the arts, putting them at an unfair disadvantage. The gym, which was a little rundown before but not in bad condition by any means (it was built in the '80s), went under a large renovation. Meanwhile, the multi-purpose room, which has/had a rat problem, barely has a stage/green room for Drama, and has a neglected kitchen remained untouched. While other independent schools have glamorous theatres and state-of-the-art kitchens, SCDS does not. In addition, just recently, the Board of Trustees first decided to cut funding for Breakthrough Sacramento (an incredible program SCDS sponsors) by half, and then remove the sponsorship for it entirely, leaving the program without a school to work out of during the summers. For 22 years, the school was able to be the sponsor, but all of a sudden we can't afford it? Most (if not all) SCDS high school students are very upset with the decision (many volunteer/teach for the program during the summer). Overall, though, my three years here were very good and influential. I would be cautious, though, as I have no idea what the future of this school will bring."
"There are obviously some teachers who are better than others, but all of them care and are extremely knowlegable. A large portion of them hold the highest degree possible in their field, are very enthusiastic in class, and interact with the students very well. They are very approachable and always willing to help. In the three years I spent here, I only had one teacher that I genuinely didn't like, and it's not because they were a bad teacher; they just irritated me for reasons I can't explain. Some students may say they have problems with teachers, but it is usually the student's fault if they have a problem with a teacher, and the issue could have very well been avoided. In all, I love the teachers here, and they taught me so well during my time here."