Topic: Overall Experience
"Through attending thirteen different schools, I've come to understand the difficulty of finding your place within your school's community. There have been moments when I felt alone, or as an outcast. It would seem that most people become friends when they are in elementary school, therefore being friends until high school graduation. Being part of a military family ensures that I will always be traveling, and can't indulge in the luxury of calling one place my "home". However, I have come to find that changing scenery so often has given me a diverse aspect of what school is like. Every school is different, that much is a fact, but out of all the school's that I've attended, I've never seen one like Coronado High School. I've never been to a school with so much acceptance, open-mindedness, and desire for change. When I walk in through the front gate every morning, I know that students would have my back if I needed it, and that I could easily talk to anyone on campus. With so many traditional events, pep rallies, dances, spirit days, and games, It's hard to deny that we have school spirit. Our school even has a director of spirit-yes, that's an actual job on the student council! It never fails that people jump right into dressing up and having fun on campus. Hardly anyone is afraid of looking silly for having spirit. Not only are the students outgoing and welcoming, the staff is unbelievably funny and relateable. That is something so important because you can relate to the teachers; you realize that they are real people, that they are inspirational, kind, humorous, and passionate. Every day is a new story, a new lesson, and new moment that I can connect with my teachers as human beings. There are always going to be difficult moments in high school, whether it's social drama or academic problems, but high school is only what you make of it. This school has pushed me to get involved, to try new things, and to do my best. I'll always remember this school fondly."
Topic: Overall Experience
"Honestly, I don't think I could have gone to a better public high school. Our test scores are up there with a lot of the private high schools around us and we tend to get into the same colleges. Our campus is beautiful and all the teachers are super nice and willing to do anything to help you succeed. Although the students can be cliquey, as long as you are outgoing you will be fine. I have friends from all different cliques and it has never caused any problems. Some people complain about the lack of diversity but that is a given considering the majority of the people in Coronado are white. Its also a very affluent neighborhood but I've never seen anyone being made fun of for not having expensive brand name clothes. We host some epic parties but the cops here sort of suck. As long as you keep the music down and don't get too rowdy they won't roll the party. The cops harass teenagers all the time for everything. Its funny because they give out so many tickets for biking without a helmet but tend to not be so serious when it comes to underage drinking. People from coronado have a reputation for drinking and smoking pot and its well known through out all the schools in and around San Diego. Although it tends to be true for a lot of the students, it is really only due to the fact that there isn't much else to do on island than party. That being said its super easy to find people who don't party and there is no peer pressure. Also, since it is such a small community we all look out for each other and i have never had a problem getting a ride home from a designated driver. You will almost always party with someone who lives a few houses down from you and can help you get home."
Topic: Educational Outcomes
"I chose to attend UC Santa Cruz straight out of high school and for the most part I felt prepared when it came to the work load, but moving from a semester system to a quarter system, I was not quite as prepared for. The pace was much faster than that of the semester system. Otherwise, I felt prepared for the "real world" post- graduation."