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Santa Cruz City High School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Santa Cruz, CA. It has 4,617 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 41% of students are at least proficient in math and 60% in reading.
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Santa Cruz City High School District Reviews
After going to Santa Cruz High School for all four years of high school I could say a lot. The biggest issues I saw had to do with unorganization among staff, from administrative staff forcing students to take standardized tests for the state during finals week, to students being punished for excused absences. Frequently I saw the lack of communication between staff causing problems for the students. Teachers would seem very frustrated with the administration at times because of random fire drills or other things that would randomly interrupt classes. However for the most part it was an alright school that had some good staff that tried to do a good job even when things were randomly thrown at them.
In elementary school I was given the opportunity to be in a dual-immersion program and be taught spanish and become bilingual. That program that my school district offered was an amazing experience, I met a diverse cast of kids and gained the most valuable asset you can have which is being fully bilingual. In middle school and high school I switch cross town to Mission Hill Middle School and Santa Cruz High School at both schools I received a great variety of classes and a great education and was provided opportunities to play sports join clubs and be an active member in the student body. The only knock I have is I was not a big fan of the counselors and my schools administration at both Mission Hill and Santa Cruz High.
Most of the teachers were kind and engaged but programs were very underfunded. Soquel High in particular had a terrible math department with worn out teachers that did not want to be there themselves. Not all teachers were this way though, many other teachers were caring and wanted the best for their students. Administration was not very involved with day to day activities, which made them appear as if they did not care, but that may have not bee true. Food from the cafeteria was barely food at all. It was disgusting and the chicken did not taste like chicken.