South Pasadena Senior High School
- SOUTH PASADENA, CA
South Pasadena Senior High School Reviews
Rating 3.67 out of 5 435 reviews
South Pasadena High School is a very solid public high school. Good academics, arts, and athletics. Administration could be better. But still a great school.
South Pasadena High School always made me feel safe and comfortable. The school community is fairly close and students are quite diverse.
The campus was colorful and huge. It's easy to get used to it. When I first came to South Pasadena High School, I was amazed by how many murals there were. I was also amazed by how many classes there were. It was hard for me to choose classes since there were so many.
South Pasadena High School was an interesting experience for everyone that has attended. Academics are great while some teachers lack in teaching performance. There was never bullying, the popular kids were usually those who did well in school, and the school overall was relatively inclusive and didn't discriminate based on race or ethnicity (for the most part). The place felt safe and was always making efforts to keep it that way.
Very nice facilities with excellent teachers. Great neighborhood, with nice community. Many exciting events, and interesting clubs.
This is a very good academic school. Grades are extremely important at this school. I found that this put too much pressure on students a lot of the time, but it still helps students perform and get into good schools. I would like to see an administrative shift in focus because it oftentimes seemed that they were making decisions that weren't better for the students, but for the school to get more people to attend. There is a lack of higher-level humanities level courses that one can take as this school is very STEM-oriented.
I think SPHS is a great school! While the administration isn't at all what it should be, the majority of the teachers care for their students and want to see them succeed.
In Senior South Pasadena High school, there were better educations and academics in this school. Also, there were many good friends in Senior South Pasadena High school.
Very good community of students with dedicated teachers. The athletic scene is prominent as well as the academic. There are many clubs to get involved in such as TASSEL, LINK, Skills USA, etc...The student body are kind, friendly, and active, however there can be more diversity in ideology and ethnicity. South Pasadena High School prepares you for higher education and has many opportunities to explore trade skills. Although there are a few counselors, they try their best to connect with students and to get them on the road to success.
Math teachers are eh for the most part. The rest of the departments are good. Lower level English teachers, especially those that do not teach Honors/AP courses, are mediocre. The same goes for science teachers.
I liked the community, however, the school is overly competitive and leaves a lot of pressure on the students.
The admins are horrible, especially Ms. Wichman - yells at students for asking her questions or coming into her office, refuses to do work, does absolutely nothing to help you, would rather have every student at the school on the same exact path, etc. Certain teachers are amazing, especially AP teachers, but regular/honors teachers have questionable ethics and teaching abilities - aka over half of the kids in the class have absolutely no idea what is being taught or the class goes so slow you might as well take a nap. The school district is so underfunded, programs and classes are cut all the time - Honors Chemistry and Academic Decathalon just this year. Don't come here if you like STEM, every program in STEM is completely underfunded and all the money goes to football and the play/musicals/humanities. Many students here are very liberal and will turn on anyone who is conservative or remotely not as liberal as they are.
South Pasadena High School is the only public high school in the small city of South Pasadena, yet is an excellent school. Many teachers are supportive or try hard to be that way. My experiences with my school counselor have been very positive, and I've received a lot of help and guidance from her. Students are generally competitive and hard-working, and this often makes many students feel pushed to work harder towards success. Since it is a public school, students frequently experience course scheduling conflicts and not everyone ends up loving their school counselors. However, the school itself is known to be a great place, with staff who are constantly looking to make the school a better place. The student population is quite diverse and there is a student-run garden, a good enough cafeteria, a good library, and a variety of clubs and organizations to be involved in or to create. I'm happy that I was able to learn and grow in this place.
Great education in a super safe, quaint neighborhood! Student body lacked diversity and was very clique-y. Other than that, great campus and school.
I am now a very different person than the one that came into South Pasadena High School in freshman year. The faculty members and students have pushed me to be the better version of myself that I didn't know I was capable of. Due to the supporting staff and the rigorous courses, I feel prepared for college.
South Pasadena Senior High School has great teachers, sport teams, and classes that they offer. The school really prepares you for AP tests and for college. Highly recommend attending.
The academic level is very high achieving. The math department offers classes that prepares you to perform at the college level. There are many academic classes as well as clubs and electives to choose from to learn a variety of different skill sets. However, there is not a large presence of school spirit on campus besides color day and high school sports does not have a great emphasis.