Sierra Elementary & High Schl

★★☆☆☆
  • 220 Blake Ave B

    Santa Clara, CA 95051

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  • 408-247-4740

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Here's what you get, or don't get, if you send your kids to Sierra. For approximately ten thousand dollars/year (more, for the esl students), you get:

No school library, no computer lab, no lockers, no gym, no auditorium, no cafeteria, no sports teams, no afterschool clubs, no instruments in music class, very few electives (all of which are held just once a week), no student newspaper, no athletic field (a city park is used for PE), one foreign language option (only Spanish), and field trip transportation either by parent volunteers or by city bus. The buildings are old and dilapidated, some classrooms are tiny, and many of the chairs and desks are worn down and should have been replaced years ago. Students either bring their lunches or buy them from a truck which pulls up every day.

The teachers must hate working there, since every summer Sierra seems to lose about half (or more) of its faculty. The "mainstream" student population consists mostly of kids who have special needs, which would be fine except that most if not all of Sierra's teachers have no prior experience or training in Special Ed.

Is this worth ten thousand or more?

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★☆☆☆☆

Here's what you get, or don't get, if you send your kids to Sierra. For approximately ten thousand dollars/year (more, for the esl students), you get:

No school library, no computer lab, no lockers, no gym, no auditorium, no cafeteria, no sports teams, no afterschool clubs, no instruments in music class, very few electives (all of which are held just once a week), no student newspaper, no athletic field (a city park is used for PE), one foreign language option (only Spanish), and field trip transportation either by parent volunteers or by city bus. The buildings are old and dilapidated, some classrooms are tiny, and many of the chairs and desks are worn down and should have been replaced years ago. Students either bring their lunches or buy them from a truck which pulls up every day.

The teachers must hate working there, since every summer Sierra seems to lose about half (or more) of its faculty. The "mainstream" student population consists mostly of kids who have special needs, which would be fine except that most if not all of Sierra's teachers have no prior experience or training in Special Ed.

Is this worth ten thousand or more?

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Sierra School appeared to be an ideal school for our oldest who thrives in smaller group environments. In attending for one school year, our opinion was the smallness was the only thing it had. The main problem seems to be the general philosophy of the admins. In order for a student to at least do well, they will have to provide their own discipline and structure. There really isnt any help as a parent when theyre doing the very minimum in class and in the home, we expect them to do more as expected in a more traditional school setting. The teachers are there to help and are supportive, but ultimately don't provide the structured environment of a standard classroom which students need. Tuition is about average at about $10k per year for high school.

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Sierra School appeared to be an ideal school for our oldest who thrives in smaller group environments. In attending for one school year, our opinion was the smallness was the only thing it had. The main problem seems to be the general philosophy of the admins. In order for a student to at least do well, they will have to provide their own discipline and structure. There really isnt any help as a parent when theyre doing the very minimum in class and in the home, we expect them to do more as expected in a more traditional school setting. The teachers are there to help and are supportive, but ultimately don't provide the structured environment of a standard classroom which students need. Tuition is about average at about $10k per year for high school.

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