Are high school academies desired?
By SB Woman
There are many high school academies at our 3 high schools with little info known by the public.
1. How much does it cost to be in a SB Unified high school Academy? Do they cost the same?
- SBHS has MAD, Computer, Green, VADA, and Culinary
- SMHS has APPLe, (Academy of Public Policy and Leadership) and Health Academy
- DPHS has Engineering Academy and maybe others.
2. What’s the process to get in? Who decides who gets admitted? Are parents or community on selection committee?
3. What provisions are there for middle class and poor students?
Technically public schools don’t charge but it’s understood academies keep bright students in the public system rather than going private to keep our local school rankings high to the benefit of property homeowners and business.
I saw on-line DPHS has 40% College Ready with 56% math proficient; SBHigh has 39% College Ready and 28% math proficient, and SMHS has 28% College Ready and 33% math proficient.
4. Why so much low achievement when our schools are all basic aid funded in a high property tax paying wealthy town?
5. What would happen if academies were closed? I heard too much money is spent on more administrators and increasing number of District positions and too little on student instruction, and academic programs, as in teachers.