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The Truth About Laguna Creek High School

Get the facts before you make a decision for your child.

The conversation usually goes something like this:

Someone asks: "So, what school does your daughter attend?"

I answer: "Laguna Creek High School."

They respond: "Oh...." (big pause). "How does she like it?" Or sometimes, "How is it going over there?"  

These words are almost always accompanied by a look that says something like, "Wow, I am SO sorry." Sometimes a visible wince even comes along for the ride.

I'm not sure people even realize they do this. When I answer them with the truth, which is that she loves her school, that she is thriving and having the time of her life, people seem politely surprised. Or a little perplexed. Or they assume that I am lying and trying to make myself feel better about the horrible thing I did to my daughter. You get the picture.

Anyone following the school board’s discussion about attendance boundary changes over the last few months will have heard plenty of accusations about the supposed inferior quality of education at Harriet Eddy Middle School and Laguna Creek High School. The schools had lower test scores, we heard. They were unsafe. Who would want to send their children there?

I am a Foulks Ranch Elementary School parent who chose to send her child to Harriet Eddy and Laguna Creek when very few others did, and I’m here to tell you that the public perception of those schools is incorrect.  The problem is that at this point the negativity has become folklore that is passed down year after year, from neighbor to neighbor, from parent to child, like a giant poisonous game of "telephone." 

As the parent of two more children at Foulks Ranch, including a sixth grader, I paid particular attention to the hubbub surrounding the boundary changes. I listened to parents from Joseph Sims Elementary implore the district not to ruin their children's lives by making them go to an "inferior" school.  I listened to people discuss placing their homes up for sale en masse and moving away rather than send their children to "those" schools, and present alternative boundary proposals that amounted to sending "anyone but us" to Laguna Creek.  

What is it about this subject that divides us so?  How can it be that we all live less than eight minutes from each other, we shop at the same grocery stores, our kids go to elementary school together and play sports together, but somehow there is that much of a difference in the quality of secondary education in our communities? That makes no sense at all.

Our perceptions and our words are very powerful things.  They can help us achieve great things and they can also fracture communities and tank the reputations of entire schools.

Something is wrong when a sixth-grade student comes home from school and tells her parent that a classmate informed her she will probably get shot in the head if she attends Harriet Eddy.  (This happened recently to the daughter of a friend of mine.) When people go on anonymous online forums and talk about violence at Laguna Creek that simply did not happen, indeed something is very wrong.

Eddy's new principal brought his orientation to Foulks Ranch recently. Attendance was dismal.  As a result, very few people heard that Eddy had the lowest rate of drug and violence related suspensions per capita of any middle school in the district last year. Upon further investigation, I found that Laguna Creek was among the four high schools in the district with the lowest rates for drug and violence related suspensions during the same time period. The hype simply does not match the reality. 

Consider the academic test score argument.  It does not take a lot of brainpower to see that at this point the test-score disparity is largely a self-fulfilling prophecy.  People hear some schools are "bad,” so people do acrobatics to send their kids and their test scores to another school, so test scores at the "bad" schools suffer, and then people use the lower test scores to bolster their opinion that the schools are "bad."  

The truth is right there if you are willing to look past the preconceived notions, and seek out facts rather than rumors. I know this because I have done it.  

In the years prior to my daughter's middle school transition I attended all of the Laguna Community Parent Forum meetings hosted by the district—ironically, because I was displeased with the idea of having to send my child to "those" schools. What I discovered was that Eddy and Laguna had a great deal to offer my daughter, including the prospect of having the first and only prestigious International Baccalaureate Program in EGUSD, great leadership training, involved and dedicated teachers, and a sense of community that only her neighborhood schools could provide.

This week, the school district plans to hold a lottery for families who applied to transfer from their assigned schools under the district’s open enrollment policy. Being concerned about your child's education and wanting the best for them is wonderful.  All I am asking is that parents investigate what is actually "the best" before they act.

Where should concerned parents start? Get involved and stay involved. Talk to the principals. Tour the schools. Speak to the Sheriff's School Resource Officers—They know what goes on at our schools.  Ask them all the hard questions, and keep asking until you are satisfied.  

And please, next time you feel like offering me your condolences, don't bother. Instead, ask me why I made the decision I did for my daughter. I’d be happy to share.

Healthy Discussions February 23, 2011 at 07:00 PM
I would like to offer a different perspective to the author's opinion. My children don’t attend HE/LC. I must agree that the opinion piece was well-written and makes sense IF you're a HE/LC family AND you had a positive experience. However, if you choose not to attend those schools it may be because of the "other" truth about HE/LC that wasn't addressed in the article. As reported in October 2010 by the EGUSD, LC had 24% of its residing population leave to attend schools elsewhere in the district and HE had 27% make the same decision. If the schools are desirable then why do students leave? Both principals were recently replaced. If the school is so great why would administration need to be changed? Teachers at other school sites are being told of the possibility that they may be relocated to HE/LC due to the increase in students under the new boundary changes. They are less than pleased. These are not rumors but facts that wave as big red flags for parents that are looking for the best possibly education for their children. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for seeing these schools regain their "flagship status" in our district. All our schools should be regarded as wonderful schools that offer unique programs for our children. It appears the district is starting to take note that concerned parents are insisting the district be held accountable, that hard work IS needed. Until then, THESE are some of the realities that aren't hype!
Elk Grove Laguna Forums February 23, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Those are good questions. Our site has debated the issue quite a bit these past couple of months. Here are a couple of links to those if you are interested, http://www.elkgrove-laguna.net/forums/showthread.php?2401-Get-the-facts-before-you-make-a-decision-for-your... This one below had a lot of comments on it, http://www.elkgrove-laguna.net/forums/showthread.php?1998-Get-ready-for-more-school-boundary-shifts
Nancy Doe February 23, 2011 at 08:27 PM
Healthy Discussions - It seems as if your response is exactly the point the author is making. People who do not attend the schools say vague things, like "other" reasons, and declining enrollment. Hopefully people look at the history of our district, whenever a spanking new school is opened near an existing school, there is a huge enrollment shift...it has happened time and again. People also drag up really old incidents to fortify their stance. Yes, the district did seem to respond to complaints about the past HEMS administration, and it has been a welcome response, but the administration at LCHS was not recently replaced, nor has there been anything but respect and appreciation for the current administration. Thank you Amy Carson for giving a voice to those who are actually at the schools, and who are having the positive jr. high/high school experiences that every child in our district deserves.
Heidi Ireland-Klicker February 23, 2011 at 08:56 PM
I know many teachers who actually WANT to come to HEMS and work under William Del Bonta. Many Pinkerton teachers have expressed that if the population increases they would like to request to come to HEMS. Perhaps you have talked to different teachers than I have. Your percentages do not tell the complete story. These percentages are based upon many people who made their decision before attending our schools. Only one principal was recently replaced and that was at HEMS. That was a change that did need to happen. Here are some more facts: HEMS is the only middle school to have a Junior National Honors Society. HEMS had the lowest drug and violence rate of any middle school in Elk Grove. HEMS is one of only a few middle schools to have a parent organization, PSTAC. Our families are simply standing up to defend our students, teachers and families, and dispel much of this "hype". We too were told not to send our children to LC and HEMS. But we actually did extensive research on both schools. We met administrators, counselors, staff members and students. We toured both schools. I used my connections and found out as much information as possible. I work at Franklin and am proud to send my children to both LC and HEMS. I did not sit on a computer at home and simply search google,and I did not listen to town gossip. We actually educated ourselves. I hope parents will make the best choice for their children. They should, but they don't need to insult us while doing it
Heidi Ireland-Klicker February 23, 2011 at 09:15 PM
I would just like to add one more fact to this discussion. The changes in administration have been brought up. However the two previous VPs at Toby are now at different school sites. The previous VP from HEMS is now at Toby. Why weren't the other administration changes addressed? Administration changes occur for various different reasons. As you may recall many pink slips were sent out last year and many people were moved to different sites. Changes occurred throughout the district. Why are HEMS changes the only issue of all of these changes? The administration change at HEMS was admittedly a needed change. William Del Bonta is an excellent principal. We feel so lucky to have him. He has an excellent reputation, and as an involved HEMS parent, I have had the opportunity to work with him. He is a welcomed change to HEMS.
andrey February 24, 2011 at 03:00 AM
I am currently a Senior at Laguna Creek high school, and I have a sibling that is a sophomore. I chose to stay at Laguna and I will never regret my decision. Freshman year I was not involved in school what so ever, now I am in ASB Student Leadership, Swim, play Water polo, and many other activities. Laguna Creek is a good school and is very welcoming, with a great staff. Me and my sister talk and I hear from her that they have way more fights than we do. I also hear that there are way more sketchy things involving alcohol and drugs. I love Laguna Creek dearly and am glad I chose to go here instead of Franklin. Thank you to whoever wrote this article.
Healthy Discussions February 25, 2011 at 03:49 AM
Heidi/Nancy, I would like to add to your previous points. First, I stand corrected on the fact that Doug Craig is not a recent replacement. However, I am aware that both principals are well-regarded within these schools. That is a good thing, because they do have their share of challenges ahead. That’s great that you found teachers that are interested in transferring to HE. My teacher friends/relatives have a very different perspective on this issue. Unfortunately with the recent 970 pink slips issued teachers may be more flexible with school assignments just to remain employed. Also, I must clarify a point you made about being proud to send your children to HE/LC even though you work at FHS. Working at FHS does not afford you the opportunity to send your children there, even if you wanted, unless of course you live in that attendance boundary. It is currently an over enrolled school site. I just wanted to clarify that point for the readers. I do not agree on your rendition of how parents “educate” themselves to make the best educational choice for their children. Taking advantage of ALL resources available, be it word of mouth recommendations/real experiences, interviewing staff, campus tours, and even getting legit statistical data are all part of the process. Lastly, while these discussions have been pro HE/LC, most have been at the expense of insulting other campuses. The phrase, the pot calling the kettle black comes to mind…
Healthy Discussions February 25, 2011 at 04:15 AM
Just a thought to consider, maybe the school district needs to be held more accountable for NOT standing behind and providing resources "equally" at all campuses. Hello! It's not a new concept, people do their research and know when it's time to move on to greener pastures! If everything truly was equal at all campuses there would be no reason to transfer/open enroll. I feel very strongly that the district has failed us on many levels and this is one example of that. Wouldn't it be terrific to have a say in what, when, where the district dedicates its time and resources? It's called demanding transparency and community input before it becomes policy! After all, it is OUR district and we know our children's needs best.
Nancy Doe February 25, 2011 at 04:08 PM
I completely agree that the school district/school board could have/should have been more proactive in recognizing and addressing the issues around HEMS/LCHS, TJ/FHS and Pnkerton/COHS...hindsight is 20/20. Now it is up to the community to get all of these schools operating at their best and to embrace the fact that our children can/will get quality educations at any of these schools, therefore, there is no need to leave our neighborhood schools for open enrollment. Why did 27% leave? I'd love to ask each and every one of them. Did they personally have a bad experience at the campus, or did they hear from someone that someone told them that they heard someone had a bad experience? That is the point.
Heidi Ireland-Klicker February 26, 2011 at 04:44 AM
I haven't seen anyone insult other campuses. I'm not sure how many other discussions you are on, but I have been extremely proud of our Cardinal family and their ability to defend themselves using substantiated experiences and facts without insulting anyone. FHS has only been at capacity for the last 2 years, and before joining the Wildcat family, I worked with the great kids at Toby for years, and I love all of them. I have nothing bad to say about either campus. I love all of the kids I work with over there as well as all of the kids I have worked with volunteering at HEMS and LC, and all of my children's friends from LC and HEMS. I had a rather long response to all of your points, but have decided to leave you with only one last comment from me that my grandmother used to say: You don't know what you think you know.
plant.good.seeds February 27, 2011 at 07:55 AM
Those facts about parents making decisions to leave the schools can't be quite accurate. Does it say why they chose that? Most of those decisions were most likely made in ignorantly- being that most people do not research things (googling is not real research- it is the bathroom wall of America). Thank you Heidi for doing some accurate research. Just because the administration changed- doesn't make it a negative thing. Change is good- if things aren't changing- they are most likely dead. Change=growth. The issue should not be to defend each school, or say which school is better or has more problems just because students are leaving. We should ask how can each school make the other school even better? How can we provide better environment and education for the kids in every way, every school, every classroom? The community should work as one to make ALL schools the way each parent would dream of. And to be honest, there is drugs and violence in every school in some way or another. Don't think whatever school you are for isn't.
Healthy Discussions February 27, 2011 at 11:52 PM
Why did the 27% leave??? No one REALLY knows, because the district has never bothered to ask that question of parents when they fill out the form to open enroll/transfer their student. At least not until now -this year. It was mentioned by our newest board member, Al Rowlett, at a recent board meeting. He addressed the panel and asked if anyone inquired as to the reason "why" students leave their intended neighborhood school. The answer was "no." He recommended that the question be put on the open enrollment form. And literally the very next day it was added to the on-line form. Thank goodness for a proactive board member that has common sense! However, in the meantime, it doesn't matter who says what and where the information is coming from. It's going to continue to happen until EACH SCHOOL SITE HAS EQUAL RESOURCES NO MATTER THE ENROLLMENT. It is the district that has chosen to put on the blinders when stocking some schools with the coolest and the best of everything while others make do. I don't claim to know all that is needed to know on this topic, however I do know more than I can let on without jeopardizing people's positions/jobs. This is why the community needs to get involved with the process. There are 62,000+ students in this school district and clearly the district needs our input.
Healthy Discussions March 02, 2011 at 06:30 PM
This was on School Loop. School Accountability Report Cards Available The current School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available online at the Elk Grove Unified School District website at http://www.egusd.net/schools/sarcs/index.cfm. Both a long detailed format and a short executive summary are posted for parents to learn more about the schools in our community. Each school’s SARC summarizes the school's mission, goals, accomplishments, and highlights the school’s unique programs. In addition, state law requires that the SARC contain all of the following: demographic data, school safety and climate for learning information, academic data, school completion rates, class sizes, teacher and staff information, curriculum and instruction descriptions, postsecondary preparation information, fiscal and expenditure data.
Marty March 02, 2011 at 06:55 PM
The Elk Grove Unified School District will hold four public meetings throughout March to discuss the state of California's budget crisis and its effect on public education. EGUSD faces a $40 million budget shortfall if Governor Jerry Brown's proposed tax extension measure fails to appear on a special election ballot and pass in June. The district has identified a combination of cuts that impacts all district divisions and schools, as well as one-time dollars. The proposed reductions total almost $35 million, potentially affecting nearly 440 full-time equivalent positions. The public meetings will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. on the following dates at these locations: March 10, 2011 Sheldon High School Performing Arts Center March 22, 2011 Valley High School Cafeteria March 24, 2011 James Rutter Middle School Cafeteria March 31, 2011 Franklin High School Cafeteria
LeAnne Rojas March 03, 2011 at 07:00 AM
As a former student of both Eddy and LCHS, I have nothing but phenomenal things to say about them. I had compassionate teachers and counselors that truly cared about my success and well-being. These aren't "bad" schools. It's who your child chooses to hang out with and whether or not they have safe havens to go to in times of need. Even though I disliked the security and yard patrols when I was younger, I can admit that I always felt safe. So stop hating on the two schools and just be more involved with the school and your children's lives.
ylg March 04, 2011 at 07:38 PM
This article and its comments remind me of the saying: For those who know, no explanation is necessary, for those who don't know, no explanation is enough. All three of my children have gone to HE and LC. I currently have two at LC and could not be more happy with the education they have received. My grandma also had a saying; If you only look for bad, you are going to find it. lol
Amy Carson March 05, 2011 at 07:55 PM
The Patch has posted a follow-up news article entitled "By the Numbers: Middle and High Schools in West Elk Grove." The statistics and links posted in the articles give a starting point for anyone attempting to look at the whole picture. http://elkgrove.patch.com/articles/by-the-numbers-middle-and-high-schools-in-west-elk-grove
Coach Bill March 06, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Amy, beautifully written and so true about Harriet Eddy and Laguna Creek. While about 95 percent of the commenters are on board with Amy's story, it's because of the "Healthy Discussions" of the world that stories like this are needed. I graduated one son from Laguna Creek who absolutely loved it, from his involvement in the AVID program (yes, LC has one) to playing two sports. He was back on campus yesterday (March 4) watching his little brother play a baseball game for Laguna Creek. My youngest son is a freshman, getting good grades, making new friends and playing two sports. He doesn't want to be anywhere but Laguna Creek. As previously mentioned in the story and in comments, Laguna also now has an IB program. How many other schools in Elk Grove have one of those? Kids walking home from school around LC aren't slapped around by older chumps and mugged for their cell phones, skateboards and backpacks, like they are near other schools in Elk Grove, as we read - weekly - in the Citizen's police log. Laguna Creek is a great high school filled with great teachers leading fine young students. ... Oh, and just in case it hasn't been mentioned already, Eddy's last principal wasn't exactly "replaced." He moved "up" - from Eddy Middle School to McClatchy High School. He must have done something right at Eddy to earn that opportunity.
Linda Seddon August 11, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Thank you for posting this article. This is something that has needed saying for a long time. My son was a student at Harriet Eddy and is about to enter LC as a freshman. When he entered seventh grade, we for open enrollment at Pinkerton. This was not because of rumors about Eddy, but because we liked Pinkerton's block schedule and several programs the school offered. My son was not chosen, and he ended up at Eddy. At the beginning of the school year I attended a meeting for parents who had tried to transfer their students under open enrollment. I was curious to see why these parents wanted to transfer their kids. At the meeting I was shocked to discover that there was some kind of witch hunt going on among some of the parents. They were pointing to negative things that were clearly heard through the grapevine and were completely unsubstantiated by facts. Someone talked about about Eddy being a school for "those kids" and commented about the way the kids dressed. I don't know for sure what was meant by that, and I don't really want to speculate because it would suggest something quite upsetting about my community. Anyway, my son went through Harriet Eddy with a fulfilling and challenging academic program and without experiencing problems with other students. Children of many friends had the same experience. Even so, my son once commented that he had been told Eddy was a "ghetto" school.
Linda Seddon August 11, 2011 at 04:40 PM
(continued from above) I laughed out loud when I heard this. I am originally from Los Angeles, and I can assure you that there is no such thing as a "ghetto" in Elk Grove. My son has no reason to expect problems at LC either. He is on course for the IB program, and I am very pleased that he will be attending the only school that currently offers this opportunity. I also find it interesting that the people that make negative claims about these schools seem to largely be people without actual experience at either school. Anyone who has taken a class in basic logic would conclude that the claim that students are leaving the school due to excessive violence or an inferior program is a fallacy of logic called presumption.
Stevie A. Ware December 23, 2011 at 09:05 AM
t has been common knowledge in the Elk Grove community that the principal at Harriet Eddy needs to be replaced. The blind justifications that you and the alumni continue to proffer for both institutions (Harriet and Laguna Creek) are laughable and endemic of the challenges facing the Elk Grove community in large. No puff piece in the Patch will stem the tide of harsh reality that these schools are riddled with. Namely, incompetent administration that is more concerned with the cleanliness of their Mercedes and the attractiveness of their counselors than the well being of their students. Amy Carson and others are nothing more than the survivors of the Titanic, who were grateful to still be alive after the sinking of the ship... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Truth Seekers.
Heidi Ireland-Klicker December 23, 2011 at 09:37 AM
Mr. Ware- You have no idea what you are talking about. The administration at Eddy WAS replaced during the 2009/10 school year. The former VP is now at Toby Johnson, none of them drive Mercedes, and the counselor at Eddy is an older woman (although your comment about attractive counselors was both weird and irrelevant). My daughter has met several friends this school year that transferred to LCHS from EGHS and FHS this year for the IB Programme (which you obviously know nothing about) and the Green Energy Technology Academy. I'm not sure where you get your "common knowledge" about the Elk Grove community, but your ignorance is showing.
Amy Carson December 23, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Thank you, Mr. Ware, for so eloquently illustrating my exact point. Halfway through another year with children at both schools, I don't believe I could be more pleased with the educational experience my children are having. I would invite you and anyone else who still clings to your sort of thinking to feel free to populate other area schools. I am pleased and relieved that your ignorant statements are finally showing for what they are to most people who matter. The tide has turned and nothing folks like you say is going to change that.
Stevie Ware February 12, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Ms. Carson and Ms.Ireland Klicker, you are both correct, as I had been so disgusted with the previous administration's incompetence over the years, I failed to keep abreast of the transition underway at Eddy with new principal Del Bonta. I hope that he is able to effectively turn around what were real, measurable problems at the school and that all children attending are afforded the administrative and academic focus and resources necessary to excel. It has been my personal experience that the Elk Grove community would rather burry their head in denial than put in the hard work mandated to face issues and rectify impropriety. I would be interested to know where the both of you stood with regards to Eddy's prior administration. The International Baccalaureate program is a fine addition to the LCHS curriculum and is a tremendous program but it is also misused to bolster struggling schools in an attempt to create an academic cache amidst their challenged student body and unfavorable public opinion. I trust that the involved parents on this thread and their students will make effective use of the I.B. program at LCHS. Some of us have been left with such a bad taste in our mouths with regards to HEMS and LCHS pre 2009-2010 that it sours our ability to rationally re-assess. Please understand that when children's futures are at stake, your words and recommendations carry the potential to effect said futures. I hope you are correct in your estimation and support of both campuses.
Chris Scardina February 22, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Mr. Ware, I am glad to see that although you are not PRO HEMS/LCHS you are at least willing to see that there is good going on at both schools. However, due to lack of current and substantial information community members keep regurgitating misinformation at the expense of the students. I personally know a great deal of kids currently attending just about every middle and high school in EGUSD and they are all great kids. The students that gave Eddy and Laguna Creek the bad reputation that still follows them have graduated. Yes, there are some bad students, but this type of student is at every school. The API test scores at both Laguna Creek and Harriet Eddy have risen in the last two years. Eddy had one of the highest gains in the school district. These students come from GREAT feeder schools and have an enormous amount of pride in their schools. I have to agree with your statement regarding how many in our community hide our heads when it comes to problems and unfortunately it happened to these two schools. Too many parents opted to hide instead of fight for their neighborhood schools. This has strenghtened the student body. In regards to offering the IB program at LCHS to boost enrollment that is not the case. The administration is providing their students with a tool to help them elevate their educational accolades in order to get into MIT, Harvard, Stanford, etc. over other applicants.
Amy Carson February 22, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Mr. Ware, You stated: "It has been my personal experience that the Elk Grove community would rather bury their head in denial than put in the hard work mandated to face issues and rectify impropriety. I would be interested to know where the both of you stood with regards to Eddy's prior administration." My response to this is that it was almost immediately apparent to me when my daughter started at Eddy that there was a serious management problem. Not a teacher problem. Not a student problem. A management problem. The administrative change that occurred was long overdue and I believe that parents like me who stayed and drew attention to this problem with the district in some way played a part in finally making that happen. We did not bury our heads in the sand and we certainly did not run away from the problem, trashing a whole school along the way. You are correct when you say "when children's futures are at stake, your words and recommendations carry the potential to effect said futures." It goes both ways.
Linda Seddon February 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM
My son is now a freshman at Laguna High School, and so far, I am very impressed with the teachers, administration, and student body alike. I just wanted to contribute a piece of information for anyone who might be concerned that the IB program is being used for purposes of bolstering enrollment or to create an "academic cache." While it is true that there are a limited number of students earning the IB diploma, it is my understanding that IB classes are open to any student who is interested, and students will be encouraged to take these classes even if they are not earning the full diploma. This program will extend to a much wider group of students than many people realize. I also noticed that the school is doing a great job of offering after school tutoring and enrichment opportunities even in the face of the current budget issues. We are on a good path. Whatever occurred in the past, let's continue to support such efforts toward improvement at all Elk Grove schools.
Olivia August 25, 2012 at 08:12 PM
I have 2 children who attended Laguna Creek High School all four years. They are amazing citizens and they could not have attended a better high school. The staff was amazing and supportive. My oldest went on to attend an Ivy League college and is now a medical physician. He had an amazing advocacy teacher who was a wonderful role model for both my children. Thank you Laguna Creek High School and Mrs. Dettner.
Laguna Ady January 26, 2013 at 08:32 PM
I'm a former student at LCHS class of 06. I loved Laguna high! It was fun and I learned more at this high school than I do in college. Everyone at this school is like a family...I'm not sure what happened in the past 6 years that has caused this schools reputation to drop down...I currently reside in San Ramon, California..we have excellent schools here in the east Bay Area the only problem is......DRUGS. Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, Alamo etc all of these affluent cities struggles with drug abuse problems with high school students. Mostly because these children have an excess of everything. I hear the craziest stories about the drug problems around here....this was NEVER and issue at Laguna Creek, none of the students seemed interested in drugs or alcohol. This is a school for athletes and future college bound humans!
Elk Grove dad February 17, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Our family moved recently into the area and this article has been an exact match for our experience. We heard the rumors, we saw the long faces, we heard the "oh, you poor things", but I can't figure out why. My daughter likes it there and even if Franklin opens up a spot for her she plans to decline. Same for my son. I'm at a loss to explain why people view it as a "ghetto school", other than some people just want to make themselves more important than others. I've come to the conclusion that those with an attitude problem about Laguna Creek should take a closer look at their own motives before popping off their ignorant mouths.

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