Recently, my wife and I vicariously became our freshman daughter at Stevenson High School. We filled her shoes, walked the hallways and attended her classes, mingling with other concerned parents and adapting to being a young student with her individual instructors. What an adventurous and educational orientation,
In Lake County, we pay the highest assessed real estate taxes in the state. The majority of those fees pay school districts. I've always understood the value of a quality education when it comes to the enhancement to your child's future -- and I reiterate District 125 does not let you down.
Stevenson is organized, from the custodial maintenance, to the teacher camaraderie, to the student experience.
It's a highly competitive situation, edged on by us parents and encouraged by the feeder school districts. This school is quite diverse in its ethnicity makeup and offers a multitude of clubs and after-school activities. I would equate it to a small college. The effects produce a quicker rise to maturity and a willingness to ride its coattails by helping others.
Our daughter can take AP English in her sophomore year and earn college credits that soon. Her Spanish 2 class is taught with a school-loaned iPad. Her advanced biology class is really hands-on review of homework assignments from the instructors lecture viewed online from home. In her jewelry class, they use acetylene torches, power saws and drills. Their physical education classes get them in peak shape catered to individual goals.
The biggest gain I embraced comes down to one word: support. It's abundant, everywhere. A huge campus comprised of 4,400 plus students is enough to frighten any 15-year-old. Her counselor already has a plan in place to help get her to the promised land.
In conclusion, it's a shower of Patriot power. Randy F. Gollay