Everest Public High School
|Everest Public High School|
|455 Fifth Ave
Redwood City, California, USA
|Type||College prep Public Charter high school|
|School district||Sequoia Union High School District|
|Director||Kelly Garcia (successor to Jon Deane)|
|Team name||Snow Leopards|
The school, which was modeled after Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, opened in August 2009 following State approval of the Everest charter, after having been denied by the Sequoia Union High School district and the San Mateo County Office of Education the previous year.
The location of the school was subsequently disputed, with Sequoia District seeking to relocate it to East Palo Alto, but a lawsuit with the district was settled in May 2010. Everest remained at its initial location until June 2011. The new location comes into effect August 2011 and will be located near Menlo Park.
Everest admits roughly 100 freshmen each year. Where there are more than 100 applicants, admission is decided by lottery.
In August 2009, 105 freshman (class of 2013) began at Everest.
In August 2010, 112 new freshmen were admitted (class of 2014), and the school had roughly 200 students.
In August 2011, about 100 new freshmen were added to Everest, thus making its size roughly 300 students.
In August 2012, Everest will have freshmen (class of 2016), sophomores (class of 2015), juniors (class of 2014), and seniors (class of 2013) for the first time.
Clubs and teams
Everest has a number of teams and clubs, run by pupils and supervised by teachers. Some of them are the Game Club, Journalism Club (which produces Everest's student gazette, the "Yak'n Yeti"), Ultimate Frisbee Club, Rockband/Music Club, Everest Forensics Team (speech and debate), Art Club, Poetry Club, Model United Nations, and Sewing Club. Clubs and teams are bound to proliferate and change as the school grows older.
Everest High School offers A through G requirements, and their curriculum is built to make 100% of students 4-year college-ready in terms of academics.
As freshmen, students take Biology, English, World History, Geometry, Spanish, and Independent Learning or Algebra I, and an elective course. Roughly half of students coming into Everest have already taken Algebra, so instead of needing to retake this course, they have a period called "Independent Learning", where they can silently work on homework and prepare for other classes. A small percentage of incoming freshmen took Geometry in 8th grade. Normally, the school does not permit students to take alternative courses or skip classes, but there are a few exceptions.
Students are encouraged to take courses online and expand their extracurricular participation, however the administration is strict about sticking to the Everest curriculum and making sure that all students are proficient or advanced in all of their classes.
As sophomores, students take Physics, English, World History, Algebra 2, Spanish 2, and an elective course. The workload increases by 30-50% from freshman year, for the teachers try to prepare students for college and for AP classes as juniors and seniors.
As juniors, students take Chemistry, AP English, AP US History, Pre-Calculus, Spanish 3, and College Readiness. Since most high schools offer more AP classes than Everest does, there has been much controversy about whether Everest academics are rigorous enough to be impressive on applications for high-performing colleges. However, students may take additional AP courses online at their own discretion.
As seniors, students take AP Environmental Science, AP Literature, AP Government, AP Calculus, AP Spanish, and an elective course. The course is rigorous and will allow students to get college credit before even entering college the following year.
For freshmen, sophomore, and senior years, Everest students take an elective course. This period is called "Intersession". For the entirety of January, the second half of May, and the first half of June, students take an intensive elective course. Options include Visual Art, Filmmaking, Cooking, Martial Arts, Soccer, Drama, Robotics, Technology, and multiple other classes. For at least one of the three years, students must take a visual performing arts course as part of the A through G requirements. Whereas regular elective classes are pass/fail, students are evaluated with letter grades for VPA courses.
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