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Principal’s Corner: What Lakers want you to know about North Tahoe High

Joanna Mitchell
Special to the Sun

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — When we think about great schools, we often look to local, state and national awards, standardized test scores, or school rankings. In the past couple of years, North Tahoe High School has worked hard to achieve several of these benchmarks for excellence.

We were named a California Gold Ribbon School in 2015, a California Title 1 High Achieving School in 2014 and 2015, ranked among the nation's top 10 of high schools according to US News & World Report, and among the most challenging high schools in the nation according to the Washington Post.

However, the qualities of a truly outstanding school cannot be communicated through awards alone. So I wanted to share a little bit about what our students want you to know about North Tahoe High School and what makes it great.

A Supportive School Climate and Culture

Aidan Anderson: "It's a close community that gives students a lot of opportunities and freedom to explore their interests."

Andy Sanchez: "It's like a big family because everyone knows and supports each other."

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Hunter Spanier: "Everyone is really accepting of everyone else. This is supported by a great Wellness Program."

An Amazing Staff

Jerri Jepsen: "Teachers are really understanding about both academics and personal stuff. They respect our needs and support us."

Liseth Razo: "Teachers treat us with a lot of respect and don't act like they are better than us. They are more like coaches than bosses. They don't just want us to get work done. They want us to get better and really understand."

Nicole Evans: "Teachers work hard to encourage every student and they don't give up on anyone."

Cristian Anguiano: "The teachers give us so much one on one attention."

Angel Leon: "The overall attitude of the teachers is encouraging and uplifting. It makes you want to get your work done and is very positive."

Quality Academics

Kaya Williams: "At no other school can students witness and experience the profound passion of the faculty not just for the material they are teaching but also for the success of their students. In my four years here, I have never felt inadequately prepared for an exam and I am confident that my education here has pushed me to strive for the most extensive goals in my pursuit of higher education."

Katie Butterfield: "People don't realize how much North Tahoe has to offer in academics compared with other schools in the area. There are more AP classes and other challenging courses than other small schools, and we have amazing teachers who push our thinking in every way!"

Eric Bourke: "There's a lot of technology available to students, which opens up new pathways of learning. Every student has a Chromebook!"

Tilley Gibeaut: "There's a lot of information and support from the counselor and teachers regarding college preparation, applications, and scholarships."

Janet Diaz: "The library is a great place to be. They have helped us develop our love of reading."

Extracurricular Opportunities and Support

Camryn Turner: "There are a variety of clubs and sports available, and there is always room for students to create more."

Sophia Sanchez: "The school is really supportive of students' athletic pursuits, and they collaborate with students really well to help them balance school and sports."

Ross Tester: "North Tahoe provides a lot of flexibility and support (through the Independent Study/Ski Academy) for athletes who have to travel a lot for competitions. This has helped me a lot over the past couple of years to keep up on academics and remain a competitive skier."

There you have it, straight from the students' mouths. North Tahoe High School is a small school, with big offerings, made up of a close, accepting community of students and teachers.

Our teachers are amazing in their support for and encouragement of their students. The variety of academic and extra-curricular opportunities rival any large comprehensive high school and our students have even more opportunities to participate and take on leadership roles.

If you didn't know all these great things about your local high school, please come visit and check us out and follow us on Facebook. Go Lakers!

Joanna Mitchell is principal of North Tahoe High School within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org for more.