Jack Otto

Shelton High School4

Shelton, WA | Mason County

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March 17, 2014


Shelton High is in a very poor town and it is a very poor school. the facilities are falling apart. The school needs to be rebuilt. As a former student, I took the hardest classes offered. Honors classes were a joke. They handed out good grades and gave very easy assignments. The course catalog claims to offer AP classes, they never offered a single one while I was there. They claimed that there were not enough people to fill the class. They offer plenty of remedial and basic classes. Students get to their senior year and still have trouble reading (Because they were never taught right). Violence was common at Oakland Bay JR High, but was less common at the high school. There are several good teachers, but for the most part, they contribute to the poor achievement in the school. They are graduating people who cannot read, write, or do basic math. Many students have problems at home (single parent, homeless, very poor, violence, etc). These problems are brought into the classroom.

Submitted by a student

June 2, 2013


I'm finishing off my sophomore year here. There are both pros and cons to this school. Good Things: Unlike what someone else said, there is little violence. Fights aren't as common as they are at the junior high. There are some ace teachers. The drainage system (which I'm surprised no one mentioned) got infinitely better after they took out the beautiful trees. They offer AP history courses and (I believe) an AP science class or two. The counselors are both very friendly and very helpful. Bad Things: The principal is awful. She's rude and is never around. Harassment is a big issue at this school. Most of the teachers will help you if you mention something, but otherwise they turn a blind eye. One of my teachers harasses me. There's nothing I can do about it. He's retiring this year. The campus is outdoors, so when it rains, you get wet. The tennis courts have major cracks in them and probably won't be repaired for another 20-40 years. As someone else mentioned, the communication issues between the junior high and the high school are bad. Schedules get messed up. A lot of people skip school. Even some of the teachers have the "it's just Shelton, you'll never get anywhere" attitude.

Submitted by a student

January 6, 2012


My student entered this school from another school district, excelling and earning scholarship awards. With a good chance of fulfilling their dream of going to medical school to be a surgeon. My student found in their new school SHS that not all the classes, including Math and foreign language, had books for their students. The teachers here are not paid for any over time or coaching so the students suffer as teachers are forced to look elsewhere to supplement their pitiful income. My student doesn't want to leave friends for another school, but now my student who had ivy league paths now has to concede to a lower level state school. It is only the work from the previous school that my student even has the option of college. The school has tried to convince my student that a nursing assistant certificate is as good or better then getting a surgeon's education. Even the beauty that a reviewer stated is gone. The forest was ploughed down and a cement yard was put in it's place. For as someone recently at the school said 'SHS students aren't very smart, they might trip on tree roots'. I doubt the majority of students here had so little potential until they were taught so.

Submitted by a parent

August 4, 2011


I'm a community member and a teacher (not at the HS level.) It's my impression that this high school does a fairly good job. Yes, it's a small town and there are classic issues one deals with - rivalries, politics, etc., but SHS is essentially a good school. Before I secured a permanent position I subbed here. I found reasonable lesson plans, engaging, mostly polite kids, and helpful colleagues. Make a visit before believing trollish reviews, please. Thank you -

August 31, 2010


the principal is not a good leader. she is hard nosed and believes everything that she says is right. even when proven wrong she will not accept it and admit that she was wrong. strong leaders will admit that they are wrong when necessary, that is why she is not a strong leader. the school has odd dicipline methods. you can be expelled for having your cell phone in class, yet if you get in fights you just get suspended. and fights are very common. you cant even go inbetween classes without walking around a fight. teachers most of the time never see any of them. people leave campus all of teh time to smoke and they never get caught. the academica are horrible. they have a ton of remedial courses and only one or two higher (college or AP)classes. they dont offer anything else to the higher acheiving student.

Submitted by a parent

March 3, 2010


I hate the shelton high school. I am so depressed when i step onto the campus. Whenever i get to school it is like a new environment. I am always afraid for my safety.

Submitted by a student

October 1, 2009


The school is an average high school;some good teachers and programs. Kids ca make the most of school. The middle and high schools have poor communication,coperation.

Submitted by a parent

November 25, 2008


I just graduated Shelton High School with the class of 08'. SHS is a pretty good school to grow up going to, but it has its advantages and disadvantages. There are some amazing teachers and some terrible ones. If you can, try to get either mr prante or mr faire for math, they are both tough but excellent. For english mr baugh is a must.

Submitted by a student

November 17, 2008


I went to four different high schools and Shelton was my favorite. People are friendly. To this day I keep in touch with everyone I know. The teachers are great and I had the best math teacher when I went there. Shelton is a very good school.

Submitted by a student

December 12, 2007


Shelton has excellent programs and teachers. There are many students that leave very successful out of this school. The math teachers at the higher levels are exceptional

Submitted by a student

April 17, 2006


Shelton High School has an excellent staff and is a beautiful outdoor campus. The buildings are set amongst woods and grassy areas, and are set in a cirucular pattern around the Library. The students are friendly and the violence is low.

Submitted by a parent

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