MonthMarch 2018

March 28, 2018

Karla, Brandon, Leo

Pacific Collegiate Charter:

Completion of Advanced Placement courses is required for graduation, as is study of at least one foreign language. Students must also complete at least 20 hours of community service per year


Oxford Academy:

Requirements of 4 AP classes to graduate

At the end of their sophomore year, students choose between a business track or a health and science track to supplement their core courses.

The top schools are private and the failing schools are usually public. The fact that there are AP requirements is probably why they are more successful in academics than the failing schools.

Both of these schools have a big percentage of full time teachers and small class sizes.  The teachers are also available after school.

Karla: I went to a private jesuit high school. There was no requirement of AP courses, but we did have to do a lot of community service. My school had small class sizes and the professors were very available after class. I could say that my high school was a balance of both of these types of schools.

Reflection (Brandon):

After looking at what makes these high ranking high schools in the United States, I can say that my high school fell well behind these requirements. Whether it be the lack of AP classes offered or the student to teacher ratio, my high school didn’t stack up to the high schools shown on the list. In addition, the support given towards students, while still present, is nowhere near the amount said to be towards those in high ranking schools. Furthermore, the state and budget of my school pales in comparison to the private and sought after institutions for education.

Reflection (Leo): After researching about those successful school in the US, and compare my high school to those high ranking high schools, I found that my old high school could be considered as a failing high school, there are no AP classes requirements or foreign languages studies requirements, and sometimes we don’t have enough teachers.



March 26, 2018

In elementary school, I went to a school that was public and had a majority of latino students. I felt that I did not really realize culture distinctions until middle school, where I went to a school that had a variety of different race groups. Class distinctions were not really noticeable in middle school, because it was still a public school as well. Private school really changed my perceptions on things. Race and class distinctions were noticeable.  The rich only conversed with the rich. The rest of the classes were left to hang out with each other. Before the presidential election of 2016, there was a lot of racial tension in my senior class. Many people were so ignorant and it just baffled me. Discrimination was not really there but at the same time it could be seen through the cliques.  These experiences really showed me to have a certain patience for ignorance and opposing viewpoints.

March 9, 2018

White Latin Americans(wiki)

This article talks about the origin of fair skinned latinos who are often portrayed as white european.  I feel that this article did not really talk about the skin color discrimination that many Latin American countries have. In the article it is stated that “some American media outlets have criticised Latin American media for allegedly featuring a disproportionate number of blond and blue-eyed/green-eyed white actors and actresses in telenovelas, relative to non-whites”. This is actually very accurate which is surprising to see coming from a wikipedia article. The above quote was the only source of skin color discrimination found in the article. I am upset that it did not talk about how Latin American media sources depict indigenous people as lower class and poor. That is the reality of the skin color issue. Wikipedia lacks some information that is crucial to know about and that is where we have to watch out.

March 5, 2018

According to my research, MIT was deemed as the top university in the world in 2018. I also did some research on MIT’s scholarships and they would only be given out if it is financially necessary.  This goes to show how difficult it is to attend these elite schools. A low income student has to battle two different aspects when it comes to attending these top tier schools. Admittance and financial aid are two problems that higher education bring. These resources show that higher education is definitely a competition to gain privilege of going to a top school.

QS world university rankings 2018: statistics. (2018, February 28). Retrieved March 05, 2018, from

Tuition and Financial Aid. (n.d.). Retrieved March 05, 2018, from


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