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Recently, Alhambra high School sent out letters to its students giving them the option to transfer to Blair High School due to it’s PI Status. Why do you think this has occurred? Would you leave AHS? Why or why not?

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“I would not leave AHS because I see a possibility in assisting the change for a brighter tomorrow. AHS has provided me with the environment for the strongest influence on my character and life.” – Ryan Liang, senior

“Although I am fine with this school, I would get the chance to receive a better education by transferring to Blair High School.” – Ashley Eng, junior

“Yes, [I would leave AHS.] AHS’ mindset is just merely too large to fix without being too destructive.[Administrators] have to look at the student attitudes; they can’t be changing teachers [all the time. They should] figure out why the students are so apathetic. I don’t feel as if it’s completely the teachers’ faults.” – Phillip Tang, senior

“I don’t think AHS is a lesser school [because of its PI status.] I think that I try hard enough; I am my own person [with my own standardized test scores.] I don’t think that the school[’s status] should represent who I am.” – Bliss Aguirre, freshman

“I do not believe that AHS’ status as a PI school is [an accurate] reflection of the education offered here. Standardized tests are rarely a reflection of an education, let alone a student’s intelligence. Personally, I would not leave AHS. No matter what high school you go to, it’s the student’s responsibility to take advantage of the resources that are provided, and Alhambra offers so much.” – Taylor Thomas, junior

“No, I wouldn’t transfer because the status of our school doesn’t really conflict with me and my grades so I see no point in leaving if I can improve my grades by myself.” – Gabriel Gonzalez, sophomore

“We just don’t have motivation. There’s nothing in the world today that’s inspirational about education. But no, I wouldn’t leave AHS, I’d rather be a diamond in the rough than a diamond in a pile of diamonds.” – Agatha Handojo, junior

“I think the pressure of having tests determine students’ futures prevents them from doing well. Schools force students to learn based on curriculi instead of learning how to think and find their interests. I wouldn’t leave AHS because I have already created a foundation for my school life and the likeliness of finding a school that teaches for the pursuit of knowledge and not for tests is unlikely.” Kyle Ang, sophomore

MOOR graphics by LESLIE HWANG

QUOTES gathered by DEREK WU, ELTON HO, REBECCA ZENG, AMBER LI, PAULA KIRYA, JADE LIEU and SYLVIA WINSTON

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