Youth who are thinking about attending, or who are already attending, Salt River High School had the opportunity to learn more about the school by attending Future Eagles Night on January 26, at the high school lecture hall.
The goal of the program was to encourage families of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to choose Salt River High School for their students. To start off the program, a dinner was served in the high school cafeteria. After that, everyone headed into the lecture hall while the high school JROTC presented the colors and offered a presentation. The SRHS band and choir also performed.
Salt River High School principal Jon Gentile welcomed everyone to the event and told the future students that they are a part of the change and input for the next school year and the future of the school.
“We want to hear from the Community members and others on what they might like to see in Salt River High School,” said Gentile. “We want to know why the students chose or didn’t choose to attend [SRHS].”
The principal continued, explaining how SRHS wants to be the right school for Community families. “Tell us what you want in your high school and why,” said Gentile.
The program was for students in fifth through 11th grade and included discussions with current students, student-led tours of the school, as well as an explanation of the high school’s mission statement and core values. Testimonials by SRHS students were shown on a screen during the program.
Salt River High School is the only high school from which Scottsdale Community College allows students on its campus during the day to attend classes to gain college credit. The school also has a good relationship with Arizona State University, for students working on college algebra.
“We all have choices and take different paths, but it is all about that passion,” said Gentile about pursuing higher education after high school.
Parents asked Gentile some questions about how SRHS students achieve academic awards, who is providing the school lunches, and what programs are available for accelerated or gifted students.