November 23, 2010
C.K. McClatchy High
Sacramento’s C.K. McClatchy High School (CKM) is distinctly known as one of the better public high schools in the region. Founded in 1937 and located in the high-quality Land Park neighborhood, CKM is particularly known for being one of the better academic as well as athletic high schools for parents to send their prosperous children. One of the great aspects of CKM is the connection that is built between everyone that is a part of the everyday activities of the school. Thus why this community is a solidarity community, as Jnanabrata Bhattacharyya defines in “Theorizing Community Development” it is a community where there is a shared identity via a shared type of culture/place and there is a code of conduct for people to address problems within the specific community. Everyone that is a part of CKM feels this sense of solidarity with one another as each student and faculty member is proud to be a member of this community because of the better reputation that it has compared to all the other schools within the district and the overall easy-going, feel good vibe that everyone that interacts within the high school has.
I, as a student, could not ask for a better high school experience, as these four years were the best four years of my life. The rigorous education that was provided through CKM’s prestigious Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP) program helped prepare me more for college than any other high school in the region could have possibly done. Moreover, being that I did not grow up in the residential district and had never been to school with the other students that attended CKM, it was a learning experience getting to meet new people that I had never known before; something that most other students that attended CKM did not have to deal with. Now that I am an alumnus, it is hard to interact the same way that I used to, though I still go to the football and occasional basketball games because of the connection that I still have to the high school and the memories that it gives me. I will always remember the advice that was given to me from my past teachers, my English teacher, Mr. Cosgrove, was like a second father as he gave me advice about life and kept me humble. CKM helped me prepare to step out into the real world, more so than I thought before attending and that’s why its reputation holds true.
CKM prides itself as being one of the most diverse high schools not just in the city of Sacramento, but of the entire nation as well. Being as Sacramento itself is one of the more diverse cities in the nation, this is not surprising. As of the 2009-2010 academic year and approximately 2,000 students, the demographics broke down as follows: 28% Hispanic, 27% Asian, 27% White, 9% African American, and 9% other. All coming from a variety of different social classes, but mainly from upper middle class families as the surrounding Land Park neighborhood is an upper-middle class neighborhood. The concept of social capital as described by Robert Putnam is raised by this demographic as the students do not all share the same background and come from many different neighborhoods, so most students have little in common with each other. There is a strong bridging social capital between the students of CKM as the students, though they come from all these different backgrounds, are able to coexist with one another and act as if there is no difference between them, as if they are just like them in every way.
Within the school, as brought upon before, there is an academic program known as the HISP program that the highly motivated academic students enroll into every year. Approximately one fourth of each graduating class is comprised of this prestigious program. As a four-year program, students take their history and English courses together with fellow program-mates, building the camaraderie with everyone within the program. By the time...
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