Our little bubble: living between schools


Gretchen Miller

This year, a fence was put up separating Carlsbad High School from Carlsbad Village Academy. The fence was added to ensure the safety of all students on both campuses.

All of us have noticed the fenced part of our school right next to the 3000 and 1000 buildings, but not many of us know what it is exactly. Most students hardly knew anything about it, and even the small percent of kids who are aware of the school, have the common misconception it’s like juvie.

CVA turns out to be a school for “kids at risk”. It works with a trimester system and it is does not follow CHS curriculum. The purpose is for kids to achieve the minimum school requirements in hopes to attend a normal school. CVA employs outside agencies to provide support groups for the students; and the school’s regulations and rules are much more restrained than average schools.

Just for a minute, try putting yourselves in the shoes of a CVA student. Imagine waking up every day and going to a school labeled as “juvie”. Your “campus” will consist of seven trailers, your “plaza” is the size of a basketball court and you will be checked for your current status every four weeks.

This is not meant to intimidate you or try to make you keep your distance from CVA students. Most would never know kids like us have to go through this routine daily. So as we complain about the poor LTE signal in the new buildings or the quality of the cafeteria’s burgers and pizza, think about the kid who has six classes in one day on a cramped campus. There is no solution to that. Respect, is what there is.

As we enjoy our lives in our stunning, enormous school,  there are people that will probably never have the chance to live one day like us. Put aside your logic and your sense of righteousness and just think as human beings. Next time you start searching for the most privileged kid in the school, you just have to look in a mirror.