• Cypress Bay High School - Weston, FL
  • September 25, 2020



After transferring to the Bay from a school in Istanbul due to his father’s business relocation, sophomore Can Altug said he had to adjust to the school’s fast paced schedule.

“[At the Bay], the deadlines for assignments are short,” Altug said. “The schedule here makes it really hard for me to get my assignments done on time because I am not used to it.”

When Altug and his family were searching for schools, he said the final decision was his. As a result, he said he chose the Bay because it seemed like the best fit for him.

“The other schools looked more monotonous, whereas the Bay was more active because the whole school is interactive,” Altug said.

In addition to adjusting to the pace of the school, Altug said he has had to change his after school routine.

“At my old school since the deadlines were longer, I would usually go home and watch Netflix or hangout with my friends,” Altug said. “Here, I go home, hangout for a few hours and then start my homework [and] it is the same for projects.”

Despite all of his current adjustments, Altug said he was happy he changed schools because the transition prepared him for the future.

“[Moving schools] helped because it showed me that despite of what life throws at me, I can adjust to the new changes,” Altug said.

For senior Dayna Herman, she said she quickly adjusted to the Bay after transferring from Franklin Academy her sophomore year.

“I had friends that went to [the Bay], so they were able to show me around and help me get acclimated,” Herman said.

As Herman said the academics at her previous schools were not great, she decided to come to the Bay for a better education.

“I felt the teachers were not great and I wasn’t getting as good of an education as I could [have],” Herman said. “Franklin [Academy] was a new school, so there were a lot of things that needed to be fixed.”

To alleviate the process of switching schools, Herman said she advises incoming students to make a friend in each class.

“Making sure you try to make a friend in each one of your classes [would help] so you know you have a person to go to for questions,” Herman said. “That way, you are on top of everything and you have someone to turn to if you need help.”

Regular and Advanced International Certificate of Education Chemistry teacher Terri Kennedy said if she were a transfer student, she would feel overwhelmed by the size and rigor of the Bay.

“[Transfer students] either are behind with regards to the material they understand or they are not used to the pace, speed and amount of work that [the Bay] has,” Kennedy said. “This causes students to fall behind and it puts everyone at a disadvantage.”

In all of her years of teaching at the Bay, Kennedy said the only problem she found in transfer students is that they have to try to catch up with the rest of the class.

“I have a student now who has transferred over from another country and has no grades,” Kennedy said. “This is a challenge because he has to make up everything that he’s missed, which causes him to fall behind on the material [the class] is learning now.”

Kennedy said her best piece of advice for incoming students is to take advantage of the academic opportunities offered at the Bay. She said there is tutoring in science, math and English, which students should use to their convenience.

“[Try to] make friends and try to start getting into study groups,” Kennedy said. “[Also,] catch up if you are behind. Take advantage of what this large school has to offer.”