Today America's youth are expected to become responsible, politically aware, and democratic thinkers without being allowed the opportunity to be stakeholders in their own educations. The purpose of this study was to record student voice to better understand the American high school experience, and to help educators develop policies which will encourage student ownership of education. The study included a survey group of 63 seniors, and an interview group of 10 seniors. Students were asked to provide feedback regarding their high school experiences, and offer suggestions to improve the experience of future students. Students generally reported that most classrooms were more like democracies than teacher controlled dictatorships, and teachers genuinely cared for their well-being. Conversely, students believed school administrators offered few opportunities for student voice to be heard or implemented, during the development of policies and the consequences for breaking those policies.