in this research, we investigate the point of view of high school students from public schools in porto velho (ro), brazil. based on school psychology theories, we focus our work on the school and the learning process. we applied a questionnaire to 323 students from 04 schools in the eastern zone of the city, composed of 16 questions, each with 04 response options. the results point to a content-focused school, which emphasize the activities of lecturing and teaching needs without considering the students context, their professional interests and their citizenship. students seem to internalize the stigma of being solely responsible for the learning process, attributing the personal problems to problems to difficulties at school.