Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area
Below are profiles featuring the top 12 high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Oakland Unified School District
Since the American Indian Public High School serves a large free and reduced lunch population, the public charter school provides personal support and all the resources students need to attend a post-secondary school after graduation. The school focuses on college preparation and has a rigorous curriculum including an extended school year.
Free SAT prep classes are provided for each student and the school covers the test registration fees for the SAT and PSAT tests. Each student is provide with all the tools needed for success, including AP prep books, calculators, and school supplies. The school also pays for college application fees for each student and provides free tutoring whenever needed.
Personal support and mentoring is a priority with the staff. An on campus counselor walks the students through college application and financial aid processes, and many students receive full scholarships to top schools. After graduation, the school keeps in contact with graduates and provides support through college. The school hopes to have sports in the future, but currently only offers extracurricular activities, such as student government, chess, and scrabble.
“Our kids work incredibly hard and come into school knowing it will be difficult. By setting high expectations for our students and giving them the resources, our students are successful,” said Rebecca Cisin, Administrative Assistant to the Director.
San Ramon Valley Unified School District
Parental and community involvement at California High School helps the school provide excellent programming and support for the students. During the recent budget shortfall, the parents banded together to supplement the allocated budget. In addition to an athletic booster club, the school also has booster clubs to support Academics, Choral Music, Drama, Instrumental, and PTSA programs. Community and business partnerships are also integral to the success of the school.
Students benefit from new and renovated athletic facilities, including an aquatic center, tennis courts, and a softball/baseball complex. Other new building projects include a new main building, Fine Arts building, theater, and gymnasium. The school offers winning athletic and academic teams. For those who aren't feeling athletic, other campus activities include clubs and the performing arts program.
An academically rigorous environment is provided through many AP courses and honors course. Dual enrollment options are also available at nearby colleges. Students can pursue future careers through the Regional Occupational Program. Two academies are offered for interested students – Biomedical Academy and Biomedical Sciences Academy.