Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area (page 2)

Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated on Aug 30, 2011



Campolindo High School

Acalanes Union High School District 


Campolindo High School uses a challenging curriculum and the latest technology to create a high performing school. The administration is impressive and the principal received the honor of California Principal of the Year in 2009.


The AP program offers an extensive selection of courses and attracts many students. Through the Learning Skills program, high performing students tutor struggling students.


One of the highlights of the school is the integration of technology into the school and instruction. The school has an on campus architecture, digital photo, and video production lab. The students have access to iPads, smart pens, digital cameras, and computers, and many classes are equipped with Smart Boards that teachers actively use in instruction.

Athletics are competitive and Bob Wilson, Campolindo's Athletic Director, received statewide recognition in 2010. The school is known for having a first rate swimming pool that is used for many competitions on a high level. The school also places on an emphasis on the arts and has over 30 art classes for students to choose from.



Henry M. Gunn High School

Palo Alto Unified School District 


The community members living near Henry M. Gunn High School, even those without children enrolled at the school, provide incredible support through volunteering, voting for funding, and donations. The school gives students advanced opportunities through many educational partnerships, including working with Stanford and San Jose State for instruction. Local companies also provide equipment to enhance the classroom studies.


Technology education is also emphasized through courses in computer science, virtual animation, robotics, and automotive technology. iPads are currently being piloted at the school and technology is integrated into the curriculum.


The school offers many AP classes and many academic teams take top honors in events. To promote the whole child, the school provides many opportunities for exposure to the arts including choir, several bands, ceramics, theater, and video production. Athletics are popular and competitive on campus, and a high percent of students playing a sport. While some 135 clubs available are focused on fun, the majority of the clubs focus on service.


“Because our school is in Silicon Valley, there is definitely a feeling here and an environment that supports and permeates of feeling of inquiry, knowledge, and drive,” said Katya Villalobos, Principal.



Lowell High School

San Francisco Unified School District 


Students at Lowell High School are focused on post-secondary education and over 97 percent of them are college-bound. The school is a magnet school for San Francisco residents and students are admitted based on an application process.


Lowell uses modular scheduling with 21 modules each day so students can schedule in activities and free time. When students have a free module, they can use one of the resource centers on campus. In the second semester of the ninth grade, students begin self-scheduling their classes.

Student participation in activities is one of the hallmarks of the school and over 80 clubs are offered. Top honors are often taken home by the Speech and Debate Team and Mock Trial. The Junior ROTC is also very active on campus.


The school holds the record for city championships among San Francisco public high schools and currently has 27 sports teams. Dances throughout the year and the Cardinal Carnival are popular on-campus events.


The school's philosophy, as detailed on their website, reads: "Lowell endeavors to create a just and equitable society where individual responsibilities are clearly defined and personal rights guaranteed. It endorses the concept of an integrated school where cultural and social diversity enrich the lives of all students."



Lynbrook High School

Fremont Union High School District 


School spirit runs high at Lynbrook High, from students showing up to cheer on athletic teams to participation in school activities. The students are also very involved in the community and complete many service hours, even though there is no community service requirement for graduation. The teachers base their classroom instruction on research and participate in extra professional development.

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