Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area (page 3)

Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Technology is utilized throughout the school and in the classrooms, and students have access 24 hours a day to online resources. A large selection of AP and Honors courses are offered and peer tutoring is also offered through the Star Program.


Many of arts programs are award-winning, including the dance team, music programs, and art and design programs. The school has over 75 clubs and many have received state and national recognition, such as the Math Club, Science Clubs, Future Business Leaders of America, Robotics Team, Speech & Debate Team, and Japanese Honor Society. Many students also take top honors each year at the Science Fair. The yearbook, newspaper, and literary magazine have also taken home awards in recent years.


“There is a great love of learning at Lynbrook High. Students are focused and involved in the school.” Said Principal Gail Davidson.



Monta Vista High School

Fremont Union High School District


While Monta Vista High School is highly academically focused, the school also boasts a high level of school spirit. The school pays great attention to college preparation and sends 97 percent of students to college after graduation. The AP program is a source of pride on campus; over 1800 tests were administered in a recent year with an 89 percent pass rate. In 2010, the school had 53 National Merit Semi Finalists and 87 National Merit Commended Scholars.


On Challenge Days that take place throughout the year, students can participate in games, activities and discussions regarding bullying. Although the school does not require community service hours, the student body contributes many volunteer hours to the school and community. Many activities are available for students include musical groups, Mock Trial, Robotics, and NHS (National Honor Society). A full array of sports teams are available and the Dance Team is highly competitive on a national level.


Principal April Scott writes on the school website, “We are all about developing the whole child, helping students to develop academically, personally, and culturally. We try to maintain our stated goal constantly in mind: Educating the Whole Child and Educating Every Child.”



Miramonte High School

Acalanes Union High School District


While other schools cut back during the recession, the parent groups at Miramonte High School stepped in and allowed the school to continue providing top notch programs. Parents donated funds for the sports and arts programs, supplies, and funding for elective classes. Students are highly motivated and 99 percent are college-bound after graduation. In recent years, the school administered over 800 AP exams and boasts a high pass rate.


The media center offers over 20,000 books and over 30 computers for student use. Many audio books are also available for download. Participation in campus life is high; 900 of the 1200 students play on one of the 20 competitive sports team. The performing arts program is stellar and includes a renowned choir and drama program. Fine arts are also a priority with both 2D and 3D fine arts courses offered. Students have a high level of school spirit and can choose from an extensive list of extracurricular activities.


“We are student centered school, the curriculum and the programs don’t drive what we do. It’s the students that drive what we do,” said Principal Adam Clark.



Mission San Jose High School

Fremont Unified School District 


If you attend graduation at Mission San Jose High School, you will notice that there is not a single valedictorian, but rather an astounding 28. Because the school has a very large population of high achieving students, the school awards all students who achieve a 4.0 for all four years (they don't weigh grades) the honor of valedictorian. To further help the students stay on equal footing with students from other high schools when applying for college, the school also does not rank students.


Parents are very involved and many students are the first in their family to be born in the United States. The school does not offer any basic level classes and the majority of the students take AP or honors classes; Mission San Jose boasts many National Merit Finalists and Semifinalist each year. To help students learn balance, stress reduction workshops are taught and there are stress-free weeks that include reduced homework during the year.

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