Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area (page 4)

Top High Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Updated on Aug 30, 2011


The academic teams, including the Ocean Bowl and Robotics Team, bring home many trophies. The dance team often wins top honors and the band has traveled internationally to perform. The school has many successful sports teams, including a nationally ranked Badminton team.


“We try to keep a balanced atmosphere at Mission San Jose. While we are very high achieving, it is still high school and the kids still need to have fun and be creative.” said Sandra Prairie, Principal.



Piedmont High School

Piedmont City Unified School District


The administration at Piedmont High School credits community support through financial contributions and volunteer hours to the school's success. Many people move to the area for the school system and the staff gives over 100 tours per year to families looking to relocate. The small student body (around 700 students) enables teachers to provide personal attention to each student.


While the school is known for its academic programs, students are also very involved in after school activities. Over 78 percent of students play on a sports team and many are involved in clubs. The creative arts are emphasized and the school offers over 20 different art courses. The Mock Trial team has been very successful at competitions and the school also has sponsored an Annual Bird Calling Event for the last 50 years that is attended by many community members.


“It is really about academic achievement. We have students extremely serious about their education and a staff that raises the cognitive demands of their students,” said Randall Booker, Principal.



Saratoga High School

Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District 


With the a culture of high achievement at the school, the administration at Saratoga High School seeks to help students find balance while still working towards success. The school provides a college preparatory education and sends 95 percent of students to college after graduation.


Many of the students have cultural ties to another country, which means students are exposed to new ideas on a daily basis. Since many of the students are focused on getting accepted at top colleges, the school focuses on helping students not getting burned out before college and finds way for the students to be teenagers.


The music program has reputation for excellence and features a string orchestra, choral group, and wind ensemble. Musically-inclined students perform in the community at various events. The drama program puts on numerous productions in the state of the art campus theater that many community members attend. Athletics provide another outlet for students and teams are competitive in the league. Many clubs are available on campus to further student interests. Students interested in website design and game animation can attend the Media Arts Program, which is a school within the school.


“Our goal isn’t trying to bring up test scores, our goal is to help the kids to develop in all areas of their life,” said Principal Jeff Anderson.


Please note that only schools in the following California counties were considered for this article:  Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara.

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