Piedmont Hills High School
San Jose, CA 95132
About This School
Magnet schools are public schools that offer a specialized curriculum or educational philosophy, often with a specific focus or theme. Magnet schools promote student diversity because they are open to students outside the normal school district boundaries and often attract high caliber students through competitive programs. See Piedmont Hills High School's test results to learn more about school performance.
A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.
Piedmont Hills High School had an API growth score of 820 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Piedmont Hills High School's 2012 base score was 829, however the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Piedmont Hills High School had 25 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Piedmont Hills High School Reviews
If you're Asian, you'll fit in fine. If you're not, you really just need to go somewhere else unless you're okay with being subjected to racism.
Despite what the statistics say, PHHS is very ethnically diverse school. I'm surprised by the low rating it has here and I completely disagree with the former reviewer. It's because of this diversity that I am able to interact with various people of different cultures without feeling "out of the circle" and having to retreat to others of asian descent. I'd also like to clear up that the reason why the lockers were taken down was because of a firework incident that happened back when the class of '09 were seniors. That's 3 years ago. If you want a more accurate view of Piedmont Hills, take a look at greatschools. All I can say is, if you get hurt so easily by things like snide comments, how you'll survive what has to come in college and the "real world", I will never know. I give this school 5 stars because the school is SO focused on funding for the courses/extracurricular activities/sports/a 7th period/etc. that the budget has taken away (which we students participate in with determination), that people think we're not focused on schoolwork anymore. Then they see the scores we get on our STAR tests and the growth we achieve in our API score (ranked 9/10 statewide and one of the best in the district along with Evergreen) and regret doubting our priorities. We will fight for our sports, extracurricular activities, and an optional 7th period. We actually WANT to be taught more. GO PIRATES!
I absolutely hated this school. The students there were extremely judgmental (especially on appearances and race), and would not hesitate to make a snide comment here and there, if you aren't on student leadership or one of the "popular" kids. My parents sent me here because it was an easy public school, compared to the top public schools in the nation. They thought I would be able to rise above the average and get good grades. I did, but I left the school with emotional scars and I am never going to look back.
Now, the school's lockers have been taken out because of the immense drug problem, there is security patrolling the campus, and the whole school is suffering. I wouldn't be surprised if the students develop back problems in later years from having to carry all their books around.
There is too little money for facilities, and as a result the school's library has been taken out, a counselor had to step down, and there are not enough janitors.
The teachers try hard, but they can't help the system. The counselors are sometimes too busy to talk to the students, and many of the students don't get the classes they want.
I am so glad I left.
If you are planning to send your child to a state or community college, this would be a good school for your child to attend. However, if you want your child to succeed and get into one of the better schools, he or she must do a tremendous load of extracurriculars, leadership activities, and get good scores. Even so, when your child goes to a brand-name college, he/she might be behind the rest of the college students because of the course material taught in this high school.