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Brentwood, CA
Students enrolled: 2,200

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101 American Avenue
Brentwood, CA 94513

(925) 634-0037
(925) 240-0662
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February 01, 2015
Do not let the school's looks tempt you. This school has literally some of the worst teachers. Most teachers do not teach, they play on their phone while assigning busy work. The PE teachers make the students preform acts some would consider abusive. Teachers often set up students to fail. Even AP classes, like Human Geography, are set up to do repetitive busy work that causes students too "learn less more" and assign excessively large BS projects that will not help the student learn the material nor pass the AP test. While these may be common issues at other schools, they are pervading here.

- submitted by a student
September 02, 2014
More than half of the teachers at this school barley know how to teach or could care less about the grades of the students. Heritage used to be a fun and spirited school, however each year it gets worse. The kids are stuck up and if you aren't in a 'clique' you're looked upon as a no body. Maybe if kids would learn to be kind to everyone no matter who they are we would't have a problem. However the parents and children think they're better than everyone not saying this goes to all because this deffinatley doesn't..however many are like this. If you want to send your child to a school where everyone is a part of the school and the experience is like a big family, don't choose HHS.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2014
As a senior at Heritage I must say that the experience has been amazing. The teachers are very helpful and go out of their way for each student, the activities are really enjoyable, the campus is gorgeous and the spirit is like no other. The teachers and the staff are genuine and they really want the students to achieve the highest level of education possible. The school offers many opportunities with career building such as the academies you can take to help decide what you will do with your future. I have been to other high schools before and none of them are as beautiful and clean as well as having friendly staff and students. The students are really like a big family, we all come together and if is such a great way to enjoy the four years spent here. Forever proud to call myself a Patriot!

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2013
A great school! The principal is present and helps all students learn. The majority of my son's teachers are helpful and set high expectations for all students. I feel he is in a safe learning environment. The curriculum is rigorous. The school offers many elective classes so that he may express himself and have fun learning. Many parents who have time to spend helping at the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2013
Being a student here, and not knowing any other school other than the Heritage schools, it's hard to judge. I will tell you now, if you are a parent, you may not want to send your kid off here. The students are very spoiled, and the teachers will give you packets all the time. Some teachers will actually teach, but it seems as if the students here are pressured into getting good grades, and not getting a "Husky Help wristband". The teachers do not inspire, or seem to care. We are given busy work, and we usually use computers. Your tax money is not spent wisely at this school. I do have some good teachers, however. But students here are pampered, and we are also thought of as children. I want a teacher to be serious about their job, who won't be disappointing if I get a bad grade. They'd teach differently if we fail a test, and not point fingers at us. Other than teachers trying to explain things on a college level, they should simply explain it in a way we can all understand, inspire us, make it simple, and celebrate good grades. This school is trying, but a good school is not made up of "good" students, but good teachers. These teachers don't pass as "good".

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2013
This schools teachers are the laziest ever, they dont care about you, most of them care for their paycheck, the principal is awesome

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2011
The parents at this school are not involved and think the world owes them a ffavor. It is full of spoiled kids too.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
My daughter attends this school. It is fantastic.The school is well run and I am impressed with the organization and responsiveness of the administration.The teachers are caring, compassionate and actually contact me when my child is missing an assignment.The academics are challenging and the teachers help the students succeed to meet high expectations.The band director is fantastic! He is a supportive, caring and directs an excellent band program on a shoestring budget. We are retired military. My children have attended schools all over the country including highly rated private, midwest and east coast schools.The rigorous academics, organized, responsive administration and caring teachers, make Heritage High School one of the better schools my children have attended..

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2011
This is a beautiful school, but the teachers don't want the parents involved in the education of there children. I have had a teacher actual tell me that if there are any discrepancies about the student's assignments that I should not contact them directly until the student had come to them first. In this situation my child had completed and had the assignment graded and the teacher(s) fail to put in the grade(s). If I had not been on top of this to tell my student that they had assignments that had not been entered it could have resulted in him getting a final grade that was way below what it should have been.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2010
Im compelled to correct the misstatement that Heritage High is the only school in East Contra Costa County that offers AP classes! My Son graduated from Pittsburg High and took all AP courses and excelled! He now attends Pepperdine University in So Cal and is doing great! This is not accurate and I am certain that Deer Valley also offers AP courses! Parents please do your own research!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
Excellent teachers, challenging academic programs and amazing administration staff! I have two sons that goes there after moving from out of state for over a year. Very impressed with Heritage High School in every aspect. It is comparable to the excellent mid west school system.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2010
We recently moved to Brentwood from out of state. Since there are so many new students, my daughter feels not welcomed - like she's always on the outside looking in. She also feels that the teachers are trying to do their jobs but some students are disrespectful to the teachers and disrupt the classes. I found the administration helpful, only wish the students were as nice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
MY DAUGHTERS GO HERE. The school has accepted my girls. they moved in the middle of last year. we lost out home and it has been really hard for them to adjust. we are blessed to have a school that is accepting to new kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
Only high school in eastern Contra Costa Country with AP classes. Also a California Distinguished School. People move to southwestern Brentwood from all around the Bay Area just for Heritage.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
April 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2008
I have worked in the school system for well over 20 years and Heritage High School is by far the most well organized and academically advanced school I have ever worked for. The district is professional and treats employees and parents with respect!

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2008
Coming from an old school in the Central Valley, the fresh, new look of Heritage was appealing at first. After attending the school for 2 years and as a part of the it's first graduating class, I have come to regret the transfer.The leadership is weak; the administration concentrates too harshly on minute issues such as dress code and tardies and not strongly enough on student eduacation. Many teachers take the block scheduling for granted, I learned so much more in the thirty minutes of class time at my previous school than I did in the hour and thirty minute classes at Heritage. Yes, the faculty is on top of attendance, and notifies the parent every time a student is absent, or excessively tardy, but disregards the student's academic weaknesses until it's too late.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 24, 2008
Great school. This school should represent what a good school should look like.I like to give the school authority thumbs up.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 02, 2008
i'm a student at heritage. most of the teachers at the school try to teach the students to be responsible and to try your hardest, and that's good, but there are also teachers there that only care about the paycheck. also, i think it's wrong that the school is giving so much work in so little time , even at the beginning. i'm talking about presentations, essays, and projects that the students only have like a week or couple days to prepare for. this is a year-round school. school starts around the beginning of august, and ends in the first week of june. there are 2 week breaks every 2 months, which means there is exactly only 2 months left for summer break. if you don't like rushed schedules and brutally short summer vacations, then this is not the place for you

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2008
I have a son at Heritage and this school has exceeded my expectations. my son is doing well at the school and we have found the teachers and his SLC counselor engaging and responsive. The reason we moved to this school for for academics, and the fact that the school is focused on academics holds true to the promises that were made. I am excited to have my other son begin at Heritage soon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2008
This is my sons first year in this school. He had a teacher that would tell them 'I dont know why I'm teaching you guys if you will never succeed in life' I took this to the principal was something done to the teacher NO!! They try to cover this kind of stuff so that the school seems to be great. Teachers there are not helpful. They think that the kids are in college and that they dont need help.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
I have a student that is a Junior. We were attracted to the school for it's small size and new school site. We had heard that their teaching style would be enhansed with visual large screen T.V., with power point etc. We were excited becsause he is a visual and hands on learner. All the classes except one have big screen T.V.'s with power point etc. The teacher's are not proficient in power point etc. excuses are made by most of the teachers, that they are inexperienced, and there are no classes to train the students. Good thing my student has college age high tech siblings in order for him to know how to do the tech. The school has given a false hope of careeer related classes and certifictes. Principal leadership is poor. He takes chances with coaches and does'nt protect the student.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 19, 2008
I totally agree with this 200 %. My child has been here for 3 years and teacher response and/or counselor response back is the worst I've ever seen! and I have 2 previous graduates of other high schools in the area. And they are great at letting you know by report card or progress note that child is failing--once it's too late--never a phone call when they first notice it. There is no excuse for it. This has always been a teacher's responsibility and the teachers at this school are very lazy and slacking. They take forever to grade assignments and to get grades in (and I mean the majority of the teachers--not all of them). I am very unhappy and disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2007
I have emailed, and left several voicemails to teachers regarding my student's progress with no response from the teacher. It is very discouraging when it becomes so difficult to get feedback on your child. Unfortunately not all teachers use the parent connect website, but those who do are normally behind in posting grades. The athletic program is so political and unfair that many good athletes are discouraged from trying out for a team.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
I love it the teachers are great and the staff cares! They work to get you ready for college and what you need in your four year plan.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2007
i have two students who attend here and it has some good and bad pointd being a 3 year old school it is georgous! flat screen tv's in every room computer hook up for students clean. but the teachers are just ok , most of the classes are structured like college so you dont get a true high school experence. the school seldom has rallies and poor dance attendence so if you want to have a socal fun time forget it . the principal and leadership is unable or hasnot emplemeted a strong leadership in the school. and students arnt encouraged to think for themselves. as far as some of the equiptment and stuidos its fantastic! but they need to get it together and build a strong high school soon!

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2007
I have 2 students at Heritage and both are doing well. They are excelling academically with capable teachers and participating in drama and sports. No school is perfect, but HHS tries to keep academics as a priority. For the students and parents who are involved and supportive of the school programs, the teachers, and coaches, it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 18, 2007
I am a student at Heritage High. I must say, what they said about the plans for the school intrigued me to the point of enrollment. However, I now regret my actions. Principal leadership is nothing to be proud of. The numerous, disregarding principals care very little for their students. The extracurricular activities are the school's greatest strength. I do find myself asking why so much was spent on such a thing though. Parent communication is hard to achieve. At the same time, they are constantly throwing out report cards, as well as progress reports. It adds up to a lot of stress in life when you have difficult teachers -- or just some bad luck in the start of the first few weeks. Most of the teachers are inexperienced, have language problems, or dislike children that do not see eye-too-eye with them.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
Heritage has been a disappointment. I have two children there. communication with teachers are horrible, I feel they ready don't care about the student education. Am on top of my child education and wants to know how they are doing in school & homework.I email make phone calls and most of the time, I have to email twice. teacher are horrible about posting assignments on parent connect, usually they post after the due date. am not the only one that feel this way, I know two other parent has the same problems. Principal for the 10th grade is ridiculous to the students.

- submitted by a administrator
April 22, 2007
So far the school is great! My son is a freshman and a straight A student. The teachers are very good about communication if the parent is persistent. The teachers are also good about posting assignments on the parent connect. I just wish they would switch to a modified block schedule like Freedom High!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
This is my sons first year 2006 at Heritage High. I'm so far not impressed with how things get followed through with. If your looking for a great education go to Liberty High school. It not always the look of a school that counts.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2006
I used to be a student at heritage but then I had to move. Overall the school was ok. I mean some of the tachers are good but some really arent concerned about whether you actuall pass the class or not. The coaches for athleticts were ok. The best coach was coach price because he was realy concerned about all the students no matter how good or bad they were. Overall I wouldnt say this school is perfect but its ok.

- submitted by a former student
July 01, 2006
I'm not a parent, I am also a student at this school and it was the worst year I have ever had. Yes, it is a very pretty school but when the teachers there dont seem to care about students education...It doesnt really matter how pretty the school is. The athletics at the school are ridiculous! There wasnt enough safety and there was way too much disipline and very harsh for doing minor things.

- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2006
Well Im not a parent, but Im a student here at Hreitage, and I really think its a beautiful school! The teachers I've had are awsome, and for the most part I love it!

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2006
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Heritage High School
101 American Avenue, Brentwood, CA  94513
(925) 634-0037
Last modified Heritage High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Heritage High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top