Students enrolled 2924
School leader Mary Ann Valles
Transportation options Yes
District Castro Valley Unified School District

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19400 Santa Maria Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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(510) 537-5910
(510) 582-3924
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4 stars
Based on 52 ratings

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September 15, 2014
This high school is not as good as everyone thinks it is. They don't offer that much of honors or ap courses. They don't have uniforms and girls dress very inappropriately. Teachers are absolutely careless. They don't have that much of activities. I've been to many different schools and this one has been the worst so far. I'm having a very difficult time with it and I don't recommend it for academic children.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2012
We have been part of the Castro Valley school district for 10 years now, and I must say I am proud to say my child attends Castro Valley High School. Since there is only one comprehensive high school in Castro Valley, there are a lot of students (almost 2,900) BUT, it gives your child the ability to make friends with students of all different cultures, nationalities and personalities. Having come from a large high school myself I know how students may feel overwhelmed and in the dark in some areas. This is where parents NEED to step up and be involved. It's impossible for 1 counselor to pay attention to each and every child under their care (probably 500 students per counselor). My child's counselor Mr. Byer is AMAZING. He always returns my emails and phone calls regardless of my concern. It's time for parents to take as much responsibility for their child s education as well as the schools. If parents inform themselves and are on the same page as their children then they will be more at ease in school. Not all teachers are perfect, but if you are involved you won't be surprised. Know what their expectations are.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
Our family experience with CVHS has been a joy. While their respective experience and peer groups have been different, both of my children have participated in various actitivies focused on the arts, community service, academic achievement and student governance. Both my son and daughter are enrolled in one of the top universities in the world. I attribute this to their individual spirits, which have been nurtured by some of the most caring, visionary teachers in the bay area. During my children's years in CV, the teachers have provided both stellar academic instruction as well as mentoring and support. I can only think of three challenging teacher experiences during middle and high school , which in general we were able to address with either the teacher or the responsive and judisious administration. Like most life experiences, we receive what we give to an organization. Thus, I highly recommend this school district and especially Canyon Middle school and Castro Valley High school for families that want to be inspired to learn and participate (ptsa is great) in a visionary, diverse and caring learning community.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
For kids who know what they want to do after graduation, this school may be good, but for those who aren't sure or who need that extra push and guidance, not so much. With approximately 3k students it is nearly impossible for staff to handle the needs of all and the office staff is not always very helpful or available to talk to immediately. I rate it at 6 out of 10 overall.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2012
Our experience with Castro Valley High and the entire Castro Valley district has been excellent. The quality of the teachers, activities, classes is very high. I feel fortunate to live in this district.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2010
After years of the school system, thanks to Mr. Magno counseling, my 16 year old has a promising year ahead of him as a junior. He shows increased confidence in his classes taught by caring yet challenging teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
This school is great. There is a ton of activities and sports for students to get involved in. The teachers are great and care about the students. The classes are also challenging, and fun. The campus is clean and pretty.

- submitted by a student
May 04, 2010
My child is having a terrific learning experience as a 9th grader. I'm am thankful that she has learned to check her spelling before posting messages online. To have so many programs still in place after successive tumultuous state budgets is a testament to the oversight of the district. I only hope we can save the sports programs. They provide a wonderful opportunity for students to excel and perform athletically and academically. My child is getting a great education for life at CVHS. Thank you CVHS Athletic Boosters!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I am so thankful that my son is currently a Junior and only has one more year at CVHS! I have 3 children, two who have already graduated from CVHS. The school was great 8-9 years ago when my daughter attended because even though there were a lot of students there were no where near the rediculus number of students attending the school today. I purchased a home in CV 12 years ago excepting the higher prices/taxes beacause at the time the pay-off was having superior schools that were safe and not over crowded for my children to attend, but unfortunatly that is no longer the case due to addtion of many out of district transfer students. I am sad for the future CVHS attendies becuase I do not see things getting any better for them.....:-(

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
April 25, 2010
I really love this school- there is so much to do!

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
November 16, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 06, 2009
Castro Valley High is the best school in the world. I love all the teachers and our principal is freaking awesome.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 04, 2009
This is a wonderful school. My child has been to a few high schools because we've moved a few times, and this is his favorite school in the world. I would recommend this school to everyone who wants to give their child a great education.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 25, 2009
Lots of school activities for students. There is a variety of classes for the students to find the courses that interest them. Awesom principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Castro Valley High has a large population, serivng the entire community, yet manages to maintain its status as a California Distinguished School. The Academics, Arts, and Athletics are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 11, 2009
castro valley high has some excellent teachers, but also some mediocre ones.there are some good counselors and some bad ones who don't seem to care about their students.sometimes the front office staff do not treat visitors with respect and courtesy. The rest of the classified staff is terrific,

- submitted by a community member
no rating July 27, 2009
I went to Castro Valley High my freshman year and i didnt likke it. There are a few teachers who show that they care about the school but the rest i felt had a negative attitude towards me. Plus this chool is not diverse at all. It mostly has white and asian students. I am trying so hard to get my grandmother to let me go to a different school because i want to have good memories about my ending high school years.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2008
This is my freshman year attending CVHS and already, I am extremely stressed out from the work. I'm still managing to get straight As, but it has become increasingly hard. I'd don't like how the school is too crowded, but it doesn't bother me much. I think the main thing CVHS needs to work on is the amount of work given to students, and teachers working personally with their students.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 13, 2008
I think it is about time to update some of the parent opinions regarding CVHS. Under the leadership of the current principal, the school is strengthening its academics. I have also noticed that many very qualified teachers have joined the staff. Socially, my sophomore son tells me that CVHS is a place where he can be himself and feel great about it!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2008
I think this is an outstanding school. My son has many special learning needs. The teachers have been wonderful in communicating and helping my son develop a plan to be successful in his studies.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2008
I have 3 children who went to CVHS, the third a junior. I have seen the school go from an above average school to one that is just below average. It is too over-crowded and the administration, counselors and teachers are becoming less caring and responsive to the student's needs. It has become a school that places less emphasis in academic excellence to a school that is just trying to balance their budget. Money is such a focus that the school discourages students from taking classes at the community college, even though it can further their educational goals. Not happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
I currently attend CVHS and I find it to be annoying at times, but then again I love it at other times. The school has gone steadily downhill since letting transfers from 'stressed' school districts in (like hayward and san leandro). It is increasingly overcrowded (almost 3,000 students) and most classes have about 35 students in them. It's very hard to be recognized for anything and there's a ton of competition between students, as well as tons of students who don't give a care about anything. There are a few exceptionally amazing staff members, but on the contrary there are a lot of teachers who have no business being teachers. It's incredibly disappointing. I think the CVHS experience has a lot to do with luck of who you get for a teacher and how dedicated you are, because if you're not dedicated, you won't get any push from staff.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 05, 2008
I would agree with the previous posting. This school is really hard. There is alot of work. The teachers are very high expectations, but I don't think its because they want to be mean. I think they want to prepare our kids for college and the real world.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2008
I really dont like this school... there is way to much work... And the teachers dont answer your questions... I went you LynBrooks High School.. But then moved this school makes no sence.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I am very proud of Castro Valley High. The academics at this school is superb. They have recently started an Academy program that helps stimulate interest in specific areas of study. It helps the students think about their future and gives them some purpose. Many of the teachers are the cream of the crop. Many of them come from some of the best colleges across the country and I am truly proud of the work they do. The only thing I can only complain about is that some of the kids seem quite entitled, but other than that I plan on sending my kids here when they are old enough.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2007
Castro Valley High has just recently become involved in the TriValley Teacher Induction Project. This school takes education extremely seriously. Their teachers are at the top of their fields. Despite the fact that this school has thousands of students, the teachers do their best to make it feel like a small community with all the extracurricular activities and academics. I'm very excited to see what this school year will bring to CVHS.

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 17, 2007
Castro Valley High has become the worst school! My son just graduated and it was a rought 4 years. No teacher communication made it a horrible 4 years! The counselors are over worked, there are too many students, & teacher turnover increases each year. The quality of eduation is poor and my son actually had coloring assignments for homework in his senior year! Not one term paper was required. If you're raising a smart, wordly, intelligent child, try Piedmont or Pleasanton!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
The down slide has begun at CVHS. Not only is the administration unfocused - 2 principals in less than 6 months-, allowing inter-district transfers has created an atmosphere of disrespect and hostility between the students, and the teachers as well. The level of parent participation has deteriorated. This is unfortunate, as studies have proven that parent participation equates to a higher level of student success. The teachers seem less inclined to really help the students. I had my son take around a Weekly Progress Report at my request, and was stunned by how few filled it out and the rest of them ignored my request. Extremely disappointing, but no other choice is available.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Five years ago CV High was a great school but has gone down hill significantly since then! There are way too many students therefore the teachers are spending too much time trying to 'manage' the class instead of teaching. I have experienced many challenges with administrative errors, non-responsive teachers, counselors and principals and what seems to be an excessive number of extreme behavioral/disruptions throughout the school year. I have no choice but to send my third child to CV High in the fall of 07 as there are no other options other than private school which I can't afford, and I can tell you that I am not feeling good about the next four years of my sons education at CV High School.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2007
CVHS has a great american Sign Laungage course and is a great school all around thank god for their asl program or my son wouldnt be able to take the courses until after high school

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2006
Cvhs is heading in the wrong direction thanks to the principle bringing in students out of district in an already overcrowded school.She keeps the doors open for out of district kids. I will not vote for any additional school bonds! Thank god this is my son's last year as in 5 years cvhs will be just like san leandro and hayward. Thank you ms. Coco

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2006
The high school is great with its kids. Its teachers teach in the area they majored in. Which is a plus considering alot of teachers are teaching kids in areas they have no skill in.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2006
Good college prep program. Real problem with the principal at this time.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Many activities afterschool, free afterschool math tutoring program, nice enviroment, teachers are helpful.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
Generally a good program, but we have concerns about the overall strength of it's offerings when compared to top schools around the Bay area and the U.S. The new administration does not seem as focused on the individual needs of the student as on achieving a uniform and stablized program - but this is likely the reality for most schools that operate within a defective district structure.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2005
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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2005
Very good school. I love the new renovations and the additions to the buildings. The Castro Valley School District is the best compared the the neighboring towns. A slight problem with racism and racial separation, but that's what comes with living in a small town like Castro Valley. Many parents are trying to transfer their kids into the school because of the poor public high schools in their district.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2005
One of the best school in Castro Valley.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
Some good teachers, some average, and some who should'nt be in the field. Need more classes that deal with real life and help with real jobs! Money management for example.

- submitted by a former student
November 23, 2004
Wonderful school! i participate in so many activities- its a little racist but not really... Wonderful teachers.. But the math department isn't all that wonderful, sadly.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2004
I have been very pleased with most of the academic instruction my eleventh grader has received at CVHS. The recent racial incidents have dampened my spirit towards the school. There is a select few who have been intolerant of the African American and Asian student population and have voiced their disrespect in the school newspaper and through various 'hate' incidents. In spite it all, CVHS continues to be a good placed for a high school education, a wide variety of courses are offered and there are many extra curricular activities. The teaching staff is not ethnically diverse and could improve in that area.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2004
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2004
CVHS changed my life for the better. The teachers and staff there care so much. The Special Ed staff has made the biggest difference in my life and I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. Thank you CVHS for saving my life.

- submitted by a former student
June 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
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- submitted by a student
April 05, 2004
I recently graduated from CVHS, and am now at UC San Diego. I had a pretty good experience at CVHS, due greatly in part to the music program. The band was excellently conducted, and musicals wonderfully executed! In response to the difficulties in getting to know counselors due to the large school size, I agree that it can be a problem, but if a student truly wants a relationship with his counselors the staff is definately willing to make all efforts to see that this is true. Also, there is a large variety of courses including AP classes.

- submitted by a former student
February 07, 2004
I attend CVHS currently, and it's a great environment to be in. I am in the school Orchestra, which is really wonderful. The sports are engaging - CVHS is a really great school.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2004
From a staff member- Thank you for your input about CVHS. It is important for us to get feedback. Clearly every school and every school district have their issues- often due to size, $, politics... For those negative comments- please address the problems with the specific concerns/ people. We all care- we would not work in this field if we didn't, but we cannot always meet every need to YOUR satisfaction. Please do not generalize about ALL secretaries or ALL teachers or ALL counselors...

- submitted by a community member
December 01, 2003
Great facilities and excellent staff. I graduated in 1994 went on to graduate from UC Davis and am now pursuing a law degree at USF. CVHS is an excellent institution for the sciences and writing. Mrs. Paris and Mr. Brewer are examples of two excellent English teachers.

- submitted by a community member
November 23, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
me and my two sisters both attended CVHS and we all enjoyed attending. we were all in sports and also enjoyed that very much!! i also attended two other high school but this school has spirit and fun activities

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
CVHS is overcrowded like many other schools in CA. However, with a population around 2,000 Castro Valley should add another high school in the community. The overcrowding causes tension among the students. The counselors do not know who their students are and are not very helpful. Parking is an issue and security has a bad attitude. The classes are not preparing students for a 4-year college--more like community college. Overall, CVHS was not a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
I feel the attendance office could be cleaned up and have women in there who care about the students;.I find them abrupt and rude. Questions are sharply answered without any compassion and that applies to parents also.

- submitted by a parent
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Castro Valley High School
19400 Santa Maria Avenue, Castro Valley, CA  94546
(510) 537-5910
Last modified Castro Valley High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Castro Valley High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top