Great selection of AP/Honors courses and fun electives like Woodshop, Band/Orchestra, business classes etc. Robust foreign language program (French, Spanish, German, Japanese, ASL). I'd say English department is a little weak because my essay writing skills were mediocre when I got into my top university. It'd be great if English teachers could assign selected essays from famous thinkers/Nobel Laureates to supplement novels. The biggest problem with CVHS is seeing these skinny, ghetto inner-district transfer kids everytime I drive by the school. Many of them are from Oakland/Hayward who rent rooms from relatives living in Castro Valley. It's an open secret unfortunately. They don't pay taxes and aren't part of the Castro Valley community so they slack off in class and only care about looking "rich". Like if you don't have a registered address in CV and can't afford to buy lunch and you don't take advantage of the school's educational opportunities, just go back to your parents' house. Vietnamese/Chinese/Filipino kids on refugee visas stole this expensive childhood toy I brought for a presentation while IN class. They also pickpocketed money from students' backpacks. They're really Americanized/ speak English fluently so just a heads up. Beautiful campus/facilities and I had a good experience as one of the overachievers in the higher level classes.
Castro Valley High has mostly good teachers and is very diverse. I don't think that the budget cuts and the school district allowing students from other cities such as Oakland, Hayward, etc. into CVHS did any good. What I observed was that the school became overcrowded and I noticed more students misbehaving or slacking in their academics. High school is what you make it to be. There are many students at CVHS who strive to be better and to earn As in honors/AP classes starting in their first or second year of high school. This school can be a great addition to your/your child's further education and enable them to get into a great college and have the skills to advance their lives in other ways, but you have to put in the effort and not fool around.
Castro Valley High is a very good school for kids who are motivated and willing to make the effort. There are hoops to jump through in order to get into honors and AP classes, but it is worth the effort. I have one daugher who graduated CVHS and is a student at UC Berkeley, and another who is doing very well and is definitely on track to attend a good university.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!