Students enrolled 785
School leader Rick Spears

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24995 Ben Taylor Road
Colfax, CA 95713

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(530) 346-2284
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4 stars
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July 02, 2012
There are some things that are very good about Colfax and some that are very bad. The good revolves mainly around its extracurricular opportunities. CHS offers a huge range in extracurriculars (and not just sports), often with very strong programs in terms of the school's size. Its skiing, drama, choir, and debate programs are some of the best in the state. Activities tend to be very inclusive, and while sports are competitive, there is almost always a way for a motivated student to get involved. The bad part is academics. While there are some highly challenging AP classes, the vast majority of courses fail to challenge high-performing students. The administration is trying to improve college preparation, but still has some way to go. If a CHS student wants to go to a UC or a top private school, he/she will probably have to do extensive research and separate from CHS's counseling services and academic curriculum. That being said, one or two seniors move on to Ivy League colleges each year, with several more attending well-regarded public universities.

- submitted by a student
March 09, 2012
Parents know that when you give the school information regarding the vehicle your child will drive to school it is subject to being accessed by any staff member with the goal being to pull your student from class to be dressed down for simple driving mistakes your teenager has made OFF SCHOOL PROPERTY. That's right, if your child happens to turn in front of a school staff member while driving OFF CAMPUS and they are offended they will take down the license plate and counsel your child at school. Academically they are very behind many many other high schools. Most of the reviews are by parents who have no other high school experience, admittedly. I have experience with 5 other high schools from Pollock Pines to Redding. My daughter started taking AP classes her freshman year and was on the honor roll. At Colfax your child has to waste two years before being eligible to take AP classes. My daughter worked very hard on a science project then was denied the chance to run it because the teacher ran out of time, she was the only one. And for Sophomore English class they are reading a 6th grade rated book. Yes your student will get some eduation at Colfax but not enough to be competitive

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2011
Where do I start? I was coming in as a new sophomore at this school and on the first day not one, not one, out of all the students at this school, said anything to me not a hi or a welcome to colfax, nada. This school has a class called "Tech Essentials" going into the class you think you will be learning about computers and how to use the applications on it, but you don't. First you make a colfax high school profile, then you carve your car out of a piece of wood then you make a circuit board for your car that you will race at the end of the term. Meanwhile you learn nothing about computers and everything about cutting wood. The funniest part is that the teachers think these are the tech essentials that you need to learn. When really what we need to be learning about is computer applications such as word, powerpoint, and excel. If this website would let you rate a school at 0 I would.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2010
Most students go on to the local junior college, but a small cadre of students go to on to the University of California and colleges of similar rank. The AP teachers are excellent and there are a few outstanding programs; drama, art, French, journalism and others. The administration has a conservative Christian bias that favors Christian students when it comes to meting out discipline. Despite opposition from parents and students, the school changed from block scheduling to a 4x4 schedule. The new schedule means that a year can go by between foreign language or math classes delaying progress in those and other subjects. The kids hate it, but the administration decided to conform to a district schedule or something.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Colfax high is the best in the West has the best Football team and every graduate has high esteem of themselves from the knowledgeable staff that shares wisdom which we all need to survive in this world today Colfax high is 5 STAR

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2009
colfax high has wonderful programs and opperotunities!!

- submitted by a student
May 23, 2009
Colfax high is an excellent school with great teachers and a place for all students.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2009
Again-the emphasis seems more on sports. Art programs are great and drama is too. It's small for a high school. In most clases the environment was comfortable, providing a great learning environment. Most teachers were pleasant, the curriculum was good.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
I agree with the comments (below) about the emphasis on sports programs, particularly the football team. The drama department is OK, but falls short due to lack of musical theatre productions. The music department is stellar, particularly the Chamber Choir program. Advanced Placement classes are limited due to the school's small size. If your child is gifted, plan on having him/her attend nearby Sierra College classes in Senior year to avoid 'senior-itis' (boredom from lack of advanced curriculum). Class sizes are not as large as those found in urban schools. One of the best attributes of Colfax HS is its small size (under 1k students). Teachers in the college prep courses are excellent. Parents of struggling children should be vigilant, because there is an unsavory element which could lead your child astray. Also, the curriculum of the '4x4' scheduling can be a problem for some students. Lacks diversity in student population.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2007
Our third child is now a freshman and we have spanned over 10 years at Colfax. We picked where to live over 20 years ago so that our family would go to Colfax, a small rural closed campus. Staff and teachers are wonderful. Teachers especially caring and supportive, even of challenging or individualistic kids. Don't try to regiment spirit out of kids but have high expectations. The principal and VPs are great. I think the VPs are especially skillful with struggling kids and provide structure and encouragement but appropriate consequences as well. School sports and fine arts are especially high quality for small high school. Lots of school pride. New facilities were a welcome boost to all programs, theatre, gym etc. Graduates from this school have done very well in many careers and professions. We love Colfax High School.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
CHS welcomed its records largest freshman class Fall 2005 with a few communication bumps, but that was history! As my daughter finishes her freshman year, (pleasantly surprised we are very happy so far) she is loving Colfax. Maintaining honor roll grades without hair pulling, she balances social and sports activities (tennis team)well. Science & Math are stand-outs. French is challenging & fun (activities). After not getting into an Art class, she joined Art & Drafting club. The schedule is tight but not impossible, with the weekly 'Student Advisory' period invaluable keeping her organized & on-track of projects, my daughter feels confident rather than lost. Her advisor & teachers; she rates all very highly. CHS support staff are excellent. To date, thankfully CHS exceeded this Mother's expectations; we picked CHS out of four potential local school choices.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
All of my children attended this school, much to the delight of my wife and me. It is friendly supportive and challenging. What else can a family want. We particularly liked the emphasis on the arts.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
The football team has good leadership and the teachers seem knowledgeable. However, activity advisories are uncoordinated, leaving parents guessing when events are going to happen.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2005
-excellent academic programs if you choose to take advantage of them. -excellent music department award winning chamber group/travel every year - Drama so-so - Big sports school - Small school / rural athmosphere -Principal wishy-washy

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2005
I highly recommend this school as it's acedemics and teachers are wonderful. I never heard my daughter speak of excessive violence or language. My interactions with the teachers was a positive experience.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
This school is solidly mediocre and not much devoted to improvement when it comes to academics. This is furthered by a bizarre schedule and a tremendous emphasis on athletics. When it comes to the arts, however, this school has amazing programs. If you want to attend somewhere with great programs in music, art, or drama, this is where you want to be. Especially is you happen to play football, too.

- submitted by a former student
December 28, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2004
I like the school in some ways, but being a small school has pros & cons. Pros: safety & knowing more of what your child is doing. Less overwelming and more control. Cons: clickish, less to be involved with, less to choose from academically and college electives. Overall I wish there were more options and ways to grow in a smaller environment like this. We worry how it's going to effect our daughter when it comes to being accepted to college. I don't see a lot of focus being made on college like I here of in other schools. Other wise the teachers seem ok so far. I just wish there was more interaction with parents on the student's grades. We are concerned about next year though.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
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Colfax High School
24995 Ben Taylor Road, Colfax, CA  95713
(530) 346-2284
Last modified Colfax 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.
Colfax High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top