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9-12
Public district
Fairfield, CA
Students enrolled: 1,635
 

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2951 Markeley Lane
Fairfield, CA 94533

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(707) 437-7333
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July 25, 2014
I'm currently attending Vanden and it's practically a good school around our area. It has both a GREAT academic program and sports program. The only thing is that they took down the lockers so now seniors nor underclassmen get lockers which is devastating because we have to carry tons of books around. And the high school is old and looks run down and I hope they can upgrade it ASAP.

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2014
I graduated from Vanden last year. I would agree that it is a bit overcrowded, but it's a small price to pay to go to the best school in the area. It prepared me well for college. The AP courses are taught well. Good, friendly teachers that care. The school has some pretty good sports programs as well. It's a bit more fun to root for your school when they tend to win. If you're living in the fairfield/Vacaville area, this is the school you want to go to.

- submitted by a student
May 14, 2014
Principal Sandi Reese is outstanding at Vanden High School. She is responsive to all situations and promotes all aspects of school life for the students involved. The Guidance Counselors are supportive and really listen to your concerns. All of the teachers genuinely care about their student population. The sports program, music department and extracurricular activities provide endless possibilities for the would be student attending this high school. As a parent it gives me peace of mind to know that my child is safe at this high school as there are many hall monitors there to help supervisor the campus.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Vanden High School is over crowded with 40 kids in a classroom. The district needs to consider expanding the school. The school need to have their cafeteria area inside and 9th-11th grade should also have lockers. Considering the upcoming housing market, I hope expansion for the high school is part of the district/city plans.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
I am finishing my Junior year at UC Davis and I feel that going to Vanden HS really prepared me for success in college.

- submitted by a student
April 12, 2013
Great school! Vanden High offers a wide selection of classes and prepares students to continue onto college. The teachers and staff do an excellent job and really care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
This school is extremely horrible. I say this because of trash and bullying. I do not recommend your students especially incoming freshmans to this school

- submitted by a teacher
November 17, 2011
My child is currently attending Vanden HS. The school is alright compare to the other HS in Fairfield. The only bad think in my opinion is their sports program. The athletic director doesn't really get involve and has no clue on what's going on with the school sports. I guess he is just there for the title and the pay check. Their basketball program is NO good and only won 1 game throughout the season last year. I think its time to make a change Mr. Athletic director, please start doing your job so Vanden can have a better season. Hint, hint, hint!!!

- submitted by a community member
May 31, 2011
I just recently left Vanden and moved to another school in sacramento. When I attended Vanden, I use to complain about the school all the time but only now do I realize how good I had it there. I had a beeter learning enviroment at Vanden and I learned alot more than I am currently learning. I regret leaving and if I had the oppotunity to go back to Vanden I definently would.

- submitted by a student
October 14, 2010
I graduated from Vanden in 2006 and I will admit when I was there I did not think much of Vanden. I was a member of the AFJROTC program and spent most of my HS time around that program. I did not realize what a great school Vanden was until I went to college (in NY). Many of the teachers and courses I took at Vanden put me ahead of many other students in my introduction courses. I think you can always find things to complain about a school. The overall quality of academics and extra curriculars is outstanding. Vanden is a school where if you want to excel you need to take it upon your own responsibility and find the great teachers to help you and you will learn. I have had many teachers who helped me and I was not in their class.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2010
Concerned parent: For the 2009-2010 school year I had to remove my children from the Private school and place them in the public education system. My middle school age child's grades went down drastically this school year- which I attribute to the large change in environment, transition into middle school and overall teen tranistion. This school year (2010-2011) he is going to the 8th grade with hopes to promote into Vanden High School to complete his education.....over the years, I have heard that the academics at Vanden have deteriorated-- parents, please give me feedback regarding that......I am not interested in the sports program, rather the percentage of graduates that attend/are prepared to attend a 4-year college of their choosing and their success rates.....thanks!

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2010
Our son attended Vanden High for his freshman year, and will for part of his sophomore year, I am as a Father I am sad he has to move. There is some politics involved especially with Athletics, but you re not going get away from the that, and it s not that bad at Vanden, it could be a lot worse. The school as a whole is a great school, I felt the need to write this because of the 2 star review that said its sad that it s the best school in Solano County. Take that review with a grain of salt. If your military researching schools before you get here, hands down Travis Unified is where you want to be. They do not even compare to any other system available. From the K-12 your child will be in a safe and challenging environment, you WILL NOT be sorry.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2010
It's sad this is the best public high school in Solano County. It is very overrated as is California's public education system. I feel sorry for students that have to transfer out of state to a state that takes education and grading seriously. I feel bad I had to put my child through this.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Through the Conflict Manager Program at Vanden High, students are referred or they can refer themselves to a team of conflict managers when a dispute arises or has the potential of arising. The students are then taken to a neutral area and they are briefed on the boundaries of the conflict management and the mediation session begins. The mediation sessions usually last approximately 15-25 minutes. These can be conducted during class time, at lunch or after school. Conflict Management encourages students to resolve their problems with the assistance of a neutral party, but does not allow the student managers to intervene in a physical fight or deal with weapons or illegal substances. Conflict Managers will not only help their peers to solve their problems, but as they interact with others they will also be learning skills such as: communication skills, active listening and speaking skills, decision making skills and leadership skills. As we all know, these skills can be and will be applied in one way or another for the rest of these student's lives! The entire staff at Vanden High are very appreciative for the work well done by every one of the students that, of your own free will, participated in the training and gave their best throughout this school year. They have done a great service for their school and for their fellow classmates.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 13, 2010
Through the Conflict Manager Program at Vanden High, students are referred or they can refer themselves to a team of conflict managers when a dispute arises or has the potential of arising. The students are then taken to a neutral area and they are briefed on the boundaries of the conflict management and the mediation session begins. The mediation sessions usually last approximately 15-25 minutes. These can be conducted during class time, at lunch or after school. Conflict Management encourages students to resolve their problems with the assistance of a neutral party, but does not allow the student managers to intervene in a physical fight or deal with weapons or illegal substances. Conflict Managers will not only help their peers to solve their problems, but as they interact with others they will also be learning skills such as: communication skills, active listening and speaking skills, decision making skills and leadership skills. As we all know, these skills can be and will be applied in one way or another for the rest of these student's lives! The entire staff at Vanden High are very appreciative for the work well done by every one of the students that, of your own free will, participated in the training and gave their best throughout this school year. They have done a great service for their school and for their fellow classmates.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 09, 2010
This school is overated, it does not follow its own school phlosophy. Teachers are not teaching independence but they are teaching Robert learning . We need independently thinking students, not students who copy word for word out of the book, isn't that plagerism. There is bias in teaching and the students of color do not receive the same treatment as those who are white, but what else is new.

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2009
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September 16, 2009
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May 12, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 25, 2009
I loved going to vanden! i miss some of the teacher! thay were awesome........i had a great time being a freshman at vanden!

- submitted by a student
March 17, 2009
the teachers are great and the new buildings that were newly added to the school are gorgeous.

- submitted by a student
March 16, 2009
As a recent graduate I felt the need to write an up to date review of the school. The school has recently gone through extensive remodeling and looks amazing. Gone are the days of flooding and outdated classrooms. Compared to the other schools in the area such as Armijo, Fairfield and even Will C. Wood and Vaca High, Vanden is better in so many ways. Violence and crime and extremely low, test scores are substantially higher and kids are far less disruptive. If you're moving to the area, try your hardest to get your child in to Vanden. The school is much safer than any others in the area and Academics are much, much better than many schools in California. I'm not really sure what these other reviews are talking about.

- submitted by a student
July 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
I have attended this school for four years and i can say, first hand, that it is a decent school. It does need remodeling and the're doing great at trying to improve the school. The one thing i do disagree with is that they are not focussing on what is really important, the students. Vanden is focused on making the school looked good on the outside rather then fixing the problems on the inside. For example: theft in locker rooms, poor outdated school books, class rooms being closed at lunch (students that need extra help cant get it), teachers that are pushovers (disruptive kids get away with to much). With these problems it is difficult for many students to get anywhere. It's these problems that are keeping the school from reaching its true potential.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
I'm a former student of Vanden High School, and personally I am very disappointed about the quality of education and facilities there. The classrooms and books are all ran down, old, and out dated. Although the school is making an attempt to improve its facilities, it is obvious that funding is not directed towards the best interest of its students. The campus also needs extensive re- landscaping done, because during winter the rain floods the planters of dirt creating muddy pathways, and difficulty getting to class on time. Most of the counselors alway push the concerns of students and parents aside. Most the teachers there are decent and tolerable, but I must admit nearly all the English teachers do a fabulous job teaching literature and real life issues.

- submitted by a student
July 10, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2007
I think vanden is alright,the lack of communication is what is failing.No call backs,counselors don't know etc.The school is old and needs to be remodeled and overhauled.lots of theft in gymnasium (boys)

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
Both my sons attended Vanden for 3 years. For the most part the school is okay but there were with teachers and out of control students.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
I have had three children attend Vanden. Our experience has been positive; the school is economically and racially diverse, and its small size and somewhat isolated setting makes it safe and comfortable. This school serves Travis Air Force base, and many students are used to moving often and welcoming newcomers quickly. My sons took many A.P. classes, and earned 24 units each for college. The facilities are older and show wear, but the atmosphere is friendly, and the school takes pride in its academics. We will miss this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
The academic programs are average. There are a lot of extracurricular activities from sports, clubs, band, leadership, to theater, and many more. Parent involvement is encouraged- especially in band. A very small school, where the students pretty much all know each other.

- submitted by a former student
January 20, 2005
I work for the government and have access to test data from all high schools in the county and Vanden is always at the top. Though not a perfect school, it is in my opinion the best public school in Solano County.

- submitted by a staff
January 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2004
Vanden high has been a great place for my daughters who have excelled because of the diversity in teaching and the philosophy of children first. It provides a very positive learning environment while providing academic challenges that students attain.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
In comparison, Vanden High School is much better than the school district we came from down south. The staff is always friendly and helpful on back to school nights and such. My son has received a good education through Vanden. With budget cuts they've had to let go of alot of extracurricular activities. We would like more help in getting our son prepared for university, i.e. scholarship opportunities, grants, etc. Overall, the quality of Vanden is very good.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Vanden seems to have more to offer than other high schools in the area but the quality of education is very low due to the lack of funds and resources. As for teacher quality, they appear to be underpaid and over worked. Couseling has a problem with left hand not reading the right in communication. It appears that the majority of Vanden graduates have to rely on community colleges for re-education if the student wants [to] achieve a university education.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
My son has participated in both Ap and Honors classes at Vanden. The teacher support system has been fantastic. I believe that the teachers support and dedication to a high degree of learning for students has played an intergaral part in my students success.

- submitted by a parent

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Vanden High School
2951 Markeley Lane, Fairfield, CA  94533
(707) 437-7333
Last modified Vanden 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.
Vanden High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top