High scores are only from the private tutoring most students receive. If you aren't going to pay for the equivalent of Japanese cram school every day of the week, your kid is going to be an outcast. A "B" average for the school means you are in the bottom quarter of students and will be treated like trash! Students are highly cliquey by race. Transferred my daughter out after she was told she'd not be able to compete grade wise with the 'pure' Asian kids (she is half white/half Chinese). Good riddance!
Honestly, as a current student of mission, I can tell you that if you want to send your kid to Mission for a good education and environment, DON'T. For the love of God, don't send your kid there. Other reviews may say that it has a good environment and a good learning place, I find that highly untrue. To start of my complaint, you may think a good high school contains the best teachers ever right? Well it doesn't. The main reason for student success is self study. I find that there is a high chance that you get a teacher that doesn't do anything and grades unfairly. Now I'm not saying this for all teachers. There have been excellent teachers here. But there is a high chance that you get a teacher that doesn't know what they're doing but you can't fire them because of the teacher's union. If you don't know how to do your job, you shouldn't do it! The environment is also poor. Its unsanitary and outdated. These conditions have killed of many student's GPAs. If an unfair teacher gives you an F for something irrelavent, goodbye berkley. In conclusion, this school is not what you think and it is unsuitable.
The school is a slightly above average school in terms of faculty and staff. However, the students clearly create the reputation that the school lives by today. Don't be fooled by the averages. I'd say 90% of the reason why the averages such as 3.6 average GPA or 1990 average SAT are so high is because of the students. This is definitely an above average school to attend and has a great atmosphere for learning, but you will definitely need to carry yourself across the finish line. Don't think for one second that going to Mission San Jose High even increases chances by a noticeable amount to go to a certain college. It seems so very much due to the student body. Higher averages= more likely to be admitted and this school is all about averages. One last note. Mission San Jose is really known for its average student body. You won't find any super amazing students you can't find elsewhere at "average public schools". In a sense, it could be an excellent school for a student on the brink of "above average" and "good" to motivate them. However, this school is not as special as you think it is after first glance. Aschool with above average faculty and an incredible average student body.
This school is average. I would rate it as a 7. Do not be fooled by high API scores. The high API scores are because of private tutoring, not because of the teachers. The students are very competitive and often not willing to help classmates.
This is a very competitive school and the poor kids are competing against each other. Some teachers are good but others are quite unreasonable. The PE teacher, is quite unreasonable. Not sure what she expects out of these poor kids. Swimming in the cold winter months ( Oct/Nov) in the first period, in an outdoor pool is illogical...running miles each day and keeping up with the mile time so that it doesn't affect grades is also ridiculous. Each child tries really hard to do well and I think that the PE teachers should understand and applaud that rather than stressing them out all the more.
I graduated from Mission in 1981. It was academically-oriented then too, balanced with a strong sports program and a number of outstanding athletes. Now, my son attends Mission & is a thriving junior - academically, socially and in sports. It's a much more competitive environment than 30 years ago (the demographics have changed dramatically in Fremont). Many parents work professionally in silicon valley, putting high value on a great education (strong STEM focus), and are willing to do whatever it takes to give their students an edge. Parents are very involved - pushing their kids to excellence academically, volunteering time, and donating to supplement funding for Mission. Overall, the experienced teachers are caring and dedicated. The administrative staff are excellent at what they do, and are responsive to students and parents. The school grounds have improved. There are even new buildings on campus. Mission has earned a reputation for being one of the best public high schools in the nation, being rated highly in several national publications. However, it could improve by emphasizing teamwork and collegiality among its very competitive student population.
I attend MSJ, and from personal experience, this is definitely a competitive school. I am not saying I hate it or love it, but there really are students and teachers that are not willing to help you. However, I like the competitive vibe, but no matter how great you are, you can NEVER be the best at mission. The competitiveness I feel will help in the future, because this IS reality. Go to a different school, perhaps irvington, and you will be on top. The standards are so high here that taking 6 APs won't even put you on top. Everyone is extremely good at some kind of talent, and basically, without finding something to be dedicated to and having a strong academic background as well, it can be really hard to succeed and fit in. All the sports here are amazing as well, except maybe the football team... Just remember, if you are planning to attend, you will have to exceed all limits.