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9-12
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Granite Bay, CA
Students enrolled: 2,164

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1 Grizzly Way
Granite Bay, CA 95746

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(916) 786-8676
(916) 786-7232
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December 02, 2014
It's a great school IF your child is a great student, but if your child has difficulty or struggles academically then this is not the school for them. There is zero compassion for students that need extra academic help or that have any special circumstances. In the last 4 years I have only encountered 2 educators at this school that actually seemed sincere and displayed any type of compassion. They would rather bus out your child to other schools so they don't bring down the API score. It really is sad.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2014
I think overall this school is pretty good, besides the drug problem, which is out of control. The school makes you very motivated and gives you a ton of work, depending how smart you are in completing the work. There is also some peer pressure, drama and some of the kids can be mean. I like how the school motivates you to do your best and even though the teachers give out a lot of work, it is good because it makes you more intelligent and independent. The school can improve if teachers would explain the work more in depth to the students and give students more time to do their work. Also, the teachers should recognize students that are peer pressured and/or on drugs and report it to the principal to do something about the problem and fix it. Overall, I made good friends here and enjoyed my time being here.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2014
Okay I go to granite bay and I want to clear up some of the "issues" that parents have. Fpr starters, yes there are drugs but that like every other highschool in the nation. During my three years here I have never once been pressured into doing any kind at all. The only time there is a drug problem is when your kid starts doing drugs, but that doesn't reflect the school, just bad parenting. Another issue is that kids here are rude. This is true as well, but its only a small majority of students who give a bad reputation and its up to your child to make good decisions on the friends that he or she makes. Most people here are quite nice and there is a place for anyone. People say horrible things about granite bay and that they want their child to have a better experience; a great experience can be found here if you raised your kid the correct way. So dont blame the school, there are so many great things and people here. Just hope that you raised your child well. Oh, and we all known that our academics are superb.

- submitted by a community member
May 29, 2014
Typical of many schools in affluent areas, this school is a "mixed bag". It is very academically competitive, which is great for kids who can keep up, but little help is given to those who can't. The ethos seems to be that going to college is the only path and anything else is substandard. Navigating the school's social scene can be down-right treacherous. There is a clear divide between the "haves" and "have nots" (just look at the cars in the student parking lot). Bullying based on socio-economic factors has been an issue for us. Drugs can be a problem too when wealthy kids have too much time and money on their hands. We have opted for our second child to attend Del Oro instead and are having a much better experience. The students and parents are more down to earth, and the environment does force the kids to grow up so fast.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
We are very pleased with Granite Bay High School. First let me begin by saying our daughter was a transfer student from Sacramento Country Day School her sophomore year and we are so grateful to SCDS for advancing her the way they did while there. What brought our attention to GBHS was the newly implemented IB program that we were familiar with and so eagerly wanted DD to participate in. Also the convenience of the school being up the street, so no more rush hour drives into Sacramento. DD loved the thought of being able to participate in EC's because that was difficult at SCDS due to distance. GBHS staff allowed her to fully embrace her academics with continual support when needed. The IB curriculum was very vigorous which led to many tears at her computer on early mornings, but thats what made her. Her involvement in Speech and Debate and Track and Field taught her responsibility to manage her time while keeping her GPA up in IB. The school fostered a confidence in DD which will be everlasting and we are so grateful for that. Thank you Granite Bay for providing the vital tools needed so my DD can continue her academic journey with confidence at Dartmouth College, 'Class of 2017'!

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
As a grandparent, I've witnessed some of the negative activities, and will need to see the positives to gradually increase my rating.

- submitted by a community member
June 20, 2013
Has an awful drug problem. lots of drama AND peer pressure for your child at any grade

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2013
I only got to attend GBHS for a while, however I loved it there and thrived as a student. We have great sports programs,challenging classes, and great electives! I fell in love with this school and its people. I think there is always going to be drama at any school. sure the stereotypical picture of granite bay students are rich, but they're not all spoiled brats, and rich. There's plain jane average people like me there! Plus, I absolutely adored the staff. All my teachers were very caring and they knew what best to teach the kids. When i first came to the school as a freshman I felt so welcomed. I took spanish 1 and 2, which are great classes! You'll also never find any other art program quite like GB's, the art classes are amazing. whether its drama or actual art, or ceramics, you're guranteed to have fun! And don't forget to join the tribe. The football games are so fun and its a great way to participate, same with the dances! Don't miss out, being a grizzly is amazing!

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2013
My first experience with GBHS was when we listened to orientation for incoming freshmen, a current student at the podium said it can be lonely here and your friends will continue to change; wait she didn't just say that in front of parents and faculty? It's true, doesn't matter if your average or the popular cheerleader, kids are mean here. Yes, the IB/AP program is good, but unless you are at the top, you would be better off being closer to the top at a smaller school like Oakmont. Think about how best to package your child for college, before you send your child to GBHS, would you rather them be in the top 25% at GB or top 10% at Oakmont or Del Oro? Don't be fooled, most parents are asleep at the wheel and have no idea what their kids are up to or how they are being treated. As for the Administration here, they do what they can, it's a big school, but they do not have control of the school compared to other high schools in the area. I'm not trying to put down the administration, but they simply do not have strong enough leadership skills to make this school what it should be. The Eureka School District is great, so what the heck happens when these kids land at GBHS?

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2013
I am extremely pleased with Granite Bay High School. The teachers fantastic and it is clear they LOVE teaching. My son had heard negative things about the school prior to his freshman year and he is socially shy yet he has thrived at GBHS. He is receiving an incredible education and his teachers have always been responsive to my questions and to assisting him after school whenever he has needed help with a subject. He has chosen the right friends and says he has never even been approached to buy/use drugs. The community is very involved in supporting this school district which is great for the kids. I am a single parent who moved to the area for the school district, my son is not into sports and I am more than pleased with the school and the district.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2013
Granite bay contains many problems and graduating from here I know first hand. It's true the Ap and IB classes are good but if you expect to end up is a top notch college, think again. The teachers give little information about most subject and the ones that do teach only share the basic idea. The majority of the students go to Chico because they have trouble getting through the ap and IB tests given due to the lack of knowledge. The success rate is acceptable but most students score the bare minimum. In class everyday students learn how to solve, for example, x+2=y but on the day of the test are faced with x^5/2+(x-3)^2=y. The school spends most of the money of sports equipment hoping to collect more funds from parents and students are left with old ripped textbooks to study from. If are are enrolled here I hope you know how to learn by yourself, because that's what a lot of days will have to look like if you plan ti go to a well know college.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2012
Granite Bay has great programs for both AP and IB goers, most people chose the former, and I strongly recommend them even for those who are afraid of the workload! The AP teachers are great, I strongly admire the history skills of a certain Mr. Valentine and Mr. Dell'Orto. Most teachers on this campus are stressed, probably from the volume of students/workload... This is high school, so if you aren't applying yourself you won't be noticed by teachers, athletics coaches, and potential college recruiters. Sadly, with the sheer number of kids, (and it's increasing every year) the counselors are overrun with students so I would recommend outsourcing... Get involved with clubs, debate team, Band/Choir, and any of our Sports teams!! GO GRIZZLIES!

- submitted by a student
January 06, 2012
As a student i have expirienced first hand the out of control rumor mill this school has. The drama is so intense and it makes it very hard to keep up with the school work. This school is challenging but if you can take the drama and block it out you can do great there. The classes they have to offer are amazing. You have many opprotunities to succeed but you have to be willing to work hard.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2011
I have two children who just graduated from Granite Bay High School. I cannot say enough good things about the school, staff, administration and students. GBHS is very devoted to the students and their well being. They invest in anti drug/alcohol messages, tolerance and esteem building. The majority of the staff are creative and very energetic. The kids love them! The principal, Mr. McGuire, is a very caring person. He is exactly the type of person any school would want as their school leader. Their sports programs are also excellent. I have boy/girl twins who had different circles of friends. Both groups included the most responsible, caring and polite young adults you would ever want to meet. I credit that to, not only my kid's great choice of friends, but the parent involvement in the Granite Bay area and the school itself. Kids who want drugs will find them at any school they attend. I believe the responsibility for that falls on the individual and in the case of minors, their parent's involvement in their lives as well. Its easier to blame the school than to look within. Don't blame GBHS. They turn out hundreds of wonderful, successful young adults every year.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
GBHS has a terrible drug problem. If you need advice or resources for your teenager if they are using, google "pathway to prevention". I found them online. It was started by Mothers whose teenagers graduated GBHS as addicts. It is much more common than the faculty will admit.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2011
every school is going to have drugs. Granite Bay High is the best high school in CA! We are one of the few schools that actually have the IB program in the state of CA. I have attended 3 different high schools in CA including Lincoln High School, Woodcreek High School, and Granite Bay. The other two schools were just bland, granite bay has a very enthusiastic enviorment! GO GRIZZLIES!

- submitted by a student
October 07, 2010
Granite Bay is a good school for high achievers in the IB and AP system. The sad thing about this school is the deaf ear given by the administration to the drug problems and average achiever student. If you want your kid to go here talk to the parents and students, don't let an inflated API score make your decision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Granite Bay HS now has an IB program that will be graduating it's first class of seniors -- go Class of 2010!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
If I had to pick a school for my students now it would not be Granite Bay High School. The politics, the 'my way or the highway' attitude of the teachers, and the favortism given to the IB and AP students, typifies the Granite Bay 'bubble.' Don't get me wrong, my student is an acedemic achiever, but not because of the environment at this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
I am very impressed with this school. It has a variety of programs for the gifted student as well as the challenged, and I have experience with both. The IB Program, AP Classes, and Honors classes will keep the brightest kids challenged. The tutoring center is a blessing for times when your child needs extra help. There are classes organized to help your child learn at their speed. The outside activities and clubs are amazing and too numerous to list. The choir, band, team sports and the many clubs are all recommended and of good quality. This school offers a tremendous amount. I encourage all students to take advantage of everything it has to offer! Technology is used so that the child and the parent can keep track of academic progress as well as school social activities. Good communication from faculty is a major plus.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2008
This school is great with a lot of great communicative and experienced teachers, successful sports teams(name a sport, we're good at it), technological programs and resources, different clubs, diverse electives and lots of school spirit and parental support. The school has adopted the IB program which makes it one of the only 2 schools in the district to have bringing in even more bright students into its campus. The school boasts over 3 computer labs and an entire 'learning center' for classes to use throughout the day and students to visit afterschool for tutoring and studying. The school has a blocked schedule which may seem complicated to those that are unfamiliar with it, but with a blocked schedule, students in can take 2 consecutive math, foreign language, science, etc. classes in a year allowing them to progress further and take as many upper-level courses as possible to challenge. GBHS Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2008
The school seems to be more about advertising the appearance of great education but not executing with effective teaching or administration. Examples: The school pushes an accelerated block system warning parents of dire consequences if their child is sick for more than a day since every day missed is 'times 2' yet they delay the 'back to school' night for 3 weeks (x2=6 weeks) into the school year so parents are limited in ways to get involved in their child's life and success, or to address any problems or concerns about a class or teacher. Was this because they wanted to produce flashy video to ask for money? Second, the school points parents and students to supposedly a rich web site of resources; fact is the web site is often out of date, incomplete and so poorly organized one cannot find the gems in the clutter of content.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2008
Granite Bay High only reaches out to the high achiever, normal and students who are struggling are swept under the rug.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 05, 2007
I graduated Granite Bay and I think the academics are far superior than any other high school. I am breezing through my english classes and know, to some degree, what all of my current professors at Sac State introduce as 'new topics'. As for the social aspect it is easy to get caught up in the wrong crowd and because there are so many privilaged children there accessibility to lots of things that can lead you astray.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2007
I have had 3 children attend Granite Bay High School and have always been impressed with the teachers and challenging curriculum. All three children have been well prepared for the colleges they are currently attending. Thank you for all of your dedication to our students.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
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August 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
May 11, 2006
Academic Programs - Outstanding. Availability of Music/Art/Sports/Extracurricular - Outstanding. Parents are very involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
I am so thankful my son attends such a superior high school. Not only the academic focus, but the true caring atmosphere is what I so appreciate. My son's first year has turned him around to focus on his future. Kudos to the team at Granite Bay High School!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
This school is a great school. The teachers are enthusiastic about what they do, constantly striving for better when they are already great, they engage and encourage the kids. The focus is not only on kids going to four year universities but also on those who may choose a different path - direct to work (great ROP program) and good relationship with community colleges. I couldn't ask for a better school for my kids to attend.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
Granite bay can be decribed as a upper to high class school. I was a honor student there mainly through the support I recieved in the special education classes. I suffer from dyslexia a learning disability. The special education department there lead by a Tim Gillespy helped me get my school books on tape since it was determined that my learning style is auditory. This class has computers in the classroom for students to work on typing, language translation in my case french for my home work assignments. The staff would give many progressive tests to moniter the improvement in our disability as well as find ways for us as students to compensate for our disabilities. such compensation for me was mainly the books on tape and extra time on all exams. These teachers in addition to assisting students with homework from other classes would make sure we were on task

- submitted by a former student
October 31, 2005
I believe Granite Bay High School is an excellent school for the motivated student who is willing to take advantage of all of the wonderful programs the school has to offer. On the other hand, there is a lot of trouble for kids who fall into the wrong crowd.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
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November 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
Unfortunately, there is a small but very vocal group of parents who impose their conservative views on the selection of books for English classes and content of science curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2004
It is just a great place. Our son, who is on a IEP is getting all the support he needs. Unlike his old school in the SF Bay Area. They are also doing this with less money than what his old school gets per student.

- submitted by a parent
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Granite Bay High School
1 Grizzly Way, Granite Bay, CA  95746
(916) 786-8676
Last modified Granite Bay High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Granite Bay High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top