Students enrolled 1270
School leader Lori Villanueva
Transportation options Yes
District Hayward Unified School District

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27035 Whitman Road
Hayward, CA 94544

(510) 723-3190
(510) 582-0964
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3 stars
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August 15, 2014
As a teacher at Tennyson for 3+ years, I'd say it is on the up & up. We have a leadership team that abides by its name, a dedicated staff that can take your students as high as they are willing, and a loving, diverse student body. The school is safe - fights are way down. There are lots of clubs, extra-curricular sports, and academic opportunities available to students. I know we're just a "3 out of 10," but we graduate "10 out of 10" students often. It would be nice if we could get some more parent involvement.

- submitted by a teacher
November 22, 2012
i went to tennyson highschool and is one of the best highschool i have ever gone... GO LANCERS!!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2011
As a graduate of this school, I am torn between an average and an above average rating because it is not the cream of the crop preppy school. Needless to say, I am on my way to getting my Masters despite many barriers to a better education given my resources. Most teachers here are compassionate and knowledgeable--I can think of many great teachers that I've encountered over the years who I keep in good relations with. The quality of education is based on self-discipline and self-motivated learners. You get what you can squeeze out of it. There are UCLA, Stanford graduates who have attended Tennyson High and have gone on to work for tech companies, teach, and are achieving their dreams. Teachers here will stay after hours just to help that struggling student... The great loss of this education in this community are struggling Hispanic families whose teenage kids are working instead of studying. My two cents.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2010
Going to Tennyson High was get. I learned a lot and had great teachers. It was the best school I went too.

- submitted by a community member
January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2010
My daughter attends Tennyson and this is her first year. I will have to admit I was a little leary based on the information other people told me about the school. However, my daughter has maintained the honor roll and I have found the administration to be extremely helpful and resolved any issues that I may have had immediately from the Principal, Counselor, and Teachers. Tennyson really is a good school!!! I wish more parents would involve themselves, especially on the School Site Council Committee where changes that matter takes place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 11, 2009
I must say, as a parent, I dont like ths schol as my son never had support, there are a lot of fights this school has been through for no apparent reason. It has poor relationship with the families

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
This school is substandard and doesn't even have it's own website. The classes available are limited. The school principal doesn't even know her pupils. She doesn't try to get to know them. I had issues regarding my son and was ignored by the counselors so I contacted Mrs. Pineada and she didn't even bother to check my son's file before she offered advice. She is always saying they have programs that don't even exist. She needs to get back in touch with her own school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
I must say as a parent, it is always hard to let our kids grow up. I was afraid to let my son go to a regular high school, so i talked him into going into a Charter school. Now he is a junior and wants to attend Tennyson so i let him go. I have heard so many horrible stories about the school , teaching and the violence but must say at this point i have no regrets. From the time you walk through the front door being greeted by the friendliest security guard who always seems to be having a great day, to the attendance clerk who is always willing to help with something, it really makes you feel at home. Im really glad i have allowed my son to make this decision.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
T-high is an okay school but believe me its relly low in cash no offence but its mostly beacuae of the ethniticy that exists most around the area which is latinos and that efect the shools financial stuff but anyways its a pretty good and fun school just a bit low on money and some teachers relly arent good also they have a reallly nice p.e. locker room and regular lockers

- submitted by a student
August 10, 2009
While I am reluctant to cast aspersions on my high school alma mater, an examination of the bare and basic facts would lead one to conclude that Tennyson is a subpar school. Its API scores, and other indicators of student achievement, show that Tennyson has a lot of improving to do before parents will actually feel secure in sending their children here. The numbers do not tell the whole story, however. Like anything else in life, your experience at Tennyson is what you make of it. If you're a student that is not motivated and focused, Tennyson High School won't necessarily be an environment conducive to a good education. However, if you're motivated and focused, Tennyson's resources will be sufficient to some degree. The honors/AP track offers so many more good teachers and opportunities, so those classes are recommended.

- submitted by a student
March 06, 2009
Tennyson is a great place to be! I have worked here for 4 years now. The teachers and staff are passionate about the students. The parents are great! The students are wonderful! I wouldn't want to work anywhere else in Hayward! Sure its not perfect, but all of us try our best to make it a great place to be! If you are a parent and are wondering if Tennyson is the right school for your student, please feel free to call the school and ask any questions!

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2009
Tennyson High, compared to other high schools in Hayward, is better. Considering majority of its student's population-- families coming from lower income level, it has produced some outstanding and successful graduates from top schools in the state/country. Over the years, THS has added bright dedicated, teachers who cared for their students' future. The new Principal is doing the best. Overall, it is a great place to be.

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December 02, 2008
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November 16, 2008
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August 14, 2008
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March 26, 2008
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February 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2008
I had the best time at tennyson the best 4 years of my life.. Ture that It may have lacked on somethings before but now its a whole new school. Many people put down Tennyson saying that the teachers don;t do this or that the school would do this but as a student who graduated from there I think its all up to us to show everyone what Tennyson did for us. Its up to us to study and work hard they teacher can only do so much. My two younger siblings go there and they love it also. The only thing that bugs me now is the principal they have there. I believe that they could find someone better and more who really cares for the students and not what the HUSD board has to say. If they fix then it would be a great school.

- submitted by a student
December 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2007
The new Principal, leaving his past year, had an Amazing affect on Tennyson. Grades stated rising as the violence lowered. I am grateful to have this school near me so i can get my kids to it. It's not a bad school with many accelerated classes that no other school will have in the Bay Area. With many sports for each season, my kids will have something to do all school year.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
Tennyson is not a bad school. You have to give high schools a try. Tennyson is not the best school around but it does challenge you. It does have its down sides but in the end it is one of the best schools out there.

- submitted by a student
February 12, 2007
Although the school has showed some improvement over the last 2 years, it still needs teachers to set higher scholastic standards for the students and better preparation for college - counselor/parent communicatio is not very good. Ther are some dedicated teachers, but they, too, have very little support.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
January 12, 2007
This school is very bad...

- submitted by a former student
January 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
October 31, 2006
This school really is bad.

- submitted by a former student
August 24, 2006
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August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
I've had zero cooperation with this school when it comes to asking for help for my student. At the beginning of the year, it took more than one month and several calls before the counselor called me back! They are quick to want my immediate attention on issues they have but I'm expected to wait for days/weeks like there is no importance. Communication is horrible here and I've had to send 2 boys through this school. My son has had money stolen right from his hand, shoes from his pe locker and has been bullied. Not happy here at all.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
Not the best school around. My childs grades went down from day one. Poor communication

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
This school isnt as bad as Mt Eden or Hayward high. Although there isn't as much parent involvement, this schools academic programs have greatly improved over the years.

- submitted by a student
March 23, 2006
Tennyson High School has raised their reputation from a poor school to a well-kept school. They recently just remodeled their football field (which looks amazing) and their test scores has been higher in the past 2 years out of all the schools in Hayward, California. Teachers are well rounded, very fair, and they show true love for their work. Hardly any fights in Tennyson compared to the other schools in Hayward, and students have a wide range of diversity. Their Music Program (orchestra, choir, band..) have been escalating. Last year their band went to Japan while their choir and orchestra played at Disneyland. Overall, good school, and great oppurtunities.

- submitted by a student
December 14, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2005
Tennyson has great programs to support students on their path to college. They have many clubs and full AP offerings. They even have a Robotics Team which has won National and regional trophies seven years in a row. They have increased their API test scores over 100 points in two years! The Flatlanders out scored the Hill School. Students from last years graduating class are attending top colleges from U.C. Berkeley to Cal Tech. because the clubs, activities, and academics provided by the Teachers and devoted parent volunteers are available to students who put in the time and effort.

- submitted by a teacher
May 14, 2005
it's a better school than given credit for. The school has some very good teachers in core subjects, and have a very strong band (Blue Knights) that have performed & represented the district and the state across the country and abroad. There are two very good academies there (Multi-Media, & Puente). They have a great 9th grade counselor in Mr. Neill, but have had a lot of adminstration turnover in the past four years that have stagnated process of sustained progress.

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April 13, 2005
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February 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
I have a freshmen in this school and so far am very unhappy with the quality of education and the lack of relationship between parent and the administration of this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
The Staff at Tennyson High are always willing to work with parents to resolve student issues and to encourage students to excel beyond their potential. The Tennyson High School Government and most of its administration are doing their best to encourage students to do well on the standardized tests. Tennyson does not want to be taken over by the state. Many of the teachers are excellent and well connected to the students, but money is our biggest problem. Having said that, this school has completed an Enhanced School Profile, which provides information about the school's curriculum, special programs, activities, goals, volunteer and donation needs and more. Tennyson has programs in place to prevent the activities related to gangs. This is an issue through out the Bay Area not just the Alameda County District. The teachers are aware of the activities of each student as well as their consular.

- submitted by a parent
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Tennyson High School
27035 Whitman Road, Hayward, CA  94544
(510) 723-3190
Last modified Tennyson High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 3 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tennyson High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top