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20 High School Court
Los Gatos, CA 95030

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April 12, 2014
The school really cares for you and your well being. They have great programs such as reality check, students to students, cassy, and safe rides to make sure all of their students are happy and healthy. However, like many Silicon Valley schools it is very demanding. The pressure can be extreme here, especially with so many other high achieving students around you.

- submitted by a student
August 14, 2013
I am a teacher in another high school district. ALL high schools have issues with drugs and alcohol and bullying. LGHS has implemented some great programs to deal with these issues: CASA, CASSY counselors, peer connections. It is a proactive high school in dealing with current issues that plagued high schools. Yes, there are teachers that are not good. Again, ALL schools have those. But the majority of teachers are excellent, and go above and beyond to help the students...during the provided tutoring time AND on their own time. Love this school for my teens!

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
This school has an excellent staff of caring teachers and administrators. The beautiful campus is set against the foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains. The support of the community is huge, and it shows (ie. the ceramics room has better equipment than the local college ceramics dept!). School spirit is evident everywhere, and the students are truly proud to be Wildcats. We are so fortunate are kids are able to attend LGHS!

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
Both of our children came to LGHS after graduating a very demanding middle school in San Jose. We are very happy , going our 4 year here. People are nice, and there are no "tiger moms". Most of teachers a very good. A lot of your child success depends on how motivated he/ she is. There are plenty of opportunity to slack off ,but also equally plenty to take the most demanding courses.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
I love Los Gatos High! This school is public yet has superior academics, athletics, extracurricular activities, teachers, coaches, and administrators! It is arguably the most beautiful high school anywhere! The students at L.G. enjoy tremendous facilities, equipment and opportunities, as well as, super school, parent and community support. L.G. High is as good, if not better, than 99% of all other schools out there public or private! I cannot imagine a more beautiful school or town for my kids to be part of!

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
Some outstanding teachers and lots of choice (languages, woodwork, ceramics, metalwork, journalism and more). My two boys are kept busy with water polo and swimming, as well as doing some AP classes. There appears to be a significant drug problem. So far I'm not seeing it with my kids, who seem to have their feet on the ground. There's a lot of parental involvement, which I think helps in creating a support network among the parents. In my experience the teachers are caring and motivating. My kids find the level of homework very manageable (although it steps up in 11th grade with college prep), still having time for sport, socialization, and their own interests.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
A lot of bullying and tight cliques. Snobbery at it's finest. Hard to make friends and the school administration does not get involved. Prefer Leigh High, more down to earth

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2012
best school in the us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your kid will love it here. It's so nice also it's so fun to leran here. so much better then Leigh high school

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2012
We have one student here and more coming. We have been very pleased with the level of instruction and the opportunities offered both academic as well as extra curricular. Every instructor we have met has been engaged and very competent. We have been overwhelmed with the efforts to include parents. The advisers are easily reachable and stay with the student throughout his or her gestation from Freshman through Senior year in a "house" type structure. Overall we couldn't imagine a better opporuntity to learn for our children.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
Particularly not a good choice for transfer students - tight cliques that may be intolerant of differences in opinions or mindset, and resort to exclusion on purpose and spreading false degrading rumors. Be very very careful. In spite of serious consequences, school administration does not take real action when that happens. (Perhaps things are fine if your student has grown up in the school district -- is it really?)

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2012
Emotional Bullying (Situational aggression) is practiced in this school by some cliques of female students and surprisingly (and quite unfortunately) tolerated by the school administration.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
This is a wealthy enclave of Silicon Valley. The teen center recently closed and the fight to offer suitable playing fields for sports rages on. It's not the most child friendly area due to the overall lack of support for services outside of the school system. That said, should you seek out only how things look upon the outside and rely upon AP scores for your decision this might fit your script. Drugs, entitled kids driving BMW's are the main negatives. Charming town with a a short commute to any where in the valley leads the pluses.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
moving to Los Gatos, hearing mixed reviews about this school. interested in knowing updates about this school

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2011
I agree that it's really about the parents at LGHS. Those kids with parents who are involved do extremely well. Those with parents who think LGHS is a daycare center, tend to have a lot of problems with motivation and drugs. BTW: The drug problem is no better or worse at LGHS than other schools. The kids who attend are from affluent families and oft feel very entitled. We only had one bad (Spanish) teacher; the math and science teachers are outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2011
School is okay for motivated and focused kids. Some teahcers are good, but many are wholly inadequate. Many tenured teachers have little motivation and do little to interest/help their students. New, younger teachers with good attitudes that connect with the kids are frequently laid off or are the first to leave. The substance abuse problems at tthis school are largely ignored by the administration.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
My daughter is a member of the 2011 graduating class. She attended all four years at LGHS and is graduating with a 4.5 GPA, a 2210 SAT score, 800 on her Calculus SAT II, and 5's on AP Physics, Calculus and US History. The school offers a terrific environment for learning. The teachers have all been extremely supportive, but also demanding. The campus is very safe and beautiful. The only downside at LGHS is the parent involvement with their own kids. There are a lot of wealthy "slakers" at the school who are clearly left to their own devices by their parents. For kids who have ambition and also parental support, LGHS is without a doubt one of the best schools in California.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
If your student isn't self-motivated and needs a little extra attention, this isn't the school for you. Kids like that get lost here. Most of the teachers are caring, but there's only so much they can do. Substance abuse is a huge problem here, and the administration is ineffective against fighting it.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2010
We moved here from a high performing school in Cupertino. Our previous school had marginally higher test scores than LGHS, but test scores don't tell the whole story. The kids in Cupertino are stressed to the max, with an overwhelming percentage of the parents being of the pushy and obnoxious type, where every move carefully calculated to boost the kids "resume". LGHS is much more sensible and balanced, with more rational parents and great extracurricular activities. IMHO, the typical kids at LGHS learns a lot more than his counterpart in Cupertino (I've been a college professor for a long time so I have some relevant experience). If you want your kid to be an anal-retentive jerk who can't think his way out of a paper bag, but can score a couple points higher on the SAT than he might otherwise, then Cupertino is the place to be. On the other hand, if you want your kid to actually learn something and be prepared to think, then it would be difficult to do better than LGHS.

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no rating October 12, 2010
My husband and I both went there, now our daughter does. It's a big part of the community....it's beautiful, and has great spirit, and earns great scores!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
This school is great for the percentage of kids (mostly caucasian) who are highly-motivated and university-bound but it fails those students who are not the top performers and don't have parents pushing them. These kids are underperforming, acting out, dropping out and there is no plan for them except to get them out of the district so they don't skew the numbers. If you are white and wealthy with supportive parents, this is the district for you.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2010
Los Gatos High School is the place to be for motivated, hard working students who want to find out what they are capable of accomplishing. Teachers are excellent, and Math and Science departments are especially strong. I transferred to Los Gatos High School mid-way through my high school career, and now I feel glad that I took the step. Physics and Calculus teachers are unparalleled in dedication.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2010
This is a great High School. So lucky to be involved in the activities.

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March 07, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2010
A school with a great sense of community. Having moved to this school mid-way through my high school career, I have had experiences at other high schools that didn't even compare to Los Gatos. It's one of a kind.

- submitted by a student
November 08, 2009
I've been to three different high schools, including lghs, and this one was quite simply, the best. The staff is excellent and the students I knew were awesome. While the pressure to donate to the school is annoying, the money it gets from donations is amazing. The school is so well kept-up and the teachers have so many materials and media things that really enhance the learning experience. When I was there I was very motivated to perform, which is something that made this school stand out as the best. Students who are there are there to learn.

- submitted by a community member
no rating November 04, 2009
The teachers and admin care, the prep for college is excellent, and they have great extracurricular activities. The community actually comes to the games and the performances.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2009
A very socially discriminating school. They expect parents to really fork over the costs of their students attending there even though it is a public school. The child and the parents are constantly bombarded to raise money to support the school, especially if the child participates in sports. How can a child make it all the way to his senior year and only then find out he needs to take additional English classes to graduate? Where are the counselors and the communication to the parents in all that time? I speak from experience. You have to be gifted or gift giving to survive there.

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March 31, 2009
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January 15, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2007
Los Gatos High School is an amazing place for the gifted student. The honor program offers challenging courses and the teachers (admin and others) all really care. Although the decision to select honor level courses for content, rather than an additional homework load meant that my son could not be Valedictorian, the early admission to Harvard gave him time to enjoy life.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2007
Very pleased with the school. Teachers caring and responsive. They have a great sports program and all areas academic and sports are very competitive. Music program is also a plus. Excellent school.

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August 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
Good school for the right kids. However, if you child is a middle of the road student, they can get lost. Parents have to be very proactive with some teachers to find out what's going on. Some don't even respond to emails. We're looking into alternative schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
Los Gatos High School has been an excellent experience for us. It is well run, has good teachers, lovely campus, and communicates well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2006
Decent. needs a little work but still good.

- submitted by a former student
October 27, 2005
An excellent school with well qualified teachers who care about student progress. The music program is usually well funded, though occasionally fought leaving funding up to the parents. Overall, parents are very involved in school fundraising. The campus is beautiful and has been recently renovated, providing a great educational environment.

- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 02, 2005
Outstanding school both academically and sports oriented.

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June 22, 2005
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April 13, 2005
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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2004
Los Gatos High is so good, it outperforms a lot of private schools. Why? The community is focused on great public schools as the key to a great community. Unlike on the Pennisula, where affluent parents forsake public schools, moderate and and high income Los Gatans understand a great high school (the only one in town) is the main measure of a community's pride in itself. The most recent Parent Night exposed me to teachers thrilled to be teaching there, and a new swimming pool (costing millions) the community had just bought with fundraising dollars. Los Gatos High proves public schools work, even better than private schools that pander to parents who believe excluding the lower classes provides some kind of important benefit.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2004
Guidance counselors focus only on top 20% of students. Strong athletic focus. Middle level students get left behind. Affluence impacts peer pressure and cliques in socialization.

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March 22, 2004
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- submitted by a student
March 14, 2004
LGHS offers exceptional college prep instruction with dedicated teachers and awesome 1:1 support; my daughter was extremely well prepared for Cornell and Stanford, earning 41 Advanced Placement credits. While she struggled with Calculus, her teacher provided sustained support and encouragement. LGHS also boasts a strong arts program with superb teachers and its athletes have achieved regional, state and national rankings particularly in track and field.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2004
Los Gatos High School has some strong points and weak points. I have 2 kids that went there. The Science classes and Math classes are good but English, P.E., Art, that was another story. The English classes most of them don't correct misspelled words. They give intrusive questionnaires and give books to read which are adult in nature (too mature). The P.E. classes lack good equipment. The Art classes left my child uninspired totally because of bad teaching.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2003
This is our second child to go through LGHS and the school has improved since we entered in 1998 but too many things remain the same. The footbal coach and athletes have more power than the principal. At the last football game I watched them run out onto the field with their coaches barking and using profanity. It is a good school for a very narrow band of students--athletic and able to deal with the homework. LGHS is a pressure cooker and many kids fall apart. Where is the adult guidance and character development? I wonder who is in charge and if there is a plan.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
Through my school years I went to a lof of different schools. However I thought that Los Gatos was the best one! People say that Los Gatos has a lof of drugs, but that's just because people notice it more there because they are the only school I know that has under cover police officers working there to make sure the school is absolutely safe. I give Los Gatos High school 5 stars!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
All three of my children graduated from Los Gatos High School. They all received a great education. I also worked there for the last 12 years. I don't believe that the current leadership knows what is going on or cares. That is why I quit working there!

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August 26, 2003
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August 25, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 11, 2003
Los Gatos High School has always been an outstanding school. Several times it has been chosen as a CA. Distinguished School and has received National School Recognition Awards. At any one time there have been volunteers working in many departments of the school. In 1984 CASA, Community Against Substance Abuse, was started by volunteers at LGHS to change the attitudes toward drug and alcohol use through peers helping peers, positive alternative activities, parent networking and education. The New Millennium Foundation helps fund teacher requests for capital improvements that are not available through the general funds. Teachers at LGHS are excellent and have high expectations of their students.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2003
My daughter had a tremendous freshman year! Field hockey in the fall allowed her feel connected to the school. Each of her teachers was first rate. My daughter said she couldn't pick her favorite class because she liked them all so much. In response to the comments about drugs my daughter simply says she's not in that crowd, and from what is see of her many friends I beleive her. Our experience couldn't have been better!

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Los Gatos High School
20 High School Court, Los Gatos, CA  95030
(408) 354-2730
Last modified Los Gatos 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.
Los Gatos High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews.