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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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?)
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.
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.
moving to Los Gatos, hearing mixed reviews about this school. interested in knowing updates about this school
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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