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12250 Skyline Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619

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4 stars
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August 22, 2013
green academy during sophomore year is nice. the three teachers really try to teach their students.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2013
Skyline is pretty much like any other high schools in Oakland. Many students don't take advantage of the education given to them. There are some great teachers who loves their jobs and cares about the students, but our school just don't have enough money. I really like the location of Skyline compared to other high schools in Oakland.

- submitted by a student
July 29, 2013
This is from student to student, in high school you'll get out what you put in. Skyline is no different. At skyline there are many kid who does not care for their education and will bring you down if you let them. However by no means should you avoid these kids, for there is very little bullying at Skyline. You should befriend them while keeping a distance so you are not influence by them negatively. There are many great teachers on campus that love their job and they're are a few bad ones. If you get in to a bad teacher's class do all you can to transfer its your life take action. One piece of advice, ask around of he/she is a good teacher students don't lie.

- submitted by a community member
July 26, 2013
clean beautiful some great teachers like Mr fry , Coach Salazar and Miss Lesnik Miss Arkin is always seen out working with students need some teachers who still care and want to help these kids safe school

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2012
I've been impressed by the quality of teaching and the dedication of so many of my 2 students' teachers--who are willing to meet with my kids during lunch or after school, and some willing to offer special study sessions in the community for students. Such dedication! And in light of the always reduced funding in public schools, Skyline teachers often dig into their own pockets if donations from student families and the PTSA still can't fund what is needed.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
The reason I give only two stars is because there is a lack of expectation at Skyline. The amount of homework for classes other than AP is minimal. Some of teachers are truly horrendous yet the school has done nothing about them. There are also some very good teachers though. An A is awarded for having done the work, not for having done an excellent job. Some of the classes I have observed are taught at the level of a 7th grade. It does a diservice to those students who expect to get a high school education and to be prepared for college. The teachers need to have a cohesive discipline policy and enforce it. I could never recommend that a parent send their kid to Skyline, not if there is another option.

- submitted by a teacher
July 03, 2011
Hi my name is Mark Bulnes I am a SKYLINE alumni I thought SKYLINE was a very good school. I thought the teachers were vary professional and the teachers did not baby you. When I tell people I graduated from SKYLINE HIGH I say it vary much pride. MARK BULNES CLASS of 1980

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
Skyline high is a really wonderful place. I went there for three years, I moved which explains why I'm not there. Skyline is really nice, there are so many nice people and teachers. It has an overall good vibe to the campus. The forest-like environment is somewhat peaceful and calming. The teachers there range from being lazy to incredibly helpful. One teacher I had for French, Madame Dubois, really cared about us. She tried to push you to do your work. There are also many clubs and programs you can join. They even have a French student exchange program where you and your family can host a French student for a week. There are also many sports there and the Performing Arts department is wonderful as well. All in all, it's a really great school, way better that any other Oakland public high school.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2010
This school is horrible. I attended this school for four years. The teachers are not as helpful as they should be. It seems like most teachers are there to just get their paycheck at the end of the week. The counselors are even worse. They never give you the right classes you need, so you have to go wait in a very, very long line or wait very, very long for the counselor to see you. These school counselors do not even counsel students. Also the security staff are ridiculously horrible. It is so easy to cut class at Skyline High. The security Staff are too friendly with the students, therefore they let students so whatever they please, unless they know they are being watched by their superiors.

- submitted by a student
April 22, 2010
Skyline has some excellent class offerings for AP classes, a variety of academies, extracurricular activities, student clubs, and decent sport programs (although not competitive as NCS). There could be more parents attending PTSA meetings and other parent groups. The same handful of parents show up to meetings and volunteer when administration need support. If you are a parent/guardian of a Skyline student, you should volunteer at least 4-6 hours a month at their school. The campus is pretty clean and green. however, there is an ongoing problem with some students not going to class and hanging out on campus. Overall, I would recommend Skyline over some of the other public schools in Oakland. And, if your students are able to take AP classes, save your money from paying for them to go to private schools. Parent of a senior student.

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April 12, 2010
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November 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2009
My daughter is a Junior this year (2009-2010), and I am so pleased at her 'suite' of teachers. She has a fabulous band teacher (Vince Toliver), his second year at the school. Ms. Mac for AP History, Mr. Jollymore for AP English, and Ms. Ostrom for AP Environmental Science are all tremendously dedicated and have great rapport with the students. I was thrilled at Back to School night to find out that Mr. Ng (her Chemistry teacher from last year) is the Junior class sponsor - he's a great teacher, also in his second year at Skyline. The kids are also dynamic and think for themselves. Come visit!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
great teachers and performing arts program

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September 21, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 18, 2009
Skyline High is one of the best High Schools in the area. Each year, this school sends many of its graduates to elite Universities across the nation. The curriculum is by far superior compare to other High Schools in Oakland. My son was accepted to Many of the top Ivy Leagues, including Harvard, Yale and Princeton. I highly recommend sending your kids to Skyline instead of wasting money on Bishop O'Dowd and many of the private schools around.

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September 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
If ever there was a school that teaches students that life isn't always fair but that if you show up and work hard you can succeed, then this is the place. No silver spoon, sheltered, false sense of entitlement here. No need to have a 'diversity awareness day' like so many homogeneous private and suburban schools. It is probably one of the most socially and economically diverse schools in the country and the students are challenged to learn to work together each and every day. And, it is on top of a hill surrounded by spectacular open space so it has a one of a kind location. Is it perfect? No and that is it's best feature. It is all about instilling gritty self determination.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The school is reinventing itself as we speak. Teachers and administrators truely care about the incoming students and are committed to their success, lots of academic as well as personal support. They address the whole person!

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May 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
Now Skyline High School can now be one of the Great High Schools in California under Mr. Sye's leadership and guidance. Also Skyline H.S. has one of the best track and field coaches in the world - Jamal Cooks, PhD (in Education). The track team competes on the National level with many elite runners getting the attention of many colleges nation wide. Due to great coaching and many blessings, I have a Nationally ranked hurdler in the 11th grade at Skyline taking several AP classes. The Skyline campus is a beautifully maintained 40 acres of land with many parent volunteers like myself who love being a part of the Skyline campus community.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2009
Principal is new, however, he is providing great leadership! Given time, with his leadership, the school will once again become a great!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
Relax and send your kid to Skyline. The school has a super performing arts department, a ton of sports and clubs, many AP classes, and a lot of nice kids. It is a 'real' high school, unlike the experimental versions found all over Oakland these days. This year, Skyline is recovering from two previous years of an incredibly poor principal. Many of the teachers and parents are quite happy with the NEW principal who was brought in last summer, Mr. Albert Sye. He is definitely a professional. The school isn't perfect, and it deals with an assortment of problems seen in other public schools. However, the setting is spectacular, there are plenty of students staying on track, and the school is on its way up. It has served my children very well. I hope you come on board and help make the school even better. Parent with children in Class '06 and '11.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
December 09, 2008
One of the earlier reviews states that the AP classes aat Skyline are a joke which couldn't be more wrong. The College Board just sent out a notice that last year 53 Skyline students were 'AP Scholars' which means that they scored 3 or better (out of 5) on at least three AP exams. The AP classes at Skyline are varied and challenging and, as these results demonstrate, do an excellent job of preparing the students for the exam and for college.

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September 03, 2008
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September 02, 2008
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August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2008
As a grad who still spends time in Oakland, the decline of Skyline pains me. The campus has become poorly maintained. The quality of the education has declined, as speaking to current students and grads quickly reveals life skills' deficiencies that they aren't even aware of. Time for change in the school's leadership and teaching staff........................for the sake of the students!

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June 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating May 27, 2008
My daughter graduated from Skyline in 2005. My son will graduate next week. Both of them have been accepted at USF, so I am very satisfied with Skyline. As a large, urban, comprehensive high school (a dying breed?) there are a lot of good things happening there. For one thing, the performing arts program is fantastic, with Theater, Music and Dance all very well represented. There is no denying that the general condition of the public school system does have a negative affect on Skyline, for example, the inadequate number of counselors. My kids' teachers have ranged from bad to excellent. Overall, I think it's a pretty good reflection of life in Oakland in general. There are lots of really great kids at Skyline and my kids are proud to have gone there.

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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 15, 2008
One of the other reviews is grossly inaccurate. Kathy wrote that 90% of the students go to college, but as a recent alum, I know that this number is way off. Among my graduating class, around 7% went straight to a 4-year university. A slightly larger number, about a third applied to enroll at a community college but no where near 90%. In my year, only 6 of about 600 (or close to 1%) got accepted to UC Berkeley. None got accepted to Stanford. When I was there, I found that I fight to get into college preparatory classes, because the school allocates most of its resources to remedial teaching and disciplinary problems. AP classes are of very poor quality, as witnessed by the very low test scores. Many students in these classes choose not to even take the tests. Socially, this place is bad too because of racial hostilities.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2007
My daughter is currently a junior @ Skyline. I am very disappointed in the counseling staff. It is very difficult to reach a counselor or an administrative staff @ the school. Freshmen year may have been the year she had the best teachers. Science classes are good, but math is very weak. Level of parent involvement is minimal I hate to say. It is just a small group of very dedicated parents who are active.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
Skyline is definitely a good school, it's like the average school, but in someways better. There are the usual kids, who love to cause trouble, but there are also many other students that don;t usually cause the problems. Skyline has made a huge improvement over the years, especially testing wise, with the conjoined effort of parents, teachers, and kids, but sadly it's an improvement school now. In my opinion, all Skyline really needs is to hire some better, more dedicated security guards.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a student
May 08, 2006
The music and foriegn language probram at skyline is horrible.

- submitted by a administrator
May 06, 2006
Parent of Skyline students since 1996. Seen a vast improvement in the administration. Principal Amy Hansen has an excellent educational vision, Very good control of campus. My kids have been safe there with no incidents. Kids find academic challenge (not perfect) but lots of challenging courses in 4 years. Junior & senior years are 'killers' academically. Freshman & sophomores can accelerate in math,science,& language but English & social studies should be more challenging. Social climate was fine for them; they made lots of great friends from different walks of life,great experience, without scrificing academic challenge. Parents worry needlessly. My kids accepted to same colleges as their private school friends.Excellent performing and fine arts opportunities,sports, great staff w/ lots of new, motivated teachers who like the challenge of a multi-cultural high school. with state of the art facilities. Beautiful campus! Active parent groups abound - PTSA,sports boosters, performing arts committee. And free!

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April 11, 2006
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March 16, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 06, 2006
Skyline High School could be an awesome school if it had a more productive principal.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
Skyline is the kind of school Brown vs. the Board of Education was meant to create. It's not a perfect school. Sometimes you run into a wacko teacher, and if you're a kid who goes looking for trouble you can definitely find it. But I rated it at the highest level for overall quality because I can't imagine a better preparation for being citizens of the 21st century. It's an extremely diverse school, ethnically, economically, religiously, linguistically, in every way. It offers excellent support at both ends of the academic scale, and has created a culture where kids are immersed in the idea of going to college. Lots of scholarships for the talented kids from the sports & performing arts programs. Active parent groups & special interest committees.

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November 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
Ithink this school is really that have great afterschool programs also lots of one on one with kids if needed...attened school 3 years and also provide after school..parent involvement is great.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2005
I'm currently a junior at Skyline-- Class of '07. I have really enjoyed my experience at Skyline. The diversity of students is astounding. I, myself, am Caucasian, and after moving in from Lafayette to Walnut Creek, and now living in Oakland, I can easily say that this is the best school I've ever attended. The students in general are intelligent, interesting, and very nice. Sure, there's always the group you don't want to be hanging around, but you can usually figure out who they are and stay away. The point is, this is likely Oakland's finest public high school, and I will definitely miss going here when I graduate.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
Skyline is what you make of it, to agree with another feedback comment. However, I do beleive that this school has made, throughout the years, tremendous use of affluence in the community. Diversity has always been a strength, which, now that I live in a highly conservative, 'white bred' environment, I truly appreciate and miss the diversity and affluence that enriched my years at Skyline. The Performing Arts and Sports programs continue to thrive and are well respected. I am so grateful to see those areas doing so well, to give students positive outlets in an area that desperately needs 'positive' resources for the students. Parents should get involved, it makes a huge diffeence. Start by communicating with teachers. There is a great network there and they really could use your involvement - just tap into it (it's so worth the investment of time). Everyone benefits that way!

- submitted by a former student
August 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
Briefly,Skyline is what a kid makes of it.Lots of excellent classes and motivated teachers.Yet the school is dragged down by many kids who want to clown and wander the grounds.School security does all it can but are overwhelmed.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
Excellent arts program. Science is also strong.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2005
A very good school. High recommended.

- submitted by a former student
February 22, 2005
Excellent teacher to student ratio, good academic challenging, and an extensive extra curricular program.

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2005
I attended this school for 1 year. The quality of academic programs were very good. Lots of variety of different classes to choose from. Music, arts, sports Skyline had it all. Good school.

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January 01, 2005
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August 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
Dramatic changes are occurring at Skyline in the last 2 years with a new administrative team. Tardy sweeps, consistent discipline and tutoring for the few students who cause most of the trouble are taking care of the school climate. The new principal put all students together for a single lunch this year, and added intramural sports at lunch, which improved campus spirit and cut down on inappropriate behavior. Dances are now held on campus, with no problems being reported. Parental involvement continues to grow, especially among English learning parents. There is a new chapter of CPAAS at Skyline, and the PTSA provides parent education and support, in addition to fundraising for the school programs. Meanwhile, Performing Arts, including Dance, Music,and Stage Technology give students tremendous focus, not to mention career-building skills. The Computer Technology Academy has a dynamic lead teacher, who has been joined by another strong teacher, and great things are coming out of that program. Athletics are legendary at SKyline, especially football and basketball, and the girls' soccer team took the Trans Bay Championship last year! The 9th grade program continues to improve; they will be studying Geography this semester. Easily 1/4 of our seniors enroll at UC level colleges; we have Ivy League acceptances every year. Students get the preparation they need at Skyline, despite the stigma of being part of a large,financially stressed district. Since the focus is on teaching and learning, budgets are not having a hugh impact on the students. The lower achieving students are also benefiting from targeted programs that improve literacy, math skills and learning habits. Students enjoy the campus, which is in a forest-like setting. Buses run before, during and after school, but it's a long ride from many areas of Oakland.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2004
Perfect school all it needs is a little parent involvment and it will be the perfect school to get a great education for your child.

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2003
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- submitted by a teacher
November 03, 2003
Skyline is very diverse. School is great for preparing you for college. Great atmosphere, but needs work on disclinary issues.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2003
Really the school needs a little adjustments, clean up, a focus on trying to get class computers fixed, windows, bathrooms, etc. Skyline is a great school in order to keep that status it would be great if the school is put out there and start listening to what the students, teachers, and parents have to say to contribute in trying to make Skyline an even better schoool.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2003
All Skyline needs to do is discipline their students, and get parents to be involved, then this school would be better.

- submitted by a teacher
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Skyline High School
12250 Skyline Boulevard, Oakland, CA  94619
(510) 482-7109
Last modified Skyline 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.
Skyline High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top