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750 Moraga Way
Orinda, CA 94563

(925) 280-3930
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4 stars
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September 05, 2014
I went here. Read my other review about OIS. I had the same problem here as well. I was hoping with two years of Orinda living under my belt that I can fit in. Nope. I was wrong. Some of the girls went to the same preschool, kindergarten, same elementary (wagner, glorietta, del rey), same soccer practices, same church, same clubs - they have known each other since they were little girls. I never felt like I really fit in with them. I always felt like the outsider. Maybe because I was Asian - no they weren't overtly racists. My immigrant parents were obviously WORLDS apart from their parents. During events, my parents will huddle in the corner not talking with any of the parents. It's a great school, ya da da ya da, but people fail to realize that high school is not about just academics. It's shapes your life. I never fit in and I am still struggling with it.

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2011
MHS prepared me extremely well for college. While the people and social aspects weren't by any means my favorite part, the academics were solid, challenging, and relevant.

- submitted by a student
October 18, 2011
MHS is FANTASTIC. In all aspects. Teachers, academics, social life (most of the time), prepares students well for college...etc.

- submitted by a student
March 08, 2011
i hate this school more than anything in the world. yeah the teachers and academics are nice but the other students are complete jerks, id say 40% do crazy drugs. I am a transfer student from the el sobrante area and mexican and not accepted because of that. If you look anything out of the ordinary of their already pre-set environment or cliques, such as i am, you will be stared and and be made fun of behind your back, i am being called ghetto because i am not either white or asian. this school is a complete joke socially. and the so called link crew that helps you try to fit in only gives you free pizza.

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2010
Great and challenging academics with many AP classes offered. Extraordinary drama, music, sport , journalistic and public speaking programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2010
Miramonte is a great school for college prep. After attending this school, I feel that my children will be well prepared for college. They had some wonderful teachers who were very dedicated and inspiring. However, I agree that if you are not an advanced and very well-prepared student, you could easily get lost here. I also think the alcohol issues at this school are disturbing. Why does there have to be alcohol at so many school fundraisers and related activities? After noting this, I'm not surprised at the number of DUI's among the students. Also, there is quite an exclusive attitude at this school. So for my third child, I am exploring other options.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2010
The academics and sports programs are superior to most surrounding schools, however the staff and students, not counting teachers, are very unconventional. In fact the student body as a whole are out of control, seeing how students have died from drug use, with staff failing to take any significant actions. Be very careful when placing your child in this school. -Note. The new principle is apparently doing a much better job than the former failure of a principle who recently "resigned" a year ago. The former principle did very little to quell drug dealers and bullies on campus, even when directly reported to about such activities and individuals.

- submitted by a community member
July 27, 2009
Great parent involvement. The teachers are some of the most dedicated people you will ever meet in your life. Miramonte puts a lot of pressure on the students to perform and some students will crumble under the pressure. Everybody takes AP or Honors and some students end up taking courses they aren't ready for. The counselors will not guide the students much except for when it comes to colleges. If your child is naturally gifted this school will treat them well. However, if the student is not self-motivated or naturally bright he/she will not fair too well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 19, 2008
Miramonte is a high-achieving and fun high school with arguably the best and most committed teachers you will find in any public or private high school. My classmates are interested and interesting, talented, athletic, artistic, intellectual, and passionate about work and fun. It is the best high school around!!!!!

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October 08, 2008
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September 21, 2008
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September 09, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2008
Good school for high achievers, Students push each other to work hard and be successful,. Some very good teachers.

- submitted by a student
January 18, 2008
I think the other reviews are accurate. Miramonte is very strong on acheivement. The extracurricular activities are solid. I think it produces highly ambitious young people. Unfortunately I don't find the students to be aware of much else. Not very well rounded and not aware of the world around them. Teachers are very dedicated if the student is high acheiving, if not children are easily lost and seem to fall through the cracks. The counseling is focused solely on college preparation and there are not services or time from existing staff to help with social, emotional and other issues kids face during this challenging time. I found the adminstration unresponsive and uncaring and very protective of tenured staff who are abusive (but acheivement successful) in the years my son attended 2003-2006. I hope it is different now.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
This school is as good as any public high school can get. There is a real culture of achievement, and the students are friendly and helpful. My son likes and respects all his teachers, and tells me that the underacheievers never rule the class. We came from a good private school, and find Miramonte more and better in most aspects.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 18, 2007
The quality of education is great unless you have to deal with administration for any reason. The best part about the school is that because of the dedication of most teachers and the dedication of the parents, the students work very hard to achieve high standards. I personally believe these exceptional students should be given more respect. If you are considering this school, I highly suggest you take a tour and try to talk to the principle and other office staff before you move to Orinda. If they aren't courteous to you, they won't treat your kids with any respect either. High test-scores aren't everything!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2006
I went to school here, solid education for a public school in this area. There's a reason Orinda property values are so high.

- submitted by a former student
April 11, 2006
It is a great school. I sent both of my daughters. Both have done well. Getting the elective of choice is a problem. All the years they had to choose, they could never get what they wanted. Parents really get involved and share a lot of information. Great connection with St. Mary's college.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2006
Great school with fine balance between athletics and academics. Great parent support

- submitted by a former student
March 29, 2006
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November 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2005
A very good school. Parent involvement is very high.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
Level of parent involvement is exceptional..quality of academic program is also excellent and the availability of sports and extracurricular activities is also superior to most.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
MHS is undoubtedly, along with Campolindo High and Piedmont High, the best public high school in the East Bay. High quality extras include the performing arts, team sports, and schol security/safety. Prestige among the students depends more on accomplishments as looks and clothes. This is not to say that all is perfect; there is a distressing amount of Berkeley type liberalism among the faculty and there is a fair amount of administrative turnover for some reason although teachers tend to stay. Your kid must be a self-motivator to excel here as there is no coddling of failure. Grades are earned not freely given out. After finishing at MHS with a 3.5 or better, any UC campus (including Berkely and UCLA) will not be a problem for your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2005
As a teacher at Miramonte, I am continually impressed by the motivation and good-heartedness of our students. They are engaged with themselves and the world in a way that is rare. Of course there are kids who are unmotivated or unhappy, but the general school climate is one of intellect and involvement, and it is a joy to work with such capable students, all buttressed by their supportive and generous families.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating June 16, 2005
When I think of Miramonte, I think of green lawns, a sprawling campus of warm-toned buildings, great teachers, and incredible homogeneity. My parents moved from Oakland to Orinda so that my brother and I could go to Miramonte - like trading higher property taxes for the price of private school. The academics are, for the most part, great: AP scores and standardized tests show this clearly. Sports teams are successful but they don't have to dominate the student life. Orinda is home to a lot of wealthy families, so I feel that there is a 'rich kid' attitude problem at times, but kids are definitely focused on college and the future, and therefore tend to get things done. In other words, discipline isn't a big problem. The typical Miramonte class is engaging and interesting. It doesn't seem to matter whether the teachers are young or old, veteran or new; students can tell that they really care about education. The teachers are what really make this school a good one; their devotion and willingness to talk to students and go above and beyond what is usually demanded of a public school teacher is rare indeed. Take a look at the graduation rate and the caliber of colleges and universities that Miramonte grads attend, and you'll see that Miramonte is a lot more successful at prepping students for higher education than a lot of private schools in the area. The predominantly caucasian student body is monotonous, and to me, of the very few problems with Miramonte, was one of the biggest. The other was one that might be resolved by now, but now that I'm out of touch with California legislature, I don't know, and that is the problem of funding. A lot of the younger and newer teachers were fearing for their jobs when I was a junior and senior in high school - however, a strong show of support from students and parents helped with this situation.

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June 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
I have mixed feelings about Miramonte. It s an excellent school for promoting accelerated learning and analytical skills necessary for college. Students graduating from Miramonte are far ahead when they get to UC. Unfortunately, I find the administration in the school to be completely rude and treat the students like they are in boot-camp. The school is made up of great kids so I don't understand the abrasiveness and mistrust. Not to mention, if you are a parent needing front-office assistance they re practically unapproachable. This school is lacking in fun that high-schoolers need! At the Miramonte graduation in 1990 graduates were blowing bubbles, throwing beach balls into the crowd and having fun. They deserved it! Last year atgraduation teachers/administrators treated these adults/grads like they were 5-years old. They took the bubble/balls and demanded silence. An enjoyable HS experience is critical for my kids, thus we're moving to San Ramon to avoid Miramonte again.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
It's sports programs are one of the best in the area. It's teachers are some of the best educated in the area.

- submitted by a former student
January 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 09, 2004
This school is one of the best academically. It offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities, is safe, and highly regarded. I believe it can be difficult for some children as it is extremely competitive and most difficult if you are not a very good student. Its almost like a college prep school in my opinion.

- submitted by a former student
February 26, 2004
I'd say it is a safe, fun, helpful, accademic enviornment. Although very competitive, teachers and staff are there to always help.

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2003
Excellent college prep school. Many after school activities and abundant parent support. Great child-friendly community.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2003
We moved to Orinda from Ann Arbor, Michigan for the schools and have not been disappointed. Miramonte provides an amazingly safe, heathy environment, with good kids, who will be the leaders of tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2003
Great school -- prepared my children well for college -- a daughter who graduated with honors, and later a Masters degree from Vanderbilt; twin sons who graduated with honors from Cornell and UVA, and were later accepted to Harvard Law School and Vanderbilt Medical School.

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September 09, 2003
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Miramonte High School
750 Moraga Way, Orinda, CA  94563
(925) 280-3930
Last modified Miramonte High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Miramonte High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top