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9-12
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Pleasant Hill, CA
Students enrolled: 1,950
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After care: Yes

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201 Viking Drive
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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(925) 682-7670
(925) 676-7892
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December 18, 2014
Last night I attended Winterfest at College Park HS for the first time. I was very impressed with the program that the students and teachers of the Visual and Performing Arts Department prepared. There were a variety of student works to view - glass, ceramics, photography, painting and bead work. I especially enjoyed the holiday performances by the choir, dance students, drama students and jazz musicians. The Video Production class was busy capturing the event on camera. It was clear that all the students were excited to show off their talents to their parents and peers. They worked very hard to make the evening a success. Our school and community should be very proud of what these young people have accomplished. I'm grateful for the dedication of the Visual and Performing Art teachers that inspire our kids to work hard and express themselves through their art.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
This school is awful!! I've had 3 kids go through here and it was down hill from the beginning. 2 of the kids were straight A students but once ine had a problem, nobody cared.. I called the principal, counselor a, etc,.. Nobody bothered to call. Me back and it was obvious they didn't care at all. There are sip one good teachers and so e that really couldn't care less. Unfortunately there is a lot if drugs at that school and there has been some pretty bad violence. My opinion would be STAY AWAY FROM THE MT. DIABLO SCGOOL DISTRICT if at all possible. The only decent mt diablo high school is Bpnorthgate and it's very hard to get an intradistrict transfer (I tried). I had to take my kids out if there and put in private school, which we really don't have the money for but I could stand to have my kids there for one more minute by an administration that us rude, NEVER returns phone calks abpnd couldn't care less nap out your child.my advice- move to a decent neighborhood so your child could get the attention and preparation they need to make it in college, or go the private school route. Seriously!! If I could give this school a zero, I would!!! Horrible school!!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2014
I've only been going to College Park for a week now and I already love the school! Not only do the teachers care, but the electives they offer are more than I've ever seen! The lunch is amazing, the classes are fun, funny, and a great learning experience. The administrators help out the best they can, and overall, it's a very welcoming High School! Of course you have some teachers here and there that really push us to do our best, but I wouldn't ask for any less. I am so happy I go to this school and I can't wait for the years to come!

- submitted by a community member
June 04, 2014
College Park offers all the opportunities a young adult needs to be successful. The student just has to follow the right path, my daughter is going to be a Senior next year and proudly has a 4.5 GPA. She mapped out her path beginning in Freshman Year and utilized the very helpful Career Center on a regular basis. It is up to the student, not the parent or the teachers to follow their dreams and know what it takes to make them a reality.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2014
College Park is the most underrated school in the area. Its broad selection of classes, strong visual and performing arts programs, competitive athletics, and accepting culture make it a place where all students can succeed. The challenges that CP faces seem to somewhat stem from lack of sufficient funds, which cause a definite drain on teacher and staff morale. There just doesn't seem to be quite enough adult support on this large of a campus. If teachers had a bit more manageable class sizes and financial resources, if the office was sufficiently staffed, if guidance counselors were hired, and if the college and career office had just a little more help, the school would be perfect. Yet still, I cannot overstate how well the school runs as most everyone there pulls together amidst district chaos at times. I have two kids who've recently graduated and are studying engineering/science at premier universities. CP prepared them well - academically most well in math.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2014
Love this high school. Teachers and admin take on lot with teens but there is a long history of school pride between everyone.

- submitted by a community member
January 06, 2014
Don't believe the hype about this school. Although the parent participation is great and they have some really caring teachers, it is offset by a horrible administration and a disrespectful student body that makes it impossible for others to learn. If I had it to do over I would never send my child here.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I plan on enrolling my child in this school next year. I've heard that the teachers are very helpful and will help a child in need. It's a really good school and would help in a child's growth.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2013
Although I am not a fan of MDUSD, I love College Park High School. I went there, and my daughter currently goes there. She is on an IEP and I feel like they have really worked with us to try to get her what she needs. I know my child can be difficult sometimes, but they still always treat her and I well, and have worked with me to find solutions for her instead of just brushing her into a corner somewhere. Thank you, CPHS staff, for being so awesome.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2013
We are currently looking at moving to Pleasant HIll so I called College Park during the school year to find out if we could visit the school to find out more about it. I was really disappointed when the Principal said it was a closed campus and we could not come to visit. He suggested that we attend one of the after school activities. Really???? That was a big turn off. How else are you going to find out if you like the school or not?

- submitted by a community member
August 08, 2013
Our child has attended College Park for a year and has been extremely happy. There are enough groups and activities for everyone to find a place, the PTSA is very active, the academics seem at an appropriate level and it seems to be a safe environment for learning. We moved recently and made sure to buy a house in the CPHS district so our kids could stay in the local schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
As our daughter's senior year comes to an end, we are relieved and thankful to be leaving. College Park is a disgrace. While aware of the limitations of the huge Mt. Diablo school district in terms of class size and funding for programs, the administrations mismanagement is ridiculous. The morale is horrible for teachers and students alike. We are thankful for the few wonderful teachers that she did have and that she overcame the incompetence of the others. The last 2 years with the current principle have been especially bad. There are not enough AP classes, not enough variety in the curriculum, not enough guidance personnel and a shortage of supplies such as current textbooks. The school district is too large and too administrator heavy and this school is suffering. Our daughter goes off to college later this year and definately wont miss high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2011
CPHS is a fine school for motivated, good students. If your child has any special needs, low motivation or anything else outside the norm, you will likely feel let-down. We transferred our child to a private high school because he had a 401 plan and wasn't getting any kind of special accommodations, even though they were specified and we met with the whole staff. I liked the teachers and most of the staff, but they are totally overwhelmed and have nothing extra to offer.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2011
Great School and Parent Participation. Pleasant Hill has a great neighborhood/family fee to it. The students at college park are all approachable - and that is at any grade level. Especially if your kid is in sports. My kid had senior friends when he was a freshman! As with any school, some teachers are not as good as others. But all in all most of his teachers were very good. Parent involvement is tops.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2011
All the standard reviews of College Park at the start of 2009 were great. Due to budget cuts class sizes have risen dramatically (how can you teach a math class with 40 students crammed in!). The average is now between 38 and 40 students per class. Homework and tests are not returned for months- -some of the teachers are absolutely unresponsive to parent inquiries and requests to discuss their child's performance. In one case when I complained to the Vice Principal that a teacher was telling the class they couldn't do anything about the way he was runnign the class becuase he had tenure. The V.P. just nodded and asked if I wanted to talk to him directly. He never called. College Park has a wonderful Eco-Tech program and wonderful caring teachers in that program but it too has suffered with overcrowding and the dynamics that come along. We are looking elsewhere...

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2011
College Park has more teachers with Masters Degrees that any other Mount Diablo Unified School. Yes even more than Northgate. Going forward College Park will be the school of choice since many young affluent families are buying homes in Pleasant Hill. I went to Northgate but with home prices simply unafordable in that area even after this recession they are still in the 700-800K range. While in Pleasant Hill you can get a very nice home in the wanted Valley High area for the 500-600K range and get much more home.

- submitted by a community member
November 17, 2010
This school is going downhill, I've had a couple* of good teachers attending this school in the 3 years I've been here. I had an amazing science teacher that sadly was pink slipped. Now there is a new teacher, her first year teaching at College Park. One of the worst teachers I've ever had. There have been more then several complaints from parents and students, yet this teacher has not been fired. Many of these teachers are unorganized, rude, or really just don't care for their students. Though this isn't all teachers, but many. Over the years I've really learned how horrible the administration is. I love my peers and some of my teachers and some of the administration but the academic part of this school is starting to fall and especially the administration. If you are moving to this area DO NOT go to this school ! I give this school one star and only because of the few amazing teachers that it does have and the AP classes it offers. I plan on going on independent study or switching schools this is probabley one of the worst High Schools. It used* to be a good school. But now with budget cuts and horrible teachers filled in at the last minute. its most deff. gone down hill.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 22, 2009
Safety is of utmost importance- I get email notifications of important phone messages being left at home for anything that goes awry during, before, or after school. Kind of like an amber alert! Way to go!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
My kids love their school and so do I. CP offers outstanding classes with a great selection of AP coursework, a broad range of after school clubs/athletics, and an incredible sense of community. Principal, staff and teachers are warm and committed - despite all of the district financial woes. Parents are equally committed to this vibrant learning community.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2009
Excellent public school with lots of AP choices and socio-economic diversity. We considered going private (De la Salle), but glad he stayed. Son accepted to top UCs and selective privates.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2009
This is an outstanding school. Lots of AP classes for students and right across from DVC community college. My daughter graduated and went into engineering at UC Berkeley. The other daughter is going to UC Santa Curz

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2009
My first daughter is about to graduate and looking back I am very glad we made the decision to send her here compared to a more affluent school in the area. She has been exposed to all sorts of people and I don't think it has prepared her for life and given her the ability to communicate and work with all types of people. There doesn't seem to be any elitism or affluence among the kids and I find that refreshing. There are all sorts of AP classes the kids can take which has challenged the top students nicely. Most of the teachers are terrific (only a few that aren't too swift but you get that at the private high schools too). She got into all the colleges she truly cared about with scholarships! The administration for the most part has been awesome too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 15, 2008
A great school. My son attended and had many opportunities available to prepare him for acceptance to the top UC's.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
This is a great school for students who are going to the university of California or any other top 50 university. The art and science programs are top flight. Math teachers tend to give way to much homework.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2008
Great School, too many kids from outside the area though.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 31, 2007
College Park High School has been a great place for my son. We had some adjusting to do when he entered high scholl, but all in all this is a great school with lots of parent envolvement and support. I give College Park High School a 10 out of 10 !

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
As a 2005 graduate of College Park, I am sad to say the school is going downhill. I had a few good teachers, but I was overall unprepared for the rigors of a university education at a top college. I did not have to work hard in order to maintain good grades in my class, and it came back to bite me in college. I have done well in college, but it's been an uphill battle as I tried to compete with students who received much better preparation for the rigors of college.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2006
Students can be late as many times as they want and not have any consequences at school. On the other hand, if they are on time they get bonus points. Wow, I wish I had it that easy in high school. Not impressed by any aspect of the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 31, 2006
My child has attend for 2 years now. I'm not sure how I feel yet. It's taken until now to get retested and qualify for special ed. I'd been happier if the school came to me with concerns, however, this never happened. I've had to fight very hard and educated my self in this process to make things happen. I personally feel like the schools want to hurry the struggling students through the system so that they don't have to bother with all the extras a child may need. There needs to be more responsible staff to identify these students before it's too late for them. I don't see the difficulty in that. Someone just needs to care and I don't see that in the schools. These kids are one of thousands in the school, they are almost invisible. Someone needs to reach out and save these students.Where are the heros?

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
November 07, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2005
I personally think that College Park is a great high school. It had some downs, but it also had a lot of ups. I think the sports programs and the extracurricular activities are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The overall quality of education is excellent. Teachers are caring, competent in their areas of expertise, easy to contact when necessary. Most take an active interest in teaching their subjects and inspiring students to attain goals. As a result, many graduating students go on to top-notch colleges and universities, as shown by the class of 2005. There is an onsite career center, run by an outstanding counselor, willing to find answers to any questions presented. College Park offers a variety of sports, comparable to other schools in the area, as well as band, chorus, drama,and many clubs. Interested students can find involvement if they want--it is up to them. The PTSA is run by a wonderful group of parents each year who support the school and its activities. Band, chorus, and athletics have parent support groups as well. I am proud to say that my children attend College Park.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
This is an Ok school.It will never set the academic world on fire.It is OK as far the basic academic program goes.If your kids are having a problem learning and you want to discuss it with the teacher please don't call and leave a messages.Most of the teachers never return your phone calls.It was my experience that most teachers really don't seem to care about a parents concerns.The folks in the office are not much better.It is hard to get a hold of an administrative person because of the schools extensive use of phone menu's directing your call. There are also no counselors that I know of to academically guide a student. After school activities are adeqate.From the test score that I have seen this school is academically the highest rated in the district.However,my experience dealing with school personel on a daily basis says that doesn't really mean very much.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2005
In my opinion,this is a school with alot of social problems.Because of this fact I was forced transfer my child out of this school. due to the difficulties in the students social structure this school can be a very difficult learning setting.Overall parental envolvement is minimal.As an envolved parent I must add that trying to deal with the administration is very difficult and mostly frustrating.I found most of the schools administration to be mostly non-responsive to my parental concerns. Academically the school is average.Some teachers are move involved than others.Overall I feel that the school does provide an adequate education. Extracurricular activities are numerous with sports for both boys and girls being the most prominate.Overall I was very unhappy and disappointed with this school and the discipline and social structure that it provided the student body.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2005
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- submitted by a staff
April 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
This is my son's first year. The school is way too impacted. It's very hard to get into all the classes you want. I also think teachers need to be more accountable. I'm not happy with the lack of communication from two of his teachers. I have e-mailed and left phone messages and never get a reply. So what's the point in giving out e-mail addresses and phone numbers? On the other hand, I do like some of his other teachers and he does too. My next step is to talk with the Vice Principal or Principal in charge of the two teachers.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 14, 2004
One of my children graduated in 2003; the other will graduate in 2005. I think CPHS is an excellent school, and students can get out of it as much as they are willing to put in. In other words, my older student participated very little, and did not gain as much. However, my younger student has participated in sports, extracurricular activities, and honors classes, and has created valuable experiences and academic knowledge. It's a safe school, with concerned teachers and administrators who truly want the best for students.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2003
i am not a parent. i graduated from college park last yr. (2003). my opinion of the school is that it has great teachers but some of the administrative staff is unqualified or unfit for the position. however the student body and leadership groups are very active. the campus is old, but they just repainted it and added new bathrooms. college park is one of the better schools in contra costa county.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2003
Good school has expanded rapidly in last 3 or 4 years causing some dislocation. ie. 1100 to near 1500, beyond the physical plant. My older child, a 2001 grad, had expert, inspired teachers in his last 2 years. As soph my second kid had three 1st time teachers. No urban-type school concerns here, but the day of finding a school w/ a good reputation and dropping junior off at the door is over. Things change too rapidly and parents need to pay attention from year to year and class to class.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Over all this is a fairly good H.S however I could not believe that there were no, not one student counsler at this school to help the students stay on track and to keep track of their goals not that parents should not be involved also they should but a counsler adds the indv. student with one on one help and lets them know where there dropping the ball by the time the parent is contacted re college req etc.. its too late. this school is located in a somewhat affluent part of Contra Costa Co. so I don't understand. my son attended this school from 1998-2002 was his grad.year.

- submitted by a parent
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College Park High School
201 Viking Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA  94523
(925) 682-7670
Last modified College Park High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
College Park High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top