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.
Love this high school. Teachers and admin take on lot with teens but there is a long history of school pride between everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
A great school. My son attended and had many opportunities available to prepare him for acceptance to the top UC's.
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.
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