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Richmond, CA
Students enrolled: 848

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5000 Valley View Road
Richmond, CA 94803

(510) 223-3811
(510) 223-7984
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June 09, 2015
Though this site won the Distinguished Schools Award, it wasn't without the backbreaking efforts of the entire staff. This school has turned itself around in many ways. The students are great, but this is a toxic environment to work in for staff. Not only is the staff expected to work themselves until they are sick with all the long hours and committments, they are scared to stand up for what is right for fear of being let go. No one ever wants to be told, well, if you don't like it here, we will find someone else to take your position. Almost half the staff left this year to work somewhere, anywhere else. If this place was so great, wouldn't they have elected to remain?

- submitted by a community member

April 29, 2015
I currently attend this school as a freshman(sophomore in a few months) and i feel as though it was a mistake. the staff is okay I guess but the teachers I currently have obviously don't care. I haven't learned much and teachers grade really hard. Some teachers get so frustrated they just lose patience to bother teaching and let us have free time for the remainding period. the students have no motivation and aren't welcoming. other than that the campus is really nice. but i made a mistake attending this school.

- submitted by a student

October 18, 2013
De Anza is a great school that has gone through alot of changes. The new campus is beautiful and the student's take alot of pride in it. The teachers are enthuisiastic and really care about the students. My son graduated last year and my daughter is in her junior year there now. I find that the key to a successful learning and overall high school experiance is for both the student and parents to be involved. There are many clubs, sports, activities and events that the students can get involved in. It's a great experiance. We are very happy with the education both my son and daughter have received.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2013
Great. Like the pilot CNA program for students to attend Contra Costa College with adults. It is worth while. My kid loves it. It is working.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2012
DAHS has and is going through major changes. Excellent Faculty and Staff, fine Main Office, and new Administrators all work toward giving students their best chance to succeed. DAHS needs more support of parents for their PTSA, participation in their extracurricular sports, and the assistance of their immediate neighborhood community. This brand new school has great potential. If you read former reviews, sure, they have their validity, but give DAHS a chance.....go watch a football, a basketball or baseball game: check out the scene. DA's music program is unique. This is a very special place, where powerful learning takes place. GO DONS! former DAHS Faculty Member

- submitted by a community member

January 04, 2012
De Anza is a place of change! Our new principal has hired an excellent new teaching staff and our test scores had the most improvement of any high school in the area! And the new campus is to be ready for students entering in Fall of 2012. Don't be afraid of old rumors... we have had numerous children attend De Anza and they have all done well. Our children went on to 4 year colleges and were competitive with their peers. After graduation college, they have secured professional careers.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2011
I went to de anza high and I loved it there! We had great teachers. On another note when I moved out of the bay area to a middle class neighborhood in Mauldin, SC I see police everywhere and it is a much safer neighborhood then San Pablo, because you are less likely to commit a crime when the police are paroling. DA is not a dumping ground!

- submitted by a community member

August 17, 2011
I can't comment on the general ed courses or teachers but don't send your student there if he has a LD or MD or will try to defend himself verbally when comments are made about his deficiencies, He will be labeled a PROBLEM and treated as such. a parent

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2010
De Anza is the launch pad to go anywhere you want to succeed. There are many special programs to support the interests of a variety of students. Community involvement is needed to help our school be all that it can be.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 26, 2010
We are new to the area and my daughter goes to Deanza. It looks horrible on the outside and inside but the school system there is great!! dont judge a book by the cover!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 29, 2009
d a is the worst school i have ever seen it looks like a dumping site. i mean you no something is wrong when you drive by and never not see police cars in the front of the school i believer this school is a digrace

- submitted by a community member

November 11, 2009
i have been a student at de anza for almost 3 yrs and my brother and sister went to de anza. De anza definitely has its flaws, but I like it anyways. Luckily De Anza is undergoing remodeling, slowly, but surely. Due to the budget cuts, our class sizes have increased and our extracurricular activities are lessening, but we are making the best out of it. Also, from some reviews I saw (the parents are wrong), students can do well after graduating from De Anza. I know from my siblings and De Anza graduates that after De Anza, one can get into a good college and come out of universities just as strong as people that came from expensive private schools. Lets go DA..lets go =P! We need more school spirit

- submitted by a student

September 22, 2009
This school is awful. little to no homework is given. Uniforms for gym are required to buy but not to be worn. How sorry is that? my child missed 1 period 3 days in a row because she did not know her schedule had been changed and worst of all if I had not asked for a progress report who knows how long it would have gone on for.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 05, 2009
Hello everyone. I am the parent who submitted the comment on 9/11/08. I 'm retracking my statement that the administrators at De Anza were good and provide a safe environment for our students. On 1/27/09, I had to remove my daughter who is in 12th grade from De Anza due to the Administration's lack of concern for my daughter's safety. De Anza has a good staff and some good teachers but in order for the school to be a success new administratin is needed!!! I am sadden and upset with the support that my husband and I have given De Anza the encouragement to students and staff that the admininstration was working hard for the school and to now see that we were lied to !

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2007
De Anza is a sorrow to the neighborhood. The unusual thing is that one of the best elementary schools in the district is just a block or so away. The level of parental involvement, teacher dedication and community support that the local small primary enjoys doesn t necessarily follow into the larger secondary level. I applaud those staunch urban pioneers that have kept their children there, but it s a tough choice to make when your kids are at stake. It's too bad El Sobrante lacks the social & academic anchor to the community that a good high school makes.

- submitted by a community member

May 09, 2007
As a former teacher at De Anza, I would say that it is the worst high school I have ever seen. The administration is incompetent, the campus is filthy, and most of the teachers are burnt out. Under no circumstances should a child go to school there. There is almost no parent involvement, the academic rigor is insufficient for college preparation, and there are few extra-curricular activities available for students.

- submitted by a teacher

September 20, 2006
This is my daughter's second year at DeAnza. The instructors are good and not all of the students are delinquents. The principal does not take [anything]from anyone and even cancelled last year's homecoming due to a fight, which means she is no pansy. Security has increased and they have implemented a lock-out policy; late for class, suspended for one day. Given the lack of funding, they are doing okay. Parent involvement is key in enhancing any child's school experience. I have one question to those who complain so much; how often do you volunteer at the school to make a difference?

- submitted by a parent

August 31, 2006
My son went to De Anza for one semester and I went to the open house. The campus is awful, filthy and falling apart, the teachers are burnt out and the bad kids are in control. Truely the most horrible school I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2006
Great teachers but very bad students. Not a lot of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a student

July 23, 2004
De Anza is a large urban high school in Richmond, California that suffers from many of the typical problems associated with under-resourced schools. While there are some very dedicated teachers who make the experience bearable, they can't solve all of the problems alone.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 19, 2004
If I could afford to send my kid to a private school I would snatch her out of De Anza in a New York minute. There are too many students per class, kids are being sent home with copied pages from textbooks with out instruction on the assignment so parents like me are not able to help with the homework, no after school tutoring or mentoring, teachers don't have the time or don't take time with students that are struggling, administrators don't care. I graduated De Anza in 1983, and when I went inside the building to registar my daughter for the 2003 school year I couldn't belive what I was seeing. I have never seen such a discussting lack of maintance of a school building.

- submitted by a parent

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De Anza Senior High School
5000 Valley View Road, Richmond, CA  94803
(510) 223-3811
Last modified De Anza Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
De Anza Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top