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Richmond, CA
Students enrolled: 446
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75 Santa Barbara Road
Richmond, CA 94804

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(510) 234-4433
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March 28, 2015
Salesian High School is in what one can refer to as a death spiral. In recent years, enrollment has dropped. The desperate administration responded by slashing programs, especially honor classes and languages (only Spanish is currently offered), cutting outstanding faculty members, increasing class size (most classes are around 30 students), and lowering admission standards. The result is fewer and less rigorous academic opportunities, increased disciplinary issues, and lower faculty morale, which makes it a less able to get students in the first place. The current administration is unqualified, non-transparent in their decision-making, and of questionable competency. While Salesian is safer than the surrounding public schools, its educational opportunities are actually less. If you want a good baby-sitting service, choose Salesian, if you want a good education, there are many better choices.

- submitted by a teacher

September 20, 2014
I graduated from Salesian in June and I am proud to say that this was the best choice my parents made for me. I am currently attending school at a University in California and I have so much to be thankful for. I started as a quiet and nervous student and left with skills in leadership, experience and pride in succeeding in advanced placement courses, and even learned to play an instrument (and performed for hundreds of people..scary!). Through all of this, I formed great bonds with the teachers and students of the school. As I anxiously start again as a freshman student, I appreciate the foundation I received and know that I have a family for life.

- submitted by a student

November 08, 2013
The academic and extracurricular activities at Salesian surpass those of any of the two public schools I attended and any of the schools at which I taught. The Salesians mold the charater of young men and women to produce leaders for tomorrow's diverse culture. As an alumn of Salesian High I am greatful to the Salesians for showing me that we can achieve our dreams inspite of the barriers life often puts in front of us. This is accomplished by instilling in each student an unquestioning belief in their talents, beliefs, and innate goodness.

- submitted by a parent

August 01, 2013
As a Salesian alumnus, I would highly recommend attending Salesian High School. I had an amazing experience in my four years there. Academically, I was challenged each and every day. Socially, Salesian offered so many options in terms of sports and clubs. Spiritually, it offers exceptional volunteer and service learning components that helped shape who I am today. For any prospective parents that are considering sending your students to Salesian, rest assured it is worth it. My Salesian education prepared me for an undergrad degree at UC Berkeley. I have since completed a graduate degree as well. The best part about attending Salesian is the alumni resources in place afterwards. I am still connected with my fellow grads and remain friends with other alums. We are always welcomed back home to Salesian and enjoy being part of a large family. Go Salesian!

- submitted by a community member

December 05, 2012
I don't know what it is like today. However, I attended Salesian High when it was an all boys school from 1977-1980. I learned alot and I'am very grateful for the strictness that was taught there on the academic level. I wish I would've listened and followed rules more. To the students enrolled there today,"you should take full advantage of the oppotunity you have to get some good education". Definitely enough to get you into and beyond college.

- submitted by a community member

March 20, 2012
My daughter is a junior at Salesian. We are very happy with the school for a variety of reasons: the caring administration, excellent teachers (all but one or two during her three years there), a focus on learning to be a kind person who contributes to the community, and a wide assortment of activities available to just about any student. Salesian is small enough that anyone who really wants to can act in the school plays, be in the band, write for the newspaper, or do most activities. My daughter isn't into sports, but many of the teams at Salesian are top-rated. Salesian has a real commitment to helping kids from poor and immigrant families get ready for a college education. The campus is clean, well cared for, and secure. If you live in Hercules, Pinole, Richmond, El Sobrante, San Pablo, or El Cerrito, I highly recommend looking into Salesian High School.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2010
This school is a bit of a joke. I will admit that the courses are rigorous and the grades that we earn here really do mean something, but the rest of the school could stand for some positive changes. The teachers do play favorites, the Guidance counselors tend to encourage the "smarter" kids to excel in academics, all the while making the average kids with gpa's between 3.0-3.5, feel like they aren't good enough. With all of the money that parents pay (12,000 dollars a year, to be precise) you'd think that the school could afford simple things like blinds that actually closed or air conditioners on insanely hot days, but alas, nothing. Not to mention that some of the teachers have bad attitudes that are not addressed by the school. The kids either act extremely ghetto or extremely snobby, with hardly any in between.

- submitted by a student

September 18, 2010
I have two children who attend Salesian, and not only do I think Salesian is a great school, my children feel the same way. How often do parents and children agree? The teachers are great and it is a very structured environment where the concentration is on building the whole person from both an academic standpoint to a character standpoint. I can't imagine a school that can be better.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2010
Salesian is completely overrated. Our parents pay ridiculous amounts of money for us to get taught in classrooms with peeling paint and blinds that don't come down completely. The teachers have obvious favorites and do NOT seek to help you individually. The school is supposed to be about unity and family, but all of my fellow students act meaner than I've seen in public schools. You would also think that because we pay so much that we would be able to get into the classes we want. NO, AP classes usually only have 1 class because the teacher doesn't want to teach another, therefore only a few students get in.

- submitted by a student
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September 15, 2009
Yes, this school is expensive. There is limited financial aid. However, the teachers, administrators, and parents really care about and support the students. I've never seen a school with so many teachers still there in the evenings. Yes, there are at-risk students admitted, but these are students who are very smart and hardworking. They're considered at risk because they may be foster kids, or in challenging home environments. Most are in a program to keep them focused on their education so that they can change their environment. Guarantee most are on the honor roll too. While the school is expensive, I don't think I'll be paying for college!! I'll take that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 10, 2009
Overated and too expensive. Stingy with financial aid. Kid in at risk programs with not so good grades can get in since the at risk program pays full tuition for the full 4 years.

- submitted by a community member

December 18, 2008
I received a good education from Salesian, and the small school population made it so almost everyone knew everybody. There is a lot of parent involvement and the majority of the staff have the students' interests involved. The only draw back is the limited choices in AP classes, but overall I got a good education and was accepted to all the colleges I applied to. GO CHIEFS!

- submitted by a student
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August 29, 2008
I concur with other parents and administrators that this school is over-rated. The school accepts practically everyone who applies. There is little concession offered to students who've had exceptional track records currently and in their elementary years. So, if a student has done average or below in previous school years, they are still admitted to Salesian. It sure makes for a weak argument in terms of encouraging your child to attain excellence when every student is accepted in what's supposed to be an elite institution.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2008
Save your money for college. This school is way overrated & overpriced 1,000.00 a month. School is old & in the getto. If your not a jock or a brain your never noticed by teachers or staff. Unless you have $$ to throw away stay away go to St. Marys instead.

- submitted by a teacher

May 12, 2008
I think this school has a lot of good quality in it. The program is very rigorous and challenging. My mom is impressed by it. She feels its a good oppurtunity to get into a top notch college and have a great future. Their sports are very competitive and well-groomed. It's a very good environment. You don't have to worry about fights or drama. It's a relaxed, fun, learning environment. And I am so proud to be attending this school. I hope other parents send their kids to this school. I'm a senior and have been here for four years and have failed not to love it. Thanks to Salesian, I got accepted into Stanford, UCLA, and UCSF. I have NO idea what to pick. Bt thanks to Salesian, Im looking at a great future.

- submitted by a student

April 29, 2008
The school is great. My daughter loves the school, teachers and sports. The grounds are beautiful and there are a lot of activities for students and parents.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
This is the best kept secret in the East Bay. Teachers show a real interest in my child's progress and top colleges are not out of reach. The program is very balanced between academic and religious activities for the community. Top School

- submitted by a parent
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Our school features a 21-acre gated, secure campus on the Richmond city border. Established in 1960, our college preparatory program has graduated 49 classes of gifted and unique alumni. Salesian is one of the only schools in the East Bay to offer a 1-to-1 ipad program for all students , as well as an accelerated Honors at Entrance program for select freshmen. Parents' Press Magazine recently recognized Salesian as the Best Faith-Based High School in Contra Costa County. Call for more info.

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Salesian High School
75 Santa Barbara Road, Richmond, CA  94804
(510) 234-4433
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Salesian High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top