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Salesian High School

Private | 9-12 | 446 students

Our school is best known for strong academics and faith activities.
 
 

 

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Posted November 8, 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


Posted August 1, 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!


Posted December 5, 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.


Posted 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


Posted October 3, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 31% 52%
White 19% 26%
Black 16% 6%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 17% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 81% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 1% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation UC Berkeley
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
San Francisco State University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Spanish
Tagalog
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Awards

Community service awards received in the past 3 years
  • Voted Best Faith-Based High School by Parents' Press Magazin (2013)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Italian, AAAK, Latino, & more

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Alumni Career Day Event
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mr. Timothy Chambers
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Religious
  • Service learning
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • Alumni Career Day Event
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language club: Italian, AAAK, Latino, & more
  • Game club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Junior Athletic Training Club
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Student Leadership & Ministry
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer at special events
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • 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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What are your chances?


5 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
130
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
245

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships
merit-based scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
UC Berkeley
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
San Francisco State University
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Alumni Career Day Event
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 17%
4 year college - 81%
Military - 1%
Workforce - 1%
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75 Santa Barbara Road
Richmond, CA 94804
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Phone: (510) 234-4433

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