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9-12
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Rohnert Park, CA
Students enrolled: 1,490

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5450 Snyder Lane
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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August 19, 2014
This school is horrible!!! The counselors are of no use. My daughter said Ms.Lane was very irritable and wouldn't help her with her schedule. If the student would like to change a class they don't let you without making a huge deal about it. My daughter also said that she missed her class because she was waiting in a huge line outside of Ms.Lane's office! Obviously because she messed up the schedules! I really hope the principal does something about her because whats the point of this counselor if the students can't be comfortable and get help from her.

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May 24, 2014
This school almost killed my daughter. The teachers don't care, they just move kids on to get rid of them. My daughter passed the classes easily, she was used to more challenging courses, and then the peer pressure started in. The kids there were mean, doing drugs and alcohol and the staff didn't discipline! It was ridiculous! I feel bad for the kids who don't know what they're getting into and they won't have a good application for colleges. No programs are offered for an extra boost, except dome fake "college track" that doesn't even have qualified honors classes, and the kids don't even have to test to get in. If the kids ever do try to take an honors class they will be shocked by whats expected. I am so sad that kids go here, some without knowing that getting into good colleges will be hard, and some just there to party. -very concerned parent

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2013
Rancho Cotati School is the best. My daughter is in the 12th grade and they worked with her to bring her grades up and they really could use help with the sports program. The office staff is the best ever and they are there for the students. My daughter goes to see her counselor and gets right in and they get ahold of us right away if needed.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2013
Amazing high school with the best teachers! My mom, brother and aunts all went to this high school and all loved it. It is a bonus that the football team is amazing and really makes the school have a lot of spirit, bringing everyone closer. Best high school in Sonoma County no doubt.

- submitted by a student
February 14, 2013
A handful of the teachers care about their students, but are usually frustrated by rules that permit them from straying form the bizarre curriculum. Not much offered in the way of academics. the students that succeed there are the kind that would succeed in any environment, not because of anything especial on the schools part. Anybody with options get out of Rancho ASAP.

- submitted by a student
January 25, 2013
This school is an absolute nightmare! If you are not on top of the teachers, counselers, principal etc..... they will let your child slip through the cracks. It is impossible to get anyone to return your phones calls. It would take about 3 weeks for anyone to call you back or for your student to get in to speak with a counselor. Many admitted mistakes were made with my childs credits which almost cost her her graduation. Finally, a few phone calls to the superintendants office fixed things. Almost everyone there wants to pass their responsiblities along to another because one hand has no idea what the other is doing. It's a joke trying to get a straight answer or to get anything accomplished with this high school. Some of the teachers really hate their job and have verbally made that clear to the students. You're kids will benefit by going to another school district unless you want them to end up at El Camino to make up credits to graduate. That's if they can even get in. It's very sad that this is what our kids have to look forward to. I have two other children to put through school and I do not plan to subject them to RCHS

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2010
The teachers and staff work hard to give the best possible education to all the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2010
I am sorry to see there are so many high rankings for this school. I left junior high an A student. Rancho Cotate did nothing but bring me down. I have seen many things at this school and would NEVER send my child to it.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
My student graduated last year and is well prepared for the 4 year university he will be attending. The teachers were dedicated and helpful. Many of them inspired my student to make choices he would have never thought of on his own. Thank you Rancho.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
Rancho is a very good school. I feel so fortunate to spend my senior year there. I was an exchange student from Vietnam at that time, and just only one year at Rancho makes me miss it a lot much more than I think. The teachers are very very nice and so sweet to sudents. They are really smart, helpful and humorous. Besides, the staff and the officiers are really close to students. Mr. Steffen is a very good principal and extremely nice to all of us. I love Rancho more than I think! It is the most wonderful high school to me! It makes my exchange student year so meaningful and unforgettable!!!

- submitted by a student
June 11, 2009
Rancho is my home away from home! All the good memories about my friends, teachers, and school way over rise the bad! Can't see myself anywhere else

- submitted by a student
December 04, 2008
I graduated from Rancho last year and I never knew how much I would miss it. It's not the best looking school but there's no issues with learning or making friends. Rancho is a school that celebrates differences in so many ways and i was glad to be a part of it. I was a member of the marching band (actually the captain of the colorguard) and the band teacher, who is going on his 4th year teaching at Rancho, is pumping all of his time and money transforming the band and promoting the school with competitions. We have a new football field and an incredibly good football team, that only years ago...well, wasn't so good.

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2008
rancho is way better than people think. the teachers are awesome and it has a good atmosphere

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August 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2008
i think rancho has a long way to go before it is able to show the smae amount of support to all of its students. the teaching is only subpar and it offers special programs for the students that dont speak engilsh, for rancho to be able to be truely a good school i think we need to have more oppertunities for the engilsh speakers of rancho.

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2007
My overall opinion of this school is positive. I think the school does offer courses for academic students to excel, and also offers classes for students whom struggle in certain subjects. I think the new administration is doing a good job keeping students on track, and last but not least I think the parental participation and school spirit at this school is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Rancho Cotate is Sonoma Counties best kept secret!Since Joe Williams became principal everything has changed! A strong leader makes a huge difference. The staff and faculty are proud of their school, as are the students. The new band teacher has doubled the size of the band and they have won many awards. The AP program is very successful. 74% of students taking AP testing passed. The national avg. is only 60%. Our sports teams are top notch. Our selection of extra-curricular activities, clubs and groups far out number any other school. Add to that the 9 phases of improvement (the new auto body and first response programs and 3000 seat football stadium this year) and Rancho is your best bet!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 16, 2007
I have had two children attend RCHS and both kids have received very good educations. My elder child is now a sophomore at UC Berkeley, and my younger will be a junior at Rancho this year. We have issues with the physical plant of the school, but the teaching is excellent. And the school board has finally agreed to use 1989 bond monies to completely upgrade the entire school site starting this year.

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August 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
We are thrilled with Rancho Cotate High School! Our daughter is a Junior and has made many friends and loves her classes. Her teachers have taken a sincere interest in her goals. The administration cares about its students.

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- submitted by a teacher
November 07, 2006
I graduated from Rancho Cotate in 2005. Rancho Cotate is an excellent school for a student who wants to succeed. There are a wide range of Advanced Placement(AP) classes offered that help students get a jump on their college career. The honors and AP teachers care about students are always available to help students. The music program certainly needs some help, but there are many other electives that students can take depending on what they are interested in. The adminstration has had a huge turnover and hopefully it is for the best.

- submitted by a former student
November 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
This School is a very big let down. and should be avoid!

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
Rancho Cotate is a good school despite it's reputation. The teachers all try to help my child and the new administration has really taken over. They set down rules and the kids are following them for once.

- submitted by a former student
September 16, 2005
Not a good experience. This high school misses the mark.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
RCHS is a decent school if your student is motivated and willing to take more challenging courses. In general, the teachers are hit and miss-some wonderful and some really bad. The biggest problems with RCHS are the guidance department and the administration (pre-2005-2006). The counselors as a whole are unavailable. This is a symptom of a bigger problem with the administration, which is incompetent. They think they just have a PR problem, but the reality is that it goes way deeper. There needs to be more open communication between the school and parents. Other high schools in the area manage to get schedules to students on time, mail the STAR test results in the middle of the summer, have helpful counselors available for students to consult, tec. Until RCHS fixes these kinds of problems, the poor reputation will remain. Let's hope the new principal can do the trick!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2005
Not too bad of a school. Some good teachers especially in special ed,RSP and SDC classes.music department could be better. only offer marching band in the fall. Do have a small choir class. Some good computer word processing classes, however need more technical classes for computer etc. Discontinued cooking classes. overloaded school, some of the students in regular ed classrooms are sitting on the floor.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2005
Rancho Cotate High School is a very good school with lots of extracurricular activiries. Most of the teachers are good but I wish they'd keep their bias political views out of the classroom. Classroom learning should be about teaching the three R's and not political commentary.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
Some RCHS teachers cannot take critism about being bias. Some verbally abuse students (in class, behind their backs) who do not have the same political views as they have. These teachers are not history or government teachers. I feel teachers should keep their personal political views out of the school. Teach government and do not try to indoctrinate students.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I graduated last year from 'the Ranch.' All in all, the school itself won't blow you away. I would have to say its only advantage is its size. Many people provide you with many experiences and many resources. If you have to ask, I got accepted to Harvard, UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC and some others, most with full scholarships. Ultimately 'the Ranch' has everything you need to succeed if you keep in mind it has the SSU and the SRJC at its disposal (and no I don't mean Tech High).

- submitted by a former student
no rating August 22, 2003
The english teachers for the advanced courses are wonderful. they keep the classroom busy and learning. Many of the teachers from all subjects are happy to be there and enjoy teaching. this always made me feel comfortable and important. the principal focuses on football over all other sports which has been discouraging...yet our football team has won the championship two years running.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
I was a Rancho Graduate of 2001. My education at Rancho has helped me decide who to become, and what to study at the college of my choice. I had a great four years there, and made MANY lifelong friends (students and teachers!)I'll never forget. Thanks Rancho!

- submitted by a former student
August 11, 2003
I am a past grad of this school. I did not learn anything new other than math. When I reached college it was a hard adjustment, because I was not prepared. It took me 3 years to graduate from S.R.J.C. because I was unprepared. What is suprising is that I graduated with a 3.85 G.P.A. from this school. Scary isn't it!

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Rancho Cotate High School
5450 Snyder Lane, Rohnert Park, CA  94928
(707) 792-4750
Last modified Rancho Cotate High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rancho Cotate High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top