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San Bruno, CA
Students enrolled: 1,127

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1501 Magnolia Drive
San Bruno, CA 94066

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(650) 558-2799
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March 07, 2015
Great school! Great Academics! Great every thing! It is great looking as well. Going here over schools like burlingame And mills is great sfter there is IB! Go here!

- submitted by a parent

November 13, 2014
Some of the teachers are really devoted, but others are very critical and hostile. There is a definitely a lack of cohesiveness and school spirit among both the staff and students as well. It is obvious as well that lower academic and behavior standards are accepted at Capuchino than the other schools in the district. In the end, most of Capuchino's problems (and negative reputation) can be attributed to the poor quality of leadership in the administration.

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October 02, 2014
It's a nice campus, and the IB program is solid. Our family's experiences with classes outside of IB have been poor. Administration don't seem sincere in terms of listening to concerns/ideas or in their follow-through (or lack thereof).

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November 04, 2013
Capuchino High School This a great school. Health does not involve anything to do with the bible as a comment previously mentioned. The teachers here are really helpful and they take the time to help the student comprehend the subject as long the student is willing to learn. The reputation Capuchino has bee misunderstood. Capuchino is a great school not only because its an IB school, but because of the environment it has to offer. It has diversity and it is a life learning experience. It is a place of prosperity, it makes the student and the parent feel welcomed.

- submitted by a community member

February 19, 2013
I am a very satisfied parent of two Cap graduates class of 2006 and 2011. I found the staff to be extremely capable, hardworking and accommodating to my very different students' needs. The leadership program creates an extremely exciting and spirited atmosphere that is Cap's greatest strength. My girls really LOVED coming to school every day. A large A+ goes to Principal Shamar Shanks who expects student's to bring their best every day and is willing to help them one on one if they ask. My students always received attention and help from their caring teachers and supportive counselors. The IB diploma program was extremely rigorous yet effectively prepared our student for Boston College where she is currently a sophomore who feels indebted to her principal, counselors, teachers and staff for preparing her to work hard and earn success. I have one more child and look forward to four more years at Capuchino High School!

- submitted by a parent

October 08, 2012
I am a Cap alumni of the past graduating class, 2012. I have to say many people have a bad presumption of Cap, but unless you actually go to the school you'll realize this is the best high school in the district. The teachers are amazing! If you need help they will aid you, if you care for your grades then they will make the time for you. The administration are tough because they want the best learning environment possible, which is reasonable. I loved Cap, made many new friends, I have strong bonds with me teachers who led me to success. The IB program is great and rigorous, I actually completed the full diploma program, was the captain of the basketball team, did swimming and joined clubs! The atmosphere is wonderful this school has prepared me for my future. Now I attend UC Berkeley as an undergrad and will continue to thank Cap for everything it has done for me.

- submitted by a community member

May 15, 2012
This is a good school with the only IB program on the peninsula BUT be aware that they teach Catholic dogma in their health classes and try to teach the bible as literature.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2011
My son is in Cap's pre IB classes and he'll be finishing his fresman year in 2 weeks. The school environment is safe, new constructed buildings are in progress with new facilities to enhance positive learning. The teachers are very helpful and hard working. The principal and vice principals are very involved with student activities. My son's classes are challenging but we believe that Cap will prepare him for college and his choosen carrer.

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August 24, 2009
I agree with what the last student says. They are dedicated and willing to put in extra hours. But only for the students they they believe deserve it. I was a struggling student at this school and was shown no extra help or even attention when i asked for it. There was only one person who was willing to help me when i needed it, and that was dean francisco pepin. Unfortinately i do not know if he is still there, but the support he showed me was enough after recieving no motivation from any teachers. If there is one reason to attend this school, its dean pepin.

- submitted by a student

July 27, 2009
I just graduated from Capuchino High School, and I must say that it has been great. The teachers and faculty are extremely dedicated and willing to put in the extra hours necessary to have their students succeed. the IB English, Science, history, and Math teachers are amazing, and they have really shown me as a student that I can succeed and do well if I try my best and put forth an effort. I shall be attending Dartmouth College in the fall, and it is in part thanks to this school, the faculty, and my teachers!

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2009
Capuchino is one of the best high schools in the district. Not only are the people helpful, they are kind spirited... especially school spirited. They have a great visual arts program which i have been involved in for two years now. also, i was involved in the ib program which i highly recommend. Its got a beautiful campus and a friendly, laid back staff. It really is a great school.

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September 28, 2008
i go to cap and i love ms. shanks!!! its a good school, and i hate it when people say that their parents dont want them to go there cause its 'bad'. Im a sophmore at cap, and i havent seen a fight exept once. and that was like in the beginning of freshman year. stop being a loser to your kid and let them fo to cap. everyones great, we have great school spirit and everyones very helpfull. especially the teachers. and on top of that cap has IB classes, which Mills dosent. Send your kid here! Its great.

- submitted by a student

September 24, 2008
The school is not only beautiful The staff and student body are fantastic- I am an Cap Alum Class of 81 and My Mom was CLass of 61 now my kids are Class of 10 and 13 .... If everyone gave it a chance they too would know how great it is - and on a final note the principal this year will make a difference ..... Go Mustangs

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September 08, 2007
The teachers at Cap are wonderful. All of them are young, eager and enthusiastic about teaching. My daughter's experience has been wonderful and I would recommend this school to anyone looking. The classes are small, which is great, and the teachers truly care about their students. They are always available to help their students with whatever problems they may have. The administation is always welcoming, and answers all questions with patience and kindness, no matter how silly the question might be

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January 26, 2007
I am Cap alum, and very proud. It's and excellent school that gave me an great education, as well as great experiences while I was there. I am very sucessful, and so are my friends that attended Capuchino. I hope my children want to attend Cap.

- submitted by a student

September 26, 2006
This school is great! It has a very friendly atmosphere and it is very diverse. They have an organized system, and they are strict but not too strict on the students. All the teachers are great! They make all the classes fun and they all teach well and know their topic/lesson by heart. They have a lot of fun clubs and activities that you can join. People here treat everyone equally, and the best part is, they have the IB program which not all the schools here in this side of the Bay Area have

- submitted by a student

April 22, 2006
I think this is a great school. My child is in Special Education and he is well taught and happy. He does not feel liek an outsider here.

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2005
I went to this high school and went on to double major in Political Science and Communications in college. My brother went to this school and was supported constantly with his learning disabilities and was able to develop his computer graphic skills to be hired out of high school. This school does change teachers pretty often, which is nice to be exposed to new, young teachers with different backgrounds. The teachers were always in-tune enough with the students to know which ones needed to be pushed to honors classes and which ones needed extra help at lunch and after school. The administration is a bit overprotective when it comes to being politically correct so that it sometimes turns parents and students off to extracurricular activities. Overall the school was a great experience for my brother and I.

- submitted by a student

February 22, 2005
Very pleased with administration and teaching quality. School is well supervised and kids are encouraged to perform to high standards and also enjoy their high school experience.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2004
I can't say enough about the teacher's and staff member at Capuchino. It's nice to see teacher's who actually provide individual attention to each of the students. They showed my daughter how to excel in her education, maintain and stick to her personal goals. The principal and counselors take a personal interest in our kid's and their education. Also doing their best in keeping extracurricular activities going on throught the school year so our kids aren't hanging out on the streets. I want to say thank you to all staff members at Capuchino, as my daughter is graduating this year 2004, with courage and selfconfidence to move on and go onto the Oregon University. I believe that would not have been possible with out the help, and guidence that she received at Capuchino.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2004
I was one of those parents who was not going to allow my son to go to Cap. Fortunately he insisted and I have been more than surprised, pleased and grateful for the decision. The Principal has taken the time to get to know him, his teachers - everyone of them are highly motivated to seeing that he succeed. The IB Program is an added plus! We look forward to the next three years.

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2004
Capuchino High School is an excellent school. The teachers and principal take a real interest in their students, providing individual guidance in academics. The International Baccalaureate Program is a very exciting program offered at Cap, giving the student a very challenging option in their studies. The teachers and counselors have dedicated many hours of their personal time to see that the students and parents are well versed in this higher level of learning. My kids enjoy and take advantage of its wonderful sports program, where winning isn't everything. The Coaches are great and very positive. When construction is complete, this campus will be one of the most beautiful in the District. Capuchino has a lot to offer with its great principal, teachers, staff, students, and parents working together.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2004
I think Capuchino has a very committed administrative team headed by a dynamic principal who puts a lot of emphasis on teacher training. The staff genuinely likes teenagers, and is firm, kind and respectful to them. The campus has lots of trees and grass and will be wonderful when the new improvements are finished, including a brand new technology building. My son has a high percentage of really great teachers who have kept him motivated. He has especially thrived in the computer technology (networking) classes. The school also has an International Baccalaureate program designed to give bright kids a challenging array of classes and a head start on college credits. I think Cap is a good place for both 'hands-on' and 'academic' students.

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Capuchino High School
1501 Magnolia Drive, San Bruno, CA  94066
(650) 558-2799
Last modified Capuchino 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.
Capuchino High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top