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5210 Leigh Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124

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(408) 626-3405
(408) 265-7525
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November 29, 2014
The reviews describing Leigh High school's management are spot on. My son attended Leigh 08-12. The staff do their best and many are very good. But the poor leadership has created an evironment that keeps quality education mediocre at best. My son was accepted some very good universities but still struggled as a freshman. He is a junior now and is thriving now and on track to graduate on time thanks to his own hard work. The folks who give this school 5 stars are not seeing the whole picture. The administrative change occurring at Leigh is validation of this review and other sub-standard reviews. Leigh has been a very good school in years past and I believe it will be again one day.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2014
Leigh High School is currently going through administrative changes. This is good as the past four years have been less than stellar for the staff and the students. Despite any glowing reviews posted, Leigh is not a good environment for students that are unable to be self-taught or independent learners. Departments are constantly changing their rules and processes. The Math department is horrible. There are only two teachers truly qualified to teach. The rest could care less about being there or take any interest in their students. Consistency does not exist. I would highly recommend reconsidering sending your children to Leigh. Attend both school and District meetings to get a better understanding. Ask recent grads and parents before you send your children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2014
Even though this is a large high school, it has a small school feel. The teachers are great and have a geniune sense of community and care for our students.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Out of the 3 high schools I've been to, Leigh is by far the best one! The teachers I am fortunate enough to have are caring & for the most part good at what they do, with a few exceptions. Unlike a lot of the schools in the Bay Area, Leigh trusts their students enough to provide them with lockers which I believe says a lot. Because of the nice facilities, outstanding teachers, and tremendous amount of school spirit, every student at Leigh is privileged to go to such a fantastic school.

- submitted by a community member
January 30, 2014
I hope that these parents that post negative comments about Leigh High school are going directly to the Principal, Administration Offices and the District Superintendent to register their complaints. In addition, If all parents participated/supported the school and communicated with the above contacts this would help the school to improve in the right direction. Parent participation is not high at this school in comparison to other High API scoring schools nearby. Are you participating and contributing to making this a better school? A grandparent of a student at Leigh High.

- submitted by a community member
January 29, 2014
1 counselor per 900 students, administration is non-responsive regarding individual students issues. Was a great school 10 years ago. Wouldn't recommend Leigh for 2014. Needs new management and new Honors level teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
Sartorette Elementary is an excellent school with caring teachers and staff. Though they have used their funds wisely, they still face the same challenges every school faces in CA.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
Wonderful high school. Excellent instructors and highly esteemed sports teams. Teachers are very supportive and highly educated.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2012
worst school in the bay go to los gatos. leigh needs money, so they can make the school better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
This is a great high school which great facilities. They have a great football program and a recently upgraded stadium. They also offer a great band program.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2012
As an involved parent and one who does her best to be supportive of my child's education, I can tell you that this school's administration is crummy! The AP classes are given the poorest teachers. I'm sure the thought is that these students will be fine, and they generally are. They are used to being responsible for their own education. The admin. has its own agenda and it does not involve supporting the education of students or the education goals of the teachers. Most of the admin. and staff do not support extracurricular activities if they are not sports and are often rude to students looking for support. Many of the teachers try to do well by their students but they are overworked and receive very little support from the admin., other than the activities director, who is also incredibly overworked! Parent support is not the challenge here. It's going to take a complete overhaul of the administration and a willingness to dismiss dysfunctional staff to change what is wrong with this school! Sure, my kid will go to a great college, however, she is a strong student. I'd hate to be a student who is not good at managing his or her own education and be at this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
Our son is going to be a sophomore in the 2011/12 school year. His freshman year went great. We've been happy with how he's doing academically, and the teachers have been communicative and supportive.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
While the previous reviewer of this school may have great expectations from a public school like this, honestly speaking it is the involvement of teachers and parents is what makes one school standout of others, While it may be true that you may have a lovely neighborhood, but what good is that neighborhood if parents are not involved in the child s education? Writing badly about a public school is like slapping yourself on your face! We all need to make Leigh high school a better place and positive thinking and good parent participation is the key to success in any school. Let me be honest, My Daughter is freshman this year and she loves this school! Teachers are very good my daugher says and I am very happy about that.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
Principal, and staff especially Deans and Guidance Counselors are not in tune with what is going on with students. Even though there is a non tolerance policy in place that is against harassment and bullying, the Deans often turn their heads and pretend not to see it. I have one child graduating from there this year, and another who is a Freshman that I pulled out and put in a completely different district. It is sad because the school is in a great neighborhood. If only the school and it's educators were as great as the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
-Prinicipal, and staff care more about their jobs than students' education. -Too many 'school spirit days' -Homophobia and intolerance is high despite programs targeted aganist it.

- submitted by a student
January 04, 2010
Great School. My neighbors child went to Berkeley from this school and mine is on track to do the same. Like any High School, you have to stay in tune and help your kids find their way

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
I believe the school is on track and since I am moving from the area I have no real estate reason to say so...I can not speak for a child that doesn;t get it since my son clearly did. He is graduating this year from Leigh High School and I could not be happier. He is at the top of his class and was accepted to a number of very good colleges. With acceptances to Purdue (a private college) and 3 of the UC colleges including Berkley I am confident the education he received at Leigh was a solid base for him to grow from.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2009
Leigh High School is progressively going downhill. They do not know what the students are up to and the school puts no effort into making a student successful. My experience was so bad I pulled my child out of Leigh.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
I agree that a school is what you make of it. There are those students that are fortunate enough to 'get it' and pretty much do well because they are able to guide themselves through school. Then, there are those students that need a little more guidance and help...well Good Luck! I find that the staff is basically only capable of helping those that can mainly help themselves. The rest plain and simply fall through the cracks. I don't know if it's due to budget cuts, lack of sufficient proper staffing or what. I just know that my child with 'special needs' due to illness has totally fallen through the cracks! As a parent I've done everything possible to make the appropriate plan availbale for my child, but while it's written on paper...the majority of the teachers simply don't or can't find the time or want to follow the program.

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November 07, 2008
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October 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating September 04, 2008
This is an excellnt school. Yes, motivated students succeed here. However, if your child isn't motiviated or isn't succeeding, you, as a parent need to accept some responsibility. This is a public school, after all. School administration can only do so much with the resources they have.

- submitted by a community member
July 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 07, 2008
Leigh High School is a great school. The teachers are fantastic and the academics are great. All the teachers do their best for the students. The deans keep the school clean from everything.. Leigh High is a great school

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
Honestly,it's school. Kids don't usually like school but we go. If your saying Leigh's a horrible school, then your wrong. I mean everyone has different experiences with school too. but for the most part Leigh High School is a good school.

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March 31, 2008
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November 24, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 07, 2007
Back to school night was a joke; it was a way for teachers to pretend to reach out to the parents. I agree that this school provides the academics required for our kids to get into college, but only if they are self reliant. It is a lot like college...so they are getting a taste of what is to come. OBW our son is a freshman and has good friends there as well.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
My son is also a freshman. We've have experienced the same situation. My husband wrote an email to the counselor and never got an answer. Surprisingly however we are impressed with the school and the teachers. Most importantly my son is happy, had made new friends and always has a fair amount of homework.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2007
I have a freshmen daughter in this high school and she likes it very much. The school is very diverse with all types of kids and they all seem to make an effort to make each other feel included. The only problem with this school is that your child is pretty much on their own. The teachers and counselors are impossible to get a hold of despite them all having email on the school welsite. Also the office is not useful for anything, they have never ever been able to answer a single question I had. So the school itself is fantastic, if your child can do for his/herself.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
My children hated going to school every day! They didn't like their teachers and the students on campus were rude.I feel that the academic programs needed work.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
There is a great deal of parent involvement in this school. The Class of 2006, graduated the most Valedictorians in Santa Clara County and other surrounding counties as well (as per the Mercury News, check it out yourself). That speaks for itself! They have a great band and good athletics, but I feel they need to give more to girls athletics. Overall, this is a great school. Note there is a new principal this year.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 15, 2006
LHS is an

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
I believe, as with any school, you get out of it what you put into it. I have had three boys attend leigh high school. All three are different personalities and all three have had totally different experiences. Parents have to be their own children's advocates. If there is something you do not like about leigh, then speak up and get it changed. There are a few members of the staff who cringe when they hear my name, but our experience with leigh has been great. There have been bumps in the road, but you have to teach your children to hit those bumps, pick themselves back up and continue on the path that they have chosen. I personally had a wonderful experience with the resource program at leigh (I can not say that about union middle school)! Go longhorns!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 19, 2006
Leigh High School has a wonderful music program, although I am saddened by the loss of students being able to enjoy a wide variety of electives.

- submitted by a former student
May 28, 2006
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May 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
As a parent of a freshman, I was concerned if my son would be lost. Found that there are many different activies available from the traditional sports and music to many clubs. Teachers are accessible. Wished all teachers used the online tools such as Aeries and Schooloop to check on grades and assignments - right now about 66% of my son's teaches use it. Found teachers to be very accessible

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May 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 08, 2006
I am pretty disappointed. The school is mediocre. Students are not pushed to higher levels academically.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Leigh's outstanding academic reputation is justified based on our daughter's experience. The girls sports program (soccer) is also well run is blessed with good teachers. Our decision to move in to Leigh's attendance area has been justified.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
Began very optimistically based on what I had heard 5 years ago when my son entered leigh high school...Over the years, my satisfaction continued to drop significantly mainly due to lack of leadership at principal and administration. Seem to be more interested in their own political agendas than success of students. Just my 2 cents.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
Academically sound, campus needs an upgrade!

- submitted by a former student
March 11, 2006
A traditional high school best suited for traditional learners. Less interest seems to be taken in those students who require additional learning support. Many parents seem to be actively involved.

- submitted by a former student
January 11, 2006
I have two sons that go to Leigh. One is a senior and will be graduating this year and the other is a Junior. If you have kids that don't need encouragement to speak up in the classroom, already know where they're going after high school and how to get there, Leigh is for you. However, if you have kids that need encouragement, motivation and/or extra attention go elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2006
Parents, teachers, and students of Leigh high school take pride in academic sucess.

- submitted by a student
December 12, 2005
Overall decent school, safe environment, administration was lacking and or incompetent. Counselors were useless.

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2005
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November 08, 2005
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October 23, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
August 03, 2005
I graduated in 2003, and I was not pleased with the administration. My counselor told me that since I scored well on PSATs my soph year, I shouldn't retake junior year. What he didn't tell me is that jr year scores count for scholarships, like the National Merit Scholarship. For those whose parents are involved, it's a much more rewarding experience, but for those students such as myself who had to fend for themselves for four years, the administration let us down. While I attended Leigh, it seemed like every other week was a teacher strike. Quite sad, really, since we had great teachers, and some of them were let go because of financial reasons. Leigh has one of the best faculties. I have absolutely 0 complaints regarding the faculty during my 4 year stay. I highly recommend Honors English classes, especially when taught by John White or Allison Duffy.

- submitted by a former student
June 26, 2005
Leigh seems to be a good school overall. They are established and have strong leadership from their principal.

- submitted by a former student
June 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
If your child has special education needs, you'd be wise to avoid Leigh High School or any school in the Campbell Union district, otherwise the school is excellent. My son has multiple disabilities and would be fine with a few simple services but they've provided nothing even though required by law. There are no RSP classes at Leigh and no one-on-one RSP's or aides available, at least that is what they tell us. For his RSP class in organizational & study skills last year (part of his IEP) they parked him in the back of a classroom to work unsupervised on homework while the teacher taught another class. We've now had to hire an attorney, which we can't afford but apparently that is the only way to get this district to follow the law under IDEA. In the meantime my son is left to flounder on his own...

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2005
This is a very well brought up school.

- submitted by a former student
June 07, 2005
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May 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
Good academic programs. Some issues with budget cuts. Grounds needs to be cleaner. Excellent teachers and reknown band program.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2005
Current program allows students to have A-B days. 3 classes per day (instead of 6) which have longer instruction and allow students to do some work in class. I was suprised how many classes are credited to the UC system, including Advanced Placement classes. Great parents and lots of sports & art programs.

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February 14, 2005
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February 04, 2005
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January 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2005
Music progam is great. Sports are great too. The school's academic progam is excellent. I dont think the level of parent involvment is that high, I think more parents should get involved with more activties and other things like that. Also, parents should help their kids more. Talk to them and see if there child needs help. Thank You.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2004
I'm a student here at Leigh and the way the teachers instruct the students here is horrible. The teachers cannot emphasize the importance of education or using the mind as often as possible.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2004
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October 17, 2004
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June 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I have two sons that go to this school and one of the two is having problems with motivation and behavior. I have tried reaching out to teachers and staff for support and feedback, but to no avail. If you have a naturally gifted child, you'll love this school, if your child needs help, good luck getting it!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Leigh High School is an awesome school. Both me and my husband attended and all three of our daughters haved attended and loved it. They were given an outstanding education and all three are now attending college. The athletics, art, music and math programs are outstanding! I highly refer people to Leigh High every time I have a chance.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Nothing but trouble with this school! If you have a good kid who is self motivated you will do well - if you have a child with learning disabilities or other difficulties you will find quite a bit of staff apathy. After 2 years at Leigh we moved our family to Washington State. Our daughter's grades went from D's to A's and B's because she found the staff at her new school to be caring and involved.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2004
We moved into the area specifically for this school. Leigh has offered a wonderful educational experience for my children. My eldest graduated early and went on to college seamlessly. My second child (also a Leigh graduate) is currently attending college with absolutely no difficulties. Their sports programs teach wonderful leadership qualities. Parent involvement is consistent as is alumni support. I am proud that my third child is attending Leigh. I know she will get the education she needs to move on.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
I graduated from Leigh a few years ago. Upon entering college I was inundated with information that I never knew. Things that students in other high schools had taken for granted. It took me a long time just to catch up due to the lack of education that I received from Leigh.

- submitted by a former student
December 11, 2003
I graduated from Leigh about two years ago, and would like to refute the claim that Leigh has a poor English program. The fact that someone might base an entire school on one student's comment just shows how ignorant a person can be. Perhaps before making such a decision, one might look at test scores or overall performance instead of a single post. Leigh happens to have provided me, and my former classmates, with a formidable English instruction. It is a great school, with great programs, and an atmosphere that succeeds in fostering student growth.

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2003
Leigh High School is providing both of my students with an outstanding education. We are particularly delighted and impressed with the music program. I understand there is a Performing Arts Facility being built to seat 600 people for the six district high schools to enjoy. Very impressive. The music students are kind, courteous and hardworking. We bought our current home in the Leigh High attendance area just for the unbelievable music program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2003
My daughter is currently a senior and I also have a son who is a sophomore at Leigh. I think this high school is great. My kids have grown in many positive ways academically and emotionally. My daughter has constantly been challenged by her honors and AP classes and plans to attend a UC next year. My son is a strong student who enjoys football, wrestling, and swimming at the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 02, 2003
I am seeking a 'good' school for my children. When I read the comment section for this school I was horrified. Not that the comments were bad. There was only one, and it was a positive comment from a Band student. However the way in which the comment was written (grammar)is so horrific the student should have never made it out of elementary school. This school may have a great Band, but they obviously have a terrible English department. I think I will look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I've had one student graduate and another who is a senior this year. I've been very happy with the experiences for both of my children and would recommend it to anyone. Great opportunities for parent involvement as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
i am a studen that goes to leigh but the main reason i go to leigh is because of th band program, it is the bes in the valley, we went to New York last year (2002-2003) to play in Carnagie Hall. and this yeah(2003-2004)we will be going to Hawaii

- submitted by a former student
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Leigh High School
5210 Leigh Avenue, San Jose, CA  95124
(408) 626-3405
Last modified Leigh 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.
Leigh High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 80 reviews. Top