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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 2,208

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1377 Piedmont Road
San Jose, CA 95132

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(408) 347-3800
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September 19, 2013
I have a college age kid who went to this school and I currently have another kid there who is an 11th grader there. My college kid was not much into extracurricular activities and he flourished there. Most of the kids who he went to school with there, we are still in contact with. My 11th grader is into sports and is flourishing there as well making friends as well. I have spent a lot of time with all these kids over the years and they're all GOOD kids. My husband and I have volunteered a lot over the years and we have also attended almost every parent event. Myself and all the other parents I know love this school.

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September 11, 2013
I'm disappointed with this school. This school was once a great school. However, it is going downhill. it seems like more and more this school is getting filled with kids in gangs, kids doing drugs and on top of that the school doesn't seem to care. my son is currently being bullied by a gang member at this school and no matter how many times we go and talk to the office they never do anything about it. just recently my son got his life threatened and all the principle said was that she was going to talk to the kid. principle does not care for students. and staff favorite students all the time. if you are planning on sending your kid to Piedmont hills please reconsider, it is not as good of a school the play out to be

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January 25, 2011
I am stunned. It has been an enlightening experience at Piedmont Hills. The administration is so focused on fund raising that they've forgotten about educating our children. There are of course a few good teachers and support staff here but the principal and administration as well as some of the teachers are a real piece of work. Since when do teachers not teach? There's no sense of responsibility to the student's education here, it's definitely left up to the student...sink or swim. But I guess that's what public high school has come to. Maybe Piedmont Hills is just the best of the worst. And then again there are the test scores, but let's look at that a little closer. Do you really think test scores are reflective of the education available at high performing schools? Or is it simply demographics? I'm betting on demographics everytime. There's little to no parent involvement either. If public schools were run like any other business they would in fact fail due to non performance and customer satisfaction issues as well as mismanaging funds. If I had to make the decision over again I would have considered enrolling my kids elsewhere. Something to think about.

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October 19, 2010
It's a shame, I always heard this was a great school but the administartion is poor and the focus is on money. Money for the teachers and administration, no priority on student education and safety. Some teachers are good but like in a barrel of apples it only takes one to spoil the whole barrel. Perhaps it is the result of the new principal's leadership. Extremely disappointed with the integrity of the administration.

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January 26, 2010
This school isn't as good as students or parents might say if you aren't a straight A student. Students always talk about how they got a 99/100 on a test and say they did bad which is absurd. If your not an A student that also gets invovled with activities, good like making friends at this school.

- submitted by a student
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October 11, 2009
It has so many extracurricular activities that are so important.

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September 24, 2009
PHHS is the ideal highschool. You'll always find someone that has some of the same interests as you. Our API score increased (we're very smart.)

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September 23, 2009
I love Piedmont Hills High because it's a nice and good school. I have a lot of good friends there. And i love my teachers.

- submitted by a student
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September 22, 2009
I love piedmont!!! all my friends are there, there are lots of extracurricular activities, the teachers are good, and most of the students have discipline so i can learn well in class.

- submitted by a student

May 21, 2009
For the most part it has always been a very good school. The one thing that has changed through the years is it was a lot more diverse previously. My son attends this school but as a half Latin half African American male this school does not offer the chance to interact with a variety of cultures. Therefore I am moving my child from this school because while academics are very important, you learn about the Real world by learning not only academics but interacting with a variety of cultures.

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October 24, 2008
Honestly, For my self this school is not all bad. I've had family members go that went to this school and they graduated. also my self i went to PHHS. my first year there the kept me comfortable and i just go used to the campus plenty of people were probably rude and abnoxious people of course fights accured but the advistors and teachers stoped it and the rules were pretty great rules are pretty strict. My childern are attending this school now and its still wonderful like it was back then when i was in Piedmont. I would highly recommend that you should put your students in this high school it sure got me where i want to be.

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October 14, 2008
Great school but not diverse at all. Likely 80% Vietnamese. Nothing against Asians but when I attended Piedmont it was a variety of ethnicities and I think children learn about diversity by being school with minorities, not one minority but many. I would feel the same way if the school was 80% of any ethnicity- I just think its sad.

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August 27, 2007
Piedmont strikes again with its revised dress policy. seems way too extreme and leading toward uniforms. This is a poorly thought out policy. We need a change already and this is the fourth principal in four years, something wrong.

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October 08, 2006
Communication between the school and parents is not so great. Advisors/Counselors don't seem to want to talk to parents and give the message that they are too busy. (I give the 504 counselor high marks! She's very responsive and helpful!) Teachers can now use School Loop which is a wonderful program where they can post homework assignments and grades. Most teachers are using it now and it is getting better each year. In 3 years we have had 3 principals. I guess that's a ESUHSD issue. Other schools in this district have the same problem. All in all, I feel my children are safe and getting a decent education.

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September 13, 2006
My child went to yhis school and it is outstanding. This school is better than all the schools in natomas unionfied school district. It is way better than inderkum highschool. This is a school I wish I could have attended as a child so I could have got a degree. Pleas send your children here for a better education. - Mrs. Swalts

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February 23, 2006
A wonderful school for your children. Great teachers and good atmosphere.

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December 28, 2005
The atmosphere is positive. The students seem to get along well and are encouraged to strive for their best. There are many extracurricular opportunities - clubs, sports, etc.

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December 18, 2005
It's a good school, very creative, and a lot of intresting people!

- submitted by a student

October 05, 2005
Though this school seems to try hard, the level of incompetence in organization, teacher ability and class availability is poor.

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August 23, 2005
Its an awsome school, go class of 2008!

- submitted by a student

May 01, 2005
I have a child in PHHS. This is the best school in the ESUHS District. Good quality education and activities. As a parent, I'm satisfied.

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April 13, 2005
The academic quality is very satisifactory to what parents want and need. The school in general is very tight when it comes to security. trouble makers are stopped once and only once. Athletics are there to keep the kids out of trouble and to have fun. They coaches not only help them develop as individuals but as players to win. Many schools in the state are very deprived of these characteristics but this is one of the top schools in not only the area but with the state also.

- submitted by a student

March 31, 2005
I have been very happy with P.H.H.S My son goes there and is in Drama and has been for the past 3 years, I am so happy that they offer this activity, for him. It has opened him up and made him more out going. I have heard that alot of teachers got their pink slip and could be laid off, there is even rumor that there will no longer be Drama or any other electives in the 2005-06 school year. I sure do hope that the parents rally together to save these electives, so our children can continue to better themselves and they have a safe place to be, other than the streets. I have always felt good about Piedmont, and what they have done for our children but this latest issue is going to change alot of feeling for alot of people.

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February 23, 2005
This school is a great school that provides a safe environment for students and a high level of learning.

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May 12, 2004
With regards to the lanyard issue; it's good that the school makes kids accountable. My daughter has had to go to detention before and I drove her there with glee! Reminding her that she only had to wear it to avoid this. In the real world there are lots of 'rules' to abide by. Kids need to learn how to do so now. I'm an involved parent and believe me, the staff does a lot behind the scenes to make the school environment safe and this is just one of them. What's the big deal? All the kids have to do is wear it. Big deal! Well, that's all. Our school is what it is because of the rules and kids following them.

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March 22, 2004
As a parent I am disappointed in the methods of disciplne used to teach our students about self control. Piedmont Hills has become an enviornment where the young people are learning to not get caught as opposed to doing their best and doing what is right. Using heavy handed disciplne with teenagers backfires and this is what is occuring at Piedmont Hills. Sending students to Saturday School, at the expence of the district, for not having a lanyard around their neck, is both absurd and obscene, a complete and utter waste of district money. How disappointing!

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August 25, 2003
I attended Piedmont Hills and I have to say that this school helped shape the young adult that I am. It helped prepare me for college. The staff is very involved with what is going on with the student body. Piedmont has the best teachers and they really do care about student needs, they are willing to go the extra mile for their students. There athletic program is one of the best in the state. Their performing department is the best in the Bay Area. This school will challenge even the brightest of students and has a very high rate of students continuing their education after high school.

- submitted by a student

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Piedmont Hills High School
1377 Piedmont Road, San Jose, CA  95132
(408) 347-3800
Last modified Piedmont Hills 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.
Piedmont Hills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top