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9-12
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 2,248

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6150 Snell Road
San Jose, CA 95123

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(408) 347-6215
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December 04, 2014
I was very nervous about my son starting high school. I am so pleased with ST. My son has a 3.4 GPA and likes going to school. He played for the freshman football team and had a great season going 8-0. The coaches worked great with the team and parents. I love this school and their staff members. Everyone is very helpful and you can tell that they want their students to be successful! All in all a great experience!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2014
Santa Teresa. Wow. One of the greatest experience of my life. I am currently on my fourth and last year of this school. I wouldn't be who I am without the teachers I had. All of the staff are very hardworking and genuinely care about the school, the campus, and most of all, the students. Thank you Santa Teresa. Cheers to a happy 40th.

- submitted by a student
February 11, 2014
It's an average school in an above average neighborhood. Suffers from being in the East Side district, which serves the worst hoods in the rest of San Jose. Moderate levels of AP classes and good music program but none of the academic departments stand out except maybe science. The top level of the student body is extremely bright (the school regularly does well in Academic Decathlon) but aren't pushed enough, so few get into Stanford or Ivies. It's fine if you want an average education for your kid, but if you can afford it, live in Almaden and send your kid to Leland.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
My son attended Santa Teresa High. He was accepted at UCLA, UCSB and SDSU. . If your child is someone who is assertive and independent, Santa Teresa should serve as a good foundation for a top university. My son also attended summer school at DeAnza College during his 4 years at Santa Teresa, which made a huge difference when came time to start university.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
I am definitely happy that I attended ST for my high school career. I am about to begin my senior year and I must say that the last 3 years have had its ups and downs but overall it's still a great school.

- submitted by a student
May 24, 2013
Honestly, I've only been here for two years, but I actually really like the school. The teachers are all responsible and are professional in the subjects in which they teach. There are hardly any fights/drama/gossip at all! I'm personally in the AP classes, and everyone in those classes are mature and want to go to a good school like Yale or Stanford. I'm also in the multimedia program, and I am enjoying photography quite a bit. If it wasn't for Santa Teresa, I wouldn't grow to the person I am now. I REALLY love this school! Seriously, if you're a parent enroll your child here, and be sure to put them in the AP classes!

- submitted by a student
November 10, 2012
This school has a huge safety issue. In the matter of three weeks my child was approached and threatened to be beat up three times and was not feeling safe. I brought this to the schools attention and all three times and was not given any support. The vice principal of safety is one of the rudest people I have meant in my life and with leadership like that no wonder the school has these issues.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2012
Heaven forbid you move during the summer when school's out. Even worse is if your kid is special education - because Santa Teresa's bureaucratic processes and lack of personnel redundancy will leave your poor child struggling and lost - if you're ven able to get them registered. I moved in July, and immediately started trying to register my daughter. The registrar was only there on spotty terms, and wasn't the warmest or most efficient of people. Worst of all, after I turned in all the paperwork I had to procure for these people, (5 attempts to register my child - why couldn't they just tell me everything up front?) I get a call JUST before the start of school saying she's NOT registered because I don't have a particular VERSION of some paper - and they REFUSE to register her until they get it. If you ever have to deal with these people, I feel sorry for you. Ask lots of questions to find out EVERYTHING you need and call them every day to follow up, or your kid will suffer.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2011
I went to S.T. for all four years and I graduated in 2008. At first I had a really negative attitude about learning and authority figures. Now that I am an adult I appreciate everything the staff at S.T. has done for me. If I could go back in time or if I got to choose which high school I went to. I would go to S.T. all over again.

- submitted by a community member
July 02, 2010
Horrbile school....too many kids on campus...teachers don't care about kids. attendance staff eat at their desk, and don't greet parents. Campus grounds needs help. Teachers only point out negativity in students, are not able to offer programs for students that "slip thru cracks". My teen will not go there next year. Very disappointed..

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
An excellent school, great teachers. This school could be better with more elective options for their students.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2009
To succeed at ST, the student has to take initiative. ST simply doesn't have the funding to mandate and provide SAT prep classes and intimate one-on-one time with each student. It's much larger than many private schools in the Bay Area and hold students from a multitude of socioeconomic households. Most of my friends' parents hadn't graduate from college themselves. But, faculty and staff at ST are great help WHEN you ask. I graduated in 2007, and the only reason I knew how to apply for college is because I made the effort to go to the counselors and asked how to do it. AP classes: the English and science departments are great. But a high GPA and extracurrs are the most important for getting into college, so take APs in subjects you have an interest in; you'll do the best in those. Take hnrs and reg classes for everything else.

- submitted by a student
October 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
I think that Santa Teresa high school is not a good school for my daughter because the kids are not focused on their work my daughter is always telling me that they don t respect the teachers and their also saying bad words.In my opinion I think that Santa Teresa high school is a bad school for my daughter to be here in this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I enjoy ST alot compared to other surrounding high schools. I am currently in 3 AP classes and find the work rather challenging as opposed to the regular courses. Santa Teresa is committed to making high school as easy as possible for students and for the most part ST so far has been just what everyone imagines high school to be. I'm currently a Junior and so far I have loved ST's sports, rally's, and spirit week since freshman year. ST has made high school fun and I wouldn't want to attend any other high school

- submitted by a student
April 29, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
August 28, 2008
It's a wonderful school! I graduated from there and now I am teaching there!

- submitted by a teacher
June 18, 2008
First of all, the Music Department Director is *truly* a gem. By now, I doubt that she is the best well kept secret in the area! If your child is seriously considering music in his/her future, STHS is worth considering. I am not sure now, but when my oldest child was attending ST, the Desktop Publishing Department was awsome as well. Oveall, it seems to me that the school has lost its 'soul.' As I mentioned before, I have an older child who graduated from ST, and the atmosphere has definitely chaged. There seems to be more vulgarity and lack of manners. The dress code seems not to be enforced. Academics has its place, no doubt. I am not convinced, however, that this is the environment that I would want my children to be for so many hours...

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
School was great overall especially the honors classes. The outside activities we great as well especially with stuff like Fantastiks. Math program definitely subpar in my experience. Counselors over all were not very effective though. Any research on what class and college applications I did on my own with the help of my parents. Overall the academics when taking the honors programs definitely prepared me for college.

- submitted by a student
May 01, 2008
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March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
I am a former graduate, and I say the school is good. It would be great if it had a solid math department and willing counselors, but it doesn't. Many parents have to call the principle to get a schedule change for their child. The band program is the only thing that kept me from dropping out (it's killer!).

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 26, 2007
The Science Dept. is excellent. The Math Dept. is improving. However the Magnet Program needs to be revisited. Having to take Photography for the Magnet Program to fulfill the commitment to the program when PE or another curiculum would have been a better option.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2007
I find it interesting and disappointing, that as a business magnet school, there is no business class offered this year for juniors. How did that happen? My son was never notified that this would be a scheduling/educational issue when it came time to select classes for the upcoming year. ST prides itself on communication, but fails in many areas. Math dept. fails. Mr. Duran seems to be working hard, but he can only do so much.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
It's time to focus on academics - not shy away from them. Honors classes are no longer provided. Why? Is college not expected? Someone told me because they weren't 'standardized'. So instead of making the effort to standardize them - they get dropped??? Colleges definitely weight honors classes when students apply. Perhaps the administration should run through some college brochures. AP classes are offered, but teachers for those classes don't seem to be selected based on their success of student's passing the test. Students shy away from several classes because the word gets out when a teacher is not very good and the majority of students don't pass the AP test. Also, don't work through the counseling office if you want to change a class. They will always tell you no. Have your student go directly to the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2007
I have reviewed all previous comments. They all have a common theme. Outstanding science, amazing band instructor and many available extra curricular activities. Great School overall. Math instructors are consistently rated way below acceptable limits. My teen is honor student despite failing math. School administration is aware ST has unacceptable math program yet, it has not improved. Parents unite and demand change in math department. The school and especially our students deserve a math program that meets the standards kept up by the rest of the teaching staff. Santa Teresa provides a wonderful education to our youth. The band instructor is the most amazing dedicated and talented I have ever met. Improve Math and they are the finest school providing excellent education for the young leaders of the future.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
I love the english teachers at Santa Teresa High. Especially if your kids are in the honor classes, they will have lot of work to do, but they really learn a lot.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2007
I think that Santa Teresa is an awesome school. Like any other school it has it's cons but I feel overall the school is great.

- submitted by a former student
February 13, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2006
Very unhappy with this school. Lack of interest for student success by counselors, teachers, and principals. There are still a few good teachers that are interested in teaching students - others seem to have given up. My child is begging to leave only because she wants to learn.

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August 21, 2006
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August 15, 2006
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July 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2006
Have been extreamly disappionted in the calibre of teachers in this school. Science dept. is good. This school will have a long term effect in the near future if this is not addressed properly.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
It's an overall great school, I'm enjoying it very much, nice commuity, nice kids, but like in every other school its all up to the student when it comes to making wise decisions.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2006
The students seem to become somewhat apathetic because of the lack of challenging programs. Students who were successful in Middle School are no longer high achievers because they are not challenged.

- submitted by a former student
December 29, 2005
The Math dept. definently needs more dedicated/motivated teachers, and they need to learn how to be respectful to the students. The English and Science dept is good. They definently need to get rid of the 'bad teachers' who will prepare our children for their futures. Foreign language is okay. St need nore motivated teachers, who actually love to teach.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2005
Good School For Sprecial Ed if Your willing to help your studend all four years. I was a proactive parent and called and saw the teachers. But I was a rare parent. Often the only parent at back to school night in the special ed classes. My son graduated with honors because we cared enough to be there for him. He did the work himself and encouraged him to see his teachers often. you can too!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
This is a great school, my student has exceeded my expectations.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
There are excellent academic and sports opportunities at this school. I would rate this as one of my favorite schools in San Jose, California.

- submitted by a former student
July 07, 2005
Santa Teresa has an awesome Multi-media arts magnet program. The woman who runs the program at S.T. is on top of it. Great classroom, state of the art equipment.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
Good academic programs but with limited AP selections. Great school environment.

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May 07, 2005
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April 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2005
Santa Teresa is a really great school one of the better ones in the ESUHSD. Their science department is really impressive with the amount of labs that they do, when other schools won't take the time to set up a lab for 30 hours when it takes an hour to actually do the lab. The performing arts is really impressive especially the Marching Band. i use to attend EVHS and didn't like the 4 small school plan. I really enjoy going to Santa Teresa and am extremely saddened by the amount of pink slips given out to my teachers.

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Counselors unavailable to meet with students for career planning.

- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2004
Santa Teresa High School is considered one of the better schools in the South San Jose area. While it offers a great array of extracurricular activities, clubs, and art-related activities, teacher quality varies greatly between departments. Some teachers (the AP calculus teacher in particular, as of 2004) are extremely dedicated and are willing to work every day with students on any issues they may be having. Others are extremely negligent and do not actually teach or lecture; they instead set the students up for failure. However, the principals at this school are working very diligently on providing Santa Teresa with more AP classes and are always willing to listen to the concerns of parents. Discipline at Santa Teresa is handled--not on a remarkable level, dress code violations are all that are caught. However, all in all, Santa Teresa does a reasonably good job in teaching our youth.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2004
Students are not assigned guidance counselors until their senior year, even if they require guidance in selecting appropriate classes or have experienced academic difficulties. The teaching staff and counseling staff were unavailable to help us help our son to succeed. Even with parental involvement, this school is not concerned with developing children.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2004
Two kids (one already graduated) in school. Prior admin awful. New Co-princ are great (so far). Math dept is awful. Not inpressed with much more - and would definelty go somewhere else if we had the choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I had one child graduate from S.T. a couple of years ago and now another one will be graduating this year and there is one more to go for the yr 2005, and I have seen many different things with teachers for each of them. I think the teachers are as good as the students are. I do think their math department is the worst and needs help, their science department is excellent, and their english classes are boring and need to be brought up to date. There are very dedicated teachers there, but I think there are more uncommitted ones. The students do not get the respect they need and in turn they do not show respect to the teachers. I personally think S.T. was a better school five years ago then it is now, but maybe the new principal can change that. There seems to be no spirit there anymore.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
I have two kids in school. The math dept. is terrible, and the liasons for the kids don't know a thing about talking or handling teen-agers. They are rude, and just want to get rid of kids in trouble or with problems fast, without considering what's best for the childs interest.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2004
I just graduated from ST and thought it was a pretty good school. The departments definitely vary, but for the most part the teachers and staff are good. I found that the math department is absolutly horrible and the science department is wonderful. The school spirit among students, staff, and administration has dropped tremendously, which really does make a difference. Link Crew(program for incoming freshmen)has ended due to lack of effort, so it seems like the school is slowly going downhill. I think with a little more school spirit and effort among administration, and a change in the math department, ST would be great.

- submitted by a former student
September 22, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2003
I have had one child graduate from S.T. She had a great education except in the math dept. I now have another child in S.T. We have found for both children the science department is outstanding! The math department is atrocious! We have been through 6 teachers in the math department and the teachers don't seem to want to teach. One child has gotten very negative comments consistently, and most of their friends seem to be flunking the math. The district needs to get back to teaching basic math and not this integrated math is one way I can see that it could improve. We have had great English teachers for both children, and they have an outstanding elective department. The new principal this year will probably do much better, than the previous one too! S.T. has a great dress code, except I don't agree with the sleeveless shirts and sundresses, though I do agree with the no spaghetti straps, no bare middrifts, etc. Sleeveless is too extreme though, and I feel controlling. english teachers

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
I have two students that graduated recently from ST and I feel that they were given an excellent opportunity to learn and succeed. Most of the teachers are great, some are exemplary, and some mediocre. As with most any school, you must seek out the level of education you desire personally and work to attain it. There are plenty of caring teachers and staff to help you, if you are interested. This school offered a safe, clean learning environment and many extracurricular activities. Great parent involvement, and a nice commmunity-minded neighborhood. Very few rentals. I got a definite sense of pride in their school and in themsleves from the majority of the kids I met there. Toward the end of my child's time there, there was an incident which started off to be a senior prank. This incident took a bad turn and ended up being used by some teachers, administrators, parents and students to turn it into a racial issue. This sense of distrust did change the atmosphere at the school for a couple of years following, but seems to have faded into the past with the current change of administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
I attent ST and I am having a great time! I have a 4.0 and I'm involved in ASB and sports. ST is a great school. Some of the teachers are a little lazy, but there are also the fabulous hard-working teachers. Coming from a school that had a lot less to offer, ST is my dream come true.

- submitted by a community member
August 05, 2003
I have a 4.0 Student who is attending this high school and he is not being challenged enough to be prepared for college. The teachers are so lazy on some days that they decide to watch a student-brought in movie all class period then to work on the class project the next day, half of the class will fail the project because of lack of in-class work. The homework does not help either because it is 5 hours worth of work that the student will not get help on till after he loses points on it for not doing it.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2003
I have two teems attending S.T. I feel the school has underqualified teachers who are there for daycare rather than teaching. My students test scores have not improved in the two years they have attended. There is excessive drug and alcohol use in this school without proper enforcement/punishment. The problem is basically ignored. After one of my teens was assaulted I had to fight for her safety instead of the school wanting to keep her safe it had to be forced upon them.

- submitted by a parent
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Santa Teresa High School
6150 Snell Road, San Jose, CA  95123
(408) 347-6200
Last modified Santa Teresa High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Santa Teresa High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top