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6677 Camden Avenue
San Jose, CA 95120

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(408) 535-6290
(408) 927-6448
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August 14, 2014
If i could do zero stars I would. For 4 straight years I was at this school they got nothing right. This school sucks. Pioneers better. All the teachers at this school are biased. On top of that they never get your schedule right. If you want to fail school and not go to college then this is the perfect school for you.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2013
While it works for some students..unfortunately doesnt work for others...my daughter needed extra help and struggled to get it..i had tutors that taught her the material and yet still struggled on the exams ... I have a son who did alright and so for him it worked and no complaints there...2 stars because i beleive that schools should make it possible for everyone..not just the str8 A students...upon reading most reviews i see that there are many with same issue

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
Leland's reputation is built upon self-driven students. The school is otherwise horrible. The teachers are largely incompetent; I went from considering a major in English to never wanting to read another book thanks to a few of the AP English/Lit teachers. My Biology Honors (honors!) course was taught via VCR. My AP Calculus AB course had 45 students stuffed into a portable. I couldn't even take AP Calculus BC because there wasn't enough physical room. Discrimination by students and teachers is rampant. There was not enough money for paper. Maps and textbooks treat the Soviet Union as a current entity. Counselors do not help with college apps at all. Every year I had scheduling issues that, if went unsolved, would have prevented me from getting into college. The office forgot to send out my transcript to colleges. They lost my volunteering hours (required to graduate) multiple times. The reputation of the school is in spite of it, not because of it.

- submitted by a student
August 23, 2012
If you get more difficult classes you will find some really fantastic teachers, like all schools there are those teachers that are just bad but I feel like the majority care about learning and are quite good at teaching. underfunded school though

- submitted by a student
March 28, 2012
i absolutely love Leland! the teachers are hard but that's whats good. they push you in a good way. it is just so much fun! there are cliques but very little.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2011
Both my daughter and son graduated from this school. Though they weren't hrilled with all of their teachers, there are some very good ones. You can send your childeren to this school just for their speech and debate program (#1 in the country). It moulded them into fine young adults building self-confidence and prepared them for their adult lives. Just as any other high achieving school it is pretty competitive but is well balanced compared to other comparable Bay area schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2011
I wouldn't trade my high school experience at Leland for anything. They have the number one speech and debate team in the nation, and a thriving, diverse student body who is equipped for success. The drive that I've found here in the students have inspired me so much; there have been at least six people in the Class of '11 admitted into Ivy League schools, if that's any way to measure motivation. The teachers might not be great and the administration isn't the most helpful bunch of people, but I'd say that's life; high school is where teens learn to stop being coddled and grow up - to figure out their own direction in life and pursue it.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2011
If you have a very smart child and you want him to feel like a failure, then put your child in this school. The teachers are just there to make student's life miserable. If your child is a big kissup, then he/ she will be very successful here. The bottom line is that the teachers are incompatible, mean and unfair. Please don't waste your money on a million dollar house here. Its just not worth it. I pulled my child out in the middle because my extremely intelligent child felt like stupid here. He is a straight A student in another high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
The teachers at this school don't care about giving the kids an education, math teachers copy examples directly from the book and then get them wrong. English and history teachers give out busy work that is simplistic in nature but very tedious. The administration is an even bigger joke and instead of buying badly needed books they choose to spend their budget on landscaping for the school that didnt make it look any better. Not to mention the purple "thing" they have in the quad. They are always trying to give parents and students the run around, telling them to go from one to the other, and to top it all off they are constantly messing up students transcripts including some students who will not be graduating on time as a result.

- submitted by a student
January 31, 2011
Awful school. It is overrun by Asians and Indians who constantly get A's. They complain when they get their A-'s and the teachers have to use higher standards than other schools like Pioneer just because of how many geniuses there are at Leland. The sad part is that if you are an average student, Leland will be hell for you. The students there are rude and racist. The smartest students refuse to help other students and Leland is not for the average student who wants to have a good high school career. it is a school for bookworms and kids with no lives but studying.

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2010
I hate this school (except for Media Arts [video production], art, and Leland Plus [not actually the same school, but still on campus and is associated with Leland, of course). The teachers have been told to not stop and help kids who need extra help, and only help the kids who are already academically gifted... NOT FAIR! I have had a few WONDERFUL teachers (Ms. O'Shea, Mr. Schwab, Mrs. Gillingham, Ms. Kat, Mr. Barros) there who have not used that method, but they are mostly busy dealing with kids who are upset over getting a 98% (no lie). Most students at Leland are racist, homophobic, and anti-social. Leland may look good because of its API ranking, which is high, but keep in mind that it mostly consists of Asian/East Indian/foreign exchanged, academically advanced students. The average student has a very hard time and very little help.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 14, 2010
The teachers at leland high are great.The help that i recieve is REALLY HELPFULL.! The teachers there may be tough,but for really good reasons. TO GET YOUR EDUCATION THE RIGHT WAY!! all you parents need to step back and think before you speak.!! LELAND HIGH IS A GREAT SCHOOL :]

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January 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2009
The staff at Leland just don't care about the kids that are 'struggling' ! No child left behind is a joke!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2009
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October 14, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 10, 2009
For all you gripers about Leland, no, it's not a Utopian high school, with the perfect teachers, students & staff. But I would argue the same for many schools. Leland will well prepare students for college and the current work place, especially in the SF Bay area, where diversity in the work place rule. My daughter is a bi-racial sophomore at the school and will take advantage of it's academic rigors, while enjoying sports and social activities. She complains like a lot of teenage girls about her homework load, but I refuse to blame the school for her circumstances. Furthermore, about cliques, when your student finds a school without them, let me know.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 15, 2009
The teachers here at Leland don't help. They give you the work and you need to learn it yourself. I am a senior and I can't wait to leave Leland. I learned a lot but not all the teacher helped me.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 25, 2009
If you have a child who is struggling with a class you will not get any support from the staff at Leland

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2009
I've been to 13 different schools in my lifetime. I had the displeasure of being a student here my freshman and sophomore years and I can say, without hesitation, Leland is the worst school I've ever studied in. The AP kids are way too focused on academics - all they do at lunch is moan about how their 92% test score isn't good enough. And while this mindset is good for getting into college, it's not healthy for the real world where street smarts and social skills rule. The teachers are incompetent - they all impressive academic credentials but don't know how to TEACH. None of the staff here enjoy their time; pick up the phone, call the school and you'll easily notice the foul mood. I'm not a whining - I'm just objectively comparing the school to the others I've attended.

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2009
Since the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, both the administration and the students are finding ways to improve school spirit. Most of the teachers are not fantastic, and some make you wonder if they even know anything about the subject they are teaching. However, there are teachers who demand excellence and creative thinking and do a great job of expanding our knowledge without making it tedious. The speech and debate team is one of the best in the country not because there are so many members, but because we have wonderful coaches who constantly give us constructive criticism and encouragement. The music department is headed by a music director that has taken his choirs, orchestra, and band to CMEA's and competitions in Anaheim, and brought back many awards. Leland has definitely improved since last year.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2009
Very disorganized, they will only tell you information if you ask for it. Otherwise, you know nothing.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
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January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 18, 2009
administrators have little respect and teachers provide negative comments for students.

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December 24, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating October 12, 2008
Okay, so this is my sophmore year at this place. Let me just be straight forward, and not beat around the bush... it sucks. This is the worst school ever. We have no school spirit, all the 'smart' kids are only smart cause they want to get the answers, but they truely don't know what it means. Kids here are not taught to learn, or have fun learning, but get the right answer. That's all that matters in this school. Teachers only care about how many answers the kids get right, not how much they learn, or even understand for that matter. It has rich, white kids, who are cliquish and discriminate against the asians, who discriminate against the rich, white kids. I'm not 'rich,' but I am white, and I have experienced first hand, the discrimination of being white. Anyway, I only get 150 words, so take this to heart.

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October 05, 2008
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September 30, 2008
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September 11, 2008
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March 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 22, 2008
I'm a recent alum who sees Leland more positively having left it. In the advanced classes especially, the pressure to be the best was evident and often indirectly due to the parents - but truthfully, the levels of competition were extremely similar in other highly-ranked South Bay schools. For a public school, Leland has top-tier academics for those who can handle it. I felt that AP/honors teachers were much more involved in students' success. There was a discrepancy between the motivated and unmotivated, and the corresponding courses and instructors reflected that. Sports, music, arts, and government are existent but not prominent; the pride and joy is the speech and debate team. School spirit is horrible, partly because the admin is very strict and uninterested, concerned more with test scores and reputation.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2008
I am a student at the school in my sophmore year. I came to this school after going to 2 different schools for my freshman year so I have something to compare to. The school is great if your student is above average and very motivated to learn. But if your student struggles and gets destracted easily they will be left behind. The teachers are only good if they are new to teaching and are waiting for thier tenure. The administration only pays attention to the rich kids who have parents that contribute to the school. Lastly the students are the most cliquey I have ever seen in my life. Usually Ive been able to make friends at my new schools easily but here at Leland it took forever! Noone is friendly to outsiders, usually because theyve had thier friends all thier lives. I would never send my future kids here!

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
My daughter graduated from this school and went to Harvard for high education. Teachers and administrators were very supportive. The school did not only provided excellent education, but also provided so many activities for students. This school makes students well-arounded.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 08, 2007
Leland is a good school the best high school in the sjusd district and is one of the top schools. In leland students mantain on education and not having kids.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2007
I am a parent of a sophomore at Leland. He is doing well and happy here at Leland. I'm thankful we got into Leland. My son is happy and I am impressed by the parent involvement. Thank You to all the faculty!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2007
Education is like a three legged stool where one leg is represented by the students, a second leg is represented by the parents, and the third is represented by the teachers. To function, it requires all three legs to be strong and stable. A school can have excellent teachers but if the parents are not concerned and the students are not focused, the school and the students cannot succeed. Leland has a healthy balance between the three legs. The teachers are not excellent, the students are not geniuses, and the parents are not perfect; but together they can lift this school higher than most in the South Bay Area. If you re looking for top-notch drama or music programs, check elsewhere. If you re looking for championship sports teams, keep looking. However, if you re looking for a school that prepares students for college, you've found a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
Good: competitive in both sports and academics, top public high school API in san jose district, wide variety of AP classes, top speech and debate team in nation; parent involvement is at a good level Bad: many students are (excuse me) stuck up, school wastes money on useless things despite the fact that there are more important needs; music and art programs are good but not that great or 'known'

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2006
The arts, sports and other areas are just a little below average from other schools. Parent involvement is overlooked as for kids that are having a hard time and need help in dealing with administrative school issues. I too have had problems with getting in touch with administrators.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2006
Leland is a highly successful academic school, and has been for years. Graduates include Astronaut Steve Smith, Ranger Pat Tillman, and local families are quite vocal in the community. Competition is tough, as it is a top college prep school; you're not going to get a sports scholarship from here! If you're looking for your kid to learn (AP classes, etc), it is a great place, but if you're looking for Texas-style HS football (and the associated 'spirit') or strong music/art programs, you're going to be out of luck. He/she won't be coddled, and the expectations are high (for better or worse). If you want to prep your kid for a great college, Leland is perfect. If you're looking for a school to 'socially promote' your kid each year, this isn't it. High expectations become high performance! I'm a former graduate; it has only gotten better over time.

- submitted by a former student
October 15, 2006
This school is terrible. The fundamental problem is a lack of any sort of school spirit. Instead students engage in bullying and teachers only try to maintain their position until tenure kicks in. Do not send you kids here!

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
Leland is an excellent overall school. It has a good balance between academic rigor / competitiveness and well rounded extra curricular activities and athletics.

- submitted by a former student
May 07, 2006
My son was a senior at leland.He alsways got along at his other school on the east coast (third best school system in the nation) and he hated leland. He couldnt stand most of his teachers. they were disinterested in the students, apathetic, and most of the administration is completely incompetent. The few good administrators there are trying to pick up the slack for the other lazy useless ones. I have been totally disgusted with this school. And according to neighbors who have been here 30 years, most of them sent their kids to pioneer or lincoln.What a waste of money for our house we bought directly across from Brett harte. I will be sending my other two kids to lincoln and pioneer.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Good communication school, with their hold radio station and used to also have a tv station. Great US history program great for college preparation.

- submitted by a former student
April 23, 2006
An excellent school all around. Our kids have ben very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2006
very good high school. All my friends and family have sent their kids to this school. comptetive, encouraging

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
This school has strong academic programs, and a large population of kids who are motivated to excel academically. Athletics are also very strong, with a lot of support from the parents and boosters. I have been disappointed in the lack of response I've had from some of the teachers and administrators when I have tried to contact them to discuss concerns I have either through e-mail, phone messages (voice mailboxes are usually full), written messages, and appointment requests for assistant principals. If your kid is a star pupil/athlete, this is a good school. If they are struggling, your student (and you as their parent) will be left behind.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
February 04, 2006
I had a great experience while there. The staff was very helpful and I felt like they really cared about what I was doing and about how I was progressing.

- submitted by a former student
October 27, 2005
high level of parent involvement, excellent academic as well as athletic departments-one of the best, if not the best high school in the san jose district. Downside-very hard to get into, and kids not so nice.

- submitted by a former student
October 17, 2005
Leland is an excellent school in terms of preparing students for college. It is probably one of the best schools in San Jose in terms of offering AP classes and college prep work. The speech program in particular is outstanding.

- submitted by a former student
September 27, 2005
The academics are outstanding and both of my girls were well prepared for college. There is also a well rounded athletic program as well. The extracurricular activities lend themselves well to those are wishing to get into high level colleges. We moved into the neighborhood so the girls could attend Leland and it was well worth it.

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April 12, 2005
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April 09, 2005
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April 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2005
The quality of academics at this school surpasses those of any other. The AP programs and teachers are extremely dedicated and prepare the students for college education by providing a high level of in depth academics. The history classes as well as science and math accomodate those learning above their grade levels and provide the oppportunitiy of achieving college credit.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2005
Highly competitive, excellent curriculum, parents more often than not place too much emphasis on grades instead of learning. Highly qualified teachers.

- submitted by a teacher
February 17, 2005
Academically, Leland is one of the top schools in San Jose. This is in large part, due to the student body and their attitude towards school. At Leland, students are highly driven but oddly enough this may be one of Leland's downfalls. With the highly competative nature of Leland students, many will be pushed to do better while others will feel inferior and settle in to mediocrity when, if they were to go to any other school, would be in the top 5% of their class. Music and art are almost nonexistant but Leland's speech and debate is the best program in the nation. This and many other clubs and organization are available at Leland. Sports are also available but rarely are the pride of Leland's student body.

- submitted by a former student
December 02, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
October 28, 2004
Excellent teachers, high standards. Students and parents very motivated.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
I am very impressed by the level in which Leland high school has excelled in last few years. I am pleased to have my children attending this school. Leland's college acceptance percentages is very high.

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January 04, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
September 04, 2003
I attended Leland from 94-97 and was suprised at how much the jocks thought they were so great. They picked on a lot of kids; worse than any of the other high schools in the district. My friends and I were skaters and bikers and got in many fights with the jocks(mostly football, some baseball).

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Leland High School
6677 Camden Avenue, San Jose, CA  95120
(408) 535-6290
Last modified Leland High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Leland High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 67 reviews. Top