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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.