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Santa Cruz, CA
Students enrolled: 1,029

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300 La Fonda Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95062

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(831) 429-3810
(831) 429-3982
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July 13, 2014
My child has had a great experience at this school. The teachers are committed and supportive. Students are encouraged to achieve in all areas of interest.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2014
Poor Teachers, Poor Administrator, really bad experience. Send you kid somewhere else if you can

- submitted by a parent

July 01, 2011
Harbor is now one of 48 high schools in the state to be recognized as a California Distinguished School!

- submitted by a teacher

May 25, 2010
The teachers at Harbor are exceptional. They tutor- free whenever a student is willing to give up their lunch time and or after school. School funds limit the number of AP classes they offer, but I discovered its the number of state exams passed, not the # offered. Both my daughters received 4's and 5's on all exams taken. Also they limit the number of AP classes accepted towards college credit. They also consider the size of the school/ district the students come from and the and how they met all challenges leading to a college students success. It's hard to tell with a new principal how the school will respond.. The past 2 principals who gave a total of 10 years between them were real leaders. If your looking for a lot of direct help from a school, don't send them to collage.

- submitted by a parent
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October 29, 2009
The entire staff is working incredibly to make each student world ready.

- submitted by a teacher

November 28, 2008
Harbor is an awful school. All classes are way overcrowded and it seems teachers aren't there for students if students want something out of there high school experience it's all up to them. None of my daughters teachers would help her with anything! This school lacks community! STAY AWAY

- submitted by a parent

May 31, 2007
While all schools can continually improve, I feel Harbor is the best choice for a Santa Cruz High School. Most teachers are amazing and will actually tutor your student if asked. The parents expect a lot but on the whole give too little of themselves. Good schools take lots of parent support, more would rather complain about a problem then try to be part of the solution. I have been at Harbor for 10yrs. both of my students tried hard and were rewarded by getting into 12 U Cs between them, they both got into all colleges they applied to, were more than well prepared for college and both on the Deans List as Freshmen. I volunteer regularly and see a school that respects students, teachers and parents. Parents/students should remember it's not how many AP classes that are offered but how well you do in them that counts!

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2007
Our son is a JR at Harbor High and has had a great high school experience there. The teachers he has had,have been inspiring,challenging and supportive. Many of them have been Harbor students themselves or are parents of Harbor students. The teachers seem to have respect for one another and truly enjoy where they work. While they may not have a special 'Academy' I feel they are helping create inspired, creative and well rounded people who are going to be successful in their lives, which to me is much more important than any special AP class or test ranking.

- submitted by a parent

December 04, 2005
Harbor High does have its flaws (the small number of AP classes), but overall it is a good school that rewards hard work. My daughter took advantage of all the resources (sports, clubs, AP classes, excellent teachers and counselors) and is now at a great college.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2005
Nice principal who is really trying her best to improve the school. However, I think the school needs much more help, from where I don't know.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2005
Not enough advanced placement classes in this school for my child. Mediocre school option, in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent

September 03, 2005
I think the only thing this school has going for it the sports program.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2005
I think the quality of education could be better here, but then again, this is Santa Cruz. I don't feel this school prepares one very well for a four year college. Thank goodness for Cabrillo Junior College. Level of parental involvement is high, as far as sports go. Some teachers have been there for years. The principal holds promise in helping this school along.

- submitted by a parent

August 29, 2005
Only 5 AP classes. Low parental involvement. I think there are better schools in Santa Cruz County.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2005
I'm tired of people griping about Harbor High school's low school spirit. Just because the students refuse not to wear bright yellow and lime green doesnt mean that they dont care about there school. I was on the swim team and I had great love and pride for my swim mates and our hard work together,yet I never wore yellow and green cause I didn't like the colors and there was no social award or thanks for having half the school dress in our colors. Unfortunatly we live in one of the most expensive communities with the lowest paying jobs so it's hard to come up with extra 'fun' money for things like dressing in school colors. We have to use that money for our library to stay open and our after school 'l.i.f.e' programs that help kids cope with school and family pressures.

- submitted by a student

March 05, 2005
Supportive teachers, great curriculm.

- submitted by a student

February 13, 2005
Harbor has been a great school for me. The school has a very accepting attitude and there is not a problem with cliques that I have seen. Granted, there are only 5 AP classes offered, but if you are determined to succeed, the teachers and counselors will help you any way they can. Harbor sends students to amazing colleges every year, and the school is known for programs such as Escapade (the dance team), mock trial, drama, and numerous sports in which they have recieved league (or even state) titles. If you are looking for a great public high school, or you are considering a private school for a more eccentric student, look no further than the home of the Pirates.

- submitted by a student

June 27, 2004
Well the campus is finally looking decent but I have to say that's about all. The classes are overcrowded and the teachers aren't motivated. There's very little school spirit - the kids are only there because they have to be. Parents aren't involved because everyone has to work in order to live here!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2004
No school spirit. Apathetic student culture. Ineffective administration. Unfair discipline. Not recommended.

- submitted by a parent

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Harbor High School
300 La Fonda Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA  95062
(831) 429-3810
Last modified Harbor 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.
Harbor High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top