Saratoga is a solid high school and offers a lot to highly motivated students who are already groomed for success! I personally think Los Gatos High is a much more balanced school because although L.G. High scores a few points lower across the board on major tests than Saratoga, L.G. High places emphasis on athletics, extracurricular and yes even social activities to create a much more well balanced adult upon graduation. This is because L.G. High is still predominately caucasian and Saratoga is now 53% Asian. It will always be better to be well rounded in all areas than to just be smart at taking tests!!!
Attending high school at Saratoga was extremely hard for me. The classes are tough, and the teachers aren't quite as helpful as I wish they could have been. The counselors are great though, and they help you with everything. Although Saratoga was nothing for me, who wanted more of an exciting high school experience with sports and friends rather than just study every day, but I can definitely say that it is something for an ambitious student who know what he/she wants. Bottom line, I didn't have a great time, and unless you really try hard to get good grades (which most people do, but have no social life) Saratoga is not your school.
Saratoga High has an incredible academic program, with fierce competition. Taking 5 AP classes and having at least a 4.0 GPA is definitely the norm at this school. The music program is outstanding! With one of the best marching bands in the state,and award winning choir, orchestra and symphonic bands. The music department travels internationally every 3 years also, past trips include Europe and Australia. The new media arts program is also excellent. This school has lots of spirit, its definitely an awesome place to go to high school!
The academic bar is high, and there exists a fierce competitive spirit here at Saratoga High. This scholastic driven environment fosters learning and creativity to new heights and yet the students do not falter, but continue to climb onwards and upwards to expand their horizons and reach their dreams with the support of their peers and teachers.
As a former SHS student, I can confirm the overall academic quality of the school. It was fun, very competitive, and geared us toward the best in higher education. However, if your child tend to struggle academically or socially, this school can be stressful, since nearly all the kids are very wealthy and entitled. Balance is the key-strong academics while still being young and open-minded.