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9-12
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Scotts Valley, CA
Students enrolled: 777

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555 Glenwood Drive
Scotts Valley, CA 95066

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October 02, 2014
SVHS has some great teachers and programs. The graphic arts and ROP Video class are great! The unfortunate thing is that it is all about the IB program, which is only for Juniors and Seniors; SVHS is mostly a college prep school. I am so surprised that being near Silicon Valley with many families in the computer industry that there are no computer classes besides the graphic arts. And most electives are not advanced and there is only Spanish and French for language choices. It has been difficult for my teens find friends, since most have known each other since kindergarten and each class (Senior, Sophomore, etc) is so large that the students rarely have the same core classes.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2011
The community of Scotts Valley is a great environment to learn and grow as a person. It is tight-knit and positive and the teachers have a genuine care for their students. Some of my best experiences have been in my IB English classes where I feel like I am gaining life skills. I am challenged to grow from within. In IB English we learn to make our own discoveries and articulate ideas with confidence. Go Falcons!!

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2011
The IB English course is AMAZING! It is a challenging course, especially Junior year, but I have no regrets of taking this course. I cannot begin to explain how much it has taught me about writing, speaking, and organizing my thoughts in general. I recommend this course to anyone looking to holistically better their education. It truly prepares students for all aspects of their present and future education. Aside from the IB English course, Scotts Valley High School in general is a terrific school. It has a great environment with friendly students and outstanding academic courses and extra-curricular activities.

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2011
Scotts Valley High School does an excellent job preparing its students for a life of knowledge and prosperity. The staff and students present a welcoming atmosphere and a fun environment in which to learn and grow. My absolute favorite class this year (my senior year) is my IB English class. The senior IB teacher recommended I join the class without having taken the junior year of IB English, and, although it is difficult, so far it has proven to be one of the best decisions I have ever made. I truly believe that this class has molded me into a better English student, and has allowed me to rediscover one of my passions, all while making new friends and bonding with people I never thought I would even talk to. I think with the first year of IB English, I would have been far more prepared, and even though some may say it's tough, it is also very beneficial and quite a lot of fun, as I have heard. I am sorry to have missed out on junior year in IB English, but am SO happy to be a part of the senior family. I encourage IB courses to anyone willing to push themselves and searching for a fun, thoughtful year that will prepare you for life!

- submitted by a community member
December 15, 2011
To the comment regarding the Junior year of IB English, I must respectfully disagree. This course must be intensive, and, while students do have other classes to work around and it may seem difficult at times, it is overall VERY well worth the time and effort put in. A challenging course will shape an incoming IB student into what he or she must become in order to have a successful college experience which is the whole idea of the IB! Without pushing a student in a class that they voluntarily take, what good is the grade bump and college credit? Over the past few years that this program has been available, it has not altered its course and/or material once, and is now, in fact, shifting slightly to ease the new IB English students into the challenging world of IB, and organizing the material so it will not consume as much time as it has in the past, which may have caused these allegations. Over all, this is a wonderful school with an excellent program that does not deserve to be put down the way it has on this forum.

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2011
All of my children have attended Scotts Valley High School and found it to be a place of warm, compassionate teachers and students. My children were intellectually stimulated and challenged at exactly the right levels for each of them because they were treated as individuals! What more could a mother ask for? One child was driven to succeed through great art and music teachers; one found the sciences & science teachers motivating; one took several IB courses, and still uses the skills learned in those classes when writing papers for the university. IB art, English, and HOTA were particularly valuable - and the school has been able to retain the high-quality teachers who teach those classes in spite of budget cuts! One of my children needed "extra incentives" to feel good about school -- and has recently remarked that the student government kids have made school better, sometimes even enjoyable! I feel privileged to be able to send my children to a high school where there are so many choices and ways to meet the different needs of each of my children -- and where there are NO "bad" classes or teachers!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2011
The IB program is excellent except for the Junior year English class. It used to be a great class but now it has so many problems that it makes the kids hate English and no one in the administration wants to do anything about it. Ask a lot of questions about this class before deciding to go full IB. It might not be worth it.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
This high school has many excellent qualities. There are a variety of levels of classes from very low to very high. The IB program allows students to get college credit and prepare for college-level workloads. The Haunted House is a popular, well known (throughout several school districts), and almost completely student run charity. It will this year raise money for one of its own students suffering from leukemia. Also, the student body and student administration take a huge part in setting up interesting and motivational activities like student-run tutoring sessions, charity fundraisers, and assemblies. Strong teacher encouragement and useful benefits encourage more students to take higher level classes and with that take school and their future more seriously.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2010
The school administration lacks diversity and communication. The school does not provide extra help for children who may need it. There are only two counselors for all the students and they seem overwhelmed. The school is facing budget cuts again and some teachers may not return next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2009
I have had the opportunity to work with Mr Gunkel on many different occasions. I have found hiim to be a thoughtful. caring and effective leader. He has provided stability in what was an unsettled beginning for this school, and has dealt decisively with disciplinary issues. My experience has been that families are both happy and proud of SVHS, which is reflected in the amount of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
This is the best school if you want the best education available. You want accountability? The IB program gives international accountability

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2009
I am the parent of a freshman, but I have been very impressed by the school community so far. The teachers have been very good at responding to email and my child has really been enjoying both her classes and some of the extra-curricular activities and sports on offer. The Haunted House was a great community building event and raised thousands for cancer charity.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
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- submitted by a student
December 04, 2008
This school, all though academically pristine, lacks racial diversity and the town surrounding the school comes off as white and conservative. As a senior at SVHS, I have seen a nearly 30% turnover rate each year for teachers who have quit because of inadequate support from the administration, lack of funding, etc. The administration is difficult to say the least, with a close minded vice principal and an ignorant principal. The school, founded in 1999, has had 6 principals over the course of 9 years. I would recommend sending prospective students to nearby Santa Cruz High instead.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 30, 2008
mr gunkel doesnt see things through the students eyes therefore is a poor principal.

- submitted by a student
February 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 11, 2008
I am a freshman at svhs. And yet, i already have quite a good feeling about the school. My favorite thing about it is the amazing drama department, headed by Karin Babitt, the drama teacher. She puts a lot of effort into the winter play and even more into the spring musical. Great extracirricular activities, needs better staff.

- submitted by a student
February 05, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
March 28, 2007
I went to SVHS and was a member of the first graduating class. I was highly involved in student government, so I saw a lot of what was going on in terms of leadership. It's a brand new school with horrible facilities that are already falling apart. While I was there we dealt with a highly conservative school board that didn't listen to anything coming from the student body. Programs were disorganized. I was unprepared for basic college english. Great memories, but horrible administration.

- submitted by a student
May 18, 2006
Many virtues. 5-stars to English teacher Suzanne Herzman, physics teacher Naomi Lyall, math teacher Richard Salome and drama teacher Karin Babbitt. For the past 3 years, every senior in IB college prep English passes the IB exam. Bill Turner of Lintelle Engineering just gave $1,000 for scholarships for students taking advanced physics and planning to major in engineering, which should spur more donations. Students scored high in the American Mathematics Competition. Spring musical earned a record nine nominations for American Musical Theater of San Jose awards. Terrific talent in art teacher Emily Brandt's graphic design classes. Outstanding community service performed by students. Hugely popular sports program. Excellent and informative parent newsletter. Made Washington Post list of best high schools last year, based on the number of IB & AP exams taken. Needs more support for teacher leadership and principal continuity.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
Scotts Valley High has many fine attributes, some excellent teachers, especially in the IB program, many parents who volunteer and students with talent. Three of the valedictorians, also in the IB program, were accepted to Ivy League colleges in spring 2005, and 67 percent of those who applied for scholarships got one. The drama dept is excellent, and the video production class is one of a kind. Half the students participate in sports. Students won national recognition in French and math. More should be done to insure classroom consistency and new teachers deserve more support; department chairs deserve more pay. Students need more guidance in choosing appropriate classes to prepare for college and ranking should be eliminated because it benefits only 10 percent of the students. It is up to the principal and assistant principal, who are new, to make a difference in areas where there is room for improvement.

- submitted by a teacher
August 20, 2005
Administrative staff always 'puttting out fires' instead of moving the school forward by working toward long-term goals. No administrative leadership in office: peers telling peers what to do; Highly unprofessional and inefficient secretarial support to principal; few efficient clerical systems in place; archaic telephone system wastes thousands of dollars in human resource time; High efficiency in attendance office, but low support. Attendance office (Lentz) relied upon for all answers and direction from student and adult community. College counseling support is minimal, at best. School policies written, but not enforced: e.g., dress code, tardies/class attendance, which causes student community to take advantage of system. Little or no discipline for student abuse of policies. Teaching in English dept is strong; science chair is excellent. Not enough available on-site tutoring support. Oppressive political correctness atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2005
School lacks leadership (five prinicipals in six years, very weak superintendent). Best known for ability to punish. Not proactive in adressing problems faced by students or staff. Severley underfunded from beginning. Critical lack of support staff. Only competency is performance of N. Lentz in office.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
This is a new high school, June 04 was only the 2nd Sr class. While the teachers are excellant, the drawback is that they have only college-prep classes. As a public school, they need to meet the needs of the community, and not every child can handle college-prep classes. They also require 2 yrs foreign language, only hs in county that requires it. They should take one of the conceptual physics classes and change it to something like Sea Science/Life Science/Environmental Science. They also require Chemistry to graduate. Parents are looking at other districts, as their 9th grader has already been told they may not graduate due to poor performance. Another issue is that some students that would like to participate in after school sports, cannot do so because they cannot maintain C average in college prep classes. SVHS, be realistic - and available to all, not just high achievers!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2003
SVHS is still new and still experiencing some growing pains. However, under the fantastic leadership of Ken Thomas and the many dedicated teachers, those pains are subsiding and things are settling and running smoothly. The campus is beautiful and the facilities improve each year. While the school doesn't offer all the extracurricular activities or electives that other larger, more established schools offer, they have grown an incredible arts program as well as a highly competitive sports program. One of the things that impresses me most about SVHS is the dedication of the teachers and coaches. Most of them are young and excited to be teaching. They have alot of respect for the students as individuals and they truly want to see them succeed. They are committed to not only teaching them and providing them a quality education, they are mentoring them and striving to help them be successful in life. Many times I've experienced them going above and beyond the call of teaching or coaching to reach out to my kids to help them whether they're struggling with something academically or personally. I'm very grateful to have my kids attend SVHS and see the impact the school has had on their lives.

- submitted by a parent
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Scotts Valley High School
555 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley, CA  95066
(831) 439-9555
Last modified Scotts Valley High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Scotts Valley High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top