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9-12
Public district
Fairfield, CA
Students enrolled: 2,154
 

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5000 Red Top Road
Fairfield, CA 94534

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September 23, 2014
This is a horrible school, agree with the fact that the administration treats the students like inmates. Unfortunately the truth is probably many of them will be inmates. Drug and gang influence is high and caring from the staff is low. I regret sending my older children here, one of the biggest regrets I have as a parent. My younger children will not go here when they are freshmen. Sports and EC's are of little importance to students, coaches, and administration. It seems like the staff is afraid or indifferent because nothing ever changes here. If you love your kids and can give them other options you would be wise to do so.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
My school is AMAZING! I love it, I'm an honors student and I actually learn in the classes!

- submitted by a student
November 22, 2013
This school is AMAZING! I am a freshman here and so far its a awesome experience! All my teachers are very helpful! Its a real fun school! Best school I've ever been to! :)

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2013
when I first attended RHS I didn't really like it, but my junior year I started understanding what being a mustang was all ABOUT. I think the only reason im still at this school is because of the friendly teachers and the Music department, yes their music department is the best in FSUSD the band rocks and their jazz choir is just wow, well im about of the jazz choir. but I really love this school and people in it.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2013
I attended RHS as a freshman in the 2012-2013 school year as my own commitment to do so. I really enjoyed it here, but unfortunately, I don't enjoy many of my classes, especially outside of class that I am being threatened and hated for no reason of what I did at first during lunch from a girl that talks to me and I talk politely for example and things don't go well. I attended leadership, which is very positive with more citizenship and responsibility in this process. I am extremely upset in my academic literacy class that didn't went right for me to be successful because of bullying and distractions from most students. It doesn't matter about being an unsafe and dishonest person to anyone who doesn't deserve to be one. This is why things would be even more ugly. I would not recommend to attend this school in my opinion.

- submitted by a community member
June 21, 2012
Upon our first impression, we believe communication is really lacking on behalf of the administration. We are trying to solve a problem for our son and are only incurring roadblocks.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
I graduated from RHS about 3 years and all I have to say is that they have awesome AP classes/AP teachers. Taking all AP classes was a challenge, but passing them became an advantage in college especially for an Electrical Engineering major.

- submitted by a student
August 17, 2010
I'm not sure were the person below obtained his/her figures but 200 out of 500 students not graduating does not sound accurate. Do you seriously think nothing would be done of 200 student didn't graduate? My daughter graduated 2 years ago from this school and did very well there. She is now beginning her third year at Cal State Long Beach and my son is a junior there now at Rodriguez. I have gone directly to the principal, Amy Gillespe, on a number of issues and she dealt with our issues in a very fair, prompt, professional manner. Being a principal is an extremely tough position and in my opinion she does an outstanding job and I'm glad we have her. At Rodriguez there are great teachers and some mediocre teachers but you are going to find that at all schools and the wrestling program is top notch!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2010
For starters, nearly 200 of 500 SENIORS FAILED TO GRADUATE on June 3 2010. What does this tell you? The administration treats the students like inmates and sometimes uses scare tactics. Many of the kids complain about the lack of consistency and fairness regarding disciplinary action. Teachers are just like everywhere else, some good some bad, most scared to voice their opinion. Admittance to certain programs, such as honors and advanced classes is not done fairly. The school has implemented some criteria that has not been approved by the state but is more their own agenda. The leadership is poor, the principal is more the figurehead for the Vice Principal. The principal simply doesn t deal with important issues very well, for example the racial incident a couple of years ago hasn t resulted in any real changes. Don t let the API scores fool you. Scores aren't everything!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
Disappointed with their 'Zero Tolerance' Policy. Nothing was done to protect my child from being bullied.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Rodriguez goes above and beyond to make high school a welcoming place for all students. Students know they are the number one priority for all the staff.

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September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2009
No efective discipline, principal not attending parent voice mails.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2009
I disagree with the comments before, I am a student a RHS and I think all the teachers have done a great job. I think the english department is trying very hard to bring themselves up, but In my Opinion I think this is an excellent school with Great teacher. I have had great teachers the 3n years i been there.

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August 12, 2009
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April 30, 2009
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April 23, 2009
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April 23, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 05, 2009
This school is really a great school, all of the ratings that are on this website are probably from students, or parents that will have problems at every school because of the way they act, not the staff at RHS. They are all really nice and they do know how to teach. I went there for 4 years, and I am now going to UC Berkeley, so that proves that RHS is a good school, and I am majoring in English, so that shows that the problems that people had were not because of the teachers.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 26, 2009
I am pleased and very impressed with the staff at Rodriguez. Each teach plays a key roll in my childs learning and I am updated with concers and actions immediately. I must admit I had doubts about sending my son here but after the first week of school I knew that I had made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
1/2 through first year with 2 @ RHS I've mixed thoughts. Agree the English classes are awful. At back to school night one of my kids' teachers commented that his goal for the year was to 'instill a life long love of reading' They can read garbage and love it. They haven't picked up one piece of lit this year!! My kid, an avid reader, was even discouraged from reading a literary masterpiece for free reading because the teacher thought it above the focus of the class. The other child I had to fight to get placed in Geom. even though Algebra was taken in 8th with Bs. I had to sign a waiver and this one is getting A in Geom! Counselors too worried about them getting A's and they can slide through with sub par classes. It will be discouraging in College. Looking for alternatives. Good spirit, athletics,extra-curriculars now.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2008
My child is only a freshmen, but is doing great RHS! Maybe I haven't been around enough to agree with the previous comments, but I do know as far as safety, try putting your children in Armijo or Fairfield for a week and then let me know how un-safe you think they are at RHS.

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September 19, 2008
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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
September 10, 2008
Being from this area, I had high hopes for RHS when it was first built but now that it has been established for some time and the excitement has faded so has the quality of education. The English department is seriously lacking and when the school administration was confronted with this they refused to do anything about it or make any changes since some or most of the teachers have tenure. This is an automatic safety net for teachers who are not good teachers or are otherwise incapable of teaching. My family and I have considered moving outside the area to provide a better school/school district for our two RHS students. They deserve to have an opportunity to thrive is a conducive learning environment....as do all children.

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August 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 13, 2008
I m concerned with children s safety at the school. While the new principal works on improvement the district appears to have different vision. The staff is lacking in communication with the parents and they always act immature. Racial problems are prevalent and the district lacks the ability to use common sense when they appear. They do have a great sports department though. The English dept needs to be cleaned up, as the teachers are very poor.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
I am an RHS alumni and I loved my 3 years there! It was a much better atmosphere than my first high school. There was so much diversity and young teachers who were learning with us. It was great!! Love you Mr Encalada!

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March 31, 2008
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January 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2007
RHS has been disappointing since my children have attended. The teachers seem unqualified and the adminstration only cares about STAR testing, and not the children. My child has told me many times that he felt un-safe there due to the constant fights that take place. The do have a great football team this year.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
RHS is the best school in this district! We have little to no fights ever. The teachers aren't immature, they just want us to feel comfortable enough to be able to come and talk to them. trust, they will not hesitate to write up a refferal, or lower your grade if you don't do the work. i'm a Senior[08], and in my four years here, i wouldn't have had any aspect of this school changed. i know people that have graduated from here and are now in some of the top schools on the nation! -sunshine

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November 12, 2007
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November 09, 2007
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November 01, 2007
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no rating October 21, 2007
This school as well as other schools in the district has poor API scores which reflect the poor the poor administrators and staff. We are disappointed with RHS and the school board in how the run public education. My children have lacked a proper education in FSUSD.

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October 16, 2007
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September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 21, 2007
I believe that the continued failures trace back to the lack of competent teachers and foolish management. I am not impressed by this school at any level especially the math and English dept. Like most schools in FSUSD, they fail to properly educate our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
I agree with the other comments that STAR testing is all the school cares about. They teach only to the test, not to my education. The Principal and teachers were horrible with prompting STAR and not student achievements. I always questioned my safety and was witnessed many physical fights.

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August 07, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 05, 2007
I started at Rodriguez this past year after coming from Las Lomas in the Acalanes district. It is well known that Las Lomas is a very accomplished school, so when I came to RHS, I was very disappointed. It seems to me that the staff is only interested in STAR testing and its results. I was also appalled at the number of fights that occur in one month. I would say this is one school that I do not feel safe in.

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2007
In general, schools in FSUSD fall short in comparison to nearby school districts. We originally moved to this area because we heard RHS was the best. We were wrong! Sure, it looks great and the staff acts like they care, but when it comes down to anything of substance, they fail miserably.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2007
Just graduating from Rodriguez High after 4 years there, I can tell you the school has gone down hill in every way. The quality of teachers have declined in both honesty and integrity and the way in which they teach. This is especially true with the English dept. There are many students coming from outside Fairfield and attending RHS without the school checking boundaries. Students are mostly unhappy with the administrators and many students feel unsafe there. All in all, the staff are more concerned with themselves and not the success of the students.

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
I am going to be a junior at Rod High. My first year there was ok, but I was new and didn t know what to expect. The past year was terrible and I m not looking forward to the next two years. . The teachers I have had seem very immature and biased. The principal seems to make-up the rules as she goes. The other staff just follow what she says without regard to whether it s fits school policy or not. All in all, I am disappointed and feel unsafe at the school.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 10, 2007
At first, I thought Rodriguez High School was the best high school in the district. I truly believe that when my son began there. After 3 years, I am completely dismayed at how the school is run by such inept teachers and administration. My childs experience has bee[n] terrible. This was especially true this past year. The teachers are barely out of high school themselves and act like they still are in high school. I am truly disappointed with this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2007
I consider Rodriguez High School to be a appalling high school as are most schools in the FSUSD. There are way too many teachers at this school that are young and unproven. In general, most of the staff is condescending and seem only to care about STAR testing and not the children's grades or achievement. The principal was appalling and cut many programs in pursuit of STAR. The VPs are not far behind and are in general, indifferent. If this was not her senior year, I would have moved to another school district like Benicia, where they genuinely care about the children.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2007
I was very impress the first year my child attended RHS; now the second year has pass and as parents not very happy with the school. We were not able to talk one on one with the Principal and/or meet with her. One thing that the school does have is excellent teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
I rate teacher communication at Rodriguez very highly. The teachers try to send advance warning when grades are falling and teachers are responsive to questions etc. I also believe that Rod is the safest of the Fairfield Schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
I attended Rodriguez High for its first three years after transferring from Armijo. The teachers were willing to help you succeed in your studies, and I had the opportunity to participate in plays, student government, homecoming, cheerleading, tennis, swimming, soccer, and water polo, along with many other clubs. Not many other schools give both a great education and solid sports teams. I still visit my teachers; they made a lasting impact on me and have helped me shape my personal and academic life. Thanks to the great AP and honors classes offered, I passed all my AP tests, and I was accepted into the largest private university in the US where I still am experiencing academic success. I attribute this all back to Rodriguez.

- submitted by a former student
June 01, 2007
The teachers I've meet are below par and the administration lacks integrity and leadership. Would not recommend schools in the FSUSD.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
RHS has been unacceptable to my child and family. The school appears to be out of control, mainly by the staff. The administrators lack necessary leader skills and along with teachers, are poor examples to students. I have found few staff that care and no administrators that impress me.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2007
The school is beautiful but the education is not. I am extremely disappointed with the school staff especially the new Principal. She has cut some great programs that the students liked. Under the new leadership, the communication and personalities are greatly lacking. Teachers appear very unhappy. The school needs an overhaul in administration.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
Rod High could be such a great school should the administration choose so. The teachers appear unhappy with the current Principal. My experience with the Principal has been less-than-desirable. While some teachers appear to care, I found the majority do not. While they push technology, I find it disturbing that trades are discouraged. Overall, I m disappointed and would not recommend RHS.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2007
RHS is a complete disappointment, mainly by the administration. If you re an honor roll student, then maybe it will do.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2007
RHS is a great school full of passionate teachers and accelerated classes. My daughters both attend RHS and love the clean environment and supportive teachers. Some teachers are better than others, but the school is still pretty young and getting better with experience. If enrolled in the AP or Honors classes, be prepared for your junior year. My oldest, a senior, was enrolled in three AP classes and an honors math class, and two sports while still maintaining a job last year and amazingly she made it through. The teachers were very supportive and always willing to help her out. With long hours of studying and project planning, the AP classes at RHS really help prepare the young adults for college. I cannot wait for my youngest to get the wonderful teachers my oldest has experienced. I would highly suggest enrolling in RHS since it can only improve over time.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2007
Do not send your child to RHS if he/she wants to achieve anything but teachers with bad attitude, deal with disrespectful administrators or poor school programs. Very disappointed with Principal and most of the VP's.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for some kids, but our 11th grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which are not available. Under the new Principal, most programs have dramatically deteriorated, so that it is at best mediocre. The caliber of all Administration staff has been shockingly poor. It has therefore given none of the advantages of a huge school. I give this RHS an F grade.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
I am concerned with the administration at RHS. The policies in place are confusing.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2006
I graduated from this school in 2004 and went to Armijo High School for my freshmen year. RHS, by FAR, is a much better, cleaner, and safer school. Since the programs were not well established at the time, we made up for it in the variety of extracurricular activties. The school was extremely diverse and I felt much safer here than at Armijo. The block scheduling may not work for everyone, especially if the student is not well focused, but it is much more efficient for learning and getting extra help from teachers. The AP classes are great as well as the other programs. Send your kids to this school, they will be much more successful in their education.

- submitted by a former student
November 29, 2006
Rodriguez school has many problems. I believe the quality teachers are lacking.

- submitted by a teacher
November 26, 2006
I went to Rodriguez for four years and found it to be a very good high school. The teachers Rodriguez employs are exemplary, and the education I received was the best in the county, better than what could have been received in the IB or AP programs at the other high schools. Discipline was very stringent, the campus was kept clean, and there were opportunities to join and participate in many programs. Because the school is new, it does not have the old, established departments that other schools may have, but what it lacks it makes up for with fresh perspectives and enthusiastic student and staff. I loved the block schedule and found it extremely helpful for academic success. The one drawback is the principal leadership. Rodriguez is a great school. I was happy to go and graduate from there. Any child could flourish in its warm, open environment.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2006
Committed teachers and principal, with many extracurricular activities (sports, cultural, arts.)

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2006
I really enjoyed my four years at Rodriguez. It is a great school with excellent academics and the teachers seem to really care. It is a large school with lots of diverse opportunities for student involvement.

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January 15, 2006
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January 12, 2006
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November 11, 2005
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November 05, 2005
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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2005
Academic programs strong, very good availability of music, art, sports et al. Strong parental involvement. User friendly administrative staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 22, 2005
My son just started to go to Rodriguez, I 'm not sure how to feel about the school. The one thing that I did notice is the front office is not very helpful. And my son is struggling at this school. I'm not sure if it is due to the block classes offered here. He feels lost with that structure. I wish the school would offer both block and 1-6 period classes.I hope that this yeasr he will have a better exp here.

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August 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
I think that this is a very large and clean campus..the facilities are near new and there is dicipline

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May 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
Great new HS with a caring and professional staff.

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December 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
I'm a current student at Angelo Rodriguez High and I strongly disagree with all the bad reviews this high school has been getting on this particular web site. Rodriguez is a beautiful school with enthusiastic teachers who encourage their students to excel in their studies. Although it is a new school with no stadium, the extracurricular activities are superb. I enjoy going to Rodriguez because the staff makes me feel welcome and safe. The administration is friendly and open to any suggestions the students may have. The vice principal, Mr. Geoff Barney, even competes in friendly arm-wrestling matches! The clubs available on campus are plentiful. Every club has done its part in the community from having a fashion show to raising money for the less fortunate. I am proud to be going to such a great school in a very safe and wonderful community.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2004
Child left in 2003, poor communication between principle and surrounding comunity especially concerning safety. Nice new campus with average faculty; not very active concerning colaborative planning. too much overlaping in subjects. All in all not a rewarding year.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2004
Do not send your minority child to this school if they have medical problems like ADHD. My child was constantly harrassed by his teachers due to some of the symptoms associated with ADHD. My child was placed on the 504 program which is supposed to accomodate his ADHD, and none of the teachers adhered to the program. The school psychiatrist was not helpful at all.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I feel really honored to have my daughter attending RHS! This school is by far the safest and most advanced in Fairfield. The school has only been open for two years, so of course it will need time to get up to par with all activities.

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August 05, 2003
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Angelo Rodriguez High School
5000 Red Top Road, Fairfield, CA  94534
(707) 863-7950
Last modified Angelo Rodriguez 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.
Angelo Rodriguez High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 81 reviews. Top