When families relocate, one of their primary concerns is finding an area with excellent educational opportunities for their children. It’s no surprise, then, that many education-minded parents choose Silicon Valley when planning a move. On CitiesJournal.com’s “18 Best High Schools in California,” five of those schools are right here. Let’s take a quick look at each and see where they placed on the list of 18. (Rankings were compiled by U.S. News magazine.)
The Lynbrook website makes clear what its mission is: “[C]reate a dynamic environment of respect and achievement where ALL can learn deeply, apply their knowledge and contribute purposefully.”
Lynbrook is ranked 109 nationally and 18 in California and is classified as a Gold Medal School by U.S. News. The school is also ranked 7 among California STEM schools. Great Schools gave Lynbrook its highest rating of 10, and it received a Smart Rating of 95 from FindTheBest.
All together, there are 44 competitive teams and 70 student-run clubs. Sixteen different sports are available for all members of the student body. In 2011, Lynbrook was one of two California high schools recognized as an Intel School of Distinction.
This school, one of two Palo Alto high schools, is nationally known as one of the country’s top college prep programs. Gunn High School is a Gold Medal School ranked 17 in California and 5 among the state’s STEM schools. FindTheBest gave the school a Smart Rating of 96 out of 100. Great Schools gave Gunn a rating of 9 out of a possible 10.
In all, the school offers 22 advanced placement courses and eight honors classes with additional disciplines including photography, theater, robotics, engineering and automotive technology.
Newsweek placed Summit among the top 10 Transformative High Schools in California in 2010. The magazine noted the school’s success in “taking students at all skill levels, from all strata, and turning out uniformly qualified graduates.”
With a student body of just 400, half of which are Hispanic, the school places a high value on student involvement in school operations, which produces a unique student-driven educational experience. Summit boasts a strong mentorship program, with each student having at least one adult coach with whom they set goals, devise methods for reaching those goals and develop lifelong habits of success.
Monta Vista is ranked 97 among America’s best public schools, is recognized as a Gold Medal School, and has a STEM school rank of 9. In addition, the school earned a perfect 10 ranking from Great Schools and a FindTheBest Smart Rating of 96.
With a student body of more than 2,400, Monta Vista is one of the larger schools in Silicon Valley. The average household income of more than $100,000 per year puts Cupertino high on the list of the most affluent places in the U.S. The number of families moving to the school district prompted the Wall Street Journal to run a feature story on the school in 2005.
KIPP’s website says its mission is to “provide a rigorous, academic program to prepare students to enter and succeed in the nation’s finest four-year colleges and universities and the competitive world beyond.” KIPP is an acronym for Knowledge is Power Program. The school is part of a national chain of no-cost college prep schools.
Along with its number 4 state ranking, U.S. News ranked the San Jose school 41 among all schools in the United States. Great Schools gave KIPP a ranking of eight out of a possible ten. The schools received a Smart Rating of 89 from FindTheBest.
KIPP’s students in grades 9 through 12 number just 400, with 78 percent being Latino or Hispanic. Geared – as are all KIPP schools – toward under-resourced areas, the school lists its four key values as leadership, responsibility, resilience and excellence.
We applaud these five outstanding schools for working hard to make a difference in the lives of students. But don’t think these are the only excellent schools here in Silicon Valley. The truth is, virtually every city in the valley has one or more schools that have earned high distinctive honors including several that are recognized as California Distinguished Schools. Hang around for very long, and you’ll see that families throughout Silicon Valley take education very seriously.
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