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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
Castro Valley High School is a highly rated, public school located in Castro Valley, CA. It has 2,834 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 59% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.

Castro Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
59%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1250
651 responses
Average ACT
28
182 responses
AP Enrollment
21%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$101,816
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,697
National
$949
Median Home Value
$692,300
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
78%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.80 responses
Poll
64%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.80 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 252 responses
Report
  • Homecoming week along with song girls!
    21%
  • Green and Gold day
    15%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Prom
    8%
  • Football Games...Friday night lights!
    8%
  • POWDERPUFF
    7%
  • Days of Diversity
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,834
Free or Reduced Lunch
22%
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.93 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.93 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.92 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$94,438
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.129 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.129 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.129 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,462/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.133 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.133 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.133 responses
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My overall experience with Castro Valley High School is a mixed bag. I can sit here, putting my gripes with a problematic school system, but that's low hanging fruit. I want to emphasize the unique aspects of Castro Valley High School in comparison with my limited knowledge of other schools.

To begin with, the school itself -- structurally -- could use some work. Much of the buildings are a tad bit undone, but as of 2020, many buildings are said to be in the process of remodeling. Nothing hugely detrimental with old buildings, just minor inconveniences.

The most important aspect, in my opinion, would be the teachers, and there are plenty that are good, but equally as many that sour the experience. Teachers who haphazardly disregard the learning process for shortcuts are infrequent, but remain problematic.

In all, the most important aspect is the people, and it shows in the overall character of the school - positive.
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CVHS is a very diverse school. There are many clubs and activities students can join and people are very inclusive. Students are not too competitive and are always willing to help one another succeed. There is a good variety of classes offered in each grade, although AP/honors classes are not offered until junior year. School spirit is often high, especially during homecoming where all students are encouraged to participate. Most teachers are very passionate in. teaching and are understanding. But I do think administration can improve on fulfilling students' needs as I haven heard many complaints of them not doing anything.
I would not be who I am today without having attended Castro Valley High School. The instructors and a majority of faculty were incredibly caring and dedicated to the subjects they taught their students. The CVHS community was something extremely special, whether it be coming together for campus protests, or honoring teachers who had passed away at football games and other events. Our campus also had lots of clubs that were inclusive for all walks of life and helped to prepare students for college and their futures by being career specific and offering us so many opportunities to participate in service learning. The mental health services on campus were also excellent, providing an array of counselors and even peer counselors through the Youth for Social Change class. Also, nothing can beat the campus cafe (when it's open).