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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B-
  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 2,917 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 51% of students are at least proficient in math and 65% in reading.
Address
19400 Santa Maria Ave.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Telephone
(510) 537-5910
Website

Castro Valley High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
51%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1240
424 responses
Average ACT
29
140 responses
AP Enrollment
18%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    NG
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$87,204
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,454
National
$949
Median Home Value
$591,600
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
77%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.70 responses
Poll
61%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.70 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 218 responses
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  • Homecoming week along with song girls!
    22%
  • Green and Gold day
    14%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Football Games...Friday night lights!
    8%
  • Prom
    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
2,917
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.83 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.83 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.82 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$82,718
Teachers in First/Second Year
10.9%
61%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.119 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.119 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.119 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
$11,623/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.123 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.123 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.123 responses
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Castro Valley High School Reviews

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Overall, this was a good highschool. The administration seems to care about the students and there are always events to go to. It’s pretty safe and relatively clean. The problem more so resides with the community of the students—like all high schools, it’s very cliquey. The leadership group thinks they’re better than everyone and give themselves the best benefits of everything, including taking advantage of the parking lottery system and more. Also, some teachers are not fit to teach, such as Whitehurst. Overall however, there is much more positive than negative. The classes are overall very good, and I feel as though I learned a lot in my 4 years there.
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If I could change some things about my school it would be how they distribute money for sports and how the teachers communicate with each other and their students. At our school, a majority of the athletic budget goes towards football, despite the fact that other teams have a higher number of scholarship winners, win a majority of their events, regularly make NCS, and have many state athletes. I also would like teachers, especially AP teachers, to communicate with each other better. For students like me who take multiple AP classes, we often have multiple high-stakes tests on one day, which gives us increased anxiety that could be reduced if teachers could plan their test days together. Additionally, I wish teachers would have more personal relationships with their students and make more of an effort to support our mental health. I barely know any students who get a proper amount of sleep or aren't crippled by anxiety due to the impossibly high expectations imposed on us.
Castro Valley High is incredibly diverse, and for that, I am grateful. Many of our school events are based on cultural appreciation, and I have never faced racial discrimination.

In terms of academics, the high school is lacking in resources. They do not offer AP classes until junior year which causes immense stress due to cramming all the possible AP classes in the junior and senior year, their AP tests are proctored in ineffective manners, the teachers are often unmotivated and the classes are not rigorous enough.

The administration and support staff has little to offer. There is little support from counselors and requesting paperwork can often lead to a wild goose chase.

Sports are also average- the teams often lose more than win, and the equipment isn't pretty, but it is still functional.

The infrastructure itself is slowly improving. The science classrooms are quite nice, and we are getting new filters for the Brita water fountains.