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Amador Valley, Foothill ranked highest in area among top 100 California high schools

Original post made on May 2, 2014

Foothill and Amador Valley high schools in Pleasanton are among the top 100 best public schools in California, a U.S. News & World Report survey shows.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, May 2, 2014, 7:39 AM

Comments (20)

Posted by RDI, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

You guys made a mistake in your article. Just to let you know Foothill was ranked #327 ,not #237 as you state in the article--


Posted by FHS MOM, a resident of Parkside
on May 2, 2014 at 9:56 am

As a parent who had a child at Amador for two years who then moved to foothill for two years, foothill is absolutely the better school. And I'm speaking from personal experience and not some crazy algorithm they used.


Posted by Comparing AVHS to FHS, a resident of Birdland
on May 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

To FHS Mom,

Seems that the stats are based on state standardized tests, education of minorities & performance on AP & IB tests.

Whether or not you think that FHS is better is strictly a personal opinion. I have friends who went from FHS to AV and think AV is the better school. These opinions are all that, a matter of opinion based on how the school best fit your child's needs - or likes.

I am just happy that this community has two wonderful high schools to send students to. Some communities cannot make that claim.


Posted by RDI, a resident of Stoneridge Park
on May 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

Say what ever you want , but Amador came out on top both in CA in nationwide .I believe they are both very good schools , but if you actually looked at how they ranked the schools you will see they used many criterion in their rankings-not just some crazy algorithms.

Go Dons!!


Posted by Eric , a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on May 2, 2014 at 1:47 pm

FHS Mom, "grass is always greener". I am believe that objective data is being used in the rankings not just on one persons personal subjective opinion. I am glad that you "feel" where you placed your child is the "absolute best school." Some people that wear pyramids on their heads also "feel" superior than those that do not. A CRI 4.1 pts higher at AV than FH is not a "feeling".


Posted by Apple, a resident of Birdland
on May 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

If Amador ranks higher it could because class sizes are lower at Amador over Foothill. It was reported at an school board meeting that classes like freshman English have a cap of 35 while at Amador it is 30. Superintendent Parvin was visibly upset when the registrar from FH made this fact known to the public. How can such inequality exist and be tolerated in a district this size?

Sadly the statements from the school board meeting were never reported on by the Pleasanton Weekly who seems to go out of their way lately not to report on public comments at meetings but just sticks to the PUSD script.


Posted by Happy Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

We moved here based on the schools, even though it meant a rather long commute to work. We were not disappointed! Our two children each had an overall great education, with some truly exceptional teachers. They each have now graduated from highly selective colleges and I really appreciate the education they got in Pleasanton from elementary to high school.

No school/classroom/teacher is perfect for every child, but I come from a different state, and our first child attended three different schools in different cities before we moved here. Believe me, we are very fortunate to have the quality of public education that we do!


Posted by Happy Parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

We moved here based on the schools, even though it meant a rather long commute to work. We were not disappointed! Our two children each had an overall great education, with some truly exceptional teachers. They each have now graduated from highly selective colleges and I really appreciate the education they got in Pleasanton from elementary to high school.

No school/classroom/teacher is perfect for every child, but I come from a different state, and our first child attended three different schools in different cities before we moved here. Believe me, we are very fortunate to have the quality of public education that we do!


Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

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Posted by Resident since 1969, a resident of Country Fair
on May 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Schools are only as good as the community that feeds them. If one can afford to live in Pleasanton, one is generally highly educated and high on the socioeconomic scale. These residents that value education see that their students are prepared,follow up on school work and extracurricular activities, and provided stimulating family outings. All students at most schools can do well if provided this kind of support or resources.


Posted by Liberalism is a Plague, a resident of Birdland
on May 2, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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Posted by FHS MOM, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 2, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I wasn't going to say it, but since it's brought up, the reason why my child left Amador after two years is she had a phone and two iPods stolen at school during that time at AVHS. I realize we are responsible for allowing her to take these items to school, but nothing like this happened once she moved to foothill and then my younger child attended foothill for four years without any problems.

Additionally, when we met with school counselors at Amador, they were very geared towards getting the kids to graduate. I was quite surprised the first time we met with the foothill counselor as her goal was to make sure that my daughter was prepared for the college career she wanted to pursue. also, at the time, foothill was using technology for their students that Amador was not.

To say I was an involved parent is an understatement. I knew all the staff, principals and even the superintendent. I took their education very seriously, and it's my opinion, that foothill is the superior school. that's my opinion, and no one can change it.


Posted by You make me laught FHS Mom, a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 2, 2014 at 10:56 pm

You left because some things got stolen. Really? They let you open enroll to another high school because of that???!!!!And nothing ever like this happens at FHS? You got helicopter mom written all over you!

Both high schools are good schools, period. I don't think there's really any question here. Goodnight!


Posted by Randy, a resident of Mission Park
on May 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Some people will argue about anything. I think its just great that both full use high schools in Pleasanton rated so well, we should all be proud of that fact and not argue about what one we "feel" is better, its a great school district that works hard to educate our kids!


Posted by Jane, a resident of Country Fair
on May 4, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Thank the tutors......


Posted by Bill, a resident of Country Fair
on May 5, 2014 at 9:59 am

FHS Mom...your posts scare me. Talk about disconnected inputs and outputs. One kid that loses two iPhones and an iPad needs a lesson in responsibility. Clearly you are modeling the "blame everyone else" mentality and at the same time missing the entire point of the situation. Both schools are great schools...this score doesn't mean anything when it comes down to a specific student experience. What is going to make a great student experience is what happens at home, the community and in the school...I am hoping personal accountability is taught in both.

I am picturing that your kids also play sports...and I bet you believe that your kids should get more playing time than they do too...


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on May 5, 2014 at 11:37 am

Nothing in the world like HARD WORKING COOL students...VIVA STUDENTS! VIVA!


Posted by FHS mom, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 5, 2014 at 10:39 pm

Actually and thankfully mine are both off at college now. Yes, they did play some sports off and on, but recreation level only. We didn't want them on traveling teams or anything super competitive. We wanted them them to have fun, be part of a team and make new friends. They also both had jobs as teens and did more volunteer work than required. This combination created the desired results with both of them accepted to their first choices for school. My oldest will start her masters next year. We couldn't be prouder as she will be the first to graduate in the family with her undergraduate degree later this month.

The theft problem at Amador is wide spread, but the administration at the time chose to do nothing. The final straw and third theft of a $400 phone came when my daughter's art teacher would allow students from village to sleep on the floor in the back of the classroom where all the kids stored their backpacks. My daughter had her phone before class, but by the time they were about to be dismissed it was gone. I'm not hating on village kids as this school did great things for another family member of mine. The problem was that unsupervised kids were allowed on campus and near students' valuables without say a vp or principal knowing it because apparently they never did drop in visits to classrooms. I called the police and only then did the principal find out that the art tracher's classroom was also the school's lounge with kids that didn't belong on campus.

After this third and final theft and my daughter losing a total of $1k in electronics, you damn right we switched schools and both my girls graduated from there and neither had anything stolen in their six years when my oldest had three items stolen in two years. You do the math and tell me what you would have done.


Posted by Just wait for the apartmentss, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2014 at 8:26 am

Print out the school scores for now and be happy your kids are almost throught the PUSD system. In a year or two the council approved apartments will be here in Pleasanton, and most of us expect the school scores to plummet.

Then if this council gets the chance, the east side will be filled with high density homes too. Class sizes will rise and scores will fall.


Posted by john, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2014 at 8:32 am

To "Just wait ...",

That's not the way it happened in Dublin. They built plenty of new high density housing, and their test scores went up. Their high school math API scores are now higher than Pleasanton. It is quite likely the same would happen here.


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