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  • Sonoma Valley High School7

    Sonoma, CA | Sonoma County

    August 27, 2013


    Sonoma Valley High School has been a great school for my now 16 year old. There are over 40 extra curricular activities available including sports, music, drama, forensics (speech and debate), cheerleading, dance, newspaper, etc. Like all schools, and all workplaces, there are amazing teachers and those who should probably have chosen a different career. But I maintain that the outstanding, amazing and motivating teachers are changing student lives for the better...the others, well, it's a good lesson in life to the students that not everyone in your world can be fantastic. With our superintendent, new principal, and absolutely amazing college counseling center, I give this school high marks, and am very happy that my child is able to learn and participate.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 12, 2013


    Our son is about to start his junior year at Sonoma Valley High School and we've been very pleased with his education to date. He's received a strong academic foundation to prepare him for college. In addition, since the school aims to prepare graduates for both college and vocational tracks, they have an array of electives that have been an unexpectedly positive part of our son's overall experience. The video production program is particularly outstanding. The new principal is bringing strong leadership to the school and we would recommend SVHS to anyone considering it.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 30, 2012


    My youngest son is currently a Senior at SVHS. For 3 out of his 4 years he has had the honor and privilege of taking Video Production + Broadcasting classes with Peter Hansen. Mr. Hansen procures financial donations to help fund his Video Production + Broadcasting courses at SVHS. The yearly Sonoma International Film Festival is one of the regular donors. These classes and Mr. Hansen's support has enabled our son obtain employment filming events for the high school, local TV station and other schools in the valley. Our son has had some additional tremendous teachers, Mick O'Mera (who moved to Tamalpais HS in Mill Valley this year), David Donnelley and Robert Midgley. His counselor, Betzy Chavez, is always available and responds to every inquiry. Our family is very grateful to SVHS.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 1, 2010


    This was my high school. It's a small school with a big heart. I learned so much while attending there

    November 16, 2009


    You basically shape your own experience here. I'm a 2009 graduate at UCLA, and thus far, my education has more than sufficiently prepared me for my current classes (chem, calc, etc.). Sure, there are some bad teachers, but there are also amazing teachers who taught me about their subject, as well as about life. I am still friends with several of my teachers. If you approach education with enthusiasm and become involved in school/community service, you will succeed here. Also, my friends and I really didn't notice much gang activity over our 4 yrs. Depends on with whom you associate I suppose.

    Submitted by a student

    May 13, 2007


    I attend SVHS. The teachers here are very talented and are especially good at helping you succeed if you just ask for assistance. My only complaint is that classes are overcrowded. Unfortunately that seems to be happening at all public schools. Still, SVHS is a school where anyone can do well as long as they try hard. Too many kids go to Justin Sienna when they don't need to. I have loved SVHS for four years and have no regrets in going there!

    Submitted by a student

    January 20, 2007


    As a current student of this school, I do not feel that the higher-end students are really being catered to. We are too worried about the kids who are 'stupid,' even though they are really just lazy. I don't know more then maybe fifteen people who haven't done drugs and/or alcohol. This is very hard for someone coming from a Christian background, and would be for anyone, because of the enormous amount of peer pressure. If there is any other option for you to send your child somewhere, do it.

    Submitted by a student

    August 27, 2006


    As an 80's-era graduate of SVHS and my child recently graduated from there this past June. I can honestly say that I have seen alot of changes. Some good, some not so good. In retrospect, I think that the level of education he recieved wasn't what I had hoped for and after experiencing the dreaded 'college interviews' wish I had sent him to Justin-Siena over in Napa. I feel he would've gotten a much more thorough and fuller education there than he had gotten here. Truthfully, we sent him to SVHS out of sentiment. We are deeply disappointed with the quality of teaching and the fact that many teachers seem to be burnt out, but they are still employed here. This school definitely has gang and overcrowding problems that are just not being addressed. My husband and I won't be making the same mistake with our younger child.

    Submitted by a parent

    June 15, 2006


    My son attended Sonoma Valley HS last year. The school uses Parent Connect to communicate grades, attendance and assignments to parents and students at home. It is a big help. My son's teachers were always available to help him if he asked. They taught interesting lessons and included project based learning in their curriculum. This year, many of the teachers have infused technology into their curriculum. Students have learned how to present topics using powerpoint presentations with all the enhancements. My son liked his high school years and still goes back to visit teachers.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 24, 2005


    I give this high school a 'fair' rating. It is the only public high school in our community, so unless you opt to educate your child privately, it's the only local choice. There is a mix of very good & mediocre instructors, with some being just plain awful. The academic programs appear to be standard and not particularly challenging. Parent involvement is very good. The school is now in year one of Program Improvement. Funding for sports and other extracurricular activities is threatened due to low test scores.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 23, 2004


    Sonoma Valley High School has an excellent teaching staff and Boosters Club that support athletics, drama and extracurricular activities

    Submitted by a parent

    August 20, 2004


    Virtually all of the elective classes have been removed from the curriculum at this school. (except for Ag classes). There is a large problem with gangs that goes unrecognized and is not being dealt with. The only kids who have their needs met are those who have no learning or behavior issues, and who do not strive for any excellence in their educational experience. Few of the kids seem pleased with the quality of the school.

    Submitted by a parent

    April 13, 2004


    My children have attended this school and I have found that there are some really great teachers there but some really bad ones also. There is a big gang problem there that I feel is being kept under the rug. This is the last year that I will be sending my children there I am looking at other options.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 9, 2003


    My daughter needed help in math and reading. The school denied her that help, then when she didn't graduate they said she was just one of those kids that slipped through the cracks. My other daughter just graduate but over half of her [graduating] class did not include 3 of her closest friends. The school told their parents they were just one of those kids that slipped through the cracks. This school never takes the blame and denies they have any learning problems. they deny that they have a huge Gang problem, alcohol and drug problem among their students.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 26, 2003


    Sonoma Valley High School has been a catalyst in the enrichment of the lives of the children in the town of Sonoma for over 100 years. Whether your child goes on to attend university, trade school, or anyother type of secondary education, Sonoma High is the correct place for them to recieve an awseome foundation. Sonoma Valley High School matures people from children to young adults in the four prescious years they spend there. Sonoma Valley has given countless adolescents the knowledge, responsibility, and backbone it requires to make it in our society.

    Submitted by a former student

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