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Old 12-09-2012, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Reno, NV
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There's about a 50/50 chance we will be relocating to the East Bay this summer. (If you know our family IRL, please respect our desire for privacy on this and do not discuss this on FB at this point; it's in no way a done deal.) If we do move, DH will report to work in Livermore, but we do not wish to be based there. We're looking for an academically challenging, socially supportive public high school for our will-be-14-y-o daughter. Can anyone compare/contrast the following three comprehensive high school options: Dublin, Amador Valley, Foothill? I'm curious about flexibility, class size, student engagement, are classmates there to really learn in depth or just get the 5-point AP A and move on? Are there things you love or despise about one of these schools? Please share. Are there other close-by public high schools we should consider? Also, I know that the area is expensive in general, but are there any more affordable areas with this high school zoning? We would be looking at rental, 3-4 people plus one small, middle-aged, poodle. Thanks in advance!

(Apologies to folks who read this already on the San Jose board; I was advised this was the correct home for East Bay questions.)
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:15 PM
 
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They are all good schools.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: California
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We're looking for an academically challenging, socially supportive public high school for our will-be-14-y-o daughter. Can anyone compare/contrast the following three comprehensive high school options: Dublin, Amador Valley, Foothill? I'm curious about flexibility, class size, student engagement, are classmates there to really learn in depth or just get the 5-point AP A and move on? Are there things you love or despise about one of these schools?
This is difficult to answer since most of it is going to depened on your daughter and what she takes advantage of, and the particular group of students going to the school at any given time. I've known parents who try to choose schools based on reports and numbers even though their kid isn't going to be any better/worse off or smarter or more successful regardless of where they attend. I had two kids go through the same school 4 years apart and have completely different experiences because of what they chose to do and what their interests were.

I would say that the Foothill and Amador have an edge over Dublin High (as does the City of Pleasanton over the City of Dublin IMO) but all 3 schools offer a variety of programs that kids can be involved with. Foothill was long known for it's music program, Amador for it's "We The People" and robotics groups, but again this varies with each different group of students and teachers. All of these schools have the typical problems that come from having hundreds of teenagers in one place and have their share of unmotivated and unengaged students as well as academically driven future leaders. Being in an upscale community there is also some spoiled brats thrown in the mix as well as demanding, parents with inflated feeling of entitlement that can be hard to deal with. Mostly though you and you child will be able to find others on your level, whatever that level is. No matter what you can just find the place you want to live and go to the school you are assigned to without too much worry.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:55 PM
 
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I moved around MANY MANY MANY times when I was in school and always had good luck with GreatSchools - Public and Private School Ratings, Reviews and Parent Community
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