Piedmont High School

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<p>According to former principal and now Piedmont Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Randy Booker, Piedmont High School is a place where, "academics are cool," so you can blame the students' high scores on standardized tests and the school's top rankings on state indexes on peer pressure.</p>
<p>PHS consistently sees more than 85 percent of its students achieving the proficient or advanced levels on California STAR tests; the school ranks in the top 10 percent of California schools on the Academic Performance Index (API). PHS seniors routinely score a hundred points better on average than their peers across the state on the verbal, math, and writing sections of the SAT.</p> <p>But beyond test taking, PHS aims to foster well-rounded and well-adjusted students with a comprehensive curriculum and a supportive environment.</p> <p>Freshmen are eased into high school with a curriculum that is purposely less rigorous than at comparable schools. The workload ramps up in sophomore year; junior year, ahead of college admissions, "it's lights out," says Booker. But on the flip side, the Wellness Center not only offers counseling services to help students deal with the stress, but learning about the warning signs and coping skills is required as part of the social psychology course all sophomores take.</p> <p>And to give the kids some balance, all freshman boys are enrolled in a cappella and there are 15 sections of performing and fine arts, practically unheard of for a school of less than 800 students. Hands on courses in subjects from sports medicine to web design are included in the senior year offerings. More than 80 percent of students participate in sports from basketball to surfing. </p>
800 Magnolia Ave, Piedmont, CA 94611
(510) 594-2626
  • Fax: 510-487-4224
  • Accessibility Details: Access to all buildings by ramp or elevator.
  • Hours: Instructional hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 3:05pm.
  • Hours: Mon - Fri, 5:30am - 9pm; Sat, 8am - 4pm; Sunday, 9am - 9:30pm
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