High Schools

This page will contain information about various high schools in the area and is meant to serve as a resource for DCS 8th graders and their families.
Here is a list of all the high schools in Santa Clara County.

1. Parent Education Network (flyer about a meeting for parents of kids with learning differences)
2. Diocese of San Jose list of Catholic High School Open Houses: http://www.dsj.org/schools/open-house/#High%20Schools

 (Info for DCS class of 2018 is in red)   (Info for DCS class of 2018 is in red)  
School  Location, District, and Stats  Overview Information Sessions, Applications, Enrollment
 (Info for DCS class of 2018 is in red)
Prospect High School

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Campbell Union HS District

Located in Saratoga:
18900 Prospect Rd, Saratoga 95070

Total enrollment:  1300+

A/B daily schedule
Sports offered:  Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Tennis, Cheer, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton, Baseball, Volleyball, Golf, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Track & Field
Transition Meeing
May 22nd, 2018, 7pm Room 30

Open House, November 5, 2016 

They will come to DCS for student info 7 registration on Jan 26, 2016

Open House:
Saturday, November 4,2017 1 to 4 PM
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1 to 3 PM

8th Grade Parent Night:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6 PM
Monday, January 25, 2015, 6 to 9pm

ADMISSION: by home street address; 
 Westmont High School
Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Campbell Union HS District

Located in Campbell:
4805 Westmont Ave, Campbell 95008

Total enrollment:  1600+

A/B daily schedule
"Westmont High School's community ensures all students succeed in rigorous and engaging academic program which leads to post-secondary success."

Comprehensive High School 
They will come to DCS for student info 7 registration on Jan 26


Westmont Showcase "Future Warrior Night"
January 25, 2018 at 6:30 in the gym

Tuesday Jan 17, 2017 6:30-8:00pm in the large gym (flyer)

ADMISSION: by home street address
Archbishop Mitty
High School 
Private Catholic School, grades 9-12

Mitty @ GreatSchools.org

5000 Mitty Avenue
San Jose, CA 95129
408) 252-6610

2015-16 Tuition: $18,834
College Preparatory
High School  

Sports programs are competitive
Open House:
November 22, 2015, 9am to 1:30pm

Applications due Friday, December 12, 2014
Admission: test required, given twice in January
Registration paperwork and fees due 3/27/2013 , Class of 2017 applications due December 14th.

Tuition: Approximately $17,000/year
 Santa Clara High School

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Santa Clara Unified School District

300 Benton St., Santa Clara
(408) 423-2600

Santa Clara @ GreatSchools.org
- 1823+ students
- 8 x Honors, 13 x AP courses
- Many sports each season
- 60 active clubs: - academic, service, diversity, faith and
special interest
- great theater for performing
- new gym and classrooms all remodelled
- "Academics are our top priority"
- 70% of courses meet UC/CSU subject requirements
Open House: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 PM.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016 6:30 to 8:00
Tours (for students and parents):
December 6, 2016
January 10, 20, and 24, 2016 
Time: 10:00am-11:30am 
Tour Reservations: Call Britnie Delgado at (408) 423-2634

Students can shadow; call (408) 423-2600
- If kids attend an 'out of district' school (DCS) students are not tested for Honors courses, kids can opt in if they like.
- Honors and AP classes are open to all students - you can add in or move out depending on students confidence
 Wilcox High School

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Santa Clara Unified School District

Wilcox @ GreatSchools.org
   Open house 4/3/13

 Del Mar High School
Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Campbell Union HS District

Located in San Jose:
1224 Del Mar Ave, San Jose 95128
IB (International Baccalaureate) program orientation on November 28 at 6:30

8th Grade Parent/Student Information Night on 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 @ 6:30
Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 6:30
 in the Cafeteria.

Open House: 
Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9 to 11 AM
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9 to 11 AM

ADMISSION: by home street address
 Valley Christian High School

 Private, Christian, grades 6-12 


100 Skyway Drive, Suite 110
San Jose, CA 95111
School: (408) 513-2400

2015-16 Tuition:
Open House:
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Saturday, Oct 24, 2015, 2 to 4pm

Tours and shadowing available by appointment

 The Kings Academy

Private, Christian, grades 6-12 

562 N. Britton Ave, Sunnyvale
(408) 481-9900

Students: 35 service hours/year
International Service trips available

Total enrollment: 900+
(~300 6-8th & ~600 9-12th grade)

2015-16 Tuition: $17,857

9 AP + 11 Honors courses

 "Christ-Centered College Prep"

Marching Band, Orchestra, Choir, Drama, Dance

20+ Student-led clubs

Sports offered: Football, Cross Country, Swimming & Diving, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Wrestling, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Track & Field, Golf

Open House:
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 11-1:30pm
Saturday, December 5, 2015,  11-1:30pm

Tours & Student Shadow days available

Available online 
Application (Priority 1/30/15), Deadline 2/27/15

ADMISSION: Selective; admissions exam & interview required  more info
 Summit San Jose

Public Charter, grades 9-12


3 Nearby Locations:

Rainer Campus (grades 9-12)
East San Jose

1750 S White Rd
San Jose, CA 95127
(Located on the Mt. Pleasant High School campus. Entrance is on Marten Ave.)
P: 408-831-3104

Tahoma Campus (grades 9-12)
South San Jose
285 Blossom Hill Road
San Jose, CA 95123
Our Entrance:
Approximately 5520 Eagles Ln.
(The parking lot with solar panels)
P: 408-729-1981

Denali Campus (grades 6-9+)
495 Mercury Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
P: 669-600-5695

Maximum of 400 students (100 per grade)

40 parent volunteer hours per student, per year required

 "College Focused, Character Driven, Community Supported"

All students take AP classes; all graduates will exceed UC entrance reqs; all graduates go on to college

Electives are intensive immersion classes taken during Intersession (a month-long term, twice a year).
Summit Tahoma Open House
Nov 03, 2015 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Dec 10, 2015 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Jan 05, 2016 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Feb 11, 2016 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Summit Rainier Open House
Nov 05, 2015 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Nov 14, 2015 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Dec 03, 2015 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Jan 07, 20156 6:30PM - 7:30PM
Feb 04, 2016  6:30PM - 7:30PM

Summit Denali Open House
Oct 22, 2015 6:30PM
Nov 19, 2015 6:30PM
Jan 23, 2016 1:00PM

Available at Information Sessions only
Due:  Friday, March 1st, 2013, 4:15pm

By lottery (mid- March)
 University Preparatory Academy

 UPA @ GreatSchools.org


Charter School in San Jose,
emphasizing hands-on learning

2315 Canoas Garden Ave, San Jose, CA 95125
(408) 723-1839

Open House
Wed, Jan 10, 2015 @ 6:30

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Campbell Union HS District

Located in San Jose
157- Branham Lane, San Jose 95118

  ADMISSION: by home street address 
 Del Mar

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Campbell Union HS District

Located in San Jose:
1224 Del Mar Ave, San Jose 95128
  8th Grade Parent/Student Information Night on 
Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 6:30
Thursday, January 14th, 2016 @ 6:30 PM 
in the Cafeteria.

Open House:

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 9 to 11 AM

ADMISSION: by home street address

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Campbell Union HS District

Located in San Jose:
5210 Leigh Ave, San Jose 95124

Shadow days are also coming up on Jan 14, 15, 21, 22, and 25.  
Call Lincoln Student Services at 535-6300 to sign up 8th graders for shadowing.  

8th Grade Parent Info Night:
11/12/15 6:00-7:45

 ADMISSION: by home street address

Private, Catholic, boys, grades 9-12

960 West Hedding St., San Jose, CA 95126

"Founded in 1851 by the Jesuits, Bellarmine is a private, non-profit, fully-accredited, Catholic, independent, all-boys high school. Our school offers many opportunities to grow and develop intellectually, physically, and spiritually, both inside and outside the classroom. "

13 CCS league sports 
Open House:
Sunday, October 25, 2015, 10am – 1pm

Information night, September 
Open House, October 26, 2014
Application due, December 12/12/14?
 Notre Dame
Notre Dame

Private, Catholic, girls, grades 9-12

596 S. Second Street,
San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 294.1113

2015-2016 Tuition: $16,470
  Open House:
Saturday, Oct 17, 2015, 10am – 1pm

Eighth Grade Day:
Friday, Nov 6, 2015, 8am – Noon
Presentation High School
Private, Catholic, girls, grades 9-12

2281 Plummer Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95125

2015-2016 tuition: $17,930

  Open House:
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 10am – 1pm


Private, Jewish, grades 9-12


3900 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

160 students
"Kehillah is a contemporary independent, college preparatory high school for students in grades 9-12. We feature strong academics, performing and visual arts, experiential learning, competitive athletics, and life-changing class trips, all in a vibrant community that celebrates Jewish study, culture and values.

soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, cross country, golf, swimming, ultimate
Open House Dec. 9, 2012, Jan. 13, 2013

Shadow dates available and recommended
(650) 213-9600 x 154
Silicon Valley Flex Academy

Morgan Hill     
Los Gatos High School
Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District


20 High School Court, Los Gatos, CA 95030

"Our motto, 'Honesty of Purpose, Intensity of Effort', highlights our vision to create an academic and affective environment that provides flexibility, choice and rigorous pathways for all students in order to achieve success." 8th grade Student-Parent Orientation 1/23/2013

Parent visitation day 1/25/2013
Placement tests for certain honors classes
Lincoln High School

Public, Comprehensive, grades 9-12
San Jose Unified School District


555 Dana Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95126

Email we received: "My name is Kelly Phillips and I am the Activities Director at Lincoln High School in San Jose.  This October we are excited to offer current 8th graders from your school the opportunity to come and spend a day at Lincoln and see all the wonderful programs our school has to offer.  
The dates are Thursday and Friday, October 19th & 20th (2017) from 8:00am-3:10pm. Students will be paired with a Lincoln student for the day, spend the day shadowing their classes and learning more about the different programs and activities we have at Lincoln. 
If interested, please call Student Services at (408) 535-6300 and let them know you would like to sign up for one of the private school shadow dates. They will ask some questions that will help us when pairing up students.

Open House:
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2015, 6 – 8pm

High Schools represented at DCS

Parent responses to the "Frontage-Freeway" 
  1. High school can certainly feel like the freeway--a rush of 7 classes, the pursuit of a 4.3 GPA, decisions that affect UC admissions.   Having ushered plenty of youth through the demands, I can speak about the insanity of a system that expects teens today to be excellent at everything they do.  Watching teens and parents go through the gauntlet called Traditional Education has made me even more determined to find different ways to approach learning.  These experiences led me to the group who is founding Communitas--the alternative to what often seems like a disjointed, outdated approach.  Rigor shouldn't be about driving youth away from learning. In the end what I know is that whichever road a student takes, focus, goal-setting and attitude about learning are critical.
  2. My thoughts on the "merging."  People need to stop worrying about it.  The whole purpose of "alternative ed" as you call it is to create flexible thinkers who have a sense of themselves.  If we have done that well, then the kids have all the "training" they need to jump into a new environment.