School Details

Petaluma High School

201 Fair Street, Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 778-4651
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1317 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Petaluma Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • This school in 2013
  • Petaluma Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Petaluma Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Petaluma High School is a public high school in Petaluma. The principal of Petaluma High School is David Stirrat, who can be contacted at dstirrat@petk12.org. 1,317 students go to Petaluma High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Petaluma High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 30% of the 1,317 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Petaluma High School is 19:1. Carpe Diem High (Continuation) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 66%
Hispanic 26% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Unspecified 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 1% 4%
Filipino 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 5264%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 23%
Limited English proficiency 7% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    There are many great teachers at this school who care a lot about what they dol. The academic programs are solid to excellent all around and the vocational education program is among the strongest in the state. One major caveat the current principal is VERY weak. His handling of the Wildlife Museum situation has been horrible. It is unfortunate that the former principal still is not there or anyone else for that matter. However the school broke 800 on the API for the 1st time this year!

  • (5 years ago)

    PHS has the largest student-operated museum in the entire country and gives students a very unique chance to be involved in the Petaluma High Wildlife and Natural Science Museum.

  • (5 years ago)

    They care about their students they offer a variety of programs to appeal to all sectors they bring out the best in each student and my daughter is very happy there.

  • (5 years ago)

    still have extra cirricular activities available

  • (8 years ago)

    I've had two children graduate from this school and both were accepted at tier one colleges. They have both done well there. I feel that this school did a very good job of preparing them to continue their education and that is the main focus of secondary education. I also feel that there is a lot of opportunity for students that want to enter the job force directly from high school if they choose. There are several programs you can become certified in as part of the school -- ie day care auto shop machine shop CAD drafting. As in all high schools there are many social difficulties to deal with but I feel they do as good a job as any doing this.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good school. Good principal. Good extracuricculars. Overall a great place!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school was great for my strictly academically oriented son and not so great for my daughter who was also interested in the social aspects of school. I'm sure it is no worse than the typical high school but the B.S. was too much for her and she left for college two years early.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children have had wonderful teachers and have done very well.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is really great! It has a superb music department and the teachers really motivate the kids to do well and excell in their classes. The friendly staff members provide a nice emvironment for the students to learn. Keep up the great work!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is awesome. The teachers are great. They have an excellent music department. The Marching Band went to Washington DC to represent Northern CA in the Memorial Day Parade.

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Overall score

(based on 14 ratings & reviews)

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