School Details

William C. Overfelt High School

1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA 95122
(408) 347-5900
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1503 students 18 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.
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  • East Side 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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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
  • East Side Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

William C. Overfelt High School is a public high school in San Jose. The principal of William C. Overfelt High School is Vito Chiala, whose e-mail is chialav@esuhsd.org. 1,503 students attend William C. Overfelt High School and identify mostly as Asian, Hispanic, and Filipino. 28% of the William C. Overfelt High School students have "limited English proficiency." 92% of the 1,503 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at William C. Overfelt High School is 18:1. Leadership Public Schools - San Jose is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 27%
Hispanic 80% 48%
Filipino 6% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 26450%
Multiracial 0.8% %
White, non-Hispanic 0.6% 10%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.07% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.06% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92% 31%
Limited English proficiency 28% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I can honestly say that this school has changed my life. Like all schools Overfelt has it's low points and high points however I truly believe it has the potencial to be on of the best high schools in all of San Jose and to me it already is. The staff are dedicated to their students and to the development of the school. They motivate students to not only finish high school but also to go on to college. It was a great experience and the school and it's staff and teachers have helped me become the person I am today.

  • (6 years ago)

    Working at Overfelt I've noticed that the administration and staff have a genuine commitment to their students. I know that students and parents experience this in different ways and of course students sometimes fall between the cracks despite even the best efforts of parents and teachers. That said I grew up going to a 'good' public high school in this area that didn't do nearly as good job of addressing the needs of kids who are English language learners kids who don't already have a ton of money and resources and kids who just need a lot of extra support and guidance. Unlike some schools our administration and staff actually leave our classrooms to try and understand where our students are coming from and help them in whatever way we can not just classwork.

  • (6 years ago)

    im a student here and i got to say i love this school!

  • (6 years ago)

    Overfelt is a great school. It has been growing in many ways over the years; it really doesn't look like a prison haha. It's api scores haven't dropped since the 90's it's been getting better and better scores. It really is shaping up. The whole school is just one big family when you think about it...

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is not that bad over the last years the school keeps getting better and better and i love this school and i would never transfer to a different school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think this school has its rough edges. I mean some kids are pretty rude and disrespectful towards the teachers. But if you think about it--its reality. The real world is not no walk in the park so Overfelt would open thier eyes. I transferred to Overfelt from a private high school and I have never regretted it. At Overfelt there are really good teachers. They are willing to help you with personal and academic problems. All the teachers are great--and they really care about the students. So you know what I wouldnt base what school you plan to attend based on the API scores--because teachers have done all they can--its all in the students hands. And there are some students who dont realize that without an education you are nothing. My point is that you can take the horse to the water but you cant make it drink.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is all bad. people here have no respect and they think there all that. only some of the teachers are ok and some dont really care. not only that voilence and crime has gone up this year. Also this school is not very diverse and people will pick on you sometimes if your not one of them. overall im planning to switch high schools as soon as i can.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that Overfelt is a wonderful school. The staff at this school are all wonderful and really do care about the students there. My children who attend this school tell me that they love this school and would'nt want to transfer out. They also tell me that their teachers are all great and they all help them with their homework. I know there is a bad reputation for this school but i believe that this school is improving and is doing so much better now than before.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school is not the best but not the worst many of the student body think they are too cool to do any activities so every day is dull. many of them have no manners and are not true to themselves. the majority of the asian community is very helpfull to the school they give excitement to it. all the teachers that have been there for a long period of time are very good but the new teachers are not that well they take there job to serious and make learning without excitment.

  • (7 years ago)

    Hasn't reached goal just yet. But overall it isn't all bad. Not amazing but not horrible either. The school needs better food for us honeslty. Teachers are well with their students. And some kids here have some serious attitude problems. If I had a choice to move schools though I would be excited to!

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is a great place to learn

  • (9 years ago)

    Good staff but not enough advanced placement classes. Very good athletics but not many other extra curriculars. Mediocre parent involvment.

  • (10 years ago)

    Overfelt is a really wonderful school if your child participates in the after school and extra-curricular activities that are provided. Students that get involved at this school usually have the highest success rates. There's also quite a few honors and AP classes available. And it seems that the best teachers are those that teach the college-prep classes like the Honors English Physiology Physics Spanish AP Calculus etc. This school also has outstanding publications like the Citadel Yearbook and the newspaper and they have a wonderful marching band and color guard/ winter guard. Again if your child attends this school you should make sure that they join an activity so that they can get the most (and the best) out of this school.

  • (11 years ago)

    My son attended W. C. Overfelt for a year and half in the special education department. As parents I would definitely rate us extremely involved. Recently we moved our son to a higher performing school a so called California distinguished school. To summarize our experience both my husband and I have never witnessed such a dedicated caring and honest principal as Mr. Tim McDonough. His involvement in the Special Education Department of East Side Union High School District is amazing. Our son has multiple medical and mental disabilities yet Mr. McDonough created an environment for our son to succeed and to believe in his dreams. Mr. McDonough was often seen participating in all Special education activities Special Olympics Field trips and Sponsored our Parent Fundraisers. We miss you Mr. McDonough And Thank you for all your efforts in our son's educational needs. East Side Union High School District Needs More Principals Like You!!!

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