School Details

Fremont High School

1279 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 522-2400
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1984 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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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In 2012-2013 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 High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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In 2012-2013 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
  • Fremont Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fremont High School is a public high school in Sunnyvale. The principal of Fremont High School is Bryan Emmert, whose e-mail is bryan_emmert@fuhsd.org. 1,984 students attend Fremont High School and identify as Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 20% of the Fremont High School students have "limited English proficiency." 43% of the 1,984 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Fremont High School is 22:1. North County Regional Occupational Program School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 45% 13%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 29%
Asian 17% 51%
Filipino 11% 3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.05% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 10%
Limited English proficiency 20% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This school does deserve some of the reputation it gets. Obviously every high school has drug issues- I have friends who go to top public schools like Gunn and Monta Vista and those schools have as well. However I doubt the problem is as widespread as it is in Fremont. I'm pretty sure a guy was a little high in one of my classes- ironically during anti-drug unit in freshman year- obviously this warning is often too late. As long as you don't "hang with the wrong crowd" drug use and violence aren't as frequent as rumors say. Another issue is that students here have a "Cs are good Bs are great!" mentality which can make it hard to get straight As. Teachers of "regular" classes are hit and miss with some being good and many being unhelpful; out of these unhelpful teachers some are well-meaning but clueless some only like students who are more clueless than they are and some just don't like kids (AVOID THEATRE). Generally it isn't hard to get a good grade in these classes. However once you get to more advanced Honors and AP classes the teachers are much better and they seem to actually understand their subject and care about their students; the classes are truly challenging.

  • (5 months ago)

    Definitely not a school that I would recommend to someone with high standards. More than half the students in my regular classes were not motivated to succeed in school and even people in the AP and honors classes seemed like they weren't fit for those types of classes. Majority of the clubs I've joined were lackluster and had no sense of purpose so I eventually stopped participating in all of them during my junior year. The teachers I've had were excellent but I did hear some of my peers complain about theirs so no guarantees that you'll get good teachers. From my experience this would be an ideal school for a student who just wants to have some fun and doesn't really care about getting As in their classes. Overall I would say the teachers were better than the students overall.

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a former Fremont student and I have to say that although Fremont may seem nice on the outside it's terrible. My assistant principal was one of the rudest people I've ever met. My guidance counselor was clueless and apparently didn't understand the meaning of the word 'confidential'. All of the teachers are either dense or they're tearing out their hair in frustration. Most of the staff is solely focused on helping students whose first language isn't English and it seems like even they can't even do that right. I couldn't get out of that school fast enough.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a parent I am proud to say my son just graduated class 2014! 4.0 student a valedictorian with three major scholarships! Like I said about four years ago is up to the student and the help and love of the parent to encourage your child to do your best in school! In the end it pays off and can't say nothing else but thank you FHS for everything you guys did to push my son to become an even greater person!

  • (2 years ago)

    Fremont is an excellent school and by FAR has the friendliest and most down-to-earth people I have ever met. I am currently a senior and Fremont High school has no doubt changed me for the better. I feel like the vibes around Fremont are all friendly and has taught me (and other of my friends who've mentioned this as well) to become a better more caring and friendly person. Fremont has great teachers an amazing band program and a good education. Classes are not as easy as what people think of it to be they're actually very difficult (AP and honors). And Fremont high school has a bad reputation but only people who attend Fremont will be the ones to rebuke the outside world and the rumors about this school. Yes this school does have "bad" people (according to rumors) but what school doesn't? Every school has kids who do not try hard in school and cause trouble. Every school. But people need to know that Fremont's population is not the "bad" kids. I'd have to say 99% of the kids are all extremely caring outgoing smart talented and friendly.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'm currently a senior here and can honestly say that Fremont has a poor reputation for a reason. There is a lot of dangerous activity that takes place on campus that the staff doesn't bother to address. It doesn't always feel safe at school and most people don't seem to care. The teachers are very hit or miss but there are indeed some outstanding teachers who really care and understand the needs of their students.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school! My son is a straight A 9th grader and enjoys every moment. Having a diverse student body allows students who like to study to excel and get relatively high grades which helps them get into better colleges. Ignore the average score this school gets. Statics can be deceiving. Focus instead on what's best for your child. Will they do well if most everybody else is better than them? Classes here are the same as the other FUHSD schools. My son particularly enjoys Java math and band. Marching band is an amazing experience for the kids. The school community is strong and supporting and parent volunteers are always around.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent at Fremont since 2009 I have to agree with the student who posted before me in saying that Fremont is a wonderful school with caring staff excellent extra curricular activities (my kids have been in the choir with the amazing Joe Howard who brings out the performer in every student and colorguard with the equally amazing Joe Kelly who pushes kids to be their personal best. The administration is just as high level with the Principal Mr. Bryan Emmert who is involved in every part of the school including the sporting and extracurricular events. I have even seen him in the parking lot directing traffic and outside interacting with students and parents at many other events. And I can't leave out Mrs. Sue Larson Mr. Emmert's Assistant who welcomes students into her life and has a group of them gathered around her desk during lunchtime since they feel so comfortable around her. There's not much more I can say except that I am thrilled with the years that I have been an active parent at Fremont and encourage anyone who thinks that Fremont is not the best school ever to spend some time on campus or at extracurricular events to see the spirit that is Fremont.

  • (3 years ago)

    Fremont is a wonderful school!!! This is my 5th year as a parent of two students. They have both received an excellent education and had great extra curricular experiences. My eldest child is doing very well at an out of state university. My second child is thriving at Fremont and is on track to have many options when it comes time to start applying to colleges. The staff loves our kids. The whole music dept. is the best! I can't say enough about the marching band and how Mr. Kelly is an extra special man. The kids learn great time management respect discipline responsibility and learn how to compete with grace. Parent involvement could be a lot better but the parents that do volunteer are awesome! I wouldn't want my children to go anywhere else...truly.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a marvelous school. I can honestly say that out of all of the schools that I've been at this is by far the best. I've made life long friends the teachers really do care about you and the environment of the school makes you feel welcomed and cared for. The teachers really do go far beyond the expectations of teaching and the staff is the greatest to have around in a time of crisis happiness you name it. And although we don't have every single AP class that other schools have... the AP classes we do have prepare you for everything you need for the AP test. Don't just take into consideration the little red number on the corner. Take into account the fabulous environment that you child will be in. I can guarantee that they will love it there.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am an incoming senior at Fremont High School and despite the undeserved flak that this school gets I love it. Contrary to the review posted on May 26 2010 the teachers REALLY DO CARE. They connect to us on a personal level and many of them will go out of their way to see if we're ok if we look like we're not. Also the case cannot be made that Fremont does not provide an adequate education because graduates attend the top schools in the nation from Fremont including but not limited to Berkley Yale and Stanford. If they apply themselves there is no reason why someone cannot succeed academically at Fremont; I know many people who score 4's and 5' on their AP tests. Movies and TV propagate the image of high school as being this clique-y and hostile environment but that simply doesn't exist at Fremont. Making friends takes doing as it does anywhere but nobody is going to actively exclude you based on your ethnicity creed or any other superficial feature. There isn't a negative vibe emanating from anywhere on campus and I've never felt unwelcome or discriminated against. Truthfully I love this school and I consider myself extremely lucky to attend it.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has a fantastic music program! They are a very nice family. It's awesome. I'm going there.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fremont high school offers unique opportunities to young people. Not only will they find a rigorous academic environment but they will get the opportunity to broaden their social and cultural horizons through interaction with others of many different races and creeds. It is true that not every student takes full advantage of these opportunities but the rumors of Fremont as a "ghetto" school where the faculty and staff don't care about students or student achievement (referencing parent review of 5/26/10) are grossly oversold. As the only review on this site who has actually been both a student at FHS and worked as a teacher at FHS I can tell you that the Fremont community is committed to excellence in every way.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wow - Kudos to the kids who were/are successful. Unfortunately my child is not doing so hot. My child's grades have slipped from all A's and B's to all D's and F's in a matter of 4 months. My child's teachers all had/have the same comment that they do not believe in helping those who obviously show signs of not wanting to help themselves. Quick to judge and wIth this "swim or sink" attitude I don't see how there is such a supportive staff at FHS. Furthermore the guidance counselors are equally as standoffish. They offer(ed) no support and blame(ed) my child's performance on his simply transitioning as a freshman. Hmm...I thought this school was open to diversity. What happens to those who struggle-the ones who are not natural leaders or self motivators?

  • (5 years ago)

    We have graduated one child who has gone on to college and one child who is in her junior year. Fremont has been a great neighborhood school for our kids. The staff are willing to go out of their way to support your child. The classes have prepared our kids for college and they have learned much about compassion and understanding. We are grateful to have such a good school in our neighborhood.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fremont High School has provided a terrific learning environment for both kids in our family. I've heard folks speak dismissively about FHS with regard to academics and our experience could not be farther from the truth. While the advanced placement and honors course offerings may not be as varied as other schools in the district (I've heard) my son was able to enroll in as many as he could reasonably handle. The teachers must be doing something right because most of his classmates passed the AP tests with high scores. The sports programs are not completely impacted here most kids who want to go out for a team is able to participate which is great. There is a real sense of tolerance and pride at FHS. It is a school which supports the achievement of each student.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fremont High School exceeds my expectation on what it has given and inspired in my children. I heard all the bad hype and was worried about sending my daughters to the school. It was completely wrong. My daughters love going to school and have excelled academically. They both found groups within Fremont to be a part of and have made life long friends. The teachers and staff really care about every student s success. I had the choice recently to move my daughter to another school and I made sure that our new residence was within the Fremont high school boundary. I know that Fremont High is the best choice for my family.

  • (5 years ago)

    The people who are happy with Fremont are parents who have kids at Fremont. We know the rest of the story as our kids are living it. There is as much rigor at Fremont as there is at ANY high school in the state and more than many IF your student is the kind of student that wants to challenge themselves. There is no reason to be afraid to send your student to FHS. Any good student will have opportunity to push themselves and achieve. Those that need support can get it with the AVID program for example. Fremont teaches to the population it serves which is diverse not homogenous as that found at other schools. We serve a representative population of Sunnyvale not a pocket. I can also speak to the professionalism found in the FHS Administration. Come see FHS for yourself.

  • (6 years ago)

    very amazing great school. Everything that goes on at this school is meant for the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    Now that I am currently checked out of this high school it is safe to say that it was an honor being a student at Fremont. All those horrid misconceptions about this school being 'ghetto' is all wrong; it's just the fear of the unknown that the ignorant suburban folks embrace. They all believe that we're such a terrible school because of the correlation of our demographic makeup to our test scores. What does other nearby schools like Monta Vista has to offer? They're a predominantly White and Asian school. Where's the diversity there? Aside from my obvious ranting the teachers here do care about student progress. Having been in the Drama department these past four years I knew that I was supported by my peers and my teacher. In conclusion don't base your decision purely on test scores. Go for the environment.

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