February 26, 2011

Gasp! Openings in Prestigious High School District!

Here’s an opportunity that doesn’t come along every day!  Wouldn’t you like to enroll your teen in Lynbrook High School, in the “we’re actively throwing nonresidents out of our schools” Fremont Union HSD?


Of course, there’s a catch.  To take advantage of this amazing offer, you have to already live in the FUHSD attendance area.  Talk about the rich getting richer!  Here’s the most recent test scores, for those fortunate enough to consider this amazing (and very limited) opportunity.

School City 2010 Growth, 2009 base API
Cupertino HS Cupertino 891 / 879
Fremont HS Sunnyvale 730 / 740
Homestead HS Cupertino* 858 / 852
Lynbrook HS San Jose 939 / 925
Monta Vista HS Cupertino 943 / 935

*Located right at Cupertino/Sunnyvale border and the vast majority of students are from Sunnyvale, with remainder from Cupertino and Los Altos.  Hey Fremont, the “growth” API means it’s supposed to get BIGGER than the “base” score.  That means the growth number is supposed to go UP.  You know.  MORE.

And some other wanna-be high schools are almost as aggressive about removing “illegal students” as FUHSD.  What a sincere form of flattery, hiring a private detective to ferret out people living on the wrong street.

Comments (10) -- Posted by: madhaus @ 5:01 am

10 Responses to “Gasp! Openings in Prestigious High School District!”

  1. anon Says:

    I thought the FCBs were overbidding like crazy to send their offspring to this very school! It’s almost as if that is complete bullshit.

  2. nomadic Says:

    Hey Fremont, the “growth” API means it’s supposed to get BIGGER than the “base” score. That means the growth number is supposed to go UP.

    Looks like they’re dumbing them down for cubicle veal in a few of the schools. Or is it the economy that’s making the poor kids forgo the “multi-country vacations” for staying home watching video games all summer as their IQ points leak out? Or maybe, it was the lesser talented kids getting in during the bubble days on funny money; after all, their parents wouldn’t have to be such high achievers if their trade-up equity got them into the district.

  3. madhaus Says:

    #2, Well, in all fairness to Fremont, they’ve got a completely different demographic mix than the other four schools, and Homestead has a little bit more of the Fremont mix than the other 3. Cupertino’s numbers have changed dramatically in the last 5 years, they used to be significantly below Homestead’s scores. I suspect this is due to a different mix of attendees, namely more Asians.

    Fremont draws from the eastern half of Sunnyvale, which includes the lower-priced, lower-rent northeast. The northern third of Sunnyvale used to go to Sunnyvale High, which closed in 1981. Originally, the district was going to close Fremont, but you know what happened. Outraged parents organized, while busy and politically-unaware families from the less privileged north did not, and suddenly their school closed instead and their kids have to take the city bus FIVE MILES every day each way.

    Fremont really is two schools in one, the college-track kids and the we’re-waiting-until-we-can-get-a-job kids don’t interact very much since they tend to take different classes. Homestead has some of this dynamic going on, except far fewer of the latter group. My oldest kid said the change between Geometry class (which is a graduation requirement) and Algebra II (which is an elective, although essentially required if you want to go to college) was dramatic; suddenly all the deadwoods were gone.

    The reason Lynbrook has room in the first place? They’re the only high school with declining enrollment. While most of the growth is north of Stevens Creek Boulevard, the overseas money wants Monta Vista over Lynbrook despite their scores being within spitting distance.

  4. nomadic Says:

    Actually, #3, I was reading the numbers backward; I thought the base number was first and then the growth number and that you were poking fun at most of the district. Oops. I know that Fremont High has always been the red-headed stepchild of the district.

    Kids really have to take a city bus to school every day? Not a school district bus? Now that truly sucks.

  5. The Gilroy Alex Says:

    Talk about rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

  6. Tuno Says:

    gilroy alex, this is from your neck of the woods:


    pretty incredible, esp. for Gilroy

  7. nomadic Says:

    The first pic look straight out of a Shrek cartoon.

  8. MrBEE Says:

    If you’re really serious about getting your kids a top flight education, move to Fresno, buy a low cost house bigger than anything you could afford in the bey area and home school the little nippers.

  9. SiO2 Says:

    Wow, Cupertino really turned up the score in the last few years. I wonder how much of that is demographics as Madhaus says. The API report shows scores by ethnicity. Sometimes the difference between schools is purely demo mix; the Asian and white score is the same, but overall is different.


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