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Heidi Swingley
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Petaluma High School8

Petaluma, CA | Sonoma County

September 30, 2010


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!

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2009


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.

Submitted by a parent

October 3, 2009


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.

Submitted by a parent

September 29, 2009


still have extra cirricular activities available

Submitted by a parent

September 20, 2006


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.

Submitted by a parent

June 5, 2006


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

Submitted by a parent

September 18, 2005


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.

Submitted by a parent

September 12, 2005


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

Submitted by a parent

August 14, 2004


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!

Submitted by a student

July 2, 2004


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.

Submitted by a student

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