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Patty Moore
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Rancho Cotate High School5

Rohnert Park, CA | Sonoma County

August 19, 2014


This school is horrible!!! The counselors are of no use. My daughter said Ms.Lane was very irritable and wouldn't help her with her schedule. If the student would like to change a class they don't let you without making a huge deal about it. My daughter also said that she missed her class because she was waiting in a huge line outside of Ms.Lane's office! Obviously because she messed up the schedules! I really hope the principal does something about her because whats the point of this counselor if the students can't be comfortable and get help from her.

Submitted by a parent

May 24, 2014


This school almost killed my daughter. The teachers don't care, they just move kids on to get rid of them. My daughter passed the classes easily, she was used to more challenging courses, and then the peer pressure started in. The kids there were mean, doing drugs and alcohol and the staff didn't discipline! It was ridiculous! I feel bad for the kids who don't know what they're getting into and they won't have a good application for colleges. No programs are offered for an extra boost, except dome fake "college track" that doesn't even have qualified honors classes, and the kids don't even have to test to get in. If the kids ever do try to take an honors class they will be shocked by whats expected. I am so sad that kids go here, some without knowing that getting into good colleges will be hard, and some just there to party. -very concerned parent

Submitted by a parent

October 10, 2013


Rancho Cotati School is the best. My daughter is in the 12th grade and they worked with her to bring her grades up and they really could use help with the sports program. The office staff is the best ever and they are there for the students. My daughter goes to see her counselor and gets right in and they get ahold of us right away if needed.

Submitted by a parent

June 23, 2013


Amazing high school with the best teachers! My mom, brother and aunts all went to this high school and all loved it. It is a bonus that the football team is amazing and really makes the school have a lot of spirit, bringing everyone closer. Best high school in Sonoma County no doubt.

Submitted by a student

February 14, 2013


A handful of the teachers care about their students, but are usually frustrated by rules that permit them from straying form the bizarre curriculum. Not much offered in the way of academics. the students that succeed there are the kind that would succeed in any environment, not because of anything especial on the schools part. Anybody with options get out of Rancho ASAP.

Submitted by a student

January 25, 2013


This school is an absolute nightmare! If you are not on top of the teachers, counselers, principal etc..... they will let your child slip through the cracks. It is impossible to get anyone to return your phones calls. It would take about 3 weeks for anyone to call you back or for your student to get in to speak with a counselor. Many admitted mistakes were made with my childs credits which almost cost her her graduation. Finally, a few phone calls to the superintendants office fixed things. Almost everyone there wants to pass their responsiblities along to another because one hand has no idea what the other is doing. It's a joke trying to get a straight answer or to get anything accomplished with this high school. Some of the teachers really hate their job and have verbally made that clear to the students. You're kids will benefit by going to another school district unless you want them to end up at El Camino to make up credits to graduate. That's if they can even get in. It's very sad that this is what our kids have to look forward to. I have two other children to put through school and I do not plan to subject them to RCHS

Submitted by a parent

October 13, 2010


The teachers and staff work hard to give the best possible education to all the kids.

Submitted by a parent

August 31, 2010


I am sorry to see there are so many high rankings for this school. I left junior high an A student. Rancho Cotate did nothing but bring me down. I have seen many things at this school and would NEVER send my child to it.

Submitted by a parent

September 2, 2009


My student graduated last year and is well prepared for the 4 year university he will be attending. The teachers were dedicated and helpful. Many of them inspired my student to make choices he would have never thought of on his own. Thank you Rancho.

Submitted by a parent

August 21, 2009


Rancho is a very good school. I feel so fortunate to spend my senior year there. I was an exchange student from Vietnam at that time, and just only one year at Rancho makes me miss it a lot much more than I think. The teachers are very very nice and so sweet to sudents. They are really smart, helpful and humorous. Besides, the staff and the officiers are really close to students. Mr. Steffen is a very good principal and extremely nice to all of us. I love Rancho more than I think! It is the most wonderful high school to me! It makes my exchange student year so meaningful and unforgettable!!!

Submitted by a student

June 11, 2009


Rancho is my home away from home! All the good memories about my friends, teachers, and school way over rise the bad! Can't see myself anywhere else

Submitted by a student

December 4, 2008


I graduated from Rancho last year and I never knew how much I would miss it. It's not the best looking school but there's no issues with learning or making friends. Rancho is a school that celebrates differences in so many ways and i was glad to be a part of it. I was a member of the marching band (actually the captain of the colorguard) and the band teacher, who is going on his 4th year teaching at Rancho, is pumping all of his time and money transforming the band and promoting the school with competitions. We have a new football field and an incredibly good football team, that only years ago...well, wasn't so good.

Submitted by a student

August 30, 2008


rancho is way better than people think. the teachers are awesome and it has a good atmosphere

Submitted by a student

February 25, 2008


i think rancho has a long way to go before it is able to show the smae amount of support to all of its students. the teaching is only subpar and it offers special programs for the students that dont speak engilsh, for rancho to be able to be truely a good school i think we need to have more oppertunities for the engilsh speakers of rancho.

Submitted by a student

November 26, 2007


My overall opinion of this school is positive. I think the school does offer courses for academic students to excel, and also offers classes for students whom struggle in certain subjects. I think the new administration is doing a good job keeping students on track, and last but not least I think the parental participation and school spirit at this school is amazing.

Submitted by a parent

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