Apollo High School (San Jose, California)

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Apollo High School
Apollo High School sign.jpg
1835 Cunningham Ave.


United States
Coordinates37°19′53″N 121°49′54″W / 37.331279°N 121.831679°W / 37.331279; -121.831679Coordinates: 37°19′53″N 121°49′54″W / 37.331279°N 121.831679°W / 37.331279; -121.831679
TypeAlternative Public High School
OpenedSeptember 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
School districtEast Side Union High School District
NCES District ID06643
PrincipalVito Chiala
Faculty8.00 (FTE)[1]
Grades11 to 12
Enrollment156 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio19.50[1]
Campus typeSuburban

Apollo High School is an alternative high school in San Jose, California, one of four in the East Side Union High School District. It opened in 1995 and is located on the campus of William C. Overfelt High School in East San Jose; the principal is Vito Chiala.


Apollo High School is an alternative high school for 11th and 12th grade students from the East Side Union High School District in San Jose, California, one of four referred to by the district as Small But Necessary schools.[2] The school is housed on the campus of Overfelt High School, where it has its own group of portable buildings, with a capacity of 160 (originally 80). It is a State Model Continuation School.[3]

Students enroll voluntarily, unlike at a continuation school,[4] and attend either morning or afternoon sessions, each of which consists of four homeroom classes.[2] Students must make up absences in evening, Saturday, or break meetings.[4] In the 2014–2015 school year, 40 students were enrolled in 11th grade and 116 in 12th grade, of whom 87% were Hispanic or Latino, 11.5% were other racial or ethnic minorities, 1.3% were white, 20.5% were English learners, and 94% were socio-economically disadvantaged.[3] In May 2017, 74 students graduated.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

In 2013 the school's robotics team, the Illuminators, won a place at the finals of the FIRST Robotics Competition in St. Louis, Missouri.[5] In 2017 it was the only alternative school to have a team.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Apollo High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Welcome to Apollo High School". East Side Union High School District. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Apollo High School: 2014–15 School Accountability Report Card" (PDF). East Side Union High School District. 2015–2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 5, 2017. Retrieved May 21, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c Sharon Noguchi (May 20, 2017). "At San Jose's Apollo High, every graduate 'has a story that will break your heart'". San Jose Mercury News.
  5. ^ Patrick May (April 6, 2013). "East San Jose students turn their lives around by building a robot". San Jose Mercury News.
  6. ^ "About the school" (PDF). Local Community Heroes / Héroes de la Communidad Silicon Valley (16). March 1, 2017. p. 2.

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