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James Lick High School is a high school in the East Side Union High School District (ESUHSD) located in San Jose. The school was named after James Lick, founder of the famous nearby Lick Observatory. The 2004 API score of the entire school was 587.
Summer bridge program is a six week program help kids get more credits. It is for students from the eighth grade that come to this program. The students that take this program do work just like regular school. They give presentations, create projects, complete homework, and conduct interviews. Students get ten credits for going to the summer bridge program. Students get to go to different field trips, like Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Monterrey.
The Fire Service Pathway is a new program at James Lick High School. It is a program that started in 2009–2010 academic year. It prepares students for an entry-level position in the Fire Protective Industry for Fire Service related careers. You also take field trips related to the fire safety profession.
At James Lick and many other schools, students need to take the CELDT test. It is for students whose second language is English. CEDLT testing is to figure out how much students know English. It’s important because once you pass the test, you will move on to a higher English class. It will help you with your speaking, writing, and reading. You need a 4 or 5 to pass the test. If you get a 4, students get to move to a higher class. When you don’t pass it, you need to take again every year until you do pass it. If you are in ELD and you pass the CELDT test you get to move classes, but you need to take a support class and get more help in English.
In all California’s schools, ALL students have to take the Star test. The STAR test score will stay in the students’ record, and that the student can not retake it. The store helps decide what classes students need for the next year. The scores tell how schools are moving forward and if teachers are doing good teaching. James Lick students just recently took the 2009 STAR TEST. Our students scores have been going up. Students worked hard on the language arts, math, social science, and science tests.
James Lick remains below state averages in a variety of areas. The state API (Academic Performance Index) goal is 800, while in 2007 James Lick only attained 632. Academically, it is widely considered below other schools in the area such as Mt. Pleasant and Independence High School.
In the East Side San Jose, James Lick High school has many traditions. One tradition is homecoming. For years, James Lick was well known for homecoming. Other James Lick traditions are skits in the quad and collecting money for fundraisers. Every year, James Lick students go on a trip to Death Valley. James Lick traditions help bring students, teachers, staff and everyone together.
James Lick also hosts a annual night rally known has Fantastics each year. It pits the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes against each other. This culminates the year long race for "Spirit Points". The class with the most spirit points has a pizza party, courtesy of Little Caesars no less, each year.
One very popular tradition is "pi" day — March, 14. James Lick adapted pi day from various colleges. This is a very special day, which is celebrated in schools worldwide, where students get to throw pies at instructors. At James Lick, students compete in many competitions in order to pie the teacher of his or her choice. David Porter, a notoriously mean and egotistical life sciences teacher, has received the honor four years running.
James Lick high school is in a poor part of San Jose. Due to the poverty and majority Latino makeup of East San Jose, two rival gangs - the Norteños and Sureños vie for supremacy of the school. It is tradition for newly arrived Mexicans to don the blue of Surenos, and young Chicanos of San Jose to rise up in the name of Nuestra Familia. Since James Lick is in Northern California, Norteños hold a significant numerical and emotional hold of James Lick. However, the Sureños are a sly and scrappy bunch, and manage to hold their own. This dynamic provides interesting entertainment for keen observers. Nothing really violent happens, just a fight in the school's new PE locker room, a sucker punch here and there, an occasional shanking. The leers, staredowns and trash talking when rivals have the same class together are enough to spice up any day.
Another tradition is the James Lick Carnival, usually held in late April. It is set up in the James Lick parking lot. This event consists of various rides, cotton candy and other events associated with a Carnival. All proceeds go to fund the James Lick Athletic Department 
James Lick alumni take part in what is known as the Alumni Race every year. It usually takes place in mid-September of every new school year. It pits former students against current students on the Cross Country team. It is run on the 3-mile North Rim trail of Alum Rock Park.
Every year, the James Lick and Andrew Hill varsity football teams face off in the bell game. The last time James Lick held the bell was in 2006. The Comets are have won 2 games and have lost 28 games over a three-year span, including a win-less season in 2007. However, the school does wield a good soccer team, which won the Lovato Cup last year.
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