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33630 Red Rover Mine Road
Acton, CA 93510

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(661) 269-0451
(661) 269-5325
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August 25, 2014
The principal, Ty Devoe, was extremely rude and degrading to me, a veteran teacher of 8 years. If he was like this with me, then I would not trust him with students. I have a passion for teaching and after this experience and reading the reviews about Mr. Devoe below, I felt parents should be made aware of this. I have had experiences ranging from neutral to positive (mostly on the positive side) in my eight years of working with teachers and administrators, who were both caring and patient, two qualities which should be second nature as an effective teacher or administrator.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
So sad. I know every school has its devoted teachers and mediocre teachers, but there are teachers at this school who are barely functioning. Along with a pricipal who is non existenant. If you ask students they will tell you the current pricipal is never on campus and does not attend extracurricular activities. There are only two math teachers, one who jokes with the students and one who is too ill to function on most days. The science teacher humiliates and degrades students on a daily basis, rather than motivating them, he tells them they are stupid and will mostly end up working at McDonalds. I know teenagers can be challenging, but to humiliate them does not improve the situation. Classes should be monitored periodically, perhaps even have the students write evaluations of the teachers. I know there will be inapproapriate responses by some. Involve the students more, ask them what would make Vasquez a better school. Have a suggestion box students can submit ideas and vote on changes to the school that affect them. Build a gym, the students don't care that they are in trailers, they want a gym/multipurpose/ cafeteria/locker room not a new admistration building.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2013
This school and the school district is failing the youth of the community. When we moved to agua dulce 15 years ago we were told that our daughter was lucky because she would be in the first graduating class that attended 4 years at the new school, she is now graduating college and that school is still not built, 4 years ago a bond was passed to build a new school, still to this day not a single board has had a nail put in it. The school should be condemned, portable buildings that need repair, paint, no shelter for students at recess, a gymnasium that can not be used by the school because it does not meet state criteria., the list goes on. We are moving so we do not need to subject our son to this mess

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2010
Well I'm afraid I have to offer a contrarian opinion here, to many of these suspiciously glowing reviews from faculty and parents who don't have to go to this school. I'm a former student, it's been years since I've attended this school and I've graduated college now, but it wasn't in any way thanks to this place. I'm sorry but I've found graduating from this place embarrassing, and having visited the campus recently for all times sakes it doesn't seem like it's changed much, at least physically. Look I'll be fair, I know it's had it rough financially, and I do truly hope that the school as changed for the better and that it's on its way to becoming something legit, because all I remember and now know in retrospect was an interim campus that was inadequate. The kids of Acton deserve better than this, make it happen. My class may have been cheated out of a proper high school we were promised, but maybe future classes can have it.

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2009
Whats the deal anyway???? Everyone complains about the facilities at Vasquez yet go to West LA and look at their high schools....old, lots of worn down portables, and no where to play sports! What do we have? A clean campus, lots of room to play sports, committed teachers, wonderful student body, great test scores, small community atmosphere, little crime/drugs, a commitment to our children AND a balanced school budget!!!! I'd take Vasquez over another school anyday!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
Vasquez great school, absolutely! All you have to do is look at their test scores; they are higher than any High School in the Antelope or Santa Clarita Valleys. Also there is a camaraderie there that only a small school can have. This school is special. quality over quantity.

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- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2008
Vasquez has come a long way with its current principal, who has done a superhuman job of vastly improving this grossly underresourced school. VHS may not have an imposing campus, but it offers many unique opportunities, a friendly and respectful student body, and a number of spectacular teachers. Parents need not send their children elsewhere, though they many need to be proactive in areas where improvement is still coming. For most area students, VHS is a terrific high school.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
Vasquez is a great school, we are all looking forward to having a permanent high school soon.

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October 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2008
Believe it or not Vasquez is a great school. Not just the education but the people in it. Everyone practically knows eachother, and there are rarely any problems between students. May I also add that the sports and music program is outstanding. Mrs. Roberts is a great Music Teacher, and Mrs. Owens has the greatest view in her students. She has to be my favorite teacher ever! As a junior I look foward to my senior year.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
My school is awesome! I even like the teachers and administration! We may be small, but we are great!

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2008
I'm a student at VHS, who wants to let all those parents who think our school is a joke, that they are wrong! I go to Vasquez, you don't know what goes on there, everyday! You are an Outsider. Do not judge our school for it's 'trailer' looks. They are deceiving. Although we don't have luxuries like other schools ( a gym we can actually use, a library, etc.) we make the best of it! We work hard none-the-less. There are students who don't give a crap about the school or school itself, but there are students who devote their time and effort. They set up fundraisers, clean up our campus; and there is one in particular who is on the School Board and does everything in her power to try and persuade the parents' minds about our school. And we are highly educated. Ashley Smith.

- submitted by a student
August 22, 2008
To offset the more denigrating comments posted here I must point out that, as a Dept. Chair & Site Tech Coord., I am privy to facts the average parent or even student may not & could not be. Many of our problems stem from a community unwilling to pass a bond to better the campus for the STUDENTS. The bond is NOT to line our own pockets as some claim. Little could be more untrue. Qualified as much of our staff is, we could easily teach elsewhere for better pay. We are here for the kids. Visit another high school-- you'll see our students are safer & as well (if not BETTER) educated here than anywhere else. Mr. Austin

- submitted by a teacher
April 25, 2008
This is a very nice school, with a great invironment. There is no violence.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 25, 2008
Here are some statistics from the CAHSEE last year. We do not yet have the results from this year. These statistics do not even take into consideration that our kids had to test in a freezing cold gym while other schools had heat for their test. VHS: English Language Arts 86%, Math 83% QHill: ELA 89%, Math 79% Hightland: ELA 78%, Math 76% Hart: ELA 85%, Math 87% We either were higher than both or had one area where we were higher and one lower. This doesn't even count the lower performing schools of the Antelope Valley that were not even close to us in performance. I don't know how this would qualify us as the worst school for miles around. I am not sure where your impression is of a bad attitude either. Perhaps you would like to visit my classroom. I guarantee there are no bad attitudes there. Ms. Owens

- submitted by a teacher
February 10, 2008
This is probably the worst school for miles around. Everyone has a very bad attitude here, and nobody in the community cares about the kids futures. The people in our community are a selfish joke, and this reflects on the campus, and the students that go here. Most of the teachers need to go back to school because they don't even know how to teach correctly and efficiently.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2007
The people of Acton and Aqua Dulce will never do the right thing by the high school and make it a real campus. I have lived in Acton for many years now and have yet to see the bond measure for the school pass. The Principal at Vasquez is also the parent of a student and a resident for many years in Acton. What has she really done except impose what the district imposes on her. She is a joke and will remain one in my eyes always. Give credit to the people of Acton for at least making the proper changes on the board that are ultimately why things are getting some what better. We need better teachers as well, many of the really good ones left on their own over the past several years. Mrs.O doesn't deserve her paycheck, actually do very little.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2007
I have had one student graduate last year and have a sophmore attenting now. I have seen vast improvements in the school since then new principal has arrived. At back to school night standards were posted in everyclassroom, school wide rules and expectations were posted on large posters in every classroom. As a teacher of over 22 years I see these things as showing overall growth and improvement in a school that has been through a lot of adversitities. With passage of a bond and the building of permanent facitlities, this school will continue to flourish.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2007
Vasquez as seen by a student cont.. People are trying to diminish our need for a real school so they don't have to pay taxes or pass our bond. They think our school has enough when it does not. They try to belive that we take pride in our school. In reality many students are ashamed and laugh when telling other about it. Students that transfer from High Desert(the junior high) are disappointed in Vasquez. We are not trying to make Vasquez look bad, just merely trying to give people a slight reality check. Vasquez is not perfect. It still needs a lot. Like money and our bond pass. Please help us take pride in our school and give us what we need! This was what Vasquez looks like through a student's eyes.

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September 13, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2007
Vasquez is truly a great and high quality school. SAFETY: VERY SAFE - Check the address with the LASO crime stats unit. VHS has an excellent record. Location (as a town Acton has a lower incident of crime than all schools in the area (including all the private schools located in Palmdale). EDUCATION - UNLIMITED: Numerous students in recent years from Vasquez have went on to some of the top colleges in the nation. VHS uses College of the Canyons curriculum. Students can earn as much as 1.5 years of credits that can be transferred to California Undergraduate Colleges. BUILDINGS: ADEQUATE - The buildings are portable and functional. PRIDE: Kids at VHS are tops in this area and should be. People make up a schools, not the buildings. Acton Kids are mannered, come from very good families, and rate above average nationwide as people.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
I feel that this is a school with a great staff and administration that are providing great opportunities for our students- College of the Canyons classes, and ROP classes just to name a few. People need to stop complaining and support VHS!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 29, 2007
The past 4 years have been quite challenging to say the least. We went thru 4 principals and 4 superintendents and we never really had a guidance counselor, however this last year by far was the best. Many positive changes at the school and future at Vasquez. We have a great staff and committed principal with heart.

- submitted by a community member
June 23, 2007
I am not impressed with the new principal. She talks more like a politician than a concerned educator and leader. Weed out the bad teachers and get a new principal. The kids and parents deserve better.

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June 21, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
May 07, 2007
It has been a slow move uphill for the school site and district as a whole. However, with the committed staff, lead by energetic and caring administration, Vasquez High School is doing great things. It is time that we celebrate the numerous successes while we continue to move forward! Our high school offers college classes concurrently with the high school, but right here on our own campus. We have seen Vasquez expand to include 2 additional ROP programs, a more rigorous academic base, and additional sports teams. With GREAT community support we will continue to improve and surpass the locals!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
As a student at VHS, I believe the school is on the incline. They have got their act together and really pulled some amazing stuff. The students love it there; It is a close and tightly knit school and it shows. As a senior there it hurts to see disgruntled parents slander and attempt to trash the school because they or their children elect to believe everything they say. But in reality and retrospect, I would rather go to VHS than any other school in the area. VHS is a safe environment considering its lack of proper facilities. Leadership at that school is awe inspiring. Teachers, Administration, everything has really pulled through the hard times. Give us a few years and VHS will be a California Distnguished School as well. Good Job Guys!

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 17, 2006
When you look on the outside all you see are bungalows, blue tarps, and a building that looks like an airplane hanger. But do not judge Vasquez by this facade. Look inside and you will find hard working students/athletes, and teachers giving up so much of themselves just to see these students succeed. Yes changes need to be made! But you work with what you have. And what I had was the benefit of a small school, with a well educated staff where a student can stand out with out standing alone.I was able to do so much in my 4 yrs. Art, theatre, basketball, and ASB to name a few.For a school that is not greatly supported by its community, no one has a bigger sense of team and heart at their core then the Vasquez Mustangs.

- submitted by a former student
October 14, 2005
Great school, the school is what the teachers, parents and students make of it. They take alot of negative press from the district, but still strive forward for sucess. You would be proud to attend Vasquez, it is a real school, with real people.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
Vasquez High School students are being deprived of many of the necessary needs of a functioning, learning high school. I don't understand why parents and the district don't want to de-unify and join another school district. I undertand that it would be a difficult adjustment, but in the end I believe the students would obtain a much higher education with actual high school facilities. My daughter is in her senior year at this school and admits to knowing nothing about college, SAT's, scholarships, and financial aid. Isn't the point of high school to prepare students for college? It was a mistake of my own for keeping her in this district as opposed to the Burbank Unified School District.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2005
Sadly, I had to pull my son out of Vasquez because the quality of everything was rapidly deterioriating. I did my best to support the local school but at the cost of my son's education, I can't sleep at night knowing the quaility of education he's receiving is not up to par. There are a lot of great staff at Vasquez, but budgets prevail. What blows my mind is with all the new housing being built in Acton/Agua-Dulce, that there is not enough money to educate these upper middle class students. Something definitely isn't right. I hope it improves - but it's too late for us.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
This school utterly dissatisfies me. The lack of dicipline surely reflects on the student behavior. Many local residents choose to send their students to different schools in the area for a varied amount of reasons. Teachers allow students to 'buy' their grade for easy extra credit of bringing supplies to class. Classtime is wasted by uncaring and downright lazy teachers. I will admit SOME of the teachers are beneficial, but a group are certainly not doing their jobs. There is more I could say but I will end on saying that this school doesn't even have a library, gymnasium, or indoor cafeteria.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
Vasquez is a small-town school with heart. The principal knows each and every one of the children by name and is making great strides in improving the AP and honors programs. For the athletes in the community, our sports programs are forming quite nicely. Many teams are now making it to the play-offs! The Culinary Arts program is notorious for serving only the finest cuisine. For those at a loss in a kitchen, Media Arts might provide an artistic outlet. The children at Vasquez are great, and the staff genuinely cares about the children that attend VHS. As a freshman, my child was unsure about attending Vasquez, but now a senior, she wears her Mustang attire proudly. As for the temporary status of the facility, the children can learn anywhere, however, as soon as the district is able to build permanent facilities it will be that much better!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
The staff at this school is not the problem. The small town inept school board is the main issue. This school district is the worst in the state. Take your kids and run. Don't subject them to this horrible mess.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2004
A school that is run by politics and small town grudges. The elected school board officials are unable to effectively spend money. The constant change in teachers creates an unstable learning environment.

- submitted by a former student
January 23, 2004
it's a great small school and i believe that most teachers are wanting to help the students any way they can and that i also like how Mr. Pinkston gets invloved in the sports. It's like a tiny community within one!

- submitted by a student
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Vasquez High School
33630 Red Rover Mine Road, Acton, CA  93510
(661) 269-0451
Last modified Vasquez High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vasquez High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top