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28545 West Driver Avenue
Agoura, CA 91301

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(818) 889-1262
(818) 597-0816
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December 05, 2014
I am a parent of a Junior year student at Agoura High. I have another child who graduated several years ago, so I have a fair idea what this school is like. I think it is a mix of good and bad - more good than bad. There are some awesome teachers and there are a few "teachers" who should be working in the DMV , not a high school. A lot of the teaching issues in AHS stems from the California curriculum which things that if you throw a lot of information at the students, they magically transform into mini Nobel Laureates. There is often a tendency to hire sports coaches who are also faculty members. With a few notable exceptions, these are some of the worst teachers in the school. I believe the current Principal Mr. Mercer genuinely cares about the school and is quite proactive unlike his predecessor.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
My daughter is a freshman at AHS and is having a great experience. She is in the pre-IB program and is challenged appropriately, has good relationships with her teachers, and is supported both socially and educationally. Some teachers are inconsistent with keeping grades posted and have been difficult to reach, but not excessively so, and others have gone out of their way to be helpful and welcoming. We are very happy with our choice of Agoura High School. Our principal keeps us informed and is involved with the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
AHS is a disappointing high school although resided in a decent area with vast donations from parents and the community. There are unbelievable numbers of teachers who have convinced us through their daily teaching that students and their leanings are not the teachers concern. Many staff in the office treats students as they were stupid kids, or even worse, criminals. Some staff takes advantage of students and their parents, selling beauty products to garner extra income. Too many unqualified counselors are in AHS collecting tax payers money. Many of my friends constantly feel that we are wasting time in AHS, but we are stocked here because we can t afford private high schools. On the other hand, some exceptional teachers are as dedicated as teachers can be to their students. I mostly admire the teacher who works very hard and cares about her students despite of herself battling cancer. My star goes to these teachers. I wish AHS deserves more of the stars.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2014
Agoura High is a phenomenal school for the arts! The theatre teacher is fantastic, and she actually teaches. Although, she is the only one of my teachers that actually teaches. We have 100 minute classes at Agoura, which should be plenty of time for teachers to actually teach, but instead there are teachers that leave the classroom for a good 20 mins unannounced, who then come back and give us 20 mins more of a break. I have a teacher who wouldn't help me, when I asked a question about how I should study for her tests until I started failing the class. That same teacher would make fun of you, and encourage the class to laugh when someone answered the question wrong, she did this even to the shiest kids. There are more teachers who are like this, or they can't even teach, because they don't know the information. So, the only reason I'd encourage students to come to Agoura is for the Arts. If it wasn't transportation, and our stubborn district I'd go to another school and come back to Agoura to take Theatre, and choir. The main thing I'd improve on is getting rid of the ten year plan, so that teachers would stay on the ball.

- submitted by a student
April 10, 2014
Agoura High School is a top-tier public school that excels in its academic curriculum as well as its award-winning music, athletic, and drama programs. We are thrilled with the supportive new principal, who just took over this past year. The only thing I would improve is that a few of the underclassmen counselors could be a bit more prepared in suggesting appropriate curriculum spanning a student's four years at the campus, and some of the class schedules presented conflicts for desired AP classes. Overall, very happy with the experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2014
Sadly, Agoura High has let us down. Prior to high school we had nothing but ravingly positive things to say about the LVUSD school system. Now, I say apply out. The teaching staff is jaded and angry, the principal per his own report is helpless to change anything, and the students get lost in the shuffle. As parents - forget it! No one has the time of day to deal with concerns. I strongly advise that if you care about the education of your child, want to develop a well rounded, four-year college bound student, then head somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
Agoura has a lot of ups and downs. I can honestly say I don't think it deserves anything more than a 2, however, for many reasons. One reason in particular is that the teachers are very mediocre here. I came here after going to other schools and you cannot compare this school's teaching methods to my old schools'. I took a few honors and none of my teachers demonstrated a teaching style that was appropriate (ie, they just read off powerpoint notes or tried to be funny the entire time.) Some teachers stand out but very few indeed and many are uncaring about you as a student. Nonetheless I will say there were a few good friends I made here and that is why I give AHS anything more than a 1.

- submitted by a student
June 28, 2013
We have had two sons that graduated from Agoura High School. Both were thoroughly happy with their time there. The teachers and class offerings wer excellent. This was largely due to the Las Virgenes School District which provides strong support to students and parents. I would recommend this school to any prospective student or parent.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2012
My son had has had wonderful teachers who inspire him to go above and beyond the basics. He has thrived in the instrumental music program. We are grateful that the Arts are given so much emphasis, in addition to the athletics.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2011
Arrogant self entitled from the principal down. Will not speak to a parent. New school year and have been refused now for 2 days to see counselor as they are not even on the campus. Most of the time they have substitute teachers. Horrible school. All Larry Misel does is send prerecorded messages out for money.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2010
Agoura High School is well-known for it's music and drama programs. Unfortunately AHS suffers from many setbacks. My counselor says I can tell you are smart, but your grades are suffering. She even admitted that she has seen smart kids suffer from similar U.S. education systems (supposedly renowned similarly). Colleges complain that they get kids without creativity, but who are great at math or science problems they will (most likely) never use. My AP U.S. teacher asked us, 'How many of you think your grades show nothing about how smart you are?' The entire Advanced class raises their hands. He says he sees the same effect every year from almost every AP student, the smart A students. AHS fails to motivate the 'non-geniuses' and fails to prepare us for the real world. As my mom says 'Grades don't show your brilliance, but they are the ticket to college'.

- submitted by a student
November 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
AHS was a great learning and growing experience for me. As a student with Autism, I was integrated into regular classes, with one social skills class, taught by Valorie Potter. I learned so much, and made so many great friends, many of whom I am still close with today. I will never forget my time at Agoura High.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2009
Agoura is very much like the suburban school I attended when my family moved to California in the early 70s because of the reputation of California schools. Things have changed in California, but Agoura is still a safe, supportive school that not only achieves academic excellence, but its graduates are competitive with any other school in any other state, gaining admission and scholarships in a wide range of disciplines. The staff and faculty always demonstrate their commitment to the students, and have created innovative programs to help students at all levels reach their educational potential. It's not all just academics, as was pointed out by another review - sports, arts, and even auto shop receive national recognition.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
This is a fantastic school. My child is happy to have such a great high school to attend! We are very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
This is a great all around highschool. The campus is great. It is located just outside of LA County, close enough to be part of LA, but far enough away to avoid the bad schools of LAUSD. The teachers are great. They not only teach the students the course material, but help the students mature as overall young adults. The school has fabulous arts and athletics. The Cheer team has won nationals for the past 8 years, the Boys and Girls waterpolo teams have consistently done very well with the Boys just coming off a State Championship. The other athletic teams all are very competitive and consistently place very high in league (Marmonte League). The photo department has won numerous awards, both locally and state wide. The Music department is fabulous and consistently places very high in national competitions. ANd the school has lots of spirit with its local rivalries.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2009
Although it is true that many teachers may not be the best, it is completely false to say that the school does not allow you to take any courses after Algebra II. I am in geometry and I am a sophomore. Usually, people take Algebra II sophomore year. However, I still plan to take AP statistics senior year. The school DOES address all students. Honestly, it depends on the student NOT the teacher. Yes the teacher helps you learn but it depends on the student if he or she wishes to learn anything. I have taken one AP class but I am not an AP/honors student. However, I am doing very well and I feel that I am being challenged. Maybe not as challenged as other schools but quite challenged.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2009
Agoura High caters more to the high achievers and the average student is left behind. The extracurricular activities and sports programs for the most part are very good. A number of the teachers should have retired long ago and there is little support for those students who are struggling. Have 3 children who have attended the school and it is a definite step down from the excellent experience they had at Lindero Middle School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 03, 2008
What a difference a year (or two) make. I'm in total agreement with the parent comments from 2008 and 2007, this was our experience as well. This school year we transferred our child from Agoura High to Oak Park High. We are more than pleased with the positive difference in attitude, class size, teacher, administrators, district, principal attitudes and our child's test scores. Agoura really needs some new blood.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2008
My children transfered out of Agoura High School last year. My children said last year that it was a terrible experience. The teachers bored them and they weren't interested in any of there classes. They also dropped there grades down. At Lindero Canyon Middle School they had fantastic academics. My kids were treated bad by other students. AHS seems like a wonderful place. But on the inside, it wasn't what i expected at all. I followed my children's decision by letting them switch to the school of there choice. They are doing much better now in Calabasas High. , Susie

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
I have sent three children to this school, and the first two transferred in their sophomore and junior years. They had problems socially and emotionally, and the school would not address them. WIth my third I was hopeful. He was a GATE student, successful by every measure in middle school, very popular. Unfortunately, the school has let him fall through the cracks. He became bored with the classes offered, started asking to homeschool, dropped AP classes and spends all his time on activities, not academics. The counselors have talked to him, but not to me, just as they did with the first two. After a wonderful experience at Lindero Canyon Middle School, I have to think Agoura HS is just not up to the same high standards.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2007
There are teachers who are past their prime-they are angry, rude, and should no longer be teaching. However, this yr there are some young, energetic new teachers. Parents clearly need to be sure that their teenagers get everything in writing--because without it, no one will assist you!

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
One of the best public schools in SO. California due to its emphasis on high standards, excellent teachers, and investment of parents.

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December 13, 2005
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October 25, 2005
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July 30, 2005
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- submitted by a administrator
June 05, 2005
Overall, Agoura High School provides a well rounded selection of academics for a wide range of students. While there are weaknesses they lie more with individual teachers than with the curriculum in general. The music program is outstanding and benefits from excellent feeder programs at the local middle schools, especial Linder Canyon. The theatre program is not of the caliber one would expect primarily due to the department chair. There are, however, ample opportunities for tstudents to participate in drama through an excellent 'comedy sportz' program and other productions outside the department. Agoura has numerous excellent sports programs and is regularly featured in section playoffs. The cheer program is one of the leading programs in the nation and has brought home many national championships. There is a large pool of involved parents and an active PFC as well as many booster groups.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
This school caters to the high achievers (AP and Honors students) and has a wonderful resource program (special education). Unfortunately, if your son/daughter is just an average student, they will likely fall short academically (not be very successful). The courses for the average student are far too rigorous and demanding and most students are incapable of the work. For example, the 'regular' chemistry course uses the AP chemistry book that most other high schools use for their AP course. Students who wish to take a regular chemistry course are actually taking an AP course which is far too difficult. Therefore, most students cannot take chemistry. Also, most average students are forced to take a three semester Algebra I, geometry and Algebra II course. If they manage to finish those, they are forbidden to take any higher math (such as trigonometry). This school tracks students unfairly.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
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February 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2004
This school definitely needs some work in integrating students of other ethnic groups. A student attending here will end up quite sheltered culturally speaking.

- submitted by a former student
April 29, 2004
AHS is a wonderful place for students, even if they are average. Every advantage is at the students fingertips, its whether or not the child takes advantage of them. And not just 'jocks' and 'high achievers' are the only ones that get paid attention too, many average students do. Perhaps your 'average student' just wasn t taking advantage of these opportunities, but this is the real world. Bosses and colleges are not going to come and find you, you have to find them. In my opinion Agoura High is a wonderful high school with a wonderful learning environment.

- submitted by a student
no rating April 22, 2004
This is not the best school for my child who is not necessarily an academically motivated 9th grader. There is very little attention paid by the administration or staff for 'average' students. It seems that only the sports jocks or high achievers are given attention. My child is neither and we feel our child's needs are not addressed. We are taking our child out of this district. Note: The administration at the 'new' public school is also much more kind and considerate. AHS is probably good for highly self-motivated students - but not very good for the average kid.

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December 21, 2003
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September 24, 2003
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August 26, 2003
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Agoura High School
28545 West Driver Avenue, Agoura, CA  91301
(818) 889-1262
Last modified Agoura High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Agoura High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top