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Anaheim, CA
Students enrolled: 2,766
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2200 East Wagner Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806

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(714) 999-3621
(714) 535-3991
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June 03, 2015
I'm not sure who left the other reviews for the school, but it is clearly a two-star site at best. The teaching quality is often mediocre depending on the department, often digressing into babysitting, worksheets are considered real "work," the budget never seems to match need, and the campus is a dump. It is sad to juxtapose this campus with others in the AUHSD. There is clearly some neglect from the district itself, and a lack of oversight. Katella averages a new principal every two years, but its AP's are never switched out. Student and parental involvement are extremely low. It is a miracle any of its (socially-promoted) "graduates" can survive in college, but most don't go anyway, so it's hard to tell what becomes of all these former Knights.

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
June 03, 2015
Katella has roughly ten or so great teachers. A few others are good. The rest are either mediocre and inconsistent, or just plain bad. Katella is one of those schools you should not use to defend teacher tenure. About fifteen to twenty of them need to go for various reasons that adversely affect their teaching. Some are vicious and mean to students, while others merely sit there and collect a paycheck and watch their STRS account get bigger and bigger.

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Not enough
June 03, 2015
Most teachers at the school do not even give homework. Some even defend this decision. I would think the only defense would be the fact that Katella students simply do not do homework.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 03, 2015
I would challenge most Katella students to even define these terms. Hard work is merely given lip-service in the classroom and on the field. The air is more of defeat than determination.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 03, 2015
There is very little inherent respect in many students who arrive from feeder schools such as South Junior High, and those who are bussed in from the Ponderosa Park area. Most students are generally friendly and tolerant of each other, but there is zero respect for adult or authority figures - except the ones who act like children themselves.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 03, 2015
Most students who come into the school are nice and normal enough. However, the school does little to actively discourage bullying or instill compassion and maturity in its students. Most leave as they arrived: immature, and unable to handle real reality.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
June 03, 2015
There is really no adherence to any ESLR's or credo at Katella. Students consider its standards to be a joke. Then again, there is little done to actually implement ESLR's on all levels. Some teachers will really push something, while others poo-poo it, openly, in front of students. Cheating is rampant, late work is the norm, and certain staff who are clearly not "fair" have worked there for decades while they should have been let go for bullying their students.

- submitted by a parent

November 06, 2014
It is my opinion that this school has even become more chaotic. Mr. Carpenter has the audacity to post fliers on campus to purchase his book "keeping it simple". In theory of his goal of the "Almighty dollar" rather than focus on conducting himself professionally. I have three children who were attending this school and thank God I placed them at Fullerton High, a more caring concerned group of people rather than this disenchanted Principal who is more concerned about the politics of his losing the opportunity to be school superintendent to a extremely and well rounded person. I encourage Mr. Carpenter to apply himself to his career of book writing his theories rather than complete destruction of the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 03, 2009
I'm a senior at Katella and personally I dislike it. We have a poor educational program and even worse sports! I wanted to transfer to Sunny Hills for my final year this year :(

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 23, 2008
My son was transfered from another High School and he enjoys school so much more. Thanks Katella!

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2008
Its funny hearing what some parents hear and say about this school. No hard hats were worn by students to get to class, and there are always AP classes offered, you just have to be smart enough to get in them. My only concern is safety and campus security, which seems minimal. Academics aren't that bad, but could be better. Room for improvement, but better than some schools.

- submitted by a student

March 28, 2008
I have had a student at Katella for 6 years now (2 kids). The teachers are quick to respond to an e-mail to ask about grades or behavior. I have been really happy with the school. It is true that there has been a lot of construction, but it takes a lot of time to make so many changes to such a large school. My children have been happy there too.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2008
Katella High School has been under construction for over 3 years! There aren't even any lockers! Student are forced to carry at least 3-4 heavy books and more than one binder every day, and last year the students had to wear hard hats just to get to class! I have a child that who is very intelligent and she can't enhance her knowledge because AP classes are non-existent! Their sports program is extremely poor and students aren't focused on academics! Do not send your child to this school! Im un-enrolling my daughter due to these unacceptable conditions!!

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2007
Katella does have very good honors and ap programs the problem is they are not supported enough by the student body. Recently an AP english lit class was cancelled do to too low of numbers. The ap kids do suffer somewhat because the are a minority. The same kids are involved in asb, sports, clubs etc and the percentage of those involved are small.

- submitted by a student

September 04, 2007
I personally think that Katella High School is an good school there are good programs for kids to try out for and I enjoy the sports that most kids participate in.

- submitted by a student

June 25, 2006
Because of Katella my horizons are broad. You obtain a bond with the athletic, club and student-teacher communities aid me when I feel pressured with AP work load, and social problems at home. It is a sense of frienship, and innovation on obtains from the student goverment and subjects. Yet the current construction is a hassle going from class to class, but in the end I am proud to be a Knight!

- submitted by a student

April 23, 2005
This school has pretty good academics. They had a great drama and music program in the past, but since the lost their Mr. holland aka: Mr. Weiss the school's music program is now pretty lame. Their sports program is ok, but their is room for improvement. Parent involvement at this school is basically nil.

- submitted by a parent

January 30, 2004
Being a student at Katella gives me more power to judge than anyone else and I am a honor student that is very athletic. It is a great school and I don't believe how bad people think it is. All I have to say is Knight Pride!

- submitted by a student

October 10, 2003
I'm actually a student, but I believe that being a student gives me better claim to judge the school. The school is doing a fine job as it's going. Some teachers are better than others but that's just opinion.

- submitted by a community member

May 22, 2003
Maria Hoffman,Tim McMenamin,Nadine Miller,Debra Fris,Fern Smith are a few of the good teachers there.

- submitted by a community member

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Katella High School
2200 East Wagner Avenue, Anaheim, CA  92806
(714) 999-3621
Last modified Katella High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Katella High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top