Students enrolled 3665
School leader Brent Forsee
District Arcadia Unified

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180 Campus Drive
Arcadia, CA 91007

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3 stars
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July 28, 2014
Great teachers, hardworking students, modern campus in a nice community. If the student is willing work hard, he or she will be rewarded with a great education.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2014
I'm a student of the Class of 2014 so I'm literally going to graduate very soon from this school. I was never competitive -- I'm a procrastinator in fact and I haven't joined many clubs or extracurricular activities compared to the others of my year, but I really think it's a great school. Sure some teachers don't teach (or know how to), but the many teachers that do know how to teach and teach extraordinarily amazingly make it up. Plus, the many activities a person can do here brings everyone together -- I literally made friends with people upon first meeting here. The student body's not only overall friendly and united, but more diverse than what one would expect from a somewhat Asian-dominated place. We're rivals, but that doesn't stop us all from reaching out and being friends. There's no bullying here. There's a lot of resources here, too, and though I never been to the counselors before, they do have a lot of pamphlets and career information in the Career Center. Don't forget that the Arcadia Public Library which has an enormous source of information is just across the street, available to anyone who needs it. The giant Arcadia Park and Golf Course is too. Great environment.

- submitted by a student
February 24, 2014
AHS offers many quality clubs, classes and sports opportunities for students. As others have said AHS offers both excellent teachers and some exceptionally poor ones. The counselors have improved. However, as others have also mentioned, the administration, starting with Principal Forsee, is a major weak point. They are arrogant, unfriendly, and you have to wonder how many of them are out for either students, teachers, or parents. Sometimes, it feels like an us against them environment. After interacting with them recently, I've given serious thought to taking my kids out and putting them into a private school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
Graduated from this school last year, going to a good college out of state- but that was out of my own personal efforts. The school itself has it's share of great and horrible teachers, some really push students to do their best, some don't care at all. Hi level competition can be a good thing, pushes some students to excel in academics, sports, and clubs, but also causes other students to become depressed or give up on trying. The administration is horrible, administrators claim credit for the achievements of students and remove staff who don't fit their narrow-minded perspective of high school(look up coach Jim Obrien)

- submitted by a community member
August 25, 2013
Great teachers, great learning environment, but extremely competitive due to the overwhelming number of students.

- submitted by a community member
August 03, 2013
The school has many stuck-up students and teachers that don't care about their students' progress.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2012
I love AHS, I really do. Sure you do have to push yourself to try your hardest, but isn't that a positive trait? I am a lot better off than some of my friends who went to MHS or TCHS who are now struggling in college because they were never taught to push themselves to take APs or higher level courses. Honestly, college is a breeze for me because all the classes I've taken have for the last 12 years has prepared me for what I'm experiencing right now. I'm glad I pushed myself because all the work that I've done in volunteering, clubs, and academics earned me nearly $20,000 in merit based and academic scholarships from multiple schools. Schools fought to have me join their ranks because they see my school and know what I am capable of the work I can do. Everyone has heard of AHS because of our strong academic and performing arts teams, and they know our dedication and our abilities to go above and beyond what we're expected to do. Talking to the Dean of Admissions at Harvey Mudd made that apparent when he told me that the AHS kids are some of the hardest working students he has at the school, and they never want to pass them up.

- submitted by a student
April 07, 2012
An okay school! I like all the people and most of the teachers at the High School! But some don't teach at all. The High School could improve a little bit about firing the teachers that don't teach. Well at least most of the teachers still teach though.

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2012
I worked there for many years. There is much chaos and little accountability for both the administrators and the support staff. I felt that they were doing an injustice to the students and parents.

- submitted by a teacher
January 27, 2012
Teachers do not encourage students to work, while most of them resort to private tutors to understand the lesson. That's why their test scores are so high. The high test score is absolutely not a results of the so called guidance counseling staff, AP nor the teachers. Students have to seek knowledge about colleges and AP information by themselves. The school fascilities are horrible. Football players for instance has no water to bath after practice in the morning. Can you imagine the kids have nowhere to eat at lunch? They eat with chipmunks on the dirty lawn.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
While current programs are aimed to help students, high competition between particular students leave struggling students behind. Teachers are able to work with students, but counselors are inexperienced and do not take complaints seriously.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
I sense frustration in some of these postings most of which can be resolved with proper communication with the school and its leaders. The best way to do this is to get involved, understand the system and have an intelligent dialogue with the school and parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
I am a recent graduate of Arcadia High School and can provide an accurate critique. I played four years for the football team and took a wide range of classes in which the majority of students were motivated to learn. Most of the negative comments draw attention to FACULTY shortcomings and not, in comparison, student faults. That is because in terms of academics Arcadia High School consistently scores in the top tier for Southern California! Although some of the staff do not excel at their, undoubtedly, monotonous and overlooked positions, parents should generally be assured that there is virtually no bullying and that the surrounding affluent community is relatively safe and nurturing to students' intellectual pursuits. These qualities are considered luxuries for inner city students. Furthermore, any problems occurring with faculty can be quickly resolved by a responsible parent with concise correspondence, so unfair administration should not be an issue. Overall this school has competitive athletics and top quality academics. Overall it is "Above Average" in comparison to other public schools; private and preparatory schools must be weighted monetarily.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2011
This school was a lot better decades ago when I went there. There are many contraversial topics parents are talking about this school. The leader there does not take parents seriously. Teachers are usually quite supportive of the students and parents. Other than that, parents have so much complaints but they just don't want to bother to bring it to the superintendent. nothing will change and parents have given up. over-rated over-hyped for nothing so good about the school. Thanks to the supportive parents and the extremely hardworking kids in Arcadia. The counselors department don't do their job right. can they show some respects to parents and kids once and for all?

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
The school doesn't have any sort of good communication among staff and the administrators. With better unity and trust among them, the school could do better. Luckly my kids has transferred to a nice private school where there are good counselors with real knowledge about colleges and AP as well as adequate counseling skills. Most importantly they respect the students and the parents. I love to see some respect from the deans and the counselors. May be that's the culture of AHS and that will never change.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
My daughter graduated from this school and we had the most greatest experiences with the teachers, great facilities, library, field tracks, great food.... But not so good counselors and deans. Their work ethics and attitudes towards the parents and students raise many eye browses. Some of them took like 2 weeks off during mid year reports periods which is some time after christmas which led to some students rejected by their desired colleges. May be they are a bit lazy, irresponsible and over paid. I don't know. Great teachers and facilities but not so good counselors.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2010
Great school overall. Most of the teachers are excellent, smart, and generally understanding. (I say this being an alumni myself so I am a little bias when it comes to disciplinary action.) Safe from gang violence As for the diversity, it is very asian as far as demographics go but rarely is this an issue as Arcadia's many clubs, sports, and programs bring many people together and create friendships regardless of race. Great band and drumline, as for sports; Good baseball, swimming, track, cross country, golf, volleyball, and tennis. Not as good football, basketball, and water polo. Best sport, cross country or track due to the fact that the Nike Invitational is held here. Academics speak for themselves, Gov. Team is nationally ranked (#1) and many other academic teams are very competitive. School pushes students to take APs and get into UCs, very much an academic prone school.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2010
AHS is definately above average in comparison to the LA Unified School district. My eldest son just graduated last year and I have the staff and his councelor to thank for. Unlike most of the negative comments that I read. Maybe we were lucky running into extremly patience teachers, staff and councelor. We do run into classes and teachers that we don't like but it's a fact of life and a lesson that we can't always get what we want,so help your child learn how to deal with it. I'm asian and a small business owner in Arcadia...I do find that mojority of us asian are extremely rude. We don't follow rules and guidelines just to get what we want and can sometime agitate the office staff. The only complain I have is the school is overly crowded.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
Pros : Great class choices + Wide variety Lunch is great Student's are very helpful Cons : Counselors and teachers need WAY more training Schedule is horrible causing teachers not to teach at all Mandatory swimming test Does not had a diverse race 60+% asian

- submitted by a student
August 18, 2010
This school is just great! Arcadia has just the best, and most excellent schools! I hope my future generations move to Arcadia where it is highly desirable for the great schools! Especially Arcadia High!

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2010
The school is located in the upper middle class neighborhood and comprised of extremely hardworking kids and supportive parents. Teachers and some staff are great! The school district is still extremely conservative and arrogant. They better stop taking all the credits for the students and parents achievement. It's unfair!

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
The school is very big with hard working teachers, the most amazinngly diligent students with great supports from their parents. They came from upper-middle class background and the parents have many resources for the children. On the other hand, the counselors and the administrators are not doing a very good job. They usually take all the credit for what the already great students and supportive parents have done. It' s not fair because they are usually mean and not very knowledgable. We parents are seeking for recources and advise from somewhere else. THese staff need to work harder to help the parents and the students. The more counselors does not show more effectiveness in the office. Actually more complaints which is sad.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
The "guidance counselors" needs more trainning in doing their jobs. They are not working very hard. It's really sad. The office staff in thier office need change their behaviors and attitudes toward new immigrant parents and children. They always show disrespect to them. The students are being treated in the unfair manner. The administrators need to do something about that. However they would never ever care. But the teachers are most very helpful and nice.

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May 10, 2010
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- submitted by a student
March 23, 2010
Arcadia high school is ridiculously big in size it should be split to 2 schools. There is no control over students behavior or problems on campus. It's soooo competitive in every area. 90 percent Asians makes others feel odd. I don't recommend this school.

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December 21, 2009
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November 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I really agree with you nothing more than value brand name. I have my daughter attend this school only because one of my Asian friends can help out. I am a single, working mom but my friend is not. The school counselors are not so helpful. The teachers are good. The administration staff is not so friendly; they want you to think that they are so busy to talk to you. The parents (most of them) are educated and hard worker but no self-discipline. I feel like we are not in US but in Asia country.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
It's not the worst school per se. It's extremely over-rated. The counselors are pretty bad. They work so slowly. Very inefficient. The bitter secretary is so rude most of the time. Most of the teachers are nice and responsible.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
July 19, 2009
Students are better than the teachers. Lots of politics get in the way of teaching, especially in the English department.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2009
The truth is that in this school pressure to excel comes from students and parents, as befitting the Asian culture(s). Not from teachers. After having attended this high school, I feel that one could replace all the teachers with unionized chimpanzees, and the test scores wouldn't slide. Bottom line is that if a student could excel here, he could excel anywhere, and I think my parents overpaid just for the privilege of bragging to their other Asian friends that their children go to AHS. The only thing i could say about the school is that as an Asian student, for the first time in my life in the US, I am no longer a part of a 'small minority,' in this school. This is not a bad schoo, per se, just highly overrated. Asians (of which I am) value brand names, which this school is, nothing more.

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May 28, 2009
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May 28, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2009
yes, agree with you. The students are running the schools. Not the administrators or office staff.

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April 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 16, 2009
I worked there for many years. There is much chaos and little accountability for both the administrators and the support staff. I felt that they were doing an injustice to the students and parents.

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March 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 04, 2009
This school is bragging about how many teachers they are hiring at this tough economy time. It has some good teachers. They students are very very smart and they are mostly aiming at Ivy league universities. The counseling department and the office staff always encourage everyone going to community college. Because they don't want to write letter or rec and do paper work for students. They have no advice for my students and don't have much knowledge about AP and universities. The students are running the schools. Not the administrators or office staff. The office generally has a very low morale where students and parents are bring talked down and put down. Avoid the office. Hold you breathe and stay away.

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February 23, 2009
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February 12, 2009
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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating December 10, 2008
AHS is a great school, but the teacher are either really really good or really really horrible, some teacher don't know how to teach. Another bad thing in this school is you can't change your classes, that's very bad , expecially when you unlucky have the teacher who doesn't know how to teach. You have to stay in class learn nothing, just wasting your time and straggle

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
The school was safe when I attended and compared to the stories I have heard from people I come in contact with, it was a better school than most. I will say, even for myself who has a BA, I don't think this school prepares non-college bound students for anything other than failure. There is not a single vocational or trade class to be found, unless woodshop counts. I personally struggle and have struggled with a career path because of the lack of classes geared toward a student not bound for a 4 year college. Parents HAVE to talk with their students at AHS about what they might enjoy doing for a career, because the school wont help.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
Is it a understaffed counseling department or an overstaffed but unwilling to work hard counseling department? You parents be the judge. It is a school with very very good teachers and amazingly hardworking students!! Staff working in the office need to learn to respect parents especially those who are new immigrants. There are many complains about the attitude of the secretaries and counselors among us parents but we didn't file official complain to the school. They are horrible and difficult to deal with. Please don't have high expectations in the office. Hold your grudge because these people will never improve! There is no motivation for them to improve; they are already overpaid and are backed up by their union!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
Given the sheer enormity of the student body, the understaffed counseling department, and the hit-or-miss quality of the teachers, it is really up to the AHS student to make your own way in this environment. Staying in the honors/AP track through graduation and having good luck with scheduling teachers is key though. If you can't test into the honors classes from the beginning, you soon get lost far behind. My senior year, I decided to drop from AP English into regular English, and the difference was drastic. The curriculum being covered for the majority of the semester had been covered in my freshman year honors class. However, the 'Asian bubble' does equate with healthy intellectual competition and a safe environment. True, we're not an especially great athletic school, but the range of our other high performing extracurricular activities brought more value to me personally than some football team.

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October 28, 2008
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October 22, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 21, 2008
The school dose not show awareness or value the cultural and linguistic diversity in the school. The administrators are conservative politicians. This is a place where staff strive for personal and political interests but not the best interests of the children in Arcadia. The staff like to 'work smart' instead of 'work hard'. This is a belief coming fron the counseling department. While other neigboring school districts respect and value the diversity while gainning credebility from thier parents. Arcadia school district has a decline in their 'used to be' good reputations. People began to consider putting their student in private schools instead. There are reasons for it.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2008
My child is in AHS right now and the staff as a whole are great. Counselors are easy to talk to and are very helpful, emailing them and setting appointments are the best way rather than walk-ins. Teachers are more than willing to have open communication on how to help the students.

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September 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2008
It is a school comprised of high achieving students. They are extremely hardworking and most of them have more that one private tutors to help them. That's why their test scores are so high. The high test score is absolutely not a results of the so called guidance counseling staff, AP nor the teachers. Students have to seek knowledge about colleges and AP information by themselves. The school fascilities are horrible. Football players for instance has no water to bath after practice in the morning. Can you imagine the kids have nowhere to eat at lunch? They eat with chipmunks on the dirty lawn.

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September 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
Great school for the most part. However, I want to echo what several stated in regards to the school's English department not successfully preparing students for the kind of writing necessary for the UCs. I speak in regards to AHS's English department from the basis of its standard English classes, by the way. It was a real shock for me when I took my very first actual college-level English class at my UC. The difference and expectations are simply leagues apart. I m good enough now to the point that I can get As on essays and research papers, but if it wasn t for my friend and some of the university s instructors, I would have easily failed all of my English classes on my first year of college. Ridiculous; such a shocking gap should never have existed in the first place. The difference between AHS and college-level English material is essentially the difference between a 12th grader and someone in the 8th grade.

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June 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2008
The students are so motivated and hardworking. The parents are so involved with their children's education. Many great teachers in the school. However, the counselor department continues to be the worst of all. They are a pain in the neck for anyone possible. Even though they have 13 counselors, it is still impossible to meet with the counselor for individual meeting. They are always on the phone or away from their desks everytime you attempt to talk to them. My children are in 10th grade and 11th grade. Are they really this busy? I seriously doubt it. 13 counselors but even less availability. They are incompetentand and unprofessional. I can voice out my opinions, but what can the school do about their attitude towards students and parents? I guess only lawsuit will make changes!

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May 14, 2008
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March 22, 2008
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March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2008
The overall environment and atmosphere of AHS pushes you to do your best. It's hard not to follow the crowd and get into college and score high on exams. The social aspect is challenging but so is the real world. AHS is an excellent stepping stone for the next best thing.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2007
This High School is by far, relative to its size, is one of the best high schools in the country. Its high expectations from its students.

- submitted by a student
no rating July 01, 2007
This school will either make or break wherever on earth you're applying. The counselors are horrible, but the teachers are either really really great or they don't teach at all. The school's pretty much divided into 50% good teachers and horrible teachers. (Mrs. Swift is the best though!)

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2007
Although AHS is about 110% overpopulated (no joke, we calculated this in class), it is still one of the top schools in the nation. The school is very competitive considering the number of students we have. good: plenty of class to choose from, excellent art & performing art program, very nice sports field, you'll always make new friends, offer the most AP test in California, and the city is pretty wealthy. bad: the teachers are either really good or horrible, the sports teams are either really good or just loosing the whole way, definitely not enough counselors, the new principles isn't really helping the school, overpopulation, and not enough diversity what-so-ever.

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2007
Great school...If i had to choose what high school to go to...I would choose Arcadia..Again

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2007
I was a former student at Arcadia High School, and I can definitely say that it was an honor to attend such a good school. The music program is one of the finest in the nation and academics are challenging and tough, but it really prepares you for college. The teachers are either really good or really bad. The school needs more counselors, when I was there, it was something like 1 counselor to 1 grade...and they were never there to help with personal issues because they were too busy with student's schedules and such. Another downfall is that the school does not give you enough time to change classes...especially when the campus is huge.

- submitted by a former student
January 06, 2007
One of my greatest failures in life so far is not attending Arcadia High School. This school is simply the best in terms of everything. A boatload of AP classes marks an excellent academic program, and academics are further embellished by what is possibly the best extra curricular activities in the world. This school has a marching band that is second to none. With more than 400 members, the band is not only one of the largest anywhere, but it is also one of the very best. The band attened the Rose Parade 12 times, it represented the state of CA in the 2004-2005 Inauguaration Parade, and it won so many prestigious awards that it is impossible to count. And being a member of this band is uber easy- there no try-outs. In addition to band, Arcadia also hosts the Arcadia Invitational - the world's largest and most presitigous highschool track-and-field-meet....

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December 18, 2006
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June 07, 2006
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June 07, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2006
My niece attended this school while living with me and she loved it. She was involved in many activities such as ORCA and dance. There are many students and lots of help from teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2006
Strong and competitive academic programs in general. Social science department is generally very strong- lots of great ones in there! Music department is large and strong; every student is in band or orchestra or choir. Parents are relatively very involved. Math and science offer a lot of different classes for all levels, but are just so-so in terms of college prep. Definitely need more counselors! They are always overburdened and don't have the time to give out the necessary college advice.

- submitted by a former student
May 07, 2006
Rigourous academic environment. Lack of school counselors. Wide range of academic achievement available. Very Competitive.

- submitted by a former student
April 15, 2006
Great school but competitive.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
This is a really great school in a really great district. I hightly recommend it.

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March 31, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
March 26, 2006
This school is been very great in acadamic and also it has great sport programs, the parents are very involved in school activities.

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March 13, 2006
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February 28, 2006
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February 28, 2006
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February 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
A fine school with lots of extra curricular activities. The music department is amazing. Good area to live but very expensive due to the credibility of this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2006
Great school! Great teachers and great facilities!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2006
Lots of parent involvment. Lots of academic clubs and extra activities. Success is the object of this school. People are motivated to better on their own due to the competition at this school. Classes are amazing and the school is great.

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January 05, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 05, 2006
I went to this high school for grades 9-12 and felt my overall experience was valuable. AHS had a good variety of courses, but the quality of teaching was not consistent. Some teachers were excellent and continue to have an impact on my life, while some were as useless as a tree stump. This is definitely a place where you can make the best of your talent - plenty of my friends went to top notch colleges. Our athletic program was mediocre, our campus needed improvement, but my peers provided a thoroughly challenging experience in the classroom. For being such a large school, this is a school with high standards, and ambitious students.

- submitted by a former student
December 23, 2005
Very large high school where it's easy for a child to get lost if they aren't connected to sometype of group, be it sports, clubs or the incredibily well represented band. Many fine teachers, and some incredibly terrible ones. Unfortunately, if your child gets one of the 'nightmare' teachers, they're stuck for the semester--no changes allowed. College counseling is done in mass in the high school auditorium (1 counselor per grade level). Nevertheless, academic competition is very high, fueled by the primarily Asian student body. YOur child can get a world class education here, but be warned that the sheer size and lack of counseling present challenges and demand that the student have plenty of parental support to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2005
Arcadia High School is a good school, though literally bursted at the seems because of the large student body.

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November 21, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2005
The curriculum at Arcadia High is very rigorous. Arcadia expects on the the best out of its student. Extremely competitive academically, it is practically expected that the kids take AP courses. They are prepared for them well and Arcadia has a long history of excellence. A 'B' at Arcadia would no doubt be an 'A' at practially any other school.

- submitted by a student
May 17, 2005
Arcadia High School offers a big variety on AP Classes as well as a plethora of different sports, clubs, and programs. Parents are not particularly involved although the PTA do try it's best. The majority of students are Asian Americans and many immigrants are coming in droves to this high school causing it to become severly overpopulated. Arcadia students are highly motivated and most go on to attend 4 year universities, and almost all take the SAT's.

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2005
I am currently a student at Arcadia High School as a freshman (9th grade). Our school is 75% Asian (I'm russian) and because of the Asian culture where grades are highly important, they raise our school's rank. Our SAT scores are very high. I, personally love the school and I am enrolled in plentiful honors and AP classes and most of the teachers are very good. Drug, smoking, and alcohol level are one of the lowest you could find out of any schools. Joke: 'Guest asks: what was the toughest discipline problem? teacher answers: umm...a student didn't want to sit down...' The guest probably expected something related to violence. New students feel very welcome. I was a translator for a new russian girl and now we are best friends. I highly recommend this school! If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

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April 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 08, 2005
Physically, the campus of Arcadia HS is run down. With about 4000 kids attending, it is somewhat understandable. However, Arcadia is a wealthy community, and it would seem that the HS should be a showcase in addition to it's academic, athletic and extra-curricular high standards.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
Excellent academic programs, but getting overcrowded compared with 10 years ago.

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December 30, 2004
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December 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2004
I feel that students are not challenged enough at this school.

- submitted by a former student
September 02, 2004
My children have done very well in the Arcadia school system. The teachers are well trained and dedicated to our students. I think the high school has an excellent parent support program with the PTSA keeping parents current and informed as well as encouraging us to participate in our children's education.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
I'm a former student of Arcadia High and I can honestly say that this is the best school for your kids to attend. Its a comfortable environment and the teachers and staff care for each student. The security level is excellent and you can send your child without worries. I have had great experience attending Arcadia High and I'm proud to be a graduate of this school. Hope you all enjoy it as well. Thanks.

- submitted by a former student
April 16, 2004
Although most of the teachers at AHS are good teachers, far too many are lackluster. Parents and students know the good, the bad, and the ugly. The bad and the ugly are unfortunately shielded by the overall school scores, which is a reflection of a combination of quality teaching by some, and tutoring to compensate for the weaknesses of the others. Those teachers who really do their job well prove that it can be done! Those who consistently underperform need to be weeded out!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2004
I am not a parent i am a student. I think that Arcadia High School is a great facility to send your child to. We have great teachers and great students. Our SAT scores are above average, and our college admissions are many. If your thinking about sending your child to AHS - think no more send them.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2004
I agree with the parent who made the Nov 03 comment that the school does not adequately prepare students for college writing. I graduated from AHS in the 90s and took several AP classes in both the sciences and the humanities. I got 5's on all but one, for which i got a 4. I went on to UC Berkeley and am currently pursuing a PhD at Stanford (humanities). AHS has some wonderful teachers and gave me a good, diverse base of learning from which to begin my undergraduate studies. However, i did feel myself to be at a disadvantage in the first few years of college learning the fundamentals of academic writing and basic research skills. clearly students who arrived in college w/such training under their belts had a big head start.

- submitted by a former student
January 30, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 25, 2003
Arcadia High's English department, unfortunately, like most high schools, do not sufficiently prepare their students for college writing. They thoroughly prepare their students for SAT II tests, AP exams, and etc. They teach according to the material that will be presented on tests. They fail to teach in a manner that will make their students well-rounded writers, and well-prepared for college. Without a doubt, AHS has more resources, AP classes, extracurriculars than nearly every other school, turning out more graduates headed to college than an average high school. It is a privilege for many to be able to attend AHS. But that doesn't mean AHS can't make changes, or that it doesn't need changes. What happened to AHS motto of 'Simply the best and getting better'? AHS has problems that it needs to deal with and changes it needs to make. Let's recognize the problems and seek to make that motto a reality.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2003
It's quite ironic to see the parent above rant about the quality of Arcadia High School's English Department when she herself has multiple grammatical errors, one that should not be made by a high school student, much less an adult. Now, the educational system in general is never flawless; the essence of education falls not only on the shoulders of one's school system, but also upon one's own shoulders. You cannot expect any school, no matter how prestigious or celebrated, to educate every single child to the level of any Ivy League school. Plainly, we all know that is not true, for it just isn't possible to set such outrageous expectations. I'm sure this is absolutely horrifically rude of me, but if your children aren't writing up to the standards of the UC system, or any school for that matter, are you implying that it is completely the school's fault and not your children's? What the school offers has nothing to do with how successful your children will be; I'm sure by now you have successfully reasoned that what I have been trying to say is that if your child isn't as successful as you would hope, don't be so quick to use the school's educational system as your scapegoat. I am currently attending Arcadia High School, and I comment on behalf of my parents.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I have had 2 daughters graduate from AHS. They both took the AP classes for Calculus, English, Spanish, History. I have no complaints about any of the teachers, nor do my daughters. They prepared them very well for college entrance.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
All three of my children had very positive academic and social experiences at AHS. None of them ever had any problems with their writing skills! They were very well prepared from elementary school on through high school. Because of its enrollment size, however, it is imperative for parents to be involved in the multitude of activities in which their children are participating... including the academics and particularly if English is a second language. In these days of massive budget cuts and increasing class size, teachers can only do so much in assessing each student. Parents must assume responsibility for a child's learning and effort.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2003
I must disagree with a few of the points made by the previous comment. Both of my daughters attended Arcadia High School for four years and I can assure you they were taught how to write complete sentences. There is a problem with learning how to write different types of essays, but not with writing thesis sentences or topic sentences. The English department could be improved, but they definitely do not have a problem teaching the basic necessities.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
Arcaduia High School's instructors who teach English are not very great. They are great interepretor although they are not good writers. Noone expects them to be perfect but at least try their best. What's their best? That's the question. An answer for that question is that the high school require a very qualified English teacher who can teach students how to write different types of college writings because Arcadia High School graudates, though high in verbal and math score, still cannot write well developed college essays. The high school's students are in danger if they don't know different types of essay writing styles. For personal example, one of my daughters took English honor during her sophomore year and one of my sons took regular English for four years in the high school. Yet, they still cannot write a well developed essay, like college level's essays. They do not even know what outlines and clustering are. Before they write essays, outlines and clustering give ideas for a well developed essay. Since they don't know how to create an outline and clustering, how can they develop a well written essay? So, when they took the subject exams, they were put back to lower division English classes in UCLA and Cal State Long Beach. Really, I am pleased to see that the high school teachers are very excellent in mathematics, such as AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, and in sciences, such as AP Physics, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry; however, the high school needs to focus a little more in English. Arcadia High School is simply the 'best' and is 'getting better' only if it is focusing more on English this time, for Arcadia High School's teachers are only great in Math and Science.

- submitted by a parent
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Arcadia High School
180 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA  91007
(626) 821-1711
Last modified Arcadia 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.
Arcadia High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 118 reviews. Top