The Principal is horrible! !! He does not return parent phone calls, address any issues he simply passes the buck. The teacher's are not held to any LAUSD or ethical standard. They are pretty much given free range to do as they please. Student requests or concerns are discarded with the days garbage. My family was so excited about their Agricultural and Veterinarian Magnet it looked very promising and it has been nothing more than a disappointment. My child is a hard working student with good grades and has never been in any sort of trouble and this school doesn't help support any of these student's, they are all left on the back burner. This will definitely be the last year my child attends this school. Anyone who is considering sending their child to this magnet or school should seriously reconsider and look into North Hollywood Zoo Magnet or the new Animal Science Magent at Verdugo Hills High School.
The new administration is terrible. Most of the programs are being cut and kids are suffering. They do not comply with LAUSD policies and trying to get any action is a losing battle. This school needs a complete overall - starting from the top.
The old administration loved the kids and were open to working with the parents and teachers. There were many good programs and teachers. Things have changed in the past two years. There is no longer a voice among the staff or parents. Many key people are gone and the programs are dwindling. Things are very sad at this campus.
I attended this school and it offered all the tools I needed for success. Canoga park is not perfect. Unfortunately, like any other school it does have its bad crowds, so it really all comes down to who the students choose to be and how they choose to act. However, overall Canoga is a great school. It offers various challenging courses, and leadership positions the teachers are very attentive and tutoring is offered after school. Last but not least, the fact that it is a small school really does help kids get around and get to know each other like a family.
I have two children in the magnet program. It's a great school, small and in need of a facelift. The teachers and administration for the most part are excellent and extremely responsive. As with any school, parent involvement varies but I would highly recommend this school.
My two sons have graduated from CPHS, with my first son, I wanted him to go to El Camino HS, big mistake. CPHS is small, you get to know the teachers well, if you take your time for your kids and both graduated with honors. Be involved in your child's education and it will pay off.
Great, Safe school! I would recommend it to anyone! It has some great teachers and some not so great but besides that it's a small school that makes it safe
Great environment. Friendly students. Excellent teachers. The best school I've seen in years.
I am currently enrolled at Canoga and will soon be graduating. I am part of the magnet program, which as helped me greatly with my pursuit of a career in veterinary. I have enjoyed my time here and I think it is the best school I have attended so far. All the teachers and counselors care for the students and there are many activities that students may be involved in. The teachers and counselors are always concerned with each individual and what their plans are for their future. I know that Canoga has had a bad reputation but it has made a tremendous improvement. Many have wondered why I chose to go to Canoga since it is a 'bad' school and believe that I have made a mistake. I can honestly say that I am proud to be a Hunter. Revolutionaries Class of 2008!
Excellent school. Students attend major colleges , example Berkeley, UCLA , UCSB etc. This years soccer team is ranked #1 in the city, the Daily News, the state and the nation. Teachers and counselors care about the students. One of the smallest traditional schools in the city. 'Best kept secret.'
If you expect your child to remain in the AP/Honors curriculum, Canoga remains competitive with more reputable schools. The extracurriculars offered are excellent.
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The school is one of the smallest. It has a small student population when compared to others in the district. As a parent you have to be on top of administration so that your child can get the appropiate classes. Somewhat safe school but they lack a strong dean and principal.
Canoga Park High School is the best kept secret in the LAUSD. With a small enrollment, it is one of the smallest 'traditional' high schools in the city. The teachers care about the students and work hard to achieve academic success. Class sizes are small, usually under 30 students/class. The small class size allows teachers to give individualized help. Many teachers are available during lunch and after school for tutoring (without extra pay) Extracurricular activities are great. Drama and band teachers are excellent. Coaches are great, following LAUSD's motto 'Pursuing victory with honor.' My daughter graduated in June. The valdictorian went to MIT, other students are attending UCSB, UCLA, Mt. St. Mary's, Cal Lutheran, Berkley etc. The class of 2004 received over $500,000 in scolarship monies. (Just under 300 graduated) My son is a sophomore. Call the school, they will allow a tour. Check out the Magnet program.
I think Canoga Park is not a good school. I mean it probably depends on the teacher. SOme are good , Some aren't so good. Basically, not a lot of people in this school have the urge to graduate. it has a bad reputation.
I have just switched out of Canoga Park High. The teachers were great and the counselors actually were concerned about each and every student, whether they recieved strait A's or strait Fails. Despite the excellent staff, the sports program isn't that great, although most of the coaches weren't that bad. When it comes to school spirit and the students, the school looks horrible. There are racial issues and gang violence, and most of the students will probably not attend college. If anything, junior college. The peer pressure is unbearable.
My son graduated in 2001 and has gone on to study at CSUN. He enjoyed his years at CPHS and thanks the teachers and staff for a great education. My daughter will graduate this June and has enjoyed a similar experience. Both of my children are very proud to have attended CPHS and thankful for their education. It is a real shame that the majority of parents are not involved in their childrens education. It is also a shame that the district continues to cut funding for important programs and teachers when it continues to bloat itself and accomplish nothing.
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