I found the staff to be very responsive and helpful. However, if your child struggles with following the wrong crowd, I wouldn't send him/her here. There is evidently a lot of weed being smoked; I noticed it when I was waiting to pick up my kid. Also my kid was assaulted two times in one month, and the two offenders were still allowed to go to school there. I basically had to pull my kid out of this school for her sanity and safety's sake.
I truly believe the unique extracurricular programs I was involved in made me a well-rounded individual, and helped me get accepted into all six of the UC and CSU schools I applied to. Where else in Los Angeles can you raise farm animals as your own and attend leadership conferences and competitions all over the state? Now I have come back to teach and enjoy it very much!
This was a good school but the principal (now gone) caused considerable harm. More concerned about his career than the students. Many programs were cut and the students suffered. Bullying is rampant and nothing is done to curtail it. Most of the good teachers have given up. Don't send your child here.
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.
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.