Students enrolled 4143
Hours 7:40 - 2:30
School leader Brian Bauer
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District

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10535 Zelzah Avenue
Granada Hills, CA 91344

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4 stars
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September 18, 2014
I am a new student at this school and it seems like parents and kids dont understand that if you dont do your work you won't get an a the administration has never cussed anyone out and this school has higher standards for a reason so dont say the school is bad if your childs the problem why do you think everyone wants to go here???

- submitted by a community member
September 16, 2014
A teacher gave my child a D on their report card, yet through all of their online grade checking it showed up as low 70%, which I am pretty certain is a C. I contacted counseling and was told they would follow up on it but I never heard back. My child tried to contact their teacher and counselor with no results. The are the largest charter school in the nation. I don't think that is something to brag about. They are so overcrowded that in 9th and 10th grade they have to share small sized lockers with strangers. For a very policed school I think it is silly to have people share lockers.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Horrible. Students are lost in a sea of 5000 other students and it seems most of the administration and especially the deans are on a power trip.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
I just graduated from GHCHS and had a somewhat mixed experience. I was enrolled in a lot of their AP courses and some of the teachers did a good job getting us prepared for the exams but some of the teachers either went overkill on the work and stressed us all out or had us do projects and debates which didn't help at all. One English teacher who assigned us essays after we took the English AP exam, when most teachers realized we had other AP exams to study for this teacher either wasn't aware we were taking other AP exams or didn't care. The counselors and directors were really strict which can be a good thing but being sent to to tardy lock out for being 30 seconds late to class was annoying. The school can also be cold towards students and teachers, they will kick out students if they don't comply with fairly minor rules, and they fired a teacher who's Dad died during the school year. I agree with the comments about bullying just because the staff doesn't see students bullying doesn't mean it's not occurring.

- submitted by a student
July 01, 2014
I feel compelled to write a review to address the bad ones on the site. This school paid very close attention to my sons needs. After completing 9th grade, he was recruited for the inaugural Global Business and Finance program. He kept most of the same teachers throughout his time. They were hands on, helped him not fall behind when he broke his leg Sophomore year, and supported him during his tenure. It is a hard school academically. But joining the smaller programs the school offers will provide your student with the attention and support you may want.They offer so many programs that even private schools can't. It is a very good public school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
To the most recent review, actually i wouldn't even call it a review. There is no explanation as to why the school is so bad so i suggest everyone to pay no attention to that comment. GHCHS is definitely the best school in the valley, if not the entire state of California. With an entire buffet of classes to take including Granada exclusive classes such as Autoshop, Woodshop, Arabic, Korean, Mandarin, and over 20 selections of AP courses. Granada tends to a students every need, and as many positive comments say, it gives the student every tool necessary to succeed. As far as academics, Granada cannot be topped. Our most recent graduating class had 129 students who maintained a 4.0 and higher GPA throughout all of their years in high school. The year before, there were 126 students to graduate with over a 4.0. Granada is without a doubt, the best school to prepare your student for college, and colleges/universities nationwide are very familiar with Granada. Granada is also host to over 40 different clubs and organizations, so a student will always have activities to participate in around campus. Sports include Track & Field, Football, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Volleyball, Golf,

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2014
This school is one of the worst high schools in California! DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2014
Most of the people I know in this school tell me that they're very stressed out by how hard GHCHS is. I would know too because I go here and I'm in the same scenario. And yes, this school has its fair share of bad teachers, but there are some good exceptions. I understand that GHCHS prepares you for college by giving you a lot of work to simulate a college environment, but what doesn't impress me is how the school doesn't really seem to answer a student's call of need. What I mean is that if a student is stressed out by all the work and their parents keep telling them to do better even though the student is doing the best he or she can, it's the school's fault for almost ignoring that (unless they never knew) and it's also the parents' faults for forgetting that their kid is in one of the toughest high schools in all of California. So, for all parents who plan on sending their kid(s) here - if your child seems to be struggling in this school, don't forget that this is a very hard school, so don't bombard them with anger. Encourage them to do better by helping them, not by scolding them (that will only stress out your child even more). Stress kills faster than getting "bad" grades.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2014
I was delighted at first to send my then senior and my 9th grader there for the first time thinking this seems so impressive but as the weeks rolled on we realized that this was just hype and the teachers really don't care, you are just one of thousands. If you as a parent have a complaint you are welcome to have your two minutes in front of the board but nothing is resolved as they post their decision next week instead of having any debate. Who watches how things are done as LAUSD can't touch the school so there is no outside oversight. If your student wants to shine academically and be on sports teams and leadership, all things that colleges are looking for, I recommend going to a smaller school! Colleges do not care where your kid goes to school.They care about GPA and school involvement as well as SAT/ACT scores. And yes, we did deal with bullying on my freshman son.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
I find the attitude of the administration very arrogant and the use of discipline over the top and very draconian. I think sending a student who is tardy to the "naughty room" and miss out on the class is counter-intuitive. For habitually late students, the counselor should instead call in the parents and try to figure out what's happening. Shouldn't the idea is to get the kids into class? This is typical of the way the school thinks. Also, any money they have should be funneled into the classrooms or worthwhile programs (athletics, band, etc.) and not spent on tee shirts and daytime fireworks. I think this school has its priorities all wrong.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
The comment below about bullying is 100% true. Both of our daughters went to school here and we ended up having to transfer both of them to other schools. The bullying is absolutely relentless. The administration refuses to do anything to stem it, either. It's just a matter of time until the suicide rate at Granada reflects the abysmal situation here.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2013
The comment below was absolutely false in every way. Granada Hills Charter High School has very rigorous curriculum for all students. You may think that it is a school where you cannot succeed because of all the competition but that is totally false. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT THERE HAS ALL THE TOOLS NEEDED TO SUCCEED. Granada has excellent teachers who CARE about they're students and WANT them to succeed. Ultimately, it is up to the student to be able to thrive at Granada. If the student will not work hard and not do assignments when they are given then no I think you shouldn't go there. Granada is for students who want an excellent education and care about their education. And as for the bullying I HAVE SEEN NONE. Bullying doesn't exist at Granada. Granada is a safe place with kind people who care about their education. In conclusion, Granada is a fantastic school with the absolute best education given.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2013
Attending Granada proved to be both mediocre on academics and absolutely dreadful on bullying. The staff is callous does absolutely nothing to stop or prevent bullying. And they do not take any action whatsoever when a case of bullying is brought to their attention, aside from a slap on the wrist to the offender (or in the vast majority of cases just a verbal warning). Don't send you children there unless you want them to be subject to all of this. The bullying is frequent and quite common and it does not stop at just regular one person to one person bullying (the bullying can become gang backed in some cases). The bathrooms are so dirty you simply cannot use them until after you leave school. Gangs, drugs and even sexual harrassment are also a significant part of the schooling experience at Granada as well.

- submitted by a community member
July 15, 2013
My son has now attended GHCHS for one year and has done remarkably. I have not seen any bullying of my son whatsoever and I am very vigilant in watching for this. The teachers have been very accessible and willing to give feedback and assist with tutoring after school when needed. My son's Spanish teacher was terrific and spent many long hours after school assisting him and was nothing short of supportive and encouraging. Every time we asked for additional help for my son (who attends their special day program 1/2 of the school day), we were given several options and as a result, he has thrived at Granada. Of course much is expected from students in high schools, and Granada is no exception. We petitioned to come here via the lottery and we couldn't be happier. Thank you Granada!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
So basically this is my first year are Granada and let me tell you this so far i hate this school with a passion. Although most people think that Granada is the "best school in the valley" i think otherwise. First of all some teachers shouldn't even be qualified to be teachers in the Mathematics and Science fields(mostly in physics although there is one good teacher). The only teachers that are qualified to be teachers is probably in the English field GHI) and History field. and also the staff is just plain rude and mean. The sports/extracurricular are good its just the staff and choice in some teachers that is upsetting me. Also the school is really strict. I hope i end this school year quick.

- submitted by a community member
December 17, 2012
I think, overall, Granada is a great school with more to offer than most other schools in the area. It might not be the right fit for everyone, but no school will be that. My children have had mostly great teachers. Again, not ALL great, but mostly, and no school is going to have 100% great teachers. When people say the school "expects too much" from the students, I'm not sure what they want. Expect mediocrity? When they say the school is too strict, I disagree. They have rules and they enforce them, unlike many other schools, and I think that's a good thing. What kind of message does it send if you have rules, but do nothing when they are broken. I realize that test scores aren't everything, but I don't know how someone can say the teachers at Granada have an inability to teach when it is clear that the majority of students thrive at Granada. I'd rather have my child there, with many extra-curricular opportunities to choose from, a safe campus and several types of curriculum, than at a school that has to close half their bathrooms due to lack of security.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2012
We came to this 2012 schoolyear in part by using GreatSchools comments from up to 2011 school year. Other reasons were are friends that follow alot of the same thinking and hopes for outcomes about schooling as we do . Something though is not quite right at this school from what I believed we were entering into. The new reviewers are relating the same vibes I get. Staff only for the Staff and pushing out kids who wont in their pers opinion add #s to a raise in the test score reputation of the school. I say " their opinion " cause I really think it's a hotbed of b-team type teachers who wanna project cool progressiveness to cover up their inability to teach and have found a market for that in this area. If a charter isnt bound up by nonsense big district red tape why would they need such rigid rules and dig yer heals in teacher mentality ? And that when given a tap of sense they appear to us to crumble ???The two stars rep I gave are for the fabulous families and their kids who attend. I cant say how their learning or real grades are but they are good friends to us and our child social self esteem soars. buyer beware.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Although GHCHS has an excellent academic record, great sports teams, and lots of after school programs, etc the biggest problem that I see is the size. GHCHS has over 4000 students and one lunch period, it is impossible for everyone to get through the cafeteria lines in time to eat. There are fast food carts but they re not very nutritional, your fate is determined by how close your class is to the cafeteria before lunch. It also takes spending all lunch period in line at the student store to purchase event tickets or supplies. There are a lot of students who just don t eat lunch or eat from a vending machine

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2012
this school is not what we were expecting, I'm not happy with this schools performance.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2012
Each of my children attended different high schools and Granada Hills was the best by far. With caring and competent teachers, my child was able to thrive. The school was strict about its rules but I didn't see the bullying problems that were prevalent in my other children's schools. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2011
Negative and positive experiences at this school. The teachers seem very enthusiastic and caring. There seems to be a lot of help available for your child. The administration runs things differently than any other school we've been to, which is a good thing! Way too much homework though!!! Doing homework from 3:30 to midnight every night and at least one full day on the weekend sometimes both days is just a little too much! These are children not robots. My child is under a huge amount of stress and I don't like it at all. Also the basketball coach shouldn't even bother holding tryouts if he had already made his choices before tryouts. It would have saved me a lot of time. Those were the worst tryouts I've ever watched. He advanced kids that lost the challenges and cut the ones that won????????

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2011
This school is only interested in its Faculty and Staff. The children are unimportant to them. They push out students that need help and only keep the ones there that will help keep up their API scores high. Only vain parents send their children to this school. The new high school will be a much better option for students in the 2011-2012 school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
Graduate of Granada Hills High great school, great teachers graduated in 60's lots of school activities and social interaction, memories that last forever

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2011
My child transfered from a rigorous college prep. Catholic School. The academics and challenging classes at Granada have not only met, but far exceeded the school she attended. Granada offers more opportunities for honors and A.P. classes. The extra curricular activities and clubs are outstanding. There is something for everyone here. I was a bit worried that her religious values would be attacked, I found just the opposite. She is free to voice her opinions and still treated respectfully. The staff/teachers I have encountered have been friendly and very helpful. She is getting a superior education for free... now if I could only convince my other child to transfer to Granada.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
My daughter went to Granada after Catholic school. I was afraid she would get lost in the crowd. But after only 1 semester I found that the teachers care, especially Mr. Nelson her algebra teacher, and the staff are very helpful. My daughter has excelled and found her place in the campus population. I am super pleased!!

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
I am very blessed that my two sons do well in High School. I am involved with the PTSA at this school, so I know that there is a great support team at GHCHS.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2010
Our child is in his second year at GHCHS and we think it's been a great experience! If your student is not self motivated it could be easy to fall between the cracks with 4,200 students. The have a very strict attendance policy and dress code as well as many rules, rules, rules but we feel this is a safe campus as well as a positive environment for our student.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
I forgot this part: Be ware of the drop-fail policy of the school. Excused absences (including documented illnesses) count toward this policy, too. Their treatment of children is Draconian. This school is a great support for small learning communities and smaller schools (including HSs). My son was in another charter that provided meaningful SpEd, so it is not just charter schools that are problematic and I am actually pro-charter. Good luck with finding a good high school for your child!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2010
Recourses are unmatched as school is very wealthy. Extracurricular, clubs and just about every department is well developed. Reputed for some brilliant teachers however most really great ones were let go recently. As a preparatory school for college it is extremely well organized and helpful. As an environment it can do better. Perhaps too strict and concerned with test scores and overall school image as largest Charter School in Nation to care about student needs and concerns.

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- submitted by a student
August 15, 2009
The student drop off in the morning is awful. Instead of fixing the situation they just hand out tickets. The school tries to fit all the kids in the same mold. They do not cater to the special needs kids or the students that might excel at the arts.

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no rating June 20, 2009
Granada is not a bad school-- it has great academic and elective courses (rigorous!) along with some great teachers (like most schools, not all teachers care). However, it is over-packed with over 4000 students who aren't very friendly and i've had an extremely hard time adjusting socially at this school. I've been attending this school for 2 years and we have some of the strictest policies in our district. Our school is lined with security, with some staff only searching for people who go against dress code, etc. After our school turned charter, our discipline policies have turned into police enforcements and going into dances such as homecoming or winter formal feels like going through airport security. Overall, granada isn't a terrible school but if i had a choice, i wouldn't attend.

- submitted by a student
April 27, 2009
GHCHS has been a positive experience for my son who transferred this past semester from a Private School. The teachers have been great along with the coaches and administrators. Glad we made the switch.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2009
GHCHS is one of the best High in the area. The students are motivated, 90% of the teacgers are caring, great staff specially in the attendance office (Miss Killpatrick is wonderful), counseling is great and the carrear college office is excellent. My daughter is graduating from this school in the SAS program which is excellent and I hope my second daughter can be admitted. Great school to be consider, it is important to be in contact with teachers and conselours.

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- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2008
The competent teachers will respond to parents and seem to genuinely want to help the kids. Unfortunately, only about 50% of the teachers are competent. Administration will not call you back or talk to you. I asked to speak to the VP of Counseling. My son't counselor said he would tell her and, maybe, she would call me back. Nope. She didn't. Didn't want to. Nice. In addition, Granada is so worried about their scores that they actually are making my kid take more credits than required to graduate 'just in case' he fails something. My kid has a 3.125 gpa and has never failed a course. He has to have two more classes than required to graduate before he can take five instead of 6 classes his last semester senior year. Makes it hard for him to keep the job he needs to help pay for college.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2008
At first I hated Granada Hills high because of its LARGE population but overall its a pretty good school. They expect nothing less than success which is good in prep for college. At times I feel as if they are far too strict and expect us to conform at times but as I said its a good school

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no rating December 11, 2007
Granada Hills Charter High School is an excellent school. Teachers and staff are very qualified and are serious about setting goals for the students. I am very pleased. Thank you.

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December 11, 2007
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no rating August 15, 2007
GHCHS is believed to be the 'best school in the area', but honestly, I don't agree. First off, the school is way over crowded, the administration is extremely elitist and rude, and the school thinks that they can do whatever they want. For example, I had to waste two weeks of my summer at the Summer Transition Academy all to learn nothing. I gained nothing new about the SAT, and most of the math given was far too advanced for several of the students. What also frustrates me is that the school wastes its money on unnecessary items like plastic bags with the GHCHS logo on it. That money could be used toward something more beneficial to the students (like new text books). The only positive thing I can say about GHCHS is that they have a clean campus and a few nice teachers.

- submitted by a student
June 24, 2007
GHCHS is a great school and my third child who is in the honors program is going to be attending in fall. I really like this school because the teachers are well qualified and are willing to work with the student if they need help. The Couselors are great as well and the Administration. They have strict security and tolerate no nonsense. I recommend this school if you are considering it. This school is for students who are serious about their destiny in life and wants to accomplish success.

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June 10, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2007
I am a current student at GHCHS, and I'm quite impressed. The teachers are pretty difficult, however they are willing to dedicate their time to help the students by having lunch time and after school tutoring sessions quite frequently. The administration here is extremely dedicated to the students, by giving us many opportunities for our choice of classes. Even though the population of the school is a lot, the school area is big enough for a non-crowded environment.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2006
My husband and I just attended back to school night and as before, we were quite impressed! When you think of a school that has this many students, you think chaos... not so with Granada. everything works like a well oiled machine. What a great night and how lucky we are to have such caring and creative teachers as well as an unbelievable administration. Everyone participates. We are happy to have our child attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
Granada H.S. appears to channel it's Charter money into rather perplexing programs.Teacher quality also appeared(to me) to be a bit of a problem as well!

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July 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2006
This is a great school. It has a lot to offer and prepares many of us students for college. The teachers are great and are really willing to help us. This school has many sports such as basketball, football, baseball, track and field to name a few. This is the best school ever.

- submitted by a student
July 31, 2006
There is no better school in the san fernando valley than Granada. This school has worked so hard to increase acacdemic performance and you can't argue with the results. I am part of the PTSA and I have to say I am so proud of the many parents who are involved they really want to help the school. I have a son who is a sophmore at this school and he says the sports are great he is on the basketball and track team. The teachers are great to they really want to help the students become successful in life.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
Since this school converted to a charter it has tremendously improved student achievement and increased in higher test scores. This school is a very diverse and safe environment. In my mind this is the best high school in the San Fernando Valley. The teachers are not there just to collect another paycheck they really care about the student and want them to become successful in life. I have a sixteen year old boy who is very happy and enjoys going to this school and participating in the school's many extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2006
This school is great from the teachers to the athletics to the sports. I am so glad to go to here the administration are trying so hard to improve student academic performance and they have done very well.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2006
Great school because teachers are allowed develop effective teaching techniques. However, class size should be improved

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June 03, 2006
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June 02, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
Granada Hills Charter High School is a great school. The curriculum is excellent. The sports programs are awesome. You will feel that your child is safe and in a good enviroment. I would recommend that anybody send their child there if they can.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
4,000 plus students. Administration helpful. Students who are self-motivated will do great. Non-motivated students could end up getting lost in the masses, but with good support from family should do fine.

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April 14, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 06, 2006
The quality of education is no better than many other schools and teachers don't offer meaningful assignments and just give 'busy work.'

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January 15, 2006
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January 11, 2006
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2006
Can't think of enough great things to say about Granada Hills Charter High School! Each year only gets better. I'm a parent of a senior and a junior...with a freshman stating next year. Our family has seen the amazing evolution and benifit of being a charter school. Since going charter, the school can and has purged teachers that are not meeting the standards of the school...a few each year...it is understandable that an entire staff can't be replaced all at once! With control of it's own budget...a 1.4 million dollar football stadium was added to the school...benefiting sports teams and band! (Band IS included in the activity calander and IS promoted on the bannerboard in front of the school by the way.) There are many exceptional trade programs offered on campus for the non-college bound. It is really a campus to be proud of. We look forward to it's continued success.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
The school has street banners that state 'Changing the Face of Education.' Yes, I believe GHCHS is changing but to benefit whom? I see too many 'middle of the Road' students being neglected at Granada while the academically gifted are catered to. Overall, I'm very disappointed. The school is driven by its many academically gifted students. They are the true leaders at Granada.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2005
It is agreat school and has helped my child to become adequately prepared to enter college. Granda is a school for those who wnat to become something more than what they had ever dreamed.

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September 07, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 23, 2005
GHCHS offers great programs for all students ranging from the basic academic fields to other programs which stimulate students in a creative manner. GHCHS is the perfect blend of academic excellence and innovative learning environment which allows students to thrive. In addition the tools facilitated toward parents such as the online tracking of students is very helpful for all parents, allowing for easy access to their child's standing and facilitating communication between parent and teacher.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
I think this school offers great programs for these teenagers, the activities (extracurricular). The parent involvement is great, and really well organized, I'm really satisfied with this school.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
My experience has been that GHCHS is a wonderful school for highly motivated, self starting students. For students who are not high achievers, who need extra help and support there is little to be had. The school is overwhelmingly large and impersonal. While I have found the principal (Ms. Lepisto) accessible I have found many teachers less to be less so. While there are some outstanding teachers, caring, creative and inspiring ... they are too few and far between. And my impression is that the administration's hands are tied in trying to deal with teachers of questionable merit, who have found in the charter the opportunity to close their doors and simpy and incompetently do what they want with their own classes.

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August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
I think it is a great school!

- submitted by a student
July 12, 2005
It is one of the best schools academically and has very high standards. This school manifests the all-around great school. All the kids and young adults there really respected eachother and it is in a safe and fun environment. It is also very cultural diverse and multicultural. Parents and teachers communicate well and tahts what makes it a great school.

- submitted by a student
May 21, 2005
they have a great academic program.

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May 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2005
Ever since the school became a charter school, the powers have gone up to the head of the administrators & the board. There is no recourse and no overhead. Granting of any further charters must be thouht out more carefully. They do have a varied amount of activities and programs, but they seem to put a lot of stress on the school band and not much on the academics. Level of parent involvement is limited to if you agree with the school administrators of not!

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2005
My son has attended Granada for four years. Though he has had some dedicated and talented teachers, sadly, there are many who have either no ability or desire to actually educate students. The math department is singularly dissappointing. In four years we have found exactly one competent teacher in this department. One teacher is so poor that the class was actually boycotted by an entire class. The foreign language department is also quite weak. The English department, however has some truly gifted teachers. It is especially sad that apparently this school is the best that LAUSD has to offer in high schools. The principal is virtually inaccesible to the parents, and many of the students have never even laid eyes on him.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2004
The school is great in academics, location, and the faculty is wonderful. Both my kids go there and enjoy the environment.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Most of the teachers are good and know what they're doing, but there are always the few exceptional ones, albeit difficult, and the ones that you wonder how they ever got the job in the first place. On the whole, however, the teaching staff is pretty good. Oh, and a lot of extracurriculars are available, through the clubs and sports that are offered at Granada. I think it'd be wonderful for Granada to not have just the inevitable football, baseball, track, and etc. teams, but also badminton and lacrosse teams. But despite the faily large campus size, the 4,000+ students attending this 04-05 school year results in overcrowded hallways and (some) classrooms. And although we have a newly-installed cafeteria system, the lines for the main cafeteria are still as long as ever. And the campus is very safe, despite those fights that breakout between rubbing shoulders in hallways, but those're unavoidable.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2004
To find out about GHCHS, take a look at the 2003-2004 yearbook. Not one of the more than 30+ clubs and organizations, performing arts and music, which includes 800+ students, is included. Some were asked to pay money to be in it. Athletics is all there. Faculty and staff have 30 pages devoted to themselves, including baby pictures and wedding photos. If this is a reflection of GHCHS, then it is a sad statement to the students of how important they are to the Governing Board of Directors. Their Mission Statement that says the school 'will provide a positive student-centered environment' does not ring true to the hundreds of kids suffering great disappointment at paying enourmous prices for a yearbook that shows no recognition of their hard work and dedication to these various organization over the past school year. The charter was formed with the best interest of the students?

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2004
I was very pleased back in September when my son began his 9th grade year at GHCHS. Since then, it has gone down hill, fast. My son is in the Band and their activities are never mentioned in the bulletins nor on the electronic board in front of the school. The yearbooks came out this week and there was very little mention of any of the clubs or organizations at GHCHS. Though, all of the athletic clubs and staff were more than well represented. I'm not very pleased!

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
This school has become a political machine to serve the careers and needs of its administrators and charter group advocates. It fails to focus on the needs of its nearly 4000 students and their parents. There is no accountability since becoming an independent charter has further empowered the elite group of people that constitute the governing board, and the district is no longer authorized to respond to the concerns of the students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2004
With first hand experience to the recent conversion to a Charter School, it has failed to achieve in the area of closing the gap. It enabled the administration to exercise their power to administer a selection process to education. In turn limits the ability to educate all students equally.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2004
Granada Hills High School has been a charter school now for nine months, and there has been very little positive change. Departures from LAUSD policy have not been articulated to the parents, phone calls to administrators are routinely ignored and no written communication has been mailed to the parents the entire year. In short, communication is at an all-time low, while revenues to the school have increased dramatically.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2003
I am an alumnus and I believe that Granada Hills High School is the best public senior high school in the San Fernando Valley! I know tons of people that went to El Camino Real, and their experience can not surpass the greatness of Granada. Go Highlanders!

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2003
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Granada Hills Charter High School
10535 Zelzah Avenue, Granada Hills, CA  91344
(818) 360-2361
Last modified Granada Hills Charter High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Granada Hills Charter High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 94 reviews. Top