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La Puente, CA

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401 South Nogales Street
La Puente, CA 91744

(626) 965-3437
(626) 965-4587
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September 10, 2014
This school has its ups and downs, all schools do. Yes there are the student who do not care about the school, and will eventually drop out or move to another school, but it is also filled with students willing to make something of them self, the teachers here try there best to help you, want the best for you, administration, well you can't judge them much since every year we get new administration. I feel they need to get their stuff together, and find out ways to better the life the students who want to get their work done instead of focusing how to reward the miss behaving students, seriously I went here and recently graduated from here, I feel as they favor the misbehaving students and do not really reward the hard working ones. Administration get your stuff together really! What I do love about this school is the staff members who try to push you to do your best, the teachers, the counselors, the coaches, and advisers. Administration... I do not like you very much, or you security guards, stop being buddy buddy with the gang members and hating on the other students, we see that.

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2014
As a California State Councilmember and community member I believe Nogales High School is a great school but Administrators like Sergio Canal and Brandon David Martinez are making the school fail.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2014
Nogales High School is a great school. The teachers do care about their students, it's just many of the students are disrespectful and rude to anyone different or weak. My daughter was being bullied and the administration did nothing. The honors, IB/AP students are very friendly kids, so I would rather have my kid attend those classes instead of being harassed by others in regular classes. Another problem is the school officers around campus. They are always on their phones instead of doing their job. It makes me sick that the new principal is letting these administrators get away with this. How about instead of wasting your time trying to reconstruct the whole school and start reconstructing your whole administration.

- submitted by a community member
December 29, 2013
Nogales High School is a horrible school and I feel bad for all the kids attending it. If I had the chance to remove my kids from this school i'd take it. Most of the administration does not know what they are doing and do not know how to do their job right. This school is filled with a bunch of trashy kids who do not care about their education or worry about the future. The only dedicated program is the IB/AP program, however, there are some unfair things about. All three of my children have been in the IB classes for the past few years and they always talk about how unfair it is that kids take out their phones in the middle of tests to cheat and get away with it. This school is very undisciplined and has fights going on every other week. Maybe administration should do something instead of standing around for once.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2013
Maybe the administration should stop worrying about who's shorts are "too short" and motivate students to care about their education. Teachers should also start doing their job instead of sitting around on Facebook during class and talking about their personal life that nobody cares about.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2013
I am a current student at Nogales High School. I am a Junior, Class of 2015. I believe this school is a great school, its just the bad reputation that makes it seem bad.mit has a bad reputation because of all the gangs near the school. The teachers do care about the students' academic performance and do whatever they can to help them. This school is great! The Honors, AP and IB courses are excellent! Throughout the years, it has changed dramatically, in a positive way. Gotta love this school.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2013
This school needs a lot of improvements starting with the principles and Vice Principal's How Nogales does have great teachers but can't go anywhere without the right leadership with a principle that is only looking to Advanced her career With a district position Should focus more on her students and school staff and helping teachers accomplish their goals

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2011
Nogales High School is a great school where teachers do care! The grades reflect on students effort and parent involvement with their student.Nogales provides all needed resources for a student to succeed..it's up to the student and parent to get on the ball..

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2011
Nogales high school is the best school.... they have great teaches and students .. they have the cheerleaders chaps for 2 years . Band won first place.... the dance team is doin a great job. GO NOBLES

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2010
School is filled with both incapable teachers and students. Students refuse to learn and teachers have difficulty teaching. Sports are the only things they have left.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2010
as a current student at nogales i really believe that this school is one the worst schools in the state of california. the administration is focused more on the football program than education. the nogales football team rarely wins more than two games a season, the baseball and basketball teams are the best sports we have, but these sports do not get any compared to what is spent on the football team. the administrators focus on foot ball for their own personal pleasure.

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2010
Although nogales high school has a reputation of being a bad school, it is all wrong. Like society, it is the few bad groups that gives the whole a bad name, which is why nogales has been given a bad reputation. When you talk to the students dedicated in their shcool work, you see that they plan to achieve a future, and nogales helps provide this with their good selection of classes. They even offer the IB program, which is not common among high schools, and they have great teachers teaching the AP/IB courses as well

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2010
NHS is an alright school, it has many great programs for the students and in all of California NHS puts in the most amount of high school graduates into UCLA. The teachers there are great. The only reason why NHS appears to seem as an inadequate school is because some of the students simply do not care. If a student wants to well he/she will. Not only that the media is constantly giveing the school a bad rep. for pathetic crimes that happen two-three blocks away, it is ridiculous. They automaticly blame the school that had no part in any of it. Just because a school just so happens to be in a 'bad area' it does not mean that it is also a bad school.

- submitted by a student
November 24, 2009
Bad organized school, would not recomend it,the kids cannoot show intrest to learm whe the teachers dont show intrest to teach

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
I am a substitute teacher and I have taught at both high schools in the district. The difference between Nogales and Rowland High is like night and day. Nogales students have no school pride at all. During lunch they will throw their trash on the ground or leave it where it is rather than put it in the trash can right next to them. The staff does the best they can but unfortunately the majority of the students treat the campus the same as their studies. They just don't care, which is too bad as their are some really great students in the school.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2009
What a terrible school. Highly disorganized, very dirty, poor teacher quality, and it definitely needs some upgrading. The school has a reputation for a reason. I felt like I was in a school built in the 1700s and has never seen renovation.

- submitted by a student
August 03, 2009
So if you ask me, I believe it is not the school that is bad or does not help the student; it is the student them self. Every school will have the good and bad, but it is what your student does when they are in high school that will mold their future. It was not easy for both my daughters but if I had to do it over I would still have them attend NOGALES HIGH SCHOOL.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
I Believe Nogales high school is marching towards success. The Principal Dr.Padilla is doing a great job. Ensuring we the students today are the leaders of tomorrow. And I recommend this school to every interested parent out there.

- submitted by a student
no rating June 19, 2009
I'm a student attending Nogales High and now becoming Senior. Everyone has there own opinion about Nogales, which most people say its a horrible school because of the previous years of bad behavior. Now you can hear my opinion because, I'm behind the books and students and parents are the only opinions that matter. I have a good record substaniable from a 3.0-4.0 year round. I love most of the teachers here at Nogales they go out of there way to help the students. I would really want to thank Mr. Padilla, Mr. Woodside and Mrs. Weber. They have helped me threw my down fall. My opinon about the New principal, me personally I dont like the way she spend's the money we have? We have some computers that are older than me. I mean come on I think u should ask the Students what they want?

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May 21, 2009
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March 02, 2009
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February 11, 2009
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January 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2008
The morale at this school is horrible among the staff. We strive to bring the best to our students every day but the adminisration has worn us out. Our staff does the best with increasingly limitted resources even though we are forced to implement programs that aren't really in the students' best interests. Our principal, Dr. Padilla, is obviously a short-timer she won't be here much longer but sadly we will be left with the results of her short-sighted agenda. Parents, communicate with the teachers as much as you can. We sincerly WANT your children to succeed and will do what we can to accomplish this.

- submitted by a teacher
October 04, 2008
Continue... Since I'm a science student at this school, I notice the science classes this school lacks--oh and don't forget astronomy. I am also aware that this school doesn't offer AP european history. However, this school has an excellent spanish language program, yet lacks in other langauges. The languages this school offers are spanish I/II/II/AP/IB/Lit; French I/II/III/IB/AP; Tagola I/II; mandarin I As you can see,this school does not have a strong language program overall. We need well-rounded/academic students to come to this school to make this school a better place, but I believe the limitation of the classes offer prohibits the incoming of much more excellent students. (Along with the lack of communication and biases of the school district that this school resides, they look down to this school and ignore the problems this school have (as if Nogales doesn't exist) and say they provide 'academic excellence'--hypocrites)

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2008
The only reason why the school looks so bad is because unmotivated students are often the focus. Sadly, their troubles tend to mask the excellence of those who are motivated. The teachers are great and support all students who want to learn and show that good students come out of a school with as bad as a reputation as Nogales. These teachers really do get on your case if they notice your grades are faltering. As annoying as it may be to the students, it really does shape them into improvement. In all honestly, Nogales doesn't deserve it's bad reputation, but neighboring districts often give the population this impression without primary sources. It's art program is one of the best in southern California, the band/colorguard competes nationally and wins, and the boys basketball and soccer teams made CIF.

- submitted by a student
April 17, 2008
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April 09, 2008
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- submitted by a student
March 01, 2008
Nogales High School is a diamond in the ruff. Unfortunately it seems to have a bias against it in the community, but when one arrives on campus and meets the studets, one realizes how wonderful the school is. In the past couple of years fights have decreased dramatically, and an increased emphasis on academics and student involvement has risen. This school boasts a TV production studio more advanced than almost every high school in the Los Angeles area; it has an art program that annually generates individual shows at local studios for many of the students. The cheerleaders are the most enthusiastic you will see almost anywhere. The athletic programs are working to improve. This is a fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2008
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October 22, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 09, 2007
To the review before: I am not sure what school you are reffering to, but Nogales High School most certainly does not lack in positive activities. Besides the wide away of sports teams (from Football to Waterpolo to Golf) Nogales can also boast a diverse group of clubs including the California Scholarship Federation, Kiwanis Key Club, Sociadad Honoraria Hispanica, and many more. There is also opportunities in drama, art, and music (including the award-winning and nationally acclaimed Nogales Noble Regiment band). As for involvement from parents, that is a two-way street. However, to encourage communication there is a system in place called 'Tele-Parent' that notifies parents when students have skipped class, missed a test, or if they have done well. Lastly, the 'fighting' situation is highly exagerated.

- submitted by a former student
September 13, 2007
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 27, 2007
Not enough positive activities for the kids. Very little envolvement from parents. Very little communication from teachers. Clean up the school make it brighter. How about some dress codes. Too many fights. Kids can cut class to easily.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2007
The campus has a new administration and one of their primary goals is keeping students safe. I work at this school and have never felt endangered. There aren't daily fights either. There are many successful academic programs and extensive extracurricular activities offered at NHS. The band is one of the best in the nation. They have won many awards and are participating in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY. The teachers are very caring and spend many hours ensuring that their students pass classes, pass the CAHSEE, and eventually graduate. This school has made huge improvements from the previous school year. A lot of this has to due with NHS' new principal, Dr. Padilla, who is RUSD's admin of the year.

- submitted by a staff
June 11, 2007
Nogales has really changed over the 4 years that I have been attending. I would recommend Nogales to any parent who cares about their son/daughters education. I have been accepter to UCLA thanks to Nogales.

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2007
Bring the powerhouse back. The longevity of a caring staff makes all the difference. The crop of kids in this school are very talented and will have a lot to do with the campus gaining back respect. This truly is a good school and many positive changes are making it better.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2007
Now that Nogales has a strong principal again, this school is making strong progress in the areas of organization and academic rigor. I am a veteran Nogales teacher and have seen many changes over the years. This is a good place for kids to learn and prepare for a positive future.

- submitted by a teacher
April 19, 2007
If you want your kids to learn how to be more socially involved. Nogales High School is the place for your kids. This school is so diverse and has changed everything from the exterior to the most important, interior. I love Nogales and when I receive my teaching credential I would love to go work at the high school I attended as a teen.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2007
As a previous student of Nogales high school I will truly say that I'm proud to be a Noble. That is a high school experience that I'm proud of being, on the other hand Nogales has many defaults. I believe that Nogales needs to work on the academics, especially being able to hire the correct teachers. Nogales seems to hire in the lower end of the teacher scale.Overall Nogales has a great spirit.

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2006
Nogales is definitely an underrated school. Graduating from Nogales allowed me to meet a diverse group of students, get involved in numerous clubs, and at the same time receive a quality education. I was part of the IB/Honors/ AP programs and I got way more than I needed for my undergraduate education. Most of the teachers make you work hard knowing that we will need it for college. You will thank Nogales for that, especially because the Teachers are dedicated to student progress and achievement. In terms of extracurricular activities, the Marching Band has won countless top honors and the art contestants often win at regional exhibitions. Now, for the regular courses, I believe that Nogales can improve on the selection of teachers.

- submitted by a former student
December 07, 2006
Nogales is a great school. I never felt threatened going to school. I was involved heavily with extra curricular activities and we would be at school until 9pm at times, yet I never had a problem with gangsters or violence. I was in the GATE program in middle school and Nogales' IB program took to the next level. I was immensely challenged. It seems that I was challenged more than some of my friends that I go to college with. The teachers prepare you and are culturally competent to accommodate a diverse student population. I'm a proud Noble!

- submitted by a former student
October 24, 2006
After living in La Puente for over 14 years and having 4 of my children attend that high school I do believe that it is a good school. Every child that attended has been successful, in fact my first child went straight to the University of Southern California after graduating and is now a U.S. Pilot of the Air Force. The Staff is also excellent and includes very intelligent teachers who are there to help our children. Most importantly my children had fun in there 4 years of schooling.

- submitted by a former student
September 03, 2006
I have both positive & 'needs improvements'comments. I know many kids who graduated from Nogales & are now in excellent universities, so it's not that bad. Nogales offers a lot of good programs to students that if taken advantaged of, will really help. Unfortunately, many students do not use these programs. The school offers great Honors/AP classes, but I sometimes question how the 'Non- Honor' classes are handled. It sometimes appear that standards are compromised to pass the non-motivated students, while the 'average to above average students' just pass these courses with very little/simple work. I have seen how rigorous the honor classes are, but the non-honor classes need to be reviewed for improvement. On another note, the school band is marvelous & the school should continue to support it. The students work very hard, but some teachers give them a hard time & not work with their tight schedule.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2006
There are many things to be said about nogales. The soccer team is not the only great thing. They have a highly-acclaimed band & colorguard which have regional titles. An amazing choir program, which is also well known. Coming from this school, i can guarantee you there is not a fight everyday. I think that parents put too much responsibility to the school instead of being good parents. It is definitely up to the student if they were to do great or not. The schools' academic decathlon team is also very well. The many programs this school offers is endless, from ib to ap, to graphic arts, music and sports! this school is great if your son or daughter wants to be great. It's up to them to take classes they want. Stop blaming schools for bad parenting. Nogales is a great school. With great teachers.

- submitted by a former student
June 16, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 15, 2006
The school is not organized.

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April 01, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
March 29, 2006
A few good programs for higher level students. New programs aimed at rasing test scores mostly cosmetic. Has difficulty attracting and holding good teachers. Disasterous 'leadership team' administrative model.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2006
Had the best basketball coach ever Mack Pace! It was the best time in my life!

- submitted by a former student
February 08, 2006
I attended Nogales about 10 years ago but now have a nephew that attends Nogales. I think this school has a lot to offer but since students are involved too too much in socializing and social opinion they do not take advantage of these opportunities. We have to show our students/children that their life (academic) does not start after high school, it starts as soon as we begin grade school. I would like to here from some parents who's children are successful even before attending high school.

- submitted by a former student
January 29, 2006
This high school is maybe one of the worst schools in the San Gabriel Valley...One of the reasons why is because of the surrounding neighborhood. The only sport that is competitive is thier boys' soccer team. Which has one of the best teams in the valley. Many supporters go to the soccer games but beware because they play at 5 pm. Its night and anything can happen in that neighborhood. overall this school is not a good one and i reccomend u look at a difernent school.

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January 24, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
January 05, 2006
This school is good! It has a big capus where a varirety of student attend it has clean and has okay teachers!

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November 20, 2005
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September 21, 2005
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September 21, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2005
First and foremost let me say that Nogales High School has a lot to offer to their students. I graduated from Nogales in the spring of 2003 and am currently attending the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in Physiological Sciences (Pre-Med) and minoring in Southeast Asian Studies. The teachers at this school are amazing and do prepare students for college. This school has many great programs that students can join, both academic and extracurricular. While at Nogales I was part of the colorguard dance team, the swim team, ASB, and various clubs on campus to say the least. This high school has so much to offer to their students, it's just a matter of how much initiative the student wants to put forth. -Cariza Alvarez c/o 2003

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August 10, 2005
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August 04, 2005
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April 12, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 09, 2005
My eldest daughter attended Nogales for her Freshman and Sophmore years. The principal is active as far as knowing what is going on with the student body. The only negative situation was lack of supervision during an extracurucular activity. However, once brought to Principal's attention it was addressed quickly.

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March 01, 2005
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March 01, 2005
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February 24, 2005
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June 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
I am removing my daughter from this school because I feel there is too much violance. Not a day goes by that I am not told about a fight in school. I think the VicePrincipals are doing their best under the circumstances.

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May 04, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
May 03, 2004
My daughter no longer attends Nogales High, she found the school to be much to violent. It all seems to revolve around the lack of leadership. The teachers, classes and education were above average, however, the management and administration fail miserably at creating a safe environment. I do not recommend this school and could not until the board of education begins to focus on management and makeing positve change.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2004
After reading the other reviews I thought it important to add my own comments. I graduated from Nogales 3 years ago and am currently in my third year at Whittier College majoring in Child Development. I feel that the classes I took at Nogales prepared me for the rigors of college and am very glad I went there. My teachers were fantastic and incredibly supportive. I know there is a stigma attached to this school, but personally I wouldn't have gone anywhere else!

- submitted by a former student
January 26, 2004
As a past student and by having four of my siblings attend this school I would like to inform parents that this school does satify the requirments to graduation and give the students a high school education, but it very rarely prepares students for college or and higher education. There is a lack of discipline within many of the teachers and the schools focus is more on trivial issues instead of encouraging and informing our students on higher education. Nogales High School's time is dedicated more to the students with displinary problems rather then those students that show potential for higher education.

- submitted by a former student
November 05, 2003
As a former student I think Nogales has a lot to offer any student. Now I have a daughter attending this school and in a couple of years I'll have another one here. Their music department is fantastic. Their teachers are all very helpful.

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September 14, 2003
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Nogales High School
401 South Nogales Street, La Puente, CA  91744
(626) 965-3437
Last modified Nogales High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nogales High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top