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9-12
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Los Alamitos, CA
Students enrolled: 3,125

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3591 Cerritos Avenue
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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November 23, 2014
I graduated from this school and honestly if you just pay attention and do your best, los alamitos will get youa straight way into college. My daughter goes there and now if you want to take the PSAT the school will pay for it! Making it way easier. Their sports program is AMAZING. Los alamitos gets noticed by many colleges making it better academically and athletically. The closest high school near LosAl is cypress high which doesnt really give you preparations for college the way LosAl does. And Cypress' sports program isnt best, wont get you noticed by colleges. If your in the OC area, Los Alamitos would be an AMAZING place to put your child in.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I completely disagree with the positive reviews of this school. I am an alumnus from the late 90's and this school did not prepare me for my university studies at all. I attended a top university and I knew while at Los Al that I was not prepared for the rigors of university study. I read and studied on my own literature that was not offered in the English courses at Los Al to further prepare myself for university. I recall my Senior year being a total waste, majority of the teacher playing videos in class to pass the time, thus my parents had pulled me out of school on those particular days. The level of academics were incredibly weak and the sole focus of the school was football and cheerleaders. The students were extremely clicky and often pushed their religious views on others which I found offensive at a public institution. The teachers and staff were often unprofessional as well.

- submitted by a community member
March 08, 2012
I transfered to Los Al this year from a high school in Georgia. I did not come to the school with incredibly high expectations but i am severely disappointed with the lack of attention paid to each individual students' needs. At my old school I was in all honors classes on my way to AP courses my junior year (current year) but when I transfered here I missed the AP deadline and I was forced to sign up for all on level classes (Los Al does not offer honors courses). No one would help me get into more challenging courses. What I have noticed from these on level classes is that it is almost impossible to learn anthing because the teachers always have to direct a good portion of their attention on misbehaving students. I feel like I am not being prepared for college but instead learning why not to become a teacher. The curriculum is also very lacking and unchallenging and I am finding that I have learned most of the content we go over... as a freshman or sophormore at my old school. I do not recommend this school if you want your child to have a challenging education (no matter what level they are on) with some of these classes... you can literally do nothing and still get an "A".

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2011
This is my first year at LosAl High as a 10th grader, Its definitely a new experience for me, So Far its A great school , teachers seem great, classes are challenging in a good way, its really great in many ways but I really dislike with a passion that its not diverse majority is whites then asians, I grew up in diverse schools, full of whites,hispanics,asians, pacific islanders,blacks,native indians,and other races/cultures, I believe diversity is important in a teenagers life because it helps them learn about different people, to accept others with their differences, and shows them how different but the same everyone truely is, I Honestly feel like I dont fit in at all, I find that other students judge quickly , I dont like how they run out of lunch, how the gym is extremely small, they dont have class sets of books so we have to bring our books to and from school everyday, alot of books and weight, classes have to many students, some dont even have seats

- submitted by a student
July 08, 2011
My Son graduated from Los Alamitos in 2010. He did have some speical needs and Los Al was nothing short of amazing. He entered the school his freshman year with a .85 GPA, His Junior and Senior year he was maintaing a 3.0 and better with no problem. He graduated with a 3.5 and earned the Senior Medalion Award for most impoved GPA over the 4 years her was there. He still keeps in contact with some of his teachers. He's moved on to Cerritos College and is doing well. This is the best school around! I'm now putting my oldest Step-Son though Los Al and I know he'll have the same great experience!

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
I'm on my second child at LAHS and have to say it's a very fine public HS. It is big and lacks some facilities (track, old gym, tiny tots sized pool) but who cares when the counselors, teachers, coaches are easily accessible and care. There are a lot of clubs, sports, activities for a teen to get involved in if they want to. It is very competitive, so your kid has to keep up in most classes (2-3 hours daily homework) but there are no racial issues, gangstas, beat downs, etc. Of course if you call diversity White and Asian then this is up your ally, because unfortunately the only blacks there seem to be athletes. Mostly its been a very good experiece for both my kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2011
Los Al is a great school! My son will be a senior next year and his high school experience has been great. He has many friends and says he will miss this school after graduation. The teachers have been wonderful and my son's counselor has been fabulous with helping him prepare for college. We have been very pleased with the elementary and middle school in the district as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2011
Los Alamitos High School is an amazing school. It surpasses in pretty much all aspects and has talented students. I had to move to another part of California and so could not graduate from Los Al, and it definitely does not compare to Los Al. Appreciate the ethnic diversity, academically, musically, and athletically gifted students, and wonderful teachers because you don't find many schools that offer this anywhere else. As for the people who state that they did not feel very welcomed when they moved into the area, I must say from personal experience that every school is like that, and Los Al would be the least to do so. Once a Griffin, always a Griffin.

- submitted by a student
July 27, 2010
This is a large high school that was designed for a maximum of about 2,600 to 2,800. Currently it is over 3,500 and that creates problems such as large class sizes, and smaller percentage of the student body can make a sports team, or cheer etc. The school started taking out of school district students to get more federal money but it has not been able to add teachers or classrooms. Students need to be involved in a sport or activity or they can end up feeling like a number. There is a drug problem with drugs being sold on campus but the school is aware of it and doing what it can but the parental support/involvment varies. Some parents are merely defensive about this. There are of course good students and parents but like any large school there are some you probably don't want your child hanging around.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2010
I find the constant criticism of 'cliques' beyond annoying. My child moves from several 'cliques', if you will, daily from his friends in sports, to friends in Jazz Band and other musical groups, to those involved in ASB and Honors/AP programs and beyond. You get back what you put into it. If you chose to label yourself and others and not make the effort to become involved its easy to blame others and not look at the non-participant. When we experienced issues with a teacher, the counsel stepped in and helped when all avenues were exhausted - without any finger pointing. Open yourself up and you receive a wonderful experience - stayed closed off and negative and you reap what you sow.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2010
After a very positive experience with the elementary and middle schools in Los Al, I am very disappointed with my child's experince in high school. There are several teachers overseeing important core curriculum classes that simply need to retire. Too old to effectively interface with today's youth and not motivated to do more than the minimum. Like most Los Angeles Unified High Schools the focus is on students that are getting D's and F's and not on maximizing the potential of each child. Los Al High is an example of the why private schools have a reason for existence- to make each child fulfill their true potential opposed to passing as many students as possible. Boo Los Al!

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2009
i graduated from Los Al in 2007. academically it is ranked on e of the top 10 high schools in the county, which is very good considerigng we also have the most students. many reviews have stated they lack in the underachieving student. i disagree becasue i was one. the only reason why i graduated was because the counselors speak with you if you are struggling and they gave me the little push i needed to graduate. There are all sorts of Cliqs but it is pretty much black and white. you are either in the 'in' croud or not. but everyone finds their nich. like other OC scools, there are a good amount of wealthy kids coming from Rossmoor and Seal Beach. but with Wealthy areas are also some Drug issues. it's not a concern for most students though. for a public school, it's pretty good...

- submitted by a student
December 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2009
I am a former student and although it is a wonderful school academically and DOES have the incredible cheerleading and football programs, it is a difficult place to go. The students were not very open to people who moved into the area and didn't grow up there. I found it very difficult to make friends. However, it does offer far superior academics to other schools in the immediate area. Just think twice about whether or not your child will be able to survive in the social-elite atmosphere of Los Al.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2008
great school,fantasticteachers,my observation of Los Al High is that it is one of the best schools in the oc schools district.My children talk highly about how hard the teachers have to work due to the amount of students per classroom. Great sports program there.But the dress code needs to be enforced,the girls tops are pretty revealing and shorts are getting shorter. I enjoy the entire staff, they are outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
i love its ethnically diversity and welcoming of sexual orientation

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2008
As an incoming senior to los al I have to say that it is an extremely great school. There are a ton of clubs from gay/straight alliance to STUD club. And if you like sports there are quite a few to choose from like: basketball,football,soccer,waterpolo,cheer/song,dance team,diving,swim, baseball,softball, and many more. If your child is into academics we have AP classes or if your child is struggling there are classes for them too. Like all schools there are some cliques,but its more just like finding out where you belong. Los Al is an extremely talented,hardworking school and i am proud to be a griffin.

- submitted by a student
August 09, 2008
Great school. Great teachers. I was one of the lucky students to transfer to this school, mid-term, and absolutely enjoyed every part of my experience. The surrounding area is fairly affluent, and since this is the only high school in the Los Alamitos district, we get all the financial advantages.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 22, 2008
The school needs to reduce the amount of students significantly. This is from my own observation while on campus on any given day (2007-2008). Per an article in the paper, there are currently over 3,300 students, which is the highest rate for high schools in Orange County. By reducing that number of students, I believe there will be a better ratio of students per teacher, it could help greatly with overcrowding. Isn t that what all parents want; a place for their kids to stretch themselves, not only in mind but in body as well? Due to this reason, among others, my kids no longer want to attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2008
We have a son who graduated from Los Al in 2007 and a daughter that is a Junior this year. They have both been in the Los Alamitos School since kindergarten. They were originally Inter-district Transfers until we moved into the district in 2001. I agree with the majority of the reviews that say that the strength of Los Alamitos High School is that it is highly ranked in both academics and athletics. This allows most students to find their niche although I can imagine that it would be intimidating for a newcomer to the district although I believe that the school does offer a variety of opportunities for involvement that you would be hard pressed to find at other local schools. Additionally you will find that this is a school and community that prides itself on graduating students prepared for continuing education. I believe over 90% of the graduating class from last year went on to some sort of continuing education. The reasons I would not give this school a 5 star is that the facilities are in great disrepair. The school district has done an extremely poor job of budgeting for capital improvements and it shows in the shabby over all condition of the school, fields and gym. Lastly, although Los Alamitos High School does not suffer the gang problems it does have the drug issues found at most big schools and it can at times seem worse as a lot of the student population comes from the affluent communities of Seal Beach, Rossmoor and to a lesser extent Los Alamitos. A lot of these kids have the time and resources to get involved in this culture. Although it is not prevalent it is something to be aware of.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
Being that I graduated just last year, I have to say that Los Al was the greatest experience of my life, granted I am 18. The teachers, for the most part, are amazing. In 4 years I never had a bad one and each add their own flair that they add to learning atmosphere. Sports are amazing. Football, Volleyball, Swim and Basketball dominate the school and make for a great environment, for players and fans alike . I was an inter-district transfer from Long Beach and I never had a hard time. Everyone on campus was friendly. Los Al is a great school both academically and athletically. I started on the football team and graduated with honors. It's amazing. Go Griffins.

- submitted by a student
November 04, 2007
My son graduated from Los Alamitos High School in 2005. He has told me that he had a great overall experience at the school, and the teachers were amazing. Almost all of his teachers had plenty of experience in their area of expertise and taught well. The school really does things right.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2007
I was a transfer at Los Al because my parents did not like the High Schools in our surrounding area. What the person said about it being 'a long 4 years,' if you're a transfer, don't play sports, or don't have the money, etc..is completely true. I do not have the 'Los Al Elite' attitude, I hated my high school experience. On the other hand, my teachers were awesome!

- submitted by a former student
December 26, 2006
I am also a student at Los Alamitos High School. Being a senior at Los Al, I have really had a lengthy period of time to evaluate the school's ability to react to student needs and wants. In every school, there will always be the under-achievers and students who don't really care, and at Los Al, this extreme is unfortunately very prevalent. The same is with the talented, gifted students who constantly drive up the test scores and give the school it's great name. This being said, I would venture to say that the school really needs to focus on the slightly less 'gifted' students at the school. All-in-all, Los Al is for the hard working, achieving student.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
Los Al is a great school as far as academics,sports and safety. I have to say though that this is a highly competitive school and if you have a child who does not have that drive this school may not be for you. The teachers are good and stay involved but parent participation is a must. There is a certain atmosphere that surrounds Los Al and if you don't have an independent, highly motivated student they may not really thrive in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
Los Al, this was a great place to go to school and I would recommend any parent consider it. I am now a teacher and I believe that much of my ideals and skills came from a great experience being a Griffin! thanks joleen

- submitted by a former student
February 25, 2006
Los Alamitos High School is known as a very competitive sports school. The academics are better than some of the other local high schools in Garden Grove and in Cypress. It does not offer the number of academic programs that a few Long Beach High Schools offer. Parent involvement is higher than average for a high school.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2005
Preparation for college is great and students are encouraged to push themselves in advanced classes.

- submitted by a former student
December 20, 2005
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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
I didn't think anyone actually had the guts to talk about Los Al that way, but most of those bad things are true. If you're a transfer, don't have the money, and don't play sports, go somewhere else. Overall, a great school if you have the Los Al elite mentality, if you don't, it's going to be a long 4 years.

- submitted by a former student
August 19, 2005
The school is very good academically, teachers are very talented and motivating. We have always been met by teachers with open arms, and an eagerness to help kids excell and succeed. This is the best part of the school. On the down side, the student body partys way too much. This is not what I had expected and not the best environment.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
Amazing teachers - they really make the school what it is. Very high quality of work expected in all academic areas - not a school to expect easy 'A' grades across the board. Los al has a place for every student; the clubs and extracurricular offerings are extraordinarily diverse. Parents involvement can be rather over the top.....

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2005
This school satisfies most needs as a public school. This is one of the only public schools that have an API score 801 and improving each year!

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 11, 2005
Los Alamitos maintains some excellent academic programs for above-average students however the average or below-average student is likely to have problems at this school due to the focus on the gifted/above-average students. The social atmosphere at this school is treacherous - the caste system exists here unlike any other high school I've ever seen. Overall I'd rate the school as inadequate however they do have strong athletic and music programs.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2005
While Los Alamitos has great reputation for academics, a significant portion of it seems to be parent driven as opposed to classroom driven. If you put bright intelligent kids in a school with parents who have high expectations of their children, the outcome will be successful kids because the parents will not let their children fail. The school is weak on the struggling child, the ones who don't have the support network at home.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Los Alamitos is a great school for high achieving, independent kids. There are many wonderful opportunities for self directed students and their extracurricular activities are extraordinary. My son is involved in choir and he loves it. I think parental involvement is not only expected, but essential at this school, especially if your child has any type of learning disability or struggles academically. My son is ADD and I have to constantly keep in touch with his teachers and counselors to stay on top of tings - they don't contact me at all until it's too late to help. Thier focus just isn't on 'problem' kids. They prefer to send them off to an alternative school. It's a big school and is geared toward high achievement. That being said, I do think it is a wonderful environment for kids, with caring teachers and staff, and provides its students with an excellent education.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
As a student of this school, I'd say the overall review for LAHS is in a very good status. It has many, many extra-curricular activities and ROP classes as well. The teachers are wonderful. Currently, the only problem with this school is the constructions going on EVERYWHERE. The drilling is driving nuts, and sometimes I can't even hear my teacher lecture. They're building new buildings for a new and improved media center, etc. Of course, I think the replaced buildings will turn out great. The other things are still great, and I would strongly recommend this school if it weren't for the constructions for the rest of this 2005 school year and maybe a bit of 2006.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2005
A great high school with great caring teachers. They will go out of their way to help the student.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
Great school, great sports program, good academic achievement.

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January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2005
Los Alamitos High School is a great school with great teachers, and a safe enviroment. LAHS has alot of extracurricular activities. I highly encourage your to enroll your student in this school.

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December 06, 2004
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September 20, 2004
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May 04, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2004
Absolutely a great school! When we moved from Northern California, we moved to Los Alamitos for the schools. It did a great job preparing our teens for the challenges of college.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
Los Alamitos High School has a tradition of excellence in the community and in the county. High test scores, an excellent staff, and an array of great activities make the school a place where parents want their children to go. Parents from surrounding area clamor to get their children into Los Alamitos. Sadly, there is only room for some. But those who are privileged to attend receive a Blue Ribbon education in all regards.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2003
I am currently a student at Los Al High School, and I absolutely love it. Coming from a Catholic Elementary School in Long Beach, I was a little worried about being able to fit in. On the first day of school, I noticed how welcoming and friendly the students and teachers are, which made me feel very comfortable. As of know, I am getting great grades, and find the school work fun, but yet challenging as well. As people may know already, our athletic program is great, and very well organized. There are barely nany fights amongst students during school, which makes Los Al a very safe and reassuring place to go to school.

- submitted by a student
December 08, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
November 14, 2003
You know, Los Al is truly great because there is a place for every student. The opportunities on campus are wide and attractive. The teaching staff at Los Al is extremely professional and all I have dealt with go above and beyone my highest expectations. I have been very pleased with the school and the fact that it launched all three of my children into excellent universities.

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October 22, 2003
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September 27, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
We chose Los Alamitos on the shallow basis of test scores, Blue Ribbon Award status, and word of mouth. We were devastated when we found discovered how terrible the school was. We moved from the Chicago suburbs where the worst school would be head and shoulders above Los Al. The teachers are rude, uncaring and unprofessional. The administration would not know where to begin to improve. The schools suffer from lack of resources and not enough funding to attract talented teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2003
Teachers are held to very high standards and under the critical eye of a very critical community. My hats are off to the teachers that last. As a parent of four I believe my kids have received the best education. I admire the tenacious spirit of the staff; they truly are pushed to the maximum by a very pretentious community. A community that wants it all and takes with out giving. Go Los Al teachers! Hang in there - the quiet parents love you and absolutely appreciate your hard work!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I myself am a student at los al. And ya we do focus a lot on sports and cheerleading. But the school also focuses a lot on academics. There's always consequences for getting low grades. It's not just the students and the principal that are causing the problem its also the teachers. The school should really evaluate not by the districts standards but by how the students are sitting and reacting in the class and if the students look interested in what the teacher's talking about, and if the students aren't responding like they actually want to learn then there should be some changes in how that teacher is teaching. Because think about it.If a teaher makes class fun the likelihood of the student ditching that class is really low because they'll actually want to go. But if the teacher makes it seem like a prison there is a higher chance that a student will ditch. Now I'm not justifing students ditching class but most of the time if the class is boring we will. And we can just get our homework from a friend or from the internet.

- submitted by a community member
July 10, 2003
I think the school focuses too much on football and cheerleading. Some of the teachers are insolent, grouchy, even millitant and should retire so that some fresh ideas can blow in. The reason why the schools scores well in state exams is that both the elementary and middle schools do an outstanding job preparing the students along with active parent participation. The district should take this into account when considering why student achievement drops when students enter high school.

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Los Alamitos High School
3591 Cerritos Avenue, Los Alamitos, CA  90720
(562) 799-4780
Last modified Los Alamitos 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.
Los Alamitos High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 61 reviews. Top