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Los Angeles, CA
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2955 Robertson Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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(310) 280-1400
(310) 842-8663
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September 27, 2014
I'm a special needs student attending Hamilton. I can say that this is an average school. It has some positives and negatives. The positives are the music academy. This magnet program is probably the best thing I got enrolled in. I love it. I like the excellent music options. Like Piano, Guitar, Jazz Band, they give you a lot of choices. If you're in the music academy, you get the best teachers. Everyone should know that if your son/daughter is serious about music, they should join the music academy, its superior. The special ed program they offer is fair. There is a reading comprehension class that helps students improve their comprehension. It's good because it's a smaller class environment. The negatives are the athletic programs offered at the school. These programs are poorly organized, underfunded and uncollaborative. The coaches are so frustrating with personal parent/teacher discussion If your child wants to be in the athletic program, parents should careful and keep tabs on their child. Overall, this is a fair school.

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2014
My special need 16 year old son is in the Music Academy-magnet. Unfortunately, Hami does not serve their special need student as they claim. My pro-active parent advocacy is 24/7 with staff & unresponsive principle. Poor collaboration, lack of efficacy, over crowded class rooms, and pre-determined mind set from teachers make my son's learning experience a real challenge. Regardless of this poor review, this parent still donates, because no child should be denied an education.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
My son is near the end of his first year in the Humanities Magnet. I must admit I had concerns over the size of the student body but very quickly those concerns vanished. My son loves the school, most of his teachers and more importantly the other kids he goes to school with. He speaks all the time about their thoughtful conversations and generally good vibes. He's challenged and that's a great thing. Up to this point, not so much. What parent doesn't like to see their child be challenged and yet see their child step up?

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Alexander Hamilton High School is a great school and my son learned so much there. The Principal is caring, professional and devoted to the best interests of the students, as are the overwhelming majority of the Teachers. I look forward to my other children attending Hamilton

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
Hami has a great combination of the closeness of small schools set into the resources of a larger school. The Humanties Magnet has about 400 students and the Music Academey Magnet has about 750 students. The remaining 1,600 students get attention through several Small Learning Communities. This allowed my son, who graduated in 2012, to take 12 AP classes while he was at Hami, and to start in the University of California system with sophmore standing due to all of the AP credits! Clearly the teachers must know what they're doing because they taught the material successfully. The teachers & administration are trully special at Hami- some were students there and now teach there; several chose Hami as the high school they wanted their own children to attend.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
I attended "Back to School Night" last week, and got to meet all of my son's teachers. Overall, my impression was that they are concerned about the students and their performance. They seemed passionate about what they teach. My son is in the Academy of Music, and is making new friends faster than when he was in middle school. He got a great 1st report card, and he is enthusiastic about all of his classes. I am hopeful that this trend will continue to progress.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2012
Great school, my daughter is a senior. We have no complains, teachers are great and the Music Academy is one of the best in the nation.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2012
I do not recommend this school at all !!! Worst School and principal, too many students

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
the worst school in the area , Principal is a night mare,, so are most of the teachers, parent teacher communication is a no no...

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2012
I Currently have my child in the school. We have gone from charter to private, and then to Magnet thinking it would had been the best choice when high school years came around. It was the worst mistake ever, you email the teachers only one or two will respond. You email the counselor, if your lucky she will return the email. The children are treated like they are just want of many. Children get told if they will get kicked out because all they are doing is lowering their API. Some of the teachers are tired of dealing with the children. Others are truly passionate with what they do but there are very few...

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I was a student at Hamilton from September 2007 to June 2008. I had tried to get in to the Humanities Magnet, but unfortunately I did not. As a result, I had to go into the regular school community and join one of the SLCs. My choice, sadly, was not the greatest. I left middle school with all honors classes, and the only honors class I had at Hamilton was English, where half the students were labeled Honors and the other half were labeled regular and we got the exact same amount of easy homework. I tried seeing my counselor about changing my schedule and having more honors classes. However, my counselor did no effort to attempt and fix my class schedule, so I had to stay in what I was in for one semester. I decided I couldn't stay here another year, so I began looking for a private school. As soon as Hamilton got word of this, I was finally paid attention to and they tried to convince me to stay. I was promised many things, but it was too late. I had found a better school, and I do not regret leaving Hamilton. I became so much well prepared where I went. It's true you have to find the classes and teachers yourself, but if they won't cooperate with you, how can you?

- submitted by a community member
June 12, 2011
As a parent of a student in the humanities program, the programs as a whole is best suited for students who are from a middle school that truly prepares them for Hamilton Humanities.(the majority of the students in the program attended Palms or a private school, prior to Hamilton-most other middle schools are not preparing the students for a rigorous program as such!) My child was an honor student and up until this year was taught well, and challenged! The administration and some teachers choose to only help those students who they believe are the expected successful norm!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
I hate this school. I feel that it is not giving me a proper education, the teachers are unreasonable and are never helpful. The principal does not even respond to complaints by students and parents.

- submitted by a student
October 17, 2010
The education is terrific!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
It has a great music academy

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
Hamilton is a wonderful learning environment. It is a truly diverse school with learning programs tailored to the specific needs and interests of it's students. We are fortunate to have very dedicated teachers and a strong parent support community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2010
commited faculty, staff and parents

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Challenging academics and a first rate music program taught but extremely talented teachers. Principal Gary Garcia and the adiministrative staff are dedicated and energetic. The parent body is engaged and enthusiastic!

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
Some of the most remarkable teachers anywhere anytime work there. Inspiring, smart, creative, amazing people.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
Amazing Musical Theatre Program and excellent Honors and AP teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
We love Hamilton! Go Yankees!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
Fantastic education, wonderful, dedicated teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
THe creativity flows in the Music Academy. The kids are great, welcoming and friendly. There are some really amazing teachers who really care what the kids learn and do and their energy is unending.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
Best teachers, best performing art pogrom and a wonderful environment for those who are interested in academica and art education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
Hamilton has an amazing range of classes to help the students receive a balanced education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2010
I am a proud Hami dad, my daughter is getting a top-notch education and will be prepared for college after graduation. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
They have really caring teachers who love what they do!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 19, 2009
My son is a senior at Hami and he has enjoy to the fullest the music academy opportunities. If you have a son or daughter interested in music and performing arts this is the school. Again the music academy is great if your kid is serious about music or arts. I don't live in the area and I am planing to send two more kids who play music to hami.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
The best school in Los Angeles. All of my kids have gone there and also a couple of my nephews. My daugter will graduate next year and she is in the Music Academy Magnet, one the best schools in the district. She loves it there and so do I. Excellent teachers, hard working kids and very competitive! I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
October 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
The students are endearing, smart, funny and work well together in a multi-cultural environment that is an inspiration to older generations.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
I agree with the parent below me. My child has been going here for 2 going on 3 years now and I am very pleased with this school. If I have questions, they are answered ! I definately suggest this school to anyone who is thinking about sending their child here.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2009
This school is very good. My child recently transfered here from a private school and I am very pleased. I was sceptical at first but my child is making wonderful grades and the teachers call in about her performance. She doesnt like the homework, but the teachers sit down with her and provides the help she needs. Sometimes they even help her after school with her assignments. The parents below me must have not been doing something right because everytime I call I get a response. I am VERY pleased with this school ! I would definately recommend this school !

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 10, 2009
My daughter will be graduating from Hamilton High this month. She is a student in the Music Academy magnet, one of two magnet centers on the campus. There are some wonderful teachers here and a strong English dept. There are also a few teachers who should no doubt be doing something other than teaching. The principal is slowly building his capacity but has the support of the faculty if not yet the greater community (this is a tough job and he is working hard at it). The parent center is too small to accommodate classes but is a reference and resource center although is rarely open when convenient to parents. Improvements have been noted over the last year in the way the school's shared decision making and advisory bodies operate but more training of staff and parents TOGETHER is needed to build trust and respect.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2009
Hamilton High School is a huge disappointment. Very few of the teachers will work with you and your child while most of them refuse. I have sent emails, calls to teachers, and gone into the main office and still no response from the teachers. I am VERY upset at the principal. I have tried on multiple occations to get in touch with the principal, actually ALL YEAR, through phone calls, emails and going into the main office to talk with him, and he never calls me back, or he is in a 'meeting' or just plain unavailable. It has been a very frustrating year, and the problems with the principal have driven me to the point of pulling my daughter out of there with only 2 months left till her graduation. I will be pulling my son out of there also. I hate this school! Don't send your child here....

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2008
Hamilton is really what you make of it. There are brilliant teachers, and there are those who either fail to connect with students over the subject matter, who are simply incompetent, or who are a wholly unfortunate combination of both. The student must be able to discern who the best teachers are, and to seek them out. While at Hamilton, I thought that the education I received was quite good because I took the most difficult classes with the best teachers, but at the university level, I've come to understand the shortcomings of an education from an oversized public school. Minimal resources in the foreign language programs, poor math and science instruction, and overworked or incompetent counselors combine with other factors to make the Hamilton experience less than stellar.

- submitted by a student
February 28, 2008
Hamilton could be a great school, but they now have a environment of clicks, such as the birds. This group of children has caused Hamilton to have issues with violence and discipline. Many of the teachers will work with you and your child while other refuse. I have sent emails, calls to teachers, and letters in their mailbox at the main office and still no response from several teachers

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 06, 2008
I am currently a student at the university of california at berkeley. The humanities program helped me get where i am, and it inspired me to constantly work harder and think deeper and never stop questioning. The humanities magnet teachers are among the best teachers i have ever had. the classes were wonderful and taught above and beyond the prescribed level of the class. Many books and themes that i learn about in college were introduced to me in my classes. The teachers in the humanities magnet cared about the students and their subjects. This is the school to send your children if you want them to have the same (or better) education of a private school.

- submitted by a student
January 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
The school is not very dangerous. But the facilities are outdated and unmaintained at best. There is a clique mentality at the school. Good teachers and classes must be sought out.

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2007
It a ok school it was better in 1980 when i graduated from it the teacher's seem to be less interested in helping children who are struggling and i find that to be across the board

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2007
The Humanities Magnet is great, my son could not have gotten a better education in a private school. He will forever be inspired by his teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 24, 2007
As a parent my involvement depends on what is made available to us as parents for such. I found it difficult to get involved when the school does not know what is going on. Hamilton web has not been updated to reflect important dates and times as other LAUSD web sites have been. In meeting with administrators I, as a parent, have reservations as to who is really driving the bus so-to-speak. If we are to get involved we need a real time means to do so with responsible people to communicate that involvement.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
My daughter attended the Music Magnet for 2 years and my son is currently enrolled in this program. They both learned a great deal in their music classes, though the general academics are a year or two behind local private or Catholic schools. The main difficulty for both children is the divisiveness perpetuated by the students in the main campus. My daughter took the High School equivalency exam in her Junior year because she was not able to learn due to the disruptive behavior from most students. My son is either failing or near failing most of his classes because the academic environment does not seem to care whether a student completes assignments or succeeds in his studies. He has also experienced several encounters with threatening children from the main campus. It is disheartening when there are few if any other choices.

- submitted by a administrator
May 27, 2007
My child has just finished 9th grade at Hamilton. He's in the music magnet but has friends from throughout the school. His teachers are dedicated and helpful, and he has learned an enormous amount this year. Ninety minutes of music a day is an incredible experience for him. Another really special thing about the school is its culture. Students at Hamilton are friendly and welcoming to other students and to parents. They seem to support each other in music, art, and sports. Hamilton is a special place.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2007
My student is currently attending the Music Magnet. She is relatively happy, but not as enthusiastic as when she first starting attending the school. The upside is that she is able to attend a school that offers performing arts classes. The ability to contact/communicate with staff in the administration offices needs to be improved. The majority of the time I end up having to leave a voicemail message that no one returns. We have experienced a few great teachers here.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
The school has two sought-after magnet programs in the Music Academy and the Humanities Magnet. Both have some very good teachers and there are others (also many of which are good) teaching in five other program-centered so-called 'small learning communities'. In my opinion, things are touch-and-go at Hami - the school needs dynamic leadership. Hami can be a great school overall but it's leadership needs to understand the value of creating partnerships with parents, teachers and the local community...and that may take some time. Bill

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2006
Currently a senior at Hamilton High.My past years here have been amazing. Hamilton High School has a great variety of clubs and the perfect environment for every kid, it just depends on the kid if they want to adjust to the environment or not. I understand Hamilton has had a bad reputation in the past but as fast as the test scores and Hamilton's reputation have gone up, LAUSD official's say that Hamilton might be the #1 Public Highschool in the county as soon as next year. I suggest if your looking to put your child into a HS please take a tour of Hamilton and see everything we have to offer. Thanks

- submitted by a student
July 20, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
July 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2006
Overall, I was very happy with education I received at the Hamilton magnet. I had small classes with qualified teachers who seemed to really care about my education.

- submitted by a former student
May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
May 17, 2006
The Music and Humanities Academies have some great teachers and classes--but it's buyer beware. You and your children have to be diligent to get into the classes taught by the best teachers. Counselors have hundreds of students to manage--they don't have a lot of time to work on any one kid's schedule. Either be the squeaky wheel--or even better, get your kid to put in face time with his/her counselor so that the counselor has a personal interest in helping your kid out. Another note--if your child isn't a particularly strong performer, they won't get far at the music magnet. If that is okay with you and your child, great--but in some cases it can be awfully discouraging.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
The technology in this school is great. We get tablets/laptops in our school for free and I think this school is going up really fast.

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2006
It is a great school for the arts. However, I have found the teachers in academic classes extremely uninterested in helping kids with any type of problem completely lacking in amy concern. No respect is shown to the students. It is a sad place for kids who behave and just want to learn.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
The Hamilton High Humanities Magnet is a superb liberal arts program emohasizing strong critical and analytical thought. It is a great environment for any young mind to learn more about the world around them, based upon ideals of non-conformity and the history of change over time. Being overshadowed by the Music Academy, the Humanities holds the true strength of the academic performance level at Hamilton. Just check the numbers. The Music Program is great, but their students tend to resemble overly materialistic values and tend to be arrogant and cliquish at times. in order for a balance of morale and education, Hamilton should devote more budget to sports , rather than utilizing the majority of it on the Performing Arts. The Athletic Program is on the rise, improving in boy's Football, Baseball, and Basketball in the last two years. Athletes bring in your talent!

- submitted by a student
January 03, 2006
The Music Academy and Humanities magnet schools offer superb programs that offer rich academic and social themes taught by dedicated, highly qualified teachers. This is the school for you is your child is interested in studying music performance, drama, and musical theater. All the the classes in the Humanities magnet are honors level. This magnet is 1/3 the size of the music school and its students produce the highest state test scores. The Humanities faculty aligns its core curricular classes such as English and History. Of the five non magnet Small Learning Communities, the strongest is Communication Arts, but Global Studies and Business Technology schools are rising fast. If not enrolled in the magnets do yourself a favor and investigate the philosophy and staffing of the other programs. The school has a new principal this year.

- submitted by a administrator
no rating December 27, 2005
my child went there and was very happy and that is about it the music progrma is great the art is amazing and the sprts are really good

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
If you want your son or daughter to have an enriching academic experience coupled with rigorous dance, drama or music training, Hamilton Music Academy is the best magnet school within the Los Angeles Unfired School District. The students throw themselves into preparing for concerts/performances -- gives them an opportunity for professional performance opportunities/careers in the future. The teachers were top-notch in the magnet schools -- (especially the AP and honors teachers). My daughters are still in contact with their teachers -- they made a lasting impression.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
I am parent of two graduates of the Music Magnet. I was horrified to discover how much animosity there exists within LAUSD and at the 'community school' twoard the music and humanities magnets. They way they want to close the 'achievement gap' is to make high achievers into low achievers. The Humanities Magnet is still good, but I'm not taking any more chances at Hamilton. My third child was accepted there, but I got a permit for another district.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 21, 2005
The humanities and music academy/performing arts magnets at hamilton are outstanding...The music academy dramas and musicals are broadway quality and the academic teachers for those magnets are amazing and very much in tune with working with artists and creative kids. If your child is a musician, dancer, singer or actor, this is the school for them. My daughter went on to great success at nyu tisch school of the arts after her experience at hamilton. The home school lags far behind at this point, but the magnets are outstanding. The high scores I have given to the school are strictly for their magnet programs.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
August 18, 2005
Good behavior and good academics- lots of parent involvment.

- submitted by a former student
August 07, 2005
The music academy is wonderful. If you want to be in the performing industry, go to hamilton.

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2005
I think the school is great.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
My child is an 8th grader and the family went to tour this music magnet school. This school is very similar to Palms Middle School which my child now attends. I was very impressed with the curriculum and the idea of different 'schools within a school'.Most public schools have a community school, magnet school and resource school but Hamilton has five to six 'specialty' schools that include the aforementioned.I love the ethnic diversity of the school. The layout of the school is fairly easy to manuver and all the instructors that we just 'ran into' along our tour were very friendly to us 'tourists'.I would strongly suggest any parent to investigate this school for themselves because every child is different and 'what's good for the goose, isn't always good for the gander'.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2005
The strength here is in the fantastic music program. There is specialized training for voice as well as instruments. There is also a lot going in terms of students forming bands and music groups which is great in terms of extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
The principal at Hamilton is great. The school is split up into 7 small learning centers and the school receives a grant from the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation for this. Two of the learning centers are magnets. One is the Humanities Magnet and it has a very dedicated, hands-on coordinator. The Humanities program, 325 students, is fairly academic and these students tend to be more focused on their learning and consequently score higher on standardized tests than the school at large. The other magnet is the Music magnet with about 700 students. The music magnet kids seem very enthusiastic and the music magnet has 7 class periods, compared with the typical 6 for the rest of the school. Anyone can apply to the magnets. The other 5 learning centers are made up of students from the community and each center has its own coordinator.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2005
I had an excellent time there last year, wonderful school, esp. the Music Academy, take a tour!

- submitted by a former student
September 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2004
Our 2 daughters have attended and have had enriching experiences because they have availed themselves of the performing arts classes. The Music Academy has been a wonderful resource. While there are many wonderful English teachers, the science and math departments were weak. The school still has many race problems and it is a divisive issue on campus.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2003
Because Hamilton is divided up into two magnets and several other academies, it is pointless to try to rate the school as a whole. It just doesn't work that way.

- submitted by a parent
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Alexander Hamilton Senior High School
2955 Robertson Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90034
(310) 280-1400
Last modified Alexander Hamilton Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alexander Hamilton Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 84 reviews. Top