Students enrolled 2289
School leader Elsa Mendoza
Transportation options Yes
District Los Angeles Unified School District

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13000 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90066

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(310) 577-4200
(310) 306-3249
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4 stars
Based on 45 ratings

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November 05, 2013
my school has the best teachers you will ever find this school also has a lot of magnet students and also is a clean school

- submitted by a student
September 27, 2013
The new STEM Magnet has the potential to be great, but the administration and the district could get a little more behind it. There was a LOT of scheduling confusion at the beginning of the year leading and the Magnet really needs a source of funding for all the technology needed for the electives they offer and would like to offer, but which really make the Magnet an outstanding choice in high schools on the west side. The teachers seem very enthusiastic and willing to give. It would be nice if the school could figure out how to count the engineering classes as "science" as it is very difficult to meet all the A-G requirements, PE and an elective in 9th and 10th grades with only 6 periods to schedule.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
I am a current graduate from the Venice High School Global Language Magnet class of 2013 and I am now a college student at California State University of Northridge. The Venice Magnet is a a great school and the community is wondeful.The counselor Ms.Roche-blair is amazing!! At VEnice you will always find help if you ask for it. You won't regret sending your child here. Me and my two sisters graduated from Venice (2012 and 2013) and know my cousin started hoing here this school year as a freshman and he loves the school already. GO GONDOS!!!

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2012
My boys are freshman in The Global Language Magnet. They are loving it. The teachers have been amazing. The Magnet Office - Ms Markussen and Ms Roche Blair are supportive, helpful, and knowledgeable. My boys play waterpolo and are enjoying that too. They are getting a well rounded education. We are very happy to be a Venice and a part of the Global Language Magnet.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
So far so good! Our child is a freshman in the Global Languages magnet. All but one teacher seems fantastic and the remaining is improving. Swim team is a wonderful, community-spirited environment. There are an impressive number of awfully nice kids attending this school: such a lovely, supportive community. These kids, and these teachers, really, really leave me feeling impressed. All the teachers we've seen so far, are dedicated to developing broad-ranging, thoughtful curricula, relevant to the world at large as well as the subject's technical academic specifics. But we always figured this local school just down the road was a hidden treasure. What a great place. We feel lucky to live in the neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2012
Both my children attend Venice High School and we are very happy. The Magnet program is a very competitive course of study that is preparing them well for a college experience. The people and friends made are great involved and caring. I can't give Venice enough kudos! Go Gondos!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2012
I am a current graduate (Class of 2012) from Venice High School, and I had a great experience as a student there. One word that describes this school is diverse. Students are of various ethnici backgrounds and have a wide range of interests. Most interact well with others, so there aren't any "cliques" like how high school is unfortunately perceived in movies. I also had very helpful teachers and amazing friends whom I will never forget! In addition Venice offers a variety of extracurricular activities and sports, which students come to enjoy very much. Most of the sport teams, such as football and volleyball, are very competitive. The school also has a high quality student-run newspaper and a great music program (both of which I was part of). Several AP classes are offered in preparation for colleges and universities. I know many students there who have been accepted to excellent colleges, such as Berkeley and Yale. Overall, Venice High School (in my perspective) has a nice "movie-like" campus without the movie ideals (cliques, fancy campus food, etc.). I definitely learned a lot from this school itself along with MOST of the academics.

- submitted by a student
July 19, 2012
Congratulations to Venice HS's Super Shop 9 graphic communications students for winning 1st place in the 2012 PIASC Graphics Academic Challenge. For their efforts, the graphic communications department received $5000 worth of Apple computer equipment and the winning student received a $1000 college scholarship.

- submitted by a teacher
July 19, 2012
Our 3rd out of 3 children just recently graduated. All three children had positive experiences. They were enrolled in the Foreign Language magnet and participated in sports, music, service organizations and clubs. Our kids got involved and really felt like they were a part of the community being in their local public high school. Each child attended a UC after high school.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2012
I am the parent of a graduating senior from the Community School. He has received an excellent education, has made wonderful friends, has been able to compete in two varsity sports and other extracurricular activities. He has been accepted at the college of his choice, one of (if not the) most selective public undergraduate business schools in California, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I don't thnk he could have received a better overall educational experience period. My other child is in the Magnet program. Both are great. You don't have to be in the Magnet to get a great education at Venice. The Community School is developing some very interesting programs especially in Science, Engineering and Technology.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
As a Professor of Education in the Los Angeles area that has provided consulting services to schools over the last 15 years, I can objectively share that I am more than satisfied with the comprehensive experience my daughter has received at VHS Magnet. I have found the staff to be courteous and professional, the teachers engaged and caring and the programs offered to be relevant. The principal has been refreshingly available. The counselor and Magnet coordinator are spectacular- responsive, professional...I have a sophomore at the magnet and an incoming freshman next year. I am sending my children there because kids go to great schools from the magnet (Columbia, Occidental, Berkeley, UCLA, USC this year) and because they get to have a comprehensive high school experience. The school is safe and engaging and diverse. Who wouldn't want their child in a school that prepares kids for college and offers a wealth of programs. Venice High School is a wonderful place. We are very happy there.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
My daughter is a junior in the Foreign Language Magnet. She loves Venice and is getting an excellent education. The classes are challenging, the teachers are wonderful, and the students are smart, academically driven, friendly, and interested in the world around them. I was told before my daughter started that Venice kids naturally build friendships across racial and ethnic lines (whereas at some schools they tend to self-segregate), and that has been my daughter's experience. Kids who can handle the workload of honors and AP classes should consider Venice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2010
The Magnet teachers are great and do care about the kids. But the classes are getting bigger. They could use a few more assistants. Many of the good ones have retired.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 03, 2009
We have outstanding teachers and a strong career tech ed program. We have a beautiful campus near the beach.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 03, 2009
The Foreign Language Magnet at Venice High is an outstanding college preparatory program. It has good teachers and high standards. Venice High also has a New Media Academy, many language offerings, many art offerings. There is a commitment among the faculty to actively reach out to students to help them.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
It's a great school! It provides so many programs that other schools don't

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September 19, 2009
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- submitted by a student
September 04, 2009
Venice has something for everyone. The student just needs to get involved. Teachers, counselors etc. could do more to motivate participation - but parents should be encouraging as well. Busy students are the best kind.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
My daughter, a Venice High graduate, is now completing her junior year at Stanford! She was well prepared and will be receiving an academic award next month. Venice also allowed her to enjoy participating in fall plays and spring musicals. So, this month she performs in Stanford's musical, 'Aida'. She keeps in contact with many of her high school friends and they still get together to visit Venice teachers. She is a product of LAUSD and I am grateful to all her teachers, K through 12.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
This school is the one of the best high school in westside.. This year, many students were accepted to the UCs and other private university. They offer many AP courses. The student can move their GPA higher. I was very happy I sent my son to VHS. Only one concern, most of the good teachers are almost time to retire???

- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2008
venice high school is so much fun. not only does it have awsome teachers and a really laid back environment, but all the activities that go on are a great way to get involved! venice is one of the best high schools by far!

- submitted by a student
no rating December 02, 2008
The Foreign Language Magnet at Venice is phenomenal. I was so impressed by ALL of my son's teachers on Back to School Night. I am also impressed by the principal. You can't really know a school unless you take the time to take a look. Come see Venice High. You will be pleasantly surprised!

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2008
im a freshmen at venice high school. the school is really good i just finish my semester and new im going to summer school venice high its a fun place to be at they have a lot of activities and fun classes like art music cheerleading. your kid and you will have an awesome experience in venice high

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2008
Not too many schools, public or private offer Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, German and Latin.Great teachers. Not much parent involvement with fundraisers although the kids my son knows come from families with parents who are involved with their children.

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February 27, 2008
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February 15, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating January 26, 2008
I am a Freshman at Venice High. So far it has been preety good. ( except friends and drama) All the teachers are very nice and helpful. The school teams are preety good. So hopefully I will stay there until I am a seanior. Class of 2011!!!!

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2008
New data reveals that Venice high school is near the top for AP test pass rates in the LAUSD. Keep in mind that in order to 'pass' a May AP exam, a student must earn at least a score of 3 out of a possible 5. During the school years of 2005 -2007, the Venice average pass rate was 69%---compare that to the top school--el Camino Real @ 71%---yes, only a 2% difference. Furthermore, other westside schools may have given more tests, but none surpassed the VHS pass rate.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
Great school for kids, a lot of teachers do care about the students, one example is a teacher call MS. Shogan. Also has a great academy like the NMA.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
All the 'good teachers' who teach real 'science/math' are reserved for a select few, the others are to take the other awful teachers. If it wasn't for sports, I would've never made it out of there!!

- submitted by a former student
January 21, 2007
Venice High is a terrible school, its unsafe, and extremly overcrowded. Teachers dont teach.

- submitted by a former student
August 16, 2006
Venice is above average but hardly a great school. There are Foreign Language and International Studies Magnets but they are uneven in quality. There's supposed to be a School for Advanced Studies curriculum as well but I've never seen it. It is an open campus and the kids do feel safe and get along, for the most part. Science and math classes - many AP - have traditionally been strong points for the school and for good students. Some gifted children have left the school prior to matriculation - their needs were not being met. Venice has lots of room to improve but I sense that it lacks the will and LAUSD's culture doesn't help. What to do as LAUSD's enrollment continues to decline?

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
Great foreign language magnet school.

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June 05, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
no rating April 29, 2006
Good school, a bit over crowded

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
For the most part, I like venice high school. They are slightly more laid back then I would prefer, however its nice to have the students more accountable for their own learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Some people worry about the ethnicity balance but really it's a fine school, especially for the area.

- submitted by a former student
February 24, 2006
Venice academics can be very challenging. AP classes are open to all students in grades 10, 11, and 12. The teachers are for the most part very capable and enthusiastic. There is a strong culture of academic effort and success. The teachers are very supportive, and the kids support each other. Most of the kids join one or more sports teams or clubs. The kids like the sense of belonging that results. Perhaps the strongest characteristic of the school is how well all the kids get along. There are no divisive cliches, and all the different types of kids have remarkable tolerance for each other. Parent involvement is good, but once your child enrolls, I am sure there will be even more involvement.

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October 23, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
July 14, 2005
Venice high school is very beautiful campus.

- submitted by a student
June 17, 2005
I'm a former student of Venice High, and I have mixed feelings about my time spent there. There were some excellent teachers that I really enjoyed (Barry Vella and Bonnie Kahn in particular). All of the teachers that I had were nice and accomodative. The quality of education is what you'd expect at probably any public high school. There were plenty of extracurricular activities (sports, dances, prom/grad night etc). The biggest problem for me was the quality of life aspect. The thug/gangster mentality that permeated across the school was too high for my tastes. This school doesn't conjure up images of mom and apple pie, that's for sure. The gang problem wasn't as bad as it is in other LAUSD schools (i.e. South Central), but still, I don't think I'd be sending my kids there.

- submitted by a former student
March 31, 2005
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September 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2004
I really think that this school has a great magnet program for the talented kids. The rest of the school is pretty ratty.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2004
Venice high is above all a great school, although not all the time. Just before the past school year ended, when a simple predicament got out of hand, two different races were brought into conflict. blacks againts whites. As a Venice parent, I became worried for my child's safety. There is racial descrimination occuring inside of the school. The school officer being white sided with a pupil of his own race, the pupil was carrying a baseball bat on campus when the conflict broke out and all the officer simply did was confiscate it, no consequences were given. Although, if a black pupil would have been carrying the bat, he or she would have been taken to the dean's office and some actions would have been taken. This is just one example of racial discrimination inside of this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2004
Girls are given preferential treatment, while boys are not. Girls are given the benefit of the doubt, while boys are not. Some of the teachers are great and welcome parental involvement, but there are some who are not. Some teachers will work with you at the onset to resolve issues immediately, others state they are to busy to notify and you are only notified after a problem has evolved. Some unfairly grade students and then threaten them with failure when they are reminded of prior discussions and agreements around their school work.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
March 25, 2004
Academically the school is excellent. Excellent teachers. But it is not well equipped to handle any special needs that are out of the ordinary.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 04, 2003
east or west venice is the best

- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2003
They do not enforce the rules and if you're a 'favorite' they let you get away with too many bad things without telling parents.

- submitted by a former student
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Venice Senior High School
13000 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90066
(310) 577-4200
Last modified Venice Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Venice Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 53 reviews. Top