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Rowland Heights, CA
Students enrolled: 2,403

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2000 South Otterbein Street
Rowland Heights, CA 91748

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(626) 965-3448
(626) 810-4859
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May 27, 2015
- a student I know the attendance ladies in the office are very rude but you shouldn't just judge the school is not suitable for students just because of 2 rude ladies. Other than that the office people are really nice. Also if one forgets something, just call your parents during lunch or nutrition to come to the parking lot and the security will let them in. Students could even ask your teacher if they could go out and get something from their parent but not every teacher will say yes. Another thing is that majority of the counselors are very great people who tries to help students throughout high school and SUGGEST students to take some classes to go into the college they prefer. They don't limit them on purpose, they are just suggesting what's good for them. Also I can't say for all teachers but majority of the teachers can teach but some can't, it's true. But what I love about the teachers at RHS is that they are willing to take time to make silly music videos or volunteer to shave off their hair to provide the best year for the students. This has been the 50th year of RHS and to be honest I had a blast and it was also thanks to ASB for all the hard work they put in who also try to recognize ALL students to their best of their abilities but you know it's not that easy to create events that recognizes every student. But if you have a suggestion what they can do you can always go to the ASB office, I'm sure the advisor will be there most times. The students are very nice and I never seen any bullying around the campus. There are also a lot of variety in clubs and sports for the students. Also the school may be old, but that's why they are reconstructing the whole school causing dirt to fly all around. Overall this school is really diverse and offers a lot of clubs, activities, and sports for the students. Majority of the staff are very nice people but hey it's reality there are also some who aren't nice and even can't teach. Not all schools are perfect. But if students want to go to diamond bar or walnut because they think they are better schools then go ahead. If some think life will get easier if you go to a "better" school, I suggest to get rid of that mindset because all schools provide equal opportunity to get into a proper college. Also if the student does really want to go to diamond bar, then get ready to experience the very intense competition.

- submitted by a community member

March 11, 2015
This school is just not up to par. Many of the teachers are either too insanely difficult or just a plain out pushover. But the worst part of all is the OFFICE LADIES!!! They are the pure definition of rude, ill-mannered, impudent, disrespectful, cold-hearted, and just plain out loathsome. I wonder why they are so mannerless when speaking to parents. They act as if they absolutely detest their jobs and truthfully I do not know why they are still working here with that sort of attitude. I had an issue occur when my son was not feeling well but I was at work so I asked his grandfather to pick him up for me. They straight out told him no and even after I called the ladies saying that I gave him permission to pick up my son and before I could finish talking they cut me off again and said NO again. Then they started lecturing me on how my son shouldn't be so careless to call his parents to pick him up at school and create so much trouble. Seriously? So I had to get off work early and drive 40 minutes back to Rowland to pick up my son who was running a high fever by then.Seriously these women have no sympathy and just bring down the school's demeanor.

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2015
I don't know who does the hiring at this school for the front office but they need to re- evaluate their staff. I attended this highschool and now my two son's do. Every time I go in the office for anything its a big run around. They are rude unhelpful and look like they're miserable. My son forgot his book with his homework in it so I wanted to drop it off. I was directed to attendance who didn't even let me finish my sentence before I was rudely told NO!!!!! No professionalism or personality ...look lady if you don't enjoy your job get out of it!!! I was then directed to the secretary who told me I could wait inthe parking lot to give him his book!!! If kids are forgetting their homework don't you think you should put a table or have a system in place so we parents don't " bother" the staff!! I have had many other situations happen and it never seems like anyone in their knows how to do their job with class or a smile!!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2015
Rude people in the office, poor teachers. There may be a lot of alumni, but that doesn't make it better.

- submitted by a student

March 26, 2014
This school is not good. Chemistry teachers are mean, office is filled with a lot of rude people. Its also filled with alot of people that look at you as a person who is not worth anything. Many people think they're better than you. The district should do something about the situation here. There is no school spirit, you have to have good grades to discover what it means to be in the "Raider Family". It's sad seeing people who burly get good grades in school miss the opportunity to have spirit, this is basically like racism: (if you are black you can't sit infront of the bus). Don't get fooled on this school, its a blue ribbon school FROM 1998 which was long time ago.In reality this school is not what it seems to be. I recommend you go to Walnut or Diamond Bar better because here you are going to deal with alot of cruel people. BY THE WAY NOTE THAT THE PREVIOUS RATINGS ARE FROM WAY IN THE PAST, THIS IS 2014 IM TALKING ABOUT. So please whoever is reading this, dont come to Rowland High School! Do not be the person I was who believed Rowland was good only because of its blue ribbon. Trusth me its really not. My other school was better by far even tho its not a blue ribbon.

- submitted by a student

August 24, 2013
Overall the school is okay. There are basically three types of teachers: the ones who are hardcore and you fail the class, but prepares you for college, the type that doesn't teach and blames it on you, and the type that is all around nice. The campus is crazy, with dust flying everywhere, and very old. Some classrooms have roofs that are in need of mending. The small theatre (which is the size of two classrooms combined) really needs to be fixed. The poles that hang lighting often fall down and there are termites everywhere. The grass is dead. Students are pretty nice though.

- submitted by a student

May 10, 2011
From an honors student point of view: Although this school is a good school, it tends limit your opportunities to explore. The counselors set a strict "plan" of classes for you if you are in the honors program. Most teachers are very good! And some...well I don't know was the school was thinking when they hired them. This school is very small! I mean come on, the school's theater is only the size of a couple classrooms. I believe that other districts such as the WVUSD have MANY more opportunities to exceed. But because I live a minute closer to nogales than I do of walnut, I have no choice but to drive 15 minutes to this school every morning. I'm just telling the truth. What a student usually wants is to go to a nice good looking school, right? Ahh life is fair.

- submitted by a student
no rating
November 04, 2010
The teachers cares about the kids and they work together with administration and parents

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2009
Rowland High Schools is one of the best and most most caring schools around the area! The campus is clean, most of the teachers are great, and there are a variety of sports and clubs that you can join on campus. Not to mention that you can even create your own club. The school is very diverse, with a large majority of Asians and Hispanics but also others too! The sports here are great and they just created a new track and football field recently. Lockers here are nice, though some are in need of repainting and new doors, but they will keep your things safe and are of adequate size. The students around campus are actually pretty nice. Granted, there are the occasional mean people, but the majority is rather nice and considerate. If you are considering enrollment in this school, I as a student would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a student

March 04, 2009
Principals, Staff, & Parents. Have open lines of communication. That is why Rowland is such a successful and excellent institution for students to learn.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2008
Great school, great teachers, great people. Loved my experience here.

- submitted by a student

February 29, 2008
As a student, I would say that this is a great school. Reading the comments before me, I noticed that nobody said the negative aspects. That is why I want to point out some irritating points. #1 There is too much emphasis on thinking maps - especially in the IB program. #2 The lack of funding makes the school look inferiro to other schools (outwardly). #3 There is not enough AP classes. #4 There are too many students per class.

- submitted by a student
no rating
December 30, 2007
John A. Rowland High School is an excellent school. I am a student there now and I believe that a better high school could not be found any where else in America. Although the school lacks funding and is not the richest school around, it makes up for it with wonderful teachers and dedicated staffulty. Rowland High School is also really diverse with many different ethnicities and offers many, many extra-curricular activities to choose from.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2006
I believe that this school prepared me well for college. The teachers were knowlegeable and enthusiastic.

- submitted by a student

May 10, 2006
This school has great programs and a very supportive staff. Top flight!

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2006
this is a really good school, a school where ur kids will face challenges, has great clubs sports and offers many classes. i would rate this school 9 out of 10 because no body is perfect and no school but this is really good the best i consider

- submitted by a student

January 17, 2006
I am a 2001 graduate from this school. In my honest opinion I believe that this is a really good school. Quality of Academic Programs: There are some really good programs such as Business programs where I know lots of friends who attended and continued into Business degrees. Extracurricular Activities: Sports was a great experience for me. I joined football for frosh and JV, and gained lots of knowledge of the game, teammwork, and confidence. All in all, I do highly recommend this school. There are a lot of times where I can reflect back to my high school days and use the knowledge gained in my current

- submitted by a student

June 14, 2005
My daughter,Ana Kristine graduated last 2002. This June, she will graduate at UC-Irvine with the degree of Bachelor of Art major in Philosophy, Cum Laude. My husband and I would like to thank the staff, the counselor, the faculty members and all those who inspired my daughter to aim high and set high goals in her studies/life. According to her, Rowland High did give her the training needed to perform better in college. Special thanks to all her teachers among others, Mr. Gasca, Mr. Gardner, Ms. Valera, her P.E, science teachers, year book adviser and all others whom we cannot remember the names yet as deserving. We are beyond words, we cannot thank you enough. The least we can do is to let others know how good all of you are. Again, thank you.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2005
A very wide range of selection of classes from the entertainment industry to the art industry. All its classes are uniquely designed to fit your childs need.

- submitted by a parent

September 26, 2003
My oldest son graduated with honors form John A. Rowland High School and was accepted to various major universities when he applied during his senior year. He is getting ready to graduate from UCLA with a Psychology Major and plans to continue with Pre-Med at the same school for a later M.D. and specialty in Psychiatry. My second son graduated with honors, International Bachelorean classes in 2003 and was accepted at various Major Universities as well. He is currently a Private Cadet at United States Military Academy West Point, New York where he is enjoying the products of higher education thanks to John A. Rowland High School My daughter is currently a Junior at John A. Rowland High School and plans to graduate in 2005 and later go to a four year University where I am pretty sure she'll be prepared as well as my sons were. Overall, Rowland High School is a great school and I am very proud of all achievements and memories that we share as a community and as a family: cross country, track and field, pageantry, swimming, water polo, model United Nations, marching band, orchestra are only a few of the extra-curriculum activities that my children participated during their high school years.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2003
We are new to this school, with a freshman just beginning this year. I am very impressed so far with accessibility of teachers and staff not only through email but in person. This year is the first back to school night with much effort on the school's part to make communication important, something missing from our Jr. High school. So far we love Rowland!

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2003
I graduated in 1979 and my two older sons went and are going to Rowland and this school is still #1 in my book.

- submitted by a parent
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John A. Rowland High School
2000 South Otterbein Street, Rowland Heights, CA  91748
(626) 965-3448
Last modified John A. Rowland 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.
John A. Rowland High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top