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Torrance High School

Public | 9-12 | 2067 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2014

I graduated from Torrance and have nothing but good things to say. I got a good education. Contrary to what others have said, Torrance definitely does provide students with classes and activities that will help students go on to colleges. I, and many of my classmates, went straight to a university. If you want to get involved there are more than enough opportunities. All the teachers I had were wonderful and more than willing to help. I also rarely saw violence on campus, like someone else claimed. A few arguments, however they were always quickly interrupted by the security, who was also a great guy. Go Tartars!


Posted April 2, 2014

Torrance High School is fantastic, I have three boys that go to school their and their step-mother is a teacher their from all I've heard it is a awesome school and that there is Caring staff that work their including my boys step mother, My boys are succeeding because teachers care so much about their education and the well being of the student I give it an A+ for being Awesome. Thank You.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

This is an amazing school. although not very successful in academics they are amazing academically
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2013

Unfortunately this school does not rate high for me. Some of the teachers are caring and will work with your child academically. Classes are approx. 38 -1 if not 41-1, I have transferred my child out of this school to another school in Torrance only to find out my child is behind academically. As for the VP and some other school officials if there is a problem at hand, i.e. harassment or bullying etc. the correct measures were not handled in the correct manner, especially if your child is being harassed by the more "Popular" crowd. Seems things fall to the waist side and very much over looked. If you plan on sending your child here, I highly recommend your RECONSIDER and look into West or South High. P.S. Unfortunate to have had a bad experience with the Librarian working at Torrance High, very rude and unprofessional. Too bad she is working with kids and adults with this unprofessional rude behavior. TOXIC
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2011

This school is pretty good for the most part, but also does have some severe problems. First, I've noticed a huge spark in violence within the campus the past years. I don't know if it is because of the lack of security or what, but it is starting to get pretty bad and is getting worse. Second, NO ONE tells us what events are going on. They are very unorganized when it comes to pictures, for example, since they don't even update us or the teachers on what is going on. But enough with the bad things, this school is good in terms of quality of education. We have problems to fix...and just judging by the staff, they aren't going to fix it anytime soon.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2010

my daughter used to go to this school, we bouthgt a house and unfortunatelly we had to move i regret moving because i compared schools too late, torrance school is a great school good teachers, good receptionist willing to answer any questions and they all care about the students that is why ranking is 9 out of10 really good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2010

I just recently graduated from Torrance High and I must say that there are only a few teachers who focus primarily on the scholar students. I was one of the struggling students not doing homework and the teachers tried their hardest and gave me every opportunity to get my stuff together. If you are looking for a place that offers tutors then Torrance is definitely the right place, they always hand out papers telling you the hours for tutoring. Overall Torrance High is an excellent place to get an education with wonderful teachers and a great atmosphere throughout the year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 27, 2009

I have 2 kids who finished THS successfully and entered into good college. Both of them satisfied with their high school. They never experienced racial conflict among students in school. Good friends in harmony and excellent activities. Although there were not afternoon AP classes (only first four classes for AP) teachers were good. Enough to be a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

If you are looking foor a really good Torrance Unified High School, Torrance High School is not the best. My 2 daughtes and my son went there for two years, Torrance High didnt have the proper education and skills for my kids to get to college. the teachers are nice but the focus more on the scholar kids, and not the kids who really struggle. I would best recommend you to North Torrance, the best School in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I agree with the botom comment. i was a student there and the school really focuses on the scholars, for 2 years ive struggled with algebra and they do not provide tutors.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2009

I love the diversity of students at this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

I completely disagree with the comment that clubs are only for students with a 3.0 or higher. There are only 4 clubs out of more than 30 that have that requirement--CSF (California Scholarship Federation), NHS (National Honors Society) and the school's honarary service clubs, Tartar Ladies (for girls) and Tartar Knights (for boys). The Principal was awarded Principal Of The Year for the 2008-2009 school year from an outside and independet source that reviews educators. There are two Assistant Principals, niether are 'yellers'. Torrance High has consistantly had the highest number of National Merit Scholar finalists in the district, the highest pass rate for the CAHSEE for its ELL population, we THS is a family and it is definately not toxic. In fact, in the recent WASC accreditation THS was praised for consitantly having staff members that students can go to when they need help or have a problem.


Posted June 13, 2009

Torrance High school provides its students with rigorous classse, especially if a student decides to take an honors or AP course. More and more students have been passing the AP test and two students graduating this year received a perfect on their SATs. Torrance High recognizes all its students, with achievement awards and student of the month awards. The environment is friendly, with many clubs and sports to get involved in, so there is a place for everyone. The school has a lot of history and even more school pride. ASB-assisted student body- works hard to raise student morale and spirit. At the time of elections every year, many students run in order to get involved and this goes to show how much people here care to make our school an even better place. Torrance High offers students a well rounded education and you should definitely send your child here!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 24, 2009

NOT thrilled. Teachers are power hungry 'what's in it for me', principal will not take on any issues, AP is a yeller w/ a horrible disposition. Overall apathy is toxic. Clubs are aimed at students w/ a 3.0+. THS focuses only on the elites. I doubt my child (smart, outgoing and fun) will leave THS a better person for what THS has to offer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

Wow I agree with 3rd reviewer down! Putting your child in this school would be like not enrolling your child at all. See for yourself, try a shadow visit to see. I'd move from the area instead. Very Grim!


Posted September 29, 2008

Good school. Can't really complain much as a student. Safe learning environment and a school with a lot of history. Very rare fights, but which school doesn't have fights? Sometimes the narcs can get a bit power hungry though. I've received a detention once (first and last time I ever got in trouble) for something I DIDN'T EVEN DO. So what happened when I tried to explain that? I got more detention for arguing. But overall, it's a good school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2006

Torrance High is a great school to send your children to. It has a nice clean campus. When the students have classes on opposite ends of campus, Torrance High gives the students enough time to get to class. They have great programs and clubs your child can join, and Torrance High gives the students many opportunities to shine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 20, 2006

I strongly say don't send your child to this school. I am concerned that my child is not getting the proper education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2006

Torrance high is a good school with a nice and clean campus. It offers many excellent classes and encouriging teachers and administrators. I recommend this school to all familys who whish their children to receive an education of high caliber.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

It's refreshing to know my teen goes to a school where the teachers genuninely care about your child. They actually follow up with parents and help us get our children on track. In addition, the counslers (Frank Lee, in particular) has been incredibly helpful. He goes above and beyond his requirements. There are dozens of clubs and organizations for the children to get involved in. If any parent is considering sending their child to THS, I strongly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

811

Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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API score

811

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 25% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
18%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 65% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
88%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 58% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 38% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
42%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 62% in 2013.

505 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 16% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 45% in 2013.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
42%
Integrated/Coordinated Science I

The state average for Integrated/Coordinated Science I was 26% in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 38% in 2013.

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World History

The state average for World History was 51% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 13% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
4%

2010

 
 
7%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 39% in 2013.

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
38%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 41% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
49%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 46% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 35% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
48%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 52% in 2013.

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 15% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
23%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 76% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
69%
World History

The state average for World History was 46% in 2013.

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 10% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
11%

2010

 
 
5%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 15% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
11%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
9%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 51% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 32% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
37%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 37% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
63%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 8% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
14%

2011

 
 
9%

2010

 
 
7%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 49% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
42%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 58% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
45%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 50% in 2013.

472 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
56%
World History

The state average for World History was 19% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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Females24%
Males25%
African American12%
Asian25%
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Hispanic or Latino19%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)35%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
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Students with no reported disability25%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate13%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate35%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to state25%

Algebra II

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Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state92%

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students87%
Females84%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate73%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state88%

Earth Science

All Students36%
Females26%
Males45%
African American15%
Asian23%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate30%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate54%
Parent education - declined to state34%

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females71%
Males73%
African American43%
Asian79%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate78%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state73%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Geometry

All Students43%
Females35%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipino41%
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate15%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)28%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state48%

Integrated/Coordinated Science I

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World History

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Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students4%
Females6%
Males3%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)0%
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability5%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only4%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate8%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)8%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

Algebra II

All Students35%
Females34%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asian57%
Filipino28%
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)18%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate37%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate52%
Parent education - declined to state34%

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students50%
Females44%
Males55%
African American31%
Asian50%
Filipino68%
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state49%

Chemistry

All Students72%
Females68%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Earth Science

All Students48%
Females41%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females65%
Males58%
African American42%
Asian76%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state60%

Geometry

All Students14%
Females8%
Males20%
African American8%
Asian33%
Filipino7%
Hispanic or Latino7%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)24%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability14%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only15%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate14%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)19%
Parent education - college graduate16%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state7%

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students77%
Females74%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state75%

Science

All Students71%
Females66%
Males75%
African American42%
Asian85%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability39%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state73%

World History

All Students51%
Females46%
Males57%
African American40%
Asian66%
Filipino60%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate66%
Parent education - declined to state51%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students10%
Females12%
Males8%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino8%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged11%
Not economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability11%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only13%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate8%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state7%

Algebra II

All Students5%
Females2%
Males7%
African Americann/a
Asian15%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino2%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)8%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantaged6%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability5%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only4%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate12%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)7%
Parent education - college graduate4%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students68%
Females68%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state57%

Chemistry

All Students31%
Females24%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asian44%
Filipino25%
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)38%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability32%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate42%
Parent education - declined to state25%

Earth Science

All Students51%
Females45%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state53%

English Language Arts

All Students56%
Females61%
Males51%
African American17%
Asian69%
Filipino65%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to state47%

Geometry

All Students10%
Females8%
Males11%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino4%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability10%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only10%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)9%
Parent education - college graduate8%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students51%
Females44%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
Filipino49%
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state41%

Physics

All Students71%
Females66%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipino70%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state70%

U.S. History

All Students62%
Females59%
Males65%
African American38%
Asian75%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state52%

World History

All Students33%
Femalesn/a
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 83% in 2013.

519 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females91%
Males86%
Gender Unknownn/a
African American95%
Asian95%
Filipino95%
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Declined to state83%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Economic Status Unknown89%
Students with disability44%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner48%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a

Math

All Students90%
Females90%
Males90%
Gender Unknownn/a
African American91%
Asian99%
Filipino97%
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Declined to state89%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Economic Status Unknown91%
Students with disability61%
Tested with modifications0%
English learner53%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 36%
White 22%
Asian 18%
Black 4%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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