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West High School

Public | 9-12 | 3 students

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $539,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,750.

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Posted April 30, 2013

My daughter gets good grades and she loves going to WEST - Happy kid - Can't really ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2008

Definately one of the best high school's in Torrance. Well-rounded school with great academics, athletics, and nicely-kept campus. Staff are helpful and most teachers are very enthusiastic and willing to help. Daughter and son both go here, and have joined many extracurricular activities and clubs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2008

My daughter graduated from West High School in 2005 and my son is now a 10th grader. I believe that when you set the bar high most people will typically ascend to it. There are many resources at West to do well. If the parent and student are willing to work hard and utilize these resources your student will succeed. My daughter is doing well and in college to receive her BS in Nursing. My son is on the football team at West. He has Honors and AP classes and must work very hard and manage his time well to perform in the classroom and on the football field. I can attest to the fact that he has not received any special breaks or assistance because he is on the football team. We just work very hard.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2008

Anyway, I was so angry I ran out of space to review the school. I just want teachers to receive the respect they deserve, especially since all I hear in college is 'You don't REALLY know the material unless you can TEACH it.' I was a student at WHS in 2005. I had my best years here. The curriculum was rigorous and prepares you for college. I chose to take many AP/Honors classes, because they were stimulating. WHS encourages learning and has after school tutoring too. There are many different extracurricular activities, so you're sure to find something you like. The administration was not the best, but the teachers are impeccable. Some stay in their class during lunch time and offer extra help. I am now attending my 4th year at UC San Diego as a pre-med, but I wouldn't have done well in college if I wasn't prepped well!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2008

Its the best school in Torrance!!Students who get into it are so lucky!! Although for most of them it would seem pretty simple since West Torrance is mainly for the upper class!! Any how this school is awsome but it can improve. I was a former student, and i got into Stanford, so it did do a good job!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 15, 2007

West High School was a great high school; I graduated this year (2007) and now am at UCLA. West High has great extracurricular activities--from clubs to the drama, dance, music, and choral department--all supported by faculty who really care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2007

There is an unreality that one sense at this school. It is as if the teachers and administrators are programed in how they address parents and how they address 'discipline' issues. The programed responses all deal with those who are good students. If you do not fit the profile, it seems that the options are always to transfer. Assistance, caring, motivation, if you are a jock or an upper half student you wil do fine. All others, you hear jargon, 'work harder' as the intervention strategy. This is not a school for all kids or parents for that matter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2007

Sure its great if your child is a natural learner. Meaning they dont have to worry about teachers who are apathetic, vengeful, and what other terms can I use without being censored? The school doesnt do anything to enhance the learning, the kids do it themselves and the parents who monitor their kids. My kids went to this school recently and they are not brilliant but neither are they behavior misfits. They are like many who take longer to learn but not at this school, keep up or you are screwed. They only cater to certain groups and be warned if you challenge the administration on anything, they create a phony defense and are already siding with their 'teachers', those who can do, those who cant 'teach'. pretty much says it all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

I personally loved my experience at West High School. Teachers were very accesible, and understanding. A very safe environment for children, and the extracurricular activities are growing.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted October 3, 2005

A very good school. Quality academic programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

What a difference the principal can make. The new administration is a big improvement over the last couple of regiemes. This principal makes a point of talking to the kids (and the parents). Rome wasn't built in a day but West High has made big improvements over the last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2005

I attended this high school and have first hand experience. The quality of academic programs is good. Availability of extracurricular activities is excellent. My mother was involved with PTA and there was good parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2003

I think west high is a great school. My kids graduated from there this year. I don't think the school's academic level is deteriorating. I think it is the exact opposite. For example, in the graduating class of this year, there are three students accepted by Harvard, two by MIT, two by Caltech, one by Stanford, and one each by Johns Hopkins and Harvey Mudd among lots of other good schools and the UC flagships, UC Berkeley and LA. Isn't the college acceptance rate what a school is judged by among others? As for the ex-principal, Mr. Morrison, I have good things to say about him too. When Academic Decathlon team went to Modesto for the State competition, he drove with the vice-principal, Mrs. Daugherty, to Modesto that Sunday morning to be with the team. He and Mrs. Daugherty also attended every year's Academic LA county award ceremony to show support for the kids. Just so you know, during Mr. Morrison's reign, the West High Academic Decathlon team was the LA county champion in 2002, and second placed in 2001. When my son was on the football team for four years, I saw Mrs. Daugherty at every home and away game. That football team went to CIF. As for the website, if you don't like it, why don't you encourage your kid to do something about it? for example, volunteer his/her time or form a club to maintain and fund raising for the web site? It sure looks good in the college applications.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2003

I totally agree about this person's comments regarding West High. The admistration has removed itself from the people. They do not want to hear any comments on how to improve their school. We transferred into this school from another district and one of the vice principals was extremely arrogant about how great West High was as compared to other schools. I have not seen this. Test scores have declined, they do not welcome any feedback whether positive or negative, they are very rigid in their processes, and some of the teachers do not teach at all. I thought having my child in the Gate/Honors program would make a difference. It hasn't. No wonder Wests' API scores are going down. Of course, no one in administration wants to hear this nor do they welcome you for providing any feedback. Perhaps throughout the school year, the administration should send the parents a anonymous feedback form for comments on how to improve the school. As far as technology goes, the school is in the stone age. The website has not been touched for two years. This is just totally inexcusable and unacceptable in this day and age. There are four high schools in Torrance - only two of them have up-to-date websites. Torrance High has an excellent website which posts the daily bulletin along with other useful information. Why isn't this being used as a model for the other three high schools. Can't information and technology be shared amongst schools in the same district? Wouldn't this save money? Why not pay one person to develop technology that every school in the district can use - including the middle and elementary schools. I don't understand why one school can be technology competent and not all of them. Do they not understand the concept of resource sharing? To conclude, West High is not a bad school but there are may things they can do to improve their school. Encouraging parent input, monitoring their teachers, holding their teachers accountable for actually teaching the material, and valuing input from both the parents and the students - especially the students. They are the ones most affected and many of them have fantastic ideas on how to improve their school - if only they weren't afraid to express themselves for fear of retaliation. How sad. I am truly hoping the new principal this year will make drastic improvements and restore the school to its former glory.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

I'm not a parent but I was a former student, I had to move this year so I left over summer to San Francisco (I moved for family reasons). I do regret moving though. I miss this school. I don't know what that parent below is talking about. This school is great, their teachers are committed to teaching West's students and some are enthusiastic about it. When I was there (years 2001-2003), the teachers I had were nice and challenging (mind you I had mostly honors classes). Even without money this school strives to teach its students well w/ what it has and it does so.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 22, 2003

Great school, but as with most of them there isn't enough support for the girls sports programs. Softball has the poorest support from the school and we have one of the top teams in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

868

Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

868

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
Algebra I

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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38%
Algebra II

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

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
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Biology/Life Sciences

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

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2011

 
 
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Earth Science

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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45%

2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

548 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

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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.

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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59%
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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The state average for World History was 51% in 2013.

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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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
18%
Algebra II

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

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
53%
Biology/Life Sciences

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

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
54%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 46% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

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76%

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69%

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72%
Earth Science

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

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48%

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35%
English Language Arts

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

551 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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78%

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69%

2010

 
 
73%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 15% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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18%

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39%

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20%

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25%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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90%

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89%

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83%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

546 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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77%

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70%

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71%
World History

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

554 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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70%

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74%

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68%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
12%
Algebra II

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
18%
Biology/Life Sciences

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

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

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69%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 32% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
48%

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49%

2010

 
 
53%
Earth Science

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

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68%

2011

 
 
78%

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68%
English Language Arts

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

523 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

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67%

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69%

2010

 
 
62%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 8% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

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19%

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21%

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13%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

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

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

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64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
54%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 58% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
92%
U.S. History

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

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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66%

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72%

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World History

The state average for World History was 19% 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

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Females43%
Males41%
African American9%
Asian60%
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Hispanic or Latino28%
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Pacific Islandern/a
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Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
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Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate31%
Parent education - declined to state39%

Algebra II

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Females83%
Males93%
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Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state93%

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students85%
Females82%
Males86%
African American69%
Asian86%
Filipino70%
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
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Students with no reported disability85%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state88%

Earth Science

All Students41%
Females38%
Males43%
African American25%
Asian32%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate39%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate63%
Parent education - declined to state33%

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females86%
Males82%
African American67%
Asian89%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state91%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Geometry

All Students61%
Females61%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipino56%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Integrated/Coordinated Science I

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Physics

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World History

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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

Algebra I

All Students24%
Females22%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asian18%
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)15%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Non-economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability26%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only21%
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)8%
Parent education - college graduate25%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students39%
Females36%
Males44%
African American36%
Asian49%
Filipino52%
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)28%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented63%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate41%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate44%
Parent education - declined to state35%

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students53%
Females57%
Males51%
African American36%
Asian56%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
Parent education - declined to state54%

Chemistry

All Students56%
Females51%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Earth Science

All Students51%
Females35%
Males61%
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)62%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
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 state73%

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females76%
Males66%
African American64%
Asian80%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state70%

Geometry

All Students18%
Females19%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asian29%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)18%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability21%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only17%
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)17%
Parent education - college graduate19%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state18%

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

All Students92%
Females92%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state93%

Science

All Students78%
Females76%
Males79%
African American61%
Asian84%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state82%

World History

All Students70%
Females65%
Males76%
African American50%
Asian75%
Filipino76%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability44%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state66%
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 Students13%
Females27%
Males5%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
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%
Non-economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability19%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only11%
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

Algebra II

All Students20%
Females19%
Males20%
African Americann/a
Asian36%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)10%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability20%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only19%
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)15%
Parent education - college graduate23%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate13%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students72%
Females76%
Males66%
African American36%
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Chemistry

All Students49%
Females53%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)34%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate49%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate63%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students66%
Females57%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
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)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)55%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females74%
Males69%
African American52%
Asian82%
Filipino76%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Geometry

All Students18%
Females19%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asian27%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)22%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability21%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only18%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)12%
Parent education - college graduate15%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

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

All Students61%
Females60%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipino47%
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate66%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Physics

All Students88%
Females91%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
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)95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state100%

U.S. History

All Students78%
Females75%
Males82%
African American67%
Asian84%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability52%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state71%

World History

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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.

562 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

562 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students94%
Females95%
Males93%
Gender Unknownn/a
African American83%
Asian96%
Filipino97%
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Declined to state94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Economic Status Unknown97%
Students with disability67%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner56%
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a

Math

All Students97%
Females97%
Males96%
Gender Unknownn/a
African American88%
Asian98%
Filipino97%
Hispanic or Latino94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Declined to state100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Economic Status Unknown100%
Students with disability74%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learner73%
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
Asian 38%
White 30%
Hispanic 17%
Black 5%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%N/AN/A
English language learners 7%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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