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9-12
Public district
Van Nuys, CA
Students enrolled: 2,433
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13000 Oxnard Street
Van Nuys, CA 91401

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(818) 756-2700
(818) 908-0774
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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
August 10, 2015
They clutter up the work and everyone is confused and don't know what to do i do not think they have a good system in general

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Too much
August 10, 2015
overwhelming amount of work makes you want to give up projects from literally 3 teachers at a time and not small ones and then on top of that like 10 pages of work worth almost nothing but needs to be done to get a decent grade

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
August 10, 2015
they do not care about the kids really and just abuse the students rights i experienced it recently

- submitted by a student
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
August 10, 2015
Curse at the students and lose the work and say you never turned it in resulting in lower grade i have experienced it myself recently

- submitted by a student

May 22, 2014
My son and I love this school. He is in the Technology Magnet and we could not have asked for a better placement. The counselors are off the charts fantastic and the teachers are great too. If you keep an open line of communication between the staff, your child, and yourself great things happen. There are a lot of advanced opportunities available for the taking if you just ask. Parent participation is disappointing but I do my part and feel great about it.

- submitted by a parent

January 13, 2014
Very disappointing. They do not evaluate kids to find out where they need the help. Teachers are not in tune with their students. Some wish they were not in school. This school needs to be changed into a charter school. I feel money is being taken away from the student programs and given to the football team. I feel its mismanaged finance and education wise. I feel it should audited.

- submitted by a parent

December 12, 2013
I graduated from this school in 2013 and honestly wish I had gone to a better school. All the teachers, except for a couple magnet teachers, hate their lives there. They wait for the last bell to ring more than the actual students. The math teachers there are a joke. None of them can teach and are extremely disorganized. i am in college now and feel as though Grant High School did not prepare me for the rigorous courses.

- submitted by a community member

September 05, 2013
This school is off the charts terrible bringing your child here is an awful mistake

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2013
There are fights everyday and it is making the community look awful so don't come here you'll leave with. Black eye

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2013
This school has opened it's arms wide for my son who is ADHD. Other schools offered nothing where this school is more than willing to take the extra steps my child needs to succeed with his education.

- submitted by a parent

May 20, 2013
As a student graduating from Grant High school I would recommend this school to the person who wants an affordable and well rounded school. I believe Grant is a great school socially, but educationally it is very lacking and the emphasize on education isn't priority for many teachers. Social life at Grant is very good, people here are usually found in their own "cliques" and other social groups. There are a plethora of clubs and sports here due to Grant being 6A. Education at grant is the biggest downfall of this school. This is typical of any public school. While parent involvement is high, I regret to inform that teachers here don't put priority on education. Sure you can carve yourself a great education here from higher level classes, but the majority of the classes I've taken here were filled with unenthusiastic students who failed to see the importance of education. Many of them slack off and skip classes. It's sad, but its the truth if you don't take challenging classes. Grant has defiantly done it's job as a high school: constructing a bridge to college. Yet, at the same time I feel like the "success" I've had as a student has mainly been from my own initiative.

- submitted by a community member

October 23, 2012
Very good school, hasn't had a fight in over 2 years. I suggest this school to anyone really. some people think this school has major issues but they used to but over the years this school has changed and is still improving

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2012
Great school! especially compared to the ones in the same area. Teachers willing to help students succeed, efforts to keep up school spirit, positive motivation to get involve with clubs, sports and programs. Definitely recommend this school!! You will not regrat enroling your student into this school!

- submitted by a community member

October 16, 2011
The 10/15/11 post must be from someone who does not know the school or is not involved. The school leadership under the current principal is very good. Teachers are seasoned and have better credentials than private schools. Grant's API scores are up over last year and they hit their API growth goals. Yes - it is a public school and there are many students who show no interest in their education - why? Because their parents show no interest. I have had 2 kids go to top universities after graduating from Grant and have 2 more there now. Stop complaining and step up and be part of the solution.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2011
This school is in desperate need of fixing. The staff fails to compromise with the students and the students themselves show little to no interest in their education. It is advised you do not check into the school, given the choice.

- submitted by a community member

April 12, 2011
Grant High School is not the best but it is a good school. The teachers are great and they really want you to succeed. Would recommend this school.

- submitted by a student

March 22, 2011
It's much better than what it used to be. There used to be gangs and violence but now there is much less. The school is better now and the teachers are great. Happy to attend.

- submitted by a student

December 15, 2010
man that school is of the chain my brother went there !!! man he had some pretty great times up in that school but not because it was educationally ..man there was fights AND ALL OTHER SORTS OF OTHER STUFF I KNOW A COUPLE OF PEOPLE THERE TOO THAT THINK ITS A ROCKIN SCHOOL BUT HAY PANORAMA HIGH IS BETTER LOL

- submitted by a community member

December 10, 2010
Grant High School was probably the most infamous school in the Van Nuys-Valley Glen area. Even though so many people would write negative stuff, it's true. But it's a great school and the environment is great. Valley College is right next door, and that also provides great education. Grant HS taught me a lot of things. Every staff member is experienced. PS: Cant forget Terzian saying, "No hats, no beanies, no do-rags." LMFAO!!!

- submitted by a community member

June 28, 2010
Grant offers an excellent education and I m very concerned about the previous entry from a disgruntled student. Grant does offer an excellent education But the key word is offers The teachers are dedicated and the curriculum is rigorous, but if the student doesn t put in the effort, the offered education doesn t translate into student learning.. Students must do their homework daily. Parents need to check on the homework and not be content to let their child copy someone else s before school. If your student doesn t understand their homework, Grant offers tutoring daily before and after school. Students need to be in class and not ditch. Parents, don t sign off on that absence that you didn t know about, your student may be reliving pain with medical marijuana. If your child has a cell phone (and what child doesn t?), check the bill to ensure those text messages aren t being sent during class time.

- submitted by a teacher

June 24, 2010
This is a horrible school. The teachers are mostly inadequate with the small exception of a few and the environment in incredibly negative. Gang fights, drug abuse - all sorts of things. It's a fine school for kids coming from Madison Middle school but mostly those who are from Millikan will be shocked and willing to transfer within the first week. Classes are of course overcrowded and inadequately taught for the most part. I am so happy to be finishing my high school years at a different, much better school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
October 05, 2009
Because I graduated from there not two years ago and I am glad for the person I am today thanks to everything, including this school and their wonderful faculty.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2007
its the best school ever!

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2006
Parents are involved a lot and there are a lot of kids that go there.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
The school just had its administration overhauled. And it's great. Students are being held accountable for their actions and the school is making an attempt to communicate and involve the parents. But it really takes us parents to see to it that our children are doing their homework and going to tutoring at the first sign of struggle. The staff at Grant is excellent. The teachers seem very approachable, but when California allows 40+ students in academic classes, we can't expect the teachers to do all the communicating. School is not like it was when we were kids. Go to the open houses they have. Call the school when you don't get your child's report card every 5 weeks. Give meaningful consequences when your child doesn't do his homework. Their athletic program emphasizes character. Go visit your child's school. My child does well at Grant because I'm an involved parent.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2005
Grant High School has an excellent Foreign Language program. Students may choose to study French, German, Spanish, or Spanish for Native Speakers as part of their required 'A-F' Requirements for entrance to a UC or Cal State University. In addition, students have the opportunity to travel to France and other countries with French teacher, Joanne Serin, in order to use their new-found abilities to communicate in other languages and to learn first-hand about cultures other than their own.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
September 15, 2005
Fantastic Arts Program, Many fellow students chose to attend the Art Center college of Design in Pasadena. Graphic Arts Dept is amazing, so much to be learned. Open ended!

- submitted by a student

August 20, 2005
Grant high schol is a great school for young adults to go to. Its right next to a college. My kids went there for four years and I was happy with what the school had to offer.

- submitted by a parent

August 20, 2005
My daughte has attended Grant High School for 2 years and she has had only positive experiences with the staff, faculty, and classmates. I believe that teachers are doing the best that they can with the resources availabel to them. As parents we have to look at the bigger picture and not only what is in front of us. Remember education starts in the home. I encourage parents to visit the school more often, talk to your child's teachers, counselors, and principal. As parents, we do not have the right to complain about a school, teachers, etc...if we are never there to support the school in the first place. Make your child's education and school a priority and you will see different results.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
Grant has suffered from a total lack of administrative leadership, minimal District support (until this past year) and a demanding student population. There are so many English learners that the level of instruction is necessarily lowered in the majority of classes to meet their needs. The magnet and AP programs continue with their tradition of excellence, but teacher morale has been at an all-time low. Hopefully, this year's change in administration will be a positive one.

- submitted by a parent

August 09, 2005
'Although from the past very violent from what we heard, the teaching is alright.'

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2005
The quality of academic programs are pretty good although they can be better. the extracurricular activities dont seem very appealing to many of the students, one reason maybe that there is a low teacher/student communication ratio. One thing that should be pushed for greater achievement is the parent involvement, there is about maybe 5% of it if not less.

- submitted by a student

June 10, 2005
This school is overcrowded and unsafe. The administrators put on a show for the media. Ask the teachers. Even they are scared.

- submitted by a teacher

May 03, 2005
I felt that the quality of accademic programs were moderate. The only way that your child will get a quality education is to have your child put into the honors and AP program there and even that is a struggle sometimes. It is a school where a child can focus on their social life rather than their accademics. There didnt seem to be a huge level of parent involvemet at the school. However, if your child is having a problem at school, I would suggest that you take it upon yourself to call the school and talk to a counselor or administrator as they can be very helpful.

- submitted by a student

May 03, 2005
Horrible school that needs much work socially and on school violence.

- submitted by a parent

September 16, 2004
Parents need to show better interest in their childs education and discipline. Two much blaming is put on teachers effort instead of where it begins, at home.

- submitted by a parent

August 17, 2004
My son has attended Grant High School as a Magnet student for the last 2 years. He has access to a demanding academic program. (He aspires to attend USC.) The Magnet coordinator is outstanding in meeting my son's needs, and is extremely accessible. Most of the teachers my son has had in both Magnet and non-Magnet classes are bright, accessible, and enthusiastic about their subject areas. The campus is one of the most attractive in the Valley with newly painted buildings, grassy areas, and student-made tiles adorning the quad. My son is very comfortable at this campus and feels safe. Coming from west Valley schools, he has made friends easily from classes, swim team, and band. The Magnet Parent Booster club is very active, led by a very group of parents with strong leadership skills. I highly recommend you visit the campus and meet the Magnet coordinator and Booster Parents.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2004
My daughter went to Grant High School last year and her grades have dropped. She has always has a 3.4.average. This school is filthy and the kids have no discipline whhich is something that we need to start teaching them if not at home then at school. Gang menbers all over the place does not help the enviroment and promotes crime.

- submitted by a parent

June 17, 2004
Grant High school is a very disorganized, the school is dirty and there are always cops, Do I need to say more?

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
i do not believe that our failure to achieve our goal for our test scores is the teachers fault. before the test we had a month of preperation to try to achieve this goal and the teachers did a good job! i believe our failure came form all the syudents who do not carea bout succeeding in life. most fo the students in the class seemed not to care about this test.

- submitted by a community member

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Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School
13000 Oxnard Street, Van Nuys, CA  91401
(818) 756-2700
Last modified Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ulysses S. Grant Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top