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Van Nuys, CA
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6535 Cedros Avenue
Van Nuys, CA 91411

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(818) 778-6800
(818) 781-5181
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May 19, 2014
My daughter was in the performing arts magnet. She loved performing in the musicals every year. The school offers AP courses which have some amazing teachers. She was able to get a great education and pursue her passion in the arts. This is a school with a mixture of the different ethnicities and backgrounds. I think the experience of her meeting them was valuable to her growth. The magnet programs have great opportunities and will let your child explore what they want to do. I've never felt my daughter was unsafe at school. This school has a large student body. I don't think any school can say they are completely "safe". If want to shelter your child from the world, this is not the place.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Cool but won't know for sure till fall :) The school offers a Medical Magnet Program

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2014
Drug dealing? Cheating?, Fights?, Bad students?, Bad teachers? What are you parents thinking? I, as parent wouldn't say anything bad about this school. Its a VERY GOOD school. I transferred my child out of North Hollywood HS where the students CHEAT their way out of high school, where its full of gang members that have tattoos all over their bodies, students who do drugs, most the students drop out, fights, cops, arrests. No Van Nuys HS is not like that at ALL. They have this AMAZING Magnet Program. My daughter is in the Medical Magnet Program. Northridge Hospital Medical Center, and Providence Holy Cross Hospital have provided opportunities for our medical magnets to explore the healthcare industry, as have a number of healthcare facilities around the district where these students perform volunteer hours required as tenth and eleventh graders. Now that's a SCHOOL!!! Most 10th graders pass the CAHSEE which really doesn't happen at many schools. I went to watch the MARCH BAND and they were OUTSTANDING, every year they win 1st place! I as a mother who is judgmental about schools, I fell in love with this school. Totally worth it!!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2014
what an amazing school!! totally worth it. the magnet program is the best . great job!!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This is one of the most amazing high schools you or can go to. The marching band is amazing, and many of the kids at school have so much pep! This school has many amazing teachers like Mr.Furman. As a residential student the only thing i hate is that I'm looked down on because I'm not in a magnet program. Nevertheless, this school is awesome! You should definitely come here, we have many cool clubs and electives!

- submitted by a community member
June 14, 2013
Class of 2011 !! Best teachers, staff and principal. So Sad to know Vanderbock is retiring, she did the school well!!

- submitted by a teacher
September 04, 2012
Van Nuys High School has some great programs. Besides the three magnets there is a Manufacturing Academy Program and an Automotive Program. This tech savvy school has 22 computer labs and uses a community networked web 2.0 website

- submitted by a teacher
November 08, 2011
This is one of the finest high schools you or your children can attend. We boast the highest advanced placement (AP) passing rate in LAUSD. This is no small feat as the national passing rate for the AP exam is well below 50%. There exists only 2 high schools that are on the same tier that of which Van Nuys is on which is Granada and North Hollywood. These 3 schools are one of the few schools that offer a selection of all AP classes. I can't say the performing arts magnet is heavily focused on school but if you are interested in the arts program our school is top notch. The marching band wins 1st in all of LAUSD consecutively every year. There are no drop outs in the math-science or medical magnet. It is a very competitive school and there are many caring teachers. My only complaint regarding this school is the social warfare between residential and magnet students. Magnet students resent the fact that residential test scores lower the school's ranking and the residential students resent the preferential treatment of magnet students. I am currently a Jr. in the Math/Science magnet. This school prepares you for college. I'm taking 5 AP classes this year.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2010
I am the parent of a 9th grader in the Math and Science Magnet who is also involved in school athletics. I could not have asked for a better school for my son. Teachers challenge him and prepare his for college level study skills. He had adjusted well to the work/atudy load as well as the team sport schedule and is truly happy with his high school experience so far.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Van Nuys High School is a gem in the Valley. It has three outstanding magnet schools on campus and a highly successful Advanced Placement program.

- submitted by a community member
August 29, 2009
Van Nuys High School is really quite remarkable. I'm in the Performing Arts magnet, and contrary to popular belief, we also take academics seriously while maintaining our extracurricular activities. Our fabulous dance team has won nationals for the last five or so years. Our vocal and theatre programs are also great. Our robotics team have gone to international heights. Medical and math/science magnet are also great. Outstanding APs and awesome teachers, notably the History department. Very carefree and diverse environment. Admittedly, resident school is not as disciplined but not bad.

- submitted by a student
June 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 18, 2009
i go to this school it is awesome however my time has come to leave this really great school and go to college i will miss the fun classes that you actualy learned without knowing the teachers in the high school planted a bit of knowledge in me with out me knowing i learned a lot thank you all the teachers at Van nuys high school thank you

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2008
The school is the only LAusd school with 3 very demanding magnets -- math science, performing arts and medical magnet. Its API with includes the resident population and the 3 magnets jumped 53 points last year. That is exceptional. The teachers are first rate and are led by one of the best principals in LAUSD. There is an active Magnet Parents Association that has brought Princeton Review on campus and the American Field Service International Scholarships. For years the school has had the highest AP test passing rate of all of LAUSD. Its science bowl team is always in the mix of finalists. Visit the website at Vannuyshs.org.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2008
This school is amazing. I'm a 9th grader there & I have to say the magnet programs are incredible. I'm glad I chose Van Nuys High School as my school.

- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
Too many bad kids, too crowded, not enough desks in the classes, yeah it has a good performing arts but still.

- submitted by a student
June 03, 2008
This school had amazing Performing Arts programs. Stunning Dance Team. Best in the LAUSD.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
this school rocks! especially the magnet programs they are completely different than what you may hear about the resident kids the Performing Arts magnet has great programs and the Dance team won 1st place at every competition they attended against all the schools in the district i really recommend it!

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2008
Great education ,rest-less motivation, and very safe. one of best high schools in van nuys

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
I strongly recomment the Medical And Math Science Magnet programs of this school. They are very good. Van Nuys High School has the highest AP Exam passing rate in LAUSD!

- submitted by a student
July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 02, 2006
It's a great school! There are some questionable teachers there, but not many. They have great magnet programs!

- submitted by a student
October 25, 2005
If you're in the Math/Science Magnet program, then the level of teaching is fairly high for a public school. The competition is also stiff because everybody wants to do well, and previous graduating classes went on to great schools (i.e., Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, University of Chicago, Brown, UC Berkeley <tons of people went there>, UCLA). Some of the teachers can be oddball, but you get a demanding level of coursework merely because every other student around you is just as good or better (i.e., 1600 SAT scores, photographic memory & other extraordinary gifts). The Performing Arts program has a lot more to offer for drama and instrumental versus vocal and dance.

- submitted by a former student
October 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2005
Van Nuys High School has a performing art magnet- with the entire school having access to the benefits. There is an extremely qualified math department. The number of AP's offered is high and the pass rate is also high.

- submitted by a administrator
September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2005
I think its an ok school its better than the rest of the high schools I have bin to.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 20, 2005
I would have to say that there is sufficient amount of tutoring programs available. Their teaching style is less focused on fun and more focused on strict academic focus. The music program will be stronger after the school transitions back into traditional scheduling. The year-round tracks were not beneficial to the music and sports programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Good variety of extracurriculars to choose from, wide range of Advanced Placement courses, and good parent involvement (residential program lacks this, however). Teachers range from those who should be fired to those who should be college professors, but most are between these extremes. School safety is pretty good. Overall quality: 3.6

- submitted by a former student
October 02, 2004
The magnet program is outstanding! The gang violence in and around the area bothers me. The principal shows poor leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2004
The choice of magnet programs is great. The math/science program in particular utilizes some of the best teachers in the area. The high cailber if student is also impressive. Competion among students can be unsettling at first, but students that thrive on challenge will perform to their potentials.

- submitted by a parent
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Van Nuys Senior High School
6535 Cedros Avenue, Van Nuys, CA  91411
(818) 778-6800
Last modified Van Nuys Senior High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Van Nuys Senior High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top