Students enrolled 2497
School leader Edward Howard
Transportation options Yes
District Orange Unified School District

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18042 Taft Avenue
Villa Park, CA 92861

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3 stars
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October 14, 2013
We heard good things about this school when we moved to Orange but it has not lived up to our expectations. The standards of science teaching needs to improve greatly. The teachers seems to be comfortable in their positions and are satisfied with making sure the district requirements are met but learning is a lot more than just satisfying minimum requirements. In Physics a lot of the learning was from youtube videos and video taped lectures from the teacher -- we could do that home why we need to go to school for that? In geometry, it was the 1st time for the teacher who struggled with the material himself and was quick to blame the students when they did poorly. The counselor could definitely do better than just making sure the schedule is correct -- counselors need to inspire students to strive harder and do their best to reach their potential. Just treating this job as a 8 - 4 office job that brings in a paycheck will not breed enthusiasm in students.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
This school is great! Staff is good but can be better and schools sports are great as well. Improvements around the school would be appreciated as it needs updating.

- submitted by a community member
August 22, 2013
The teachers at VP are amazing. If you reach out and show them you are partners with them in your child's education, they are there for you in any way to help your child succeed. The Principal and his staff are marvelous and supportive as well, as is the Counseling staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
I am extremely disappointed in the disarray of the Villa Park high school aquatic center the pool is in desperate need of refurbishing and I do not think it is up to the parents to be part of a booster club to raise all of the money. The schools generally is well known for academics and it's high standards for teachers. However the school is in great Need of serious construction and refurbishing of ceilings that are falling down, bathroom fixtures that no longer work and kids get splinters by sitting on the wooden benches

- submitted by a community member
November 15, 2012
I went to Villa Park for my freshman year of high school and about a month for my sophomore year before I transferred to another school. My experience there was not that good, but not that bad. I had french my freshman year and the teacher was really nice. But she wouldnt really teach us anything. We would always copy down stuff that she wrote on the board but she wouldn't explain. The counselor there wasn't that much help compared to the counselor I have now. I really don't think the students are that friendly. You pretty much hang out with the people your own race.

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2012
GREAT SCHOOL!! My son is a freshman on the football team...that just won League, & in the band...that ranks at the top in the State! Go Spartans!

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2010
I am currently a student in Villa Park. I have Tourette Syndrome. I find Villa Park a great school. The kids are nice. The teachers are great (I have all honors classes). The only problem I have is the special needs program. The advocates are great, but the counselors quite frankly, only work to get their pay, are lazy, and don't care at all about any of their students. You have to have an IEP and get assigned to an advocate to get any help from the school. If the counselors actually did their job this school would get an easy five stars.

- submitted by a student
October 19, 2010
Villa Park does not have the best environment that's suited for learning. From experience, the students here are not friendly nor do they get along with other students easily.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2010
VPHS has some serious problems when it comes to teachers. Mainly, the French program is horrible due to an incompetent and lazy instructor who seems not to care at all whether the students learn or not. Many of the teachers are disorganized and lack true professional and vocational qualities. Most of the teachers seem to teach only for the money - they do not seem motivated at all. There is very little parent involvement. The principle seems to try hard to please everyone but ultimately there is very little action from his part. The only good thing about it is the HONORS Science department.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2010
I attended Villa Park High School and i have to say that it was a truly bad experience for me. I took many classes, such as AP, Honors, etc. and one thing all the teachers have in common is laziness and just horrid teaching skills. Probably 3/4th of the teachers should be fired. The teachers i have had throughout my years did not at all care for their students but care about getting the day over with. Most teachers just put movies as their lessons; while some didn't even know how to orally teach the class without reading from the book directly. In addition, they gave too much homework its ridiculous, especially in AP classes. The students weren't too bad, it was just the environment inside the classroom and the horrid teachers. VPHS should really start evaluating its teachers more frequently and randomly, to see the real truth.

- submitted by a student
November 05, 2009
i am currently a student at Villa Park High School, and have had the best expirence of my life. Personaly, the school isnt the best in the district, but i do not think you will be disapointed if you or your child attends. The ASB program was impecable, and the last years ASB president, Jeff, did an amazing job. Although he did not finish his term, the ASB still was awsome. I was in Cross Country, and not impressed by the main coach, but the assistant coaches were awesome, i still love running. in the end, the school set me up for live, and i am thankful i went there

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October 25, 2009
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September 28, 2009
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June 09, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 31, 2009
VPHS has an excellent band and music program. The school has great school spirit and is a safe and good place for kids to learn and prepare for college and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2009
I graduated from VPHS in 2004 and went on to graduate from UC Berkeley in 2008. VPHS has a wide breadth of AP courses and excellent honors course teachers that I would highly recommend. This is definitely a good school for honors students.

- submitted by a student
November 21, 2008
I currently have 1 at VPHS and 2 that have graduated. School is overall good but there are some teachers who are worthless. The administration is very helpful at solving issues you just have to be determined.

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November 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
Academically very challenging if your child is an honors or AP student. If you child is a good student but not gifted, there is no special placement for them. They are put in classes with behavior problems and kids who don't care about school. I think you would get an inferior education compared to private schools if you are an average student. The counselors are not very accessible to parents and can be intimidating to the kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2008
I currently just finished my first year at Villa Park. As an honors student I felt that I was definently challenged though the couselors give very little attention about your schedule needs and the students going into AP classes. The sports teams and extracurriculars are amazing and there are many opportunities. However if you are a student of lower class you might feel a little out of place.

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July 13, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 01, 2007
I am a former student and I loved this school. Most of the faculty is amazing, full of caring individuals. Of course, there are many that are downright awful, and the counselors make your life exceedinly difficult. However, lots of spirit, lots of activities, chances to get involved, and nice assemblies.

- submitted by a student
July 02, 2007
I am currently sending my 2nd daughter through this school, and not impressed this time either. My 1st daughter was a 4 year varsity soccer player so she slipped by because she was liked by the teachers. My 2nd daughter was straight A's at CV and went down to C's and D's at Villa Park. I left many messages with teachers and only received one call back out of at least 6 to 8 messages and 3-4 emails. No effort to keep her on tract from the teachers. Very disturbing if you ask me. I am probably not going to send my 3rd girl to VP. Also the cheer program is all political.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2007
I am not a parent, but instead a former student who is now attending a state university. I feel that Villa Park has many great things to offer students. The teaching staff is almost always willing to help struggling students, the Student Government (ASB) and athletics keep your child involved. I went into highschool as a B average student, and improved to about a B+ A- student by the time I graduated. Although everything sounds great, there are always places to improve on. Counselors are hard to reach, they don't respond to phone calls, so just march in and ask for an appointment. Also, if your child is severly struggling, contact the teacher as soon as possible, because they take a while to get back to you.

- submitted by a former student
December 16, 2006
Villa Park High School is an excellent school. They pay attention to the students who have a future and work hard, like the honors and AP students.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2006
My older sister attends the Villa Park High. She was struggling in some of her classes and the teachers took the time to bring her up to date. Now she is an honor student! The teachers give great individual attention and care about how you are doing. Villa Park is amazing school and the best in the area!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
If I had to do it over I would not of had my kids attend this school. Unless your child is in honors classes, my experiance is, you'll get little to no help in making sure your child has good quality teachers, and is on track for college.

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July 01, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
June 06, 2006
I am currently a freshman at VPHS, and I belive that there are a lot of teachers who care, as well all some who dont. But your child will suceed if he/she really wants to.

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June 02, 2006
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February 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
My child experienced racism when he attended this school. The teachers did not care about the students.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
Both of my children have gone to VPHS. It is a great school. Both of my boys were in sports and clubs. Teachers are great.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
Great school. Outstanding teachers as well as students

- submitted by a former student
October 14, 2005
I have put 3 generations into VPHS, My children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I wouldnt pick another school. Their moral and professionalism is outstanding. And I feel they are safe here compaired to anywhere else.

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September 02, 2005
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July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
My daughter's English teacher was bright, caring, trained, and helpful. My daughter is a struggling reader and became inspired. She progressed in math and has had two great years so far. The negative reviews worry me about the past of the school, but from a concerned parent to another, this is a great school for all students. If you have a question about an assignment from a teacher (i.e. its relevance, ask him or her; he or she will explain.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
Villa Park is committed to academics. I am impressed with staff care and involvement. The guidance counselors are very much up with students' academic needs for everyday school, college and graduation. It is a school with much parental involvement. The school is safe with enforcement of discipline.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
This is a great school all of the teachers do a great job. The parents are pretty involved especially when it comes to sports and the booster clubs. However the school security guards and certain teachers choose favorites and are really hard on other students which isn't very cool. They should be fair to all. I think the campus is great and the students there are all fantastic. They do great jobs and they are all very responsible.

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January 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
This is a great school. Those who are not in a very high income bracket, however, may feel a little out of place.

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November 24, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2004
It's my daughters second year at Villa Park and I find that most of the teachers are willing to work close with the kids.

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August 02, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
June 04, 2004
I am pulling my daughter out of this school, so is my next door neighbor. Every kid on our street is struggling. This is not one kid falling through the crack...the crack is a gaping hole. Simply aweful disappointing experience. Tired of excuses.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
Villa Park is not a school I would recommend. Lack of communication between teachers, attendance and administration seems to be widespread. We had nothing but problems with the Villa Park Counselor. She was less than helpful and repeated calls went unanswered. The quality of the teachers on the whole seemed fine. It was the lack of communication that bothered me. Seeing a grade slip from A to C and not being notified even when I would call in request for progress. It just seemed as if the school administration, counselors and a few of the teachers didn t want to be bothered. Encouragement seemed in short supply.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
Our experience at Villa Park has been that the counselor's don't really care what happens with their students. They act like it's a real chore to actually help a kid. The only time my son saw his counselor was when there was a problem. He tried six times to have his counselor call him to the office to discuss his class schedule. She never called him in. I had to take a day off of work to get things straitened out. If your kid isn't on the honor roll or in AP classes they won't get any attention from teacher's or staff. Average kids don't have a chance at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2004
There has been a definate drop in every aspect of Villa Park this year. The female students come to school half dressed, truancy and tardies are not enforced, known gang members attend the school and the list goes on. As other parents have stated, if your student is an AP student or in the top of the class and you stay on top of everybody, you're probably OK. If your child is a 'B' or lower, send them to a Catholic High School like Servite or Mater Dei.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2004
Although it doesn't look like it from the outside or the inside, money controls this school intellectually and socially.

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January 05, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
November 18, 2003
I am not a parent but I just graduated from V.P. in June 2003. This school prepared me very well for college. V.P. shaped a little punk freshman girl who once had a low G.P.A. and did not care about school, into a homecoming queen/Vice president of ASB who's G.P.A. improved greatly due to wonderful caring faculty. Local schools come to our assemblies because they are awesome. The programs keep getting better. The free math tutoring program helped me greatly. I think Villa Park is a wonderful school and your child can get numorous oppertunities to succeed if they apply themselves.

- submitted by a community member
November 10, 2003
While Villa Park has some very dedicated and excellent staff, I found many teachers to be lacking in both teaching skills and adequate knowledge. Also, I feel that Villa Park doesn't offer enough AP tests to produce students that are competitive with other schools in the country, or even county.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2003
The school band is great and deserves our support, our time and money

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2003
Our experience the last 3 years have been a challenge. My student and I work with the people on campus that had the information that we were interested in. We found excellent guidence from teachers and the Principal and Vice Principals. Our lack of trust because of misinformaton on the part of the counling deparment, us running to top advisors. This has been brought to the attention of our new Principal and I am sure that the couseling services will be upgraded.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2003
This school gets worse every year. This yar, the staff at the counseling office are slacking off with the student's class schedules and when you try to fix them they are nothing but rude most of the time. The staff at the attendance office can be just as rude. In English instead of learning something useful students are required to recite & sing poems by Shel Silverstein (this is no Amerian Idol). I think this school is very disorganized this year and not all the students get treated equally, there are always the favorite students.

- submitted by a community member
September 02, 2003
As a family, our experience has been very different from these other 3. As parents, we take our kids' education quite seriously. Each school year, we contact each teacher and let them know that we are available to help them accomplish his/her job, and we leave them with a list of phone numbers to contact us with concerns/issues. We contact the attendance office monthly to make sure our students are on track. We schedule appointments with counselors/teachers when problems arise and escalate concerns to the principal if need be. Each year we are impressed with the results our kids achieve both in the classroom and as indicated in test results. Teachers, counselors, and the vice principal have responded to our concerns in a timely and interested manner. You and you kid(s) will get only what you are prepared to put in with regards to a successful experience at Villa Park High. If you think someone is going to care more about your student's success than you or your child does, you will probably be disappointed in the results. We are quite pleased with the performance of the school, its staff, and (most importantly) our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Villa Park is one of the best schools around. The students are excellent and the faculty are easy going. Most teachers do care about the student's education and involvement in extracurricular activities. True, that some teachers do favor and give more attention to Advanced Placement students but they also strive to help the average students. We cant neccessarily blame the teachers for not giving enough attention, it's also the students responsibility to request attention and ask for any help they may need. If a student were to ask a teacher a certain question, I dont think that teacher would just simply ignore them. The student has to be willing to learn and push for their goals. Advanced Placement students are just students who would want to push harder and learn more. Anyone in high school can be in an advancement class. I'm saying that students have the opportunity to push their education at a greater level, they're just too lazy or unwilling to learn. So once again, the teachers aren't always the ones to blame.

- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
After sending four children through Villa Park High School, I can honestly say that none of them were adequately prepared for college. Two of my children did well academically; two did less well. The school served none of them adequately.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I have found that the teachers cannot make 'A' students. It is usually the parent(s) example and expectations and structure at home that make a successful student. The teachers are to teach the state mandated curriculum. We are just starting out at VPHS so we have not alot of experience to judge from here yet but are very encouraged by the process a so far. Summer sports programs have been good. Parent involvement is outstanding.

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Villa Park High School
18042 Taft Avenue, Villa Park, CA  92861
(714) 532-8020
Last modified Villa Park High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Villa Park High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 63 reviews. Top