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Whittier, CA
Students enrolled: 2,441

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12417 E. Philadelphia Street
Whittier, CA 90601

(562) 698-8121
(562) 698-8925
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April 23, 2014
I think my time at WHS was ok. I definitely was unhappy a lot of the time, but the student community makes up for the failures of the school itself. Teachers overall are not that great, though a *few* AP/honors ones were great. There was a whole lot of wasted time ("English day", "Math day"...) and the administrators tended to be either rude or annoying unless you developed some kind of friendship with them (which wasn't difficult, but ALL students should feel comfortable and welcome in their school). The Guidance Office staff are excessively rude and talk a whole lot for being as busy as they say they are. The void between "honors" and AP courses and regular/CP ("college prep") courses was enormous. And either in spite of or as a result of that, the AP/honors classes were ridiculously overloaded, not just with students in general, but with students who would have fit in some intermediary between AP and CP. ASB was a farce. Didn't quite like going to school there, but I got through and wouldn't exactly suggest people send their kids elsewhere in town for school

- submitted by a student

September 26, 2013
Whittier H S is great!! my son has good agreats due to all trhe help he has gotten a long the way from his teachers.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2011
I second this sentiment - I am a parent that loves this school and would recomend this school to any parent. I do admit I used to have my concerns with this school but I've noticed how much it has improved in the past few years. I do believe the principal, a WHS alumn and who has spent almost her entire career at this school, has really made the institution great. It is THE high school I would most want to send my child to in the area. As with any place, it is what you make of it, but the school wants my input and participation. That is encourageing - nothing to hide and a willingness to work on problems parents see!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 03, 2009
Whittier High School is a caring, nurturing and hard working community of learners. A school community whose members, strive to improve each day, month and year!

- submitted by a teacher

September 28, 2008
I am a parent that loves this school and would recomend this school to any parent. I do admit I used to have my concerns with this school but I've noticed how much it has improved in the past few years.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2008
I think it's a great school. There's not many activities and some people are mean but you can make the best of it.

- submitted by a student

June 26, 2008
I think this school is great. Everyone learns a lot of new things here. My child goes here and he's a junior and he's so into the activites they have here. Of course, it is very crowded but indeed it is lots of fun for them to make a lot of friends.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2007
this is a great school for kids to get a higher education and to interact with students more.

- submitted by a student

August 15, 2007
Im currently a student in Whittier High School, and I think that this school is great, it has alot of activities and I learn alot thanks to the teachers there. They help try to understand the subject by teaching it in different ways.

- submitted by a student

February 16, 2007
I am a former Whittier High School student. When I attended Whittier my first three years, the school administration was not doing a thorough job. However, my senior year(2004-2004), the adminstration improved a lot. I've seen a lot of changes that have occurred since then. I am very glad that there are more students who graduate and plan to attend a 4-year University. There are also a lot more new and young teachers who are eager to teach! I think this school has improved a lot and is doing a well job!

- submitted by a student

February 10, 2007
I was a student at Whittier high and I found it to be the worst school I ever attended in my life. Students don't care. Teachers don't care. Whittier lacks any challange, which is important for experience and success.

- submitted by a student

October 03, 2006
I am sold on WHS!The staff, teachers, & administrators are committed to student success. I've had 3 sons graduate in 2002,2004, & 2006.This school works hard for the students. The alumni group is great & generous & involved also. There are plenty of extra opportunities for every student.This is a school to embrace.(We came from private preschool thru 8th.) Enjoy the rich traditions & be an involved parent. This school seems to get better each year.They even have moms committed to praying for the school. What a great set up!

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2005
So far so good. This is my students first year and I like what I'm seeing so far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 19, 2005
Hey whittier high school is the best!

- submitted by a student

April 20, 2005
Good academic program, but most parents not involved. Need to involve parents, community and kids to see improvemnet in API scores.

- submitted by a parent

November 21, 2004
This school is way to crowded.

- submitted by a student

October 07, 2004
I truly believe that Whittier High School is a good school, even though the scores do not reflect it. As long as parents stay involved in their children's academic life, the child will prosper. WHS offers a lot, it's up to the parents and students to take advantage of it. The facilities have drastically improved in the last year! The scores have been turning around. And there's lots of activities to keep the students involved.

- submitted by a parent

May 05, 2004
I currently have one child attending Whittier High School. I am very pleased with the education my child is obtaining through the staff and the atmosphere at WHS. I have also been very pleased with the level of education provided for the numerous students I know, who have gone on to attend quality colleges and universities after graduation. WHS is a quality, safe, and inspiring environment. Students are provided excellent examples of what they might aspire to be from the staff and recent graduates. The percentage of WHS students who qualify for entrance into the UC system is still among the highest. The students also have the opportunity to enjoy a wide range of highly successful extra-curricular activities as part of their high school experience. The greatest addition to the WHS experience is the new administration. They enhance my grade for WHS from '4+' to '5.'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 29, 2004
I was a student of Whittier High School. I would give it an overall 4 for the time I was enrolled there. The teachers took an interest in the students and did not pass us just to move us on. I feel that because of the many restrictions placed on teachers now they can not get as personally involved with the students as they did when I attended. I had a nephew who attended Whittier High School in the past 5 years and he did well and has gone on to be a successful person in life as well. I do not feel that Whittier High School is lacking but the fact that so much has changed and the focus is on safety and discipline instead of education and that the Parent involvement has gone way down. The lack of budgetary funds is also a factor. Whittier High Remains Grand!

- submitted by a student

April 17, 2004
We have two WHS graduates, both currently in college, and one WHS junior. The school was allowed to slip in the early 90's which was acknowledged by the high school district. However since 1997 the district has focused on the issues at WHS and we can say, we are very pleased with the progress being made there. It is true that there are a good number of underachieving students. But for those students who are motivated, there are many long term teachers who have sent many a student on to college. Additionally, unlike many overachieving schools, there is the desire on the part of the administration to graduate balanced students. Students who have been challenged academically, encouraged to serve their community and become involved with extracurricular activities.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2004
I attended Whittier High for two years. Class size was huge, students were listless and didn't care at all about their success (or lack thereof). Teachers were apathetic at best - one of my teachers, rather than teach me, made me his 'aide'; he passed me with an A and my classwork consisted mainly of fetching his coffee and taking attendance. There were no electives to speak of, and I don't think I was assigned one piece of homework during the entire 18 months I attended there. The only bright spot was my English Lit class, the teacher of which was motivating and caring and at least had me read a couple of classics. Although I was a 4.0 student throughout my school years prior to transferring to WHS, I graduated with a 2.3. The staff [aside from the aforementioned lit teacher] didn't care, and neither did I.

- submitted by a student

September 30, 2003
I have had 2 children graduate from WHS and have one left as a Sophomore. I have made it a point to stay involved in their educational life. And, because of this, I have found WHS a great school for my children. I am glad I sent them here. I have been able to address all of my concerns with teachers as well as the administration. I have also many times left calls of praise for those who give extra attention - not only to my children - but to others that I have observed. I truly believe that in order to obtain a good education anywhere, the parent(s) must make it a point to stay in contact and work as a team with teachers.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2003
I have had 3 children graduate from WHS and I currently have 1 child there. My children have had nothing but positive experiences at the school. Even though WHS is going through some changes I believe that they are only going to make the school even better for the students. It's true some of the teachers are young but I don't feel that their age has anything to do with their ability and dedication to their job and the students. A teacher could be 70 years old but if they don't have the desire and dedication to their job and students... experience makes no difference. I recommend Mr. Olivas, he is a social studies teacher who is exceptional. Not only does Mr. Olivas take pride in his job, he makes students want to learn and respect their education. He like many of the other teachers want to see our children be successful inside and outside of the classroom.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2003
I graduated from Whittier High School in 2001, and I am currently a Junior at Whittier College. When I first began college, I was dissapointed in WHS. I felt that my high school did not prepare me for college work (test techniques, studying habits etc). I had a difficult time adjusting to college and performing as my professor expected. As I learned more about myself, I realized that WHS was not a poor school, nor did it deprive me of a good education. It was simply my poor habits that did not allow me to use my resources as needed. WHS provides many opportunities and programs that help a student shape his/her school habits, but many times we are too involved in our personal, social and party life that we are 'too cool' to be seen at the New Horizon's Office asking for help. I now go back and thank all of my teachers and the staff for pushing me to pursue a college education! Teacher support and dedication is absolutly visible at WHS, and I am very grateful for the time each teacher sets aside for his/her students. My memories at the Cardinal House are unforgetable!!! I am very proud of be part of the WHS family. Although I did have a difficult time adjusting to the college work style, I do feel that WHS has the resources and potential to help each and every one of her students succeed! It is up to each individual to make the right choices and challenge his/her self!

- submitted by a student

August 09, 2003
I have a child attending Whittier High and I am very happy with the program. My child has a 4.67 gpa - she took honors geometry as a freshman, was allowed to take spanish 2, and the majority of her other classes were honors classes. I found the school to be very concerned about the students and the teachers worked hard to help the students achieve.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 07, 2003
One of my children attended Whittier High for 3 years. In that time, the states scores decreased markedly for this school. My child was not challenged nor taught by any teacher of note and she still cannot perform at a 10th grade level. The school is primarily filled with underachieving students and teachers. The prinicpal prior to the 2003-2004 school year was apathetic at best and got promoted. Overall the school is not a place you want your children to attend if you want them to have a future. There are very negative elements at the school and there are way too many young girls with babies to be a positive influence on your child.

- submitted by a parent

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Whittier High School
12417 E. Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA  90601
(562) 698-8121
Last modified Whittier High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Whittier High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top