Top High Schools in the Los Angeles, CA Metro
Below are profiles featuring the top 11 high schools in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Area. In order to be featured as a Top High School, the school must have a 2010 Education.com TestRating of 10 out of 10. The TestRating compares a school's standardized test scores for a given year with scores from other schools in the same state. Find your school and see how it compares.
Students at California Academy of Math and Science benefit from college academics and university facilities while still enjoying many of the traditional high school experiences. The school, located on the campus of California State University at Dominquez Hills, draws students from 75 middles schools in the Los Angeles, who area selected through an application process.
Juniors and seniors have an opportunity to save college tuition by enrolling in college courses at no cost, and can graduate with as many as 22 college credits. Students also get the benefit of college caliber facilities, such as the expanded library. The school works to ensure that the students do not miss out on the typical high school experiences by offering sports, clubs and dances.
All students are required to take four years of math and science, which are the two main focuses of the school. In addition to physical science, biology, and physics, all students also take AP English and AP Calculus to meet graduation requirements.
Dr Janice Filer, principal of CA Academy of Math and Science, said that students should have a certain amount of maturity to attend the school because the school is located on a college campus. “Our school has a strong academic focus and our students get accepted at very prestigious universities around the country,” said Filer.
Huntington Beach Union High School District
Fountain Valley High School provides challenging academic courses and unique vocational opportunities to its students. Students attend Fountain Valley High School through open enrollment in the district and some students from neighboring districts also attend. Principal Chris Herzfeld said that the high number of AP classes and high test scores has made the school an academic magnet in the area.
Many students participate in the nationally recognized vocal and instrumental programs at the school. The fashion design and culinary programs receive high marks from students and the teens works with many professional in the industry. The BBN, the school's broadcast production, is also a favorite amongst the students and contributes to school pride. The school has competitive athletic teams that often compete for championships.
The school hosts a student-teacher academy which creates a professional climate for teachers. The academy also exposes the teachers and students to the newest ideas in teaching techniques and technology.
“Our driving mission is to maximize learning for each child. We believe that every program that we offer ought to be top notch and that we are challenging every child,” said Chris Herzfeld, principal of Fountain Valley High School.