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Gretchen Whitney High School

Public School | Grades 7-12 | Abc Unified
16800 Shoemaker Ave
Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 926-5566

About This School

Gretchen Whitney High School is located in Cerritos, CA and is one of 31 schools in Abc Unified School District. It is a public school that serves 1023 students in grades 7-12. See Gretchen Whitney High School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Gretchen Whitney High School had an API growth score of 995 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Gretchen Whitney High School's 2012 base score was 993 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Gretchen Whitney High School had 24 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

51% 49%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

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Gretchen Whitney High School Reviews

By a Current Student on

i think this school is very educational and is a great college prep school and prepares you for the best! i currently go there and think it is a very good,  hardworking,  school! Any body who lives in southern california around the district area i think you should strive for your best and try to get in this public prep school.

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As of the 2008-09 school year, Whitney High school no longer offers AP English Literature. The school will only offer the standard level English for its seniors. The talk among most seniors is that this change was made to protect seniors who are not interested in pushing themselves by taking the hardest level classes available. By getting rid of AP, Whitney has essentially leveled the playing field but at the expense of not pushing the communities most talented students with the most difficult coursework.

Additionally, recent controversy has been stirring among the seniors about "Panel Interviews." During these "interviews," seniors must defend their college lists before a panel of faculty members, generally consisting of one counselor, a principal, and two teachers. During these panel interviews the Principal Hager and Mrs. Logan (counselor) have told numerous students that they should not apply to the most elite private schools and the counselors and principals are unwilling to write the counselor recommendations on behalf of the seniors because they do not want to sully the reputation of Whitney with the best colleges in the nation. Students often emerge from the panel interviews in tears.

I understand the need to advise a student to have a well rounded and safe school list. I also understand that students can be too ambitious. But what I cannot understand is how a school who prides itself on sending 100% of its graduating seniors to 4 year colleges can so blatantly disregard and deride the ambitions of their students. Most of these seniors have spent six years at Whitney, believing that their high school careers will culminate with applications to and acceptances from elite colleges. Most students, probably thanks to their educations, believed in at least trying, even if their chances of being accepted were slim. How can Whitney educate its students for 6 years only to tell them that they can't, shouldn't, or will not be made able to apply to their dream school?

Whitney's reputation was built years ago by better, more caring faculty and staff. If the school continues its current course, it will surely find itself behind other public schools.

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