About This School
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.
Anzar High School had an API growth score of 731 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Anzar High School's 2012 base score was 727, however the school did not meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Anzar High School had 28 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Anzar High School Reviews
The blatant favoritism, bias, and protectiveness for sub-par curriculum and educators were the hallmarks of my high school career. What must have begun as an attempt to offer a unique high school experience, one that fostered personal relationships between teachers and students and developed critical thinking skills along-side academic knowledge, never saw fruition. Academic knowledge often took a backseat to critical thinking or a teacher’s personal interests, and I found myself having to supplement my knowledge with additional studies to match the high school education of college peers. The personal relationships lauded so highly by the faculty during my time there were paid for with the neglect of others. I don’t contend that this neglect was purposeful or malicious, but merely a by-product of the failed educational experiment that is Anzar.
Uniqueness based on a model that achieves success beyond the norm is admirable; however uniqueness for the sake of uniqueness, when it denies students the experience and education they are entitled to is condemnable. Many of the success stories that are touted by the school are not because of their model; they are in spite of it. There is a reason that Anzar High School has been wreathed in controversy over its administration and approach to education since its inception, and that reason is because top administrators are more concerned with protecting the status-quo than making the fundamental changes necessary to improve its capacity to provide a quality education and experience for all. I experienced run-ins with the status quo in virtually every interaction I had with the school: In the classroom; as a student athlete; in organizing extra-curricular activities; and after graduation as when attempting to volunteer my time to improve the school’s athletic programs. Time after time, the majority of teachers and administrators put their own personal interests, opinions, and pettiness, in front of what was most beneficial for students and the school as a whole.