Academy of the Canyons
- Santa Clarita, CA
Academy of the Canyons Reviews
Rating 4.1 out of 5 226 reviews
My experience at Academy of the Canyons has been great. The school is extremely welcoming and like family. You are free to be whoever you want and have great tools for academic learning. It is difficult to get into though.
I really liked the diversity within Academy of the Canyons' campus. I really enjoyed how many of the students and teachers were accepting compared to previous schools I have attended. Being able to take college courses at a high school level has really helped me prepare for college. My only complaint is with one of the teachers. She did a very poor job with teaching her classes.
An amazing school! It’s very small so it’s a close community, and the teachers really care about all of the students. The ability to take college classes early on is also awesome.
AOC has great professors, cares about mental health, and an overall great school to attend. The faculty are easy to talk to and understanding. The only issue I have with AOC is the lack of competition that students posses when it comes to sports.
The teachers and faculty are very caring and extremely nice. They are sensitive to the high remands you have as both a high school student at AOC and a college student at COC.
As a transfer student who came into Academy of the Canyons into the 10th grade, I was at first overwhelmed by the environment of a middle college high school. It was clear that all the students were determined in their education. To be honest, it was the first time I have seen so many students my age with the same goals. However, this school welcomed me with open arms, assured by the staff and students alike. Being able to study at a community college was a privilege and has allowed me to progress quickly in my career; it truly gave me insight on the college environment. However, while AOC excels in academics and administration, it does lack in availability for sports and usual after school activities. Regardless, being local in Santa Clarita, there are many opportunities to join sports and volunteer at nearby hospitals such as Henry Mayo, which many of our students indulge in. AOC allows independency for its students, and in return, makes a creative and hardworking environment.
My daughter is attending AOC...This is one Amazing High School... The Best College prep school in California.
Academy of the Canyons is one of the best high schools ever! I have been there since freshman year and they do everything in their hands to make sure everyone easily fits in. Classes are not hard but they do require students to put in some effort just like any other school. AOC students are allowed to take classes down at College of the Canyons for less than half the price of just a regular student at College of the Canyons in order to get a head start on their general ed courses.
Coming into Academy of the Canyons, I was nervous and skeptical. I had heard such great things (high prospects, amazing teachers, high achievers), but also many negative things (no sports, no social lives, too much work) about this school. Overall, I can say that although the classes are hard, they are doable. As for the teachers, they are amazing! They care so much for the students, and do everything they can to help. I have found that I am not really missing social events as I can attend the events at any of the other schools in my districts, and have found a very close knit niche of friends to spend my days with. Overall, I feel as though this is a great school for anyone looking to get more out of high school, and enrich their minds and academic experience. Be warned though, you need to be motivated and stay on top of your work, or you will drown.
As a current student, I believe that the atmosphere is extremely welcoming and the people there are always ready to assist one another. We have fostered an family-like environment with our friends and the small population per grade helps us to grow closer to one another. Furthermore, the curriculum is put together very well and the teachers work very hard.
Academy of the Canyons is a public middle college high school where students take additional classes at College of the Canyons to receive college credit. It is a community different than other normal high schools it being a campus with only 100 students per grade.
Invest in therapy from the get go, terrible on your mental health but a good peer environment and the teachers are great
AOC works closely with the adjacent community college to provide students with the opportunity to become IGETC and CSUGE (UC and CSU general ed requirements) by the time they graduate.
AOC is a great, diverse community with students and staff all willing to help one another. Don't underestimate the small, one hallway school because it's full of school spirit, even though we don't have any sports. Our school event themes are trendy from Marvel to Area 51, and you'll meet the most interest varied students in this community. Our teachers are also the best at expanding the students' view by applying each lesson in learning beyond the classroom and into the real world.
It was an incredible experience to be treated as a college student immediately as a freshman in high school. However that comes with a lot of responsibility so if one isn't willing to commit fully to the coursework, then the school will not be a good fit. The school lacks any sports teams (but COC offers plenty of great KPEA courses that make an excellent supplement) as well as many of the other social events other high schools offer. However students can still attend any social or sporting events at any other high school, so the ties with old friends can easily be maintained. Overall a good experience
My daughter goes to AOC. This is the best school what the public school can offer. It is shame that the state limits the number of student to less than 100 students in each grade. Most of kids graduated with some college credits or completes 2 or 3 AA degrees and the AOC has the best counselors to prepare your university career while you are in High School.
AOC is the best school to prepare students for college. In addition to taking actual college courses for college credit, there is an abundance of resources, along with a great counselor, to help students in the college readying process.