A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    C+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Address
101 S. Second St.
Alhambra, CA 91801
Telephone
(626) 943-6910
Website

Alhambra High School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
65%
Percent Proficient - Math
45%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1150
298 responses
Average ACT
27
107 responses
AP Enrollment
28%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
76%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.63 responses
Poll
60%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.63 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 167 responses
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  • Homecoming Game and Sadie's Dance
    24%
  • Stage show
    19%
  • Free events
    13%
  • Club Fair
    10%
  • Prom
    10%
  • Game Day
    7%
  • Senior Ditch Day
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,726
Free or Reduced Lunch
71%
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.75 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.75 responses
61%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.75 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.9%
50%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.96 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.96 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.96 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,292/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.105 responses
37%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.105 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.105 responses
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Alhambra High teachers try to get kids to go to college because we are an underperforming school. The teachers (most of them, at least) care for every student. If they see a certain kid failing, most of the teachers will have conferences with the student and/or their parents to try and remedy the situation. There are TONS of resources available for success, including tutoring for every single subject and a writing center (teachers rotate shifts weekly). The best thing you can do if you're trying to pass is get to know the teacher. A kid with an 87 who's really quiet and doesn't talk to the teacher often will probably not get the A as opposed to the class clown who talks to the teacher on a daily basis. The teachers (especially in the math department) are incredibly laid back.

AP and Honors English teachers use every second of the class period in discussion about current books and how to write well. They are super uptight and take no crap from anyone, but they know their stuff. I hear regular teachers have no control of the class and kids rarely learn anything.

Honors and regular math teachers spend about half the period teaching the lesson and the other half letting kids do their homework. The first 10 minutes (depending on the teacher) is spent correcting the previous night's homework and/or answering questions from the assignment.

Science teachers vary. Some (normally the regular teachers) are great with students and do fun experiments 24/7. Labs are engaging and we watch documentaries that are actually kind of interesting. If you are dying for a higher grade, they will work with you to fix it no matter how hard it may seem! By far possibly the best teachers I know. There are others, especially the Honors Chemistry teacher, who make kids hate science with a passion because they teach so poorly and grade quite unfairly.

Unless you have Ms. Fu, don't expect your grades for ANY class updated in a timely manner. It's just not going to happen.
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Within the school district, AHS is known for being the one to have great athletics. If we need new uniforms or money for food, the school is very compliant.

Personally, I've never had a lot of drama with other kids (although fist fights at the local burger joint are common for the rowdier crowds). If you don't harm others, they won't harm you. One thing I will say is that the relationship between special ed kids and regular kids is fantastic. Regardless of if you're the class president or if you're in a gang, everyone treats the special ed kids nicely and with respect. It's truly a remarkable sight.

The humor is pretty bad, so if you wear your heart on your sleeve, you're not going to like it here. Also, we are super liberal. And, if you're not poor or lower middle-class, good luck trying to get help with financial aid because the counselors have no idea how to help you.

Speaking of the counselors, they suck. They don't respect you and won't change your classes unless you have a parent come in and threaten them. They only let you request a maximum of 3 APs, but you could get none on your schedule while someone else has 5 because reasons. Honestly, counselors might possibly be the worst part of the school.

The career classes and ROP are great options for classes if you need to fill your electives spots. I would 100% recommend accounting because Mr. Jelsma is fantastic!

To quote Ms. Padilla, "The onus of your education is upon you." Alhambra is not a bad school, but it's up to you to put in the effort to succeed. There are tons of resources available and I wish I had achieved all As instead of just settling for Bs. The counselors are the only setback, but everyone else, from the narks to the locker room attendant to the teachers, are here to help you. I would probably choose Alhambra over San Marino or Arcadia High because AHS isn't pretentious and kids can explore other options with ROP classes as opposed to feeling pressured to excel solely in traditional classes.
Alhambra Highschool is an amazing school because it provides numerous opportunities to improve yourself and develop into a strong, mature adult by the time you graduate. What makes this school unique is the commitment each teacher takes into the extracurriculars. An example is Speech and Debate. I was in Speech and Debate for the past 3 years, and I can guarantee that I am not the same individual who stepped into Mr. Tong's classroom during the first day of the open meeting in freshman year. This is partly because of the numerous tournaments that I go throughout the years but a major contributor would be the teacher, Mr. Tong. Our team consists of more than 100 individuals managed by one coach: Mr. Tong. I have been on the team for the past 3 years and I still cannot wrap my head around it! I mean, it's one thing to guide us and keep the club functioning but it's a completely different thing to keep the club functioning as a whole, help as many students as possible, and to be an individual that can help you with any problems that may be affecting you in any way. If it wasn't for Mr. Tong, I would still be that shy person from freshman year because I remember how at various points during my freshman, sophomore and junior year he would help me with my presentation or speech. He has helped me improve my presentation skills to the point where going to tournaments and speaking are my favorite experiences- a change that I never dreamed would happen. After 3 years, I learned that a club isn't successful unless the teacher is willing to put their effort into the club and I can guarantee that our Speech and Debate team is successful because of Mr. Tong. That is what makes Alhambra Highschool unique: the teacher's commitment. Teachers like Mr. Tong who stay at school to help make a major impact onto the students' lives and encourage them to grow into functioning adults. That is why I would definitely choose this school again if I can.