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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Huntington Beach Union High School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Huntington Beach, CA. It has 15,967 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 50% of students are at least proficient in math and 71% in reading.
5832 Bolsa Ave.
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

Huntington Beach Union High School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
71%
Percent Proficient - Math
50%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1230
2,723 responses
Average ACT
28
791 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
15,967
Free or Reduced Lunch
31.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$97,764
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.1%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$15,025/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    60%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$91,318
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,832
National
$949
Median Home Value
$728,200
National
$184,700

Huntington Beach Union High School District Reviews

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I personally believe there are many opportunities to succeed at the schools in this district. However, there are far too many teachers that should be re-evaluated with their teaching styles. A lot of this district is built upon the idea that the smartest, elite students will get the most opportunities and therefore achieve the most success. That being said, any student who does not fall into that small category of geniuses gets left behind. This needs to be considered not only within this district, but within the entire education system all the way up to the College Board. Students should not fear that they are failures for getting B's in their classes.
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As an Ocean View High School student, I've never once had an unusual complaint. The first day of school made me excited to go back to school and learn. Every one of my teachers were successful in making me: laugh, learn, feel comfortable and supported, and enthusiastic. I can confidently say that my peers feel similarly. Out of their overall greatness, I am to this day, unable to pick a favorite teacher.

Though the staff of HBUHSD have made my experience great, the student body makes it so much greater. Every day, I walk into school, and am greeted with the most diverse student population I could imagine; bilingual students give their exclusively English speaking peers casual language lessons, others amuse us with stories of hard workouts at their sports' practices' the night prior. Some students display their passions and interests by advertising their clubs, with homemade posters, and convincing pitches to gather an audience at their meetings.
My experience at HBUHSD was good but there is room for improvement. For example, there are some exceptional teachers, but unfortunately there are also some teachers that do not care much about their job anymore, resulting in a poor education for those in their classes. In order to improve the motivation of the teachers to increase instructional value, I think it would be crucial to higher standards on those that have been in the district for 10 years+ to assure they are still providing the best education they can. In addition, I think the district over-prioritizes sports. Even though sports are a great source of education, the district tends to disregard academics. They tend to believe that sports are a priority. However, this only applies to some coaches, but overall, I think the district shouldn't advertise as much for sports because in reality it doesn't bring as much success to the students as the academics do.