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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Norwalk High School is a public school located in Norwalk, CA. It has 2,011 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 16% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
51%
Percent Proficient - Math
16%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1040
264 responses
Average ACT
21
74 responses
AP Enrollment
26%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    C+
  3. Housing
    D-
Median Household Income
$66,453
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,488
National
$949
Median Home Value
$410,400
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
79%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.53 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.53 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 236 responses
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  • Football Games
    17%
  • Powder Puff
    12%
  • Pep Rallies
    11%
  • Dances
    10%
  • Basketball Games
    8%
  • Art Shows
    8%
  • School events
    8%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,011
Free or Reduced Lunch
83%
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.59 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$101,358
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.9%
72%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.82 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.82 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.82 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,467/ year
National
$12,239
80%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.90 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.90 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.90 responses
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My experience at Norwalk High School started in 2016. I was naive to think my experience within the next four years was going to even slightly compare to the movie High School Musical. Yet, every football game, rally and Power106 game, me and my friends bled purple and gold. Our school culture is almost non-existent except for the handful of ASB members, who so hopefully try to engage the rest of the student population. Attending a unspirited, under funded high school the last four years has taught me plenty about being appreciative for what we are given. Although all our surrounding schools have brand-new stadiums to call their own, all the students at our local high school await our turn. By surrounding myself around peers who love Norwalk high school as much as I do and motivating my friends to cherish it as well, my high school experience was not too bad. Although, the pandemic has taken away so much from the class of 2020, I am grateful for the time I did have.
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Norwalk's teachers and academics are very hit-or-miss. There are undoubtedly teachers who help their students succeed and make a genuine effort to support them, while others are either brash, unhelpful, or phone it in and waste everyone's time. That being said, students who are determined and self-sufficient will be able to do well with enough dedication. Their counseling, arts, and student activities are also wonderful, however certain events leave something to be desired. It isn't the worst school ever, but it has its flaws. It's worth recognizing the efforts of staff members to try and support kids here, because they really do; the bad ones don't necessarily break the qwole school.
I’ve seen many different types of teachers, but never have I ever seen a group of teachers put so much effort and devotion into their work. Many of these teachers stay for 3+ hours just so they can help their students with anything. They are all so passionate about their work. Especially Mrs.Rumbo. This one particular teacher is literally the best teacher NORWALK HIGH has. She is literally devoted to her work, mostly, she is passionate about helping all of her students pass the class either in being AP or regular, taking the time to help each and every student and makes sure everyone is enjoying themselves while also learning. And with that I say that no matter how many people say anything horrible about a teacher, just know that Norwalk High’s staff is the best one any school could ever want.