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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.43 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.43 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 145 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.65 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.65 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.65 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses
Torrance High School Reviews
Review Torrance High School
The social scene at this school really depends on who you hang out with and what clubs or activities you're involved in. As a whole, the racial and ethnic diversity of the student body is very, very diverse, something I'm very proud of as a student of Torrance High. Peer pressure is mainly only a thing if your friends are the type of people to bully you into doing something. Involvement in after-school activities is low, but general student involvement during class is decent (for example; lots of students get pumped for the monthly spirit rallies, but few come to theatre or choir performances or the Film Festival). Acceptance varies. Racial acceptance is high, but the occasional slur will still be flung by troublemaker students. I can't speak about racial issues myself, though, because I am white and have no experience with them. While seemingly accepting of people's sexual orientation or gender identity, this is just a front. Many students hide their homophobia and transphobia behind a thick layer of faux-acceptance. I, myself, identify as a pansexual agender person who presents fairly femininely. I have seen first-hand people screaming homophobic slurs to each other during and in-between class and not a thing is done to stop it. I would say that the homophobic and transphobic tendencies are less of a "I feel physically unsafe" type of situation and more of a "I feel like I am being judged for who I am" sort of situation. There are plenty of gay couples that are openly and publicly in a relationship; you'll see many walk down the hall holding hands. Don't let that fool you though, you're never going to escape being judged and treated unfairly by some. Religious diversity is definitely lacking. Most are pretty devoutly Christian, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it would be nice to see some more public representation of different religions; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, heck even any sort of Pagan religion or belief would be nice to see sometimes.
What I personally enjoyed in my experience at Torrance High School was the positive attitude towards special needs children. Although students may have been mean to each other, I never once met a scholar who was not willing to help out a special needs student whenever they needed it. Most of the kids at Torrance High were patient and understanding. What I did not like was the sometimes lack of respect from students to teachers and vice versa. Although I never experienced this first hand, I did have to see it occur multiple times throughout my 4 years. Teachers who were constantly trying to embarrass and shame students in front of their peers, students who were trying to act cool in front of their friends and disrespecting their elders; it was a frequent loop of disrespect that I really wish can be changed.
People say that high school will be the best years of your life, sadly they are wrong. Torrance High gave me a wild ride to remember, but it was not the best four years of my life. It had its many ups and downs, but overall it was not too bad, but not too good either. Yes, I will greatly miss the memories and events, but I will definitely not miss the staff. Torrance High is way too strict, and punishes students for just about anything. Some reason may be acceptable, but some are ridiculous, especially compared to how lenient the other Torrance school faculty is.