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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Whitney High School is a top rated, public school located in Cerritos, CA. It has 1,011 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 96% of students are at least proficient in math and 99% in reading.
Address
16800 Shoemaker Ave
Cerritos, CA 90703
Telephone
(562) 229-7745
Website
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Whitney High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
99%
Percent Proficient - Math
96%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1400
239 responses
Average ACT
32
96 responses
AP Enrollment
60%
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Living in the Area
C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    C
  3. Housing
    D-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$63,540
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,319
National
$949
Median Home Value
$409,200
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.41 responses
Poll
68%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 105 responses
Report
  • International Day
    28%
  • Faculty Follies
    21%
  • Western Day and International Day
    17%
  • Hello/Aloha Dance
    12%
  • Plays/Musicals
    10%
  • Senior Activities
    7%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,011
Free or Reduced Lunch
20%
95%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.44 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.44 responses
5%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,261
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.7%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.48 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.48 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.48 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$10,241/ year
National
$12,239
81%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
33%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.54 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.54 responses
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My 5 years at WHS so far has been an emotional and physical roller coaster. The environment is a sleepless, stressful world spinning on the axis of academics, academics, academics! Grades, GPA, test scores, and AP classes are the focus of a majority of the students' minds daily. Academics rules the school. Sports, clubs, passions, and any outside activities are often disregarded by teachers and administration. If one does not have a constant academic fuel, WHS is not for them. Every day is a competition. It's easy to feel small and helpless whether it be academically, socially, or personally. Whitney, however, is a good college prep school. There are a handful of incredible teachers who get personal and down to earth with their students reaching beyond the curriculum, and there are teachers who seem to have little to no heart and believe 'it is their way or the highway'. Overall, WHS is an academically driven energy drainer.
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Whitney High School is a place that challenges their students to excel in their academic careers. Although the workload can be really overwhelming, most teachers always strive for the success of their students. Some things that have cone to my concern are the classes that are offered to students. Many of the fine arts or cultural classes have been cancelled and in turn have introduced many science/ technology-based classes or classes that further limit the diverse academic endeavors of our students. Otherwise, I believe that the community of Whitney follows their title of a college-prep school and offers a lot of opportunities for their many students to succeed.
Although a very small and peaceful environment, Whitney High is also home to some of the most extreme forms of academic competition and pressure. Being the academic titan it is, all students that attend this school strive to reach the top echelon of society. However, as a result kids can very well crack under this immense pressure and some suffer from depression. The family that is Whitney High is very comforting despite this academic forefront.