California High Schools

Alameda Unified School District, Alameda

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Location

  • Population: 76,419
  • Located 30 Minutes East of San Francisco
  • Weather: Summer/Fall: Warm and Dry Winter/Spring: Cool and Humid

Eligibility:

  • Enrolment Restrictions: None

School Facts:

  • Grades at School: 9-12
  • Total Students Per School: About 1,763
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:22
  • Estimated Fall Start: Late August
  • Estimated Fall End: Mid-January
  • Estimated Spring Start: Late January
  • Estimated Spring End: Early June

Academics:

Diploma Year Offered: YES

District Profile

Alameda Unified School District offers its diverse community of students a rigorous secondary education with 12 Advanced Placement courses in a variety of subjects, while also providing a supportive learning environment for academic achievement and growth. Some of the District’s famous graduates include rock legend Jim Morrison of The Doors, and many professional sports figures.

Facilties

A swimming pool, auditoriums, sports fields and media centres are some of the outstanding facilities in Alameda Unified School District.

Sports and Arts

Alameda has a very competitive athletic program, with many graduates going on to play baseball professionally. Students have had the opportunity to compete in 8 WACC (West Alameda County Conference) titles, as well as take home a number of exciting 2nd and 3rd place finishes, in the 2015/2016 school year. Committed to exposing students to the arts, Encinal High School offers programs in visual and multimedia art, journalism, yearbook, choir, music, theatre, and dance.

Awards and Accomplishments

Both of the Alameda Unified School District’s public high schools (Alameda and Encinal) have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as two of the top high schools in the country.

Community Information

Located across the bay from San Francisco, Alameda (population around 76,000) is a quiet community set on an easily accessible island adjacent to the vibrant city of Oakland. The Bay Area, as its best known, is one of the wealthiest, ethically diverse, technologically advanced, politically progressive and naturally beautiful regions in the U.S.

Options Available:

Foreign Languages:

Chinese, French, Spanish

Advanced Placement Courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French Language and Culture, US History

Arts:

Advanced Multimedia Art, Beginning Guitar, Cable Television/Media Operations, Concert Band, Contemporary Ensemble, Dance, Drama, Jazz Band, Multimedia Art, Symphonic Band, Theatre Technology, Visual

Athletics*:

Boys:

Fall: Football, Cross Country, Water Polo

Winter: Basketball, Soccer

Spring: Badminton, Baseball, Golf, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball

Girls:

Fall: Cheerleading, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo

Winter: Basketball, Soccer

Spring: Badminton, Softball, Swimming, Track

*State regulations may restrict sports in isolated cases

Extracurricular Activities:

Dance Groups, Interact Club, Music Ensembles, National Honour Society, Red Cross Club, School Flags.

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Birmingham Community Charter High School, Van Nuys

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Location

  • Population: 136,443
  • Located 40 Minutes North of Los Angeles
  • Weather: Summer/Fall: Warm and Dry Winter/Spring: Cool and Dry

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: Grades Accepted: 10-12 

School Facts

  • Grades at School: 9-12
  • Total Students in School: 3,700
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:25
  • Estimated Fall Star: Early August
  • Estimated Fall End: Mid-December
  • Estimated Spring Start: Early January
  • Estimated Spring End: Late May

Academics:

  • Diploma Year Offered: YES 

School Profile

Birmingham Community Charter High School is an independent US public high school accepting international students in grades 10-12. Birmingham Community Charter High School aims to prepare students through innovative and academically challenging curriculums including courses in topics like science, health and business technology. International students especially like the school’s personalized “Small Learning Communities.”

Facilities

Birmingham Community Charter High School is proud of its state-of-the-art facilities. The school recently invested over one million dollars in technology tools, a medical lab and will soon be adding a new lab designed for classes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Sports and Arts

Birmingham Community Charter High School has one of the largest athletics program in the entire San Fernando Valley. For arts, students have the option to take on subjects like creative and liberal arts, media, and performing and visual arts.

Community Information

Birmingham is located in a suburban area of Los Angeles known as The San Fernando Valley. The “Valley” is centrally situated with easy access to public transportation going to downtown Los Angeles in less than 30 minutes.

Options Available:

Foreign Languages:

French, Spanish, Spanish for Native Speakers

Advanced Placement Courses:

American Government, Biology, Calculus, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Physics, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US History, World History

Arts:

Drama, Drawing, Jazz Ensemble, Marching Band, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Painting, Photography, Play Production, Vocal Music

Athletics*:

Boys:

Fall: Cross Country, Football, Water Polo

Winter: Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

Spring: Baseball, Diving, Golf, Lacrosse, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Girls:

Fall: Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball

Winter: Basketball, Cheerleading, Soccer, Water Polo, Wrestling

Spring: Cheerleading, Diving, Lacrosse, Softball, Swimming, Track and Field

*State regulations may restrict sports in isolated cases

Extracurricular Activities:

Anime Club, Asian Club, Black Student Union, French Club, Knights and Ladies, Latino Club, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Student Senate, Thespians.

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Oak Park Unified School District, Oak Park

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Location

  • Population: 15,000
  • Located 30 Minutes West of Los Angeles
  • Weather: Summer/Fall: Warm and Dry Winter/Spring: Warm and Dry

Eligibility

  • Enrolment Restrictions: None 

School Facts:

  • Grades at School: 9-12
  • Total Students in School: 1,550
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:21
  • Estimated Fall Start: Early August
  • Estimated Fall End: Mid-December
  • Estimated Spring Start: Early January
  • Estimated Spring End: Late May

Academics

  • Diploma Year Offered: NO

District Profile

Oak Park High School (OPHS) is a suburban high school in the Eastern Ventura County bordering Los Angeles. It is the only comprehensive high school in the district. OPHS is a California Gold Ribbon School and National Blue Ribbon School that has students from grades 9-12. Over 99% of their students graduate from high school and over 96% of students continue their education in college/university.

Facilities

Facilities include a performance art centre complete with theatre and music rooms, modernized science classrooms, an arts and technology building, sports fields, classrooms (more than half of them with Smartboards), and campus wide wireless internet.

Sports and Arts

International students attending Oak Park High School have many sports options to choose from. Sports at Oak Park include cross country, lacrosse, golf and more. The arts program is award-winning, the choir alone has won 7 awards in the 2015/2016 year, including the Barbershop/A Cappella Judges Choice Award.

Community Information

Oak Park has just under 15,000 residents and is located about half an hour west of Los Angeles. Adjacent cities are Thousand Oaks and Agoura Hills. Oak Park is located close to some famous beach locations such as Malibu and Santa Monica.

Options Available:

Foreign Languages:

American Sign Language, Chinese, French, Spanish

Advanced Placement Courses:

Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French Language and Culture, Macroeconomics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio 

Art:

2D Design, Studio Art: 3D Design, Studio Art: Drawing, US Government and Politics, US History Arts: 3D Design/Ceramics, Acting, Choir, Computer Animation, Computer Graphics, Drawing/Painting, Instrumental Music, Stagecraft, Web Design

Athletics*:

Boys:

Fall: Cross Country, Football

Winter: Basketball, Soccer

Spring: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Girls:

Fall: Cross Country, Tennis, Volleyball

Winter: Basketball, Soccer

Spring: Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Track and Field

*State regulations may restrict sports in isolated cases

Extracurricular Activities:

American Red Cross, Animation Club, Astronomy Club, Badminton, Chamber Orchestra Club, Chess Club, Choir Concerts, Drama Club, Economic Investment Club, Environmental Club, Equestrian Club, Filmmaking Club, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Meds Club, Jazz Band, Journalism, Mock Trial, Robotics Club, Rocketeers, Russian Language Club, Stagecraft, Surf Club, Theatre Productions

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San Luis Coastal Unified School District, San Luis Obispo

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Location

  • Population: 67,000
  • Located 4 Hours North of Los Angeles
  • Weather: Summer/Fall: Warm and Temperate Winter/Spring: Cool and Dry

Eligibility:

  • Enrolment Restrictions: Grades Accepted: 10-12

School Facts:

  • Grades at School: 9-12
  • Total Students Per School: About 1,090
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:26
  • Estimated Fall Start: Late August 
  • Estimated Fall End: Mid-December
  • Estimated Spring Start: Early January
  • Estimated Spring End: Early June

Academics:

  • Diploma Year Offered: YES
  • Choose High School in District? YES Note: Restrictions on Semester Students
  • High Schools Accepting Students: Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo High School

District Profile

Located among the coastal foothills of central California, San Luis Coastal Unified School District consists of two public high schools: Morro Bay High School (MBHS) and San Luis Obispo (SLO) High School. Educating students in grades 9-12, the District boasts one of the highest-achieving public school systems in the state. A high number of graduates go on to study at some of the USA’s most prestigious colleges and universities.

Facilities

Each of the approximately 30-acre high school campuses come with modern swimming pools, updated tracks, tennis courts, performing arts spaces and recently renovated classrooms.

Sports and Arts

Students can chose from sports like basketball, cross county, football, soccer, tennis, swimming/diving and more. Everyone is welcomed to take advantage of the schools’ stellar arts program through either coursework or as an extracurricular activity.

Awards and Accomplishments

Morro Bay High School (right on the Pacific Ocean) was recognized as one of Newsweek’s “America’s Best High Schools” and is both a National Blue Ribbon and a California Distinguished School. San Luis Obispo High School ranks at the top for secondary education in California.

Community Information

San Luis Obispo is situated along the central coast of California. World-renowned for its natural beauty, you can reach Los Angeles (to the South) or San Francisco (to the North) in less than four hours. The city’s thriving downtown area offers plenty of shopping, restaurants, cafes and movie theatres.

Options Available:

Foreign Languages:

American Sign Language, Latin, French (Only MBHS), Spanish

Advanced Placement Courses:

Art History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, European History, Latin, Macroeconomics (Only SLO), Physics, Spanish Language, Statistics, US Government and Politics, US History

Arts:

Band, Choral Music, Culinary Arts, Dance, Fashion Design, Graphic Media, Industrial Arts, Jazz Ensemble, Production, Theatre

Athletics*:

Boys:

Fall: Cross Country, Football

Winter: Basketball, Soccer, Water Polo, Wrestling

Spring: Baseball, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

Girls:

Fall: Cross Country, Football, Golf, Water Polo

Winter: Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling

Spring: Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field

*State regulations may restrict sports in isolated cases

Extracurricular Activities:

Agricultural Programs, Dance Groups, Industrial Arts Competitions, Mock Trial, Music Performing Ensembles, Newspaper, Surf Club, Yearbook.

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