Agoura High School is a top-tier public school that excels in its academic curriculum as well as its award-winning music athletic and drama programs. We are thrilled with the supportive new principal who just took over this past year. The only thing I would improve is that a few of the underclassmen counselors could be a bit more prepared in suggesting appropriate curriculum spanning a student's four years at the campus and some of the class schedules presented conflicts for desired AP classes. Overall very happy with the experience.
Agoura High School is a public high school in Agoura Hills. The principal of Agoura High School is Larry Misel and can be contacted at email@example.com. 2,161 students attend Agoura High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 3% of the Agoura High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 2,161 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Agoura High School is 23:1. Indian Hills West Continuation High School is one of the nearest high schools.
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Sadly Agoura High has let us down. Prior to high school we had nothing but ravingly positive things to say about the LVUSD school system. Now I say apply out. The teaching staff is jaded and angry the principal per his own report is helpless to change anything and the students get lost in the shuffle. As parents - forget it! No one has the time of day to deal with concerns. I strongly advise that if you care about the education of your child want to develop a well rounded four-year college bound student then head somewhere else.
Agoura has a lot of ups and downs. I can honestly say I don't think it deserves anything more than a 2 however for many reasons. One reason in particular is that the teachers are very mediocre here. I came here after going to other schools and you cannot compare this school's teaching methods to my old schools'. I took a few honors and none of my teachers demonstrated a teaching style that was appropriate (ie they just read off powerpoint notes or tried to be funny the entire time.) Some teachers stand out but very few indeed and many are uncaring about you as a student. Nonetheless I will say there were a few good friends I made here and that is why I give AHS anything more than a 1.
We have had two sons that graduated from Agoura High School. Both were thoroughly happy with their time there. The teachers and class offerings wer excellent. This was largely due to the Las Virgenes School District which provides strong support to students and parents. I would recommend this school to any prospective student or parent.
My son had has had wonderful teachers who inspire him to go above and beyond the basics. He has thrived in the instrumental music program. We are grateful that the Arts are given so much emphasis in addition to the athletics.
Arrogant self entitled from the principal down. Will not speak to a parent. New school year and have been refused now for 2 days to see counselor as they are not even on the campus. Most of the time they have substitute teachers. Horrible school. All Larry Misel does is send prerecorded messages out for money.
Agoura High School is well-known for it's music and drama programs. Unfortunately AHS suffers from many setbacks. My counselor says I can tell you are smart but your grades are suffering. She even admitted that she has seen smart kids suffer from similar U.S. education systems (supposedly renowned similarly). Colleges complain that they get kids without creativity but who are great at math or science problems they will (most likely) never use. My AP U.S. teacher asked us 'How many of you think your grades show nothing about how smart you are?' The entire Advanced class raises their hands. He says he sees the same effect every year from almost every AP student the smart A students. AHS fails to motivate the 'non-geniuses' and fails to prepare us for the real world. As my mom says 'Grades don't show your brilliance but they are the ticket to college'.
AHS was a great learning and growing experience for me. As a student with Autism I was integrated into regular classes with one social skills class taught by Valorie Potter. I learned so much and made so many great friends many of whom I am still close with today. I will never forget my time at Agoura High.
Agoura is very much like the suburban school I attended when my family moved to California in the early 70s because of the reputation of California schools. Things have changed in California but Agoura is still a safe supportive school that not only achieves academic excellence but its graduates are competitive with any other school in any other state gaining admission and scholarships in a wide range of disciplines. The staff and faculty always demonstrate their commitment to the students and have created innovative programs to help students at all levels reach their educational potential. It's not all just academics as was pointed out by another review - sports arts and even auto shop receive national recognition.
This is a fantastic school. My child is happy to have such a great high school to attend! We are very pleased.
This is a great all around highschool. The campus is great. It is located just outside of LA County close enough to be part of LA but far enough away to avoid the bad schools of LAUSD. The teachers are great. They not only teach the students the course material but help the students mature as overall young adults. The school has fabulous arts and athletics. The Cheer team has won nationals for the past 8 years the Boys and Girls waterpolo teams have consistently done very well with the Boys just coming off a State Championship. The other athletic teams all are very competitive and consistently place very high in league (Marmonte League). The photo department has won numerous awards both locally and state wide. The Music department is fabulous and consistently places very high in national competitions. ANd the school has lots of spirit with its local rivalries.
Agoura High caters more to the high achievers and the average student is left behind. The extracurricular activities and sports programs for the most part are very good. A number of the teachers should have retired long ago and there is little support for those students who are struggling. Have 3 children who have attended the school and it is a definite step down from the excellent experience they had at Lindero Middle School!
Although it is true that many teachers may not be the best it is completely false to say that the school does not allow you to take any courses after Algebra II. I am in geometry and I am a sophomore. Usually people take Algebra II sophomore year. However I still plan to take AP statistics senior year. The school DOES address all students. Honestly it depends on the student NOT the teacher. Yes the teacher helps you learn but it depends on the student if he or she wishes to learn anything. I have taken one AP class but I am not an AP/honors student. However I am doing very well and I feel that I am being challenged. Maybe not as challenged as other schools but quite challenged.
What a difference a year (or two) make. I'm in total agreement with the parent comments from 2008 and 2007 this was our experience as well. This school year we transferred our child from Agoura High to Oak Park High. We are more than pleased with the positive difference in attitude class size teacher administrators district principal attitudes and our child's test scores. Agoura really needs some new blood.
My children transfered out of Agoura High School last year. My children said last year that it was a terrible experience. The teachers bored them and they weren't interested in any of there classes. They also dropped there grades down. At Lindero Canyon Middle School they had fantastic academics. My kids were treated bad by other students. AHS seems like a wonderful place. But on the inside it wasn't what i expected at all. I followed my children's decision by letting them switch to the school of there choice. They are doing much better now in Calabasas High. Susie
I have sent three children to this school and the first two transferred in their sophomore and junior years. They had problems socially and emotionally and the school would not address them. WIth my third I was hopeful. He was a GATE student successful by every measure in middle school very popular. Unfortunately the school has let him fall through the cracks. He became bored with the classes offered started asking to homeschool dropped AP classes and spends all his time on activities not academics. The counselors have talked to him but not to me just as they did with the first two. After a wonderful experience at Lindero Canyon Middle School I have to think Agoura HS is just not up to the same high standards.
There are teachers who are past their prime-they are angry rude and should no longer be teaching. However this yr there are some young energetic new teachers. Parents clearly need to be sure that their teenagers get everything in writing--because without it no one will assist you!
One of the best public schools in SO. California due to its emphasis on high standards excellent teachers and investment of parents.
Overall Agoura High School provides a well rounded selection of academics for a wide range of students. While there are weaknesses they lie more with individual teachers than with the curriculum in general. The music program is outstanding and benefits from excellent feeder programs at the local middle schools especial Linder Canyon. The theatre program is not of the caliber one would expect primarily due to the department chair. There are however ample opportunities for tstudents to participate in drama through an excellent 'comedy sportz' program and other productions outside the department. Agoura has numerous excellent sports programs and is regularly featured in section playoffs. The cheer program is one of the leading programs in the nation and has brought home many national championships. There is a large pool of involved parents and an active PFC as well as many booster groups.
This school caters to the high achievers (AP and Honors students) and has a wonderful resource program (special education). Unfortunately if your son/daughter is just an average student they will likely fall short academically (not be very successful). The courses for the average student are far too rigorous and demanding and most students are incapable of the work. For example the 'regular' chemistry course uses the AP chemistry book that most other high schools use for their AP course. Students who wish to take a regular chemistry course are actually taking an AP course which is far too difficult. Therefore most students cannot take chemistry. Also most average students are forced to take a three semester Algebra I geometry and Algebra II course. If they manage to finish those they are forbidden to take any higher math (such as trigonometry). This school tracks students unfairly.
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