School Details

Canyon High School

220 South Imperial Hwy., Anaheim, CA 92807
(714) 532-8000
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2435 students 25 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orange Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • This school in 2013
  • Orange Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Orange Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Canyon High School is a public high school in Anaheim. The principal of Canyon High School is Dr. A. Greg Bowden, who can be contacted at gbowden@orangeusd.org. 2,435 students attend Canyon High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Canyon High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 7% of the 2,435 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Canyon High School is 25:1. Canyon Hills School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 36%
Asian 24% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 16% 46%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 30102%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7% 35%
Limited English proficiency 3% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    We moved to Anaheim Hills just so our daughter could attend Canyon. We love the block schedule the career tracks the principal and the wonderful teachers. Our daughter entered at the beginning of her junior year and her GPA went up half a grade point. Canyon offers classes like Environmental Science and Accounting which are not only challenging but very practical for a student in the current job market.

  • (3 years ago)

    Canyon High is a great school. However they need a real track for track and field.

  • (5 years ago)

    Canyon is a fantastic school as it offers a large number of IB and AP courses. My daughter has been in the honors program since 4th grade and Canyon has done a great job in helping her maintain the level of education required to maintain a 4.9 GPA. A very high percentage of Canyon students are in the honors program that Canyon has a separate 3-hour night for recognizing and awarding all honors students with 4.0 GPA or above. Canyon made it possible for my daugther to get accepted to the best schools like Standford USC UCLA etc.

  • (6 years ago)

    Excelent i transfered my daughter here from Whitney Hogh School and she has been doing great. The comunnity is safe and the students are very well behaved. The pace here fits the student. This school is also nationaly ranked. Great school!! Not just academic but their basketball and tennis prgram are incredible.

  • (6 years ago)

    Their Academic program is the best and i have seen students transferd from University High Irvine or oxford academy to come to this school. It is a very excelent school and have the best staff. A plus i give this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    A true gem! This is the only Anaheim Hills high school and is the crown jewel of this fine community. Great IB/AP program respectful and involved student body committed teachers. It is an all around winner and the educational experience at this school is comparable to private schools. It is truly an amazing place to learn. All parents should send their kids here with pride!

  • (6 years ago)

    Terrific school! I pulled my kids out of Edison in Huntington Beach after threats to my kid and I have been nothing but happy with my experiences with the school. The staff really motivates the students to be the best they can. And although the students are extremely wealthy they arent showy and are well mannered. Everything about this school gets an A+!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is fantastic for technology. It not only has morning announcements that are produced by state of the art technicians it features a game programming class that offers real challenges to students. It also offers an IB son course which my son is enrolled in.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is spectacular! Their IB/AP program is terrific location is upscale nice campus great tech-school wonderful scores! This school has it all and is by far better than any school I have seen in most parts of the county.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is currently enrolled at Canyon High going into her junior year. I can say without a doubt that this is an excellent school with an outstanding staff and caring teachers. Not only is this a California Distinguished School but it's in the top 10% of all high schools in the state! You can't get any better than that folks! My daughter absolutely loves it at Canyon and is involved in sports as well as Red Cross and Key Club. If you are thinking about having your son(s)/daughter(s) attend Canyon I highly recommend you do it!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have four children who have or are currently enrolled at Canyon. I have two RSP children and 1 Honors child with one in the middle. The two ends of the spectrum have been taken care of pretty well but the 'average' student is lost in mediocrity. The teachers unless brand new to teaching or just a real teacher like Ms. Ritter are totally unconcerned with their students or their progress. Their teaching method or lack thereof is disappointing. School spirit is nonexistent. The cheerleaders show up for events and are so busy talking on their cell phone they have no time to cheer. Hope springs eternal with the introduction of a new principal-Mr. Bowden. On a final note how permanent can a portable classroom really be and how safe after 15-20 years. They creak moan and smell.

  • (7 years ago)

    All four of my children have attended Canyon the last one in the class of 2009. I am disgusted with the school and their lack of interest in their students the uncaring attitude of vital teachers and unhelpful administrative staff. I would not reccommend this school for someone who's child is not extremely gifted or extremely challenged. The students 'in the middle' are left out and ignored scholastically. They have fantastic AP/IB programs and fantastic RSP programs but other than that they are sorely lacking in most ways.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academically Canyon is a pretty good school. Test scores are high and and teachers are over all pretty good. There are numerous activities that are available that can help get students involved. Although extremely overlooked the theatre arts department is a good place to meet people and get involved in acting or technical work. With the outstanding band Canyon High School is a good place to be involved musically. School spirit however is extremely low. Time is wasted concentrating on test scores instead of things like the students contentment. There is no real concern for students well being. Canyon is good is some ways but is also seriously lacking.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good school. I enjoy going to canyon. Im 14 and a freshman I graduate 2009 and there are good teachers a good atmasphere and over its a good school. For the real deal the school is a lot better then others with things parents really worry about like drugs and things like that and theres rteally none on campuse at all! So basicly I like canyon

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school in a quiet neighborhood. Classes are not very hard and the school is known for its overinflation of students' GPA. As a result elite colleges are known for passing on Canyon students with high (4.8-5.0) and taking students with significantly lower statistics coming out of a school with a larger name. School pride is devastatingly low partly caused by the lack of success by sports teams and by heavy unncecesary restrictions by principal Duncan and her staff on student activities. Little effort is placed in their part to ensure student happiness and willingness of being in school and it is instead concentrated on the top 5% of the school succeding academically. Success in the IB program is high indicating the high achievement level by students yet college destinations do not match test scores from other schools.

  • (9 years ago)

    The quality of the classes at Canyon High school is great. They are challenging and very rigorous.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son came to Canyon not knowing a sole in his Freshman year. He was previously in band and loved basketball. I signed him up for both activities and he was immediately embraced with care and concern. Basketball was an eye opener for him due to all the competition but that's sports in high school... Mom doesn't pay for you to play anymore. Band on the other hand has been such a positive wonderful experience for my son. Mr. Whitten and Mr. Z show such a passion for their students who are responsible and disciplined young adults. My son has made many friends and they all help each other out in times of need. My first impression with the admin office staff was also positive. Honors program is awesome. As a parent it is our responsibility to embrace communication with our child and their teachers. CHS rocks!

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a good school academic wise but has the typical problems of today's high schools.

  • (10 years ago)

    I pulled my daughter out of Canyon HS as soon as the first semester ended. Canyon did not have available any guidance whatsoever for my scholastically non-challenged daughter leaving her remaining years of high school unorganized and in a havoc. I instead enrolled her into a high school close to it Esperanza(who had the greatest caring counselors) and she has been doing great(a little lonely but nonetheless happy).

  • (10 years ago)

    A mix of teachers both devoted and less committed but on the whole commendable and many have been there for many years. Responsible and attentive leadership a larger than expected variety of extracurricular activities for the students a sufficiently clean campus of uninspiring architecture good security and a palpable feeling of youthful school spirit.

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