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Arcata High School is a public high school in Arcata. The principal of Arcata High School is Lisa Gray, whose e-mail is lgray@nohum.k12.ca.us. 834 students attend Arcata High School and are mostly Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 0.8% of the Arcata High School students have "limited English proficiency." 13% of the 834 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Arcata High School is 16:1. Pacific Coast High (Continuation) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • French
    • German
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 75%
Native American or Native Alaskan 4% 9%
Asian 3% 2%
Multiracial 22% %
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Hispanic 10% 7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 1605%
Filipino 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 45%
Limited English proficiency 0.8% 1%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    AHS has many great programs that support students of all interests. Athletics Academics and Arts are all supported by the school and district.

  • (4 years ago)

    AHS has numerous advanced placement classes a great teaching staff and student access to classes at Humboldt State University. About 95% of the 2010 graduating class went on to secondary education from Harvard on down to community college.

  • (5 years ago)

    pulled our child out of this school poor climate not supprtive admin and careless attitude about well being of students

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been going to AHS for 4 years and it is definitely one of the safer schools compared to even middle schools. Academically the programs offered are exceptional. It is just the lack of interest from students that give people the wrong impression. The number of AP students compared to average is laughable. Some of the teachers do take sports more seriously than academics.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has gone to Arcata High School for three years and I believe that it is the best school in the area. My 3 other children all attended different schools and Arcata High can not even be compared to them. Arcata High has the best test scores of the area a supportive administration that helped her through difficult times Many beneficial AP classes and supreme teachers an excellent discipline system succesful sports teams great school spirit and after school activities and clubs that keep her involved with her school. On top of all of this the school has just been W.A.S.C. accredited a long and difficult process that required much feedback from students teachers and parents.

  • (8 years ago)

    Arcata High school has many gifted students. There are talented music groups smart students and people of all interests.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both my daughters chose to leave Arcata High due to poor academic quality and lack of control of students in class by teachers. The administration was not supportive of adaptations for one child's physical disabilities. We were terribly disappointed overall.

  • (9 years ago)

    I left AHS after two years. The administration is inflexible and adversarial. Athletic achievement is valued over academic achievement and the overall climate is conservative and anti-intellectual. Though there are some excellent teachers overall academic quality is poor (as is advising). The social atmosphere is equally lacking and the school does little to discourage harassment and bullying. My experience at Arcata High was disappointing to say the least and I do not regret my decision to leave prematurely one bit.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son left Arcata High after two years to attend a charter school. Although his first year was challenging and college preparatory his second year was not except for one class. A particular problem was the CPM math program which prospective parents should research on the internet. It produces the lowest California Standards test scores in the area. The administration is quite rigid in requiring all students to study this 'new age' group math. Parents of high achieving students often say that their their student attends Arcata for the sports or music opportunities. The track program is the best with an inspirational coach. However considerable numbers of high achieving non sports students leave each year for charter schools and many never even consider Arcata High after eighth grade. To stop this leakage AHS has just establishid its own charter school which some students and parents are saying is more of the same.

  • (10 years ago)

    I pulled my son out of AHS after his Freshman year. He was bullied daily and the administration has instilled a climate of fear among the teachers which paralyzed them and prevents them from effectively assisting children deal with it. While many fine teachers work at AHS the administration is of very poor quality. The principal's reputation of dishonesty is deserved in our experience. For very athletic students this school could work as the focus is certainly there rather than on quality academics.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers the students and the parents at Arcata High rate a 5 star. The administration is a 1. The kids are guilty until proven innocent; administrators are inflexible and old school. A new principal would elevate this school dramatically.

  • (10 years ago)

    Arcata High is opposed to the fundamental freedoms of students. Wasting money is a common occurence. For example there is an electronic marquee outside of the school that cost $28 000 to install and $5000/year to run. Do you know what this marquee does? It gives the current weather condition to people who are outside what time it is and 'Happy Birthday Whoever.' Furthermore it doesn't even work. Hmm.

  • (10 years ago)

    Freedom of speech is near to nonexistent. Teachers are dedicated but they are consigned by the administration to limit their expression and freedom. Teaching 'by the book' is encouraged.

  • (10 years ago)

    The principal is a man with conservative values in an atmosphere of liberal parents. He does not lead the school in the ways that the community but with his own right wing views. He is weak when it comes to sexual eduaction making all types of people feel comfortable and making the teachers feel at home. That being said the teachers are excellent the parents are excellent and though Bob Wallace is not good at playing politics he does not wreck the whole school experience. Arcata High is a very good place just as long as one does not have to deal with the administration. I encourage people to send their kids there and if they excel there is a program of dual enrollment with HSU which is very useful.

  • (10 years ago)

    we are very proud of our kids and our school from the classroom to the fielld AHS does a wonderful job. go tigers!

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