School Details

Gretchen Whitney High School

16800 Shoemaker Avenue, Cerritos, CA 90703
(562) 926-5566
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 1022 students 23 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
  • ABC 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
  • ABC 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
  • ABC 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
  • ABC 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
  • ABC Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Gretchen Whitney High School is a public high school in Cerritos. The principal of Gretchen Whitney High School is Patricia Hager and can be contacted at patricia.hager@abcusd.k12.ca.us. 1,022 students attend Gretchen Whitney High School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 0.3% of the Gretchen Whitney High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 17% of the 1,022 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Gretchen Whitney High School is 23:1. ABC Secondary (Alternative) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 81% 29%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 10%
Unspecified 2% 4%
Filipino 10% 10%
Hispanic 10% 39%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 20684%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 41%
Limited English proficiency 0.3% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I'm an eighth grader currently attending Whitney. The staff goes abovw and beyond for us. They're very interactive and I've become close to a lot of them. Whitney High is full of oppurtunities for students and it's full of achievers. It's small which makes all the students closer. We call ourselves the Whitney Family. I love how the older students befriend the 7th and 8th graders. It's very comforting to have older figures that treat you like siblings. Whitney has the BEST music program and our brand new 6 million dollar media arts center shows it off well. I am so blessed to be here.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter went to this chool. Academically it prepared her to become a doctor. She learned a lot in this school. Children graduated from thsi school can go in any college and they do well.

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to this school almost a decade ago. The school provided a motivating environment but it placed too strong of an emphasis on test-taking over other skills such as critical thinking. The trend toward the end of my time there was to cut classes and programs for students which is sad because students lost many opportunities to discover their talents and abilities.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the best school in the whole wide world. Those people that think it's bad go take a look at it. You guys don't know nothing. Whitney has a high HPI score that means they have good teachers.

  • (1 year ago)

    Those who say bad things about the teachers here know nothing. As a student I can say that our school has better teachers than you'll find anywhere else. They're very interactive with their students and do more than just educate us--they provide us with the guidance we need to get through school and even further life. This is the kind of close-knit community Whitney is and there's a reason why we call ourselves the "Whitney family". Everybody has a place here including the teachers and staff. The teachers are an especially big part of our lives at Whitney because they see us grow up from 7th grade to senior year. An speaking in terms of academics yes the teachers are excellent. Why else would our API score always bring us up to top 10 every year? Why else would we have one of the highest graduation AP passing and college entrant rates in the nation?

  • (2 years ago)

    i am currently a student at WHS and I have to say that it DEFINITELY is not easy. plus because you are competing with other HIGHLY intelligent students so if you rank let's say 30th at WHS you'd probably be in the top 10 at another high school. Therefore when you apply for college you probably will seem normal compared to the 29 people above you. However it is very challenging yet very fun at the same time. However WHS does mostly concentrate just on academics. Perhaps the band program is the only exception the band program is very enjoyable and unique. You grow very much musically. However sports-wise WHS is HORRIBLE with the exception of girl's volleyball. We don't even have a football team. Also since there are only about 900 (150 per grade 7-12 grade) students you get to know more of the people there is a sense of closeness. Overall this is a great school to attend but if you're not doing well by getting failing grades detentions etc. you might have a really hard time at WHS- they DO give you a lot of work to do.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers are terrible. This school has a high API but that doesn't necessarily mean it has good quality teachers and quality education. The workload is unbearable. Just because the name is Whitney doesn't mean it is a good school. TEACHERS DON'T EVEN MAKE AN EFFORT TO EXPLAIN A CONCEPT TWICE IF A CHILD DOESN'T UNDERSTAND IT. CHILDREN ARE MORE INDEPENDENT THAN THEY SHOULD BE AND HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPTS THEMSELVES. This is their childhood-it doesn't come back. Let them enjoy and have fun. Don't forget that top colleges like Stanford don't only select students from Whitney they select students from other schools and bad schools also. It depends on the student. If he/she is hardworking they can pass any obstacle.

  • (3 years ago)

    Graduated from here- and of all my family friends/ cousins/ anyone else in my life that was going to highschool at the same time ( 1999-2004) I had the best experience. oh and i got into ucla just fine.

  • (3 years ago)

    Sure it's an academically oriented college PREP high school but by attending Whitney that student has a lower chance of getting into top-notch colleges like UCLA and such given the fact that that student is competing with other highly intelligent students within the class. This high school is basically like another college work-load wise and is a good school to prepare for college. But a student's GPA and college app will be higher/stand out more in a high school like Cerritos High rather than Whitney because of that.

  • (3 years ago)

    4 Reasons Why Whitney Can do Better. The teachers are not great. They are usually inexperienced and lack professionalism. They like to say "we won't take your hand and walk you through it" but essentially they create a distance from themselves and their students' successes. The program does not prepare students for college. Tardy sweeps? Detention? Grow up Whitney. Your students are better than that. Students do well because the school only recruits high test-scorers. Duh.. Parents are not involved and principalship at the school has lost touch of the "family" aspect of Whitney High. Ask for the PTA and you'll be led into an empty conference room.

  • (4 years ago)

    High academic achievement & caring faculty.

  • (4 years ago)

    I just got into Whitney and I love it! The challenge is just great and I love everything about it! A great way to begin middle school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Prepares kids for college. Students are there because they want to be there not because they have to.

  • (5 years ago)

    The number one high school in the state of California has an awesome Robotics Club! Amazing students dedicated teachers supportive administration dynamite parents and devoted community volunteers make this school like no other.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was concerned about my child transferring in from a private school to Whitney. I heard many wonderful compliments from other parents and alumni. However any school especially an academic selective school is going to have some dissenting opinions. Whitney High School has surpassed all my expectations and my concerns have been eliminated. Many of the problems stem from overbearing parents that have unreasonable expectations for their child (too many think THEIR child will be the one that gets into Harvard Princeton or Yale). The other issue is that there are students that really are not ready to handle the academic load and discipline to compete in an environment where everyone else is just as capable. Whitney is very supportive of the students and are there to help them to be successful. Best decision we've made for our child!

  • (5 years ago)

    best school in every aspect of learning

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a current parent of a 7th grader at Whitney High School. I have mixed feeling about the school. I was told how fortunate my child is to be selected to attend such a great school. Education is very important but being in an envirement that you feel comfortable and feeling like you really belong can just be as important or being in a school that is well deversified. Feeling like you belong can add to the sucess of a student. Having parent that can actually help you with homework can make a difference in your EDUCATION! Having Money to send your child to the best tuitors and academy enrichment programs can put you in the first priority list for treatment. Concerned Mother and feeling lucky...

  • (5 years ago)

    First off the high standardized test scores are not a direct result of the teaching staff here but rather because this is a magnet school where students take a test to gain admission. This means that students here were already scoring well on standardized tests prior to entering WHS. However due to the nature of admission what you get is a student body that is terribly homogenous and extremely type A. Unhealthy amounts of competition is encouraged and the end result is that it is actually much more difficult to gain acceptance to the college of your choice. C level efforts at WHS would earn A+'s in 'normal' high schools (trust me) and when colleges are choosing students based upon how they did compared to their high school only it becomes apparent why colleges have trouble choosing your child amongst other WHS students who are exactly the same.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was a student at whitney high school from 7th to 12th grade and from the moment i walked through the double doors leading me to the orange locker-lined hallways until the moment i walked across the stage accepting my high school diploma i was constantly being pushed and challenged by all of my teachers to be the best student and the best all-around person i could be. Although i constantly complained about the amount of work we were expected to do and research papers we had to write it really prepared me for college at Loyola University. while some juniors in college worry about an 8-10 page paper I don't even break a sweat because of the 8-10 page papers my teachers in 8th grade were training me to write. =D

  • (6 years ago)

    As of the 2008-09 school year Whitney High school no longer offers AP English Literature. The school will only offer the standard level English for its seniors. The talk among most seniors is that this change was made to protect seniors who are not interested in pushing themselves by taking the hardest level classes available. By getting rid of AP Whitney has essentially leveled the playing field but at the expense of not pushing the communities most talented students with the most difficult coursework.

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