School Details

Granite Hills High School

1719 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 593-5500
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 2799 students 21 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
  • Grossmont Union High School District 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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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
  • Grossmont Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Granite Hills High School is a public high school in El Cajon. The principal of Granite Hills High School is Georgette Torres, who can be contacted at gtorres@guhsd.net. 2,799 students go to Granite Hills High School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 6% of the Granite Hills High School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 2,799 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Granite Hills High School is 21:1. Christian Junior / Senior High 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
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 57% 49%
Hispanic 29% 28%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 8%
Asian 2% 2%
Unspecified 16% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Filipino 0.8% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 23570%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 34%
Limited English proficiency 6% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attends Granite Hills and is having a wonderful experience. As with any school you have your typical groups of youth who buck the system. My daughter has been in Honors/AP/IB classes so tends to interact with the students who want to be there. She is in her Junior year but within the first month of her Freshman year a cheerleader decided to harrass her. I called the office and the cheerleader was removed from the squad immediately. The teachers are engaging and truly love what they do. I highly recommend this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    THIS IS THE WORST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD AND MY DAUGHTER WENT THERE AND SHE IS DOING WAY BETTER AT EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

  • (5 years ago)

    Granite Hills has such a fantastic staff that really do their best to help the students to understand. Many of them go out of their way to 'live at the school' so they can give students extra help before and after school. Everyone at Granite Hills works very hard to make the learning experience of every student memorable and successful.

  • (5 years ago)

    It was my high school and it contains very deserving and amazing teachers who are dedicated to their jobs students and lives. I had a wonderful time there and I am glad I graduated from such a prestige school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Granite Hills is a wonderful place of learning. It has energetic and creative teachers. It also has a student body that care about their school and others!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have a son who is a sophmore at Granite Hills and another who will be a Freshman next year. I give thanks to all the teachers counselors and coaches at Granite who have welcomed our family and encouraged my kids to get involved and get great grades. Granite has a diverse student body and support for kids abounds. Head coaches are teachers so they see kids on the field/court and in the classroom. And the administration is a big family who take good care of the kids and help guide them towards bright futures. There is the IB Honors programs every sport you can think of auto shop robotics destination imagination theatre band choir surf club golf etc.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a freshman at granite and i immediately felt at home. i am in the honors program and it goes at the exact fight pace. i have made many lifelong friends and i couldn't ask for anything more

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is now a sophomore and is currently participating in the International Baccerlarate (IB) Program at Granite Hills High School. He has excellent teachers that have proven that they truly care about their students. I have personally been in contact with my son's teachers and counselor and have been very happy and satisfied with each and every one of them. They are very approachable knowledgable and professional. My son also participates in the Academic League. We are extremely happy with this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers at this school are just wonderful. We have not experianced one bad teacher yet and I have two kids that attend there.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter attended Steele Canyon last year and was not happy there. We transferred to Granite Hills this year and we couldn't be happier! Don't make the mistake we did and judge a school by its appearance....Ask parents and kids who go there. Granite is the most spirited school and the kids love going there and the teachers love teaching there! I highly recommend this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Principal Georgette Torres is top notch. You'll struggle to find a more active admistrator at any level. Just watch her walk down the halls and say hello to students of various backgrounds by name. The AP program is great and I don't use that word loosely here. The student population is a bit apathetic so raising school spirit can be like pulling teeth. The said student body is becoming increasing diverse with that comes natural problems. The administration is well-aware however of the increased likelihood of conflict and does its best to crack-down. Some one earlier mentioned that the math department could use strengthening. That's agreed here but I would contend that much needs to be done at the middle school and elementary school levels leading up to the time when students arrive on campus. Overall good school if child chooses to use the high school's resources and friendly teachers to his/her advantage.

  • (7 years ago)

    My husband and I both graduated from Granite Hills and my son is now a sophomore. I have been been very pleased with the support from his teachers. I am also aware that one of the priorities is updating the school site. As always funds area an issue. I would recommend Granite Hills

  • (9 years ago)

    An excellent school where teachers go beyond their duties to reach their students!

  • (9 years ago)

    Granite Hills High School has many AP classes and a great IB program. If your child has academic ambitions and wants to start planning his/her college education GHHS is the place to start.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that this school needs to be more diverse. The uqality of academic programs are okay but they do need more new resources.

  • (9 years ago)

    Chose not to attend this school due to overcrowding.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great eduactional opportunities and strong school spirit.

  • (10 years ago)

    For such an aging school I think the teachers & faculty do a good job. My son is a senior this year and the counselers have been a great help towards college. The school has been wonderful in helping him with his goals for college. What to do where to go how to sign up etc. but overall for the GUHSD Granite Hills is one of the best!

  • (10 years ago)

    My son was an honor student with a high GPA. He found the school's academics easy when compared to the high school he transferred from in Irvine (Orange County). He loved the music prog and had great respect for his teachers. The school has shown their sense of caring especially during the time of the shooting in 2001. Unfortunately one week before his Senior year (2002) he was hit by a car and put in a coma. He missed the entire academic year and all the senior activities. The school was wonderful in accommodating us for the end of year Senior activities and kept students and teachers informed of my son's progress through announcements and articles in the school paper. The only negative comment I can make is that I was disappointed in the special education system now that my son in need of these services.

  • (10 years ago)

    For such an affluent area we are disappointed in the disrepair and outdated facility. Books too are outdated and in short supply. Faculty/staff do a lot with little. There are 'temporary' buildings on campus are more than 30 years old. I know this because I most improvements have been done by parents and faculty/staff. To its credit the school is (generally) unfenced and well-landscaped across the front. This give a friendly welcoming feeling echoed by the employees and students. We do well in the science competitions. The faculty and staff are very responsive to parental concerns/issues and communicate quickly when warrented. The problems with the facilities are echoed at other area high schools and these issues originate at the community/district level. That is the reason the above ranks are so high and yet overall quality is so low.

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