School Details

Valhalla High School

1725 Hillsdale Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 593-5500
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2237 students 22 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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  • 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.
  • 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

Valhalla High School is a public high school in El Cajon. The principal of Valhalla High School is Mary Beth Kastan, who can be contacted at mkastan@guhsd.net. 2,237 students go to Valhalla High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Valhalla High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 43% of the 2,237 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Valhalla High School is 22:1. Viking Center 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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 60% 49%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 8%
Hispanic 23% 28%
Unspecified 2% 9%
Asian 2% 2%
Filipino 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 23570%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 34%
Limited English proficiency 10% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I will be attending valhalla and the people are somewhat friendly and all my cousins graduated here and became lawyers and scientists and the acedemics are great.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am currently a student at Valhalla and I absolutely love it. The schools provides a highly academic setting for me as well as fantastic extracurricular activities to join. Not to mention that the teachers go the extra mile in ensuring we understand the material they are instructing. I will definitely miss this school after graduation! Love you Valhalla!!

  • (3 years ago)

    i love this school its fun and not having to deal with drama is great i think every high school student should go to valhalla high school!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Starting Junior year this fall our family has loved this school for our student. However the year ended on a sour note with lots of "Money Talks" Students take a walk in the band program. The big bad ugly world reared its' head high and took a big bite out of the kids and what is fair and right.....

  • (4 years ago)

    This is an excellent school. Before coming to Valhalla my son always struggled with his grades so I was worried about how he would do taking "College Prep" classes. His teachers were understanding and supportive and worked with him to find his potential. Valhalla also offers lots of after school sports and activities that help the students to get involved in the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Valhalla and I think it is a great school it is a safe and you rarely hear about fights or drugs on campus ever. The teachers are wonderful too and are always doing what will help fit our schedule. We have a new program to help the disabled students and get us involved with working with them as buddies. We all work together to get them into fun activites that don't single them out. The lunches are good and there are several windows so there isn't just one big line. Over all it is a wonderful school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has attended this school for the last three years he simply loves it. As a parent I have been pleased with the teaching staff. He is been pretty much involved with the sports and ASB the quality of the student is very commendable

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter has attended this school for the last two years and I am very pleased with it overall. As many other people have mentioned there is a lot of extracuricalar activities and the school is very safe and relatively problem free. The teaching is very good overall but some of the teachers have a tendency not teach the material covered in the exams causing a very high percentage of students in certain classes to do poorly. I also find the amonut of homework my duaghter is expected to do in some of her AP classes to be a bit excessive. I believe AP classes should focus more on critical thinking than just throwing extra work at them. Overall it is geared towards students who are academic acheivers and is probably one of the best schools in the district for students that meet that profile.

  • (7 years ago)

    The best school every healthy food good techers

  • (7 years ago)

    California Distinguished School academics are very highly placed on kids at the school a lot of after school activities !

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall I think the school is great. Caring Teachers who are willing to stay after school to help students. My biggest concern now is what has happened to the sports program? In the past 2 years they have lost or fired some of the best coaches in the county.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school fails miserably for many disadvantaged and disabled students. This high school could benefit by updating their teaching methods and curriculum and differentiating their instruction to reach all of their student body not just the 'cream of the crop'.

  • (7 years ago)

    I know the school very well. I have coached at Valhalla for 13 years and saw many students benefit from active teachers coahes and parents. My sons attended Valhalla as well and now after graduating from college they still talk very positively of the experience they had at Valhalla. Thank you all!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am currecntly a student at Valhalla and I love it... although we can encourage more students to take AP classes this school is very nice... in my opinion the Science Department is the best the teachers are always there after school or whenever you need them to help and answer questions.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently a student at Valhalla and I would say it's about average. The redeeming quality is it's abundance of performing arts programs. The choir department is amazing. The band and theatre are awesome as well we have some of the best. There are some good academics but a lot of the teachers and the principal aren't so great. The school itself isnt in the best shape but is getting better and the api score base is one of the best. Overall 3 out of 5

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school for humanities programs. Math programs could improve to better prepare for college programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    This schools is wonderful. It gets a 10 from our family!

  • (9 years ago)

    Music and and sport programs are what make up valhalla. The music program is amazing and are known for their award winning band and colorguard as well as their many sports that make up Valhalla. Parent involement isn't seen around school campus because most of that is taken care of the the A.S.B. Overall its a good school with a good curriculum and teachers but for the kids who have less intentions of going to college or making something out of their lives tend to get bored with it especially if they aren't involved in any activities minus whats required.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both of my daughters have attended Valhalla High School which prides itself on its academics. If your kids are in the honors program this is a strength. I was disappointed though when my first daughter graduated and the valedictorian's closing line was 'If you are not cheating you are not trying.' The principal gave no response. The parent nights I have attended are evenings to see your child's classroom and here teachers and administration whine about the need for more money. I go to support my daughter and have learned to filter out the 'annual' begging/poverty speech. Both of my daughters have enjoyed Valhalla but beyond the academics and friends they made I have been disappointed. Education has become more training to pass the state test and improving scores and ratings than equipping for life or developing a love of learning which I would hold to be of greater importance.

  • (10 years ago)

    We are very pleased with Valhalla They really treat the student well and are committed to success. Keep it up.

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