School Details

Granada Hills Charter High School

10535 Zelzah Avenue, Granada Hills, CA 91344
(818) 360-2361
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 9-12 4143 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.
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  • Los Angeles Unified 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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% 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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Granada Hills Charter High School is a charter high school in Los Angeles. The principal of Granada Hills Charter High School is Brian Bauer, who can be contacted at bbauer@ghchs.com. 4,143 children attend Granada Hills Charter High School and identify mostly as Unspecified; Filipino; and Black, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Granada Hills Charter High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 38% of the 4,143 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Granada Hills Charter High School is 23:1. San Fernando Valley Academy 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
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • 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
Unspecified 8% 0.7%
Filipino 6% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 11%
Hispanic 36% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 9%
Asian 26% 4%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38% 75%
Limited English proficiency 5% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I honestly don't agree with what the last couple of reviews said. I have never seen bullying sexual harassment etc. The staff is wonderful and the teachers are so helpful. If a student is having trouble in a class they have many tutoring classes they can take. The teachers care about your well-being and want you to learn. As for tardies I do believe it is too much to give an hour of detention but this motivates me to get to class faster. If I had to say one bad thing about this school is that is way overcrowded but this is also a good thing because everyone has there own group and the word popularity is never mentioned. Overall this school is a 5 (

  • (1 year ago)

    I find the attitude of the administration very arrogant and the use of discipline over the top and very draconian. I think sending a student who is tardy to the "naughty room" and miss out on the class is counter-intuitive. For habitually late students the counselor should instead call in the parents and try to figure out what's happening. Shouldn't the idea is to get the kids into class? This is typical of the way the school thinks. Also any money they have should be funneled into the classrooms or worthwhile programs (athletics band etc.) and not spent on tee shirts and daytime fireworks. I think this school has its priorities all wrong.

  • (1 year ago)

    The comment below about bullying is 100% true. Both of our daughters went to school here and we ended up having to transfer both of them to other schools. The bullying is absolutely relentless. The administration refuses to do anything to stem it either. It's just a matter of time until the suicide rate at Granada reflects the abysmal situation here.

  • (1 year ago)

    The comment below was absolutely false in every way. Granada Hills Charter High School has very rigorous curriculum for all students. You may think that it is a school where you cannot succeed because of all the competition but that is totally false. EVERY SINGLE STUDENT THERE HAS ALL THE TOOLS NEEDED TO SUCCEED. Granada has excellent teachers who CARE about they're students and WANT them to succeed. Ultimately it is up to the student to be able to thrive at Granada. If the student will not work hard and not do assignments when they are given then no I think you shouldn't go there. Granada is for students who want an excellent education and care about their education. And as for the bullying I HAVE SEEN NONE. Bullying doesn't exist at Granada. Granada is a safe place with kind people who care about their education. In conclusion Granada is a fantastic school with the absolute best education given.

  • (1 year ago)

    Attending Granada proved to be both mediocre on academics and absolutely dreadful on bullying. The staff is callous does absolutely nothing to stop or prevent bullying. And they do not take any action whatsoever when a case of bullying is brought to their attention aside from a slap on the wrist to the offender (or in the vast majority of cases just a verbal warning). Don't send you children there unless you want them to be subject to all of this. The bullying is frequent and quite common and it does not stop at just regular one person to one person bullying (the bullying can become gang backed in some cases). The bathrooms are so dirty you simply cannot use them until after you leave school. Gangs drugs and even sexual harrassment are also a significant part of the schooling experience at Granada as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has now attended GHCHS for one year and has done remarkably. I have not seen any bullying of my son whatsoever and I am very vigilant in watching for this. The teachers have been very accessible and willing to give feedback and assist with tutoring after school when needed. My son's Spanish teacher was terrific and spent many long hours after school assisting him and was nothing short of supportive and encouraging. Every time we asked for additional help for my son (who attends their special day program 1/2 of the school day) we were given several options and as a result he has thrived at Granada. Of course much is expected from students in high schools and Granada is no exception. We petitioned to come here via the lottery and we couldn't be happier. Thank you Granada!

  • (1 year ago)

    So basically this is my first year are Granada and let me tell you this so far i hate this school with a passion. Although most people think that Granada is the "best school in the valley" i think otherwise. First of all some teachers shouldn't even be qualified to be teachers in the Mathematics and Science fields(mostly in physics although there is one good teacher). The only teachers that are qualified to be teachers is probably in the English field GHI) and History field. and also the staff is just plain rude and mean. The sports/extracurricular are good its just the staff and choice in some teachers that is upsetting me. Also the school is really strict. I hope i end this school year quick.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think overall Granada is a great school with more to offer than most other schools in the area. It might not be the right fit for everyone but no school will be that. My children have had mostly great teachers. Again not ALL great but mostly and no school is going to have 100% great teachers. When people say the school "expects too much" from the students I'm not sure what they want. Expect mediocrity? When they say the school is too strict I disagree. They have rules and they enforce them unlike many other schools and I think that's a good thing. What kind of message does it send if you have rules but do nothing when they are broken. I realize that test scores aren't everything but I don't know how someone can say the teachers at Granada have an inability to teach when it is clear that the majority of students thrive at Granada. I'd rather have my child there with many extra-curricular opportunities to choose from a safe campus and several types of curriculum than at a school that has to close half their bathrooms due to lack of security.

  • (2 years ago)

    We came to this 2012 schoolyear in part by using GreatSchools comments from up to 2011 school year. Other reasons were are friends that follow alot of the same thinking and hopes for outcomes about schooling as we do . Something though is not quite right at this school from what I believed we were entering into. The new reviewers are relating the same vibes I get. Staff only for the Staff and pushing out kids who wont in their pers opinion add #s to a raise in the test score reputation of the school. I say " their opinion " cause I really think it's a hotbed of b-team type teachers who wanna project cool progressiveness to cover up their inability to teach and have found a market for that in this area. If a charter isnt bound up by nonsense big district red tape why would they need such rigid rules and dig yer heals in teacher mentality ? And that when given a tap of sense they appear to us to crumble ???The two stars rep I gave are for the fabulous families and their kids who attend. I cant say how their learning or real grades are but they are good friends to us and our child social self esteem soars. buyer beware.

  • (2 years ago)

    Although GHCHS has an excellent academic record great sports teams and lots of after school programs etc the biggest problem that I see is the size. GHCHS has over 4000 students and one lunch period it is impossible for everyone to get through the cafeteria lines in time to eat. There are fast food carts but they re not very nutritional your fate is determined by how close your class is to the cafeteria before lunch. It also takes spending all lunch period in line at the student store to purchase event tickets or supplies. There are a lot of students who just don t eat lunch or eat from a vending machine

  • (2 years ago)

    this school is not what we were expecting I'm not happy with this schools performance.

  • (2 years ago)

    Each of my children attended different high schools and Granada Hills was the best by far. With caring and competent teachers my child was able to thrive. The school was strict about its rules but I didn't see the bullying problems that were prevalent in my other children's schools. I highly recommend this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Negative and positive experiences at this school. The teachers seem very enthusiastic and caring. There seems to be a lot of help available for your child. The administration runs things differently than any other school we've been to which is a good thing! Way too much homework though!!! Doing homework from 3 30 to midnight every night and at least one full day on the weekend sometimes both days is just a little too much! These are children not robots. My child is under a huge amount of stress and I don't like it at all. Also the basketball coach shouldn't even bother holding tryouts if he had already made his choices before tryouts. It would have saved me a lot of time. Those were the worst tryouts I've ever watched. He advanced kids that lost the challenges and cut the ones that won????????

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is only interested in its Faculty and Staff. The children are unimportant to them. They push out students that need help and only keep the ones there that will help keep up their API scores high. Only vain parents send their children to this school. The new high school will be a much better option for students in the 2011-2012 school year.

  • (3 years ago)

    Graduate of Granada Hills High great school great teachers graduated in 60's lots of school activities and social interaction memories that last forever

  • (3 years ago)

    My child transfered from a rigorous college prep. Catholic School. The academics and challenging classes at Granada have not only met but far exceeded the school she attended. Granada offers more opportunities for honors and A.P. classes. The extra curricular activities and clubs are outstanding. There is something for everyone here. I was a bit worried that her religious values would be attacked I found just the opposite. She is free to voice her opinions and still treated respectfully. The staff/teachers I have encountered have been friendly and very helpful. She is getting a superior education for free... now if I could only convince my other child to transfer to Granada.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter went to Granada after Catholic school. I was afraid she would get lost in the crowd. But after only 1 semester I found that the teachers care especially Mr. Nelson her algebra teacher and the staff are very helpful. My daughter has excelled and found her place in the campus population. I am super pleased!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am very blessed that my two sons do well in High School. I am involved with the PTSA at this school so I know that there is a great support team at GHCHS.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our child is in his second year at GHCHS and we think it's been a great experience! If your student is not self motivated it could be easy to fall between the cracks with 4 200 students. The have a very strict attendance policy and dress code as well as many rules rules rules but we feel this is a safe campus as well as a positive environment for our student.

  • (4 years ago)

    I forgot this part Be ware of the drop-fail policy of the school. Excused absences (including documented illnesses) count toward this policy too. Their treatment of children is Draconian. This school is a great support for small learning communities and smaller schools (including HSs). My son was in another charter that provided meaningful SpEd so it is not just charter schools that are problematic and I am actually pro-charter. Good luck with finding a good high school for your child!

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