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 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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 High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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, whose e-mail is bbauer@ghchs.com. 4,143 children attend Granada Hills Charter High School and identify mostly as Filipino; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 3% of the Granada Hills Charter High School students have "limited English proficiency." 52% of the 4,143 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio 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
Filipino 9% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Hispanic 39% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 9%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 18% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.02% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 75%
Limited English proficiency 3% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    Im a junior at this school most teachers I've had were pretty much annoying not because they were boring or because they failed me or something like that. But because some teachers were just too unorganized that they lose our papers some are too uncaring and pick favorites even though the kids they picked are the ones who usually don't so anything in class especially my cooking teacher. There is also one staff member that wont let me go home for lunch (my wallet was lost in school grounds and couldn't find it.) I told him "So you guys would rather starve your students and make them buy your nasty meals than actually let them have their needed energy for the rest of the day?" guess what he's answer was I'll give you a hint I almost fainted in PE.

  • (9 months ago)

    I am a new student at this school and it seems like parents and kids dont understand that if you dont do your work you won't get an a the administration has never cussed anyone out and this school has higher standards for a reason so dont say the school is bad if your childs the problem why do you think everyone wants to go here???

  • (9 months ago)

    A teacher gave my child a D on their report card yet through all of their online grade checking it showed up as low 70% which I am pretty certain is a C. I contacted counseling and was told they would follow up on it but I never heard back. My child tried to contact their teacher and counselor with no results. The are the largest charter school in the nation. I don't think that is something to brag about. They are so overcrowded that in 9th and 10th grade they have to share small sized lockers with strangers. For a very policed school I think it is silly to have people share lockers.

  • (10 months ago)

    Horrible. Students are lost in a sea of 5000 other students and it seems most of the administration and especially the deans are on a power trip.

  • (11 months ago)

    I just graduated from GHCHS and had a somewhat mixed experience. I was enrolled in a lot of their AP courses and some of the teachers did a good job getting us prepared for the exams but some of the teachers either went overkill on the work and stressed us all out or had us do projects and debates which didn't help at all. One English teacher who assigned us essays after we took the English AP exam when most teachers realized we had other AP exams to study for this teacher either wasn't aware we were taking other AP exams or didn't care. The counselors and directors were really strict which can be a good thing but being sent to to tardy lock out for being 30 seconds late to class was annoying. The school can also be cold towards students and teachers they will kick out students if they don't comply with fairly minor rules and they fired a teacher who's Dad died during the school year. I agree with the comments about bullying just because the staff doesn't see students bullying doesn't mean it's not occurring.

  • (1 year ago)

    I feel compelled to write a review to address the bad ones on the site. This school paid very close attention to my sons needs. After completing 9th grade he was recruited for the inaugural Global Business and Finance program. He kept most of the same teachers throughout his time. They were hands on helped him not fall behind when he broke his leg Sophomore year and supported him during his tenure. It is a hard school academically. But joining the smaller programs the school offers will provide your student with the attention and support you may want.They offer so many programs that even private schools can't. It is a very good public school.

  • (1 year ago)

    To the most recent review actually i wouldn't even call it a review. There is no explanation as to why the school is so bad so i suggest everyone to pay no attention to that comment. GHCHS is definitely the best school in the valley if not the entire state of California. With an entire buffet of classes to take including Granada exclusive classes such as Autoshop Woodshop Arabic Korean Mandarin and over 20 selections of AP courses. Granada tends to a students every need and as many positive comments say it gives the student every tool necessary to succeed. As far as academics Granada cannot be topped. Our most recent graduating class had 129 students who maintained a 4.0 and higher GPA throughout all of their years in high school. The year before there were 126 students to graduate with over a 4.0. Granada is without a doubt the best school to prepare your student for college and colleges/universities nationwide are very familiar with Granada. Granada is also host to over 40 different clubs and organizations so a student will always have activities to participate in around campus. Sports include Track & Field Football Basketball Soccer Baseball Volleyball Golf

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is one of the worst high schools in California! DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Most of the people I know in this school tell me that they're very stressed out by how hard GHCHS is. I would know too because I go here and I'm in the same scenario. And yes this school has its fair share of bad teachers but there are some good exceptions. I understand that GHCHS prepares you for college by giving you a lot of work to simulate a college environment but what doesn't impress me is how the school doesn't really seem to answer a student's call of need. What I mean is that if a student is stressed out by all the work and their parents keep telling them to do better even though the student is doing the best he or she can it's the school's fault for almost ignoring that (unless they never knew) and it's also the parents' faults for forgetting that their kid is in one of the toughest high schools in all of California. So for all parents who plan on sending their kid(s) here - if your child seems to be struggling in this school don't forget that this is a very hard school so don't bombard them with anger. Encourage them to do better by helping them not by scolding them (that will only stress out your child even more). Stress kills faster than getting "bad" grades.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was delighted at first to send my then senior and my 9th grader there for the first time thinking this seems so impressive but as the weeks rolled on we realized that this was just hype and the teachers really don't care you are just one of thousands. If you as a parent have a complaint you are welcome to have your two minutes in front of the board but nothing is resolved as they post their decision next week instead of having any debate. Who watches how things are done as LAUSD can't touch the school so there is no outside oversight. If your student wants to shine academically and be on sports teams and leadership all things that colleges are looking for I recommend going to a smaller school! Colleges do not care where your kid goes to school.They care about GPA and school involvement as well as SAT/ACT scores. And yes we did deal with bullying on my freshman son.

  • (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)

    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)

    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.

  • (2 years 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.

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