School Details

James Monroe High School

9229 Haskell Avenue, North Hills, CA 91343
(818) 830-4200
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 2749 students 18 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
  • 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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  • This school in 2013
  • 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.
  • 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

James Monroe High School is a public high school in Los Angeles. The principal of James Monroe High School is Christopher Rosas. 2,749 children attend James Monroe High School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 31% of the James Monroe High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 80% of the 2,749 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at James Monroe High School is 18:1. Heritage Christian 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
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 85% 73%
Asian 7% 4%
Filipino 5% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 11%
Unspecified 1.0% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 75%
Limited English proficiency 31% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I came to this school having come from a very high achiving high school with a much better enviornment and education. This school does have its share of highs including the SAS program which is very well set on giving kids more opportunities but there lows are much greater. Having been in the SAS program I have heard quite enough about polictics where it doesn't belong. I also feel the school is very much behind other schools in technology and policies hopefuly they improve with time. Overall the students are not as bad as people portray them to be but are actually great all around students.

  • (6 years ago)

    It seems to be a very organized school and has potential.

  • (6 years ago)

    Most people think that the only good thing about James Monroe High School is Law and Government Magnet Program. I am in a better program called School for Advanced Studies here in Monroe. This program allows us to take AP classes that we want to take allows us to grow together as a family and prepares us for college. It is a much better program than magnet and everyone should be in it simply because it challenges way more than magnet. Also magnet does not give AP classes to there students. Anyone who is willing to learn and do well in school especially in college should be in S.A.S. We have wonderful teachers who take the time to sit down and help you with whatever problems you have. Dr. Clark is one if the best if not the best English teacher Monroe has.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is not what it appears to be as a SAS student i know about the oportinies that are offered. The SAS students take the most AP classes and exel in other things such as extracaricular activities. We go to outside of school fildtrips such as snowboarding and to cruises. It offeres great opportunities to those who want to succesed

  • (7 years ago)

    As a 2007 graduate of the Law and Government Magnet and Police Academy Programs I cannot help but rave about the wonderful education I have received! With six smaller learning communities on campus there is something for every student. Whether you want to be a lawyer chef fire personnel teacher or mechanical engineer you can find it at Monroe. We have one of the best Speech and Debate teams in the San Fernando Valley and have brought home numerous awards. Our sports teams are remarkably improving as time goes on. Almost 98% of our 2007 graduating seniors from the Law and Government and Police Academy Programs are attending accredited Colleges and Universities fro the Fall 2007 Semester. We were nurtured since ninth grade and were prepared for obstacles and challenges that life brings. Amazing career opportunities and phenomenal teachers!

  • (7 years ago)

    i really want my son to achive in this school. i really think its a great school it has many programs to support the childrens education.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child received an excellent and competive education in the Law & Government Magnet. She had outstanding teachers who inspired her to excellence.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am former student and I have to say my experience at Monroe was far from great. This school has great academic opportunities however it is too overcrowded and their is a lack of teachers that are inspiring and motivating. LAUSD needs to build more schools and downsize the classrooms!

  • (8 years ago)

    As a former student I would have to say that Monroe is nothing short of superb...not pathetic (as others may think). The Law and Government program at Monroe challenges students and the school (overall) provides a superior academic environment. The dedicated teachers counselors and administrators provide students with the academic rigor and emotional support that allow students to endeavor challenging careers and the vast array of academic studies available for them actually makes these goals within grasp. Monroe is an excellent school and should be on anyone's list when searching for a high school. And...The Class of 2006 rocks!

  • (8 years ago)

    Their academic programs are great my child has learned a lot.She is enrolled in the SAS program and is very advanced.At Monroe I am not sure if they have choir but the extracurricular activities are fabulous.Parent involvement is good but it could be improved.The teachers are very nice and disciplined.I don't think I would ever move my child from that school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Monroe High has an excellent Magnet school. There is a Law and Government magnet a Police Academy magnet and a Fire Academy magnet. The Law and Government magnet participates in mock trials and sends students on field trips to courthouses and Government agencies. The students are pushed to excell by their teachers and counselors. Monroe has an excellent music program. They have been champions at many events. They also have a wonderful chefs program. Students learn the art of cooking and preparing great dishes. Many of these students have received scholarships up to $40 000 to attend culinary school and then go on to work in some of the top restaurants. If your child is interested in any of the above mentioned I would check out James Monroe.

  • (8 years ago)

    As with most all of Los Angeles Unified Schools Monroe High has academically deteriorated markedly in the last 15 years. Once one of the highest-performing schools in Los Angeles it is now just another battle ground of racial tensions with academically uninvolved parents and largely uninterested students. Pathetic.

  • (8 years ago)

    O.K. school in the heart of San Fernando Valley.

  • (9 years ago)

    you cant go wrong with this school!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is a great one of your child is interested in the field of law. There are programs such as the Law and Government Magnet that give students the opportunity to gain experience through internships. These students have the opportunity to learn about court procedures through mock trials while at the same time having fun. Here students are encouraged to make a change through organizations such as Free the Children. With teachers like Mr. Mullarkey that actually truly care about the student's future you can't go wrong.

  • (10 years ago)

    The school is always improving leaving nobody behind. its staff is focused in keep its students on time and in constant attention with what the school offers. Its a good school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I'm a student in the Law and Government Magnet at Monroe and before I went to Monroe I thought it wasn't a good school. But then I noticed how friendly everyone was and how many opportunites there were to do such as sports and clubs. Monroe High School is a really great school with many different programs to fit students desires to become what they truly want to be.

  • (11 years ago)

    I want to the Law and Government Magnet at James Monroe High and it sould not be counted as part of the Monroe school because its not. The teachers are all of the highest standerds and have numeruse yaers of teaching furethere more the opportunities made available to the students(such as internships at real law offices were students such as my-self are often hired is just one part of thosands offerd to those in the law program) personaly it is unfair to count the law magnet as part of the Monroe campus decause in a way we are our own little campus within a campus.class of 03. we have no limits! P.S. sorry for the spelling.

  • (11 years ago)

    Both my daughter and my son attended Monroe High School. There is something for every type of student at Monroe and all students are accepted by their peers. The teachers are caring fair and knowledgeable in their field. Both my kids went on to four year universities.

  • (11 years ago)

    The Law/Government Magnet is truly the best kept secret of the valley let alone James Monroe High School. It's a shame that they are included as being part of the school especially when you compare their standardized test scores.

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