School Details

San Fernando Senior High School

11133 O'Melveny Avenue, San Fernando, CA 91340
(818) 898-7600
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 6-12 3254 students 20 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 average
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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.
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  • 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 average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

San Fernando Senior High School is a public high school in Los Angeles. The principal of San Fernando Senior High School is Kenneth Lee. 3,254 students attend San Fernando Senior High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 32% of the San Fernando Senior High School students have "limited English proficiency." 39% of the 3,254 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at San Fernando Senior High School is 20:1. Lakeview Charter 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
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 97% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 0.6% 9%
Asian 0.5% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Unspecified 0.3% 0.7%
Filipino 0.2% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.03% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.03% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 75%
Limited English proficiency 32% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    SFHS has been working with parents and students to improve academic as well as overall performance. My daughter is a freshman and is excelling in all her classess. She feels welcomed and accepted by teachers and students..I look forward to working closely with staff in assuring her success.

  • (1 year ago)

    San Fernando has a great program like Project Grand. Project Grand help's on going to college and taking college classes. Project Grand will work with you.

  • (1 year ago)

    (Continued) I wish I could write a full review on the regular school. Magnet is a success not just because it's a small community but because there's a mutual involvement among the students parents and staff. A few years ago the school (like many in LAUSD) created SLCs in an attempt to perform on par with Magnet. Nothing changed. I know because I took a few classes in the regular school due to scheduling conflicts. There are a handful of good teachers but many are STILL uninvolved and lazy. Standards are low; the workload and pace are pathetic. There's a Puente program but guess what? A friend of mine worked there and said that the teacher is lazy takes months to complete lessons ("big" assignments being pitiful essays) and gives students passing grades when she tires of reading their work. SFHS does well athletically - academically it's a joke. The school got close to losing accreditation three years ago and as a result went into panic-mode (i.e. block scheduling). As for the students most are incredibly disrespectful and it's not uncommon for fights to erupt during class. Unless you get your child in Magnet avoid this zoo if education civility and safety matter to you!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school isnt bad but it falls to the other magnets which offer much more vigourous courses. It has poor availability for classes. It only has 8 AP courses when many other high schools have 10 and above. This school will not be challenging. Do not send your child here to be a big fish in a little pond. That's pathetic.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a former student. I was NOT in magnet yet had ALL AP/Honor classes. I was continuously challenged! Mr. Muller is one of the greatest english teachers; Mrs. Cardoso for Science; Mr. Morgan for math... If you take the right teachers/classes this school is just as great as any 'high achieving' school.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has some good teachers programs and course but compared to other schools it does not have enough resources for its students

  • (5 years ago)

    I am glad my daughter attended SFHS Magnet. She was challenged by all of her teachers and she has a close bond with all Magnet staff faculty and peers. As a parent I like knowing what is going on with my daughter at all times. If she was absent I got a direct phone call from Sylvia (the magnet secretary) which is fantastic. I've gotten to know all of her teachers well. Most importantly (for me at least) is that my daughter hated reading and writing until her tenth grade year with Ms Alvarez. Now she has Ms Haynes who she equally adores although she is just as rigorous as Ms Alvarez. She also loves Mr Beck who is according to her the sweetest and most knowledgeable man. I could name all teachers but I'll bore you. All teachers in the magnet are fantastic!!! She's graduating this year!

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a 2001 Alumni this school has a lot of programs that children will benefit from Project Grad Avid Student Gov. and Leadership and Magnet. I was a Magnet student that transfered to this school my Junior year. It was the best 2 years. My Counselor was very helpful in choosing the correct courses to prepare me for college. I attended University of Riverside California and graduated in 2005. I know that San Fernando High School prepared me to achieve my goals!

  • (7 years ago)

    My child transfered from another school district because the motivation from the teachers and staff is so personal. College is his goal thanks to the staff which has now brought up my child's grades.

  • (7 years ago)

    San Fernando High is a great school despite the neighborhood it's in or others' opinions of it. The Puente Program is amazing as are the other programs such as Project Grad Avid Student Gov. and Leadership and Magnet. Sure SFHS has its faults but what school doesn't? I know that I would not go to any other school even if I was paid. SFHS may be lacking in some areas but it is not lacking in pride and determination and those are two important assets in a school community believe me I know.

  • (7 years ago)

    San Fernando High School is a school where many opportunities are available and students have many options open to then. As a Project GRAD student they can get experience with tutoring community service and they can actually study abroad. Many students have gone to Thailand Australia Brazil Costa Rica and many other countries to study. Over SFHS is a great high school where any student can highly achieve.

  • (7 years ago)

    My kid just transfered from one school district to this school because the counselors and academic program is inspiring him to get into a college. Coaches staff and counselors are very much in tune with the student. We hope for a successful 2 years.

  • (7 years ago)

    'The Puente' program is great. The teachers really push their students for overall success. I have been impressed with their involvement in their current academics as well as their future academics for their universities. Counselors have been very encouraging & helpful with class selection. My son is very self motivated which helps demonstrate that taking advantage of all available programs all is possible. My son has learned about all the extra classes by himself with the help of his counselor & 'Puente' teacher. All is possible with encouragement & positive attitude.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has great classes and programs for students including the project GRAD.

  • (8 years ago)

    It's a over crowded school and the own kids make fun of others. Don't send your kid here!

  • (9 years ago)

    Quality of academics can use some improvement. Music arts and sports have a great program. Parent involvement the level is not that high.

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