School Details

Gardena Senior High School

1301 West 182nd Street, Gardena, CA 90248
(310) 354-5000
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 2806 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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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 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

Gardena Senior High School is a public high school. The principal of Gardena Senior High School is Rudy Mendoza, who can be contacted at rjm1902@lausd.net. 2,806 students attend Gardena Senior High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 16% of the Gardena Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 2,806 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Gardena Senior High School is 20:1. Junipero Serra High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 65% 73%
Asian 6% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 11%
Filipino 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 1.0% 0.3%
White, non-Hispanic 1.0% 9%
Unspecified 0.9% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 646343%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 75%
Limited English proficiency 16% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    People may say negative things about this school but honestly it's a really good school. The problem isn't the teachers it's the students how can a teacher get a student to do their work if the child doesn't want to succeed. I attended Gardena it is a very fun school and gets students involved with a lot of programs no one gets discriminated. I love this school the teachers are great but every school of course has a small percentage of lacking teachers. If you send your child to this school make sure you have your child check in to the right programs to prepare them for college as in AP classes AVID and many clubs they have in the school that makes students stand out.

  • (4 years ago)

    If you're serious about getting your child prepared for college do not send them to Gardena. It does not provide a social or academic environment that prepares students for higher education. I taught at Gardena & over the two years I realized that many of the teachers there should have left the classroom 10 years ago. They stay because they cannot get hired elsewhere and have tenure. Good teachers at GHS DO NOT have the support they need to be successful. My first year teaching there the principal and vice principal stepped into my room and 'observed' me for a combined three times. My second year of teaching I had a vice principal come in once the entire year and it wasn't even to observe me. I could have been throwing a party everyday in that classroom and no one would have known. Try a charter school instead.

  • (4 years ago)

    What do I need to say about my high school Gardena H.S. So much is going on right now it very difficult to begin.First our API dropped about 25 points.Second our school is a breeding ground for ethnic tensions.Third our principal was removed who is this new principal - never leaves his office- what a joke. This is my last year I barely made it to college but I did luckily thanks mom.

  • (7 years ago)

    To me this school is awesome. I enjoy attending this school. I have fun. I learn. And my teachers are able to combine the two so its cool. I dont think I have or will think about transfering/

  • (7 years ago)

    Gardena High School is the school you can not want to attend! To all parents and students you will regret the day you registered to this school. I had not one teacher who actually loved to teach not one. The students who go to the school only for friends or a loved one many go just to hang out! The campus is ugly and so much hate and anger every where. . I wasted one semester when I could of actually learned something. DON NOT GO TO GARDENA HIGH SCHOOL!

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall Gardena High School is a place where you need to learn who the right people to be with are. I was one of those students who took all honors and AP courses and the teachers are completely different they are more concerned with the students and expect higher quality work. The majority of the students in my class were aiming for 4 year colleges; consisting of UCLA UCSB UCSD UCI UCSC and the list goes on.You should definitely encourage your child to join the clubs provided such as College Prep Key Club Gardena Honors Society Interact Taskforce Drama Club Animal Rights Activists Mecha and there are all sorts of other things. Also sports could be better but I know that that students who do participate have a great time traveling to other schools and playing. I am now attending UCLA so if I can survive Gardena; so can your child.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is my childs first year at Gardena HS. She was shocked that many students did not plan on attending a 4 year college. Overall its an ok school if your child goes there to learn. Their AVID (college prep) program needs to be revamped. In comparison to the AVID program at her previous school it seems to lack focus of what the program is supposed to do prepare students to enter 4 year colleges. The athletics is unorganized. They need coaches that are experienced and able to make definitive decisions. My child was attending a Saturday tutoring class. Then one Saturday she went and the class had been closed. No notification or anything was sent out. Its been 7 months into the school year and I have yet to hear about parent-teacher conference night. How can parents attend if we don't know about the meetings?

  • (7 years ago)

    I attended Gardena for almost two years and I thought it was a great school. There is some racial tension but thanks to the new principal the school is improving. There are a lot of electives to choose from and various clubs to join. Their honors teachers teach well and the supervisors are friendly as too. I'll never find a school like Gardena.

  • (8 years ago)

    The only quality academic programs that Gardena has to offer include Academic Decathlon SCIBA Sicence Bowl and its Magnet program.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is very unattractive place to put your son or daughter in this school unless enrolling into a magnet school. Too much of a distraction among other students. [I hope] that the principal will make this school a safer place for our children to learn not to make enemies but rather a friendlier environment to learn.

  • (9 years ago)

    Gardena High school is not a very good school from what I have experienced. They have a new principal as of last year and he seems to be very motivated to get this school back on track to be a place for education instead of a place for gang banging. I feel bad for him because I do not see many parents involved in any of the meetings or back to school functions or open houses. There are some art classes and an agriculture program.

  • (9 years ago)

    Gardena was a good school filled with academic rigor and enthusiastic students.

  • (10 years ago)

    Not a great school why you may ask? Because it is not receiving the money it needs to make sure the school is running smoothly. However there are good teachers in the school who make best with the books they have.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a very well maintained school. The students are very concerned with fashion.

  • (10 years ago)

    The inability to get books in a timely manner continues to plague this school. I have had several students over the last few years always complain that the first several weeks of school there are no books available for them to get ahead of the game. This includes several principals over the last three years none have been able to harness these issues. Safety is a major concern yet the administration continues to ignore that obvious concerns. The latest principal refuses to have dialogue with concerned parents while explaining to others how he wants all students to have a great education yet not able to follow through on the simple fundamentals books in a timely manner.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a good school although that there's many students who come from other districts and make it look bad. But I think it's a good school I go there and not many student take the SAT.As I think everyone should.

  • (11 years ago)

    Both my son and daughter graduated from Gardena High School after attending Peary Middle School. They each have a bachelors degree and their success in college is a result of their learning at these schools.

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