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About This School

Peter Johansen High School is a public high school in Modesto. The principal of Peter Johansen High School is Kevin Salaiz. 2,268 students go to Peter Johansen High School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 16% of the Peter Johansen High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 57% of the 2,268 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Peter Johansen High School is 22:1. Castillo 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

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Korean
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 57% 44%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 6%
Unspecified 5% 3%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 4% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 29% 37%
Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 14695%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.9%
Filipino 0.6% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 47%
Limited English proficiency 16% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    Unlike the previous poster I've always had great response from Johansen teachers when I've emailed them -- I usually get a response within an hour and always within the same day. However I agree that teachers should all use SchoolCenter so parents and students can easily check their grades and unfortunately only a few teachers use it.

  • (5 years ago)

    Johansen high school is horrible!! for the last three years I have been trying to contact teachers through their e-mails and 'server not available' has always come up. I actually drop mail off at the school and it takes 5 days for a teacher to get back to me!! Teenagers dom't always want to talk to their parents so I was looking forward to The school center feature to keep me informed about assignments due. AWhat a joke!!! Not one of the teachers have entered anything in that space since october and that was one teacher on one day. It is ridiculos!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter changed ever since she's been going to this school. Not in a good way but in a bad way. The staff there have no clue whatsoever on what is going on between students and their peers. This automatically shows how irresponsible it is. I certaintly do not recommend anyone to this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is a Sophomore this school year (06-07). I would have to say that she has shown tremendous growth since her Freshman year. The staff has contributed to her success in many ways. They have dedicated after school hours one-on-one tutoring participated in parent conferences and are constantly encouraging success in her education. The academic programs are great and there are many extracurricular activities for student involvement. When parents become involved the school becomes a better place as I have experienced at JHS. Go Vikings!

  • (8 years ago)

    This was a great school- great music program many sports (olympic size pool) and wonderful teachers. A GATE program for advanced students as well as special ed program.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son has been there for 2 years now and his grades are impressive compared to middle school. I do feel however that the sports coaches are a little on the discriminative side. They just need to give all of the team a chance since that is what it is a team!

  • (9 years ago)

    Even Though Johansen is in a very good location in Modesto I think that it has one of the worst gang problems in Modesto. There are so many diffrent gangs trying to claim Johansen and so many diffrent types of people who go there that they fight each other all of the time. But besides that the teachers are good. Most of them are really to the students. They will tell you how it is. Johansen has a lot of good opt. for the students. Many diffrent programs to choose from. You can go far from a school like this one if you don't get cought up in all of the stupid gang mess.

  • (10 years ago)

    Johansen school has been a great experience. The school appreciates parent involvement. They take very seriously the safety and comfort of my son. They are very helpful and understanding of any problems going out of their way to be there with help and suggestions. They focus on positive encouragement rather than negative threats thereby setting kids up for success rather than failure. The teachers are all high quality and the administration is top notch. I couldn't ask for more. Thank you Johansen. SG

  • (10 years ago)

    I'm a Senior at Johansen High School and I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. The AP classes and teachers really get involved and have a real connection with the students. I love my school!

  • (10 years ago)

    I have 3 children that have attended JHS. All three different and unique. #1 male child great attitude did the work and achieved his goals. #2 male child poor attitude seems to care less about his future makes little or no effort. #3 female child good attitude honest effort struggles with her 'friends' peer pressure. I have contact and involvement with each of their teacher's. All but one teacher have been a sourse of encouragement and help. On any level of help or encouragement the teachers are available. I have utilized the e-mail directory for each and all have responed within 6 hours. I'm impressed. My only big concern is the dress standard for girls that is allowed. Many of these girls are wearing as little as possible. my #2 child states that it is better than looking at a Victoria Secrets catalog. Good luck to the rest of you. I believe that our children ultimately own their failures and their accomplishments.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a 2003 graduate of JHS. My experience was excellent. I feel that I was given an above-average education at Johansen. I always felt safe and cared about. These parents who complain probably have students who simply didn't take advantage of the resources available. My experience with counselors was very good...they were always accomodating to me and my needs.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child has had a nightmare of a time during the 3+ years he's attended. His counselor took a dislike to him and was completely unprofessional in her regulation of his school career. After over a year of wrangling I finally found someone who cares but it's too late and my child is paying for this schools lack of quality professionals. If you have an athlete or genius they will love you. Average students beware!

  • (10 years ago)

    This school has little regard for the student other than as a tool for state funding. If you have a child in athletics they love them. If you have a genius they coddle them. Average children stand no chance at success here.

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