School Details

Monrovia High School

845 West Colorado Boulevard, Monrovia, CA 91016
(626) 471-2800
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1711 students 21 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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  • Monrovia Unified 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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  • Monrovia Unified 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
  • Monrovia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Monrovia High School is a public high school in Monrovia. The principal of Monrovia High School is Kirk McGinnis, who can be contacted at mcginnis@monroviaschools.net. 1,711 students attend Monrovia High School and are mostly Hispanic, Filipino, and Asian. 5% of the Monrovia High School students have "limited English proficiency." 53% of the 1,711 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Monrovia High School is 21:1. Calvary Road Baptist Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 58% 55%
Filipino 3% 2%
Asian 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 9%
Multiracial 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 5952%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.06% 5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 49%
Limited English proficiency 5% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    I have two children at MHS. Overall the teachers are excellent and I find that the staff is very responsive and easy to work with when I have had issues/concerns that need to be addressed. The school does a phone blast every week so the families know up and coming events deadlines etc and Schooloop sends me an update DAILY at 5 00 PM so I know if my children are missing assignments or if they have important tests coming up. I attended a parent evening/community evening and I was just blown away at the work the school is doing with social services Monrovia Police Department and other groups to make our town a great place to grow up in. A few years back there were some real tragedies with teens at MHS and the school did some real soul searching and they have really worked hard to make the school a place where students feel safe and welcomed. Just as in any school you DO need to be involved and on top of things. Working with the school as a team makes all the difference. For those students who do not have a good foundation I recommend that ALL teachers work with a positive behavior support plan. ALL students even the goofballs need the best we can give them.

  • (11 months ago)

    New math teachers are great. Glad to see the reboot of AP Statistics. Some older teachers need to go the ones that fail almost their entire classes. Very football centric school and a clean place mostly free of issues. 1/2 the people are smart and aim toward college another 1/4 are average and will work or go to college and 1/4 we hope get football scholarships or just leave. A nice overall place though masa is mostly a sham(glorified field trip program)

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is average at best. As a parent I find some teachers want all students to learn and several do not. Many teachers lecture every lesson everyday. My son finds several of his classes boring and tedious. The teachers that interact with him are the ones he loves best but that is only 2 out of 6. I expected more. There seems to be a lot of disorganization in the administrative office and the counseling office. It takes forever to speak to someone and get help for your child. Even when I do get through to someone no one does anything about the problems and they just get worse. There is a new principal and many new administrators in the district and it appears there is no vision or direction for the school. My son is often confused about who to go to and is sent to three different offices with no help. The school seems to have a negative vibe to it this year that was not there before. I am a newer parent and attend different meetings for my son and parent participation is poor. However so is the communication to parents. I'm hoping a strong leader helps steer the school in the new common core or I'll probably have to move my son out.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a public High School grades 9-12 located in Monrovia California. The school offers a full range of academic classes along with afterschool programs video production interleague varsity and JV sports performing arts and ROP. They also offer an excellent honors Math and Science Academy Program.

  • (1 year ago)

    we started with MH last year and we had a good year. No problems. and some of the Teachers were very encouraging to my daughter.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child is a part of the new Math and Science Academy at MHS. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of his education. The pre-AP and honors classes he has taken have been excellent. The guest speaker series for the Math and Science Academy has been excellent with speakers from JPL industry and academics sharing their scientific career paths. The band program is excellent. The school has been improving and it appears that it will continue to do so in the future.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a senior at Monrovia High I have mixed feelings about my time here. Outside of AP classes the regular classes at MHS are dumbed down to a level that fails to challenge gifted students. I find that teachers at our school are mixed you will find some outstanding ones and some horrible teachers. Athletic facilities at our school are outdated but they are currently undergoing construction with the passage of a new bond plan.

  • (6 years ago)

    Monrovia High School is the absolute best! Even though its kind of boring at lunch the academic classes and just every class overall is GREAT! I know these 4 years are SO going to be worth it. The teachers are really easy to get along whereas the students aren't but you'll learn to cope trust me<<<<-----its a good school way better than any other schools. [

  • (6 years ago)

    I have just started Monrovia High School and already I know it is going to be a great experience. The band program is getting better and I'm happy to be a part of it. ]

  • (6 years ago)

    I must say honestly that Monrovia High School is great. The staff does interact with the students and the atmosphere is very positive and laid-back. I am going to graduate from MHS on June 11 2008 and I am proud to represent such a great school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Ridiculous administation. Parents must contact councelors to get their attention or else they rarely see the students.

  • (7 years ago)

    All three of my children have attended MHS. Overall it has been an unsatisfactory experience. The counselors up until this year have never paid any attention. And we have always tried to be 'in touch' with the staff. I must say I am happy that this will be our last year. Aside from a handful of teachers and the same of the office staff it would be terrific for future students to have a revamped staff.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a graduate of MHS I must say that it is a great school to attend. Though the Academic Curriculum may be shallow and lacking college level challenges there is so much to learn about life at MHS. The key to making Monrovia High School work for you is to get involved. There are so many different things to do outside of education and sports and perhaps most importantly the diversity of people and cultures teaches a student tolerance and they learn about other cultures through the schools Cultural Diversity programs and assemblies. MHS is great school for any student who wants to live life and for any parent who wants their child not only to learn educationally but to also learn valuable life skills. -Darryl

  • (7 years ago)

    Monrovia High has quite a bit to improve on...It needs a fresh new group of energetic teachers which would be a great asset to the students as well as the parents. I have three students attending and we are considering relocating. Not satisfied.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has been great for my child helpful staff and friendly teachers. Great band director and booster club.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a student of Monrovia High and overall I have had a great experience. I find there to be a diversity of activities people and elective courses at MHS; I have had a handful of highly motivational teachers during my four years; I have always felt safe and comfortable on the beautiful campus; and I have taken part in one of the best video production and drama departments in the area. My biggest complaint is that I feel academically unchallenged in most of the regular courses and find the Advanced Placement courses to be less that college level. Ultimately however it is more of an issue of the shallow state-curriculum and lack of parental support; I don't blame Monrovia teachers completely. Ultimately if I had a child I would send them to Monrovia.

  • (9 years ago)

    Monrovia could improve their academic programs and parent follow up. I found that once I started an inquiry about my child the administrators initially reacted but then follow up slacks off. Extracurricular activities are about average. Parent involvement is a positive aspect of the school. Most events are well attended and the community is also involved with each school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Monrovia High School currently lacks a effective math and science program and requires only 2 years of math and science. Additionally my son complains about the lack of academic programs and has displayed outrage about the how teacher is giving 6th grade work. Parent involovement is quite low and most parents are not aware about their child's teachers. Overall I am very disappointed about this school and I plan to send my child to private school next year.

  • (9 years ago)

    Few academic programs. Small availability of any arts or sciences programs. Programs heavily fun sports. Parent involvement adequate.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school is wonderful. Nestled in the foothills of Monrovia is my high school alma mater. Monrovia high school is absolutely wonderful. They have a aquatic team and outstanding softball baseball and track team not to mention a fabulous chior. The athletics are great but the teachers are what make Monrovia High School stand out. The current staff are all residents of the San Gabriel valley and some of the new and younger staff are even former students who can related to the teen-agers of today. If your looking for a down home old fashion school to have your child go to and your a very involved parent who enjoys being a participant in your child's learning and athletic abilities this is the school for you!

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