School Details

Nordhoff High School

1401 Maricopa Highway, Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 640-4343
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 900 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Ojai 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
  • Ojai 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
  • Ojai Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Nordhoff High School is a public high school in Ojai. The principal of Nordhoff High School is Greg Bayless, who can be contacted at gbayless@ojaiusd.org. 900 students go to Nordhoff High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 8% of the Nordhoff High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 53% of the 900 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Nordhoff High School is 20:1. Villanova Preparatory 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
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 63%
Hispanic 37% 30%
Asian 3% 2%
Unspecified 2% 2%
Filipino 1.0% 0.5%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1.0%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 2935%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 30%
Limited English proficiency 8% 15%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I really don't like this school. There are way too many students in the classes and if you fall behind you have to fail before they will consider moving you out the class "if there is room in another" or you just get an "F". The STAR football players pass all their classes no matter what and they get away with anything that the rest of us would be suspended for kinda weird. A lot of favoritism in that area. There are some teachers that really do care and spend extra time with struggling students. Other teachers are too busy with their favorites or sports team duties to care. This school is all about winning and if you most kids don't get any playing time.. Sad really. I'd get better people skills being a home schooled kid locked in a basement than trying to be on a sports team at this school. Pathetic!

  • (2 years ago)

    EXCELLENT leadership from both past and present Principals. Great office staff. Very good teachers. AWESOME football team sports theater and music. Despite many cutbacks this school is thriving.

  • (4 years ago)

    Nordhoff High School is a wonderful school. My daughter thoroughly enjoys going there. It has a wonderful music department and theater department. They filmed the movie "Easy A" there. Nordhoff High School rocks!

  • (5 years ago)

    It's safe it's cool to do well in school solid athletics program great teachers happy shiny people smiling lot's of school spirit and pride.

  • (5 years ago)

    Nordhoff High School has the most outstanding music program of any school in the County. Bill Wagner the schools musical director is tops in his field. This school and their music department deserve to be voted the best because they are. Many of the past and present students are headed for outstanding careers in the music industry just because of Bill Wagner and the schools program.

  • (6 years ago)

    Nordhoff is a great school. Both of my daughters graduated from this school with an excellent education. The staff is caring and the facilities are well kept. It amazes me that people spend money sending their children to private schools in our area when they can get a much better education at this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    i go to this school and i hate it so very much it was good in the beginningof my freshman year but as soon as we started getting into the year my grades fell far below average and i had no hope to make it up.i am still at nordhoff and trying to transfer if only there were more high schools in Ojai valley.i hope other students have a better time than i am. The teaches are horrible and nobody seems to care. The class sizes are also wayyy to big(no one on one help from teachers). i really wish i could switch schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    To summarize this school in a few words I would have to say 'lack of care'. This is clearly seen in the poorly thought out schedules and times.

  • (8 years ago)

    I go to nordhoff and I really dont like it. There is a weak selection of electives. School starts way too early I dont see how we are supposed to focus at 7.40 In the morning school should defionatly start later then less people would be tardy and people would find it easier to pay attention and learn what they are supposed to learn. If given the choice I would definatly not stay at this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    In my point of view I took my child out of this high school after her freshman year. The teachers are careless and only care about the pay check.

  • (8 years ago)

    Sorry to inform you that the AVID program is a bust. My childs AVID teachers changed way to often. On a positive note. My child feels prepared and is doing very well at the college level. So I thank Nordhoff for preparing my child and feel sorry for all the kids that were left behind.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teacher corps is as common both good and bad. Most are at least adequate 5-6 are terrific - knowledgeable inspiring and caring several are actively bad and there is apparently no hope of dismissing them. I do not sense a commitment to excellence from the administration Councilors are overburdened and not really helpful getting kids into college. Industrial arts program is almost non-existant. Sports programs are plentiful and well attended. Too many grads are however bitter or angry about their experience. The campus is pleasant and getting nicer. The campus is safe. Over all- an average or better public school. Kids in the middle will do OK. Those at the high and low end of the talent spectrum will need some luck.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school excellent teachers great area!

  • (9 years ago)

    As always the student needs to try to get the most from the school and personal motivation and parental encouragement are big parts of that but it's a good school where kids can learn well if they're motivated.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a small school (1200) with big budget problems and shrinking enrollment. Poor teacher morale makes for unhappy students in some cases. Good choice of AP classes poor choice of electives (especially technology and art). Music & sports programs are excellent. Small community with drug/alcohol problems some gang activity. Check out the private schools in the area before committing to this public one.

  • (9 years ago)

    Horrible school. Class sizes much too large unsatisfactory teachers.

  • (9 years ago)

    The music program is disproportionately large and led by an extremely talented director.

  • (10 years ago)

    I hate this school I go here and it is horrible. The teachers hate everyone and nobody cares. The education is poor. I wish I could go somewhere else.

  • (11 years ago)

    Nordhoff High School is a great school for our kid. It gives a great environment for them to learn but the adminstration need some work I feel it is holding the children back they are just not up to par.

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