School Details

William J. (Pete) Knight High School

37423 70th Street East, Palmdale, CA 93552
(661) 533-9000
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3416 students 22 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 state average

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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

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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
  • Antelope Valley Union High School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

William J. (Pete) Knight High School is a public high school in Palmdale. The principal of William J. (Pete) Knight High School is Will Laird and can be contacted at wlaird@avhsd.org. 3,416 children attend William J. (Pete) Knight High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 14% of the William J. (Pete) Knight High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 71% of the 3,416 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at William J. (Pete) Knight High School is 22:1. Desert Sands Charter 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
  • Latin
  • 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 73% 49%
White, non-Hispanic 6% 25%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 16% 21%
Filipino 1% 2%
Asian 0.9% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 25492%
Unspecified 0.06% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 54%
Limited English proficiency 14% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a parent of a PKHS student and find the school to be good but lacks more attention to students and their learning needs. We need more focus on helping students get ahead and conquer obstacles.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a former student of KHS I graduated in the class of 2008 and I can tell you one simple thing I cannot be more proud to had the chance to attend to this high school the teachers are excellent and are very involve with each student the staff is amazing! I know I have to thank so many teachers and staff for clearing out so many questions I had for supporting me all the way through graduation and for always pushing me forward to become who I am today. KHS is not just a high school its your support group your family part of who you are; By far the best school I had attended (I was a transfer student)! Proud of KHS! Proud to be a Knight!

  • (1 year ago)

    Little to no teacher to parent collaboration. Power school is not kept up to date. Very little homework given if any. Trying to meet with the Principal is like trying to make an appointment with the President of the U.S. (impossible!). No one seems to have any control over what the teachers are doing or what they are not doing in the classroom. Excuse is always the same "because of the "Teacher's Union" there's nothing we can do." Teachers get away with bullying kids. This school along with most of the schools in this district are a joke. Only a minority of students get decent responsible caring teachers who are there to teach. The majority of kids get the complete opposite. Statistics tell the story.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think the teachers and counselors really care and get involved to help the students succeed. They are very easy to get in touch with and will communicate with the parents.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have 2 kids ( 9th & 10th grade ) going to KHS this year and so far things have definitely gone smoother then my experience at LHS previously. I look forward to a successful high school experience for both of my kids and myself as their mother. I would like to say thanks in advance to all the staff and the students for creating a great atmoshpere. "Thank you."

  • (3 years ago)

    Knight High is the first high school east of Sierra Highway to hit a 700 API score infact it hit 714. Of the 8 high schools in the AVUHSD 5 of them are east of Sierra Highway.. and KHS is only 8 years old!!! Way to go Hawks!

  • (4 years ago)

    I attended the Orientation for freshman (class of 2015) and I have to say that I was blown away. From the Knighthawk Band to the graphic and design equipment at the school is state of the art. Head councelor Mr. Hart is amazing in his energy that he shows and his enthusiasm to get the student set up to SUCCEED. As a parent I'm looking forward to my child going to this school and hope to get more parents involved to make this high school #1 in the district and in the Valley.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is the best High Schhol in the AV! GO HAWKS! class of 2014!!!! As a freshman they treat you very well here.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a junior at Pete Knight Highschool. I used to attend Highland Highschool. That school was the worst school ever!!!!! Well in KHS u have excellent teachers great leadership and it's the school of sports!!!! I love it there!!!! The best decision I have ever made!

  • (4 years ago)

    I went to that school all 4yrs and I just graduated in 2009. That school is an amazing school. They have the MOST Amazing Marching Band in the AV. The teachers are amazing there. I had so much fun at the school and I will have many memories to share when I have kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    well im a freshman at knight high but so far this year has been an amazing year. The teachers are very helpful and understanding its a nice environment and well im looking forward to a great year

  • (5 years ago)

    i recently graduated from this school about a year ago and this is probably one of the best schools in the Antelope Valley. The teachers are great and helped me prepare for a four-year university. I am now attending San Francisco State University and I thank all of my teachers because without them I wouldn't be here! School's great sports are not that bad.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was part of the first grad class I went to Pete Knight all 4 years of high school and loved it although my last year there were a lot of fights. There are some really great teachers here I think its one of the better schools in the AV but thats just me. The band is by far the best in the AV and we have the awards and trophies to prove it. Proud member of the DAR!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a grad from this school and I loved it. Though it tends to have a lot of fights it provides the students with great teachers sadly that cant be said about the head faculty since the departure of Mr.Ford. I am currently attending a UC and was offered a full ride to UC Merced I got accepted into CSULA CSUF CSUSB Cal Poly Pomona and my school UC Riverside and I know that I can thank the teacher at khs for this.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Freshman Volleyball team is soo awesome! =D

  • (5 years ago)

    The traffic is a concern...there is no control on how you can safely drop of the kids. The teachers do communicate if they need to if not there is edline of course. Not all teachers keep the grades up on that though. Some teachers don't make contact after the child has fallen behind which is sad. There should be some consistency in the way teachers want to work the edline. The school itself is nice as it is only a few years old.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is for the person who said the city bus does not go to the school. The city bus actually stops right in front of the football field next to one of the schools driveways.

  • (5 years ago)

    The traffic at this school is horrible. Whoever built this school didn't put a whole lot of thought into the traffic pattern. I live less than 6 miles from this school and it takes me almost an hour to get into and out of the school both in the morning and in the afternoon so I spend almost 2 hours driving each day - unacceptable!!! There is little or no communication with the teachers. All they say is check edline. The campus itself is very nice.

  • (5 years ago)

    Its a wonderful school Its the school that has the more helpfull staff and I am really impress by their Marching Band. I will like to see more support from the District specially for this school is just not fear that they have the same amount of security as some of the High School in the District with half the enrollment KHS has over 3 000 students its just not fear for our kids hope this message will get to someone in the District and pray that they will do somehting about it.

  • (5 years ago)

    I LOVE Khs Its the BEST SCHOOL in the AV! The teachers are AWSOME... and the people are cool too.... i cant imagine my self in any other school! graduating class of 2010! =]

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