School Details

Rancho Cucamonga High School

11801 Lark Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
(909) 989-1600
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 3245 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 2012-2013 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 High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Chaffey Joint Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rancho Cucamonga High School is a public high school in Rancho Cucamonga. The principal of Rancho Cucamonga High School is Virginia Kelsen, whose e-mail is virginia_kelsen@cjuhsd.net. 3,245 students attend Rancho Cucamonga High School and identify mostly as Asian, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 2% of the Rancho Cucamonga High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 35% of the 3,245 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Rancho Cucamonga High School is 23:1. Los Osos High 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
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 4%
Hispanic 43% 57%
Multiracial 4% %
Filipino 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 27% 22%
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.4% 4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35% 34%
Limited English proficiency 2% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    I am Rancho Alumni of 2014. My time at Rancho was awesome. Rancho is unique because it has a self sufficient culture of kindness and prosperity. All the students want their classmates to succeed and are willing to help. The social aspect is great. There are plenty of students who are just looking for friends and anybody new to meet. If your child finds them self in a situation where their friends aren't being so friendly there are many opportunities to walk away and meet new people. The Academics are the only drawback while they had (in my years) the best english and history departments in the county.. their math and science departments are sub par to say the least. I am a numbers man myself and I found it much more difficult to grasp important concepts that I would be using throughout my math career. That is my only issue with this school. All in all Rancho is a great school with many different opportunities to succeed. Your child will love it there guaranteed. and if they don't then they aren't trying hard enough.

  • (8 months ago)

    This school is great in everyday. well disciplined and well mannered students decent student appearance so does their teachers and staffs. Students are well engaged in their school activities. School security and police are very visible and helpful in both students and Parents. I will definitely have all my kids finish their high school in here.

  • (9 months ago)

    My son absolutely loves this school it's a friendly campus with teachers that seem to truly care about the students New principal and he is so fun and involved with the kids. I'm in the process of moving and doing everything in my power to insure I can keep my child at Rancho.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is good but still trails in it's API scores and has been second to Los Osos High the past 4 years my son has been in high school. I did not like the environment and took my kids up the street to the new school Los Osos. My son now attends UC irvine.

  • (1 year ago)

    Rancho Cucamonga High School is a wreck. Unsafe racist poor academics. The principal has lost control.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has attended Rancho Cucamonga High all four years I love this school the best choice I have ever made for my son future the best experience for both my son and I just a great school in the IE.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been going to this school since my 2nd Semester of Sophmore year in 2012. So far the school has been very helpful and improves it's system each day. The whole staff is wonderful.

  • (2 years ago)

    There are a lot of clubs and activities to cover a wide variety of students interests. Excellent school spirit. Administrative Staff is visible daily throughout the campus. The Office Staff is very friendly and helpful. The Counselors truly care about the students. The school has a large student body but surprisingly the Administrators seem to know most of the students by name and who their friends are. Teachers are hit and miss. Some go above and beyond to reach their students and are amazing. Others appear to be burnt out and have lost focus. They need to re-evaluate why they became educators in the first place. If teachers aren't reaching their students it's time to try a different approach. Not all students learn in the same way. The school has a great online communication tool so parents/students can track their progress. When asking why all teachers don't post grades and information I was told it is "not in their contract" so they don't have to. It is frustrating when the school provides this tool and it isn't used. The school offers free tutoring. If you get good teachers your child will bloom. If you get one of the others It will be a long year.

  • (2 years ago)

    Moving to California from the MidWest we really expected more when everyone bragged so much about the schools. The teachers are more focused on careers and administration paychecks. It all looks good and they have everything in place to be the best but drop the ball when it comes to inspiring students. They would rather crush them to make it look like it is hard than teach them and help them achieve difficult goals. Really miss the MidWest teachers that really care and make high school a prep for college than pretending they are one.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter has attended this school for 3 years now. She takes honors and AP classes and her teachers have been great for the exception of two. For the most part teachers seem to care for the students and will tutor them if needed. I like the diversity in the students and there are also clubs for pretty much anything your child is interested in. If your kid is into sports they have good athletic programs. Overall I am happy with the quality of education she is getting here. I actually belong to another school district but she likes her school so much that we drive 20 minutes each way. Rancho is a great school with good teachers and staff.

  • (3 years ago)

    I LOVED RCHS for my son. He made great friends and had wonderful teachers. A few teachers were a bit strange but you find that everywhere. We will miss Mr. Oduro for our younger boys since he left to a new school. He was a great leader and the kids loved him. We feel very lucky to be at RCHS and can feel our kids are in a safe and nurturing public high school. Not an easy thing to find in Southern California!

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to this school for only three months but I have to say that it is the best school in California. The students are friendly and the staff is always there to help. They have outstanding sports and teachers. The teachers that i had were the best that Rancho had.And i give everyone at Rancho a big hand for another outstanding year. keep up the great work. You stay classy Rancho.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a number 1 rankekd school in the whole entire state from its acedemics sports and its outrages SPIRIT. This school is currently neck-to-neck with its rivalry school Los Osos. They both are fine schools in the whole area but by anyone who lives around here knows that Rancho Cucamonga High School is a much much better high school for students to attend. In 2010 RCHS had an API score of 817 now with the students and staff committing to this school they saw a 19 point gain in their API score for 2011 which is 836. LOHS had an API score of 840 in 2010 now they had a decrease in their test score which is now 837 in 2011. Rancho Cucamonga High School and Los Osos High School both have the highest API score's in the entire Inland Empire. With the improvement at RCHS there API score is set to fly this upcoming year and pass LOHS's API score. They both are good schools but by anyone in this area Rancho Cucamonga High School would be the best pick in a school for your student to attend to.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have only had grief with this school. You have to know to ask for everything. They volunteer zero information. My kids are getting an education but not without major parental guidance and protection.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our third child to attend RCHS in the past ten years. We are as pleased with Rancho this year as we were when we began. Mr. Oduro is an amazing leader who values his students and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love going to this school. It's pretty cool and the teachers are pretty smart.(

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has been succeeding all year round and I love being here. =)

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a senior and will be graduating in May. Great teachers and great counselor Mr. Allan.

  • (6 years ago)

    An excellent high school enviorment for young scholars to learn.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is a 9th grader who has always struggled in school. I advised my sons counselor upon enrollment as well as his teachers at open house. They all immediately stepped in and provided me with resources for him and in-school parenting classes for me. Thx RCHS

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