School Details

John A. Rowland High School

2000 South Otterbein Street, Rowland Heights, CA 91748
(626) 965-3448
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2403 students 22 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
  • Rowland Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John A. Rowland High School is a public high school in Rowland Heights. The principal of John A. Rowland High School is Mitch Brunyer, who can be contacted at rbrunyer@rowland.k12.ca.us. 2,403 children attend John A. Rowland High School and identify as Filipino, Asian, and Hispanic. 12% of the John A. Rowland High School students have "limited English proficiency." 57% of the 2,403 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John A. Rowland High School is 22:1. Rowland Unified Community Day 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
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • 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
Filipino 9% 8%
Asian 44% 21%
Hispanic 40% 61%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.2% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 57% 58%
Limited English proficiency 12% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This school is just not up to par. Many of the teachers are either too insanely difficult or just a plain out pushover. But the worst part of all is the OFFICE LADIES!!! They are the pure definition of rude ill-mannered impudent disrespectful cold-hearted and just plain out loathsome. I wonder why they are so mannerless when speaking to parents. They act as if they absolutely detest their jobs and truthfully I do not know why they are still working here with that sort of attitude. I had an issue occur when my son was not feeling well but I was at work so I asked his grandfather to pick him up for me. They straight out told him no and even after I called the ladies saying that I gave him permission to pick up my son and before I could finish talking they cut me off again and said NO again. Then they started lecturing me on how my son shouldn't be so careless to call his parents to pick him up at school and create so much trouble. Seriously? So I had to get off work early and drive 40 minutes back to Rowland to pick up my son who was running a high fever by then.Seriously these women have no sympathy and just bring down the school's demeanor.

  • (5 months ago)

    I don't know who does the hiring at this school for the front office but they need to re- evaluate their staff. I attended this highschool and now my two son's do. Every time I go in the office for anything its a big run around. They are rude unhelpful and look like they're miserable. My son forgot his book with his homework in it so I wanted to drop it off. I was directed to attendance who didn't even let me finish my sentence before I was rudely told NO!!!!! No professionalism or personality ...look lady if you don't enjoy your job get out of it!!! I was then directed to the secretary who told me I could wait inthe parking lot to give him his book!!! If kids are forgetting their homework don't you think you should put a table or have a system in place so we parents don't " bother" the staff!! I have had many other situations happen and it never seems like anyone in their knows how to do their job with class or a smile!!!!

  • (6 months ago)

    Rude people in the office poor teachers. There may be a lot of alumni but that doesn't make it better.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is not good. Chemistry teachers are mean office is filled with a lot of rude people. Its also filled with alot of people that look at you as a person who is not worth anything. Many people think they're better than you. The district should do something about the situation here. There is no school spirit you have to have good grades to discover what it means to be in the "Raider Family". It's sad seeing people who burly get good grades in school miss the opportunity to have spirit this is basically like racism (if you are black you can't sit infront of the bus). Don't get fooled on this school its a blue ribbon school FROM 1998 which was long time ago.In reality this school is not what it seems to be. I recommend you go to Walnut or Diamond Bar better because here you are going to deal with alot of cruel people. BY THE WAY NOTE THAT THE PREVIOUS RATINGS ARE FROM WAY IN THE PAST THIS IS 2014 IM TALKING ABOUT. So please whoever is reading this dont come to Rowland High School! Do not be the person I was who believed Rowland was good only because of its blue ribbon. Trusth me its really not. My other school was better by far even tho its not a blue ribbon.

  • (1 year ago)

    Overall the school is okay. There are basically three types of teachers the ones who are hardcore and you fail the class but prepares you for college the type that doesn't teach and blames it on you and the type that is all around nice. The campus is crazy with dust flying everywhere and very old. Some classrooms have roofs that are in need of mending. The small theatre (which is the size of two classrooms combined) really needs to be fixed. The poles that hang lighting often fall down and there are termites everywhere. The grass is dead. Students are pretty nice though.

  • (4 years ago)

    From an honors student point of view Although this school is a good school it tends limit your opportunities to explore. The counselors set a strict "plan" of classes for you if you are in the honors program. Most teachers are very good! And some...well I don't know was the school was thinking when they hired them. This school is very small! I mean come on the school's theater is only the size of a couple classrooms. I believe that other districts such as the WVUSD have MANY more opportunities to exceed. But because I live a minute closer to nogales than I do of walnut I have no choice but to drive 15 minutes to this school every morning. I'm just telling the truth. What a student usually wants is to go to a nice good looking school right? Ahh life is fair.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers cares about the kids and they work together with administration and parents

  • (5 years ago)

    Rowland High Schools is one of the best and most most caring schools around the area! The campus is clean most of the teachers are great and there are a variety of sports and clubs that you can join on campus. Not to mention that you can even create your own club. The school is very diverse with a large majority of Asians and Hispanics but also others too! The sports here are great and they just created a new track and football field recently. Lockers here are nice though some are in need of repainting and new doors but they will keep your things safe and are of adequate size. The students around campus are actually pretty nice. Granted there are the occasional mean people but the majority is rather nice and considerate. If you are considering enrollment in this school I as a student would highly recommend it.

  • (6 years ago)

    Principals Staff & Parents. Have open lines of communication. That is why Rowland is such a successful and excellent institution for students to learn.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school great teachers great people. Loved my experience here.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a student I would say that this is a great school. Reading the comments before me I noticed that nobody said the negative aspects. That is why I want to point out some irritating points. #1 There is too much emphasis on thinking maps - especially in the IB program. #2 The lack of funding makes the school look inferiro to other schools (outwardly). #3 There is not enough AP classes. #4 There are too many students per class.

  • (7 years ago)

    John A. Rowland High School is an excellent school. I am a student there now and I believe that a better high school could not be found any where else in America. Although the school lacks funding and is not the richest school around it makes up for it with wonderful teachers and dedicated staffulty. Rowland High School is also really diverse with many different ethnicities and offers many many extra-curricular activities to choose from.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that this school prepared me well for college. The teachers were knowlegeable and enthusiastic.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has great programs and a very supportive staff. Top flight!

  • (9 years ago)

    this is a really good school a school where ur kids will face challenges has great clubs sports and offers many classes. i would rate this school 9 out of 10 because no body is perfect and no school but this is really good the best i consider

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a 2001 graduate from this school. In my honest opinion I believe that this is a really good school. Quality of Academic Programs There are some really good programs such as Business programs where I know lots of friends who attended and continued into Business degrees. Extracurricular Activities Sports was a great experience for me. I joined football for frosh and JV and gained lots of knowledge of the game teammwork and confidence. All in all I do highly recommend this school. There are a lot of times where I can reflect back to my high school days and use the knowledge gained in my current

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter Ana Kristine graduated last 2002. This June she will graduate at UC-Irvine with the degree of Bachelor of Art major in Philosophy Cum Laude. My husband and I would like to thank the staff the counselor the faculty members and all those who inspired my daughter to aim high and set high goals in her studies/life. According to her Rowland High did give her the training needed to perform better in college. Special thanks to all her teachers among others Mr. Gasca Mr. Gardner Ms. Valera her P.E science teachers year book adviser and all others whom we cannot remember the names yet as deserving. We are beyond words we cannot thank you enough. The least we can do is to let others know how good all of you are. Again thank you.

  • (10 years ago)

    A very wide range of selection of classes from the entertainment industry to the art industry. All its classes are uniquely designed to fit your childs need.

  • (11 years ago)

    My oldest son graduated with honors form John A. Rowland High School and was accepted to various major universities when he applied during his senior year. He is getting ready to graduate from UCLA with a Psychology Major and plans to continue with Pre-Med at the same school for a later M.D. and specialty in Psychiatry. My second son graduated with honors International Bachelorean classes in 2003 and was accepted at various Major Universities as well. He is currently a Private Cadet at United States Military Academy West Point New York where he is enjoying the products of higher education thanks to John A. Rowland High School My daughter is currently a Junior at John A. Rowland High School and plans to graduate in 2005 and later go to a four year University where I am pretty sure she'll be prepared as well as my sons were. Overall Rowland High School is a great school and I am very proud of all achievements and memories that we share as a community and as a family cross country track and field pageantry swimming water polo model United Nations marching band orchestra are only a few of the extra-curriculum activities that my children participated during their high school years.

  • (11 years ago)

    We are new to this school with a freshman just beginning this year. I am very impressed so far with accessibility of teachers and staff not only through email but in person. This year is the first back to school night with much effort on the school's part to make communication important something missing from our Jr. High school. So far we love Rowland!

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