School Details

Hiram W. Johnson High School

6879 14th Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820
(916) 277-6300
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1653 students 18 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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  • Sacramento City 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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  • 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
  • Sacramento City Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hiram W. Johnson High School is a public high school in Sacramento. The principal of Hiram W. Johnson High School is Felisberto Cedros and can be contacted at felisbce@scusd.edu. 1,653 students go to Hiram W. Johnson High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 27% of the Hiram W. Johnson High School students have "limited English proficiency." 91% of the 1,653 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Hiram W. Johnson High School is 18:1. St Francis High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • 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 7% 21%
Hispanic 43% 33%
Asian 29% 20%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% %
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 14% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 47559%
Filipino 0.5% 1%
Unspecified 0.1% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91% 65%
Limited English proficiency 27% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I use to be a student in 97 and ive notice a huge change from when i went here and i havent heard anything bad coming from this school not like when i went there Johnson was always on the news and not becuz of something good. But we have to remember its up to the students if they want to learn or not and how they act in school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a son is attending to 10th grade this year to Hiram W. Johnson High school he like it is not bad what everyone say it has improve the student and the teacher willing to do right! Us parent are trying to get a PTA member to get more parent and student to help out the school and keep it safety and security. I like the how the school are getting more by langues to come together. We can o help the family come in one to bring there student to school in the same district. Principal and teacher should get more invold with the student and get to know them and instead stair a type them how they walk talk and dress it about education and who wants to lean and be somebody in there life going to school with out student in school teacher will not get paid. We are going to have more communication for the student and parent and teacher and principal to come together and hear everyone voice to be heard! Thank you!

  • (1 year ago)

    I've attended Hiram Johnson for one year now as a Junior now a senior. I previously went to a very "High ended" high school on the East Coast in North Carolina. The community and population is very different to me it is more cultural and honestly I was culture shocked when first moving here. I am an Asian who was raised in a mainly white community and it was very different for me. Despise the horrible rumors about Hiram Johnson I attended and I'm glad I did. I'm a young girl who is pursuing a medical career and Hiram Johnson has given me the opportunity to visit multiple medical sites receive hands on training and to even meet many inspirational medical icons. The education here is wonderful as long as you know or have an idea of who you would like to be in the future. Some rumors are true it all depends on who you decide to group yourself with.

  • (3 years ago)

    Dr.OZ has visited Hiram Johnson because of Mr. Vidovich and his third period English class.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a sophmore at HJHS. Many people say that Hiram Johnson Highschool is a bad school just because of the reputation of many bad kids fights and many other things and issues. This is FALSE. If you actually take a chance and come to this school its a very good school. They teach you the same thing like any other highschools around us. Every teacher has their own way of teaching. The only thing that is backing Hiram Johnson Highschool down is the different administration. Last year when i was a freshman the school was good. I knew many different teachers who supported me and welcomed me. On top of that the administration was very different. Its not because of the student's reputation or the teachers. The only reason why teachers are teaching like this is because of the administarion and because they DO NOT want to loose their jobs. This year half the teachers i knew were fired BECAUSE OF THE STUDENT'S STATE TEST. The only reason why our school is in the top 10 of the WORST SCHOOLS is because of the state tests grades and the administration. If you have never went to HJHS then you wouldn't know the difference between now and 10 years ago.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am SO happy with the curriculum and programs at HJHS. I have two children there and they're very happy and excited about school! When we first moved to Sacramento my daughter was just finishing middle school. Upon entering high school she fed into HJHS however she wanted to go to another school so we transferred and her grades went down horribly. Now that she's back at HJHS I can't tell you how much she's excelling in all her classes! She's involved in so many activities. My son just started high school. He also goes to HJHS. They are doing so well and are so engaged in clubs athletics and their classes! I truly believe that with the sense of caring they're receiving from the teachers and program sponsors they've become exceptional students. If I knew what I know now we would've never left!

  • (4 years ago)

    We had tried to get my son in to McClatchy through a transfer but they were so behind in paperwork that they let us know he got in during the middle of the second week of school. By that time my son was enjoying Johnson! Comparing the staff at the two schools is like apples to oranges. Johnson has been caring involved and motivated. I even got a call from one of his teachers last night just saying how glad she is that he's in his class and what a good kid he is. I'm so glad he chose Johnson!

  • (5 years ago)

    HJHS has a bad reputation from it's past but in recent years has really made huge strides in progress. The teachers and administrators are constantly seeking ways to better the school and improve the community there.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am an incoming senior at Hiram Johnson High School and i have no regrets about coming here. When i started out my freshmen year i had the opportunity to go to CKM or Christian Brothers however i ended up coming to Hiram Johnson. At first i was like man i dont want to go there. However after settling in for a couple of weeks i realized that it wasnt such a bad school over all.. The Staff are really inspring and motivating role models. There are man unique teachers here. However one bad thing about this school is the lack of desire students have to succeed. They were born raised in struggling conditions. What i dont like is how Hiram Johnson is criticized for being such a bad school when we are the ones that have to deal with the most adversities.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a senior at HJHS. There are many teachers that are horrible and a few really good teachers. I am very active in her life and try to interact regularly with staff/admin. Many welcome this but a few resent my participation. There should be better standards for the school administration including teachers. There should be ongoing training and screening not just for current teachers but substitutes as well. Just because you received your teaching credentials 20 years ago doesn't necessarily mean you are up to date and capable of interacting with the youth of today.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter is currently a junior at HJHS. Although the administration clearly has good intentions some of the most academically challenged kids are still falling through the cracks. There is virtually no parent communication and absolutely no parent participation. Some of the staff have a complete and total disregard for underachievers. If you are located in this school's boundaries I would think long and hard before I decided to send my child to HJHS.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from Johnson high 2 years ago. The school was undergoing alot of changes my last two years there but overall I had a good experience and I am currently going to a university. I will be honest the school can definately use some improvement in both the curriculum and the individuals they staf but people are not perfect. The one thing I can say is that I do not regret my decision to stay at Johnson insteat of transferring when we moved out of the district

  • (8 years ago)

    I am a student at Hiram Johnson Hugh School and I dont think that the school is very bad. I think that there can be better staff but the school builds alot of character for students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Hiram Johnson has such wonderful students who deserve the best. Unfortunately because many of them come from homes that are not middle or upper class the school does not have the same funds to provide them the same opportunities as schools in upper class neighborhoods. Lack of support makes it difficult for teachers to retain their dedication and commitment in the district when they are told their hard work does not matter in the form of a lay off notice. Hopefully the school will be able to retain its high quality teachers. The students deserve the best.

  • (9 years ago)

    Wonderful friendly feel to the campus despite a facility in need of renovation. Students very cohesive and inclusive towards one another. Lots of afterschool clubs.

  • (9 years ago)

    I know the state makes the kids test but I wish they had classes to learn a trade and get an apprenticeship when they graduate.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have heard bad rumors about Hiram Johnson but I believe those to be only rumors. It seems like the press over emphasize the bad things that happen and don't cover all the wonderful things that are going on at Hiram Johnson. I think that if the community becomes involved in the school even more then that bad press will hopefully end. The kids might have a better ourlook on the school and care more about taking care of it rather than 'living up to' that bad reputation.

  • (11 years ago)

    I wasn't fond of sending my son to Johnson I didn't hear anything nice about the school so I made a deal with my son the first bad thing that happens I will pull him out. My son loves it there he likes all his teachers and Mrs. Lafoya. Not saying the school doesn't have there problems but all schools do and this one came a long way and still has a ways to go but my son has good friends he is on the football team and honor roll!

  • (11 years ago)

    I think this schools has a big gang problem my kid is very scared to attend that school so I put him in home studies. I give that school a f-. the teachers are bad to they dont listen to the students when they have problems with there work. I am really upset with this school. I think the best think for it is to close it its a waste of the taxs payers money a good for nothing school.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school has improved over the past three years. There is a new principal there and she is doing a great job so far. My son's counselor (Joann Richardson) is the greatest she has helped my son Stuart...she found him something he wanted to do in life (become a fireman). Thank you so much Mrs. Richardson and staff!

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