Villa Park High School

18042 Taft Avenue, Villa Park, CA 92861
(714) 532-8020
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Public Grades 9-12 2497 students 24 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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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
  • Orange Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Villa Park High School is a public high school in Orange. The principal of Villa Park High School is Edward Howard, who can be contacted at ehoward@orangeusd.org. 2,497 children attend Villa Park High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Villa Park High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 29% of the 2,497 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Villa Park High School is 24:1. Lutheran High School of Orange County is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 42% 36%
Hispanic 40% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 10% 10%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.5% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 35%
Limited English proficiency 6% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We heard good things about this school when we moved to Orange but it has not lived up to our expectations. The standards of science teaching needs to improve greatly. The teachers seems to be comfortable in their positions and are satisfied with making sure the district requirements are met but learning is a lot more than just satisfying minimum requirements. In Physics a lot of the learning was from youtube videos and video taped lectures from the teacher -- we could do that home why we need to go to school for that? In geometry it was the 1st time for the teacher who struggled with the material himself and was quick to blame the students when they did poorly. The counselor could definitely do better than just making sure the schedule is correct -- counselors need to inspire students to strive harder and do their best to reach their potential. Just treating this job as a 8 - 4 office job that brings in a paycheck will not breed enthusiasm in students.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is great! Staff is good but can be better and schools sports are great as well. Improvements around the school would be appreciated as it needs updating.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers at VP are amazing. If you reach out and show them you are partners with them in your child's education they are there for you in any way to help your child succeed. The Principal and his staff are marvelous and supportive as well as is the Counseling staff.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am extremely disappointed in the disarray of the Villa Park high school aquatic center the pool is in desperate need of refurbishing and I do not think it is up to the parents to be part of a booster club to raise all of the money. The schools generally is well known for academics and it's high standards for teachers. However the school is in great Need of serious construction and refurbishing of ceilings that are falling down bathroom fixtures that no longer work and kids get splinters by sitting on the wooden benches

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to Villa Park for my freshman year of high school and about a month for my sophomore year before I transferred to another school. My experience there was not that good but not that bad. I had french my freshman year and the teacher was really nice. But she wouldnt really teach us anything. We would always copy down stuff that she wrote on the board but she wouldn't explain. The counselor there wasn't that much help compared to the counselor I have now. I really don't think the students are that friendly. You pretty much hang out with the people your own race.

  • (3 years ago)

    GREAT SCHOOL!! My son is a freshman on the football team...that just won League & in the band...that ranks at the top in the State! Go Spartans!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am currently a student in Villa Park. I have Tourette Syndrome. I find Villa Park a great school. The kids are nice. The teachers are great (I have all honors classes). The only problem I have is the special needs program. The advocates are great but the counselors quite frankly only work to get their pay are lazy and don't care at all about any of their students. You have to have an IEP and get assigned to an advocate to get any help from the school. If the counselors actually did their job this school would get an easy five stars.

  • (4 years ago)

    Villa Park does not have the best environment that's suited for learning. From experience the students here are not friendly nor do they get along with other students easily.

  • (5 years ago)

    VPHS has some serious problems when it comes to teachers. Mainly the French program is horrible due to an incompetent and lazy instructor who seems not to care at all whether the students learn or not. Many of the teachers are disorganized and lack true professional and vocational qualities. Most of the teachers seem to teach only for the money - they do not seem motivated at all. There is very little parent involvement. The principle seems to try hard to please everyone but ultimately there is very little action from his part. The only good thing about it is the HONORS Science department.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Villa Park High School and i have to say that it was a truly bad experience for me. I took many classes such as AP Honors etc. and one thing all the teachers have in common is laziness and just horrid teaching skills. Probably 3/4th of the teachers should be fired. The teachers i have had throughout my years did not at all care for their students but care about getting the day over with. Most teachers just put movies as their lessons; while some didn't even know how to orally teach the class without reading from the book directly. In addition they gave too much homework its ridiculous especially in AP classes. The students weren't too bad it was just the environment inside the classroom and the horrid teachers. VPHS should really start evaluating its teachers more frequently and randomly to see the real truth.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am currently a student at Villa Park High School and have had the best expirence of my life. Personaly the school isnt the best in the district but i do not think you will be disapointed if you or your child attends. The ASB program was impecable and the last years ASB president Jeff did an amazing job. Although he did not finish his term the ASB still was awsome. I was in Cross Country and not impressed by the main coach but the assistant coaches were awesome i still love running. in the end the school set me up for live and i am thankful i went there

  • (6 years ago)

    VPHS has an excellent band and music program. The school has great school spirit and is a safe and good place for kids to learn and prepare for college and beyond.

  • (6 years ago)

    I graduated from VPHS in 2004 and went on to graduate from UC Berkeley in 2008. VPHS has a wide breadth of AP courses and excellent honors course teachers that I would highly recommend. This is definitely a good school for honors students.

  • (6 years ago)

    I currently have 1 at VPHS and 2 that have graduated. School is overall good but there are some teachers who are worthless. The administration is very helpful at solving issues you just have to be determined.

  • (6 years ago)

    Academically very challenging if your child is an honors or AP student. If you child is a good student but not gifted there is no special placement for them. They are put in classes with behavior problems and kids who don't care about school. I think you would get an inferior education compared to private schools if you are an average student. The counselors are not very accessible to parents and can be intimidating to the kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    I currently just finished my first year at Villa Park. As an honors student I felt that I was definently challenged though the couselors give very little attention about your schedule needs and the students going into AP classes. The sports teams and extracurriculars are amazing and there are many opportunities. However if you are a student of lower class you might feel a little out of place.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am a former student and I loved this school. Most of the faculty is amazing full of caring individuals. Of course there are many that are downright awful and the counselors make your life exceedinly difficult. However lots of spirit lots of activities chances to get involved and nice assemblies.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am currently sending my 2nd daughter through this school and not impressed this time either. My 1st daughter was a 4 year varsity soccer player so she slipped by because she was liked by the teachers. My 2nd daughter was straight A's at CV and went down to C's and D's at Villa Park. I left many messages with teachers and only received one call back out of at least 6 to 8 messages and 3-4 emails. No effort to keep her on tract from the teachers. Very disturbing if you ask me. I am probably not going to send my 3rd girl to VP. Also the cheer program is all political.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am not a parent but instead a former student who is now attending a state university. I feel that Villa Park has many great things to offer students. The teaching staff is almost always willing to help struggling students the Student Government (ASB) and athletics keep your child involved. I went into highschool as a B average student and improved to about a B+ A- student by the time I graduated. Although everything sounds great there are always places to improve on. Counselors are hard to reach they don't respond to phone calls so just march in and ask for an appointment. Also if your child is severly struggling contact the teacher as soon as possible because they take a while to get back to you.

  • (8 years ago)

    Villa Park High School is an excellent school. They pay attention to the students who have a future and work hard like the honors and AP students.

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