AHS has many great programs that support students of all interests. Athletics, Academics, and Arts are all supported by the school and district.
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Posted by a parent on 05/28/12
AHS has numerous advanced placement classes, a great teaching staff, and student access to classes at Humboldt State University. About 95% of the 2010 graduating class went on to secondary education from Harvard on down to community college.
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Posted by a parent on 06/30/10
pulled our child out of this school, poor climate, not supprtive admin and careless attitude about well being of students
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Posted by a parent on 05/13/09
I have been going to AHS for 4 years and it is definitely one of the safer schools compared to even middle schools. Academically, the programs offered are exceptional. It is just the lack of interest from students that give people the wrong impression. The number of AP students compared to average is
... Read more laughable. Some of the teachers do take sports more seriously than academics. Read less
Posted by a student on 11/26/07
My daughter has gone to Arcata High School for three years and I believe that it is the best school in the area. My 3 other children all attended different schools and Arcata High can not even be compared to them. Arcata High has the best test scores of the area, a supportive administration that helped
... Read more her through difficult times, Many beneficial AP classes and supreme teachers, an excellent discipline system, succesful sports teams, great school spirit, and after school activities and clubs that keep her involved with her school. On top of all of this the school has just been W.A.S.C. accredited, a long and difficult process that required much feedback from students, teachers, and parents. Read less
Posted by a parent on 04/04/07
Arcata High school has many gifted students. There are talented music groups, smart students, and people of all interests.
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Posted by a student on 08/28/05
Both my daughters chose to leave Arcata High due to poor academic quality and lack of control of students in class by teachers. The administration was not supportive of adaptations for one child's physical disabilities. We were terribly disappointed overall.
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Posted by a parent on 04/20/05
I left AHS after two years. The administration is inflexible and adversarial. Athletic achievement is valued over academic achievement, and the overall climate is conservative and anti-intellectual. Though there are some excellent teachers, overall academic quality is poor (as is advising). The social
... Read more atmosphere is equally lacking, and the school does little to discourage harassment and bullying. My experience at Arcata High was disappointing, to say the least, and I do not regret my decision to leave prematurely one bit. Read less
Posted by a former student on 04/20/05
My son left Arcata High after two years to attend a charter school. Although his first year was challenging and college preparatory, his second year was not,except for one class. A particular problem was the CPM math program, which prospective parents should research on the internet. It produces the
... Read more lowest California Standards test scores in the area. The administration is quite rigid in requiring all students to study this 'new age' group math. Parents of high achieving students often say that their their student attends Arcata for the sports or music opportunities. The track program is the best, with an inspirational coach. However, considerable numbers of high achieving non sports students leave each year for charter schools, and many never even consider Arcata High after eighth grade. To stop this leakage, AHS has just establishid its own charter school, which some students and parents are saying is more of the same. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/10/04
I pulled my son out of AHS after his Freshman year. He was bullied daily, and the administration has instilled a climate of fear among the teachers which paralyzed them and prevents them from effectively assisting children deal with it. While many fine teachers work at AHS, the administration is of
... Read more very poor quality. The principal's reputation of dishonesty is deserved in our experience. For very athletic students, this school could work, as the focus is certainly there rather than on quality academics. Read less
* 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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Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Anatomy/Physiology, Science
Computer Programming, General
Orchestra, Music, Choral, Band
Social Studies / Social Sciences
American History, World History, Economics, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology
German, Spanish, French, Foreign Language
Drama, Fine Arts
Social Studies, Science, Math, English
Vocational Education, Auto Mechanics, Health, Phys Ed, Agriculture Education
Early Childhood Special Needs, Life Skills, Speech/Language Pathologists
Statistics, Algebra, Math
English / Language Arts
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AP classes are college-level classes offered at the high school level. Once a student completes an AP class and passes a final comprehensive examination conducted by the College Board, the student earns college credit for the course. AP classes are specific and not to be confused with other higher-level classes such as honors classes.
"Extended day" programs where the school day is extended before and after school to accommodate working parents. These programs should not be confused with common after school clubs or athletic activities.
Gifted and Talented
A school system may identify 10% to 15% or more of its student population as gifted and talented. A brief description of each area of giftedness or talent as defined by the Office of Gifted and Talented:
general intellectual ability or talent - high intelligence test score (usually two standard deviations above the mean), and high levels of vocabulary, memory, abstract work knowledge and abstract reasoning;
specific academic aptitude or talent in one area such as mathematics or language arts;
creative and productive thinking, the ability to produce new ideas;
leadership ability, the ability to direct individuals or groups to a common decision or action;
visual and performing arts, special talents in visual art, music, dance, drama, or other related studies;
psychomotor ability, such as practical, spatial, mechanical, and physical skills.
Vocational and/or technical courses offered within a comprehensive school, usually a senior high school.
Special Education Classes
A school or program within a school that provides services and training to students with moderate to severe mental and/or physical disabilities.
Adult Education Classes
Programs offering GED or equivalent courses for adults within regular schools, whether classes are held during evening or daytime schedules.
English as Second Language
English language classes for students whose first language is not English.
Arcata schools — Arcata High School is located at 1720 M St, Arcata CA 95521. 1720 M St is in the 95521 ZIP code in Arcata, CA The school district for Arcata High School is the Northern Humboldt Union High School District. Arcata High School is a Public school that serves grade levels 9 - 12.
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