School Profiles


WHITNEY HIGH SCHOOL

16800 Shoemaker Avenue, Cerritos, California 90703

Phone: (562) 926-5566 ext. 22300 Fax: (562) 926-2751

www.whitneyhs.org    CEEB code: 050526

21st Century National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence

1987 – 1991 – 1998 – 2008 – 2011 – 2014

 

Principal - Mr. John Briquelet - john.briquelet@abcusd.us

Assistant Principal - Dr. Larry Natividad - larry1.nataividad@abcusd.us

Dean of Students - Mr. Craig Spratt - spratt@abcusd.us

School Counselor - Ms. Daniel Velez - 

School Counselor - Kate West -

Student Advisor -Ms. Sunny Yun - yun@abcusd.us

 

Vision Statement

 

Whitney High School strives to develop intrinsically motivated, collaborative learners who approach their education purposefully and creatively by taking ownership of their learning to become responsible, innovative global citizens.

 

  Whitney High School (WHS) is a suburban, public, college-preparatory middle and high school serving students throughout the ABC Unified School District.  WHS consists of 1010 students in grades 7-12, with a 2018 class of 164 seniors.  Students are selected and invited to attend based on a composite of their performance on the Smarter Balanced Assessment and an ABC district writing assessment.  WHS students are:  62% Asian, 16.5% Filipino/Pacific Islander, 13.6% Hispanic/Latino, 4.2% White, 1.5% African-American, 0.4% American Indian/Alaskan, and 1.9% multi-ethnic/no response. Additionally, 21% of our students qualify federally as socio-economically disadvantaged. Whitney High School has demonstrated a consistent graduation rate of 100%. For the class of 2017, 103 seniors received the California’s Golden State Seal of Merit.

  In addition to rigorous academics, Whitney High School sponsors a broad program of co-curricular activities, including: 11 CIF sports, symphonic and jazz bands, community service projects, drama programs, yearbook, pep squad, student government, academic competitive teams, honor societies, and over 30 interest-based clubs and service organizations.

 

Curriculum

 Whitney offers comprehensive, college-preparatory and honors curricula in English, Foreign Language, Mathematics, Science, and Social Science. All students also complete courses in Visual and Performing Arts and Physical Education. 

  For 2017-18, Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in 17 subjects. High school course offerings, and basic progressions, are outlined by department:

 

 

English:  English I – IV Honors, Rhetorical & Creative Writing, AP English Language, AP English Literature

 

Foreign Language:  Chinese I - IV Honors, AP Chinese, French II - V Honors, AP French, Japanese I - V Honors, AP Japanese Language, Spanish I - IV Honors, AP Spanish Language

 

Mathematics:  Math 7, Advance Math 7, Math 8, Advance Math 8, Math 1 plus Honors, Math 2, Math 2 plus Honors, Math 3, Math 3 Plus Honors, Math Analysis/Calculus A Honors, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Statistical Reasoning, AP Statistics

 

Science:  Biology Honors, Chemistry CP, Chemistry Honors, AP Chemistry, Physics CP, Physics Honors, Chemistry of Living Systems Honors, AP Physics C, Advanced Topics in Biology, AP Biology.

 

Social Science:  World History/Geography Honors, World History/Geography MUN Honors, AP Human Geography, U.S. History Honors, AP U.S. History, Civics Honors, Economics Honors, Model United Nations (MUN) Independent Study.

 

Visual & Performing Arts:  Beg/Int/Adv 2-D Art, Beg/Int/Adv 3-Dimensional Art, Ceramics I & II, AP Art History, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, String Orchestra, Broadcast Production, Film/Video Production, Intro Digital Media Careers, Multimedia Production, Digital Photography, Stage Craft, Theater Lab I – III.

 

Other:

AP Computer Science Principles, Intro/Int Game Design, Psychology, AP Psychology, Robotics Technologies

 

Grading System and Scale

  All grade point averages are reported using an un-weighted, 4.0 scale.  The scale for all courses are: A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79, D = 65-69, and F = 0-64%. WHS does not report class rank, as all of our admitted students ranked in the top 15% of our school district.

  Graduation requirements: 4 years English, 3 years Math, 1 year physical science, 1 year life science, 1 year US History, 1 year Civics/Econ, 1 year World History, Health, 2 years Physical Education, 1 year Fine Arts or Foreign Language, and 8 electives.

GPA Distribution:  Class of 2018 (Through Grade 11)

 

GPA

     # of students

           4.0

4

3.90-3.99

14

3.75-3.89

39

3.60-3.74

23

3.30-3.59

26

3.00-3.29

26

Below 2.99

32

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS – MAY 2017 

Total Number of Tests Taken:  872

Total Number of Candidates:    418

Overall Pass Rate (3, 4, or 5):   92.7 %

Subject

Number of Students

% of  3 or higher

Art History *

1

0%

Biology

58

97%

Calculus AB

101

98%

Calculus BC

32

100%

Chemistry

26

96%

Chinese Language

10

100%

Computer Science A

17

88%

Computer Sci Principle

12

92%

English Language

98

93%

English Literature

28

89%

Environmental Science *

14

86%

European History

21

86%

French Language

14

86%

Human Geography

100

96%

Japanese Language

10

91%

Macroeconomics *

8

75%

Music Theory

7

86%

Physics C: Mechanics

46

98%

Psychology *

34

82%

Spanish Language

24

100%

Statistics

74

92%

U.S. Govt./Politics*

1

0%

United States History

84

93%

            *No AP course offered for this exam

 

ENROLLMENT IN AP COURSES  (2017-18)

Number of AP Courses

10th Grade

170

11th Grade

169

12th Grade

164

0

56

29

18

1

83

27

27

2

31

56

54

3

-

41

54

4

-

15

11

5

-

1

-

   


 NATIONAL MERIT                                      2017      2018

National Merit Semifinalists

9

3

National Merit Finalists

7

Tbd

National Merit Commended Scholars

48

34

National Hispanic Recognition Program

1

Tbd

 

2017 SAT I  Exam Averages

 

Whitney Mean

State Mean

Reading

696

 

Math

702

 

Total

1397

 

  

2017  ACT  Exam Averages

 

Whitney Mean

State Mean

English

31.2

 

Math

30.6

 

Reading

30.7

 

Science

28.9

 

Composite

30.4

 

 

2017 SAT Subject Tests

 

 

Whitney Mean

State Mean

Math II

 

 

Physics

 

 

Spanish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

College Enrollment:  Class of 2017     (162 students)

 

Universities of California                           62 students

Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz

California State Universities                      32 students

Fullerton, Long Beach, Pomona, San Luis Obispo, San Francisco

Public, Out-of-State Universities                10 students

Arizona State, George Mason, Georgia Tech, U of Michigan, U of Massachusetts Amherst & Lowell

Private, In-State Colleges                           17 students

Azusa Pacific, Chapman, Occidental, Stanford, U of San Diego, U of San Francisco, U of Southern California

Private, Out-of-State Colleges                    26 students

Amherst, Baylor, Boston U, Brown, Bucknell, Carnegie Mellon, Drexel, Emerson, George Washington, Haverford, MIT, NYU, Northeastern, Parsons School of Design, Pratt U, Rice, U of Puget Sound

Community Colleges                                  15 students

Cypress, Cerritos, Santa Monica