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The School

Agoura High School is situated in Los Angeles County just west of the San Fernando Valley. The area is a suburban, residential, high-income community. Students are from the incorporated cities of Westlake Village and Agoura Hills as well as the unincorporated area to the south in the Santa Monica Mountains. Parents are mainly employed in the professional, executive, business, art, and entertainment fields. The school, which serves grades 9-12, received a full six-year accreditation in June of 2008 from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The student population for 2012-2013 is approximately 2193 with a projected senior class of 552. The distribution of students by ethnicity has been very consistent over the last six years and is represented by the following numbers: Caucasion 78.75%, Asian - 4.47%, Hispanic - 7.89%, African-American - 1.41%, Filipino - .87%.

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Current Administration

Brian Mercer, Principal
Kristen Marsilio Assistant Principal (Activities and Discipline)
Scott Foli, Assistant Principal (Athletics and Discipline)
Sherry Bronow, Assistant Principal (Curriculum and Instruction)

Pat Brooks, Counselor/Dept. Chair
Linda Ordin, Counselor
Cathy Latty, Counselor
Holly Pike, Counselor
Rochelle Fellows, Counselor
Judi Craven, Counselor
Kelly Lowry, Counselor

Jason Busby, Director of Activities
Jason Rosenthal, Athletic Director

Judy Berke, Registrar
Elise Aries, College & Career Center

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Student Activities

Agoura High School students are active in student government and leadership, fifty three clubs, drama presentations and a musical, an award-winning instrumental music program, yearbook, school newspaper, and a highly competitive interscholastic sports league. Volunteering within the community is strongly encouraged.

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Special Features

Agoura High School is on a schedule which includes a "0" period and a Student Support period prior to classes that meet every other day for 100 minutes. The "block" schedule has been very effective in increasing the hands-on experiences of our students in lab-oriented classes and has allowed faculty to expand instructional strategies for critical thinking in the classroom. The "0" period has allowed the school to offer an optional seven period day. The Student Support period offers academic help for all students.

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Graduation Requirements

Math - 20 credits
Health - 5 credits
Science - 20 credits
Foreign Language/ Fine Art or Practical Art (2 of 3) - 20 credits
Social Science - 35 credits
Physical Education - 20 credits
Electives - 70 credits
English - 40 credits

Total Credits: 230 Total

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Valedictorian & Salutatorian

To honor superior academic achievement, graduation ceremonies shall include recognition of a valedictorian and salutatorian.  The valedictorian must have a 4.2 total weighted grade point average (g.p.a.) or higher by the end of the first semester of 12th grade and must have completed 26 semesters of honors or Advanced Placement classes by the end of the senior year.  The salutatorian must have 4.1 total weighted grade point average (g.p.a.) or higher by the end of the first semester of 12th grade and mjst have completed 22 semesters of honors or Advanced Placement classes.  If no student reaches this mark, the top student shall be valedictorian and the second student shall be salutatorian.

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Honors Classes

Agoura High School offers the following honors classes:

  • Biology
  • English I, II
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Spanish IV
  • French IV
  • Physiology
  • Math Analysis
  • Chemistry
  • Wind Ensemble

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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

Agoura High School offers the following AP classes:

  • Studio Art
  • English III & IV
  • Spanish V
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • U.S. History
  • Environmental Science
  • European History

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Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

In 2012, 439 students took 720 Advanced Placement tests.  Eight-one percent passed with scores of three or better. The numbers of students achieving scores of three or higher on the 2012 Advanced Placement examinations are as follows:

  • Art - Gen. 13
  • Biology 44
  • Calculus ABC 81
  • Chemistry 91
  • Computer Science 32
  • English Language and Composition 80
  • English Literature and Composition 22
  • Euro. History 74
  • Environmental Science 43
  • GovPol. US 26
  • Psychology 21
  • Physics 35
  • Spanish Lang. 16
  • Statistics 69
  • U.S. History 59

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Student Expectations

Most of Agoura High School graduates attend college. The numbers attending two and four year colleges and universities for the last eight years are:

Class 2 Yr Colleges
4 Yr Univeristies
Total
2003
46%
50%
96%
2004
44%
53%
98%
2005
42% 56%
98%
2006 44% 53% 97%
2007 46% 49% 95%
2008 45% 53% 98%
2009 45% 53% 98%
2010 45.6% 54% 99.6%
2011 36% 58% 94%
2012 34% 60% 94%

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SAT Scores

61-67% of Agoura High School seniors take the SAT each year. The seven-year, recentered mean scores are as follows:

 
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010 2011 2012
Math
562
563
599
575
583
577
581 598 587 578
Reading
588
587
579
551
550
559
564 572 560 560
Writing       572 570 569 579 586 583 574
Mean
1150
1150
1178
1698
1703 1705 1724 1756 1730 1712

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ACT Scores

Composite scores for seniors over the last seven years are as follows:

 
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010 2011 2012
AHS
24.4 24.5 25.5 24.5
25.1
25.1
25.3
25.9 25.8 25.9

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