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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 2014-2015 is approximately 2179 with a projected senior class of 542. The distribution of students by ethnicity has been very consistent over the last six years and is represented by the following numbers: Caucasion 81%, Asian - 6.6%, Hispanic - 9.1%, African-American - 1.2%, Filipino - .8%.

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Current Administration

Brian Mercer, Principal
Kristen Marsilio Assistant Principal (Curriculum and Instruction)
Scott Foli, Assistant Principal (Athletics and Discipline)
Marty McGrady, Assistant Principal (Activities and Service Learning)

Pat Brooks, Counselor/Dept. Chair
Linda Ordin, Counselor
Cathy Latty, Counselor
Stacey Carr, Counselor
Judi Craven, Counselor
Rochelle Gagliardi, Counselor
Arlene Madrigal, Counselor
Jason Busby, Director of Activities
Garrett Lepisto, 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 2014, 413 students took 671 Advanced Placement tests.  Sixty-eight percent passed with scores of three or better. The numbers of students achieving scores of three or higher on the 2014 Advanced Placement examinations are as follows:

  • Art - Gen. 16
  • Biology 36
  • Calculus ABC 78
  • Chemistry 108
  • Computer Science 33
  • English Language and Composition 63
  • English Literature and Composition 32
  • Euro. History 61
  • Environmental Science 13
  • GovPol. US 33
  • Psychology 3
  • Physics 31
  • Spanish Lang. 7
  • Statistics 50
  • U.S. History 57

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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 seven years are:

Class 2 Yr Colleges
4 Yr Univeristies
Total
2008 45% 53% 98%
2009 45% 53% 98%
2010 45.6% 54% 99.6%
2011 36% 58% 94%
2012 34% 60% 94%
2013 37% 56% 93%
2014 36% 57% 93%

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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:

 
2008
2009
2010 2011 2012 2013
2014
Math
577
581 598 587 578 578 584
Reading
559
564 572 560 560 560 568
Writing 569 579 586 583 574 572 578
Mean
1705 1724 1756 1730 1712 1710 1730

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ACT Scores

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

 
2008
2009
2010 2011 2012 2013
2014
AHS
25.1
25.3
25.9 25.8 25.9 26.1 26.0

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