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Richard Gahr High School

Richard Gahr High School

ABC Unified School District

Cerritos, CA
Grades 9-12
Principal: Jeffrey Hernandez

ENROLLMENT: 1623

Asian
13%
Black/ African American
13%
Filipino
10%
Latino/Hispanic
53%
Multi-Racial
4%
White
6%
Students Meeting Low-income Criteria
58%
Students With Disabilities
12%
English Language Learners
9%

At Gahr High School, an art pathway produced by students proclaims “We belong,” draped over the wall of the building. Inclusivity is also reflected in the curriculum. Using the Culturally Relevant Teaching ethos, teachers are refining their lessons to include more examples relevant to the Latino, Black, and Filipino populations that make up the majority of the students. With over 20 campus clubs, all students can pursue their passions and interests.

The combination of data analysis, collaboration, and high expectations for quality instruction has created systems that encourage teachers to hold professional conversations with each other and administrators to ensure the best possible lessons are delivered daily in each course. Regularly scheduled and structured opportunities to discuss instructional choices have fostered an environment where teachers openly and collegially share their instructional challenges and best practices while focusing on student success.

AWARDS

Gold Ribbon School


California Distinguished School


2023-2024 U.S. News Best High Schools 


ERP (Educational Results Partnership) Honor Roll School


WASC 6 Year Accreditation


Model United Nations Awards


California State Band Championships CSBC 4A/5A/6A Division 8 Times Gold Medalist

Western Band Association 2022 (WBA) 4A Class Champion 


NAMM Foundation “SupportMusic Merit Award”


English Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC) increase in scores by 11 % in 2022

Mathematics Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment (SBAC) increased from 2022 to 2023

Gahr HS improved AP pass rates for all AP students by 6% from 2022 to 2023


AP 2023 School Honor Roll

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