Alta Loma High School in Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    2,638
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    460 3.7
  • Ranking

Alta Loma High School is a public coed school in Rancho Cucamonga, California. It has 2,638 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 64% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 460 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

8880 Baseline Rd
Alta Loma, CA 91701
(909) 989-5511

Ratings and Reviews
3.7 from 460 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Student Culture & Diversity: Students are very accepting and nice to others which I think is just a result of us being in the generation that is so in touch (on their touch screens) with the world and how it treats different types of people. Because of social media's culture of being able to voice your opinion, many students know how to think for themselves and show it in and out of the classroom which is a great trait to have. No one is blatantly racist or homophobic to each other (sexism is a different story though), but there are many ideological debates on current events regarding these topics which are usually mediated by a teacher in a history or English class (practicing historical accuracy and synthesis or argument making). The best part of these debates (is that I love to argue) is that I am usually presented with well thought, and logical counter arguments which makes them even better because it is not just a bunch of yelling what their parents told them, and everyone learns to respect the other person's opinion being that they actually thought about it.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Academics: My experience is only the experience of someone who has always taken AP/honors classes so I really bring the stress and pressure onto myself, and the small community of AP/Honors kids (and I mean small I'm in the same classes with the same people most of the time) are very competitive among each other. Because of this, most of us take on A LOT of AP classes which turns us into snappy, coffee addicted freaks who are our own worst critics. Personally, I have no interest or knack for anything STEM related so I had to tap out of those advanced classes. I'm glad I did because my sophomore year I took honors algebra 2 and honors chemistry I had a 3.5 GPA WEIGHTED and I ended my junior year with a weighted 4.0 GPA taking regular pre calculus (that was really challenging for me) and regular physics (which was a joke of a "class" that I was not supposed to be apart of in the first place). While taking many advanced classes is a choice, there is a peer pressure to be in many classes because seeming less intelligent than your peers is really hard to come to terms with, and you become disillusioned putting yourself in a class apart from the advanced kids you've had every class with since middle school. With that peer pressure, the counselors don't help by insisting you will not get accepted into any decent college if you don't take that certain AP class you're on the fence about. Because of these pressures to take many AP classes, the work load is overwhelming compared to a student who takes regular classes, but again, it is a (highly stigmatized) choice. Thankfully, the teachers have been catching on and tend to do more class activities that require mental stimulation and participation instead of boring book work. These teachers do everything they can to make their assignments work for those AP students who are in other multiple AP classes and many school activities (basically every AP student) and are open to extensions and extra help if needed.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Health & Safety: Unfortunately, every school year that I have attended at Alta Loma High School, someone tried (or succeeded) to take their life. Fortunately, most of the cases are not due to bullying, instead they are due to mental health. Along with that, there were a few school shooting threats that were made up in social media. That being said, the school did everything possible to address these issues. For example, my freshman year, two students committed suicide within one week of each other and to make sure everyone was coping well, there were emergency counselors at the school for weeks for the students to talk to and balloons with motivational quotes and compliments that everyone would pass onto each other. Regarding the school shooting threats, the principal made sure lots of police officers were on campus to reassure feelings of safety even though the threats were debunked the night before. The school really takes the students' feelings of safety and health seriously and accommodate to the personal level to make sure everyone is okay.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: As a performing arts enthusiast, I'm glad this school hasn't sucked my passion for performance dry. I am in the chamber singers and the varsity dance team and the only problem I have with these school programs is that the school does not fund the arts nearly as much as they do sports leaving me paying over a thousand dollars this year for being involved. However, these programs actually improved me as a singer, dancer, and performer in general which is great considering that a lot of public school performing arts programs are merely passion projects. Along with the competition winning band, choir, and dance team (that is not nearly as funded as the perpetually losing football team's new stadium while we continue to settle for a janky auditorium), there are a huge variety of after school clubs from academic decathlon, future business leaders of America and Key Club to anime club, bowling club and film club. There is also ASB, Link Crew (that is taken so seriously and is so selective I got rejected twice), Renaissance, and after school tutoring so every student in the school feels comfortable. There is a community for everyone in the school which is great because that reduces isolation of others and bullying. It is a small school compared to the others in the district and everyone is pretty familiar with each other and most people have general respect for each other which is nice.
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Don't get me wrong, for a lot of people, this school's unique community is one of the best because it is so close since most of the teachers and administrators are alumni along with the parents. Since I don't fit into that category it seems a little exclusive and weird. Also, I never attend the sporting events because we just got a stadium this year way after football season (and I wasn't about to commute to the next city's high school stadium for a football team that brought the entire school down 2 leagues) so it was harder to be a part of that tight knit community of Alta-Loma-Everything people. That being said, I am not uninvolved: I am in the school's chamber singers (that no one really supports even though we win competitions), the dance team (that everyone supports but I just joined for my senior year because I actually had room in my schedule) and multiple AP classes. I guess what I am trying to say is I'm not particularly fond of the things that the school's community prioritize, but I still found my own community and none of these politics necessarily make the school bad. Also, because of this community, the teachers love their jobs, which in turn, make them awesome teachers which is a very good quality a school can have.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
3.33 Upland High School 3 mi. 3,541
2.66 Chaffey High School 4 mi. 3,596
4.00 Los Osos High School 4 mi. 3,150
4.00 Rancho Cucamonga High School 4 mi. 3,436
2.66 Ontario High School 6 mi. 2,616

Around Alta Loma High School

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Gender

Gender
Female 48%
Male 51%

Student Diversity

Alta Loma High School United States California Chaffey High School Los Osos High School Ontario High School Rancho Cucamonga High School Upland High School
Hispanic 49.0% 25.0% 53.3% 87.0% 33.0% 89.0% 43.0% 50.0%
White 35.0% 51.0% 24.8% 5.0% 40.0% 3.0% 26.0% 29.0%
African American 7.0% 15.0% 6.1% 2.0% 9.0% 3.0% 13.0% 9.0%
Asian 5.0% 4.8% 11.3% 1.0% 13.0% 2.0% 11.0% 7.0%
Multiracial 1.0% 2.8% 3.3% 1.0% 1.0% 0% 4.0% 2.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.6% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0.5% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 25.6%
Grade 10 24.8%
Grade 11 24.1%
Grade 12 25.5%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 64 responses

  • 75% Yes
  • 12% Not sure.
  • 12% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 57 responses

  • 20% Good proffesors
  • 18% Fun classes
  • 17% Nice students
  • 14% The principal was very kind
  • 12% Academic rigor
  • 11% Variety of extracurriculars
  • 4% Beautiful campus , great staff
  • 3% New facilities
  • 1% Easy classes

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 36 responses

  • 36% The food
  • 18% Some teachers should not be teaching.
  • 14% Counselors suck
  • 6% The counselors aren't repectful
  • 6% Poorly organized system of classing and scheduling
  • 6% Small quad
  • 4% Teacher aren't repectful
  • 4% Restrooms are very dirty
  • 4% Nothing wrong with this school
  • 2% Couselors give inconsistent advice

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 55 responses

  • 42% Community
  • 27% School Spirit :)
  • 18% The staff
  • 9% Ambition
  • 4% Teachers

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 56 responses

  • 32% Small
  • 25% Educational
  • 21% Diverse
  • 12% Unforgettable
  • 5% Normal
  • 2% Grassroots
  • 2% Typical

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 39 responses

  • 51% Don't slack off!
  • 23% Be respectful
  • 10% Get involved and don't procrastinate
  • 8% Everything changes, get ready to make new friends
  • 5% Survive it and you can survive anything
  • 3% Try to keep up

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 50 responses

  • 16% I love everything about this school.
  • 80% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 2% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.