David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach-Lakewood Township, CA - Niche

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David Starr Jordan High School is a public school in Long Beach-Lakewood Township, California. It has 3,814 students in grades 1-12. According to state standards, 38% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 284 reviews written and they have been mixed.

6500 Atlantic Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805
(562) 423-1471

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3.5 from 284 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 3
    Health & Safety: There are a lot of people who do smoke at school and I feel like this is something that I don't like. Whenever there have been fights I do feel somewhat safe because the administration cuts them off quickly. The nurse has been helpful the few times that I have gone.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: When I first went to Jordan I was scares and I didn't feel safe because of what I heard about the school. Once I was there though I realized that what people said wasn't true. Yes there are fights here and there but every other school does too. I wouldn't change not going to this school because if I did I wouldn't have gotten the high school experience that I have. One of my favorites is being in the AIMS program. We have been able to volunteer at the Veterans Hospital of Long Beach. We have been able to present our group health projects at various locations of the community. We have also been able to fundraise for different organizations like the American Lung Association and the Miller Children's hospital of Long Beach. I believe that this is something I wouldn't have been able to do at another high school. We don't only focus on academics, we also focus on helping the community and this is something that I love about my school. Another great experience that I have had at this school is being a part of a program. Although it does make differences in the school I wouldn't want it any other way because we create a family inside of these programs. What makes me not want to choose any other school is that we all strive for the best and we support each other where in other schools everyone only cares about themselves.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Food: The cafertieria does have a variety if food options. There isn't always super healthy choices especially for those who are vegan or vegetarian. I can say that there are enough options to eat something different everyday. The environment of the cafeteria is clean and the lunch ladies and student workers are friendly.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Administration & Policies: My principal is always there when I need the help. Some councilors though aren't always there to help students. I do know a couple students who say their councilor is very helpful. In the past I haven't been able to go to my councilor for help. The office staff is very helpful. Whenever I needed help with sending a fax or finding out something thatbu needed they were able to help me. Bullying at my school is not tolerated and if it's found punishment does come in hand. Dress code at my school does make some students upset but I believe that its needed especially because there is no uniform policy at my school. If someone does not follow the dress code administration will give them a notice. Attendance at my school is taken very seriously and they will call home if a student didn't go to school or a certain class.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Teachers: The overall quality of teachers is great depending on which program at school you are in. All of the core teachers that u have had are great teachers. They know what they are teaching and they give assignments that are related to the topic. I think that every school has great teachers and not so great teachers. I have had teachers that don't grade on a daily basis, they post up grades a week before the semester is over and I know that as students we don't really like that. I have noticed the different styles that teachers have. For example some teachers give notes and homework on a daily basis, others give notes every other day and don't give much homework. I have also had a teacher that would give us packets almost every day. Teachers at my school can be very understanding and I have a good teacher student relationship.

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1.66 Dominguez High School 1 mi. 2,102
1.33 Compton High School 3 mi. 2,400
2.33 Paramount High School 3 mi. 4,922
1.66 Lynwood High School 4 mi. 2,493
3.33 Mayfair High School 4 mi. 3,515

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

Student Diversity

David Starr Jordan High School United States Compton High School Dominguez High School Lynwood High School Mayfair High School Paramount High School
Hispanic 64.0% 24.5% 80.0% 81.0% 92.0% 46.0% 86.0%
African American 21.0% 15.2% 16.0% 16.0% 7.0% 16.0% 9.0%
Asian 6.0% 4.7% 0% 0% 0% 11.0% 1.0%
White 2.0% 51.6% 0% 0% 0% 19.0% 1.0%
Pacific Islander 2.0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 1.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 1.0% 0% 0% 3.0% 0%


Grade 8 0.1%
Grade 9 27.5%
Grade 10 27.4%
Grade 11 23.9%
Grade 12 21.1%

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 28 responses

  • 68% Yes
  • 18% Not sure.
  • 14% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 32% We have alot of spirit
  • 22% Everyone is super helpful.
  • 17% Our programs
  • 15% Lots of panther pride
  • 7% The staff
  • 7% Has a lot of ways to help their students

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 25% Passing period is pretty short, I had to run a lot
  • 22% Bathrooms are poorly stocked
  • 19% People cut in all the lines at lunch
  • 17% No late start days, lakewood & paramount have them
  • 17% Immature students and teachers education

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 21 responses

  • 43% AIMS Program
  • 43% IB program
  • 10% SLC
  • 5% Panther Program

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 43% Multicultural
  • 29% Good
  • 14% Great school
  • 10% Amazing!!!
  • 5% Somewhat lax

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 76% Don't be afraid of Jordan because of rumors.
  • 14% This school may be notorious, but it's improving.
  • 10% Be yourself and don't be anti-social.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 18 responses

  • 17% I love everything about this school.
  • 83% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.