Torrance High School

451 reviews
  1. Torrance Unified School District
  2. 9-12
  3. Public
A-
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Address
2200 Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501
Telephone
(310) 533-4396
Website

Outcomes

Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1130
183 responses
Average ACT
27
65 responses

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
43%
AP Enrollment
20%
AP Exam Pass Rate
51%
Advanced Math Enrollment
High
Poll
How challenging are academics at this school?
  • This school is nationally recognized.
    8%
  • This school is the best in the area.
    39%
  • Probably like most other schools.
    52%
  • This school doesn't challenge anyone.
    2%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.43 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.43 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 145 responses
  • Spring fest
    23%
  • Rallies
    21%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Harvest Fest
    11%
  • THS Annual Car Show
    6%
  • Drama Productions
    5%
  • Night of Broadway (a mix of single act plays)
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,097
Free or Reduced Lunch
32%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,532
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.65 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.65 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.65 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$9,897/ year
National
$11,890
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.76 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.76 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.76 responses

Reviews

451 reviews
  • Excellent
    45
  • Very Good
    198
  • Average
    188
  • Poor
    19
  • Terrible
    1
The social scene at this school really depends on who you hang out with and what clubs or activities you're involved in. As a whole, the racial and ethnic diversity of the student body is very, very diverse, something I'm very proud of as a student of Torrance High. Peer pressure is mainly only a thing if your friends are the type of people to bully you into doing something. Involvement in after-school activities is low, but general student involvement during class is decent (for example; lots of students get pumped for the monthly spirit rallies, but few come to theatre or choir performances or the Film Festival). Acceptance varies. Racial acceptance is high, but the occasional slur will still be flung by troublemaker students. I can't speak about racial issues myself, though, because I am white and have no experience with them. While seemingly accepting of people's sexual orientation or gender identity, this is just a front. Many students hide their homophobia and transphobia behind a thick layer of faux-acceptance. I, myself, identify as a pansexual agender person who presents fairly femininely. I have seen first-hand people screaming homophobic slurs to each other during and in-between class and not a thing is done to stop it. I would say that the homophobic and transphobic tendencies are less of a "I feel physically unsafe" type of situation and more of a "I feel like I am being judged for who I am" sort of situation. There are plenty of gay couples that are openly and publicly in a relationship; you'll see many walk down the hall holding hands. Don't let that fool you though, you're never going to escape being judged and treated unfairly by some. Religious diversity is definitely lacking. Most are pretty devoutly Christian, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it would be nice to see some more public representation of different religions; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, heck even any sort of Pagan religion or belief would be nice to see sometimes.
  • High School Junior
  • 5 months ago
What I personally enjoyed in my experience at Torrance High School was the positive attitude towards special needs children. Although students may have been mean to each other, I never once met a scholar who was not willing to help out a special needs student whenever they needed it. Most of the kids at Torrance High were patient and understanding. What I did not like was the sometimes lack of respect from students to teachers and vice versa. Although I never experienced this first hand, I did have to see it occur multiple times throughout my 4 years. Teachers who were constantly trying to embarrass and shame students in front of their peers, students who were trying to act cool in front of their friends and disrespecting their elders; it was a frequent loop of disrespect that I really wish can be changed.
  • Senior
  • 2 months ago
As a general summary of teachers; they're either great and you learn a lot, or they're awful and it's a struggle to even pass. There's no in-between. The curriculum is designed to prepare us to go into college, but it's lacking. They jam pack students with an assortment of mandatory classes that leave us with few electives as well as an increased workload. It's a great reference to what sort of classes we should be taking, but it's extremely limiting and something needs to be done about it. College is super, super stressed here as some ultra-important thing, yet, they lack the resources to actually teach us about college in-class. You have to go to the college counselor for that. He's an awesome guy, but for some students who are too shy or too stubborn to go in there (or just have a busy schedule), resources concerning college in-class are lacking and when things such as applications are brought up. The scheduling process is extremely stressful considering what the curriculum demands as well as the counselors inability to put in your requested schedule correctly. I'm not sure if this is just my counselor (for reference, my last name begins with B; this should be indicative of which counselor I have) or if all counselors are like this. Each year I've either had to battle to get the classes I wanted or go into her office to get them changed to the right class. This shouldn't have to be a struggle, yet something goes wrong every year. Not to mention, if your counselor is anything like mine, they're constantly booked for student appointments and you have no chance to even go up to them casually to go "hey, there's something I need changed, can you fix that?" If you have a real problem at home, by the way, don't tell your counselor. Mine didn't give me any useful advice ("It's not really that bad, is it? You're bright, you should be able to get through it, relax") and technically, school counselors don't abide by the same privacy laws that professional counselors do.
  • High School Junior
  • 5 months ago