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2019-2020 SCHOOL PROFILE

Alta Loma High School
8880 Baseline Rd.
Alta Loma, CA 91701
(909) 989-5511 (909) 391-5336 (fax)

Home of the Braves
California Gold Ribbon School
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
2019 US News & World Report Silver Medalist – Best High Schools in the US
(Six year granted in June 2019)
CEEB: 050077

Principal: Jason T. Kaylor
Assistant Principals: Jonathan Brownbridge, MarLan Parker, Gayle Ross, Adam Stites
Counselors: Bob Anderson, Jacy Carbone, Isabel Hernandez, Jeanette Hooton, Janine Houk, Leanna McConnell

 

Alta Loma High School is one of eight comprehensive high schools within the Chaffey Joint Union High School District and one of the top ten high schools in San Bernardino County. Established in 1963, Alta Loma offers a solid academic, athletic, and fine/performing arts curriculum. The school is located in the suburban, predominantly middle class community of Rancho Cucamonga approximately 45 miles east of Los Angeles. Alta Loma is a public, comprehensive high school including grades 9, 10, 11, and 12. Students attend two semesters per year on a traditional schedule. Students typically take six classes per semester for a total of 30 credits. Each class period is 52 minutes long.

Students attend a 28-minute Academy period in the middle of the day. There are four components to this program: a freshmen transition program, enrichment activities, tutorials, and studying and reading settings. Each Friday is a late start day when meetings, collaboration, and staff in-services are scheduled. The only minimum days scheduled are the day after Back to School Night in August and three at the end of each semester for school-wide final examinations. In addition to the core and elective courses taken by our students, the school offers a full athletic program, as well as instrumental, vocal music, drama, art, and dance.

Graduation Requirements (230 credits)
English 4 years; Mathematics 2 years; Physical Science 1 year; Life Science 1 year; World History 1 year; US History 1 year; Physical Education 2 years; Government 1 semester; Economics 1 semester; World Language or Fine Arts 1 year; Computer Studies 1 semester; Electives 4 years (90 credits).

Honors/Advanced Placement Courses
Advanced Placement courses (18): AP English Literature, AP Language and Composition, AP Calculus, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Physics, AP Chemistry, AP World History, AP US History, AP Government, AP Economics, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Studio Art, AP Art History, AP Two-Dimensional Design, AP Computer Science.
Honors courses (8): English I, English II, Integrated Math II, II/III, Pre-Calculus, Biology, Chemistry, Anatomy/Physiology, Geology.

Credits
Five credits are granted for completion of semester courses. 2.5 credits are granted for quarter courses (ELD). Students typically are enrolled in 6 classes each semester.

Class Rank
Rank is calculated at the end of every semester grading period using the grade point average of all marks earned in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Rank is weighted with an extra point given in any Honors and AP courses for a grade of C or higher.

Grade Points/Honors Points
A = 4/5 B = 3/4 C = 2/3 D = 1/1 F = 0

Programs
Academy – Designed by Alta Loma teachers & staff, our Academy Schedule will increase academic achievement, offer more individualized help from teachers and peers, and help students build social relationships at school. This extra time is built in so students can get tutoring, help from teachers, and help from peers within the school day. The Academy Schedule involves 4 components: Brave Academy, Brave Study, Brave Tutorial, and Brave Activities. Students will be placed into one of these four areas during Academy time.

Brave Academy is designed to assist all 9th graders in making a successful transition from junior high to high school. It is an opportunity for students to build social relationships, work on and get help with assignments, and become familiar with the culture of the school. All freshmen will automatically be enrolled in and will attend this class Monday through Thursday. Link Crew students will be assigned Brave Academy to each class to provide freshmen with mentorship, guidance, and academic support.
Brave Study and Read offers students additional time during the school day to study, work on homework, read, or get help from a teacher or a peer. Most sophomores, juniors, and seniors will be enrolled in this program.
Brave Tutorial will offer students who are struggling in a particular subject area additional time and tutoring. They will be able to receive help from a teacher and peer tutors in that content area. Students will be enrolled in this program if they are a sophomore, junior or senior and identified as in need of extra help as evidenced by their grades.
Brave Activities will enable eligible sophomore, junior, and senior students to participate in activities such as Link Crew, National Honor Society, Best Buddies, Academic Decathlon, and other activities during this time.

Other academic support – In addition to the Academy Program, ALHS offers on-line credit recovery and grade remediation programs, an after school tutoring center, peer-to-peer tutoring, and an academic Saturday school program. All students and parents also have access to School Loop, a web-based program that provides access to current grades, tools to communicate with
teachers, and other features that foster home-to-school communication efforts and academic support. Alta Loma High School started an AVID program in 2013 and continues to support eight AVID classes. Thirty- four teachers have attended AVID Summer Institutes in the last six years.

Athletics - ALHS has a comprehensive athletics program that includes fourteen sports. It competes in the Palomares League, a league comprised of 6 comprehensive high schools geographically located in the foothill region.

Extra-curricular activities - ALHS offers a wide array of activities and encourages students to get involved in something that interests them. These include ASB, Renaissance, Link Crew, Cheer, along with over 30 clubs and organizations.

Publications/Communications – Alta Loma High School’s journalism course seeks to develop student journalists and editors who are trained to engage and question the world around them responsibly, reasonably, and creatively. The “Brave Times” staff focuses its efforts on informing the school about local and school news. The class publishes 10-12 issues a year including a special issue for the seniors. The yearbook, Sisunga, is published annually. Students work throughout the year to compile photographs and stories. They design a book using Adobe software. Students develop skills in writing, photography, graphic design, and theme development. There is also a Digital video program that produces broadcasts throughout the year.

Performing and Fine Arts – Alta Loma High School has a an award winning comprehensive performing and fine arts department which includes full time instructors in Dance, Drama, Choral and Instrumental Music, and Art, Ceramics, and Photography. The programs are taught according to state frameworks focusing not only on performances but on comprehensive arts education. In addition to the traditional performance based ensembles the music program also offers guitar and piano classes. Alta Loma High
School is proud of the wide variety of course offerings and the success our students have achieved in their discipline.

Library Media Center – The mission of the Alta Loma High School Library is to teach students to be effective and ethical users and creators of information, and to encourage and prepare students to be lifelong learners. This mission is accomplished by:

  • providing instruction in information literacy and digital citizenship
  • providing access to current and credible print and digital informational materials
  • encouraging and promoting recreational reading
  • collaborating with teachers to develop and compile resources for course projects and teach students research skills
  • supporting the vision that all CJUHSD students will graduate ready for college and careers
 

The Alta Loma High School Library is staffed by one Teacher Librarian and two Library Technicians. In the ALHS library, students and teachers have access to 44 desktop computers with Internet and printing access, 40 chromebooks, more than 10,000 print books, hundreds of ebooks, several research databases, and a Makerspace. The library collection is guided by the content standards adopted by the California State Board of Education, as well as the interests of students and teachers. The Teacher Librarian teaches lessons both in the library and in the classroom, and curates resources for students and teachers at AltaLomaLibrary. The library is open to students before and after school, during Academy with a pass, and during both lunches.

SAT, ACT, PSAT, A-G Data

SAT Mean Scores:

Year
Critical Reasoning
Math
Writing
Total Mean
2009
495
510
486
1492
2010
508
523
492
1522
2011
507
524
504
1535
2012
485
514
472
1471
2013
495
501
478
1474
2014
492
499
482
1473
2015
472
489
480
1441
2016
477
491
476
1444
2017
479
530
523
1457

 

PSAT:

2016
960
2017
907
2018
914


ACT Composite Scores (by class):

2007
23.6
2008
22.6
2009
21.8
2010
23.1
2011
23.5
2012
21.0
2013
22.7
2014
22.5
2015
21.4
2016
21.9
2017
23.3
2018
21.7
2019
22.4

 

Percent of ACT-Tested Students Ready for College-Level Course Work:

 
2016
2017
2018
2019
College English Composition
75%
68%
71%
75%
College Algebra
59%
54%
57%
55%
College Social Science
53%
49%
50%
50%
College Biology
43%
43%
37%
52%


Number of Test Takers:

2015
136
2016
123
2017
79
2018
47
2019
56

 

Grad Rate & Percent of Graduates who met UC/CSU A-G Requirements:

Grad Rate
Graduates who met UC/CSU A-G Requirements
2007 - 94.6%
2007 - 19.1%
2008 - 92.3%
2008 - 23%
2009 - 92.2%
2009 - 24.3%
2010 - 93.14%
2010 - 25%
2011 - 90.83%
2011 - 29.9%
2012 - 92.3%
2012 - 32%
2013 - 93.1%
2013 - 43%
2014 - 91.6%
2014 - 51%
2015 - 94.9%
2015 - 59%
2016 - 95.0%
2016 - 66.8%
2017 - 95.3%
2017 - 67.2%
2018 - 90.3%
2018 - 70.2%
 
2019 - 70.2%