Huntington Beach High School Annual Report 1998-1999 Huntington Beach Union High School District
|AP Exams||Substitutes||Class Size||College Admission Exams|
|Community Involvement||Computerized Guidance||Curriculum||Discipline|
|Dropout Rate||Ethnicity||Expenditures||Golden State Exam|
|School Profile||Staff||Teacher Evaluation||Teaching Assignments|
Huntington Beach High School, a California Distinguished School, is considered to be the "flagship" school of the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Many HBHS students have parents and grandparents who are graduates of HBHS, as are many of the staff. The culture of our school is composed of the shared values, beliefs, and behaviors that are of paramount importance to our school and characterize it to our staff, students, parents and community.
The mission of HBHS, with the support of our community, is to educate students in a safe and nurturing environment, through a challenging, relevant program that stimulates life-long learning, problem solving, self esteem, and personal responsibility resulting in healthy, productive, creative individuals.
Established in 1906, Huntington Beach High School is located at 1905 Main Street, H.B. 92648 and is one of six comprehensive high schools in the Huntington Beach Union High School District. The size and services of the school are adequate for the relatively stable enrollment of approximately 2,225 students in grades 9-12.
HBHS is easily recognized by two registered historical landmarks: the Bell Tower (The "Spirit of Huntington High") and the District Auditorium. HBHS also has one of the largest stadiums in the city.
Huntington Beach High School received a total of $479,369 in special funds for the following supplementary educational programs for 1997/98:
|Gifted and Talented Education|
|Tenth Grade Guidance|
|School Improvement Program|
|Limited English Proficient|
The Huntington Beach Union High School District spent an average of $6,145 per student for all services, including categorical projects.
Salary and Budget Information
|Salary Category||State Average|
|(1996-97)||HBUHSD Average||HS Districts >4000 ADA|
Total Budget Percent for Salaries
Quality and Currency of Textbooks and Materials
Instructional materials used in district schools are current and of high quality. Before textbooks are purchased, they are thoroughly evaluated by teachers, administrators and curriculum specialists, made available for review by the community and approved by the Board of Trustees. Texts are replaced on a regular schedule, assuring that students use current and timely instructional materials. The effective use of instructional technology is also emphasized, with computer assisted instruction in the academic, business and technological programs.
Certificated Staff (In Addition to Guidance Related Staff)
Assistant Principal (Instruction)
Media Specialist (Half-time)
Guidance, Counseling and Support Services Staff
Assistant Principal (Guidance)
Vice Principals (Attendance and Supervision)
Guidance Psychologists (1.5 positions)
Guidance Specialists (Classes/progress)
College/Career Specialist (Colleges/scholarships)
Coastline ROP Career Specialist
Computerized Guidance Support
Student class schedule
Student transcript; Grade point averages
Candidacy for Academic Recognition
Master schedule/Class rosters
Mandated report to state (CBEDS)
Schools in the Huntington Beach Union High School District use one minimum day per year for Back-to-School Night.
Dropout rates at HBHS have continued to remain low since the district initiated an intensive dropout recovery project in 1986 along with dropout prevention activities. The one-year dropout rate in 1996-97 was 1.8%.
The ratio of students to teachers in the regular school program at HBHS is 31.8 to 1. Depending on the number of classes each student attends, the average class size is about 36 to 1.
Curriculum Improvement/Teacher and Staff Training
The HBUHSD is recognized statewide for the quality of its curriculum which is developed and continually updated by teachers in coordination with a staff of curriculum specialists who are experts in their fields. The resulting curriculum reflects State Frameworks, teacher recommendations, community needs, and the needs of all students as they pursue post-secondary goals.
Outstanding teachers are chosen to be mentors in all major subject areas. Mentors work with both individual teachers and subject area specialists to present staff inservice training in the most effective ways to teach the curriculum.
In addition to on campus activities which are attended by all instructional staff, the majority of HBHS teachers participate in off campus training programs or workshops. The HBUHSD also promotes staff development through partnerships with UC Irvine, CSU Long Beach, the community colleges and a teacher training consortium in Huntington Beach. The emphasis is on all students graduating with a solid core of knowledge that will assist them in reaching their greatest potential and becoming responsible citizens.
Teacher Evaluation and Professional Improvement
Teachers submit an annual Individual Performance Plan for approval which encompasses instructional classroom management and professional growth. Monitoring classroom instruction is a primary responsibility of the administrative team.
The Clinical Supervision model for teacher evaluation is used which includes the administrator and teacher working together in planning and approving goals and objectives.
Each administrator is expected to be certified in Clinical Supervision and be familiar with California State Frameworks and the Model Curriculum Standards.
Professional staff improvement activities are conducted for all staff members throughout the year to ensure effective instructional techniques/strategies are being implemented. There are five annual staff development days.
Teaching Assignments in Area of Competence
All HBHS teachers hold valid California teaching credentials and are teaching in their major field, minor field, or a field they are mastering through graduate work at a local college or university. Huntington Beach High School employs 83 classroom teachers with 62 percent of our teaching staff holding master's or doctoral degrees in addition to their bachelor's degrees.
Availability of Qualified Subs
If a teacher is absent from the classroom, the district selects the best substitute teacher from a screened pool of 220 teachers to substitute teach until the absent teacher returns.
Quality of School Instruction and Leadership
HBHS provides a setting for high academic standards and expectations. It is the philosophy of HBHS that all students shall have equal access to the academic core following California State Department Model Curriculum Standards. The staff utilizes a number of effective student instructional strategies including direct instruction, cooperative learning, team teaching and inquiry. Curriculum review is ongoing by the various departments. Success is measured by a variety of criteria.
Classroom Discipline and Climate for Learning
Many factors contribute to the positive and productive climate at HBHS including the establishment of schoolwide standards and expectations for student behavior. Both school and classroom standards are updated yearly via a discipline committee and are perceived by most students, staff, and parents to be fair and equitably enforced. The clear and concise standards are sent home in writing by teachers for parent review. Rules of conduct are covered in student orientations, classrooms, the student handbook, and posted throughout the school.
Last year the average number of suspensions and expulsions per school in the HBUHSD was 180 and 4 respectively.
Student Ethnicity - October 1998
Safety, Cleanliness and Adequacy at Facilities
Student surveys indicate that students view HBHS as a pleasant, clean, safe, attractive, well equipped school with clear expectations. The current enrollment of approximately 2,225 is below capacity and allows for some creative use of available space including the addition of some district support service. Each department has an office area and most teachers continue to have their own classroom.
In addition to the stadium and auditorium, HBHS offers its students a number of unique facilities. Computer labs allow access to classes for simulations, writing, reading and math development, word processing and applications. The fully equipped teleproduction facility includes non-linear video editing, studio and field production, internet content development, and the distribution of original video programming on school cable and Time-Warner cable. High grade athletic facilities (gym, weight room, wrestling room) are available for a full compliment of sports and physical education activities.
|Star Program -
Stanford Test of Academic Skills
|Gr. 9||Gr. 10||Gr. 11|
College Admission Exams, Class of 1998
College Test (ACT)
Aptitude Test (SAT)
Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
Students in grades 10-12 and enrolled in college level Advanced Placement courses in high school take exams in May. Students earning an AP score of 3, 4 or 5 may be granted college credit and/or advanced placement in college coursework upon admission to a college or university. Advanced Placement scores range from 1 (low) to 5 (high). In May 1998, HBHS students earned 204 AP scores of 3, 4 or 5. The following AP courses were offered:
|Eng. - Lit./Comp.||Spanish - Language|
|Studio Art||Spanish - Literature|
|Music Theory||French - Language|
Golden State Exam (GSE)
HBHS students participated in the January and May 1998 Golden State Exam subject areas of Algebra Geometry, High School Mathematics, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Economics, Biology, Chemistry, Written Composition or Reading/Literature.
Students who achieve recognition at one of the Golden State Exam honors levels are awarded a special designation on their transcript, a GSE certificate and a special seal for his or her high school diploma. All students participating in the GSE receive an individualized evaluation of performance in the subject area.
Of the HBHS students achieving recognition, 16% received High Honors, 28% received Honors, and 56% received School Recognition.
The Golden State Seal Merit Diploma was introduced in spring, 1997. To qualify, a student must attain high honors, honors, or school recognition achievement levels in at least six exams, including written composition or reading/literature, history, algebra or geometry or high school mathematics, biology or chemistry or integrated (coordinated) science 2, plus two additional exams of the student's choice. Three class of '98 HBHS students received this diploma.
Community and Campus Involvement, Incentives
|Over 750 parent volunteers each year|
|Parent Booster groups|
|HBHS newsletters sent to homes|
|Liaisons to various business and community agencies including:
|Coastline Regional Occupation Program|
|West O.C. Special Education Consortium|
|Recognition for perfect attendance|
|Specialized Training/Talent Recognition (STAR)|
|Academy for the Performing Arts|
|Academic Recognition Program
|Community college 2+2+2 Program|
|Advanced Placement Exams
|Career Center scholarship file|
|Model United Nations Program|
|$2,165,247 in scholarships/awards, Class of 1998|
|Tower Awards; Senior Awards Assembly|
|Students of the month|
|Principal's Honor Roll|
|California Scholarship Federation|
|Regional and national competitions|
|Golden State Exams
|Presidential Academic Fitness Awards|
|Athletes of the Year|
|"Planning Guide for Students and Parents"|
|Documents available for inspection: