High School Guide: Sacramento County High Schools
(All information listed below has been copied from school websites. Information is subject to change. Not all area high schools are listed below.)
High School Information from SCUSD:
High School Information:
West Campus High School
5022 58th Street
Sacramento, CA 95829
The mission of WCHS is to provide a safe and supportive school environment that fosters social and emotional well-being; presents students with a challenging curriculum focused on college and career readiness; and promotes the development of lifelong learners and contributing citizens. We are a small, public college-preparatory high school serving academically motivated students who reside in the culturally and economically diverse neighborhoods of Sacramento.
WCHS offers AP courses & Engineering & Technology program.
The Met Sacramento
810 V ST.
SACRAMENTO CA 95818
The Met Sacramento is one of the Sacramento City Unified School District's small innovative public charter schools. We are located in one corner of the downtown grid at of 8th and V streets across from South Side Park. Students at the Met work two days every week at internships in their interest areas in the local community. The Met is part of The Big Picture network of more than 100 schools worldwide (bigpicture.org). At the Met we believe that Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships are prerequisites to authentic educational experiences. Because the school is small (average 300 students) students at the Met form close relationships with other students and their teachers, relationships that often last long after the student has graduated.
The Met Sacramento participates in the Panther Pipeline program with Sacramento City College which allows students to earn college credit while in high school. (https://www.metsacramento.org/services)
St. Francis Catholic High School
5900 Elvas Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95819-2108
At St. Francis you can explore a rich world of academic and extracurricular possibilities, make real connections with a diverse group of young women, and experience the freedom to be your true self.
St. Francis students come from more than one hundred twenty different public and private feeder schools and ninety different zip codes. One thing that unites all our students is the desire for an excellent college preparatory environment. We offer 28 Honors and AP classes, taught by outstanding and responsive faculty members who are invested in their students' success. In most years 100% of our graduates go on to college or study abroad after graduation. Colleges and universities recognize the St. Francis advantage; the SFHS Class of 2017 collectively earned more than $34 million in scholarships-a testament to our graduates' hard work and talent.
With more than 60 student clubs, 8 academic teams, award-winning fine and performing arts, and nationally recognized athletic teams, St. Francis offers numerous opportunities for challenge and growth.
Each year our graduating seniors overwhelmingly cite the sense of sisterhood as the best characteristic of St. Francis High School. That sisterhood is cultivated through retreats, Christian service, and an inclusive and vibrant faith-filled community.
2315 34th Street
Sacramento CA, 95817
Sac High's mission is to graduate self-motivated, industrious, and critically thinking leaders who are committed to serving others, passionate about lifelong learning and prepared to earn a degree from a four-year college.
Additionally, at Sacramento High School, the motto is "Service for Others." Through community service, students develop a strong sense of civic responsibility while giving back to the community in which they live.
Sac High offers AP courses and career pathways.
It is the mission of the Sacramento Academic and Vocational Academy (SAVA) to provide high quality curriculum, instructional support, career exploration, and preparation for students in our community. We accomplish this by:
- Emphasizing standards-based curriculum
- Providing parents and guardians with instructional guidance and support
- Identifying student instructional needs and providing personalized educational plans
- Assessing student learning style, modality and achievement
- Providing access to career opportunities including internships and job shadowing
It is our belief that all students can learn and achieve if we first ensure that basic needs and support systems are in place and then work to explore multiple pathways to meet the multiple challenges for our student population.
Rosemont High School
9594 Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento, Ca 95827
Rosemont High School opened its doors in 2003, fulfilling a longstanding need for a high school that served the Rosemont area. The campus boasts impressive academic buildings, spacious library, state-of-the-art science lab classrooms, two theaters, two basketball gymnasiums, a weight room, and a new football field. Rosemont's students benefit from the finest campus in the district.
Rosemont offers AP courses, as well as a program in culinary and engineering, construction and design.
John F. Kennedy High School
6715 Gloria Drive
Sacramento, CA 95831
JFK Visitation Day
Students and families planning to attend John F Kennedy High School next year are invited to a visitation day on Tuesday, November 6. The visitation will run from 9:30 to noon.
Located in Sacramento, California, John F. Kennedy High School (JFK) is a comprehensive school, serving students in grades 9-12, in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
Recognized by the state as a 2005 and 2009 California Distinguished School.
The enrollment is consistently at about 2,200 students. JFK has an ethnically diverse, culturally rich, student body.
The attendance area served by JFK extends from downtown Sacramento through the Pocket neighborhood. JFK operates a college preparatory curriculum program on a traditional 55-minute class schedule, offering a wide variety of academic programs in a six-period day. There is zero and seventh periods for special class needs and student activities.
JFK is known for its rigorous academic programs. Students may enroll in a number of college preparatory classes and programs that include:
- Honors and Advanced Placement (AP) Courses that meets the UC requirements.
- The Program in America and California Exploration (PACE), is a four-year college prep history and English program that explores these curricular areas from a uniquely Californian and American perspective.
- Distinguished Math, Computer, and Science Programs
- Criminal Justice Academy
- Marine Corps Military Science Academy
- Foreign Languages-including Japanese, Spanish, French, Latin and Mandarin
- Business Program-including business management and business computer applications
- Family and Consumer Education- including culinary arts, and family economics
- Industrial Technology- including auto technology, graphic arts, computer aided design and drafting, and Robotics.
- Physical Education- including jazzercise, weight training, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball, recreational and competitive sports
Mira Loma High School
4000 Edison Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
Mira Loma High School, a California Distinguished School Educating International Baccalaureate students since 1991, is one of nine high schools in the San Juan Unified School District. MLHS prides itself on its six distinctive programs including International Baccalaureate Middle Years (MYP), International Baccalaureate Diploma (DP), International Studies (IS), International Passport (IP), English Learner (EL) and Special Education. MLHS's programs have created a dynamic magnet for students in Mira Loma's neighborhood as well as surrounding cities. MLHS brings together the brightest and hardest working students in the region with the most diversity of thought and background. Of note, MLHS outperformed all other Sacramento region high schools on the 2015/2016 SAT with an average score better than 83 percent of students nationwide who took the exam. Newsweek also recognized MLHS as one of the best high schools in 2016, ranking it 200 in the nation (64 factoring in poverty). MLHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, receiving the maximum 6-year accreditation in 2017.
The International Baccalaureate program at Mira Loma is part of the International Baccalaureate Organization's world-wide system of schools. The IBO's mission statement clearly indicates the philosophical approach of all IB schools:
The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.
To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.
These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. (www.ibo.org)
The IBO offers three distinct programs: Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Years. At Mira Loma we offer both the Middle Years Program (MYP) and the Diploma Program (DP).
Jesuit High School
1200 Jacob Lane
Carmichael, CA 95608
Firmly rooted in Jesuit ideals and Catholic educational tradition, Jesuit provides a dynamic environment for academic, spiritual and social growth. For nearly 50 years, Jesuit High School has challenged students with a rigorous academic program in the classical, Jesuit tradition. Today, that tradition continues through a comprehensive study of the liberal arts and a strong commitment to a Jesuit mission that prepares students for college and beyond.
A Jesuit education offers more than an excellent college preparatory curriculum. Students attend from throughout the Sacramento Metropolitan area and are challenged to realize their full potential as lifelong learners and leaders in service to others. By graduation, these young men are academically competent, open to growth, loving and aware of God in their lives and the world.
When a young man enters Jesuit High School, he becomes part of a global community of men and women who are proud to have attended a Jesuit high school or university. Whether in Sacramento or cities throughout the United States and abroad, graduates feel a connection with others who have graduated from a Jesuit school. This network of Jesuit-school graduates welcomes Jesuit High School alumni into a community that can open doors in all walks of life.
Jesuit High School offers numerous AP courses.
Luther Burbank High School
3500 Florin Road
Sacramento, CA 95823
The mission statement of Luther Burbank High School reads: To create community, appreciate diversity, teach civic responsibility and prepare students to work, learn and thrive. In order to achieve these goals Luther Burbank is structured into six small learning communities, each focused on a academic/career theme and providing students with options for work and college. Luther Burbank also provides students with the opportunity to participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme, an internationally recognized honors program for students interested in internationalism and challenging international standards.
Luther Burbank H.S. has high expectations for students. Teachers work as a team to encourage students to be independent learners and use a variety of small group methods to develop problem-solving skills, cooperation, and higher-level thinking skills, instead of the standard textbook format.
Students who live outside Luther Burbank's school of residence area (SOR) must obtain a permit in order to be enrolled at Burbank for the 2018/2019 school year.
The deadline to submit a permit is May 18, 2018, to the Enrollment Center on 47th Ave.
If you live outside Sacramento City Unified School District, you must first apply for a permit through your district of residence.
If you reside inside the SCUSD boundary, you must apply for the permit at the Enrollment Center, NOT Luther Burbank H.S.
Inderkum High School
2500 New Market Dr.
Read, Lead, Succeed!
Inderkum promotes a
rigorous academic setting committed to producing students
who read carefully, think critically, and work together to improve the local and global community.
Inderkum graduates will be
ready to lead after high school by being:
Proficient in Core Academics
Critical, Reflective Thinkers
Inderkum offers both AP and IB courses.
Hiram Johnson High School
6879 14th Ave, Sacramento, CA 95820
Hiram Johnson High School provides innovative systems that support high academic achievement for all students. In cooperation with parents and community we foster growth through a rigorous course of study. We provide our students opportunities for developing knowledge, skill, leadership, character, and citizenship for success in a competitive world.
Our goal is to work collaboratively with our staff, students, parents and community to continue the work in progress that will make Hiram Johnson an educational institution of excellence where every child succeeds.
The goal of Hiram Johnson High School is to equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to enter either career or college upon graduation. Students have the option of being a member of one of the five pathways that Hiram Johnson has to offer.
For students who are very clear about their career or college plan, they can choose to join one of the three California Partnership Academies embedded in each pathway.
Regardless of pathway option, all Hiram Johnson graduates are prepared and expected to be college and career ready.
Grant Union High School
400 Grand Avenue,
Sacramento, CA 95838
Grant Union High School is home to a phenomenal institutional legacy. For more than 80 years, Grant Union High School has provided a quality education to the families of Del Paso Heights and the surrounding North Sacramento neighborhoods. The truest testimony of the lasting legacy of a Pacer Education is in the fact that our administrative, teaching and support staff include an incredible number of Grant Alumni.
Our Student Body is comprised of approximately 2200 students from a vast array of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. Grant Pacers speak more than 10 home languages and mark outstanding academic achievements including participation in Advanced Placement courses in English, World Languages, Visual Arts, Social Sciences, Mathematics, and Science.
A staff of more than 100 teachers and an additional 100 supportive instructional, clerical, and custodial staff work daily to spur Grant Pacers on in their mission of the aggressive and unrelenting pursuit of excellence.
Grant Union High School is committed to graduating students who are:
- Academically competent and productive individuals who complete rigorous, standards-based coursework in every classroom, every day.
- Positive and active members of the Grant Union High school community, contributing to a safe learning environment which instills an academically centered culture.
- Ready to enter college, career and the world successfully.
Grant Union High School knows that it is essential to students of the 21st Century that they be connected to their communities and to real and tangible possibilities for their futures. For this reason, we have developed three unique academies on our campus to better serve and train our students for the modern world in which they live.
In our original academy, students can learn skills and knowledge related to the field of Criminal Justice with a direct and active partnership with the Sacramento Police Department.
Our Environmental Science Academy teaches students to be powerful stewards of the earth. They learn landscape design, organic gardening and food preparation, and other skills related to the preservation and responsible use of our natural resources.
In the Sports Health Academy, students learn skills related to several different sports fields including accounting and management, nutrition, anatomy and physiology, and more.
GUHS offers numerous AP Courses
Cristo Ray High School
8475 Jackson Rd, Sacramento, CA 95826
Cristo Rey Sacramento's vision is to create the most effective and highly regarded high school that transforms underserved students into faith-filled, educated, professional and service-oriented people.
Cristo Rey Sacramento is a community committed to:
- understanding the core beliefs of the Catholic faith; making ethical decisions consistent with Gospel values; building a just world by serving others; fostering a personal relationship with God through prayer and worship.
- encouraging academic achievement; developing critical, creative, and disciplined thought; taking responsibility for one's own education; fostering perseverance; promoting lifelong learning.
- demonstrating the skills and habits needed for achievement in the workplace; understanding the requirements and opportunities of today's economy; appreciating the value of high standards and hard work.
A Cristo Rey model school shall meet the following standards - The School:
- Is explicitly Catholic in mission and enjoys Church approval.
- Serves only economically disadvantaged students. The school is open to students of various faiths and cultures.
- Is family centered and plays an active role in the local community.
- Prepares all of its students to enter and graduate from college.
- Requires participation by all students in the work-study program. All students must be 14-years-old on or before September 1st.
- Seeks to integrate the learning present in its work program, classroom, and extracurricular experiences for the fullest benefit of its student workers.
- Has an effective administrative and board structure as well as complies with all applicable state and federal laws.
- Is financially sound. At full enrollment the school is primarily dependent on revenue from the work-study program to meet operating expenses. In addition, the school maintains a comprehensive advancement program to ensure financial stability.
- Supports its graduates' efforts to obtain a college degree.
- Is an active participant in the collaboration, support, and development of the Cristo Rey Network.
Cristo Ray offers select AP/H courses.
9470 Micron Avenue Sacramento CA 95827
Capital Christian School enjoys the full use of a 63-acre campus and some of the best athletic facilities in Northern California. The campus includes 83 classrooms, 6 science labs, 4 technology labs, a full-service cafeteria, Performing Arts Center, a newly renovated stadium (70-yard soccer pitch, synthetic field turf), all-weather track (IAAF certified), an NBA size basketball court, 2 multi-purpose gyms, weight room, tennis courts, baseball and softball fields and 3 playgrounds for the Early Education Center and Elementary students. More than 200 different churches are represented by the student body of CCS. CCS offers challenging, standards-based academics, award winning athletics, outstanding fine arts, progressive technology, and an amazing sense of community and service. CCS has students of varied ethnicity, including approximately 80 international students, and students who represent varied socioeconomic levels.
High School Academics:
Capital Christian High School (CCHS) is designed to partner with families in providing a Christ-centered education under the four cornerstones of Capital Christian Schools: "Developing the Spiritual, Academic, Social and Physical potential, all from the foundation of biblical truth." We strive to be an exemplary school that pursues excellence through Christ.
CCHS provides a state-of-the-art campus on the 63 acres of Capital Christian Center church. CCHS has a highly-qualified faculty that maintains academic quality while integrating faith and learning to ensure an environment in which students can pursue a great education with an emphasis on discipleship.
CCHS is a community of families that participate in the lives of their children while allowing their student to grow and to seek God first. Over 90% of CCHS graduates go on to attend some of the finest Colleges and Universities in our nation. It is our desire to partner with families to provide their student with a biblical foundation as they leave the familiar surroundings of CCHS to pursue what God has for them beyond high school.
Capital Christian offers AP courses.
Christian Brothers High School
4315 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Sacramento, CA 95820
CB's coeducational environment allows students to grow and develop in a healthy setting that reflects the real world they will encounter in college and in their careers. Our holistic approach to education includes outstanding programs in the arts and athletics, as well as unique opportunities for meaningful Christian service. Clubs and co-curricular programs allow students to fully engage as valued members of our campus life.
As Sacramento's longest-thriving Catholic high school, excellence is the standard as teachers challenge students to engage fully in a curriculum that prepares them with the knowledge, skills and integrity to meet the challenges of a changing global society in a positive and productive manner. Our graduates are regularly admitted to the finest colleges and universities and our counselors work diligently to match students with colleges that suit their academic and personal interests. Christian Brothers High School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and is co-accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
CB excels as a college preparatory high school. Teachers embody the Lasallian tradition of inspiring students to meet their full, God-given potential with a core curriculum that emphasizes reflective thinking, critical analysis and writing skills. Courses are offered in the following four categories:
ACCELERATED COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM: The CB Accelerated College Prep program challenges high-achieving students with rigorous course offerings. Accelerated and honors courses are preparatory courses for advanced placement and university courses. Those colleges and universities which make use of honors and advanced placement credits may or may not add honor credits according to their own policies. The most selective colleges and universities expect that students will successfully complete honors and advanced placement courses. A component of the Accelerated College Prep curriculum is the Scholar Program. The program offers students both the opportunity to be part of a community of highly motivated young men and women, and to enhance their admissions possibilities to highly selective colleges/universities. Students who have taken five accelerated courses and maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of their freshman year are eligible for this program. To continue in the Scholar Program, students must earn a GPA of at least 3.85 each semester of Sophomore, Junior and Senior year. They must enroll in five accelerated (honors/AP) courses as sophomores, and three honors/AP courses as juniors and seniors.
In addition, Christian Brothers participates in the nationwide Advanced Placement program of college level instruction in high school by offering Advanced Placement courses. Students enrolling in advanced placement courses must meet stated course and grade prerequisites and departmental approval. To maximize the likelihood of successfully completing these courses, students must evidence strong academic skills, high test scores, consistency of performance and self-discipline. Advanced placement courses are designed to prepare students for the AP exam. Students who do well on the AP exam may qualify for college credit upon entrance at participating colleges.
COLLEGE PREP PROGRAM: The College Prep program is a robust, four-year curriculum that prepares students for entrance to a traditional liberal arts four-year college or university. The majority of students meet qualifications for our rigorous college prep program. CB graduation requirements ensure that students are college-ready.
FOUNDATIONAL COLLEGE PREP SUPPORT PROGRAM: Foundational College Prep is a two-year, support-based program offered during freshman and sophomore years. The program is uniquely designed to meet the individual academic needs of students who meet the minimum requirements for admission to Christian Brothers but are in need of remediation in language arts and reading skills, specifically in the core subjects of English and Social Studies. It also has a Study Skills component predicated on developing the skills of time management, note-taking, and active reading. The program begins in the summer with a four-week probationary session which candidates must pass prior to full matriculation in the fall semester of the ninth grade. Requisite for acceptance into this program are strong letters of recommendation from 8th grade teachers who identify particular merit in the candidate's character, work ethic, and potential to succeed within a college-prep curriculum.
Sacramento Country Day School
2636 Latham Drive
Sacramento, CA 95864
Country Day inspires intellectual discovery and engages a diverse community to think critically, live creatively, and act compassionately.
Country Day's Core Values
We challenge students to pursue academic and personal excellence as they develop and embrace their passion for learning. Our students thrive in a dynamic college preparatory program that fuels curiosity, instills confidence, and builds resilience.
Our inclusive community promotes equity and understanding through meaningful conversation that welcomes a variety of voices and celebrates individuality.
Our students grapple with complex issues, engage with conflicting points of view, make connections, and collaborate. We empower students with the skills to thrive in an evolving world.
Our students explore, improvise, and take risks as they discover and fully express themselves as individuals.
We nurture empathy, integrity, and responsibility in a safe and supportive community that values kindness, respect, and civic engagement.
Sacramento Country Day School admits students without regard to race, color, gender orientation, religion, or national or ethnic origin. It does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics programs, employment practices, or other school-administered programs.
The modern world demands creative problem-solvers. In the Country Day High School, we prepare our students for jobs that don't even exist yet.
We reach beyond traditional "content" learning and challenge students to innovate and explore in a flexible academic program that merges the arts, literature, science, and technology. Our graduates leave with a foundational education that embraces 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.
Led by a world-class teaching faculty, alumni of MIT, Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown among others, we form a community unafraid to take risks. We live in the spirit of Samuel Beckett, who wrote, "Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
By all standards, Country Day students shine brightest among all students in the Sacramento area. Year after year, our SAT scores average nearly 100 points higher than any other area schools. Our five-year AP score report shows that roughly 85% of our students earn a three or higher on their AP tests.
Yet, we value far more than just these traditional measures of success. At Country Day it's cool to be smart, athletic, artistic, or all of the above. We launch graduates into the world as young adults poised to be leaders in the community and citizens of a global world.
C.K. McClatchy High School
3066 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95818
As the oldest public high school in Sacramento, we are proud of the traditions and exemplary standard of excellence that sets us above all the rest! Our Lion Pride is evident in all we do-academic achievement, school spirit, extra-curricular activities, and community volunteerism and service.
The entire McClatchy staff of caring adults continues to focus on students and on helping students succeed-academically, socially, and emotionally. Because your teenager's high school experience spans four of the most important years of his or her life, we know how important this decision is for you and invite you to check us out! You will not be disappointed.
CKM prides itself on offering students a high-quality standards-based education for grades 9-12. Course offerings include English, mathematics, social sciences, science, world languages, physical education, and various electives. The curriculum is based on state content standards as set forth by the California Department of Education.
CKM is home to the district's highly acclaimed Humanities and International Studies Program (HISP), the Air Force Junior Criminal Justice Academy and the Law & Public Policy (LPPA). CKM also offers a selection of Regional Occupational Program (ROP) classes.
With few exceptions, every high school senior attending a Sacramento City Unified School District high school must complete a senior project during the second semester of twelfth grade in English class.CKM offers a variety of AP Courses.