Whitney (Gretchen) High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 10 out of 10
Grades 7th grade to 12th grade
School District ABC Unified
Type Public
 Phone (562)926-5566
 Location 16800 Shoemaker Ave.
Cerritos, CA 90703
Charter School No

Whitney (Gretchen) High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 4th in the best public high schools in California.



The Whitney (Gretchen) High student body is mostly Asian Pacific with a smaller Hispanic population and has very low racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific80.4%819
Native American Indian0.3%3
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.3%3
Two or more races1.6%16

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 9%

11.8% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Whitney (Gretchen) High students are largely wealthy and rank 114th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students
7th Grade173
8th Grade165


State Standardized Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 2nd in California

Students at Whitney (Gretchen) High scored an average 96% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 1.1% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls95% or more*95% or more*
Boys95% or more*95% or more*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander99% or more*98%
Black50% or more*50% or more*
Hispanic80% to 84%*85% to 89%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White80% or more*80% or more*
With Disabilitessuppressed*suppressed*
Limited Englishsuppressed*suppressed*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Whitney (Gretchen) High students in 2016 was 1374.

College Admission Test Participation

8 out of 10

Rank: 152nd in California

160 out of 325 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (49%). College admission testing participation is well above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 17% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

10 out of 10

Rank: 13th in California

Whitney (Gretchen) High offers 14 AP courses. 102 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 100% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Whitney (Gretchen) High had 498 taking AP exams with a 487 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 99% percentile and significantly above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 98% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 102% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 27%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 22%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 56%
AP Courses Offered 14

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate4%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate3%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate5%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0%0


Whitney (Gretchen) High
16800 Shoemaker Ave.
Cerritos, CA

10 out of 10 1


ABC Unified
Cerritos, CA