ABC Secondary (Alternative) School: Full Guide

Location: Cerritos, CA

Are you a student or parent at ABC Secondary (Alternative) School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to ABC Secondary Alternative available. Here we'll cover:

  • Breakdowns of student ethnicity, gender, and family income
  • How safe ABC Secondary Alternative is to attend
  • SAT/ACT/AP scores earned by ABC Secondary Alternative students
  • Which AP/IB classes you can take at ABC Secondary Alternative
  • Every sports team you can join at ABC Secondary Alternative

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Basic Information

ABC Secondary (Alternative) School is a public school, supporting grades 7 to 12 . It's located in Cerritos, CA in Los Angeles County.

Based on its location, ABC Secondary Alternative is classified as a school in a large suburb. Here's the location on a map:

Contact Information

Mailing address:

ABC Secondary (Alternative) School
16534 S. Carmenita Rd.
Cerritos, CA 90703-2301

Phone number: 5622297768

ABC Secondary (Alternative) School homepage:

Principal: Jeffrey Green
Email the principal: [email protected]

Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at ABC Secondary (Alternative) School is 84 students, making it a small high school, in the bottom 25% of all California high schools by size.

With at most a few dozen students in your class, you'll get to know most other ABC Secondary Alternative students well. But the small student body size may mean that you won't get access to the full range of activities and classes that other high schools offer.

If you find that your interests aren't well served by ABC Secondary Alternative, consider transferring to a larger high school if possible, or find ways to supplement your interests in your community or on the Internet.

Growth in Student Body Size

Is ABC Secondary (Alternative) School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at ABC Secondary Alternative has steadily decreased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 0 1 1
10th grade 8 3 11
11th grade 19 5 24
12th grade 28 18 46

As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 45 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that ABC Secondary Alternative is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.

There are a few reasons this can happen. The population of Cerritos could be decreasing, thus sending fewer students into ABC Secondary Alternative. Alternatively, other schools (like charter or private schools) might be appearing, drawing students away.

Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at ABC Secondary (Alternative) School?

From our statistics, ABC Secondary Alternative has a 68:32 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

There is a large male majority at ABC Secondary Alternative, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Los Angeles County. As a result, it'll feel like there are a lot more girls than boys in your classes.

Sometimes this imbalance can result from random chance and may not suggest anything about ABC Secondary Alternative. In other cases, the school might preferentially select for males. For example, in our data we find that continuation high schools unfortunately seem to be male-dominated. In yet other cases, other neighboring schools might attract female students, drawing them away from ABC Secondary Alternative.

If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting ABC Secondary Alternative administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 5622297768.

Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at ABC Secondary (Alternative) School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, ABC Secondary Alternative has a homogenous student body, with the overwhelming majority of students identifying as one ethnicity. Only a third of California schools show as little diversity as ABC Secondary Alternative does. When attending class, most students will be of the same ethnicity, with some variation.

The majority of students at ABC Secondary Alternative are Hispanic. In California, Hispanic students make up the majority of all students at 51.5%, and are thus the most common ethnicity. Predominantly Hispanic schools are the most common type of homogenous school, and ABC Secondary Alternative fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 0
Asian 2.3% 2
Hispanic 71.4% 60
Black 10.7% 9
White 14.2% 12
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 0
Two or more races 1.1% 1

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Cerritos. If you'd like to see how other nearby schools look in diversity, just google "[name of school] prepscholar" to find our guide to that specific school.

Income Level of ABC Secondary Alternative Families

What are the family incomes of students at ABC Secondary (Alternative) School? To determine this, we look at the number of students who qualify for free or reduced lunches, a classification by the US federal government.

To qualify for a reduced price meal, family income needs to be below 185% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $45,000 or below.

To qualify for a free meal, family income needs to be below 130% of the federal poverty guidelines. For a family of 4, this means an income of around $32,000 or below.

The lower the percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced price meals, the higher the income levels are likely to be.

At ABC Secondary Alternative, 4.7% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 53.5% qualify for free lunches.

This means ABC Secondary Alternative has a below average level of poverty. With most students not qualifying for free or reduced price lunches, ABC Secondary Alternative is below average among California schools in poverty level. The income level of families in Cerritos is thus likely to be relatively high.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 4 4.7%
Free lunches 45 53.5%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 35 41.6%

As with ethnicity, this likely reflects the surrounding community in Cerritos and doesn't speak much about the school itself.

ABC Secondary Alternative is in the middle 50% of schools by income level. Generally, higher income level schools are better-funded and have a higher quality range of classes and activities. ABC Secondary Alternative is likely in the middle of the pack in this regard and will give you a good set of options to try.

If you have any interests that ABC Secondary Alternative doesn't cover, look to your local community for activities, or to the Internet for self-study AP classes.

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School Safety

How safe is ABC Secondary (Alternative) School to attend? Can you expect a lot of conflict as a student here?

To study this, we look at disciplinary data for two types of incidents at ABC Secondary Alternative: referrals to law enforcement (when incidents are reported to police), and arrests.

These are the most serious disciplinary actions available to school administration and are more severe than suspensions or expulsions. Suspensions are often discretionary and can be given just for being disruptive in class. In contrast, law enforcement referrals and arrests often indicate incidents that put the safety of other ABC Secondary Alternative students at risk.

In the school year of 2011-2012, there were 0 referrals to law enforcement, and 0 school-related arrests. This is out of a total enrollment of 161 students.

To put this into perspective, most California schools (59% of them) reported 0 law enforcement referrals and arrests.

Compare this school with other high schools in the same school district, using the following table:

Abc Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Artesia High 2 2 1363
Cerritos High 0 0 2170
Gahr (richard) High 2 0 1969
Tracy (wilbur) High (continuation) 0 0 340
Whitney (gretchen) High 0 0 1016

Academic Performance

Now we get to a major aspect of assessing a high school: academic performance. How good of an education will you get at ABC Secondary (Alternative) School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about ABC Secondary Alternative's academics here.

Graduation Rate

To start off, an important benchmark of academic achievement is graduation rate. For all students who start high school at ABC Secondary Alternative, the state of California wants as many students to graduate as possible, since a high school diploma can mean a big difference in getting a job.

At ABC Secondary Alternative, 91% ABC Secondary Alternative students graduated within four years of starting high school.

Here's how this stacks up to other schools. The California state government has defined 90% as a target rate. The state average is around 80-85%.

ABC Secondary Alternative is in the 73rd percentile of all public high schools in California for graduation rate. This is above average. Generally, a graduation rate of above 90% is considered good and well above average, and below 75% is well below average.

Note: This data comes from a few years back, but the trends are likely to stay the same, since schools don't get significantly better or worse within a short period of time.

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