Montebello High School: Full Guide

Location: Montebello, CA

Are you a student or parent at Montebello High School? Want to understand how to get the most out of high school?

We've written the best guide to Montebello High available. Here we'll cover:

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

Let's get started!

Basic Information

Montebello High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Montebello, CA in Los Angeles County.

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


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Montebello High School
2100 W. Cleveland Ave.
Montebello, CA 90640-4032

Phone number: 3237280121

Montebello High School homepage: https://mhs-montebellousd-ca.schoolloop.com/

Principal: Elena Meltzer
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Montebello High School is 2988 students, making it a very large high school, in the top 10% of all California high schools by size.

Wow! Attending Montebello High might feel like attending a college. You'll be surrounded by a large group of students (over 500 per class) and have more options for activities and clubs to join, which can be exciting.

On the other hand, you may also find that resources like counseling are spread thin across so many students. Make sure that you can get enough teacher and counselor attention to succeed at Montebello High, which may require being proactive.


Growth in Student Body Size

Is Montebello High School growing or shrinking? This will help you see trends in where the school is headed.

From our calculations, the enrollment at Montebello High 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 358 337 695
10th grade 345 353 698
11th grade 373 369 742
12th grade 414 439 853

As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 158 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Montebello High is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.

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


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Montebello High School?

From our statistics, Montebello High has a 50:50 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Montebello High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Los Angeles County. Since the student body is roughly half and half, it should feel like there are equal numbers of boys and girls in your classes.

This usually means that Montebello High doesn't strongly select for either males or females, unlike other schools that have a large majority of males or females.


Ethnicity Breakdown

What's the racial diversity at Montebello High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Montebello High has a very homogenous student body, with over 90% of students identifying as one ethnicity. This is especially extreme - fewer than 10% of California schools show as little racial diversity as Montebello High does. When attending class, you'll be surrounded by students of the same ethnicity.

The majority of students at Montebello High 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 Montebello High fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.1% 3
Asian 1.1% 33
Hispanic 95.8% 2863
Black 0.4% 13
White 2.3% 71
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 2
Two or more races 0.1% 3

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Montebello. 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 Montebello High Families

What are the family incomes of students at Montebello High 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 Montebello High, 11.7% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 75.0% qualify for free lunches.

This means Montebello High has a high percentage of students at or near poverty. Almost a third of all schools in California show this level of poverty, and by National Center for Education Statistics standards, Montebello High can be classified as a high poverty school. The income level of families in Montebello is thus likely to be low.

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 352 11.7%
Free lunches 2242 75.0%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 394 13.1%

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

Unfortunately, schools in areas of lower income levels are likely to be more poorly funded. As a result, they might feature less advanced coursework like AP/IB classes, and you may not have a full range of sports and extracurriculars to draw from. Because Montebello High is an especially high poverty-level school, it might not have the resources you need to meet your full potential.

You definitely don't have control over the city, the school, or other families, but you can structure your own learning to be more productive. If you'd like to open yourself to more opportunities, you can look into whether it's possible to transfer to a nearby school with higher income levels.

If not, don't be alarmed - it's possible that Montebello High has all that you need for your ambition. And you can definitely be proactive about learning outside of your school, looking to your community or to the Internet to find more resources.

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School Safety

How safe is Montebello High 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 Montebello High: 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 Montebello High 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 3299 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:

Montebello Unified School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Bell Gardens High 0 0 3169
Schurr High 0 0 3299
Vail High (continuation) 0 0 364
Laguna Nueva 0 0 0
Montebello Community Day 0 0 337
Applied Technology Center 0 0 0

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 Montebello High School? Will you be competitive for college? Will you have access to advanced classes?

We've compiled everything we could find about Montebello High'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 Montebello High, 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 Montebello High, 84% (of 769) Montebello High 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%.

Montebello High is in the 52nd 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.

Standardized Testing


Next, we'll look at another major piece of high school academics: standardized testing performance for Montebello High School students. These are tests that are administered to large populations of students for comparison purposes.

Let’s start by taking a look at the data for nationally administered standardized tests.

SAT Scores

As you probably know, the SAT is a critical test used for college admissions. The higher the score you get, the better your academic performance compared to students nationwide, and the easier it is to get into top colleges.

We did in-depth research and found the average Montebello High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1330 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 376 at Montebello High take the SAT.

This is a below-average SAT score, putting Montebello High School in the bottom 50% of all California schools. Only 21% of students here score the national average or higher. Because the SAT measures academic achievement, this suggests that Montebello High may offer a somewhat lacking high school education, compared to schools with higher SAT averages.

Note, however, that an average is just an average - top performers will still be able to impress. If you work hard and get an SAT score well above Montebello High's average, you'll have a great shot at entering a good college.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Montebello High 426 462 442 1330
California 498 510 496 1504
United States 495 511 484 1490

Note that the SAT has since changed to a 1600 scale, but the trends above for your high school are likely to continue. Just use this guide to convert between the old 2400 scale and the new 1600 scale.

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ACT Scores

In California, the ACT is less popular than the SAT. Fewer students take the ACT, and typically these students are more motivated and academically prepared for college. Therefore, it's harder to compare Montebello High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Montebello High, the average ACT composite score was 18, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 127 out of 2988 total students take the ACT.

This is below average performance, putting Montebello High in the bottom 50% of California high schools. Most students who take the ACT are below the national average.

Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, this is a pretty strong indicator that you'll get an average or below average education at Montebello High.

Here are the average English, Math, Reading, and Science scores for Montebello High compared to California and the US:

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Montebello High 17 20 18 18
California 21.8 22.8 22.3 21.7
UnitedStates 20.3 20.9 21.3 20.8

Scores provided are for the 2013-14 school year.

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Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are college-level courses that are an additional academic challenge may give Montebello High School students credit for college.

Here's what we're looking for: high average AP test scores as well as high AP passing rates.

AP Scores

Every year, roughly 300 students in grades 9-12 at Montebello High take 535 AP exams. It's important to understand how students score on the AP - earning a 3, 4, or 5 on the AP test means passing the test and often earning college credit.

The average score of all AP exams taken at Montebello High is 2.2 out of 5.

Unfortunately, this score puts Montebello High at below average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the majority of students who take AP tests at Montebello High don't pass. This performance places Montebello High School in the bottom 50% of schools for AP tests in California.

This isn't all bad news. It's already good that Montebello High offers an AP program, so you can start dipping your toes into college-level courses. Some schools are new to offering AP courses, and teachers often get better at preparing students for AP tests. Furthermore, a good number of students still earn a passing grade of 3 or above. With hard work throughout the year, you'll still be able to beat your school's average.

We have specific data on how many students got a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 (out of 5) on AP exams in the chart below:


To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Montebello High School, you'll have to talk to your guidance counselor (who can then help you find that information). For instance, one AP Calculus teacher may have an above-90% passing rate, while another might only have a 50% passing rate. If you can, you'll want to take the class with the teacher who has more students get a 3 or above on the AP exam.

Find out more about the average score for each AP subject here.


State Tests

As of 2014, eleventh graders attending Montebello High School must take standardized tests in English/Language Arts and Math as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). These align with the new Common Core standards and are called the "Smarter Balanced" tests.

If Montebello High students meet or exceed state standards, they're academically prepared to graduate high school and go to college. Specifically, we care about the percentage of students who meet or exceed state standards. The larger this number, the higher the preparation of students at Montebello High.

English/Language Arts

At Montebello High School, 46% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered below average and puts Montebello High in the bottom 50% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. The majority of Montebello High students do not pass state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

This specific percentage isn't much cause for concern - because the Common Core is new, the pass rate at Montebello High will likely rise over time. But it still reflects Montebello High's below average standing among California high schools.

English/Language Arts Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each ELA area score here.


Math

The other major test taken for state assessments is Math. Across the state, Math performance is generally lower than English/Language Arts performance, so it's natural for this number to be lower.

At Montebello High School, 18% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Montebello High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Montebello High students don't meet state standards, and only a small percentage pass.

Math Test Results (2015)

 

Read more about what’s measured in each Math area score, go here.


Academic Offerings


In addition to the standard high school curriculum, many high schools like Montebello High School offer advanced coursework as part of the Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) programs.

Brief Intro to AP/IB

AP and IB courses are designed at the difficulty level of college introductory classes. There are several important benefits to taking advanced coursework at Montebello High. First, taking more advanced classes shows colleges that you're committed to challenging yourself academically, and that you're one of the more advanced students at Montebello High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Montebello High AP/IB coursework as college coursework. In some cases, you'll be able to skip introductory-level classes and move to more advanced classes. In other cases, you'll be able to avoid having to take required courses and might even be able to graduate earlier than the standard 4 years. Often this will require you to pass the AP test, getting a score of 3 or above.

So what advanced courses does Montebello High School offer?

AP Courses

Montebello High School offers AP courses in 18 subjects.

This is an impressive number of AP subjects, putting Montebello High School in the top 25% of California schools in AP offerings. You'll likely have all of the most popular AP courses available to you, as well as some broader interests.

The total number of AP subjects is 38, so Montebello High is missing a good number of subjects, but these are likely the least popular subjects, like less popular foreign languages. If there are any AP courses you want to take that aren't being offered at Montebello High, ask your counselor for other options.

Of course, keep in mind that quality matters even more than quantity - it's important that your AP courses are taught well by engaging teachers. But the strong AP program at Montebello High likely means you'll be in good hands.

The following AP courses were offered at Montebello High during 2015-2016:

Course Title
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Psychology
Spanish Language and Culture
Spanish Literature and Culture
Statistics
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Studio Art: 3-D Design
Studio Art: Drawing
United States Government and Politics
United States History
World History

Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Montebello High School. Sports are an integral part of many students' high school experiences. The more sports that are available, and the more levels supported (Frosh, JV, Varsity), the more likely you'll be able to participate in a sport at Montebello High.

By the way, the Montebello High mascot is the Oilers. Go Oilers!

Montebello High School fields 19 teams for girls' sports. This is a high number that puts Montebello High in the top 25% of California schools that offer girls' sports. If you're a female, you'll have lots of options of sports and levels to try out for.

And now for the boys: Montebello High School fields 25 teams for boys' sports. Clearly Montebello High has a strong sports culture - Montebello High is in the top 10% of California schools that offer boys' sports. Boys will find plenty of options of sports at different levels to try out for. Because more teams usually also means more resources devoted to sports, you can also expect Montebello High sports teams to be competitive.

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Crosscountry
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Sources

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