Fullerton Union High School: Full Guide

Location: Fullerton, CA

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

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

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

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Basic Information

Fullerton Union High School is a public school, supporting grades 9 to 12 . It's located in Fullerton, CA in Orange County.

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


Contact Information

Mailing address:

Fullerton Union High School
201 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, CA 92832-1925

Phone number: 7146263801

Fullerton Union High School homepage: http://www.fullertonhigh.org/

Principal: Rani Goyal
Email the principal: [email protected]


Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Fullerton Union High School is 2177 students, making it a large high school, in the top 25% of all California high schools by size.

Attending Fullerton Union High will feel like attending a small college. You'll have a few hundred students in your class, enough to provide an interesting set of activities, sports, and classes to try. But compared to the largest high schools in California, the student body size won't be overwhelming.


Growth in Student Body Size

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

From our calculations, the enrollment at Fullerton Union High has increased over the past few years. We calculate this by comparing enrollment in grades 9 to 12.

Male Students Female Students All Students
9th grade 270 310 580
10th grade 245 264 509
11th grade 253 277 530
12th grade 277 281 558

As you can see in the table above, the freshman class is 22 students larger than the senior class. This suggests that the school is growing in size and taking on more students.

There are a few reasons this could be happening. The city of Fullerton could be growing in population, thus sending more students into Fullerton Union High. Alternatively, Fullerton Union High could be relaxing its student policies and taking in more students.


Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Fullerton Union High School?

From our statistics, Fullerton Union High has a 49:51 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

Fullerton Union High has a balanced male-female ratio that's largely representative of the general population in Orange 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High School? Does one ethnicity make up most of the student body, or is it fairly balanced?

From our statistics, Fullerton Union High has a somewhat homogenous student body, with the majority of students identifying as one ethnicity, but not representing over 70% of the student body. Most schools in California fit this profile, so Fullerton Union High isn't out of the ordinary. Most students attending class with you will be of the predominant ethnicity, but there will be meaningful diversity from other races.

The majority of students at Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.0% 2
Asian 4.2% 93
Hispanic 63.6% 1385
Black 1.9% 42
White 27.6% 601
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0.0% 2
Two or more races 2.3% 52

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

What are the family incomes of students at Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High, 10.4% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 43.9% qualify for free lunches.

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

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 228 10.4%
Free lunches 956 43.9%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 993 45.6%

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

Fullerton Union High 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. Fullerton Union High 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 Fullerton Union High 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 2215 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:

Fullerton Joint Union High School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Buena Park High 0 0 1942
La Habra High 0 0 2251
La Vista High (continuation) 0 0 538
Sonora High 0 0 2020
Sunny Hills High 0 0 2476
Troy High 0 0 2654

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

We've compiled everything we could find about Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High, 95% (of 399) Fullerton Union 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%.

Fullerton Union High is in the 87th percentile of all public high schools in California for graduation rate. This is well 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High School SAT scores.

The average composite SAT score is a 1500 out of 2400, compared to a national average of 1500. Each year, roughly 340 at Fullerton Union High take the SAT.

This is an average SAT score, putting Fullerton Union High School right around the national average. Because the SAT measures academic achievement, this suggests that Fullerton Union High will offer a fairly standard high school education, neither strongly lacking or outperforming.

Note, however, that this is just an average - the top students can still exceed the average significantly. If you can rise far above your school average, you'll have a great shot at entering a strong college.

Here's a breakdown of SAT scores by section:

Average SAT Scores (2013-2014)

Source Critical Reading Math Writing Composite
Fullerton Union High 497 517 494 1500
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.

To learn more about SAT percentile rankings, read our guide on what SAT percentiles really mean.

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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 Fullerton Union High School ACT scores with the rest of the country.

At Fullerton Union High, the average ACT composite score was 22, compared to the nationwide average of 20. Each year, roughly 108 out of 2177 total students take the ACT.

This is above average performance, putting Fullerton Union High in the top 50% of California high schools. Since the ACT tests what you learn in school, these ACT scores are a good indication that you'll get an above-average education at Fullerton Union High.

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

Average ACT Scores

Source English Math Reading Science
Fullerton Union High 21 23 23 22
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 Fullerton Union 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 482 students in grades 9-12 at Fullerton Union High take 789 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 Fullerton Union High is 2.9 out of 5.

This score puts Fullerton Union High at average performance. For AP tests, the passing score is considered a 3, and the number of students who pass and don't pass are roughly even. This performance places Fullerton Union High School in the top 50% of schools for AP tests.

It's great that Fullerton Union High offers an AP program so you have the opportunity to take courses at a college level. Even though roughly half of all AP students here don't get a passing grade, half do - so with motivated studying throughout the year, you'll be able to beat the 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:


AP Test-Taking Statistics

Another way to gauge the quality of a school's AP program is to see how many AP students actually took AP exams at Fullerton Union High School. If a lot of students enroll in AP courses but don't actually take the AP tests, it can be a sign that students don't feel adequately prepared to take the test, or the school isn't encouraging students to take the exams enough.

At Fullerton Union High, there is a total enrollment of 376 in AP courses (a student taking more than one AP course counts more than once).

Of AP-taking students, 374 took AP tests for ALL AP courses. 57 students took AP tests for SOME AP Courses, and 229 took AP courses but took NO tests.


This is good test participation. Most AP students at Fullerton Union High School take the AP test for every one of their AP courses, outnumbering the students who take some or no AP exams. This is a good sign that students feel confident enough to take tests for all AP courses available to them, which reflects well on the teachers and course material. Fullerton Union High can continue to improve by reducing the number of students who take AP exams for some or none of their courses, but it's in a good state.

Note: The most recent data we have available is from 2012, so the statistics may have changed since then. Most likely, however, the trends are likely to continue - above average schools are likely to stay above average, and below average schools are likely to stay below average.


AP Passing Rates

For AP students at Fullerton Union High School who take the exam, it's important to know how they do. Here we have specific data on how many students got a passing grade (a 3 or above) on all, some, or none of the AP exams that they took.

Of all AP test takers, 251 students passed every AP test they took, which is a fantastic job. 82 students passed some but not all AP exams, and 108 students didn't pass ANY AP exam they took.

 

This is very strong performance. The majority of Fullerton Union High School students pass ALL the AP tests they take - an impressive feat, especially if students take multiple AP exams each year!

Overall, this points to a strong AP program at Fullerton Union High: across all AP course offerings, teachers are able to prepare students well for the exam. There are still some students who fail some or all of their exams, but this is a good starting point to improve from. You'll have a strong foundation to learn from throughout high school.

To find out the passing rates for specific AP courses at Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High.

English/Language Arts

At Fullerton Union High School, 68% of students meet or exceed state standards in English/Language Arts.

This is considered good and puts Fullerton Union High in the top 25% of all high schools in California for English/Language Arts. Most Fullerton Union High students pass or exceed state standards, though there is also a sizable portion of students who fail to meet state standards.

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 Fullerton Union High School, 36% of students meet or exceed state standards in Math. This is considered well below average and puts Fullerton Union High in the bottom 25% of all high schools in California. The vast majority of Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High. Taking AP/IB classes also raises your weighted GPA and makes you a stronger college applicant.

Furthermore, many colleges will accept your Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High School offer?

AP Courses

Fullerton Union High School offers AP courses in 20 subjects.

This is an impressive number of AP subjects, putting Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High likely means you'll be in good hands.

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

Course Title
Biology
Calculus AB
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Environmental Science
European History
French Language and Culture
Human Geography
Music Theory
Physics 1: Algebra-Based
Physics 2: 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

IB Courses


The International Baccalaureate program is less popular in the United States than the Advanced Placement program (there are around 850 diploma schools in the country and 100 in California). But Fullerton Union High School is one of the lucky few to have an IB program!

For college application purposes, the IB and AP programs are basically equivalent. So don't worry about being advantaged or disadvantaged either way if you participate in IB vs AP. What colleges care about first is academic achievement, and AP and IB classes are seen as equally challenging.

Fullerton Union High School has been an IB school since 1/6/87. Questions about the IB program at Fullerton Union High? You can contact the IB Diploma Programme coordinator, Mr Mark Henderson, by phone at (1) 714 626-3994.

The following IB courses were offered at Fullerton Union High during 2015-2016:

Course Title HL/SL
Spanish BHL + SL
BiologyHL + SL
Social and cultural anthropologyHL + SL
PhysicsHL + SL
Theory of Knowledge
French BHL + SL
English A LiteratureHL + SL
MusicHL + SL
MathematicsHL + SL
HistoryHL + SL
Visual Arts
Theatre

You can find out more about the IB testing schedule by going here.

We've also written the best study and test guides to International Baccalaureate.


Sports Teams

Finally, we'll cover which sports teams are available at Fullerton Union 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 Fullerton Union High.

By the way, the Fullerton Union High mascot is the Indians. Go Indians!

Fullerton Union High School fields 16 teams for girls' sports. This is a sizable number that puts Fullerton Union High in the top 50% of California schools that offer girls' sports. You won't get the full range of sports and levels, but you'll be able to try out for a few options. If you participate in a sport that Fullerton Union High doesn't offer, consider looking for a local non-school team that you can join.

And now for the boys: Fullerton Union High School fields 22 teams for boys' sports. This puts Fullerton Union High in the top 25% of California schools that offer boys' sports. Boys will have a large pick of sports to try out for.

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Sources

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