Hope School: Full Guide

Location: Buena Park, CA

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

We've written the best guide to Hope School available. Here we'll cover:

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

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Basic Information

Hope School is a public school, supporting grades 7 to 12 . It's located in Buena Park, CA in Orange County.

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

Contact Information

Mailing address:

Hope School
7901 Knott Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90620-2469

Phone number: 7142204198

Hope School homepage: http://hope.auhsd.us/

Principal: Cherylin Lew
Email the principal: [email protected]

Student Demographics

Student Enrollment

The total enrollment at Hope School is 326 students, making it a somewhat large high school, in the top half of all California high schools by size.

As a mid-sized high school, Hope School strikes the balance between size and comfort. There will be enough students to provide a diversity of experiences, like clubs and sports, for you to join. But it'll be small enough that you'll likely get to know most people in your class.

Growth in Student Body Size

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

From our calculations, the enrollment at Hope School has 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 10 6 16
10th grade 13 6 19
11th grade 12 15 27
12th grade 13 8 21

As you can see in the table above, the senior class is 5 students larger than the freshman class. This suggests that Hope School is shrinking in size and taking on fewer students.

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

Gender Split

Are there more boys or girls at Hope School?

From our statistics, Hope School has a 58:42 split between male and female students in the high school grades.

There is a large male majority at Hope School, and much more than you would expect from the general population in Orange 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 Hope School. 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 Hope School.

If the male majority is concerning to you, we suggest contacting Hope School administration and asking if they have any thoughts about why there's a gender imbalance. Their phone number is 7142204198.

Ethnicity Breakdown

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

From our statistics, Hope School 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 Hope School 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 Hope School 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 Hope School fits within this category.

Percentage Number
American Indian/Alaska Native 0.9% 3
Asian 13.4% 44
Hispanic 52.4% 171
Black 3.3% 11
White 24.8% 81
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1.8% 6
Two or more races 3.0% 10

High schools usually reflect the population in the surrounding area, so the ethnicities of students likely resembles those of Buena Park. 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 Hope School Families

What are the family incomes of students at Hope 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 Hope School, 9.8% of students qualify for reduced-price lunches, and 40.4% qualify for free lunches.

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

Number Percent
Reduced-price lunches 32 9.8%
Free lunches 132 40.4%
Do not qualify for reduced-price or free lunches 162 49.6%

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

Hope School 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. Hope School 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 Hope School 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 Hope 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 Hope School: 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 Hope School 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 236 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:

Anaheim Union High School District Safety

School Name Total Referred Total Arrests Enrollment
Anaheim High 23 2 3271
Cypress High 10 6 2629
Gilbert High (continuation) 2 2 666
Katella High 8 6 2716
John F. Kennedy High 4 2 2395
Loara High 4 0 2704

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