Cypress 90630 Is Home To Cypress High School, #8 Public High School In Orange County


2008 API = 843

Cypress High School (Cypress 90630) has achieved a strong API score of 844 – rocketing up from 735 three years earlier. The strong emphasis on academics has paid off. This year, Cypress High But school leaders are even more proud of the fact that Cypress was the only school in the state to achieve the benchmark score of 800 among all state-identified student “subgroups” as well, including Asian, whites, Hispanics, English learners and those identified as being in a low socio-economic group.

#1 in Similar Schools Comparison in Orange County

Orange County Register Top Ten High School

Rank #8 of 63

Top 3% of High Schools in California

in Achievement on California Standards Test

Top 3% of Schools in America U.S. News and World Report

Top 5% of Schools in America Newsweek Magazine

Only High School in California with 6 Demographic

Subgroups Scoring over 800 on State Testing


“Sometimes we tend to overthink education. Here we have a very simple plan,” Carpenter said. “We map out what we should be teaching based on state standards and always work to tighten the process throughout the year.”

Longtime teacher Skip Loomis, who has been at Cypress since its first year 36 years ago, said there’s a new spirit around campus since Carpenter arrived four years ago.

Diversity is celebrated. And the renewed focus on academics has in no way diminished participation in arts and athletics.

This year, the Cypress varsity football team captured its first-ever CIF title. The number of student cultural and special interest clubs has risen to 35, including the Polynesian Club and a videographers club. The culinary arts program is bursting at the seams.

“Students have five periods of academics to keep up with mandated standards,” Carpenter said. “But that leaves two more periods for digital photography, foreign language, athletics and other arts.”

Senior Lynn Tran, 17, said she transferred to Cypress from her home in Garden Grove because of its balance of academics and arts.

“Here I feel colorblind, like there aren’t cliques,” Tran said. “I’m Asian, but at Cypress I feel like I’m just Lynn.”

(Excerpts from OC Register)

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