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)


Cypress 90630 Boasts Orange County’s #1 Rated Public High School, Oxford Academy, And #2 In Nation According To U.S. News And World Report

2008 API = 983 (Out of 1000)
  • U.S. News and World Report’s 2008 High School Rankings, Oxford Academy has been ranked the second-best high school in the nation. The ranking is based on “college-readiness,” percentage of students taking advanced exams, and average pass rate on AP tests.

Oxford was ranked 4th in the same “Gold Medal” index for 2007.

Oxford Academy (Cypress, CA 90630) is a seventh through twelfth grade college preparatory public school, which opened in September of 1998. Recognized as a California Distinguished School and as one of the top ten high schools in the U.S. by Newsweek and US News and World Report, Oxford Academy draws students from the entire attendance area of the Anaheim Union High School District. Oxford, a magnet school for Anaheim Union, tops the Register’s “Orange County’s Best High Schools,” a first-ever ranking of the county’s comprehensive public high schools.

Recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2004 – 2005 and as a special interest school. OA’s current enrollment is 1126 students, and in 2003, it graduated its first class of 120 seniors. The campus is ethnically and socio-economically diverse with a student body consisting of 59% Asian, 15% white, 14% Latino, 11% Filipino/Pacific Islander, and 1% black students. Almost 20% of OA students participate in the Free/Reduced Lunch program. “It’s a wonderful compliment to our students, staff and families to be considered No. 1,” Scott said. “It puts a lot of responsibility on us not to get complacent and continue to strive for greater things. We are proud, but we are not a perfect school.” When leaders of the Anaheim Union High School District came up with the concept for the college-preparatory school in 1998, they envisioned a campus where top students would be challenged and groomed for the country’s top universities.

A decade later, Oxford Academy – which teaches students in grades seven through 12 – is surpassing nearly all expectations.

Last year, 99 percent of eligible students took the state’s primary college-entrance exam – the SAT – and an equal number qualified to enter a California State University or a University of California level school. The school was recognized this year by Newsweek magazine as the fourth best school in the nation.

Located on a 20-acre campus in Cypress, Oxford has no attendance boundaries. Instead, it is open to the top 25 students from each of the district’s eight junior high schools – candidates who must still pass an admissions test and, once in, maintain a minimum grade-point average.

The school is also about more than academics. In recent years, Oxford has gained attention for its music, choral and theater programs. The school now competes in nearly ever major sport, except football.

Still, the focus is academics. Oxford this year boasted the highest API score in the county.

So with so many high achieving students, teachers here must be spoiled?

“Wrong,” said history teacher Fabiana Maench-Casanova.

“I’ve never worked so hard as I have here,” she said. “You’ve got to work hard to keep up with these students and continue to challenge them.

“We may be spoiled in the sense that we don’t have discipline problems like other schools, but we have other challenges so that we don’t lose their attention.”