Verdugo Hills High School

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VERDUGO HILLS HIGH SCHOOL is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in the scenic twin community of Sunland-Tujunga, a suburban section of northern Los Angeles nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The school is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District and is at the center of a complex of schools that also includes a continuation high school, a middle school, six elementary schools and a children's center.

There are over 1650 students enrolled at Verdugo in grades 9 through 12. They range in age from 14 to 18 years. The school serves the local communities of Sunland, Tujunga, Shadow Hills, Lake View Terrace, La Tuna Canyon and parts of Sun Valley. The student body also includes students from the Los Angeles Mid-City area and the communities of South Gate and Bell.

The coeducational student population is served by a staff of over 65 teachers in 15 academic departments, 4 administrators, one dean of students, four counselors, one librarian, a school nurse, a school psychologist more than 46 support personnel.

There are over 50 different types of courses taught at VHHS in disciplines as diverse as art, science, mathematics, language, multimedia, business, music, social science, communications, industrial and occupational arts. In addition, the school has an extensive interscholastic athletics program with an outstanding record of championship achievement by its various sports teams.

School governance is coordinated through a Governance Council/SBM/SSC. The school will become an Expanded School-Based Management (ESBM) school in 2014-15.The committees include representation from all stakeholder groups including administration, faculty, staff, students, parents, and community members.

Verdugo Hills High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and received the maximum six-year accreditation from that organization, a significant accomplishment of which we are particularly proud!



Los Angeles Unified School District

Northeast Valley Service Area



Verdugo Hills High School                                                Phone:             (818) 951-5400          

10625 Plainview Avenue                                            FAX:                (818) 352-3577

Tujunga, California 91042 Website:

                                                                                    CEEB code:    053545


Principal:                                 Arturo Bárcenas


Assistant Principal:                  Jeeda Gabriel

Assistant Principal:                  Marine Davtyan


Counselors:                             Diane Chavez

                                    Gricelda Lepe

                                                Mark Woodhouse 

                                                Lina Gharakhanian

                                                Grace An


College Advisor:                      Leticia Arreguín


SSD Coordinator:                   Kathleen Crawford

TSP Coordinator:                    Lisette Duran



School calendar:    2018-2019 

August 14, 2018 – June 7, 2019


Community and School Information

Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in the northeast San Fernando Valley, Verdugo Hills High School was first established in 1937 as a junior-senior high school.  It became a three-year high school in 1959 and a four-year high school in 1992. It serves the local communities of Sunland, Tujunga, Shadow Hills, Lake View Terrace, and parts of Sun Valley, as well as mid-city and other parts of greater Los Angeles from which students are transported with District permit.


Student population: The school has a total population of 1,304 as of August 14th ,                                                2018 with 332 potential graduates.


Accreditation:          Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)


Programs:                                Programs,  Courses,  Magnet Schools

Advanced Placement  Courses



Regional Occupational Program

College Bound Program


School for Advanced Studies

Concurrent Enrollment for Seniors and Jump Start for Juniors with LA Mission College as well as Glendale Community College





Magnet School


English as a Second Language


Humanitas: Social Justice



Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School


JROTC  Program

Schedule:                 VHHS uses a 4 x 4 Block Schedule; there are four ten-week terms in one academic year.  One term is equivalent to one semester of instruction. Each period is ninety minutes in length.  Students must have a minimum of four periods per day. Our seniors can take three periods and leave school at 1:19 PM, only if  enrolled in a class in our local community college or are enrolled in Work Experience class.  Students can also opt to take a fifth period for extra-curricular activities, or athletics.


Grading and Ranking:  

                                    VHHS uses a 4.0 weighted grading scale.  LAUSD gives a .25 point bonus for AP courses only. Senior ranking is calculated cumulatively from grade 9 and extra grade points granted for each AP subject passed.



Post-secondary Data:

Class of 2018 

   302 Seniors  surveyed


College Bound


4 year institutions


2 year community college


Vocational/ /Trade School


Armed Forces


Work Force





       Class of 2018          4-Year institutions in Fall 2018

Private schools

California State Universities

UC Universities

Out of State Schools


California Lutheran University


Channel Islands


Grand Canyon University




Arizona State


Howard University

Dominguez Hills


Michigan State


Loyola University


Los Angeles



Mount St. Mary University





Long Beach

Wellesley University

Los Angeles

Santa Barbara




Woodbury University



Santa Cruz



San Francisco





Rigor of Courses:  VHHS  students may take a maximum of three (3) AP courses per block  

  semester.   9th Graders may take a total of two (2) AP courses.                


 AP courses include:

Art Studio 2D


English Literature

Music Theory



Computer Science A

Environmental Science


US Govt. And Politics

Calculus AB

Computer Science Principles

European History

Spanish Language

US History

Calculus BC

English Language

Human Geography

Spanish Literature

World History