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History

Enjoying cool breezes from the nearby Pacific Ocean, Aliso Niguel High School  is nestled near a creek bed in the city of Aliso Viejo, California. Named for the two main cities it serves, Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel, it opened its doors in the fall of 1993.  Building upon a tradition of academic excellence for more than twenty-five years, ANHS has grown to an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students.  In that time, ANHS has distinguished itself as a premier high school designed to meet the academic and social emotional needs of its diverse student population. It offers award winning programs both in and out of the classroom and has been recognized as a California Distinguished School, a New American High School, a National Blue Ribbon School and "Best High School" by U.S. News and World Report

Academic Excellence

ANHS prides itself on a commitment to academic excellence.  On any given day, a typical Wolverine student might begin the morning conducting on-line research in the library’s Media Center, spend mid-day attending tutorial for extra help with math, and finish the afternoon integrating historical facts with related literature in a cross-curricular Humanitas (English and social science) program.  Spurred by the academic talents and ambitions of their fellow students, over half  of ANHS seniors regularly take the SAT. Last year, we scored well over state and national averages with a combined score of 1644.  ANHS offers a full complement of AP courses, with a total of eighteen subjects.  Additionally, AP course enrollment has steadily increased, with a combined pass rate of 82%.  The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, which provides norm-referenced data, is administered annually to over 95% of ANHS students in Grades 9-11. It is a point of pride that our Wolverine students consistently score higher than our district, state, and national counterparts.

Co-Curricular Experiences

However, such impressive test scores and quantitative data tell only half the story. Through an academic and co-curricular culture that seeks to incorporate every student, the real proof of success lies in the nearly school wide perception that "there is something for everyone" at ANHS. This core value is best exemplified by the numerous clubs and co-curricular activities offered on our campus.  We are especially proud of the number of “service-oriented” clubs; some raise funds, such as Peace by Peace, which sends money to African school children; and others offer time to help others, like our National Honor Society, which offers free peer-to-peer tutoring.  The spirit of full inclusion is encouraged here as demonstrated by our annual events like Club Rush and our Multi-Cultural Fair.  At ANHS, a special-needs student, an AP scholar and a "typical student in the middle" can be seen working together whether it is raising funds for a local charity, performing a Dance Appreciation routine, or competing in a football game.  

Educational Culture

The ANHS Professional Learning Community continues to strive for improvement by responding to input collected from stakeholder surveys, small group meetings, and community feedback forums. In response to the information gathered, the Aliso Way focuses on three critical areas: teaching practices (aligning district power standards, encouraging project oriented/hands-on activities), assessment methods (comprehensive rubrics, standardized testing strategies, common assessments) and logistical structures (block schedule, tutorial period, collaborative meetings).  As a result of this commitment to a culture of personal enrichment, ANHS affords students many opportunities for a cohesive learning experience.  

Commencement

Each spring, as the academic year comes to a close, the ANHS mission is finally realized. Looking out across campus, one can see the sun slowly set over the coastal hills as the lights in the football stadium begin to glow. Seniors gather in an adjacent field as they prepare to take their final graduation walk while the band enthusiastically warms-up for the traditional march. The graduates brim with hope for the future and with fond memories of the past.   Perhaps they are preoccupied by reminiscences of the warm welcome of the Link Crew during freshman year, or the many special teachers who made a difference, or the life-long friends made during the journey.   Perhaps they sense the transformation, at once subtle and profound, which now forms their nature, their character, their identity.  All involved in the Aliso Way rejoice, for the opportunities to soar, for the commencement into hope, for the future of our graduates.