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Our Culture

Academic Excellence

Aliso Niguel prides itself on a commitment to academic excellence. On any given day, a typical Wolverine student might begin the morning conducting online research in our 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 program. Spurred by the academic talents and ambitions of their fellow students, over half of ANHS seniors take the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Last year, we scored well over state and national averages with a combined average 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, and we are proud to be ranked 232 in the state of California and 1,543 nationally by U.S. News and World Reports for Best High Schools.

Professional Learning

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:

  1. teaching practices that align district power standards to state frameworks and curriculum guides
  2. project-oriented/hands-on activities, assessment methods 
  3. logistical structures that support academic success for all students   

As a result of this commitment to a culture of professional enrichment, ANHS affords students many opportunities for a cohesive and meaningful learning experience.  

School Culture

Test scores and quantitative data tell only half the story. Through academic and co-curricular experiences we have created a 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.





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.