Venice High School
13000 Venice Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90066
Principal: Dr. Elsa H. Mendoza
Located between Culver City and Venice, just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, Venice High School proudly represents the complexity and diversity of its surrounding community. We are one of the ‘best kept secrets’ in the Los Angeles Unified School District and we invite you and your family to immerse yourselves in a thriving and supportive community that values progress, excellence, and achievement. Below is a snapshot view of our community and what our outstanding high school has to offer.
Venice High School, originally known as Venice Union Polytechnic High School, was first established in 1911 in the old lagoon bathhouse at Second and Windward Streets in Venice, California. In 1913, voters approved the purchase of 29 acres of land where the current campus now resides. The new campus was completed in 1915, but those buildings were largely destroyed in the Long Beach earthquake of 1933. Construction of the existing earthquake resistant buildings was completed in 1935 using Works Progress Administration (WPA) funding. 
The West Los Angeles community surrounding Venice High School is predominantly young, educated, middle class, and diverse. In addition to families and students from zip code 90066, Venice High School is the home school for students from the surrounding communities of Venice, Marina Del Rey, Mar Vista, and Del Rey. Four middle schools (Marina del Rey Middle School, Daniel Webster Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, and Palms Middle School) feed into Venice High School. The school’s fantastic programs also attract students from all over Los Angeles. Over 500 students currently enrolled in our World Languages and Global Studies Magnet and in the School for Advanced Studies come from all parts of Los Angeles Unified School District. Furthermore, students may apply to the school through the LAUSD open enrollment program. 1]
Venice High School proudly represents the diversity of its surrounding communities. The 2011-12 student population at Venice High School was 68.6% Hispanic/Latino, 12% White/European American, 9.6% Black/African American, 8.2% Asian and Pacific Islander, 1.1% two or more races, and .6% Native American/American Indian. 
Venice High School is a WASC Accredited, public school that operates on a traditional school calendar beginning in mid-August and ending in late May. Our 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) score was 725, reflecting a steady improvement over the last several years. All Venice High students are required to complete a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum that meets or exceeds the requisite A-G requirements to qualify for a University of California (UC) or California State University (CSU) school. Students also have the opportunity to take numerous Advanced Placement (AP) courses during their tenure at Venice High. In fact, Venice High School students outperformed high school students nation-wide on AP exams taken in May 2012 in the following subject areas: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, and Biology. These outstanding results reflect Venice High’s historical academic strength in math and the sciences. 
Venice High is home to an established and comprehensive athletics program that includes boys, girls, and co-ed championship teams for baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, and water polo. Venice Gondoliers varsity and junior varsity teams compete for and win league championships in all categories and many athletes successfully secure college scholarships to continue their dreams in college and later as professional athletes. Go Gondos! [1, 5]
Small Learning Communities
As of September 2012, all incoming freshmen chose one of the following Small Learning Communities (SLC). In October 2012, we welcomed our newest SLC—the Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine Magnet. Each SLC offers a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for college and careers in the designated areas. Students may also pursue regular and Advanced Placement ‘passport’ classes outside of their designated SLC. Please see our separate brochure for additional details about the proven value of Small Learning Communities. 
Class of 2012 Accomplishments
Venice High School’s Class of 2012 consisted of an amazing 450 students who exemplified the high standards and rigorous curriculum for which we are proud. This group of recent Venice High School alumni includes a National Merit Scholar, a Hispanic National Merit Scholar, and numerous AP Scholars of Distinction and National AP Scholars. Class of 2012 seniors also won national awards and scholarships in journalism from the National Scholastic Press Association and $130,000 worth of scholarships from the Venice High School Alumni Association. Thanks to the expert journalism of students in the class of 2012, the National Scholastic Press Association selected The Oarsman, our student-run school newspaper, as a Pacemaker Finalist. This recognition places it among the top high school newspapers in the country.
And where is the Class of 2012 now? Of the total 450 graduating seniors, 58% went to community colleges in California, 11% went to University of California (UC) campuses, 14% went to California State University (CSU) campuses, and 5% went to four-year universities outside of California. Of those seniors who went to UC campuses, 48% are attending one of the top four UC campuses (Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Davis) and 16% are attending the top-ranked public university in the United States (UC Berkeley). Five (1%) of our 2012 seniors are currently attending one of the top five universities in the country (Yale, Columbia, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford, and University of Chicago). In addition, 10% of all seniors are now attending one of the top 50 universities in the United States and 6% are attending the top 25. [1,3,4,6]
Accomplished and Award-Winning Faculty
Venice High School is home to many highly productive, award-winning faculty. In 2012, graphic arts instructor Art Lindauer was recipient of the 2012 Award of Excellence from Printing Industries of America. In addition, English instructor Courtney Lockwood was selected as the Outstanding Teacher of the Year and received the “Wave Award of Excellence” from the Venice Chamber of Commerce. In the same year, Goldman Sachs awarded Venice High Economics Instructor ShaRon Davis with a $4,500 Pathway to Economic Success Grant to enrich her economics classes. Currently, we have four teachers who are Nationally Board Certified. These are just a few examples of the professional faculty at Venice High. 
Venice High is fortunate to receive the steadfast support of numerous organizations composed of parents, alumni, and students. These organizations include the Gondo Booster Club, Friends of Venice Magnet, Venice Parents Teachers and Students Association (PTSA), and the Venice High School Alumni Association (VHSAA). VHSAA, for example, has awarded over $900,000 in scholarships to graduating Venice High seniors since 1963—over $130,000 in 2012 alone.
Sources of Information
 www.venicehigh.net  Venice High School College Center 2012 Senior Survey
 U.S. News and World Report 2012 Annual College Rankings  http://www.venicehighalumni.com/gateway.html