“Sunny Hills High School has forged a remarkable reputation for providing students academically rigorous curricula to successfully prepare them for college and 21st Century careers. One of seven high schools in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Sunny Hills is located in Orange County in an affluent multi-ethnic community. Sunny Hills High School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School (2012), and a California Distinguished School (1988, 1994, 2005, and 2009). Sunny Hills High School has maintained excellent rankings in U.S. News and World Report "Top 100 High Schools in America", and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Current enrollment is 2306 students of which 526 are seniors. The graduating class of 2016 includes: 16 International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidates, 9 National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists, and 76 candidates for the Seal of Biliteracy.
“Sunny Hills High School attracts students from four feeder elementary school districts. Additionally, Sunny Hills attracts hundreds of non-resident students from within and outside the District (La Habra City, Lowell Joint, Anaheim UHSD, Placentia-Yorba Linda and various private schools including Carden Academy) due to programs such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Conservatory of the Fine Arts (COFA), Engineering Pathways to Innovation and Change (EPIC), Agriculture Science Academy, Regional Occupational Program (ROP), and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID).
Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered at Sunny Hills are: United States Government and Politics, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Chinese, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, French, German, Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, and U.S. History. In 2015, 781 (33%) students took 1687 exams. Passing scores of three (3) or higher were earned on 1051 (63%) of the tests. 114 students were recognized as AP Scholars, 35 as AP Scholars with Honors, 91 as AP Scholars with Distinction, and 10 students received the high honor of National Scholar.
“In 1985, Sunny Hills was granted full affiliation by the International Baccalaureate (IB) Organization. In 2015, 69 students took 250 subject entries. Passing scores of four (4) or above were earned on 76% of the tests. In 2015, 20 of the 29 eligible senior candidates were granted International Baccalaureate Diplomas. Students may take higher level exams in Art, Design Technology, Economics, English, Theatre, Math, Physics, German, Spanish, Korean, French and History of the Americas. Standard level exams may be taken by students in Biology, Physics, Design Technology, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Chinese, Mathematics, History of the Americas and Art.
“Students who participate in the Conservatory of Fine Arts (COFA) explore the areas of visual arts, dance, music and/or theatre. Nine pathways are offered: Brass, Woodwind, and Percussion; Theatre; Orchestra; Vocal Music; Drawing and Painting; Art and Media; Dance; 3-D Design; and Inter-disciplinary. Students can earn a COFA Laureate for 3 years of study or a COFA Laureate with Distinction for 4 years of study and participation in 3 COFA sponsored events per year outside of their coursework. All courses meet the UC/CSU “Visual/Performing Art” requirement. The school currently has 583 COFA members and in 2015, 67 graduating seniors earned the Laureate or Laureate with Distinction Award diploma.
“Engineering Pathways to Innovation and Change (EPIC) encompasses a variety of opportunities for students to vastly explore the field of engineering. Aligned with Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and College Preparation curricula, the EPIC Program provides pathways for students who satisfy the program's entry requirements. In addition to their current high school program and engineering coursework, this pathway provides students with experiences in: "design-build" competitions, engineering summer programs, industry internships, and local/national engineering projects ..”
From California Department of Education School Accountability Report Card Reported Using Data from the 2014-15 School Year for Sunny Hills High School.