Principal’s Message

JENNIFER BAXTER

I am the proud principal of Hamilton High School. I am thrilled at the prospect of having you join our school community for the upcoming academic year. Hamilton High School has a rich history, full of traditions along with strong academic programs and a multitude of extracurricular activities and clubs. With two magnet schools and three small learning communities, Hamilton High School has much to offer prospective students.

We are unconditionally committed to providing the best possible educational program to our students. We believe that there are numerous opportunities, both within our curricula and through extracurricular activities, for our students to gain the skills that will allow them to be successful in future college and career opportunities.

Our diversity is our strength. Hamilton High School is the most diverse school in LAUSD. I am honored to be the principal of such an amazing school. We love our students and we love our staff.

I invite you to learn more about what Hamilton High School has to offer you and I know that our school will provide you with an amazing high school experience.

Mission

The teachers, administration, staff, and parents of Hamilton High School believe in the dignity and worth of all Hamilton students. We are committed to creating and supporting small learning communities in order to maximize the achievement of our diverse student population.

Vision

Our students will be civic-minded, productive members of the community.

Student Learning Outcomes

We are guided by the expectation that our students will succeed in all of the following areas:

Prepared

Respectful

Inquisitive

Determined

Empathetic

About Us

Hamilton prides itself on representing a true cross section of Los Angeles including serving students from over 100 zip codes in one of its two magnets dedicated to Performing Arts and Humanities, its School for the Advanced Studies program, and its two neighborhood small schools dedicated to Business and the Visual Arts. Over the course of Hami’s 90 year history, we are proud of the famous alums we taught such as Lizzie Caplan, Kamasi Washington, Karen Bass and Warren Moon, and we strive to reach each student’s interest whether music, the arts, business or sports, so they can go on to be the best they can be.

Here we offer a rich variety of AP courses and provide opportunities for Community College classes. And with over 25 languages spoken by our students, we still offer Arabic, Mandarin, Spanish, French and ASL because we value our student diversity. Also, we are able to provide our students with additional support through our new Black Student Achievement Plan funding additional counselors and academic support.

Our
Schools

School for
Advanced Studies

Business and Interactive
Technology Academy

Communication
Arts Academy

The Humanities Magnet

Academy of Music and
Performing Arts Magnet

The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) is designed to support gifted and/or high achieving students and provide high-level academic rigor to serve their educational needs. The Hamilton SAS community serves students grade 9 through 12. With two dedicated Academic Counselors: Ms. Melcher and Ms. Sackett, the SAS Program is designed to engage students with a variety of honors and AP courses. Gifted learners perform at remarkably high levels in comparison to their peers. SAS faculty engage in multiple trainings yearly to better serve the needs of gifted students.

The School for Advanced Studies is a district wide program that serves Gifted and Talented students from across the city. Teachers in this program get special training each year as required by the district to best serve Gifted and Talented students. Students who want to be in the SAS program must apply and be accepted. The program is monitored by the district to make sure students are receiving the support needed to reach their goals.

Engaging Educational Experiences by Connecting Curriculum to Technology and Real World Experiences is the goal of Business and Interactive Technology Academy (BITA). Our faculty provides an engaging, educational experience which incorporates rigorous academic curricular standards while at the same time integrating technology skills across every discipline. The BITA mission is to enhance the quality of students’ academic experiences through the use of technology and the integration of business principles. BITA focuses on preparing students for careers in business, both as entrepreneurs and as skilled workers. To do this, BITA strives to provide real world experiences for students in business related fields through partnerships, mentorships, internships, and field trips. Further, honors and AP courses are available to BITA students.

In addition to fulfilling the A-G academic requirements, the BITA curriculum includes instruction in Financial Literacy, Computer Technology and Entrepreneurship. BITA allows its students to achieve professional certifications in Microsoft Office and the Adobe Product Suite. Furthermore, BITA has competed in the UCLA Project Echo (Entrepreneurial Concepts—Hands-On) business plan competition and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship local and regional competition.

The Communication Arts Academy (CAA) is a college preparatory school with a focus on the visual and communicative arts. Students may find a focus in Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Film, and Journalism. Although the classes are geared toward the creative student, academics are a priority. CAA is a Partnership Academy with special funding to provide exposure to colleges and the world of work through field trips (at least 1 per semester for each grade level) and work experience.

CAA inspires students not only to value arts education but also to consider how to effectively communicate through oral, written, visual, artistic, and electronic means. The courses are designed to encourage students to enhance and develop their capacities for critical appraisal, reflection, and expression, and to expand their participation in the communication-driven social and civic life of the twenty-first century. Students are well prepared to enter an ever-changing world.

The teachers, administrators, staff, and parents of Hamilton High School believe in the dignity and worth of all students. We are committed to creating and maintaining small learning communities in order to maximize the achievement of our diverse student population.

The Hamilton Humanities Magnet is recognized for its 41 years of academic excellence. Established in 1981 to address the inequities caused by segregation, the Humanities Magnet offers an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum that focuses on literature, philosophy, history, art, and social sciences. Our magnet emphasizes activities designed to strengthen a student’s cultural literacy, critical thinking, and their ability to articulate complex ideas.

As a college preparatory program, we have high expectations for our students. Magnet core classes are taught on the Honors or AP level and we apply the Gifted rubric for Differentiated Instruction to our classes. In addition, we provide a small school experience of individualized attention from teachers and our own counselor while also providing the benefits of a large comprehensive high school such as a board and varied athletics program, numerous clubs and organizations, and diverse elective choices.

Our emphasis on a rigorous curriculum has led many of our students to be able to attend prestigious universities that include Harvard, Stanford, Brown, UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, and various small liberal arts schools throughout the nation.

The Humanities Magnet has a 100% graduation rate.

The Academy of Music and Performing Arts views the arts as essential to the human spirit. We engage and support students who have a passion for music and/or performing arts. Students are prepared to make informed future educational and career choices by immersing them in challenging and rigorous performance programs which are fused with academics, evolving technologies, and professional experiences. This is a place of artistic integrity, where students may collaborate on artistic endeavors to expand their technique and knowledge.

AMPA is a qualified educational program which develops students through a curriculum that integrates the performing arts and college preparatory academies. AMPA students can choose from a variety of AP courses, join any club, and take classes after school through the on-campus West LA College program or any other accredited community college. Our graduation rate is 95% and AMPA students are also proud to be admitted to renowned conservatories and top universities. We create and develop critical thinking as well as develop students academically, artistically, and socially; so they leave school as independent, cooperative, responsible and creative young adults.

Additional electives are offered to students in the AMPA program.

Student Life

Students who attend Hamilton High School have many activities and groups to join that suit a variety of interests. Under the purview of our Associated Student Body (ASB), there are dozens of clubs and organizations operating, and if a student wants to start their own club they are encouraged to do so. The clubs are categorized as Cultural, Leadership, Identity, Hobby, and Community Service clubs. Some of our clubs include Black Student Union (BSU), Latino Student Organization (LaSO), Desi/ASA, Jewish Club, and GSA. In addition to clubs, Hamilton offers over a dozen competitive sports teams as well as performing arts programs. These programs can be seen on game day, and also on our quad for performances and pep rallies. ASB also schedules activities throughout the year that bring the campus together and promotes a positive culture.

Some examples of events you might see at Hamilton include annual Cultural Pride assemblies by BSU, LaSO, and Desi/ASA; various Spirit Weeks such as Homecoming Week and Tailgate leading up to game night; March Madness Intramural Basketball Tournament where you might see your favorite teacher playing; Pep rallies on the quad might feature hip-hop performances or just music, even the BSU Step Show, and also banda or folklorico; We also feature our outstanding dance team and jazz band for performances on the quad in addition to their shows in the auditorium. Karaoke Night in Sound Lab and Spoken Word in our Pergola are just a couple of the ways students had fun showing off their talents.

Academically, there are clubs of interest such as Robotics, Girls in Stem, Economics Club, Psychology Club, and Penn Model Congress, in addition to our Academic Decathlon team. Community Service clubs have held fundraisers and collect donations and bring awareness to causes of concern. There are also ways for your voice to be heard through activism with such clubs as Students Deserve and WOC for Activism. Students at Hamilton are very active in making our school community as well as society as a whole a better place. We do all of this as One Hami!

A-G Requirements

Social Studies = 2 Years

  • 10th grade: World History A/B (reg., honors, AP)
  • 11th grade: US History A/B (reg., honors, AP)
  • CDE requires 12th grade Principles of Amer Demo and Economics

English = 4 Years

  • 9th grade: English 9A/B (reg/honors)
  • 10th grade: English 10A/B (reg., honors)
  • 11th grade: American Lit and Contemporary Comp (reg., honors, AP English Language)
  • 12th grade: Expository Comp & Modern Lit (reg/Honors/AP English Literature)

**See Course Catalog for all 12th grade English options

Math = 4 Years

  • 9th grade: CC Algebra 1 A/B
  • 10th grade: Geometry A/B
  • 11th grade: CC Algebra 2 A/B

Optional- Higher recommended for College
Admissions- 4th year of Math

Science = 2 Years

  • 9th or 10th grade: Biological Science A/B
    (Biology A/B, Reg/Honors/AP)
  • 10th or 11th grade: Physical Science A/B
    (Chemistry A/B or Physics A/B, Reg/Honors/AP)

Optional- Highly recommended for College
Admissions-3 or 4 years of Science

Language Other Than English (LOTE) = 2 Years

  • 9th or 10th grade: LOTE 1A & LOTE 1B
  • 10th or 11th grade: LOTE 2A & LOTE 2B

Year 1 and Year 2 of your (LOTE) must follow a sequence of courses in the same language.

Optional- Highly recommended for College
Admissions- 3 or 4 years of LOTE

Visual Arts or Performing Arts (VAPA) = 1 Year

  • Taken in 9th, 10th, or 11th

***Not all Visual Art or Performing Art classes fulfill the F requirement, you can check the Course Catalog or with your Counselor!***

College Prep Elective = 1 Year

  • 12th grade: 1 Semester of Principals Of American Democracy (Government) & 1 Semester of Economics (Reg/Honors /AP available)

LAUSD Requirements

  • 2 Years of PE 9th grade = ADV PE 1A/B (or Sport/Dance)
  • 10th grade-recommended = ADV PE 2A/B (or Sport/Dance)
  • 1 Semester of Health

APs and
Honors
Courses

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Calculus A/B
  • AP Calculus B/C
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • Honors Physiology
  • AP Environmental Studies
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP French Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Language and Culture
  • AP Spanish Literature
  • AP Art History
  • AP Music Theory

9th Grade

  • Honors English 9
  • Honors Biology

10th Grade

  • Honors Modern World
  • History and Geography
  • AP World History
  • Honors English 10
  • Honors Biology
  • AP Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics 1

11th Grade

  • Honors United States History
  • AP United States History
  • Honors American Literature/Contemporary Composition
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP Biology
  • Honors Chemistry
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Studio Art 2D

12th Grade

  • Honors Principles of American Democracy (Government)/Honors Economics
  • AP Comparative Government/AP U.S. Government and Politics
  • AP Macro/Micro Economics
  • Honors Modern Literature/Expository Composition
  • Honors African American Literature/Expository Composition
  • Honors Mexican American Literature/Expository Composition
  • Honors Science Fiction Literature/Expository Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP Studio Art 2D

Electives

  • Intro to Art
  • Ceramics
  • Ceramics 2
  • Filmmaking 1
  • Applied Economics
  • Law and Youth
  • African American History
  • Mexican American History
  • Speech and Debate
  • Advanced Speech/Poetry (Get Lit!)
  • Journalism
  • Reading Improvement
  • Film: The Integrated Art
  • Introduction to MESA Engineering
  • Marine Biology
  • Spanish Film and Literature
  • Life Drawing
  • Digital Imaging 2 (YEARBOOK)
  • Advanced Conditioning
  • Body Dynamics
  • Yoga/Mindfulness
  • Academic Decathlon
  • Work Experience
  • Harmony
  • Jazz Dance 1
  • Dance 1
  • Keyboard 1 (Beginning Piano)
  • Intro to Theater
  • Theater Foundations: Beginning Musical Theater
  • Video Production
  • Video Production 2
  • Video Production 3
  • Technical Theater 1
  • Technical Theater 2
  • Beginning Guitar
  • Mariachi
  • Instruments (C level)
  • Chorus (Cantemus- C level)
  • Chorus (Camerata-C level)
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design: Advertising Design
  • Animation 1
  • Animation and Design Media
  • CTE Advanced Musical Theater
  • CTE Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Business of Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Medicine
  • Athletic Training
  • Robotics

Pathway Programs/
College-Career Prep courses

  • Animation
  • Graphic Design
  • Video Production
  • Technical Theater
  • Musical Theater
  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Sports Medicine
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics

Facilities

  • Soccer Stadium
  • Football Stadium
  • Outdoor Tennis Court
  • Two Gyms
  • Weight Room
  • Auditorium

    Fall Sports

  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Sideline Cheer
  • Girls Volleyball
  • Girls Tennis

    Winter Sports

  • Basketball
    (Boys and Girls)
  • Soccer
    (Boys and Girls)
  • Sideline Cheer

    Spring Sports

  • Baseball
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
    (Boys and Girls)
  • Track and Field
    (Boys and Girls)

Hamilton High School Athletics mission is to provide interscholastic athletic opportunities that enrich the overall Hamilton student experience. Student-athletes are empowered to become compassionate leaders on and off the field through our espoused principles of leadership, pride, and sportsmanship. We aim to develop young men and women who are ready to compete at the collegiate level and beyond. In all things, we

EXPECT TO WIN

Clubs

  • BSU - Black Student Union
  • ASA/DESI
  • LaSO - Latino Student Organization
  • A.S.B. - Associated Student Body
  • Senior Class
  • Girls in Stem
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Amnesty International
  • The Vitruvian
  • Women in Business
  • Economics Club
  • Hami’s Divine
  • Jesus Club
  • Jew Club
  • K Pop Club
  • French Club
  • FIDM Fashion Club
  • WOC for Activism
  • Best Buddies
  • LAHA - Los Angeles Homeless Awareness
  • Psychology Club
  • Premed Club
  • The Giving Committee
  • Guitar Club
  • Recording Club
  • Demolition Magazine
  • Outdoor Service
  • Cats & Dogs
  • VIPS
  • Read Thru Club
  • Penn Model Congress
  • Girls Who Code
  • Food 4 All
  • Banda
  • Teen Court
  • Chess Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Hami’s Hidden Gems
  • Nevians
  • Empowerment for Hamilton
  • Students Deserve
  • BIPOC
  • Gay Straigt Alliance
  • Social Club

SUPPORT AND WELLNESS PROGRAMS

Bilingual Education

English Learner Program. Hamilton High School provides a comprehensive English Language Development (ELD) program featuring Designated and Integrated English Language Development courses. Designated ELD (dELD) is a protected time during the regular school day when teachers use the California ELD Standards to develop critical English listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. In addition, the school provides a full range of Integrated English Language Development courses (iELD), where teachers and support staff provide effective instructional experiences for ELs throughout the day and across the disciplines.

A fully staffed English Learner Office provides a number of services in support of English Learner students and their families/guardians, including: translation services, assistance with completing school forms, and assistance to help EL students/families access Hami High’s many support services. In addition, an English Learners Advisory Committee, (ELAC), is a governance council providing recommendations on behalf of English Learners (EL) stakeholders.

PARTNERSHIPS

Community Partnerships

  • CAA partnership with Hook Advertising
  • CAA partnership with Hit + Run Crew
  • UCLA After School Program

College/University Partnerships

  • University Center X
  • UCLA Collaborative
  • West LA College

Corporate Partnerships

  • Adidas

Non-Profits/Other

  • Communities in Schools (CIS)
  • The Art of Living Foundation
  • Didi Hirsh
  • Determined to Succeed
  • Get Lit
  • The Help Group
  • Planned Parenthood

We Celebrate many differences & honor the cultures at Hamilton