Reseda High School

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{{Infobox school |name = Reseda Charter High School |image = |established = 1955 Reconfigured to Charter in 2018 |type = [[State school|Public][Charter][STEM] \[STEAM] |affiliation = |district =Los Angeles Unified School District |grades = 9-12 |principal = Melanie Welsh |faculty = |staff = |enrollment =1,520 (2017-18)[1] |athletics_conference = Valley Mission League
CIF Los Angeles City Section |colors = Navy, Columbia blue, White                |mascot = Regent |free_label = |free_text = |free_label2 = |free_text2 = |location = 18230 Kittridge Street, Reseda, Los Angeles, California 91335 |information = |coordinates = 34°11′24″N 118°31′51″W / 34.189964°N 118.530886°W / 34.189964; -118.530886Coordinates: 34°11′24″N 118°31′51″W / 34.189964°N 118.530886°W / 34.189964; -118.530886 |pushpin_map = United States San Fernando Valley#United States Los Angeles Metropolitan Area#USA California#United States |website = Official Website }}

Reseda Chater High School, established in 1955 as a neighborhood school, is located in the Reseda section of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, United States. In 2018 it was reconfigured to become a charter school serving students from all over the greater Los Angeles area. Reseda Charter is a STEM/STEAM STEAM schoolschool offering award winning arts programs, athletics, Biomedical Science, Engineering, Film, Graphic Design, Police Academy, School for Advanced Study, Sport Medicine and Careers in Medicine. College courses are offered during the school day at Reseda Charter through partnerships with Mission College, LA Valley College, and Pierce College.

The school has been recognized as a US News and World Report Silver medalist, rated in the top 7% of high schools nationally in 2017 and again in 2018 as a Best High School and as a Best Magnet High School, it has also been recognized by Magnet Schools of America as a Magnet School of Distinction in 2017 and again in 2018. Reseda Charter is home to three award winning Magnet Schools Magnet Arts Media & Entertainment (Film Production) Film Magnet, Police Academy Magnet, and The Science Magnet with a emphasis on Bio-medicine and Engineering engineering school. The Academy serves the Charter's residentail students as well as students enrolled through the charter lottery and features Biomedical Science, Graphic Design, Sports Therapeutics, Careers in Medicine, School for Advanced studies, and a Dual Language Program Academy


Reseda High was the first complete high school to be built after World War II.[citation needed] Reseda opened with complete academic and science buildings, gymnasium, track & field, Industrial shops, including an automotive repair facility. Reseda was the first High School to have a three-color system of navy, Columbia blue, and white.[citation needed] It is one of few high schools in the San Fernando Valley to have a complete auditorium. Currently, Reseda Charter High school is working with engineers and architects on a modernization plan budgeted in excess of 180 million dollars set to break ground in the spring of 2020.

Academic programs[edit]

Reseda Charter High School programs include a Biotenchology, Engineering, Film Management and Production, Police Sciece, Dual Language Program, Academic Decathlon program, Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, Science Bowl, Chapter of Skills USA, a USC Physicians assistants pipeline,

Reseda Charter High School has an award winning Robotics teams that placed first in California in 2018 with their Alliance and completed at Nationals in Dallas in April of 2018 finished as an elite top tier program. .[2]


Reseda Charter High School fields teams for boys & girls in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, track & field, cross country, water polo, swimming & wrestling. The teams have won CIF Championships in sports including football, basketball, track & field, soccer, volleyball, cross country and tennis. The school has had several successful individual athletes.

Reseda has marching band, cheerleading and dance & drill teams.


The Reseda Charter High School football team won league championships in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2010 and 2011 seasons for three different leagues, the Regents were 2-A CIF champions in 1986 and 3-A champions in 1995. In 2017 and 2018 the Reseda Charter football program was led by top recruits to Division 1 schools.

Reseda's football field is dedicated to former head coach Joel Shaeffer, who died in early January 2013. Schaeffer coached the Regents from 1976 to 2000, in which the team won 6 league titles and 2 CIF championships,[3] the team's current Head Coach, Alonso Arreola took over the team in the 2005 season and won consecutive league Championship titles in the 2010 and 2011 seasons led by Quarterback Kwamhe Davis.

Reseda Charter High School Arts Media and Entertainment (Film) Magnet[edit]

With partnerships with universities and Hollywood, this award winning Magnet opened in 2016-17 to prepare student in Film Production and Management.

Reseda Charter High School Police Academy Magnet[edit]

Reseda High School’s Police Academy Magnet (PAM) was founded in 1998 by then football coach Joel Schaeffer.

Reseda Charter High School Science Magnet[edit]

The Reseda Charter Science Magnet School provides students with a strong background in science, math and social responsibility, the program prepares students to be successful at the college level in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, engineering, geology and environmental science. Students are expected to have a strong background in mathematics.

Students choose one area of concentration in the Science Magnet: Biomedical Science or Engineering; in 2018 the Reseda Science Magnet graduates include students accepted to Stanford, Berkeley, University of Chicago, UC San Diego, as well as a Gates Millennial Scholar, one of 300 worldwide.

School shooting[edit]

On February 22, 1993, 15-year-old Robert Heard shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Shean Ensley in a corridor of Reseda High School, although police declined to characterize the shooting as gang-related, they did say both boys were involved in tagging.[4] Today, Reseda Charter has one of the highest safety rating in the San Fernando Valley (CDE).

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