Reseda High School

Reseda Charter High School, established in 1955, is located in the Reseda section of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, United States. In the fall of 2018 the school became a charter and is now Reseda Charter High School. In the fall of 2020 the school adds middle grades becoming a 6-12. It is in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Reseda Charter is one of the "Best High Schools in America" and one of the "Best Magnet Schools In America" according to U.S. News & World Report.The school's Police Academy Magnet and Science Magnet were named a national Magnet School of Distinction by the Magnet Schools of America in 2017, 2018, and 2019. As of July 2017, the school was issued a full six-year term of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges' accreditation process.

Reseda Charter High School
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Reseda Charter High School is located in San Fernando Valley
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School is located in California
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School is located in the United States
Reseda Charter High School
Reseda Charter High School
18230 Kittridge Street, Reseda, Los Angeles, California 91335
Coordinates34°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
School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
PrincipalMelanie Welsh
Staff75.33 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,522 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio20.20[1]
Color(s)Navy, Columbia blue, White               
Athletics conferenceValley Mission League
CIF Los Angeles City Section

The charter school is now home to Charter Academy 6-12 w/ enrollment by charter lottery and automatically for former residential boundary students, an International Dual Language Center (Spanish) 6-12, a School for Advanced Studies 6-12: PLTW Biomedical Science CTE pathway 9-12, the Arts, Media & Entertainment 9-12 Magnet: Film Production and Management Magnet 9-12, the Police Academy Magnet 9-12, and the Reseda High School Science Magnet 9-12: PLTW Biomedical Science & PLTW Engineering Magnet.

Reseda Charter High School is in the planning stages of a 180+ million dollar renovation which will provide state of the art buildings and innovative design for the benefit of the entire community. New buildings will include administration, library, auditorium, Regent Hall (cafeteria), kitchen and food service and two classroom buildings which will replace three industrial arts buildings. The new administration building will house administration, counseling, three magnet offices (AMEM, PA, Science), campus security, school police, college counseling, parent center, nursing and psychological services.


Reseda Charter High was the first complete high school to be built in the San Fernando Valley 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 High School has a three-color system of navy, Columbia blue, and white.[citation needed] It was one of few high schools in the San Fernando Valley to have a complete auditorium when it was built.

Academic programsEdit

Reseda Charter programs include Charter Academy residential school 6-8 & 9-12, an International Dual Language Center 6-8 & 9-12(Spanish), a School for Advanced Studies 6-8 & 9-12: PLTW Biomedical Science CTE pathway, the Arts, Media & Entertainment Magnet: Film Production and Management CTE Magnet, the Police Academy Magnet CTE Magnet, and the Reseda High School Science Magnet: PLTW Biomedical Science CTE and PLTW Engineering CTE Magnet an award winning arts program including: animation, marching band, dance, graphic art, jazz band, orchestra, stagecraft, studio art, and theater arts Academic Decathlon program, Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, Science Bowl. In addition, Reseda Charter has a competitive flag and drill team performing and competing with the marching band. The Reseda Charter Marching Brigade won 1st place in the LAUSD Band Competition in 2019 and 1st place in the 2019 Granada Hills Christmas Parade. Additionally in 2019, Reseda opened a professional dance CTE pathway led by a working professional dancer.

Reseda Charter has the only robotics program in the San Fernando Valley competing in the FRC national robotics program and was in the 1st place alliance in the spring of 2018 in Pomona, CA.[2]


Reseda Charter fields teams for boys & girls in football, basketball, cheerleading, 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.


In 2019, the Reseda Charter High School football team were the 2019 CIF LA City D-1 Champions, CIF State 5A South Regional Champions. Previously, Reseda boasted championship titles in 1987, 1995 City Champions 1998, and in 2016 were City Finalists. Overall, the Reseda football team won league championships in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1993,1995, 2010, 2011 and 2019 seasons for three different leagues. The Regents were 2-A CIF champions in 1986, 3-A champions in 1995, 5-A South Regional Champions in 2019.

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 Science MagnetEdit

The Reseda Science Magnet provides students with a strong background in science, math and social responsibility/community service. The program prepares students to be successful at the college level in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, engineering, geology and environmental science. Students develop a strong competency in both math and science.

Students are offered two pathways: PLTW biomedical or PLTW engineering option.

School shootingEdit

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. Ensley was the younger brother of actress Niecy Nash.[4] Heard was convicted as a juvenile for his crime. In 2017, Heard was charged with second-degree murder for stabbing his wife to death in 2012 during his parole and faced up to life without parole.[5]

The murder prompted LAUSD to install hundreds of metal detectors throughout the school district and a California State Assembly bill was passed allocating $1.5 million to buy metal wanding devices for all secondary schools in the state.[6]

School in filmEdit

  • In 1982 the film The Last American Virgin was filmed at Reseda High School.
  • Reseda was used as the high school in the television series The Shield and in an episode of Commander in Chief, and also several episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • Many locations on the campus appeared in the feature film Grosse Pointe Blank.[citation needed]
  • Reseda High was the location for the fictional Larkspur High School in the Saturday morning TV show The Secrets of Isis (1975–77). Andrea Thomas (Isis' secret identity) was a science teacher there.[7]
  • At least a part of an episode of 90210 was filmed there as well as a part of the movie Boogie Nights.
  • In 2007, the campus was used as a location to film a music video for the song "Misery Business" by the American rock band Paramore.
  • In 2008, one of the school's gyms was used to film parts of the season premiere of the hit show My Name is Earl. In 2009, another episode of the show was filmed on the school's campus.
  • From November 2009 - January 2010, MTV Productions filmed the new series The Hard Times of RJ Berger on campus. In March 2010 several scenes were filmed for the upcoming premiere. From October - December 2010 the second season was filmed here.
  • In 2009 RG Integra Entertainment filmed "The Life of a Street Racer and a Thug" throughout the campus. It starred Rene Gutierrez as the thug street racer.
  • In 2010 the school was used for the setting for the horror film Detention, starring David Carradine.
  • In June 2010 an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia was filmed on the campus.
  • A commercial for Skittles candy was filmed near the school's track and football field.
  • American Vandal filmed at this school.
  • Some scenes from Spider-Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland, were filmed in the high school's Regent Hall and A building.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Reseda Charter High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Reseda Regents Robotics".
  3. ^ "Ex-Reseda coach Joel Schaeffer dies".
  4. ^ Kaplan, Tracey (1993-06-05). "Fatal Shooting at School Prompts Project to Spread Anti-Weapons Message - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2017-05-27.
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  6. ^ "The 10 violent incidents at LAUSD schools that prompted stricter metal detector monitoring | LA School Report". Retrieved 2019-06-14.
  7. ^ Images of locations used for “The Secrets of Isis” TV show: Reseda High School

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