Fund AHS Alum’s Art School Dreams

Emily Zheng

Arcadia High School alumni Michelle Kim decided at the beginning of this year to stop attending University of Southern California to pursue what she loves: art. She hopes to one day share her passion with the world by working in film and television programs, but in order to take the next step in becoming a professional artist, Michelle must expand her skills by attending the Art Center College of Design this spring. However, unfortunate events … [Read more...]

AHS: Your Challenge Went Too Far


Don’t get me wrong: The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been a great fundraising strategy. It has raised awareness of the disease to people all over the globe and has brought a total of $112.4 million as of September 12. However, when you're living in California with one of the most severe droughts on record, you should probably think again before doing the Ice Bucket Challenge. During the annual Arcadia High School All-School Assembly on … [Read more...]

Free Fun Flute Club starts Oct. 19

Emily Zheng

Come join Fun Flute Club’s fourth year with free weekly group lessons for elementary school flute students enrolled in their school’s music program! The last three years were amazing. Thank you to the community's continued support! I am looking forward to another great year. Some of Fun Flute Club’s goals are to help elementary school music students master flute technique and tonality, develop a passion for music, and build confidence in … [Read more...]

California Girls State 2014

Emily Zheng

One of the most valuable hidden gems in California, California Girls State is an experience of a lifetime for high school junior girls. Many people, including myself, did not know about this program in-depth before attending, but it is truly a life-changing experience that positively empowers girls and instills the basic ideals and principles of American government. What is Girls State? It is a week-long leadership program of the American Legion … [Read more...]

Serving our students

Emily Zheng

It was ruled less than a week ago in court that California teachers are no longer secured under tenure, laid off on seniority alone, or guaranteed extra job safeguards not enjoyed by other school employees. The seniority system that has protected both effective and ineffective California public school teachers was struck down Tuesday, June 10 and may serve as a model of hiring and firing policies across the nation. Back in 8th grade, I … [Read more...]

Coding School Returns to Arcadia


This Summer, CodePrep, a computer science school based in Arcadia that was founded by Arcadia High School alumni, is back with new courses that will expand coding knowledge, no matter what skill level. Three new classes are currently available: Intro to Web Development Intro to Java Programming Intro to Python Programming Depending on which course they choose, students will be able to build a game of Flappy Bird, Tetris, or … [Read more...]

A “Program” for tech success


Want to become part of the computer science revolution that is taking place in colleges across the globe and in Silicon Valley? Andy Qin, a sophomore at UC Berkeley pursuing a B.A. in Computer Science, and Jon Ma, Valedictorian of Arcadia High School's Class of 2011 and former Student Body President, recently founded CodePrep, a 6 week Python and Web Development course for 13 to 18 year-olds in the San Gabriel Valley area. CodePrep is … [Read more...]

Out of Classroom Curriculum

With one of the biggest weeds I pulled that day!

In Arcadia High School's AP Environmental Science (APES) classes, students are required to have at least eight hours of "service learning," an activity that connects classroom curriculum with serving the community through environmental service projects. Different types of service learning include, but are not limited to, beach clean-ups, river or stream clean ups, tree planting, fire restoration, trail maintenance, organizing a recycling … [Read more...]