Principal's Message

Greetings Cerritos High School Community:

 

I am so blessed to be working at Cerritos High School. In my 26 years of working in public education, I’ve never encountered a better combination of staff and students, anywhere! As I head in to my fifth year as the Principal of this fantastic school, I wonder how it will be possible to top our accomplishments from last year: our Model United Nations Team continues to be amongst the top 5 schools in the entire U.S.A-- as evidenced by our “Best School” award (16th year in a row) in New York this past year; our Drama students won 15 “Macy’s” for their Addams Family production; our Marching Band- the Regiment of Gold—was third in the state! Athletically, we won 12 varsity Suburban League titles and earned the coveted Iron Man award as the best athletic program in the league! Of course, my fondest moments will always be my daily interactions with the most considerate, helpful, and caring students I have ever encountered.  As I continually boast, Cerritos High School is a special place where kindness and respectfulness permeate the entire campus. It’s something that we’ve identified as The Cerritos Way. I am convinced that you won’t find better students anywhere!

 

Cerritos High School takes pride in educating the “whole child”.  Beyond our stellar academic reputation (In 2018, U.S News and World Report ranks CHS 77th out of 4500 high schools in California—their “Best Schools” highest GOLD LEVEL ranking), we emphasize the “3 R’s” that form the foundation of The Cerritos Way:  CHS students are READY (at school and on time every day), RESPECTFUL (caring, cooperative, and compassionate), and REAL (honest in their personal and academic pursuits). At Cerritos High School, we know that students who commit to our “3 R’s” will assuredly become the best that they can be—academically and socially. 

 

As I enter into my fifth year, I look forward to supporting our students in the classroom, on the athletic field, and on the stage. That being said, I encourage all of our students to enrich the short time you have here by getting more involved in the many amazing teams, clubs, and organizations we have on campus. Research validates that “involved” students are more successful academically. Besides, by getting involved, you will empower yourself to make  Cerritos High School even better. As for the 2018-19 school year, I am certain we will embark upon another great year of exceptional Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics! Because it is…The Cerritos Way!

 

Let’s Go Dons!

Pat Walker

Principal