California has more than 1,100 high schools serving more than 1.8 million students. Enrollment has been increasing steadily but is expected to level off or decline slightly beginning in 2008. Schools range dramatically in size from fewer than 10 to more than 4,500 students.
Academic expectations for high schools are increasing. But today’s high school—in terms of its organization and curriculum—has changed very little over the past 50 years.