School Profile




Mammoth Lakes is a year-round, mountain resort community of approximately 7,500 people in the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains.  It is home to Mammoth Mountain, the West Coast’s largest ski area.  Mammoth Lakes is a popular destination for southern California residents and visitors from throughout the nation, Europe and Asia.  It is about 164 miles south of Reno, Nevada, and 325 miles north of Los Angeles.



Mammoth High School (MHS) is a four-year public high school presently serving 360 students and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  MHS is the only comprehensive high school in the district and the largest high school in Mono County.  It operates on a traditional two-semester calendar system.  The majority of students at MHS are Caucasian (43%) or Hispanic (54%).  Other ethnicities comprise 3%.  For the current school year, MHS has a certificated staff of 27; all staff members are fully credentialed.  38% of the 69 seniors graduating in 2017 expect to continue their education at four-year colleges.  55% expect to attend community colleges; and 63% of that group expect to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.   4% expect to attend technical school, and 3% have other interests.



A total of 230 credits (a year-long course equals 10 units, a semester course equals 5 units) are required to graduate, including 40 credits in English, 30 in math, 30 in social science, 30 in science (including 10 life science, & 10 physical science), 20 in physical education, 10 in fine arts, 10 in vocational studies, 5 in Health, and 55 in electives.  Students must pass Algebra 1 and have a cumulative total GPA of 2.0 to receive a standard diploma.  



Rank in class is determined by the student’s cumulative, weighted, academic grade point average.  Grade levels included in this calculation are 9th through 11th grades (including summer sessions) for the sixth semester transcript, and 9th through first semester 12th grade for the seventh semester transcript.  Final transcripts are sent in June.



The grading scale is based on A=4.0.  AP courses, CSU/UC transferable college courses, and some UC designated honors courses are weighted as follows: A=5.0 and B=4.0 and C=3.0.  (No extra point is given for grades below a C- in these weighted classes.)  High school honors and UC designated honors courses are not weighted in the 9th grade year.  A maximum of 2 UC designated honors can be weighted in grade 10.



In addition to the college preparatory curriculum offered on campus, Mammoth High School offers vocational and special education programs, a Health Science Pathway, an English language development program, and 9 Advanced Placement courses.  MHS students can also attend or take classes in a flexible learning setting which provides opportunities for additional on-line and AP coursework.  UC approved Apex courses are the standard for on-line coursework.  Students can also enroll concurrently in college courses through Cerro Coso Community College (Eastern Sierra College Center) if they meet the college’s prerequisites.



Honors and Advanced Placement courses are more rigorous than standard college preparatory courses.  Materials and experiences are differentiated in context from regular courses and focus on writing and higher-level thinking skills.  Mammoth High School currently offers 3 high school honors and 9 AP courses.  Students receiving AP credit are strongly encouraged to take the AP exams.  The high school’s small but diverse master schedule sometimes necessitates that students have to make difficult choices between one AP or advanced level class and another.



CEEB Code = 051892.  Of the class of 2016 (77 students), 44% of seniors (34) took the SAT Reasoning Test.  The mean scores for those students were, Critical Reading: 518, Math: 521, Writing: 496.  The California mean scores for 2016 were Critical Reading: 491, Math: 500, Writing: 485.


COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM FOR 2016-2017 (Corresponds to the University of California approved A-G course list for in-seat courses; equivalent, approved Apex on-line courses are not listed.)




English 9, English 10            


Honors English 9, Honors English 10



American Literature             


AP English Language



English Literature, CSU ERWC


AP English Literature                                        

Foreign Language


Spanish 1, Spanish 2            


Spanish 3, Spanish 4         




AP Spanish Language           


AP Spanish Literature

Laboratory Science


Earth Science, Biology 


Honors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology



Chemistry, Physics                


AP Biology, AP Physics                                     








Algebra 1                                  





Algebra II                                  


Algebra II w/Financial Applications            





AP Calculus






Social Science 


World History,





AP World History                  


US History, AP US History



American Government 






AP Government                     


AP Comparative Politics

Visual & Performing Arts

Art I A/B                                    


Advanced Band A/B                                          


Ceramics A/B                          


Multimedia Design A/B 



Graphic Design A/B




Physical Science                     


AVID 11/12                                                          








Boston College * California State University: Channel Islands, Humboldt, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo *

Cerro Coso Community College/ Eastern Sierra College Center (Mammoth) * Chapman University * Cuesta Community

College * Linfield College * Long Beach City College * Northern Arizona University * Orange Coast Community College *

San Diego Mesa College * Santa Ana Community College * Santa Barbara City College * Stanford University * Stratford

Career Institute * Truckee Meadows Community College * University of California: Berkeley, Irvine, San Diego, Santa Barbara * University of Nevada, Reno * University of Utah * Vanguard University * Westminster College