Millikan High School

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Robert A. Millikan
Senior High School
2800 Snowden Avenue


United States
Coordinates33°48′28″N 118°06′38″W / 33.8078°N 118.1106°W / 33.8078; -118.1106Coordinates: 33°48′28″N 118°06′38″W / 33.8078°N 118.1106°W / 33.8078; -118.1106
MottoPathway To Excellence And Integrity
School districtLong Beach Unified School District
SuperintendentChristopher J. Steinhauser
Co-PrincipalsAlejandro Vega Ed.d.
Michael Navia
Enrollment4,290 (2018-19)[1]
Color(s)     Blue
Athletics conferenceMoore League
MascotRobbie and Millie Ram
Team nameRams
Robert Millikan

Robert A. Millikan Senior High School is a high school in Long Beach, California, United States, administered by the Long Beach Unified School District. It is located near the intersection of Spring Street and Palo Verde Avenue in the Los Altos neighborhood of East Long Beach on a 36-acre campus. As of the 2007–2008 school year, Millikan High School had 4,500 students. Millikan is an AP school and does not offer IB courses.


Millikan High School is named after the Nobel Prize winner Robert Andrews Millikan.


Millikan is separated into five small learning communities (SLC's) each specializing in different fields. They all have different paths for success and different requirements to enter.


  • The COMPASS (Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists, and Social Scientists) Academy is a smaller learning community designed to prepare students for college by engaging them in a program that integrates core curriculum with the social sciences and the arts. This program places great emphasis on standards-based instruction while helping students to connect learning with real-world situations. COMPASS is also in charge of the school's literary arts magazine, Visions. COMPASS is known[citation needed] throughout the Long Beach area as a leading arts program in public high schools.


  • (Millikan Business Academy) promotes life skills and college-preparedness with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, marketing, enterprise, and financial independence.


  • (Personal success through Empowerment, Academic achievement, Character education, and Ethics in action) is an academy that engages such programs as stimulations (Contemporary World Project, International Negotiations and Panopticon Role Playing), hands-on learning, community service, and field experience.


  • (Questioning, Understanding, Engaging, - Success through Technology), is a GATE magnet for gifted honors students. QUEST students commit to a four-year, college preparatory program that encourages diversity of thought and scholarly endeavor. The academic independence of QUEST Scholars culminates in a self-directed Senior Project. The curriculum includes accelerated, honors, and a minimum of five Advanced Placement (AP) classes and exams. QUEST students are supported in post-secondary planning through counseling and an academic portfolio. In addition to academic studies, QUEST students are participants in campus extra- and co-curricular activities.


  • Millikan's newly designed Software Engineering and Gaming Academy is a four-year college preparatory program emphasizing computer applications, programming and game design. The academy offers a college preparatory education, including AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A, which provides the foundation for students to enter college and/or become certified to be competitive in the world of work. Formerly known as MIT (Millikan Integrated Technology), and previous to that, Global Technology.


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a support program for highly motivated students that works in conjunction with other Millikan programs to prepare students for attendance at a college or university. The AVID program involves students with a group of peers and adults who share a commitment to academic achievement and who work together to help the group succeed. The AVID elective teacher fills the roles of teacher, academic coach, and mentor. AVID is an elective course of study taught within the school day, and so the teacher has regular contact with AVID students throughout the school year.

In addition to the AVID program, students are given the opportunity to be tutored by college undergraduate and graduate students who major in math, science, history, English, etc.

Its mission is to prepare students for college by offering rigorous academic classes and by fostering good study habits, visiting a variety of universitiss throughout the four year long program, as well as helping students navigate the college and scholarship application process.

The AVID program grants special consideration to groups underrepresented in college, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and to students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

AVID is an international program, and as of June 2001, adopted by over 1,200 schools in 21 states and 14 countries.

Choral music[edit]

The choral program consists of six courses: Choraleers Singers 1–2 which is a freshman girls class; Varsity Chorale 1–8, a freshman boys class; Cecillian Singers 3–8, an intermediate girls class; Concert Choir 1–8, a large, advanced, Co-Ed group of vocalists consisting of 100 singers; Vocal Point, a jazz and a cappella female group, sung on microphone; and Vocal Ensemble, the Co-Ed equivalent of Vocal Point.

Instrumental Music[edit]

The instrumental music program consists of Gold Jazz Band, Blue Jazz Band, Symphonic Winds, Concert Band, Marching Band, Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Symphonic Orchestra.

Each year the music ensembles compete in festivals throughout the United States. In recent years Millikan musicians have traveled to compete in festivals in San Francisco, San Diego, Las Vegas and Reno. In the spring of 2006, the Symphonic Orchestra performed in a national festival at the Historic Boston Symphony Hall in Boston, Massachusetts.


Millikan teams include Cross Country, Tennis, Badminton, Water Polo, Dance, Football, Colorguard, Golf, Surf, Marching Band, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, Wrestling, Baseball, Gymnastics, Swim, Softball, Track, Water polo and Cheer[2] Some sports are co-ed while others are not. 2018 marked the first year for a female to score a point for the Millikan Rams varsity football.[3]


Millikan's newspaper is the Corydon.[4] It has been running since 1957.

Notable alumni[edit]


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