Holtville, California is a rural agricultural community located in Imperial County in the southeastern corner of California near the Mexican border. It is 120 miles east of San Diego, 225 miles southwest of Los Angeles and 40 miles west of the California/Arizona border. The population is 8,058. The largest ethnic group is Hispanic at 78%, while White is 21.6% and African-American is 0.4%. The unemployment rate is 21% and the low-income rate is 75%. Average age is 32 years old, 25% are 18 or older and 18% of the town’s inhabitants have college degrees.
Holtville High School was established in 1909. It is a four-year (9-12) standards based/comprehensive high school. The student population is at 540 students with 85% being of Hispanic background and 38% of those are English language learners. Traditionally, 35% percent of our students are accepted to four year post-secondary institutions while another 55% go on to a two year school. Holtville High School daily schedule offers seven periods with students earning 70 credits each year. The graduation requirement is 240 credits with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and completion of at least 45 hours of community service.
The school offers advanced placement courses in History, Calculus, Spanish and English Literature. Students may also chose honors courses in Physics, Anatomy, American Literature and all other levels of English and science as well as advanced AP courses at our online Freedom Academy. Vocational, Career and Technical courses are available in agriculture, business and healthcare. Most of these courses have articulation programs connecting them to the local community college, the University of California and extensions of the California State University system. Pathways in accordance with California State Guidelines have been developed. The Capstone courses also have articulation agreements with the local community college and the California State University system.
The school awards diplomas with the California Golden State Seal of Merit, the Seal of Bi-literacy in Spanish and the California Scholastic Federation Life Membership Seal.