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Millikan Vision

Empower all students to act with integrity and to achieve excellence through rigorous college and career pathways.

Millikan Mission

Millikan small learning communities promote academic excellence, personal integrity and 21st Century skills through relevant, rigorous learning environments that provide integrated college and career pathways.

Millikan POWER Standards

Expected Schoolwide Learner Outcomes 

Upon graduation Millikan High School graduates will be: 

Problem Solvers who:

  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and independent learning.
  • Engage in high-level critical thinking and reasoning, to think creatively, make decisions and solve problems.
  • Utilize technology appropriately to gain information and solve problems.
  • Possess math, logic and reasoning skills and are able to apply those skills in a variety of contexts.
  • Demonstrate practical application of knowledge and reasoning through service learning and work-based learning experiences.

 Organized Workers who:

  • Work collaboratively to achieve a common goal.
  • Work productively as team members and leaders of a local and global society.
  • Demonstrate the essential knowledge and skills of self-management and effective work habits.

Workplace Professionals who:

  • Read, write, speak, listen and respond thoughtfully.
  • Utilize technology appropriately for communication.
  • Assess personal strengths, interests, and needs; they will develop a plan for high school and a vision for the future; and develop the skills necessary to meet those goals.
  • Demonstrate career knowledge and job acquisition skills.
  • Attend school regularly and on time.

 Ethical Decision Makers who:

  • Act honestly, ethically, and responsibly toward themselves and others.
  • Do not cheat on academic tasks or assist others in academic dishonesty.
  • Adopt and value ethical principles and attitudes (i.e. honesty, integrity, responsibility, compassion) and apply them in their daily lives.

 Responsible Citizens who:

  • Set, achieve, and evaluate goals, making themselves personally responsible for their learning.
  • Show respect for self and others.
  • Celebrate cultural diversity.
  • Value and practice community service.

School Profile


Robert A. Millikan High School is a comprehensive public school located in Long Beach, California.   Opened in 1956, the school currently enrolls 4,021 students in grades 9-12.  Millikan has consistently received a 6-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  Over 1100 students are eligible for district busses as their main form of transportation to and from school.  Almost 57% of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch program.  In addition, 50% of the students live outside of Millikan’s enrollment area.  



The 2012-2013 enrollment records indicate that the school’s ethnic make-up as 56% Hispanic/Latino, 26% White, 9% African American, 3% Asian, 3% Filipino, and 3% other.  Our Special Day classes serve 172 students.



Students can earn letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F.  Millikan includes four GPA’s on its transcripts:


Academic: GPA includes all high school courses except physical education and other non-academic courses using an unweighted 4.0 scale. 

Total: GPA includes all high school courses taken. 

CSU (California State University): GPA includes all courses taken after ninth grade in academic or a-g courses using an unweighted 4.0 scale. 

University Honors: GPA is the same as the CSU, but uses a weighted grade point average.




Millikan High School and the Long Beach Unified School District do not rank students because of competitive admissions, required rigorous curriculum, cooperative learning environment, and district policy.



In 2003, Millikan received a grant through the U.S. Department of Education to develop Small Learning Communities (SLCs) designed to promote academic excellence, personal integrity, and essential life skills. 

All of the SLCs are fully implemented and follow a college preparatory program of study. 


QUEST (Questioning, Understand, Engaging, Success through Technology) is designed for gifted and talented students


GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY focuses on computer technology and applications


GREEN (Generating Respect for the Earth, Environment, and Nature) students are motivated to become global citizens working to improve the environment


PEACE (Personal Success through Empowerment, Academic Achievement, Character and Education) is for college-bound students who wish to be competitive in a culturally diverse global economy. Completed Linked Learning certification.


COMPASS (Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists, and Social Scientists) is designed to integrate the arts and social sciences to provide a better understanding of the human experience.  Completed Linked Learning certification.


MBA (Millikan Business Academy) promotes essential life skills and college preparedness with a particular emphasis on entrepreneurship, marketing, enterprise, financial independence, and language art skills


Students in all of the Small Learning Communities have equal access to AP and honors courses such as:



Advanced Placement Courses

Art History

Studio Art

World History

US History

U.S. Government




Computer Science

Environmental Science







Spanish Language        

Spanish Literature 

English Composition        

English Literature 

Music Theory


















Honors Courses (7)

English 3-4
Pre Calculus
English 5-6
US History Biology
Modern World History  


Results of the Senior Exit Survey showed that most of Millikan High School’s 833 graduates plan to attend college.  Forty-four percent plan to enroll at four-year schools while 46% plan to enroll in a community college.  Fifty-six percent completed the FAFSA.




Though the SAT and ACT are not required, the staff at Millikan encourages college-bound students to take the SAT Reasoning and the SAT Subject Tests and/or the ACT.  For the Class of 2012, 168 students took the ACT with an average composite score of 20.7.  Four hundred five students took the SAT Reasoning test with a mean score of 471 in Critical Reading, 470 in Mathematics and 466 in Writing. One hundred-nine students took a total of 148 SAT Subject Tests.



Qualified students may enroll concurrently at Long Beach City College and Millikan High School.  Millikan has active California Scholastic Federation and National Honor Society chapters for qualified students. Students at all grade levels may also earn letterman-style academic letters for maintaining a cumulative 3.0 to 4.0 grade point average. Millikan is an AVID National Demonstration School.  Millikan’s tradition of excellence and integrity is enhanced through the “Pathways” program which allows students to take up to eight classes on a block schedule.



The Class of 2012 had 47 College Board AP Scholars including 5 National AP Scholars, 16 Scholars with Distinction, and 12 Scholars with Honors.  The Class of 2012 earned in excess of $8 million in scholarships and grants. Three Posse Scholarships to Tulane, UCLA & Grinnell, 2 Gates Millennium Scholarships (UCLA, UC Davis), 2 CSULB Presidential Scholars, Dean’s and/or Chancellor’s scholarships to UCLA, UCSD, UCI, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Cal Lutheran, UOP, ASU, Northern Michigan, Whittier College, and Miami University were awarded. Millikan athletes received scholarships to University of the Pacific (baseball), Southern Virginia (football), Arizona Western (soccer), Great Falls Montana (soccer), University of Dubuque (football), Oregon Tech (baseball), Peru State Nebraska (football), Cloud College (basketball), and College of Saint Rose NY (soccer).  


Eight hundred and eight students took AP examinations (1,571 exams).  Fifty-seven percent of the students achieved a score of three or higher on the 2012 Advanced Placement Examinations:   


Art History – 44        Biology – 6

Calculus AB – 24       Chemistry – 16

Economics – 56        English Lang – 122

English Lit – 59         Environmental Science – 5 

German Lang – 5      Government/Politics - 45 

Spanish Lit – 20        Psychology – 90    

Spanish Lang – 72    World History – 162

Statistics - 30            Studio Art – 10

US History – 108       Music Theory - 2

Computer Sci – 1       Physics – 18

French - 1



Karen Briggs, Head Counselor    562-425-7441 ext. 4175



Susana Stumpf, Senior Counselor (A-L) 562-425-7441 ext. 4128


Lanie De La Paz, Senior Counselor (M-Z)  562-425-7441 ext. 4865




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