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1 Maverick Way
Encinitas, CA 92009

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(760) 436-6136
(760) 943-3539
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November 23, 2014
My son is a freshman and didn't know anyone when he started school. He already has made some good friends (we are four months into the school year) principally because of marching band (the "Maverick Brigade". The band kids are a great group and the parent supporters are amazing. The band teacher, Ms. Mattison, does a great job with the kids. Other than band, everything is fine. The teachers seem good and my son enjoys most of his classes. I would encourage all parents to get their kids involved with something. There are many clubs on campus and being involved in something, whether it's sports, the band, theater, debate, whatever will really make their school experience much richer and more rewarding. There are lots of wonderful opportunities at this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
My child is an incoming sophomore at LCC and he loves it. He has excelled academically and athletically. He says his classes are fun and he learns a ton. Teachers care and Just like in any other school, if your child finds the right friends he is bound for success. It's definitely not just an athletic school like some say. I believe he will be ready for college when the time comes. Amazing school and environment for any child! We love you LCC! Go Mavericks!

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
As a student at LCC, I find that I have enjoyed my time here. I am not an intense athlete, but do participate in cross country and track for the team bonding aspects. This school offers a great variety of classes for students who wish to take advanced classes. The school does need to get drugs under control though. There have been multiple times I have seen students high in a classroom. Most of the time, these students play sports. This school needs to implement random druj testing for athletes, because they do nothing about this problem. As for this not being an artistic school, I completely disagree. There are multiple people who have a whole day dedicated to art. Take a your and you will see how beautiful out campus is compared to SDA and Torrey Pines.

- submitted by a community member
November 19, 2013
A bad place for anyone different. If you are not a jock, a stoner, or a straight a student, prepare to be bullied throughout the school year. Not a bad school for those who love sports, but a horrible school for someone artistic.

- submitted by a student
November 19, 2013
A very bad school for a child who is not a jock or a college cound student. There is a major drug problem, as well as a discouragement of individuality. If you are different, artistic, or if you plainly don't play sports, expect to be bullied. Oh and fights are quite common, as well as a high conservative christian population, which tend to be extremely homophobic. Also quite a lack of diversity, as 3/4ths of the students are white. Needless to say this is probably not the school for your kid. Try SDA.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
This school has nothing to offer the student who is not college bound or a jock. Wikipedia states 97% of students at LCC are 'college bound'. A better statistic to know would be how many of those students graduate college. My point is THIS SCHOOL ASSUMES ALL STUDENTS ARE COLLEGE MATERIAL AND THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE FOR STUDENTS WHO WISH TO PURSUE A TRADE. There is a new business track, hopefully it will morph into something for trade school bound students. And yes, changing a class is a major undertaking if your student and the teacher are a poor fit. Not to mention, my student was being BULLIED by a couple of other students and they ended up in a class together. Fortunately I was able to get her class changed b/c she is special ed and I knew what to say. But good luck to others. Ugh. Can't wait til she graduates.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
This school has a beautiful campus, but it ends there. The principal (Ruggles) is a bureacrat. He exercises no discretion and goes by the handbook. They should fire him and provide every family with a handbook to address all issues. A minor schedule change, at the very beginning of the school year, was a giant hassle. In my son's junior year I voiced a complaint about a teacher, and the principal didn't even ask what the problem was - just stated that they would not change his schedule. When I pointed this out, he suddenly wanted to know and then stated he hoped I'd found him responsive. I've encountered few impressive teachers here. This school has high test scores due to affluent families who invest in their kids. It's not due to the teachers, and certainly not the principal.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2010
La Costa Canyon doesn't prepare your child for higher education. Teachers do not let opinions heard, nor do they give reasoning to grading. When a grade is challenged (positively or negatively) no explanation is given, teachers feel offended when grades or authority in any way are challenged. Teachers need to learn arguments from students need to be heard within in reason. Teenagers are tough, but teaching teenagers to debate properly is a good skill to learn on early in life. The way classes are held pamper students rather than challenging them for what lies ahead in college. Students need fewer assignments that are worth a higher percentage, less group work, and to be challenged more. College is important and La Costa Canyon focuses on sports. LCC needs to rethink what is important.

- submitted by a community member
April 20, 2010
By far the best school I have had a child enrolled in.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2010
I have had two of my three children graduate from LCC. The academic, community and social experience were tremenous in transitioning to both a UC and Cal Poly. They were far better prepared for challenging academics than many of the stduents from throughout the state from public and private schools. We found that the greater LCC community is very welcoming.

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December 04, 2009
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October 24, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
August 21, 2009
My Daughter had a wonderful experience and it fully prepared her for college. She just completed her first year of college and earned all A's...Thank you LCC

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
This is a tough school, but will prepare your child for college.

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January 06, 2009
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September 06, 2008
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August 14, 2008
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July 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
I've two children who currently attend LCC. Majority of the teachers are annoyed by the students, grading their work & care only about test scores. Watch out if you have a child who has their own mind & doesn't fit into that little box the teacher thinks in. aAdministration is a NIGHTMARE, unwilling to work with you if student & teacher are not a fit, they refuse to do whats best for students,they'd rather a student have no class then actually work with the student and get them in with another teacher. They would never want to offend there precious teachers egos. There are those few special teachers who excel & care about their students, better hope you're the lucky one to get them. We just need to demand that the students are the most important in this equation not theadults and that the administration & teachers realize this.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2008
The campus is large and beautiful and there are a wide variety of kinds of kids who attend. Even so, a majority of the administration and a large chunk of the teachers obvioulsy hate their job and kids. They personally do not make the school enjoyable. It's up to the student body and the fewer truly amazing teachers to make going to school a good experience; otherwise the students feel like delinquents.

- submitted by a student
April 23, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2008
I transferred from another school district in the area to San Dieguito High School District and I was very apprehensive about going. However, in these first couple months of my freshman year, I've seen a tremendous growth in my self confidence, grades, and I feel so much more encouraged than I did in Oceanside schools. I am very pleased woth the decision I made to change districts and I would recomend this school to anyone who wants a quality learning experience and a friendly atmosphere. The involvment is huge and kids are very friendly here. This school has truly made my high school experience amzing. Thank you LCC. Go Mavs!

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2007
I'm very impressed with the educational opportunities at LCC. The school plays sports at the highest level.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2006
This is a great school for sports. Lcc supports sports more than education. Beautiful campus (:

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May 11, 2006
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March 22, 2006
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March 14, 2006
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- submitted by a staff
March 06, 2006
Academically is very good but you have to make sure you get into the right classes. Some clicky groups but that's pretty normal. Very clean campus and a lot of good activities are planned

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
I loved my time at La Costa Canyon - from the administration to the teachers, I felt supported and challenged. Also has a fantastic sports department.

- submitted by a former student
August 30, 2005
This appears to be a truly great learning institution. The campus is spectacular and the parents I've met are very motivated about getting a quality education for their children. My grandson, who we are raising, is playing freshman football and has found this to be a very gratifying experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2005
This is probably one of the best schools around.

- submitted by a teacher
August 18, 2005
The housing around the school is so expensive that a huge percentage of families have both parents struggling to make house, car and other payments. As a result the kids are given fancy clothes, cars, parties and just about everything else. By the time these kids get to LCC they are spoiled and out of control. This is a problem that starts with the parents and the family environments at younger ages, but it explodes in a huge problem at LCC. Strongly encourage parents of younger kids to make changes to not repeat the same mistakes. And to carefully consider smaller school environments where there is a higher level of control.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Great just wonderful! I have been very pleased with the results I have encountered.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2005
We moved from Sacaramento to this district and are very happy. The parents really do care about their childrens' education. The APIs are higher. My son loves the sports here.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2004
As a student teacher of La Costa Canyon in the Chemistry department, I was extremely pleased with laboratories at this school. The students had access to huge labs and outstanding equipment. It was a great learning environment.

- submitted by a teacher
September 09, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
February 24, 2004
Pushy snobby parents impose their will on the teachers at this school. Kids get away with lots of petty infractions (bullying, petty theft, cheating, alcohol, smoke) with hand slaps, because the school does not want to upset parents who donate thousands of dollars to the school 'foundation'. This school is populated primarily by spoiled, rich kids who fill the parking lots with their late model cars. Unfriendly kids who just hang with their own cliques. The ones who are focused on academics and are in honors classes do ok, because they are separated from the rest of the rabble.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2003
I have been very pleased with the education my daughter has received. She is incredibly well prepared for college and is involved in a strenuous work load. The teachers are great and the extracurricular activities are amazing. I can not comprehend the opportunities that LCC offers.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
My son is a Sophmore at LCC. We were very disappointed when he didn't get into the Academy with most of his friends and because we live in the coastal part of Encinitas. I must say however, we are very pleased with the teachers at LCC and the school in general. My child is thriving there, is in all honor classes. I feel he is being prepared well for college and has nice friends. I couldn't ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
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La Costa Canyon High School
1 Maverick Way, Encinitas, CA  92009
(760) 436-6136
Last modified La Costa Canyon High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Costa Canyon High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top