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9-12
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La Jolla, CA
Students enrolled: 1,591
Before care: No
After care: No

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750 Nautilus Street
La Jolla, CA 92037

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(858) 454-3081
(858) 459-2188
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October 05, 2013
Great school due to the teachers, students, parent and alumni support. Principal change was long overdue.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
The best if not one of the best high schools in California!!!!! I'm a proud alumni and so glad my daughter will be an incoming freshmen(class of 2017). Great teachers, counselors, and athletic staff. Curriculum is all college prep and teaching atmosphere has always been to help students reach their ultimate goal of getting into the college of their choice.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2011
La Jolla High is a great school for most students. It is an exceptional school rated against other public schools, but is not a private school. Students that do best here are the students that do best in college and the workplace; self-motivated, creative, dedicated and hardworking individuals. This is not the school for students who need to be coddled. I have had two very different children go through the system. Each got out of their experience exactly what they put in. Both got into their top college choices. One had an IEP and had the BEST support possible. Zero complaints there. Warning, there are a few cooky teachers that will be there forever - if your student is stuck with one of them, they will gain valuable experience in skills that have nothing to do with academics - such as patience, self-advocance and flexibility. All in all it is a great school, but if your child is a "glass half empty" type, or you are a parent who is wound tight, private school may be your home-sweet-home.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
La Jolla High was once a very great school indeed, but recently its standards have been much less than satisfying. A teacher was suspended for slapping kids last school year and many teachers have said that are less than motivated about teaching (understandable due to budget cuts and students who were less than willing to learn and have no interest in academics). Recently, CST tests had proved that LJHS have been experiencing a great drop in its standards.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
I love La Jolla, and it is unfortunate that we have to pull our daughter out of LJHS because she has not found the help she needed with her mild ADD. She has an IEP that was always ignored by the teachers. Teachers are good but don't care to help students, only cater to self motivated ones, which she was not. It is so hard to contact most teachers and counselors. Parents are involved in fundraising and other events, but when it comes to academics you would see 3 parents visiting the school!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
All of my children and now my grandchildren are or have attended and graduated with honors from La Jolla High. The friends made there seem to be life long. the teachers, counselors are all highly motivated and many of the students have the opportunity to take classes at UCSD. Its the best of the besr

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
Because our school is always together and the clubs are just awesome!

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
I love La Jolla High School because there are so many unique and interesting people here. Our school is ranked high for academics, and we have so many different clubs on campus it's crazy

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
La Jolla High is a jewel of La Jolla. Academically we rank among many nation-wide top 100 lists and the administration continues to provide new and interesting topics which allow students to find one that truly interests them. Our athletic teams consistently win CIF, yet have always been welcoming towards new players. When it comes to school spirit and unity we go above and beyond, always putting on amazing dances and pep rallies which bring in huge crowds. Finally, there are about 50 clubs at La Jolla and each offer something unique to their members and work with the community. There is definitely something for everyone at La Jolla.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Great teachers, great student body, and great location! La Jolla High has a consistent track record of sending the majority of its senior class on to very good colleges. High school alumni report great success in college as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
La Jolla High has exceded all my expectations for bring academic excellence into our family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have great students! They work very hard to achieve and help others less fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
This school caters to the highly self-motivated kids and the jocks. A kid who is bright (mine is seminar) but needs some encouragement and motivation is left by the wayside - teachers don't care!

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May 10, 2008
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April 08, 2008
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June 06, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
May 15, 2006
Okay, the school so far is doing great for my child, althought he enviornment is rather materialistic so to speak. The teachers are very good so far and I am pleased with my child's progress.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
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- submitted by a student
April 15, 2006
La Jolla High discourages parental involvemment, they also do not want to talk to parents. They cater to a lot of foreign/asian students who are self taught at home. Your child won't learn much in class; they will be exposed to foreign competition. The staff makes it difficult to communicate to them, the counselors, teachers, and especially the administration. 'Arrogance commeth before the fall.'

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2006
LJHS is not a place for higher learning of good (A-B)students. Work is assigned for home study. Classes are stagnant and boring. It is a place for exceptional self taught or bussed in students and all the rest are thrown by the wayside. Try to meet with a teacher or staff or counselor.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 26, 2006
Academic programs are of very high quality, especially n the seminar program. The top tier of students are extremely competitive. Extra curricular programs vary in quality but there is something for everyone. The core group of parents are extremely helpful and influential.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2005
Superb academic programs, esp. math and science. Level of parent involvement is immense.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
Academic programs are excellent, although best teachers have retired. Arts, AP programs, extracurricular, drama programs good. Good Seminar program. Level of parent involvement is very high. Has a high number of bussed kids and has a remedial program, but also many advanced and AP classes, great preparation for AP exams. Separation between kids with low and high incomes/ bussed in kids vs. residential kids.

- submitted by a former student
July 10, 2005
This is a very credible school. I attended its hallowed halls, and I plan on having my children and my children's children attend. My neices tell me that each student is taken care of individually when it is needed, and that teachers will tend to every need.

- submitted by a former student
no rating June 23, 2005
My kid has always liked this school and loved the acidemics- highly recomended!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2005
I think this school is great!!! my child loves it!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
Solid school with great emphasis on academics.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
Excellent School, with Good Science and English Departments. Located in beautiful La Jolla.

- submitted by a former student
September 24, 2004
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September 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2004
Is this as good as it gets? This school is over-rated. Parent communication and involvement are discouraged. No accountability, a lot of arrogance. Try to meet with a teacher or administrator. Good luck!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
no rating August 07, 2004
The best thing about La Jolla High is the Science Department. The school takes advantage of proximity to Scripps Institute and UCSD. La Jolla High's science department is considered one of the best in U.S. Parents monitor your child's freshman math class - especially if they're not in honors math. Despite LJHS reputation as attracting top students, I've heard horror stories how 3/4 of freshman students flunk math simply because they're not motivated. Supposedly it improves in 10th grade. Final word - principal is nice to parents but I don't know how nice he is to students. I was on campus one day and observed principal yelling at a student because he was resting on grass. Principal didn't know student's name and yelled at him to get off grass. A small act that demonstrates the lack of personalization and adult-student bonds which fuel high school student apathy.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2004
La Jolla High is an exceptional school. My children are excelling in their academic endeavors. The curriculum is challenging and rewarding. I highly recommend this school for families who are seeking a true education for their children. Our school is one of the best in the country!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
La Jolla High is top of the line college-prep school, highly competitive with a strong emphasis on academics. More than 90% of seniors are college bound, posing highest average SAT scores in the county, and with outstanding performance in AP exams every year. In the high school graduating class of 2003, 27 out of 40 National Merit semi-finalists in the San Diego Unified School District were from La Jolla High. A student with GPA of 4.0 is not even in the top 20% of graduating class. According to a recent Newsweek analysis, La Jolla High ranks 47th among America s top public high schools and second among California public schools. The success of the school comes from hard working competitive students, good teachers, strong parental involvement, community support and a strong La Jolla Foundation that supplements the efforts of teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2004
I am a parent who has been doing research on this school long before my daughter attended. My husband and I are both pleased with her progress. No school is perfect---this one's pretty close. Unfortunately, my daughter came from a very poor achieving middle school and almost didn't make it. She is now in her 2nd year here & has made phenomenal improvements with our being pro active and working with her teachers. I am confident that she will acquire her diploma successfully with above average marks. I am happy to say that we proved others wrong who tried discouraging me from allowing her to attend here. There are those who would argue that children coming from economically depressed areas seeking a better future are bringing this school down. Nonsense! My daughter has 2 of the best 'coaches' who will see her through bringing home that coveted 'trophy'.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2003
As a recent graduate of La Jolla High School, class of 2000, I have to say that I learned more in my four years at La Jolla High than the three years it has taken me to graduate from San Diego State University. La Jolla High school exposed me to the classics in almost every academic discipline and taught me the art of B.S.--everything that is needed to obtain a B.S. (or B.A. or M.A. or Ph.D for that matter). Thanks L.J.H.S!

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 09, 2003
If you child is dyslexic - forget about this school. My child was placed in a 'special' English program, but that was all. When learning difficulties related to dyslexia were apparent, my child was encouraged to leave La Jolla High.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
excellent programs and balance. Very high academic standards. Has a small-school feel to it.

- submitted by a parent
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La Jolla High School (LJHS) is a comprehensive high school for grades 9–12, offering a rigorous, coherent, and cohesive core curriculum, as well as Advanced Placement courses in 21 curricular areas and college-credit calculus and political science. Each year approximately 90 percent of graduating seniors enter universities or colleges, with a significant number attending Ivy League schools, out-of-state institutions, and the University of California and California State University.

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La Jolla High School
750 Nautilus Street, La Jolla, CA  92037
(858) 454-3081
Last modified La Jolla 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 Jolla High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top