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9-12
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La Mirada, CA
Students enrolled: 2,229
 

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13520 Adelfa Drive
La Mirada, CA 90638

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(562) 868-0431
(562) 943-7872
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September 02, 2015
Very nice school!! It offers many program opportunities for each student. Great academic and social enviroment!!

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2014
I would say la mirada is an okay layed back school. Nothing really goes on here no fights no bullying Pretty average school

- submitted by a parent

June 21, 2014
I graduated from La Mirada High after attending both John Glenn and Norwalk High. My mother worked at each of the said school and I had to go where she was working. La Mirada is definitely the lesser of the evils. Academically its average. Just like any other high school in America if you are involved in athletics you are golden, everyone else is just lost in the crowd. The problem with La Mirada is the community. They have this "we are better than everyone" attitude. That carries over to the kids. The faculty doesn't stand a chance against a community of self righteous parents. The majority of parents here feel their children can do no wrong. The faculty is sick of fighting a loosing battle and therefore the kids always "win" and get away with whatever rules they had been breaking. The 3 pages of reviews on this site is proof that the parents are involved more so that the 2 high school in this district. Just know that your child could walk away from this school felling very entitled, and not grounded in reality. The little bubble they have created for themselves in the City of LaMirada quickly pops as you graduate and head out into the real world.

- submitted by a parent

June 04, 2014
Although I know students that have done well at La Mirada, my family has been very disappointed. I believe that if your student is in the Matador Academy honors program, they will do well. However, if you have an average or struggling student, do not expect much. I have met with some very supportive caring teachers but every year encounter at least one teacher that refuses to respond to emails or phone calls without administrative intervention. Unacceptable. It seems that some of the teachers do not care about the average student, just those in the honors program. In the way on discipline, the students get a way with a lot. Little classroom control. I hear about all sorts of disturbing things students do on campus. Overall not impressed.

- submitted by a parent

April 27, 2014
I have 2 students at La Mirada High School and it is our local school. Many students come from Norwalk to attend this campus. The school offers many clubs and social activities. The library is opened at lunch and after school until 4PM for student use. It has many new books, magazines and Internet connected computers for student use. The campus is relatively safe with ample security guards. The administration is quick to handle the bullying situations. I question how the firing of some staff is handled. If your student likes sports, the programs are excellent. The arts programs have dedicated teachers. The math and science programs could be stronger and prepare the students better. The Matador Scholar Program helps college bound students with academic support from teachers and peers. Like most schools, there is room for improvement and change. The administration should work more with students who are not headed to a four year college. Students who opt to attend junior colleges, like Cerritos, Fullerton and Cypress, need more information about their programs.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2014
Very supportive of their honor and AP students. Their Madador Scholar program includes teachers, students and parents. The teachers are excellent and if your student is motivated they will be supported by teachers, all the office staff as well as other honor students. They are striving to bring the school to the level of being one of the best high schools in Southern California. This high school is what you make of it. The security is tight but if you are an excellent student you are very quickly identified and will find all the support necessary for your child's future. La Mirada is a nice city for teens and this school is one of the major reasons I have raised my childen here.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2013
This school is really supportive if you put your effort into school activities, sports, and/or academics. A lot of people complain our school doesn't offer much but if you put an initiative and put yourself out there everyone from teachers to our principal will back you up.

- submitted by a community member

January 11, 2013
La Mirada High school like all other high schools in California are faced with problems. Overall the school has many programs that other school don't have. We have 6 Academies on campus. Yes then classrooms are overcrowded but that is because of budget cuts. Some teachers are not as good. But the school academic performances have increased in the last 4 years. New programs are in place such as Avid. College Career has a new program in place also. Improvements are in place. They are coming in slowly but the school really is trying to do it's best during this really hard time.

- submitted by a community member

January 09, 2013
This school isn't that even good. The teachers are horrible and the students are bad as well. There are a lot of fake people at the school and there are a lot of pointless rules as well. All the school cares about is sports and not so much on academics. The jocks here think they're all cool. I don't reccomend this school at all. Not to mention this school is way overcrowded as well.

- submitted by a community member

December 04, 2012
Some of the teachers at this school dont have patience for their students when the students have questions regarding something they dont understand some of the teachers yell at their students that do ask questions. Some teachers dont seem to care how they can get thru to there students, they just want to teach there way because they think its the best way they are closed minded and just dont care to change. If these teachers cared they would be more willing to change their teaching methods.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2012
Overall LMHS is your typical high school. I would however rate it much better than its counterparts like John Glenn and Norwalk. My daughter went to Norwalk before and it was terrible. LMHS is far better and the students and parents are more involved.

- submitted by a parent

March 23, 2011
I'm a Junior at La Mirada High. I thought this school was amazing until the new administration started changing all of the rules. Now we don't have as much freedom as we're used to having. We all miss our old principal. He was a great inspiration to all of the students and motivated us as much as possible. La Mirada isn't a bad school and we don't have a lot of fights like the Freshman had previously stated. I would know because I've been there longer. Our counselors and most teachers try to help us as much as possible and try to get us to achieve in our goals and expectations that our parents have for us. I guess the only downside to going to La Mirada (This is what the students think.) is the new tardy policy. Which is during 0 - 1 period the students will have 2 warnings if tardy. On the third tardy, they will get an hour detention. During 2 - 6 periods, the students will get an automatic 1 hour detention. If the students do not serve a detention they will get an in-house suspension from 7:45 am to 4:00 pm. were they work on homework given to them by their teachers and work on CST prep tests. The school's honestly not that bad at all.

- submitted by a student

December 06, 2010
Today is dec. 6 2010. I am a freshman at this school 14' This is a bad school. We stared in sept. And I already wanna switch schools. There is so many fights at this school and it is al over stupid things . The students here need to grow up and be thereselfs. Its really hard to dogood in school when your in a place like this. In the future when I have kids I will make sure that they dont go to this high school. Parent please take my advise on this. You dont really know want its like unless your in this school 24/7.

- submitted by a student

April 03, 2009
I believe La Mirada is like many public schools. If the parents are not actively involved then the child will not do well. If you have no extra time for your kids then put then your better off putting them in a private school. From my daughter's friends 3-4 went to U.C schools, 3-4 to Cal State schools, one to MIT, and 2 went to well known private religious universities so I guess that shows that La Mirada can deliver good students but its is a team effort. If you cannot put in the time and the child is not self motivated then they need to be in private school where you pay money for the school to be much more involved.

- submitted by a parent

February 19, 2009
I have two kids attending La Mirada High School right now. Both are doing very well and have had some really great teachers. Of course every once in a while they might get one that is so-so, but the majority have been great and great influences. My kids counselor is Ms. Ngyuen, she is FANTASTIC! She is really on the ball and cares very much for students and seems to love her job. Mr. Graham in the Career Center goes above and beyond for all the students who want to proceed onto College, making sure students get their testing done and filling out applications...thats what its all about. I feel very comfortable knowing that my kids have a place to go and ask questions regarding their future. La Mirada High gets an A+ as far as I am concerned. And I really am just a parent!

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2009
La Mirada High School is a great place to be. Keep in mind that parents are the first educators and by the time children enter high school they have already established certain study habits and self-discipline that was allowed by their parents. My child has had a very positive experience at la Mirada High School. His counselor, Mr. Hallum., as gone over and beyond to make sure my son knows the importance of education and how to deal with life decisions. Thanks, Mr. Hallum, for being a GREAT role model to all our young men in the making. You are an inspiration to our son.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2008
I have just read most of the reviews on LMHS. I have a senior and my eldest daughter graduated from LMHS last June '07'. I have to say that overall this school is better than the one my daughters attended in their freshman and sophmore years, but my daughters chose to make the best out of school and have done very well academically. I am not at all happy with their counselors or principals. I have to agree with what some of the other parents have said about lack of involvement the staff show the students. My daughter attending now is involved in everything and has the drive to do well. This is because of us her family not the counselors. There diffinitely has to be a change from the top.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2008
Honestly, I think the school is a great school for students who are independently driven. I am currently a senior and I have taken full advantage of everything La Mirada has to offer. There are many AP courses and extra curricular activities. The students simply need to care about what they are doing--that's more of the problem nowadays. Students simply are indifferent about their entire education. If someone really wants to learn and to make a bright future for themselves, they can do it. To all the people who bash La Mirada, I am truly sorry that they have kids who aren't motivated or who don't care about their education. I am fully happy with the education that La Mirada HS has given me.

- submitted by a student

January 07, 2008
Our fourth child is now attending LMHS. I have seen the level of academic expectation drop over the years. There is less personal connection with students and the school does not do much to help kids who are struggling. I can see why test scores are falling, and it is hard as parents to see this for our kids.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2008
My middle child is know attending LaMirada. And I wish I would have sent her to a different school. She is a good student and I thought she would be fine going to LaMirada. I have had 2 problems in the past year. And on both I have emailed the Principal and received no responce. From my point of view the problem starts on top.

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2007
LMHS would benefit from some professional higher level intervention! Administration definitely needs to take a more involved and 'personal' approach to the student's learning. Just from the last 7 weeks or so of our son's attendance at LMHS, it is obvious that the parents must get involved in the child's education - very! If the adult does not actively pursue the classes, programs, relationships, and success tools that are available (somewhere), the child will fall through a crack - only to be noticed when/if a failing score is achieved. There are some great teachers, but they can only do so much...parents and students must make some effort too!

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2007
My son is doing really well at this school. We are involved with the wrestling booster club. Like most public school's, 10% of the parents do 90% of the work. There is a new assistant principal who is a little too confrontational.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 14, 2007
As a concerned parent, I would think that the La Mirada Principal would be FIRED for having two connective year of falling API scores!!!. It is the responsibility of the Principle to assure that kids are performing at their very best. Not only do the scores say something about La Mirada, but also, says that it might be time for a change. So that kids may have a better opportunity for their education. You as educators have a responsibility of assuring that these high school students are receiving the best education that La Mirada High has to offer. I was not aware of the scores and the rating that La Mirada received this spring 2007 API scores that had fallen below there 2006 API scores. These tell me that La Mirada High is not performing up to standards.

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2007
our son just started his first year of High School at LMHS and so fare we are not impressed. There was a battle to get him into the classes he needs for college even though he was in the GATE program all through middle school. His counselor was very indifferent to his needs and showed no interest in helping him prepare for his future. The school seems to be focused more on sports(although the football team is terrible at best) rather than academic achievement. There seem to be a few good teachers, but we will be watching closely to see if they are teaching or just putting in their time. We are in 'wait and see' mode now to determine if we are going to pull our son and send him to a different school.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2007
Yes, LMHS does focus much more on sports, but unless you are heavily involved with the PTA or Boosters, be prepared to have your student athlete kept on the sidelines for the most part. As for some of the teachers and administrative staff, it is obvious they are there to just collect a paycheck and don't really care about teaching the younger generation. The two stars are for the very few good teachers that are there.

- submitted by a parent

September 02, 2007
This school is geared towards kids who play sports and their parents who run the PTA and board members who support them. There are a few remarkable teachers but just a few. The majority of the children graduating from this school are not even making entry level at the JC colleges and are having to repeat basic math, reading and language arts. Terrible administration!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 10, 2007
I went to LaMirada for three years and while I was there I liked it. I wasnt into sports but it was a fun enviroment and some of the best teachers that I have ever had the chance to be taught by. If not for them I wouldnt be where I am today.

- submitted by a community member

June 25, 2007
My son is currently attending La Mirada High School and is going to be a sophmore. I believe the academic program is doing well, as well as the athletic department.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2007
LMHS has improved a whole lot in the past 6 years. The teaching staff, as a whole, is great. I witnessed some amazing teaching while employed at LMHS. Some of the best teachers I worked with were: Mr. Gevirtzman (Language Arts), Mrs. McDonald-Emge (science), Mr. Rush (science), Mrs. Rogers (Language Arts), Mrs. Condou (Language Arts), Mrs. Wood (Language Arts), Mrs. Estes (foreign language), Mrs. Byward (Math), Mrs. Cotterell (Language arts), and I could go on. The special ed department is less impressive at this time. If you are in sports, you'll enjoy this school. The fine arts department is well respected by the community but not very well supported by the administration. The campus is being updated so all the comments about the bathrooms, while true for their dates, are now moot. A new science building is under construction. Scores are up.

- submitted by a teacher

September 06, 2006
I have a son who is going to be a junior this year, and I am very worried about what the school is spending all its funds on that we pay in taxes each and every year. We got a new football field which costed us millions and on top of that we are going through major reconstruction but everything seems the same... Sports are way more important here than academics.

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2005
My 15 year old son has attended LMHS since he was in 9th grade, he is now a sophmore.LMHS is, in my opinion,for the most part,a great school.My son is very active in sports and LMHS has a great atheletic program.I cant speak for music/arts as he is not involved in those areas.Ive had some concerns about a few of his teachers,I see strictly 'book' teaching only. A question is asked, and it's answered with 'you'll find the answer in the book'. That bothers me. But overall,seems to me a balanced school, with great young adults. As with any school, there is room for improvement. Better teachers being the first step.New Principal this year, so cant comment on him.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2005
Looking forward to a much better 2005-06 year with the replacement of Ms Asrani (former principal). The school overall has good teachers, but very crowded. Instead of just updating the campus, the district should have used some of the funds they spent on the football stadium to just rebuild the whole place. Sports, particularly boys team sports (baseball & football) are highly rated & valued at the school. Academics 'ok', certainly could be more difficult. I rarely see my student with any type of homework and she is getting good grades.

- submitted by a parent

October 17, 2005
My son ia a junior. Teachers are inconsistent and very few actually lecture. I cannot return my child to this school.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2005
I worked at this school for 2 years. I can tell you that it is a GREAT school if your child is not in special education. The special education department and team is very difficult to work with. The regular education department is above average, with strong parent support.

- submitted by a teacher

May 29, 2004
I am a sophomore at La Mirada High School, and am a member of the speech/debate team. Here's the jist of the school: Good: Good teachers overall; nice people who genuinely care about the kids. Some are better than others, of course, but so it goes. The staff, in spite of what others have said, are generally nice people doing their job. You can buy food and drinks at nutrition and lunch. In fact, I do it everyday. The speech and debate team offers a completely wonderful opportunity for all students. Only God knows what the team has done for me intellectually and mentally. Bad: Food is sometimes gross and overpriced. Kids have almost zero respect for anything. Drug use is rampant. Police need to do soomething.

- submitted by a student

May 17, 2004
I am a freshman at LMHS. I have to say that LMHS puts too much money into football, when they could use it for the disgusting restrooms. Most of the teachers are great, but you have to respect them. Most people dont. So dont blame the techers. The extracirricular activities are awesome, and we have alot of them. But the lunch lines are ridiculous, no arguing that.

- submitted by a student

May 09, 2004
I am a student at LMHS, graduating in 04', and I must be honest, I have never seen a poorer excuse for a high school! It's way overcrowded, you can't even buy something to eat at the lunch lines because there are so many people. The principal continuously makes incredibly stupid policies and she does not come across as a friendly person. The drug activity is high as well. I am graduating with a 4.0 and I did get very involved in school and sports...yet I still feel that LMHS is not a school worth sending your child/children to. Some teachers are horrible and do nothing but waste time.

- submitted by a student

March 18, 2004
This school is horribly overcrowded! The school officially lists an enrollment of 2334. There are over 3000 students as of 3/18/04. Temporary classrooms now occupy parking lots. The County Sheriff's department now patrols mornings and evenings. Student theft is surprisingly high. I have spent well over $200 replacing stolen school supplies, such as notebooks, rulers, pencils and one TI-83 Calculator. In addition, snack bar theft is rampant. The restrooms and water fountains are in deplorable condition. Many students refuse to use the restrooms. With the large number of students, the teachers do as well as they can, however, many students show little or no respect for them. Some students are just plain rude. The security force (guards) is grossly understaffed. The bulk of student transgressions occur during lunch period. Even though security is patrolling, there are not nearly enough of them to go around. The dress code is never enforced.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2004
I have had 3 children go to LMHS. I must say that my daughters first 3 years there were excellent years. By the time my daughter became a senior she disliked the school and constantly complained about the office personal and teachers. I was very involved with her in school so, to say that only parents that are not involved are giving bad reviews is not the truth. By the time my other 2 children entered LMHS I myself was able to see the difference in academics and sports. I pulled child #3 out of LMHS and I have pulled child #4 out of the Norwalk/La Mirada District altogether. The district and not just the LMHS needs to take a close look and see where the community feels it is failing their children. And, Yes I am going to be one that says LMHS puts way to much attention and money into their football and baseball teams.

- submitted by a parent

December 01, 2003
I find it interesting that everyone blames someone else on this message board. I have two children who attend LMHS and they are not exceptional academic students but they are 'honor roll' which is considered exceptional for this school. They have had and do have some wonderful teachers. The ones who take the extra step to educate the kids and make it exciting. Brick and Johnson have been two very remarkable and motivational teachers these past years! The only downfall with the school is it's lack of control. The kids are allowed to disrespect each other and themselves. They are not led by example, the front office is very confrontational and the principal has her own agenda. I think she means well but just doesn't come across as being very open minded or friendly. I have seen vast improvements during the past six years. I must admit that I do agree with several of the comments relating to sports. In order to increase the API and SAT scores this school must refocus it's attention from football and softball and back to the basics of education. Our kids deserve more and education will get them further in life than a CIF berth.

- submitted by a parent

November 28, 2003
Good school for the gifted and average and special ed. Dismal for the 'different' who aren't in special ed. Some teachers are excellent others are terrible. Admin has a factory farm aproach, inflexible requirements mean some students will not pass even if they are doing their very best and spending three to five hours a night on homework. Some of The administrators can be confrontational. Sports and Dress code seem to be more important than real education.

- submitted by a parent

October 26, 2003
My daughter is doing well at La Mirada because she is self-disciplined and has values. This was learned at home and carries on to her school life as well. Parents who blame the school staff should analyze what kind of child you brought to the high school to begin with. The school's priority is teaching a parent's responsibility is providing respect, values and morals from home.

- submitted by a parent

October 09, 2003
My child is doing well at La Mirada High School. Parents who blame the school for their child's lack of success should take a better look at their parenting skills. Teachers at La Mirada are wonderful. They are willing to provide extra help at lunch or before/afterschool.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2003
I have graduated one daughter with a 3.7 and she is in college. She said the kids lacked some motivation but the kids who want to work could. I think the staff works hard for your kids and office workers all care a great deal. I have had many secretaries help me and care very much for the students. Miss Willie is the most caring person I have ever met and Guilda and Angela would do anything to help you. Every school has problems but I think La Mirada is truly trying to help our children. I currently have two daughters attending LaMirada and I am satisfied with their growth and skills. They have learned to do their best and try and help others if they can. Mr. Woods has really made an impact on my senior. He truly cares about the whole student body but has made a big difference in my daughters life along wih his secretary. I thank La Mirada for getting my girls through high school when it is so hard these days. I think instead of trashing La Mirada lets ask what we can do to help and make it a better place. It takes the staff, the parents and the kids to make it better. Let's not blame the school before we do everything we can to help out.

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2003
Two of my children are presently enrolled at La Mirada High school. One is a freshman and the other is a junior. For the past two years I have seen great changes that are helping to enhance the education of my children. We have a great Principal with strong leadership skills, who really cares about the students and their academics. At the same time we have a great team of teachers and administrators. The parent involvement is excellent, so I believe my children are receiving a great education at La Mirada High School.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2003
I was a graduate of La Mirada High School class of 1975. I live in the community and I am embarrassed by the education provided by the high school. Over the past several years there have been many scandals at this school, and worst of all is the emphasis on sports as the main priority of the school. I am certain there are many good teachers at the high school but there are also many who should leave. The front office staff is confrontational and rude. I dread the day I must send my children to the high school. I have been very pleased with the education my children are receiving from the elementary and middle schools. They seem to have their act together. Nearby schools such as Sunny Hills and Troy have been recognized for their achievments in national competition. La Mirada is known for its sports even though the abilities of the students at La Mirada are comparable to those of Troy and Sunny Hills. My niece recently withdrew from the high school because of the rudeness of the front office staff. I hate the idea of home schooling, but from my first hand knowledge of how the school has been run since I attended, I am seriously considering home schooling. Shame on my Alma Mater.

- submitted by a community member

September 24, 2003
La Mirada is not a school to send your child if they want to be treated equally. Only those with exceptional athletic ability or very active parents in the community excel in this school. Academics are placed low on the list of priorities in this school. A student is encouraged not to try out for softball unless they are a 'travel ball player', Seniors are told by the coach that if they didn't play travel don't bother trying out for Varsity because it is a requirement. I understand they are the reigning Champions for the Suburban league, went to CIF and the local La Mirada Girls 16 year olds are national champions. But, what about the girl who has a desire to play softball and can play but her education is more of a priority than travel ball and can't afford the expense it costs or the time it takes from her studies. I think CIF really needs to reevaluate the pressure these kids are put under. It should not be known as a requirement to try out for a sport that you must meet the coaches standard of travel ball especially if he is also a member of these leagues outside of the school environment. Let the kids have a chance and get a coach who is credentialed who also has education as a priority. Just a thought! La Mirada High School was once considered a very good school. In the 60's & 70's when Neff, Excelsior, Norwalk, Glen and La Mirada were all together everyone wanted to be a student of La Mirada because they had a nice campus, good teachers and good sports. Now we have kids deciding to go to other schools not because it's overcrowded but because of the policies of the walk on coaches.

- submitted by a parent

September 22, 2003
This is ridiculous, sitting here reading these posts. All the parents who have posted should be ashamed of yourselves, sitting here blaming LMHS for your child's inadequacies! Instead of letting your children do whatever in the heck they want to do after school, you should make them do their homework. Then hopefully you wouldn't be sending these posts in saying how bad LMHS is. If your children were getting good grades you would have nothing bad to say about the teachers at LMHS! Get a hold of yyour children! (1)Have kids do homework after school; (2)Don't blame the teachers, take a closer look at yourselves!; (3)Get involved with your children's studies.

- submitted by a community member

September 13, 2003
My child was a student at LMHS and we pulled our child out due to the lack of continuity and consistancy in the academics. I think that the principal is making great changes for the school overall but it will not affect my child right now, may be my younger children will benefit from it in the years to come. LMHS does not hold a candle to other surronding schools in the academic area, but in the sports program they are unstoppable. I guess it is all about what is more important to you the parents, Academics or Sports?

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2003
My daughter transfered in this summer.The office attendent had us go down to school in August 3 seperate days (kept moving the registration day back each time)and on the 3rd day told us we were only there to 'make an appointment' for her to register on another day. This could not be done over the phone? The day of her 10AM appointment the person she was there to see was on break for 20 mins (started at 10AM). A week and a half of carrying her books all day because they would not give her a locker! When I think of this school I hear circus music playing in my head. Funny thing is I have not seen one elephant or lion yet, plenty of clowns though.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2003
Too crowded! If only Neff High was still around... Nobody cares about you unless you play sports or are in ASB or Yearbook. Unless you're involved in those things nobody will like you and you will fail miserably. I know from experience. After failing you go to El Camino High School. El Camino is run by professionals and they actually care about the students. If LMHS was more like El Camino, I think it would be a much better place.

- submitted by a community member

September 09, 2003
School Board policy of a mandatory 6 class day, eliminates flexibility for students to pick up units in summer school, lightening the regular year load, which would allow some students to be more successful.Homework is excessive. Parents whose children are succeeding with As & Bs are frustrated at the nightly 3 plus hours of homework each night to make those grades. Iron grip control of students seems to be the administrative educational philosophy. The most positive aspect are the good teachers that are able to make a positive connection with the kids on a personal level.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2003
I went to 3 schools to see which my child should go to. I chose La Mirada because it looked nice. But like the other parent said, the office treats us like dirt. They were rude and ignored me until I got into their faces. This school isn't a good school if they're doing things like this and influence students. Do not enroll your child in this school if you want them to become respectful and at least decent.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2003
I, too graduated from La Mirada and find it easier to make a judgement, having experienced the school first hand. I graduated in 2003, and throughout the 4 years I was there, I saw a lot of changes, especially among the staff. However, as much as any kid dreads being at school, it's actually a great experience at La Mirada, the staff really likes to get involved. There is, however, a very distinct line between the 'popular' kids and the not. I found that as I was with the 'in' crowd, we got approached for just about every stage show and school activity, and as much as we'd advise the staff of other people who would have liked to participate, they never really took it into consideration, and that is why the same people were always the performers. Overall, though, the school is pretty cool.

- submitted by a community member

September 06, 2003
My child is a freshman this year and so far our experience has not been very good. The school is so over crowded that the kids cannot even use the restroom due to long lines and forget about eating or drinking, this simply does not happen unless one brings their own, setting them up for teasing and items of food and drink thrown at them in what the upper classmen have deemed 'Freshman Island' The programs including the I.B. are extremely unorganized and parents are treated by the office staff as if they have the plague!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 04, 2003
I graduated LMHS in 1072. I had three older sisters who also graduated from LMHS. I loved my alma mater. Reading over the comments, I realized that not much as changed where parent/community involvement was concerned. Although it is very important for students to get involved in clubs, it's their participation that makes the clubs what they are. Parents today do not take enough interest in their children's education as they once did. But then, we weren't two-parent working families back then either. Now we have single parents struggling to keep the family together. It's a concern we as a society need to address as a whole, not place all the blame on the school and the teachers. I for one am very appreciative of the education I got at LMHS. I had some good teachers, and some not so good. But it was the support of my parents that counted most.

- submitted by a student

August 26, 2003
I am a parent of a junior this year. She has tried to get involved since her freshman year. It is who you know. Students sign up for clubs but aren't notified of their meetings. The teachers, as a whole, don't push the students to participate in clubs and events. Those that do are the exception, and their students perform the best in class and on standardized tests. Parents aren't involved enough in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 26, 2003
Student verification procedure...disaster!

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2003
I graduated from La Mirada High School in June of 2003. I believe that I am much more qualified to judge my own alma mater compared to parents who get the outside view. I am sorry to say, but La Mirada High School has changed my life in many ways. The teachers are great. Whether they are old or young, they do the same. It is upon us, as students, to ask them for help if it is needed. They brought laughter into my world as they taught me the value of life and of course, abiding by the curriculum at the same time. Even the support staff and administration have been supportive and as many things in La Mirada changed during my 4 years there, it has been improving bit by bit. There are many clubs and athletic teams on campus that made me feel as though I was part of a family rather than a team. We cannot always blame others for our mistakes. Teachers simply try their best to educate us, but it is the choice of the students to learn. It takes time for improvement and La Mirada is still continuing to reclaim its name. It will take time, so please be patient because our administrators are working diligently to improve it. To add in another comment, La Mirada has drastically improved its API score by 41 points, plus starting in 2003, it is now an IB school, so hey, we can't be doing that bad, can we?!?

- submitted by a student

July 03, 2003
I think that La Mirada High School fails to get it's students involed enough in there education the have poor teacher - student relationships. I think the need to bring in some new younger teacher's that are more current in there skills and let some of the olders go.

- submitted by a community member

June 09, 2003
I Graduated from La Mirada High School two years ago. I feel that having been a student I am more qualified than a parent to grade individual aspects of the school's inner workings. From the instruction i received at LMHS I have since gone on to attend the University of California Irvine. I feel the major cause of the low test scores received by my alma mater is low community involvement. People only turn out for football games, and that only benefits the lucky few who play, or cheer, or play in the Marching band. More money should be spent on La Mirada's youth than on the senior citizens who have had two large and very expensive buildings constructed for their use in the last 5 years. I loved La Mirada High, and was inspired by my teachers. If your child is willing to put in the time and effort, he will receive a great education and experience there.

- submitted by a community member

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La Mirada High School
13520 Adelfa Drive, La Mirada, CA  90638
(562) 868-0431
Last modified La Mirada High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Mirada High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 87 reviews. Top