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9-12
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Manhattan Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 2,424

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701 South Peck Avenue
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

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(310) 318-7337
(310) 303-3814
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April 17, 2014
I am very impressed with this school. I have no complaints. My son is in the 10th grade and he's happy. That is most important to me.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Both of my children attend Mira Costa. My son transferred rom a private school his junior year and it was the best decision he ever made. It was clear, however, that if you are an academic student and want to take AP and Honors classes, this school is much more rigorous than other private and Catholic schools (we learned this from peers, my son, parents of other transfer students and from two tutors who liken Costa's rigor to Marlborough and Poytech. The kids are friendly, down to earth and are interested in learning and getting involved in music, the arts, politics, etc. The students here appear to more worldly, intellectual and advance than those I know from other schools. Top music, top MUN team, top sports, top news (paper and newscasting). The teachers have been incredible -- so passionate, well-educated, caring and prepare your child for the real world. My kids appreciate that there is no handholding and coddling -- it prepares them for life. Excellent school.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
This is an excellent public school that prepares the students for college. The focus on college prep is outstanding. My only issue is that there tends to be too much emphasis on the top 10% and bottom 10% of each class. Some additional focus on the dynamic 80% may yield even more outstanding results for the school. I also agree with another comment noted that their annual registration process and class scheduling is horribly managed. The administration would do well to pay attention to how the cross town rival - Redondo Beach High School - registers its students and utilizes block scheduling to help support and optimize student class selection and performance.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2013
Outstanding education, amazing teachers, and great athletics and music programs. However, despite these things there are other elements of the school that are not so positive. The administration is HORRIBLY unorganized. Every year I have attended this school registration has been a nightmare. The lines, hours of waiting, and not to mention the messed up schedules are a huge issue. Especially this school year almost every student had to wait hours the day after registration to change their schedules. Even after schedules were changed many of the students did not get classes they wanted, for example people who had signed up for an AP were moved to CP and vice versa. There has also been a great issue of changing schedules AFTER the school year has started. Many people signed up to take AP English this year, and because the administration could not foresee the quantity of people attending it and organize a extra AP English class before school, they randomly selected people from the existing AP English classes and put them into a new one, messing up their schedules. If the administration doesn't change I wouldn't be surprised if there are future lawsuits in the making.

- submitted by a community member
April 07, 2013
outstanding music dept..great ap classes.great sports ,very safe neighborhood. great and numerous vice principals, dedicated and vibrant teachers...

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
Love the School, love Teachers, Great Principle learship. best public school in Los Angeles county that you can find.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2011
I have two daughters attending Mira Costa right now. I am so pleased with the quality and well rounded education they are receiving. They are both on accelerated academic tracks, and playing on a Mira Costa sports team. Their classes have been challenging and rigorous. I have been very impressed with the teachers and their willingness to offer extra help when needed. I have been very impressed with the English, Science and Math departments. The Model UN program is fantastic! My daughters' coaches, for the little that they are paid, are producing nationally ranked teams. I am also impressed with the parent and community involvement. Normally at the high school level the parent involvement wanes. Not so at Mira Costa. The parent booster clubs for the sports teams are amazingly strong, but so are the boosters for the arts and academics. Mira Costa PTA and the Manhattan Beach Education Foundation raise an unbelievable amount of money that is funding so many programs that private schools is the area don't even provide. Mira Costa is offering excellence for those who choose to take advantage.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
Mira costa is a wonderful High school my daughter came from a small school. I was very concern how she can handel the change with the help of great teachers and friendly student and support of stuff she has had a great start. In MBH the support of community the best. AP and test score with so many electives will open the door to best collages in USA. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Great school that offers a lot. Does everyone get everything ... no. This would be common sense despite some of the very high maintenance self absorbed people who stalk the corridors of many schools. MC greatest strength are its faculty who teach great core academics ( see AP & test scores) plus electives. Their faculty teaches our kids, gets them into so many universities and one could say protect our property values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Mira Costa is an amazing public school in part because of the tremendous support it receives from the community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Mira Costa has the best teachers, from math and sciences, to the choir department, they excel at what they teach and the students and parents love them.

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September 08, 2009
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August 25, 2009
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July 28, 2009
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no rating July 21, 2009
My daughter is an incoming freshman. When we were deciding between a small charter school (DaVinci) and Costa, Ms. Ruisinger responded to my questions IMMEDIATELY! I am also a substitute teacher at Mira Costa and have found the students, teachers, and other staff to be wonderful. There will always be kids who feel left out, but as I tell my daughter, you have to initiate a friendship and go beyond yourself if you feel out of place. She has plenty of friends from MBMS, but they have diff't interests and may go their own ways. As for affluence- not everyone in MB are 'rich'. Many of us chose to live here specifically b/c of the great schools. I lived in an 850 sf home just to send my daughter to superb schools. We don't all drive Ferari's. I have a Jeep with 160,000 miles on it. So please don't generalize.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
i want to say that you should not rate a school badly because of your child's 'awkwardness' this is Manhattan Beach, we are who we are spoiled brats(sorry to say) if you want your child to not be influenced and have nice caring friends you should home school her. This school is exceptional in its academics, which is what a school is for, to learn. I love Mira Costa and every staff member. If you want your child to succeed look at the ratings not many students don't succeed. And possibly if you yourself got involved a little more you would see this school/community is very intimate.

- submitted by a community member
May 23, 2009
I love this school. they have great programs and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2009
My daughter was able to get into this school and knew she was lucky to be there. She is smart and she works very hard in all her classes. Most of her classes are honors classes, a couple are not. She did not know anyone going into M.C. but she went to all the football games and became involved in activities, where she could. She knew she had to work hard academically (sp?) this year to be able to get into M. C. next year. She got in! She also got all her teachers this year to recommend her for the yearbook committee, and she made it! What I am trying to say is that you have to be focused. She has a big social life, too, but she knows what is important.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
Community and parent involvement are critical in the success of any local school and at Mira Costa, those are front and center.

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May 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
As an honors student, I was given the attention and opportunity to take classes that I needed, as long as I was willing to seek it out. With the recent administration and staff changes, it's hard to say that they do the best job they could all the time, but comparatively, Costa offers students who are motivated all the resources they need to succeed. If you don't seem like you WANT attention or help.. then teachers aren't going to watch over your shoulder until you care. Duh. Don't blame them for that. I believe that our special needs program is pretty good as well.. if that's a concern. The bottom line is people who want attention can get it easily. People who don't will barely get any.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 23, 2009
Especially happy with the assistance given to student with educational needs.

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March 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 17, 2009
I was a student at mira costa this last year. I was miserable, to many clicks, the kids made me feel very uncomfortable not to mention unwelcome. If you didn't grow up with all the kids since you were 3 years old you can kiss the 'great high school experience' goodbye. There aren't any pep rallies, or student cheering sections everyone is to busy in their own world to care about anyone else but themselves. On the other hand, the classes and school work are still challenging and you can get a great education. But when in an environment where you feel you just don't want to be there... it is very hard to focus on learning.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2009
freshman tend to det loss in the overall and their LINKS program has not had been effective oversight and supervision?

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2009
My daughter is a freshman girl and it is her first year at Mira Costa. We came from an affluent community to obviously another community with money. She is miserable, the attitude and clicks are just too much for an honest, caring girl, like her. She is popular because she chooses to do the right thing by her friends and peers but she can't help noticing that the quality of friends is just not there. The kids are very experimental and not all that nice to one another. The other issue is that the kids would rather party than get involved in school activities, no pep rallies, no dress up days, just not enough school spirit. The school size makes too many kids get lost. Needless to say, we are looking for a smaller, more intimate community with some heart. very sad because we love the city of Manhattan

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December 29, 2008
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December 12, 2008
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December 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 04, 2008
Mira Costa offers various extracurricular activites and has outstanding academics, which is obvious from its standardized test scores. However, many students at this school--and sometimes even some staff members--can be very snobbish, probably due to the fact that the school is in such an affluent area. You can hear students bragging about what their parents do for a living and how high their family incomes are; as a result, students who aren't as affluent as others are looked down upon and made fun of. Mira Costa should really discourage this kind of behavior.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 19, 2008
Mrs. Ruisinger is an extremely hard-working principal. She provides the best for her students and consistently goes above the call of duty for her school community.

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January 04, 2008
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September 26, 2007
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June 04, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 21, 2007
This school is all about who has the most money and who is taking AP classes. The teachers are okay...they really do not care about you unless your family is wealthy or you are advanced in school work.

- submitted by a former student
October 17, 2006
For the most part my kid like the school. The classes are great need more teacher that are interested in working with the kids who may need more help than others. The extracurricular activities are great the coaches are mindful of education first. Its not all about winning.

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June 12, 2006
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- submitted by a student
June 12, 2006
The academic programs are wonderful. The extracurricular activities are where Mira Costa High School shines. Overall, it is a fabulous school. I have no qualms with sending my kids there.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
Mira Costa is a disaster. The gifted and AP students get the majority of the attention and the middle and lower achieving students are neglected. The AP courses have been watered down because so many parents feel entitled because they live in Mnhattan Beach. The Learning Disabled programs are a failkure bwcause the average classroom teacher does not understand learning disabilities nor is willing to learn.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
The academic programs are decent but most regular students are apathetic and the teachers are not very motivated. The accelerated programs are slightly better, especially in the history department. There is a wide variety of extracuricular programs available to students, and the sports teams are known for being some of the most successful in the south bay. The level of parent involvment is extremely high, and parents seem to control many of the decisions made by the school board.

- submitted by a former student
January 31, 2006
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January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
Mira costa has a great and large campus. Students score well on standerdized tests and are high acheivers. I love this school!

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September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
My daughter graduated from Mira Costa, and 12 years of education from the Manhattan Beach School District. The education she received was excellent, her academic and social experiences were also excellent. I credit Mira Costa High School, and the entire Manhattan Beach School District with providing this for her. She effortlessly got into a University of California, and continues to receive good grades in college, largely, I believe, as a result of the education she received at Mira Costa. The academic programs are excellent. The athletic programs are excellent, and the extracurricular activities are very positive. My daughter went on trips to San Diego, Northern California, Montana, the East Coast and Europe through Mira Costa High School, and like nearly everything else at the school, these trips were memorable, thought providing and thoroughly enriching for my daughter. I would give Mira Costa High School a 5 Star at nearly every level!

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The school has a phenominal theatre program and art. If only they invested a little more time in the magnificent auditorium and used it to thier advantage this school would be five stars. The new principle I believe will bring back the school to the image of what costa used to be and will exceed it

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August 15, 2005
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June 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
This school has such great arcitecture and looks amazing, the kids are nice the teachers are even nicer, 10 out of 10. Excellent.

- submitted by a student
May 27, 2005
This school has such great arcitecture and looks amazing, the kids are nice the teachers are even nicer, 10 out of 10. Excellent.

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April 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
An excellcent school, very beautiful campus, new technology, lack of a diverse community.

- submitted by a student
April 15, 2005
A top school only due to being in an affluent community. Typical narrow minded staff, administration and parents. Emphasis is on going to ivy league type college. Heaven forbide a student think independently. Epitomy of Pink Floyd's 'wall'. My kid went to one of those colleges.

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
Mira Costa is an interesting school. It provides excellent academics and athletics, along with award-winning extra-curriculars. Their arts programs are incredibly involved and professional, and all programs at the school are outstanding. The only complaints I have are of the uniformity and conformity that run rampant in the walls. All students (and parents, by the way) are nearly required to own something designer and the school has a homogeneous mixture of cultures and races. If you want diversity, Mira Costa is not the place for you. Also, parents get too involved to the point where every decision made by the administration is immediately looked at to see how parents will react. This creates an obvious bias toward parents' needs (not the students') and too often, only certain parents' agendas are met. Despite these drawbacks, Mira Costa is an excellent school with good opportunities for your children.

- submitted by a former student
March 07, 2005
great school, just need the district to be better about balancing the budget instead of overspending on their buildings.

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February 09, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
December 24, 2004
Mira Costa is a school that colleges recognize as a high school outstanding academic achievements. Colleges want these students and some colleges count B grades as A grades becasue of the superiourty of Mira Costa. There are some bad teachers at Mira Costa but there are some good ones also.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2004
Wonderful activities available, great staff. My kids love the school.

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October 20, 2004
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October 12, 2004
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September 12, 2004
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June 26, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2004
If your not AP (off the charts) or special needs kid; your just another average joe just trying to make it through the system. Don t be fooled, do your homework. Talk to the police departments, neighbors, and friends, check the test scores, colleges the students apply to and dig deep. We live in a world today; where parents don t have or take the time to parent their children, live with their heads buried in the sand and ignoring all the schools problems because they can buy their way out of situations. I too, for a community of this degree of affluence (loaded with money) and education, Mira Cost is truly a big disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2004
You get out what you put in. Have your kids take ownership for their education and they will thrive at Mira Costa. The athletic programs are wonderful and there are many gifted teachers. My daughter was admitted to the Marshall School of Business at USC with her Mira Costa education. As I look at the state of education, both public and private, I am grateful to have 2 children (soon to be 3) at Mira Costa.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Both my kids were able to navigate the system and play the game to get into good colleges, Purdue and Ohio University. Parent support is the key. Be involved. It's true, our district is in big financial trouble. And, now that it has been ascertained what happened, solutions are actively being sought. Administration not kid-friendly. This is a caring community, networked and action-oriented.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
Overcrowded classes - my son's AP biology had 44 kids and one lab all year. Rules enforced selectively. Poor district management has left a huge dent - squeaky wheels get the grease here. Lack of parent participation has led to the pathetic situation in the entire system. The elementary system is so strong that the high school, though stand out in athletics, is a dissapointment. Average students will do ok here.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
Despite the constant criticism from parents who expect perfection in their schools (and their kids!), MCHS is a wonderful high school. The principal is intelligent, articulate, dedicated and caring. The vast majority of the teachers are very good educators. People complain about the way kids dress - isn't that really a parent problem? Manhattan Beach parents need to take responsibility for their kids behavior - starting at an early age! Morality and decency starts at home, folks!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
I'm Mira Costa parent, but these comments make me think that my kids go to a different high school! We've had great experiences because: a) as parents we are involved- we support their activities, know their teachers, volunteer time, etc. and b) our kids have found their niches in the huge variety of activities, academic tutoring and help, sports, theatre and even prep for college application (including scholarship help). Mira Costa is way above many of the others in our area, including some of the private hs's I've either worked at or visited to make sure we really had a good deal in MCHS!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
As a former student, and active citizen of Manhattan Beach I have personally watched the campus of Mira Costa transform into something I really do not like to see. I see young girls standing around the school dressed like prostitutes, the local 7-11 is haven to them after school has been released. I have watched for years students obviously NOT residents of Manhattan Beach migrating to the school, you can see them loafing down Artesia Blvd on any given day after school. Yes I believe the school has declined, at least on the surface. I have a 7 year old son. Thank God he is going to be a student at Redondo Union.

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September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
Excellent sports programs. Students are friendly toward each other. School supports program for special ed kids in all inclusive classes. Drug problem...just as in any other school. Parents need to limit $$$ they give their kids. Dress code not enforced. Girls are dressed provacatively. No violence. Safe school overall. Some great teachers and coaches.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2003
My son just graduated ('03) and my daughter is a sophomore. The principal is austere, overzealous and rigid. The morale among parents and students is very low. The carefully crafted image of excellence is a P.R. sham--look at the students' test scores, the colleges that admit them and their AP scores. For a community of this degree of affluence and education, Mira Costa is a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
English dept. weak, doesn't prepare well for college/university level. Doesn't go through process of how to write a paper.(social studies usually does do this) Does do alot of art/crafts as english. Prin. is transparent enough said , likes english dept. alot. Too many high maintanance parents want and get special 'deals' school culture encourages going over the heads of people. Special ed parents very aggressive and absorb large amounts of cash for vague findings on sp. ed. analysis. Check aspergers syndrome for example. They cost dist 1 - 2 mill per year and really hurt kids w/ proven disadvantagesnot not hot shot attorneys. Despite all this we have a good school. Take care of this and it is the best ! Wouldn't pay for or consider anywhere else, to do so would be foolish. Get involved people !!

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Mira Costa High School
701 South Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA  90266
(310) 318-7337
Last modified Mira Costa High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mira Costa High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top