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Mira Costa High School

Public | 9-12 | 2424 students

 

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 4, 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.


Posted April 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted February 6, 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


Posted 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


Posted October 2, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted May 23, 2009

I love this school. they have great programs and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted March 23, 2009

Especially happy with the assistance given to student with educational needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted January 8, 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


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This school's
API score

912

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

912

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 25% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

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73%

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72%

2010

 
 
88%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 58% in 2013.

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
87%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 38% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 62% in 2013.

606 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

2012

 
 
91%

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92%

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90%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 16% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

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45%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 45% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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87%

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93%

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83%
Integrated/Coordinated Science I

The state average for Integrated/Coordinated Science I was 26% in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 38% in 2013.

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The state average for World History was 51% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 13% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
62%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 39% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 41% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
62%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 46% in 2013.

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

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66%

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57%

2010

 
 
70%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 35% in 2013.

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57%

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76%

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94%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 52% in 2013.

618 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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88%

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86%

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82%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 15% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

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50%

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54%

2010

 
 
44%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 76% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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96%

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100%

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93%

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95%
Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

612 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

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89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
82%
World History

The state average for World History was 46% in 2013.

625 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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79%

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81%

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82%

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76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 10% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
27%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 15% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
25%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 51% in 2013.

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
85%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 32% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
45%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 37% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

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72%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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86%

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81%

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83%

2010

 
 
73%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 8% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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17%

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19%

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25%

2010

 
 
7%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 49% in 2013.

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 58% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 50% in 2013.

538 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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85%

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82%

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World History

The state average for World History was 19% in 2013.

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About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

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Biology/Life Sciences

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Females93%
Males91%
African American92%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability94%
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Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate82%
Parent education - high school graduate93%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

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Females65%
Males74%
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Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students92%
Females92%
Males92%
African American77%
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability63%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate85%
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Females43%
Males49%
African American55%
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Hispanic or Latino56%
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Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)36%
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Non-economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability55%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate46%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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Females88%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students49%
Females59%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate43%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students65%
Females65%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students73%
Females75%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students57%
Females54%
Males62%
African American36%
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate14%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females91%
Males80%
African American70%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate82%
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students42%
Females41%
Males41%
African Americann/a
Asian55%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Non-economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate42%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students96%
Females93%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students89%
Females89%
Males89%
African American83%
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability62%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Students79%
Females76%
Males82%
African American50%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability52%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students22%
Femalesn/a
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged20%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability26%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only22%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students37%
Females40%
Males33%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)37%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate32%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate44%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students91%
Females92%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability63%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students39%
Females32%
Males45%
African American20%
Asian60%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate39%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students83%
Females80%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females88%
Males84%
African American56%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability70%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students17%
Females14%
Males19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)12%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability16%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only16%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)18%
Parent education - college graduate10%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate33%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students71%
Females64%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Physics

All Students92%
Femalesn/a
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

U.S. History

All Students85%
Females83%
Males86%
African American74%
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability63%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 83% in 2013.

637 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
98%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

636 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Females98%
Males97%
Gender Unknownn/a
African American83%
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Declined to state100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Economic Status Unknownn/a
Students with disability83%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learnern/a
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a

Math

All Students98%
Females99%
Males97%
Gender Unknownn/a
African American96%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Declined to state100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Economic Status Unknownn/a
Students with disability83%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learnern/a
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 57%
Hispanic 15%
Two or more races 12%
Asian 9%
Black 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/AN/A
English language learners 1%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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