Students enrolled 2440
School leader Guy Olguin
Transportation options Yes
District Newport-Mesa Unified School District

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2101 Eastbluff Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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4 stars
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September 04, 2014
The school is great. I enjoyed going there. I was really saddened when I was transferred to Etiwanda High school. CDM is academically high compared to other schools. The teacher are great. They help you any time you ask for it. They are really proactive they hate it when students are not doing anything. At first I though of it as an announce but after coming to Etiwanda high school I understand why they did. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a community member
September 11, 2013
I love CdM, because it's a community school, and living in Newport Beach, the kids that I've grown up with on my street are the kids in my classes here. Sports are a big enough deal to be really fun if you're interested, but there are lots of other ways to get involved, like clubs (Best Buddies!) and the four leadership groups. Academics are good, but not great. Freshman year is pretty rough. It goes uphill from there, but the freshmen and middle schoolers generally get stuck with the bad teachers. And insider tip: if you're planning on taking honors bio, try and get in with janet dichiro - over 90% of the class does her study group, and it fills up really quickly! You'll want it, because the teachers have no clue what they're talking about. Most of the classes are pretty good, but there are little tips like the honors bio study group for everything. If you put in the effort, you can get what you need. That said, you can also skate by pretty easily if that's your objective.

- submitted by a community member
September 06, 2013
i think this school gets a superficial rating based on it's location. I warn parents of children entering from many of the really solid elementary schools into this program. the touting of their academics is based on a philosophy of teaching by fear rather than teaching by encouragement. This may be a wonderful school if you have a child with disciplinary issues however if you have a child that generally follows rules and behaves they will be subject to the harsh scare tactic methods. The teachers are sub-standard and the students are generally out of control.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2013
I graduated from this school, and now my daughter is entering 9th grade, after 2 years of (same campus) CdM Jr.Hi. academically, it is great, however a child's "education" is not all about grades. the school is RUN by parents who are wealthy & as spoiled & undisciplined as their kids. There have been numerous scandals (check the news) resulting in NO (or minimal) consequences for the serious offenses committed by popular or athlete students. teachers who are expect discipline & accountability are bullied by the parents, while lazy ones lauded. We just had BOTH the principal & VP give notice, in the same week. you need to seriously weigh your priorities before choosing this school...

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2013
We have never been so disappointed by a public school before. We have lived in many different states and thought that Newport Beach, California would offer our daughter a decent education. We were so wrong. Please note that we are talking about the Middle School here. The teachers are uncaring and unprepared. The principal never responds to our issues, despite endless letters and e-mails of complaint. From the very first day at the school, Ms. Bloomfield (Algebra) was purposefully unhelpful and unkind to our daughter. It was such a negative experience for us at CdM that we withdrew our daughter before the end of the year was over. Not only that, but we've all decided that she is not ready for high school and so we will do 8th grade all over again (with a mix of homeschooling along the way). By trade I am a public school teacher and I have never been so confused by the actions of the majority of adults at CdM. Let's just say that they are all too happy not to be able to help you in any way. A grave mistake we made choosing CdM. Would not recommend it for any Middle School aged child.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2011
I really enjoyed this school socially speaking, because of the large student body, there was a group of friends for every student to join and eat with during lunch or break. The education quality was also not too shabby, to say the least. My only gripe with this school was the bullying I experienced throughout.

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2011
CDM is a great school for high achievers but misses the mark when it comes to children with learning disabilities. Some of the very teachers (RSP) who specialize in helping the children actually create more disadvantaged students. There are some teachers that shouldn't be allowed to teach children with disabilities because they either don't know how or don't care. Also, when a child with learning issues is put into the general population the teachers seem to be unaware unless the parent contacts every teacher and is constantly reminding them of the situation. The social culture at CDM is also very cruel to teenagers who don't fit the mold. I think the school needs to address the bullying and harassment more. Too many rich and popular kids get away with heinous behavior at the expense of others and it needs to stop.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2010
The social environment at CdM is frightening and this has been demonstrated by several different events over the last two years. Sex education is severely lacking, and the community there (including the PTA) does not support or even protect students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Because the teachers, coaches and all staff are really into the students, their education and want to make it is fun as posible while still learning!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2010
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- submitted by a student
November 13, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 13, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 20, 2009
The opportunities are amazing for all the kids at our school.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
At Corona del Mar High School the students learn so much. Not only is the Academic program outstanding, but all the various extracurricular activities(i.e. clubs, athletics, the arts, etc.), and community service requirements help develop well rounded students. Students improve and develop socially, emotionally, and in character as well as academically. Our school is a National Blue Ribbon school and a California Distinguished school and is very successful in getting a large number of students into colleges all around the nation and abroad each year. Furthermore, the teachers, staff, and administration are all excellent, and our local community does an excellent job of supporting our school with time, talent, effort, and finances. Most of all the kids love being there. They feel a sense of belonging on campus, and really do enjoy their days at school. When asked if they'd like to try a different school, many kids say that they'd rather not attend any other school. Those are all great reasons to want to attend Corona del Mar High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
great teachers + great parent involvement = great successful students

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
fabulous teachers, fabulous spirit, incredible communication to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Parent support is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
All the kids are really motivated to study hard and prepare for college.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Amazing campus, staff, parent involvement and high academic achievement by students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
Great teachers, programs, parents that care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
great caring staff and programs

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
My daughter is so happy with the middle school - they really do a lot to help them learn responsibility and organizational skills.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My daughter entered 7th grade at CDM from a small 'non-feeder' Christian school. Her transition has gone very smoothly. We have found the teachers and students at CDM to be very helpful and friendly. Her elective is band (level II) and she has had a wonderful time, not only is she improving musically, but she is enjoying going to the football games with the band on the bus. There is alot more homework and responsibility at CDM so I have no regrets about sending her there for 7th grade rather than waiting for 9th. My only criticism is the parking/pick up situation. The NBPD needs to step in and take charge. It is a dangerous situation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
amazing teachers that really care about their students

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Corona del Mar Middle School and High School has the right combination for success. It has high levels of academics, athletics and arts. Along with parents, students and teachers that work together to achieve communal and individual goals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Like many other parents, my husband and I both attended CdM and now our 2 boys are there. Many parents want to send there kids to this school because thier own experiences at CdM were great. We stay in this area because CdM school is good for the 'whole child' and is a safe environment to learn about life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great teachers, staff and opportunities for every student!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Our school has the most commited teachers, and staff!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Almost all the kids go to college!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great faculty...great students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is a wonderful place with wonderful people who volunteer like crazy to make the world a way better place...and it always has been. They teach us tolerance and stress kindness to others. They provide sources for every kind of help. It is a safe and proud place.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
CDM embraces kids of all academic levels in a supportive community all while promoting excellence!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It has given my two children unlimited opportunities to grow and be challeneged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Good curricullum. Totally committed teachers and staff

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Its very organized and a very beautiful school. I love the way they teach us in every class.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 16, 2009
Corona Del Mar High School and Middle School has wonderful teachers and caring administrators.

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September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Corona del Mar Middle & High School offer a wide range of academic and athletic programs at the school while fostering music, art and tolerance for humankind.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
Teachers are awesome. Great sports programs. Offers super Honors and AP classes. Parent and teacher interactions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The school is awesome. The kids have every sport or outside activity you can think of to choose from, they are all encouraged to be active in a sport, the students are very proud to be part of the school and the awards in sports, theater, academic events, music, choir, etc. are numerous. Every special needs child is attended to. The guidance counselors are all fantastic. The teachers love it there and the students love the teachers, the administration is wonderful and the parents are all on board and finally last time I looked I believe something like 98% of the kids graduating go on to college, last year CDM rated 168th in the nation. We love CDM.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Great teachers, great programs, excellent athletics, excellent community involvement and the best part, great students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The education is great and they have lots of AP classes and sports activity to choose from.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Safe, small, nurturing and superior education with caring teachers

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
CDM has great teachers and amazing parent support!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Its the best in Newport Beach, Awesome teachers, faculty. AWesome sports....

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
Truely a great high school. There are so many great and knowledgeable teachers.

- submitted by a student
August 20, 2009
Too many 'mean' teachers with no humanity and I must apologize to those handful of wonderful teachers. But when you use your 'power' to 'disempower' children you should be ashamed.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 14, 2009
One of the best qualities of this school is it's teachers. My husband and I, along with our new middle schooler, have spent countless hours talking, visiting, and developing a plan of action to keep our daughter on top of her schoolwork since September. We shake our heads when we realize how tough their job is...and only people who really care about our kids..would stick this career out. There is never anything easy about the real world.....but my daughter is learning some valuable lessons that we can talk about now.....before that time comes when she heads off to college.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2009
CDMHS is a good school operating under the constraints imposed by an aged facility that has not been properly maintained; too little field space to properly accommodate the sports and a smattering of teachers who have been there too long to really care any longer about their students. The leadership there I think is very good and committed. While CDM suffers from the pecking order and status issues with all high schools, the students I have encountered are universally pleasant and well spoken. The academic culture in the school is somewhat split with a number of real 'strivers' working very hard and lots of kids doing what it requires to get through the program. It is not a school that will hand hold a student into performance.

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October 13, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
I think the curricula is challenging, but there is not a lot of support for children with learning disabilities. The administration and teachers seem to feel that if your child requires help, he or she is 'choosing' to do poorly. Administration and teachers do not seem to be cognizant of research-based strategies used for children who learn differently. I have been profoundly disappointed with the lack of real help. Although the school did put in place a great communication tool (SchoolLoop), only 1 of my child's 6 teachers actually used it. Most of the time, I felt that I had to beg for information from teachers who didn't seem to understand that I needed information to come directly to me. They continued to send things home with my child who lost items time and again, even though I pleaded for direct communication.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
This school is not challenging at all. The academics are iffy, but most of all what turns me off from this school is the quality of the students themselves. They are all snobs, and only care about money and appearances. It is a fact that if you do not have 'cool clothes' (which constitutes outrageously expensive designer apparel), you will not have any friends, or be doomed to be a 'freak', even if you're actually cool. You have to be ostentatious at CDM to fit in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 28, 2008
CdM is a good school. I think the new administration is pretty effective. One thing I greatly disapprove of CdM is the way they raise funds, and the amount the kids have to contribute for sports. Just because the school is from Newport Beach does not mean every family can afford 300 dollars per sport per kid per season. Money issues are way emphasized there and it is unfortunate. I know they have great programs enabled by privately-funded foundations , but the way they spend their raised money is also wasteful ( fancy invitation cards, sending out duplicate packages of college information to families with more than one kid in HS..and fancy chairs and desks for the front office..)

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June 01, 2008
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May 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2008
Mark my words, every student that attends CDM will be pooped on by a seagull at one point in their time there...its a little messy and the lockers are gross. lots of snobby people: 'look how rich i am everyone!' but also lots of really nice people. Aside from the seagulls and that stuff its pretty rad...i don't have any boring teachers.

- submitted by a student
February 22, 2008
I'm a 7th grader at cdm i absolutely love it. All the teachers are amazing and the environment is so friendly and accepting. I also think that one of the great things about cdm that you can't find in a lot of other schools is, the age range. We have grades 7th-12th and its so cool being able to talk to kids who are older than you and can give you advice on all the crazy stuff that goes on. -Go seakings!

- submitted by a student
January 13, 2008
CDM provides excellent preparation for College. Strong focus on educational excellence with very strong extracurricular activities around sports, arts, etc. Facilities improvements are finally here which is nice. The administration does focus on recognizing excellence in many different forms. It's just been a great place for my 3 kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 10, 2008
I think CDM is a great school if your child doesn't need any help. If your child is wanting an educaton and knows where they are going in life, its a great school. But if you have a problematic child that needs testing and counceling then forget it. You will find that CDM is great at letting those students fall through the cracks. I called the Vice Principal, I wrote the school board and nothing was ever done. The was an incomplete test done for learning disabilities, and no couceling at any time...finally I just got tired of emailing and calling and withdrew him and enrolled him in Homeschool, the insanity did not stop, then CDM would not take him off their enrollment, they kept calling telling me he was absent, etc...and the letters from the state, stating he was truant, which is $500. fine/1 yr in jail.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2007
School is geared to high achievers and this has created two classes of students. The average student is often left out. Since just about everyone is pushed to take AP classes those students who do not are considered low achievers. If your student is headed to the Ivy league this is a great school otherwise you may want to consider a high school where students of all different academic abilities are valued.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2007
Good shcool. Too many white rich kids. Lack of diversity.

- submitted by a student
August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
I went to CDM from a very small private school of an 8th grade class of 3. Moving into a big school was different for me, the class sizes were over 35, and there were so many people. I love CDM. I just finished my freshman year and it was so much fun. I took honors classes, electives, and had so much fun getting involved. The only downside is the dicipline/drug problem, the younger kids, like the 7th and 8th graders are involved in way too much of that for their age, I wouldnt reccommend sending your child there for 7th or 8th. They have a great campus, a little dirty, but big and the teachers are exceptional. The dance program is awesome, and the sports teams are great. I recently moved out of state, but if I had the choice I would have continued at CDM, Its a great school.

- submitted by a student
May 10, 2007
My daughter transferred to CdM, entering in 9th grade, from a small private school. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that she was still academically challenged through the honors courses provided. She enjoys the numerous opportunities to become involved in extra-curricular activies as well as in various clubs on campus. The students she has met appear well-mannered and very accepting, and she has received much support from the teaching staff as well as the administration. I, too, have been in contact with several parents who are very involved. The campus is much cleaner than it was when I graduated from CdM in 1980.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2006
CdM is an excellent school, if your child chooses to make it that way. If your child wants to slack and then you complain about the teachers not teaching, it's not their fault. The school also offers a challenging curriculum if that is what you're after. CdM is all about what you make it.

- submitted by a student
May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
Best Public school money can buy. For all the tutoring that is needed cause the teacher don't teach. If your child is lack in skills,the highest amount paid to the sport gets to play. You might as well go to a private school. Cause money is king with out it there is nobody that will support or protect you childern at this school. Stay away from football. Go anywhere else if you plan on playing. But if you have no skill this is your place.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I agree with the comment regarding our new administration. Our kids are suddenly confronted with an attitude that this new administration came in to our school to solve a discipline problem - and that's not what we need. Children live up or down to our expectations. And teenagers are especially vulnerable.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2005
We have a new principal who seems out of touch with our kids. This is not Santa Ana, this is Newport Beach and we don't treat our kids like they are in prison. You want to learn, go to school. Our kids know they can afford to go to college. They don't have to resort to crime to make it in life. These are priviliged kids that have successful parents and know education is vital in getting those good jobs. And fix the parking situation.

- submitted by a former student
September 07, 2005
I really enjoyed attending this High School, it was the best. I was apart of the first six year class 7th-12th Grade. I loved the teacher they really seemed to care. Both of my parents attendend CdM and graduated in 1969. I had several of the same teachers that my parents had. Midway through 7th Grade I transfered from Shortcliff's middle school in San Clemente and I was very behind academically. My counsler helped my parents get me a tutor and I did catch up, but CdM was much more advanced academically. There are plenty of activities to take part in. As far as the level of parental involvement goes my parents were rather active, considering the fact that I was from a divorced family. They made numerous attempts to attend quite a few of my swim-team meets. Parents it does make a diffence when you are there...

- submitted by a former student
August 29, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
An excellent student supporting staff and community!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Sadly disappointing. In 2003, we had a much better teaching staff. Current teachers are for the most part uninspiring. Very sad calibre of teachers except for the few exceptions.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2005
The academic programs are varied and can be first rate. Too numerous to count extracurricular activities are available. Parent involvement seems high. Counselors are available and very good. The atmosphere though seems permissive to me. The families are very wealthy which may be a drawback.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
good school, teachers are enthusiastic

- submitted by a administrator
May 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
Parent involemnet level is high and enthusiastic. Great sports. Great education, challenging classes, good results. Some spectacular teachers. Nice, safe area/ location. A lot of time and money is put into dances and events. brand new principal in may 2005, i am unsure at this point of their leadership skills. school will be renovated starting in 2005. competitive academic atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Average school. Academics average. Safe. No one to one supervision. Minorities are isolated.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
I have one boy in middle school, and one boy in high school at CdM. They both have enjoyed their school experience. They've enjoyed their teachers. In the high school, one Geometry teacher is willing to meet one-to-one for assistance. The teachers are all willing to communicate via e-mail with parents and post grades on the Net (password-protected of course). The track team is unique in that they allow any student to be on the team. There is no qualifying, everyone that wants to be on the team, can be. The school has a Parents Foundation that raises additional funds to cover the gap between Federal funding and the needs of the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
Enrollment a mess, quality of counselors pretty low, school has a mice problem, is not clean and neither responsive to parent requests nor flexible in their handling I heard it is a good school considering the others, coming from the East Coast I can only say: It does not appear that way to me!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
This school has been a huge disappointment. My child entered in 7th grade. The curriculum has been poor, with huge amounts of homework and projects serving no purpose but to keep the kids busy and the teachers not 'teaching'. State standards are not being met and courses have been set 'for failure' rather than success. I would not recommend this school for a child.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2003
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Corona Del Mar High School
2101 Eastbluff Drive, Newport Beach, CA  92660
(949) 515-6000
Last modified Corona Del Mar High School is a Public school that serves grades 7-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Corona Del Mar High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 84 reviews. Top