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9-12
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 1,839
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5951 Village Center Loop Road
San Diego, CA 92130

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(858) 350-0253
(858) 350-0280
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October 16, 2014
CCA is one of the most wonderful high school's in this country. The academics are competitive but the spirit and fun levels are incredibly high and everyone is really close on campus. The school events keep everyone very connected and make students proud to go to CCA.

- submitted by a student
October 12, 2014
The huge influx of freshman is really annoying, and frankly unfair to those who didn't get in during other years. The school is merely attempting to milk as much funding as they can while sacrificing learning experience. The large influx of freshmen has even affected the classes of sophomores, juniors, and even seniors because many of the teachers have been forced into teaching lower level classes. This years massive freshman class has been a huge hit to both school culture and learning experience.

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2014
SO many people are complaining about the lottery system being stopped, however, I am one of the many students who was allowed in off of the stopped lottery system. I've had so many students come up to me knowing that I got in off of wait list and telling me to my face that it was a mistake. This school is amazing and it really is a shame that it has been bumped down to 4 stars by complainers whose kids don't work hard enough to keep up with the 50 other kids in their classes. Don't go to Torrey Pines, this school is accepting of anyone. There are always groups of people but nobody allows people to be rude to each other. I hope you don't believe those lousy reviews below because it really would be a shame to miss out on all the great classes and experiences this school has to offer.

- submitted by a student
September 29, 2014
This school used to be really great. I enjoyed last year a lot and the amount of people there was one of the greatest qualities. Now that they stopped the lottery the school is so overcrowded. And the other students also are not happy with this influx of freshman. In fact many of the other students are resentful at the ridiculous number of freshman. It used to be a great school but now with such large class sizes it becomes impossible to do anything. Let alone parking or drop off. Don't send your kids here. We really can't handle anymore

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2014
Our son graduated from this school in 2014. It WAS such a great place. Our daughter just enrolled as a Freshman lottery enrollment for Fall 2014. No one told ANY of the parents that they abandoned the lottery system and let what was normally a 400 person freshman class increase to a 700 person class. My daughter is devastated and so are we. She has 50 kids in her classes. We were NOT GIVEN THE CHOICE to know that the district had planned to let all of the kids in without the proper infrastructure or else we would have elected for our boundary school. We pay plenty in property taxes and we have NO INTENTION now of giving to the CCA Foundation. The district is playing a game to get all the funding they can while sacrificing our children. SHAME ON THEM. All this information should have been made transparent but it has not been communicated especially on the district WEBSITE. Politics as usual.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Sure to be one of the top public schools in the country! Great parent partnership with school district and education foundation.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
CCA is simply an amazing place. The teachers and staff are dedicated and the kids are incredible.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
Canyon Crest Academy If you have a child with an IEP you will have a difficult time having the staff comply and the administrators will not help or support you in any way. If you file complaints of non compliance some of the staff has been known to take it out on the student. Great school but know what you are getting into if you have a student with an IEP. There is definitely an attitude there that they are above it all and do not need to comply.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
Great public high school. High graduation rate and college acceptance rate. Fortunate to have three kids go to this high school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
I currently go to Canyon Crest Academy. Compared to Torrey Pines, it doesnt have as many bullies (none at all, actually). It's culture is more mellow and it isn't as stressful as other schools. Virtually all the kids here graduate, and it is currently the 97th best high school in America. It has the 4 by 4 schedule (4 classes in fall, 4 classes in spring), and allows students to double up in courses such as Spanish. Overall, if you are a high schooler seeking a challenging academics, excellent sports program, and no bullying, choose this school. However, there is a lottery, so you may have to go to Torrey Pines or LCC.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2011
I love CCA. As a student here I excel in everything I do and I am constantly encouraged by their wonderful staff. I am incredibly proud to be a raven. Here at CCA a variety of extracurricular choices are offered particularly if you are interested in the Arts, where CCA has quite a prowess. The academics are outstanding and the teachers make learning fun. At times the homework load can be intense and rather excessive but only if you have selected a challenging course load. We also have a unique and accepting culture. For example if you walk around campus you are likely to observe that most students are smiling. Contrary to popular belief, we are not a school full of misfits and weirdos most students are primarily normal but those who aren't are lovingly accepted all the same. So at our school students regularly observe homosexual couples openly holding hands and students dressed variety of ridiculous outfits and no one objects to this. The students here are very used to weird, to test this I once brought a rainbow lightsaber to school just for fun. I didn't get a single strange look, only comments on the awesomeness of my lightsaber.

- submitted by a student
October 24, 2011
CCA is unbelievable school! My daughter absolutely Loves her school and looks forward to it. The kids are all accepted for who they are no judgement what so ever. Everyone is very friendly and if anyone has a question you can just come and ask any kid on the campus and he/she will be glad to help. The program 4x4 really works. It's outstanding and intense but kids who want to achieve high results do well. They study a lot but it pays off at the end. My daughter is taking 11 AP courses and 5 honor. She is busy but kids are always rewarded for their achievements by teachers and administration. Yet it's not for every child. As a parent, please, evaluate carefully if your child will be capable of such intense load.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
My daughter loves her school so much, everyday she has a lot of home works to do but she can handle it quickly. Especially she likes her Conservatory program very much.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2011
I cannot say enough great things about CCA. My daughter absolutely LOVES her school and looks forward to it. The kids can 'be themselves' and are accepted for whatever they want to be. They don't judge each other. My daughter said kids walk around playing accordians and ukuleles between classes. She had one teacher last year that used to make homemade cookies to bring in on exam days. The API score tells the story - this school is doing something right. To the mom who said they didn't support her daughter with LD/ADD - not all schools are for all kids and have programs available to support every type of student. CCA is an accelerated academic school and she should be glad they were honest with her so her daughter could get the type of education she needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2011
This school is definitely the right school for your kid, the CCA experience is like no other school. Your child will fit in and succeed in every possible way, as long as they can deal with the work load.

- submitted by a student
August 28, 2011
I can not say enough good things about CCA. I wanted my daughter to go here because of its excellent academics and its one of a kind arts program. Now that she has completed two years and is a junior I can say that the school exceeded my expectations. Perfect - no. Next best thing to perfect - YES. She loves her classes and teachers even though many of them pour on the homework. She loves the art Conservatory program and says that Conservatory allows her the creative and 'self' time to balance out the rigorous academics. Moreover I have met most of her teachers and many of her friends and it seems everyone at the school - teachers and students - are good people. The only shortcoming I have seen is that the CCA Foundation, the non-profit that raises money for the school - is very cliqueish and somewhat disorganized. I think the Foundation's strong personalities renders it less effective. However, the Foundation does a lot of good for thes students. As a parent of a student attending CCA you will be asked to make annual donations of about $1000. The money is a good investment, the school is worth it.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2011
Great campus, kids seem diverse but accepting. The classes are larger than expected in some cases, but only 12 kids were in my son's algebra class, so it averages out? He is very happy there, making progress and friends in a safe environment; as a parent, what more can we wish for?

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
This school is FABULOUS. I'm a freshman here at CCA and I love every minute of my experience. I love the 4x4 (it gives you so much breathing room) and I love the mellow enviornment. Everyday I see kids walking around doing things they would never be able to do at Torrey PInes. Kids wearing things, making music, ect. Everyone at CCA accepts that. They know that if they don't accept those kids for who they are, then CCA is not the school for them. CCA actually (believe it or not) has outstanding athletics. Even though chances of making Varsity as a freshman are still slim (like torrey pines), the enviornment is sill so non competative that you can focus on being the best player, and teammate you can be rather than just looking good in front of everyone else. The 4x4 is really useful if you take advantage of it. By sophmore year, i'll be done with AP spanish (6 years of language). Outstanding school, outstanding people, outstanding teachers, best school EVER.

- submitted by a student
January 10, 2011
Canyon Crest is the right school for me!!! I love their schedule and it's teachers are excellent. I am currently a student there and I have loved every day. It has a beautiful campus and classes that are extraordinary and spectacular that no other school around offers. It is challenging but yet offers offers hope to those who struggle. I have met four of my best teachers at this school and I have failed to see or get any teacher that is below average. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN A SERIOUS SCHOOL CAREER!

- submitted by a student
December 18, 2010
Amazing school! Professional staff, challenging environment, and well-rounded opportunities. It has been a pleasant reintroduction to public schools for our family.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
greatest school i have ever attended. it is about 6 years old and has already surpassed 30 year old schools in its area in academic, sports, and arts. dont let 'pro-torrey pines maniacs' make you think otherwise. CCA has higher scores than them, and altough the sports at CCA arent as good as at TP it is getting there.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 26, 2010
I currently attend this school, and I feel like I have made the best decision ever. I wanted to go to a school where I could learn in peace and as much as I want. I didn't care that its sports weren't as good as TP. I didn't care that everyone thought it was an emo school (which it isn't it is a lot better than TP because you aren't judged by looks, but how hard you try). The 4x4 is amazing and I feel as if I left all my friend who went to TP behind. It truly is an amazing school, and not a school for people who couldn't go to TP because our API is higher, its average SAT scores are higher, and also we beat TP in academic team, and also we wen't to state in the engineering club.

- submitted by a student
April 02, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
I graduated CCA last year and it is a great school. It has an emphasis on the arts and a great staff.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 22, 2009
CCA has all the qualities of a private school. It is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2009
CCA is a fantastic school with interesting and supportive teachers, good parent participation, and outstanding kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
We couldn't be happier with this school. The academic standard is very high, and there is a spirit of acceptance and tolerance for all students that seems to be missing from many high schools. I have yet to encounter an unreasonable staff member. Everyone from teachers to administrators to students to other parents will bend over backward to help. I feel my daughter is so very fortunate to get the arts component in her education, indeed a luxury at most public schools these days. I think art enhances academics, and the math and science programs here are second to none. We are so fortunate to be a part of this fabulous school!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
I agree. A lot of good teachers and counselors left the school this year. It is especially difficult for Junior and Senior students who have to deal with the new counselors to get their recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2009
Student counselors are too inexperienced and passive in interactive communications with parents. I feel that they are little helpful.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
Because of the 4 x 4 scheduling at CCA, I am able to take the classes that I want, largely in the order that I want. In high school, many of my colleagues have no idea what they want to do in their time beyond CCA, and you are given the opportunity to explore different options, as well as take challenging classes in areas that you excel or are passionate about. I made the right choice in coming to CCA, because I can do what I want, and not have to sacrifice time over the summer or at community college taking classes that 'couldn't fit into my schedule'. Everything fits. Torrey Pines is also an excellent school, and the student must be the one to choose where they will spend high school. In this district, you cannot go wrong.

- submitted by a student
January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2008
Great all around academic school. Teachers WANT to be here and are wonderful. I had an older child attend TPHS and younger child attend CCA - so I have seen both schools up close. Both will give your child a great education - but unless you are a super jock/cheerleader type - there is a better atmosphere at CCA. 4 x 4 program is the best idea in education - don't see why all schools don't adopt it.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
April 27, 2008
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January 12, 2008
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October 21, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2007
great svhool listens to what the students need and want. counselors that care to help at any issue

- submitted by a student
April 04, 2007
Canyon Crest Academy has superb academic, sports and fine and performing arts programs. This is not a school for kids who can't handle TPHS. This is the school for kids who want something more than overcrowded TPHS has to offer. Not only does CCA have higher test scores than TPHS, but its unique 4x4 schedule gives kids the chance to take more classes (8 a year as opposed to 6), leaving summers free for fun or work. The kids are close and being original and 'yourself' is prized, not derided. It is not uncommon to have juniors hanging out with sophomores and even freshman. The cliques present at TPHS are not as prevalent. The envision arts program is amazing with students taking classes from teaching artists in all sorts of fine and performing arts fields. The teachers are enthusiastic because they wanted to be here.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2007
My child chose to go to CCA because of the outstanding arts programs that are offered. Other high schools in the area don't have enough programs for the aspiring actor/musician etc. CCA does have a wonderful feel to it, and the students are all relaxed, and get along! If you want complete competition in sports, looks, money, and popularity...go to another high school. If you want to learn and grow in an environment that allows you to without looking down upon you, go to CCA. Huge difference. Plus, the sports programs at CCA are top notch as well. Way to go, CCA! You are headed in the right direction!

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2006
Excellent programs in music, fine arts, digital arts, dance, theatre, instrumental. Great sports programs also but no football. Academics is excellent as all of the teachers have applied to be at this school and bring enthusiasm and energy to the students. It's the best decision we've ever made to have ou daighter attend this high school. Parents are extremely involved at this school and financial support is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2006
CCA's API scores for this year were outstanding... better then neighboring Torrey Pines. I have heard many parents speak of how people go to CCA just because they are not good enough for TP. Now, it cannot be so. In addition to being one of the most technologically advanced schools in the country, they have all the varsity sports, except football and cheerleading, which leaves the campus with no cliques, unlike at nearby Torrey Pines. The staff is some of the best in the state, and the arts program has had international recognition. The new theatre and gym is simply astounding, and all of the students love their school. There is an overwhelming sense of pride among the students, staff and parents. They may label CCA as the 'emo school', but that is a silly stereo type. Besides, TP has the preppy, rich snob label, which isn't any better.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2006
Canyon Crest did really well in terms of test scores. This is a reflection of the high income, high education demographic of the area. The kids that go here do well in school, but don't have that extra academic drive of the students of nearby Torrey Pines. This is a nice school that parents like to send their kids to if they feel that their kids aren't quite smart enough, competitive enough, academic enough, or athletic enough to attend Torrey Pines.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2006
CCA had their first all-school assembly in the brand new gym and you could feel the excitement in the air. Students at CCA are passionate, enthusiastic, and very spirited. Ask anyone on campus and they are quick to proclaim CCA's greatness. There is a special feeling of closeness about CCA that is acknowledged by students and faculty and a wide range and variety of classes and students sets CCA apart. Teachers build relationships with students and everyone feels connected to this amazing school. CCA is a unique school that has already begun to blossom and is ready to make a showing with its first upperclassmen and varsity programs next year!

- submitted by a student
March 27, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
March 22, 2006
Many of the students here chose to be here because they didn't feel that they could compete at nearby Torrey Pines. Parents recently complained when they 'cut' kids trying out for sports, whining that 'if we wanted to go to a school where they cut students from sports, we would have gone to Torrey Pines...we were told that anyone could participate in sports here'. Also there's a sameness in the students here...they are all 'affected' in an artsy sort of way .. wearing black and into that emo thing.

- submitted by a student
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Canyon Crest Academy
5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA  92130
(858) 350-0253
Last modified Canyon Crest Academy is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Canyon Crest Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top