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.
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.
great svhool listens to what the students need and want. counselors that care to help at any issue
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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