Incredible academic environment and welcoming and accepting culture have made this school extremely popular. If you are looking for football, cheerleaders, and cliquey rich kids, look elsewhere. High demand has led to some growing pains in terms of school population but my freshman daughter loves it here.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.