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La Reina High School

Private | 7-12 | 557 students

We are known for academic excellence and a 100% university acceptance rate.
 
 

 
 

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Posted April 29, 2014

My daughter has attended La Reina for the past two years and I have been extremely happy, it has exceeded my expectations. I have children at other private schools (due to age and gender differences) and those schools do not compare. I am so impressed with the professionalism of the school and the manner in which they take care of our girls. This is a school of strong academics rooted in tradition. I cannot be happier with the choice we made to send her to La Reina and she is thrilled to stay for high school. She has made amazing friends, girls with strong values and like mindedness who want to succeed and strive for their best. La Reina provides a unique environment for girls to be their best. All schools have their own unique problems but I can truly say it is the strongest school we have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2014

I am going to counter the last two reviews simply because some people expect perfection, which simply does not exist. No school is perfect and every business has growing pains. La Reina has added so many things to provide opportunities for girls not had anywhere else. Surely this growth comes with the need for older teachers to catch up or leave. Things change, time marches on, and it takes time to move an institution of La Reina's size towards its goals. The school is still stellar. Our girls are safe & they are learning to have a voice. Sure, some teachers need to do a better job, but I have a student at another private school & let me tell you, it is far worse and we pay two times the tuition. I trust the principal to rid the school of those that need to go. If you seek perfection, you have unrealistic goals. No one at La Reina has ever lied to us. The leadership has been fully approachable. In fact, the current president is "interim" - hardly a systemic problem as he leaves after this year. If you want a great school with tradition & integrity, La Reina cannot be beat. I see what public & private coed schools have to offer; it isn't even close. La Reina is solid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2014

In my opinion, the school needs a big reset. If actions can tell you what's happening around the campus, try making someone the president of the school who has absolutely no experience leading a school. The only person in a leadership position who brings positivity to La Reina is the principal, and she has taken another job in Maine. The older teachers think that they are teaching in 1975 and they seem to think that our girls should be grateful that they are even allowed to be in the presence of such greatness. I agree with the parent who said math and science are weak, and I will also add foreign language and religion. My daughter has struggled in her first year language class and her teacher wasn't even able to answer some basic questions. Although, she was quickly condescending in saying that my daughter should know the answers anyway. Religion classes seem like an afterthought at a school that is Catholic. The school also has a positive side. My daughter loves it here. The other families at the school are the best, and they make our time at La Reina a pleasure. I love it here too, but some difficult decisions will need to be made to return this school to the status it once had.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2014

La Reina is in deep transition right now and has gone downhill in terms of academics. It is not the school it once was. The teaching staff needs to be overhauled, especially in science and math. They treat the girls as though it is a finishing school. They have done nothing to moderinize it, aside from giving each girl an ipad. But that is just bling. The school is very behind and has seen enrollment drop because of it. Right now, no one is leading the school as they have been looking for new leadership for two years. As the parent below said, the school does have some serious problems that need to be fixed. While some of our experience has been positive, I do not feel that it is worth the tuition until they make changes. We are pulling our two girls after this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2014

As a parent I am happy with La Reina. My girls have learned a lot. There are a few things things that bother me like teachers that have bullied my daughters and keeping those teachers in the classroom. My daughters are scared to say anything and so am I because everyone knows that our daughters will get bad grades from the bully teachers. I also overheard a argument recently that really horrified me. A teacher was yelling about changes that were wrong with the school. Also, she said that there are people without degrees and the right certificates teaching. My oldest daughter has graduated, but my youngest is still here. I have seen a lot of good changes in the last 2-3 years and I hope that doesn't stop. It's sad to think a teacher never needs to change to deal with how our kids think. I am sure that my daughters will be successful in life and I owe part of that to La Reina, but the school does have some serious problems that will not hurt my daughters, but it will hurt future girls if they are not fixed. Everyone knows who the problem people are, I hope that the school will finally deal with them. The argument was eye opening and scary if that's how some faculty really think.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2013

I am leaving the school this year, I am in 10th grade. Don't get me wrong... the academics at this school are EXCELLENT, but the girls who go here, including me, don't really have big social lives. I love it here but I've been here since 7th grade and I think that it is time to move on. The social aspect of the school is the only part they could work on. Like I said before the academics are phonominal. If you are a complete social butterfly who doesnt like to work hard in school, I do not recommend La Reina. You will strive if you try your best, it may be hard but it is rewarding.


Posted September 11, 2013

I have three daughters who graduated from La Reina and could not have been happier with the overall experience. They each had different aptitudes and interests yet all were challenged to achieve at their highest potential, all found extracurricular activities to ignite their passion, and all made great friends for life. LRHS is a college prep school so the academic rigor is there yet any student aiming at college should be able to do well. The Catholicity of the school provides a solid foundation for the students to explore their spirituality and solidify their values. Most importantly, the single gender environment and the culture that the school cherishes both developed my daughters from young girls into amazing young women who are enthusiastic, confident, moral, productive, articulate, and creative. What parent would not want this for their daughter?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Women of consequence, that is what La Reina strives to graduate. As a member of the faculty, I can honestly say that is what we deliver. I split my professional time between La Reina and a local University. As an instructor who has spent my career in higher ed, La Reina is the only high school I have ever taught at. I have no problem teaching course work here. I don't need to adjust my teaching style, course content or academic expectations for La Reina. The girls really rise to the challenge of vigorous academic analysis. Students that go to La Reina are something special. I am so often impressed by these girls - what they are capable of and how intellectually mature they are. The best endorsement I can give is that I plan on sending my own daughter to La Reina when she is old enough:)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 28, 2013

I am posting in response to the "one star" comment below. some students are NOT La Reina girls and they are much better suited for public school. Comments like that should be taken with a grain of salt because most often, the girls that leave do so for boys and/or easy academics. Even more interesting are the number of girls that try to return after leaving because they realize just how wonderful La Reina really is. Parents should be parents and not allow their daughters to choose the path of least resistance or to pick a school based on boys being present. School is meant to prepare you for university and more. La Reina has a 100% acceptance rate to four-year universities. You cannot please everyone, but some girls just aren't meant to be a part of the La Reina legacy to begin with, and that really is a good thing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

Now a senior in college applying to graduate school, I can truly say that La Reina was the best decision ever made in my academic career. La Reina not only taught me how to excell academicly, but also socially. La Reina's diverse student body is eminent in every area and made for the perfect enviornment to grow as an individual alongside my peers. The friendships I made at La Reina are are still the ones I hold closest today. La Reina High School values individuality and facilitates critical thinking in a way that I believe no other school can. I will be forever grateful for my LRHS experience, and hope that more young women continue to take part in what La Reina has to offer.


Posted January 3, 2013

I went to this school from 7th grade to 10th grade, which I thought was a good length of time to be here. When I left and transferred to public school, my academics were so far behind that I had to drop all of my honors and AP classes. Now, at public high school, I feel that I am way more prepared for college then I ever was at La Reina. I recommend this school for 7th and 8th grade, but after that, go to a normal school.


Posted July 13, 2011

This website defines a "great" school as: Excellent teachers Strong principal/school leadership Challenging academic programs La Reina has all of these and so much more! I am a student here and absolutely love it, everyone is super nice, and I don't think I have ever been involved in any type of drama here. The academics truly prepare you for college. The English program can't be beat, and all the teachers are fantastic. I am able to do any club without the threat of being made fun of since everyone here is so supportive. There is no where I would rather be, from the sports, to the academics, to the extracurriculars. One thing that really makes La Reina stand out is the outstanding speech/ debate/ mock trial program. I joined it this year and I really feel like it helped me mature and develop as a person. Cannot think of one negative!


Posted April 20, 2011

My daughter attends La Reina & will graduate in '13. She loves La Reina! Yes, there is alot of homework and the curriculum IS challenging. It is not easy to be accepted- many who apply are not. But, the girls who truly want to be there are attending. It is a very supportive environment, there are uniforms- but that makes 'jeans' even more special. Academics are strong, Sports Teams are very strong also. LRHS has won Mock Trial 17 out of the last 21 years! The girls who graduate go one to very successful University careers. LRHS has many physicians, attorneys and other professional alumni. Christian Service hours are also mandatory for graduation. Although competitive- the girls make life-long friends and develop high self-esteem & confidence. Great school for your cherished daughter/s !!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2010

La Reina is a great school, and I absolutely love it there. The teachers are overall pretty nice, but there are a few ones who are not so great. The whole student body is like a family. If you want your daughter to have close friendships, a great education, excellent clubs/sports, and a high school experience without all the drama, La Reina is the place for you. The only reason why I gave it four stars instead of five is that they give you a boatload of homework; and because I am on a sports team for every single season, by grades have dropped because I just cannot finish it all. But, I wouldn't go to any other school. La Reina is the place to be.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2009

THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD U WOULD BE CRAZY NOT TO HAVE YOUR DAUGHTERS GO HERE!!!!! im not even Catholic but the small class and only girls is the perfect enviroment. i didnt even want to go to college at first cuz i would be leaving my beloved school/
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 11, 2008

I am currently a senior at cal poly pomona and I just got accepted to vet school. La Reina prepared me so well for college. I can write better than my English major roomate and i have exceled in all my classes. The school is a great place to learn and make life long friends. The rules are strict, but what do you expect from a Catholic school. The teachers are great and so are the sports. It is a hard curicculum and is not for every one!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 19, 2008

I am current student at LRHS and so far it is the greatest life experience I have ever had.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 17, 2008

My three older sisters graduated from La Reina. They were all very prepared to leave home and go off to college, but it is not the same it was when they attended. They are very nit picky about shoes, skirt length, and not so particular about the teachers. the honors program is only great for the few students who are accepted in to them. No one else is allowed to be in them after. They are not based on grades but a teacher's liking of a student. Not the place it was 8 years ago.


Posted January 30, 2008

My daughter is in 8th grade, doing very well, and enjoying the experience and chance to focus on school with only girls. Her classmates are all very supportive of one another. We wish they had a school for boys!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

We are thrilled with our choice, sending our daughter to La Reina. She is becoming an amazing, confident young women more and more everyday. We have no doubt that she will be well prepared for college when that time comes. Until then, she is able to be herself and does not have to worry about what the boy next to her thinks as she is answering questions or what she is wearing.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 26%
Hispanic 8% 52%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Los Cerritos
Colina
Redwood
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 1% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 99% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation USC
UCLA
LMU
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Italian
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Mock Trial World Champions (2012)
  • Mock Trial World Champions (2011)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Dance club: Jazz/Hip-Hop
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Shannon Gomez
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • All girls
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman Catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (805) 494-4966

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Global
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Carpool
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • equestrian

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Anime club
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Dance club: Jazz/Hip-Hop
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
More from this school
  • La Reina offers a nationally recognized academic program. 100% of our students are accepted to and will attend colleges and universities throughout the world each year. We offer a safe, nurturing environment that gives young women the opportunity to foster their relationship with God, grow intellectually, find their God-given talents, and become leaders in a global society. Forty-nine years of tradition and proven results are evident in each and every graduate.
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Students typically come from these schools
Los Cerritos
Colina
Redwood

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$11000 - $13000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Need-based

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
USC
UCLA
LMU
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 1%
4 year college - 99%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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106 West Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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Phone: (805) 495-6494

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