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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Canyon Crest Academy is a top rated, public school located in San Diego, CA. It has 2,572 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. According to state test scores, 82% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.

Canyon Crest Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
90%
Percent Proficient - Math
82%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1390
893 responses
Average ACT
31
578 responses
AP Enrollment
57%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$159,766
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,595
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,001,660
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.60 responses
Poll
93%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.60 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 226 responses
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  • CCA TV
    18%
  • Comedy Sportz
    15%
  • Tedx
    12%
  • Wellness Day
    10%
  • Challenge Day
    9%
  • Envision Dance
    9%
  • Theater Productions
    9%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,572
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.70 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.70 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.70 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
28:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$110,214
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.7%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.90 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.90 responses
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.90 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$16,928/ year
National
$12,239
98%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.98 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.98 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.98 responses
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Canyon Crest does an amazing job at preparing its students for college. Courses are appropriately rigorous, the AP selection is amazing, and the overwhelming majority of teachers are motivated and dedicated to their work. The arts program is fantastic, sports are... questionable.

However, the statement that mental health here is “less than desirable” is a sweeping understatement. Students place excessive stress and pressure on themselves to take a million APs and often shame other people if they don’t do the same. Even as someone who did take a million APs and got into a top college, the amount of pressure I felt from others was unbearable. The school culture is abysmal and the administration does little to combat it. Almost everyone I know has dealt with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts. The school has implemented homeroom, meant to address mental health issues without directly touching on them.

Academically a great school, but CCA still has a lot to work on.
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Canyon Crest Academy is an amazing school that offers many opportunities to the students. Ranking at The 4x4 schedule allows students to take a large number of classes throughout high school, it also prepares them for college. Due to the rigor of the courses, CCA holds wellness weeks all throughout the year. There are more than 100 interactive clubs that give students a chance to meet more people and learn about something not covered in class. Despite not having a football team, lots of attention goes towards a variety of the sports such as waterpolo, soccer, lacrosse, etc. There are always activities going on before, after, and during school that involve a large number of people. There is a reason why CCA ranks at #2 for the best public schools in California, it's because it's a great high school, not only due to the academics, but the environment, support, and opportunities.
Canyon Crest is a good school overall, but extremely competitive. People WILL judge you for not having good enough grades, and I myself often feel as if I don't belong here. I've pushed my expectations so high that sometimes I feel as if they aren't really possible for me, and this can really destroy mental health. Besides lacking in mental support, CCA is a great school to come to if you enjoy a challenge. There are a wide selection of classes, many being AP courses. Beware of the pressure others give you, rememeber to only do as much as you yourself can do. Don't force yourself onto expectations of others and harm yourself in the process. And please, remember that it's not worth dying for. People out there love you and will be heartbroken to heart of your loss. Reach out to people around you to get help! That being said, the most lacking aspect of CCA is their support. Lots of teachers also seem to dislike their job, and as a result aren't enthusiastic about helping students.