A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Canyon Crest Academy is an elite, public school located in San Diego, CA. It has 1,991 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 76% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Address
5951 Village Center Loop Rd.
San Diego, CA 92130
Telephone
(858) 350-0253

Canyon Crest Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
76%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1350
471 responses
Average ACT
31
318 responses
AP Enrollment
55%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.43 responses
Poll
98%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.43 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 165 responses
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  • Comedy Sportz
    16%
  • CCA TV
    15%
  • Tedx
    13%
  • Envision Dance
    11%
  • Challenge Day
    10%
  • Wellness Day
    9%
  • Theater Productions
    9%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,991
Free or Reduced Lunch
3%
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.53 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.53 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.53 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.8%
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.73 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.73 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.73 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,094/ year
National
$12,239
98%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.81 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.81 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.81 responses
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I absolutely loved my time at CCA! It took me a little bit of time to adjust to the 4x4 schedule at first, but it really teaches you how to actually study and manage your time which most students don't get the hang of until they are in college. In most of my classes, I was doing almost double the work that many community college students were doing (AP and regular classes!), showing the true excellence of the teachers and programs at the school. Yes, your GPA will suffer due to the academic rigor, but what you end up learning is worth more than that. My only complaint is that it has gotten a bit cut-throat in recent years, especially in the AP science classes, which can be very brutal.By far however, my favorite part of my time at CCA were the students and teachers, who are all super accepting and open-minded. While there is no denying that not all of the student body got along, there are no cliches and everyone is relatively respectfully towards each other.
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My four years at CCA have been more than I had ever hoped. I chose this school over Westview, San Diego Jewish Academy and Torrey Pines because of the culture that draws in so many students -- one of acceptance, individuality and an emphasis on arts. CCA's academics have been accelerated to a pace that helps students succeed at a rate faster than in other (traditional) schools with its 4x4 schedule -- allowing teenagers to finish a year-long class in one semester and "double up" on classes, like taking two years of Spanish in one year by enrolling in one directly after the other, essentially fulfilling graduation requirements in half the time. Teachers are dedicated to students' growth.
Beyond academics, arts at CCA are excellent. The range of available disciplines to explore is extraordinary -- I entered the cinema program as a sophomore and loved it, eventually becoming one of the hosts of CCATV. I'm grateful for the opportunities and education CCA has given me.
When I first moved to San Diego and attended CCA during my junior year, I was immediately made aware that I was attending a very interesting school. I thoroughly enjoyed the rigorous academic programs it offered, but was saddened by how isolated the school made the students. I saw that the school's intense and competitive curriculum, however fun it can be, did not promote an environment in which you could make personal connections with your classmates. Some of the better teachers attempt to solve this in class, but their attempts haven't gone too well. Also, the classrooms are pretty dirty. But, all in all, I still find myself enjoying most of my time attending Canyon Crest because of its funky culture, (mostly) fantastic teachers, and academic excellence.