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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Costa Mesa High School is an above average, public school located in Costa Mesa, CA. It has 1,861 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 33% of students are at least proficient in math and 45% in reading.

Costa Mesa High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
45%
Percent Proficient - Math
33%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1170
139 responses
Average ACT
26
19 responses
AP Enrollment
42%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$73,374
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,763
National
$949
Median Home Value
$546,320
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 42 responses
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  • Football Games
    19%
  • Club Rush
    17%
  • Rallies
    17%
  • Dances
    14%
  • Spirit Week
    12%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Club events
    7%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,861
Free or Reduced Lunch
63%
53%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$110,065
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.6%
75%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.24 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.24 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.24 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$15,057/ year
National
$12,239
72%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.25 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.25 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.25 responses
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Costa Mesa High School Reviews

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This school is overall amazing in a wonderful environment with likable faculty members and students who enjoy life. Many of the teachers at this school are too nice and hardworking, which is really sweet, and I'm thankful for the love they have given me. There are many clubs and programs to join if you're into extra curricular activities, they even have a pretty talented group of athletes who are determined to win their battles. This school also has many intellectual scholars with a bright future in mind. The counselors at this school are superb, they have helped me on my journey throughout the whole way. I hope this school continues to go upwards.
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I like how the school is closely knitted so that you can get to know your teachers better but due to the smaller campus size, it's more challenging to find clubs of your interests. If you were to create one, there also wouldn't be as many people to join so one thing I would change is increasing the student body. Other than that, I appreciate the fact that there are a variety of academic programs available for students, such as the Simon Scholars program, the Reality Changers program, and the free SAT Prep bootcamp.
I love how our school is so small compared to other high schools. This allows students to form more meaningful connections with fellow classmates, teachers, and faculty. With a smaller population, everyone is able to form bonds with one another, thus a close-knit community is built. We also have an abundance of resources that are available to the students. I am beyond grateful for all the resources the school has provided for the students, whether it be volunteer opportunities or scholarship workshops.