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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D
Capistrano Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in San Juan Capistrano, CA. It has 47,205 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 60% of students are at least proficient in math and 70% in reading.

Capistrano Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
70%
Percent Proficient - Math
60%
Average Graduation Rate
96%
Average SAT
1250
2,866 responses
Average ACT
29
1,877 responses

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
47,205
Free or Reduced Lunch
21.7%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,193
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.6%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$9,558/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    66%
  • Support Services
    32%
  • Other
    2%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$87,353
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,998
National
$949
Median Home Value
$678,200
National
$184,700

Capistrano Unified School District Reviews

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In Capistrano Unified School District especially in my past few years in high school, I have had several opportunities to explore my interests for college through in-school classes, through my counselors, and through outside of school potential opportunities provided for several fields to be further explored after high school. The administration is very organized and responsive to needs for change or alteration, and I am very satisfied with my time here! Teachers in all subject areas are extremely educated and qualified, excited to assist even after class in any aspect.
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Capistrano Unified provided me with amazing opportunities for growth in both my academics and music. I was able to participate in both band and orchestra. We performed in concerts at Segerstrom Center! Academically speaking, the curriculum was challenging and required me to apply my knowledge to real world problems. The best part of my educational opportunities was getting to take a course in forensic science which has inspired me to pursue a career in forensics.
Capistrano Unified School District has the best schools around. When I look at the schools in my district I see the same great things. Students are able to complete their academic success with the help of every administrator. The environment is so pleasing. Throughout my experience, I have never once felt unsafe or at a disadvantage to my learning experience. The schools put an effort into making the school safe, bully-free, friendly, accepting and beneficial to the students. The distance learning process due to the COVID-19 outbreak has converted us to online courses and it has been tough on all of us. CUSD has been there for the teachers, administration, students and their families. Through this tuff time, the district has had everyone's back. I appreciate everything the school district has done for me. If I could change one thing it would have to be the traffic situations with coming to and leaving school. That would be my only doubt to The Capistrano Unified School District.