La Canada Unified School District is a top rated, public school district located in La Canada, CA. It has 4,132 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in math and 86% in reading.
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La Canada Unified School District Reviews
Overall, the La Canada School district is very wealthy. Much of the parents went to these schools, so they donate loads of money. But the money is not spent wisely. This includes buying speakers for assemblies as opposed to buying tissues for teachers so they don't have to buy them out of their pocket. The school difficulty is hard and very competitive. If you are not a 4.0 GPA student, you are looked down upon amongst friends, teachers and peers. The school environment is toxic because of this. Pressure on children to get good grades take a toll unlike no other. Although competitive, it has its ups and downs.
The school has enough parent patrons to keep it up to date with the most high end technology and facilities. Sometimes, however, the money that is allotted does not always match up with the improvements that are truly needed—it's as if the hundreds of thousands of dollars used to fund the school are applied for "show" for the donors. The redeeming factor I found in La Canada was their High School theatre department, as some of the money does go towards the arts and it truly shows.
The La Canada Unified School District is excellent academically, however, such a fixation on college readiness has shown to be detrimental to school spirit and a sense of community.