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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C-
Newport-Mesa Unified School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Costa Mesa, CA. It has 21,234 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 49% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
49%
Average Graduation Rate
91%
Average SAT
1170
862 responses
Average ACT
28
729 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
21,234
Free or Reduced Lunch
41.6%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$103,910
Teachers in First/Second Year
5.5%

Finances

Total Expenses
$276,491,000
Expenses Per Student
$13,568/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    39%
  • Other
    3%
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

Newport-Mesa Unified School District Reviews

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As a student, I'd say that my experience with the NMUSD has been decent so far. I love that my school is so diverse, not something that many other schools can say. The staff are mostly helpful and the teachers–at least, the ones I've had–have been incredibly supportive and encouraging. However, I wish that my school put a bigger emphasis on protecting our environment. We place great value on our academics, athletics, and counseling, however we seem to have let go of our environmental efforts. We no longer have a recycling program, which I believe is unacceptable, as students often have papers and plastic water bottles to dispose of throughout the schooldays. Also, I would like to see more fairness between classrooms, like every teacher having AC.
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This school year was my first in the Newport-Mesa School district and I am so grateful that I changed districts. My high school is a smaller school compared to the others and I love it. There is a the students all know each other and are kind to each other and the teachers are more dedicated to the students education than any other set of teachers I have ever had. Amazing school district!
Newport Mesa is a good district who tried to always take care of the students and provide us with a great education. I have been in this school district since I started school up until now. I am grateful and thankful for the resources they have provided me with these past years. My siblings are also in the same district from me and through them, I am seeing how the district keeps progressing.