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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
El Capitan High School is a highly rated, public school located in Lakeside, CA. It has 1,659 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 64% in reading.

El Capitan High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
64%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
85%
Average SAT
1130
186 responses
Average ACT
23
49 responses
AP Enrollment
47%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$72,426
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,349
National
$949
Median Home Value
$404,200
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
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 70 responses
  • Sports
    24%
  • Extended lunches
    17%
  • Senior Activities
    13%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Dances
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    7%
  • Club outings
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,659
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.28 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.28 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.28 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,849
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.6%
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,497/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.43 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.43 responses
58%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.43 responses
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El Capitan High School Reviews

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El Capitan High School, in my humble opinion, is a pretty good school. It has a nice new Events Center, which provides a theater for the theater class, storage for the band, color guard, the drumline, along with the adjacent building that is for the dance classes. Both buildings look very nice and modern. I also like the global language program, which I am a part of, the higher-level classes are both interesting and a good kind of challenge. Not only that but the group of students in the said program are very close, we all recognize each other on campus and communicate about classwork. Furthermore, the teachers on campus are more adjusted to making their classes interesting to their students, which is helpful. It's a very collaborative group of students and we're all very interesting together. If I were to see something about the school change it would be when construction happens, the most recent renovation of the office made getting between classes efficiently, more difficult.
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Overall, my experience at El Capitan High School has been positive. For the most part, all of my teachers have been very supportive and helpful, and I feel safe and secure when attending my classes. The staff are usually willing to help whenever you have any questions, whether they be personal or academic. This school has allowed me to continue on my foreign language path while also furthering my other interests, such as English and sciences. The classes are challenging without being overbearing, and the workload is normally fairly reasonable. That being said, I wish there were better accommodations for foreign language studies, since the only way to get the credit is by having a practically full schedule all four years, which can become quite tiring and honestly a lot more work than what should be necessary.
El Capitan High School has been a intriguing 4 years. I have made friends, because of the schools staff pushing students to be kind to each other and abs's events to bring together students. I also enjoy El Capitan's attempts to bring together different cultures and fight stereotypes of different races. El Capitan has multi- cultural week. We recently got rid of the basic stereotypes of races, such as eating tacos to celebrate the Mexican culture. Our school isn't as diverse as most, however the administration make an effort to teach everyone about loving each other. One thing our school could improve on is the selection of teachers and how they teach. I have noticed teachers constantly assign busy work, while expecting students to know the material without being taught. I also wish my school was a little more unique besides our great agriculture classes. Other than our agriculture program and spanish program, our school is average.