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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
La Canada High School is a top rated, public school located in La Canada, CA. It has 2,079 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.

La Canada High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1340
439 responses
Average ACT
31
213 responses
AP Enrollment
46%
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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
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$161,517
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,851
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,404,000
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.30 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.30 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 76 responses
Report
  • Senior Dress Up Day on the day of an Assembly
    28%
  • All the senior activities
    20%
  • Senior Trip to Catalina Island
    20%
  • Graduation
    13%
  • Senior Girls TP Night
    9%
  • Pep rallies
    3%
  • none because our school has NO school spirit
    3%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,079
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.35 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.35 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.35 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$86,375
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.4%
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$11,235/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
51%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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La Canada High School Reviews

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La Canada High School can help any self-driven student reach their full potential with the abundant amount of educational opportunities offered. The numerous amount of diverse advanced placement classes allow students to explore their interests, while also rigorously preparing for college. AP teachers at the school typically take pride in their work, and engage their students in very interesting ways. This being said, La Canada High sometimes struggles to motivate students who have difficulty learning and require a more personalized approach. Because this school is so academically competitive, incoming students should expect an ample amount of stress, and sometimes, a lack of support in to manage this stress. At the very end of a student path at La Canada High School, a feeling of accomplishment is inevitable.
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The teachers and the administration there are very friendly. Talking with them is relatively easy and manageable. Among them, there are some excellent teachers who really put all their efforts in improving the education of their students through interesting and unique opportunities. The administration though could be changed. Sometimes, their message is unclear and inappropriate, such as that time they decided to close off the second and third floor bathrooms due to students vaping in them. I feel like if they want to get in touch with the students, they should try switching away from fear tactics at least.
There's no doubt that the academics at La Canada High School is very challenging but rewarding. However, the drawbacks of this is that the school is very competitive and the students are constantly stressing with the mind to do even better than their counterparts. I suspect that this is the reason that our school has opted in not creating school ranks. Many teachers at this school are always making sure that the students at the school, but there are also some teachers that you'll want to completely avoid. This school has shown incredible efforts of trying to ease the students' stress levels with facilities and programs. Excluding diversity, this is a well-rounded school that will no doubt be a great preparatory school for university.