A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
La Costa Canyon High School is an elite, public school located in Carlsbad, CA. It has 2,013 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 54% of students are at least proficient in math and 61% in reading.
Address
1 Maverick Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Telephone
(760) 436-6136

La Costa Canyon High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
61%
Percent Proficient - Math
54%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1210
251 responses
Average ACT
29
270 responses
AP Enrollment
46%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
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.41 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.41 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 89 responses
Report
  • Comedy Sports, VPAs, Football games, Dances
    42%
  • Pep rally, football, basketball, volleyball games
    25%
  • ALL SPORTS GAMES
    21%
  • Lacrosse games
    8%
  • Homecoming
    3%
  • Spirit Week
    1%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,013
Free or Reduced Lunch
7%
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.48 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.48 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.48 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.5%
66%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.73 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.73 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.73 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$13,094/ year
National
$12,239
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.74 responses
45%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.74 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.74 responses
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La Costa Canyon is a very school spirited school that embodies the motto “make a difference.” Although it’s been known for being a sports school, the arts have recently become increasingly popular. The staff is incredible and they are always looking for ways to improve the school as well as the communication system between students and faculty. As a student, I have noticed that it is a “clicky” school, however more and more clubs and programs have been created on campus, such as peer counseling, so that everyone feels welcome. The school also offers an abundance of classes from electives to Advanced Placement courses. I have loved my experience so far at the school, and go mavs!
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I had an unforgettable experience at La Costa Canyon High School! I recently graduated but I still am very proud to be a maverick along with everyone else on that campus. I was really involved on campus; I played sports, took part in ASB and was really involved in clubs on campus. There are so many things to do on this campus everyone can find their spot while being part of the big family that is LCC. Also, the teachers are amazing. I genuinely believe that each and everyone of them had my best interests at heart. Go Mavs!
I met a lot of cool and nice friends here. The school has a little bit of ghetto but not much at all compared to other schools. A lot of nice teachers as well as a lot of lame teachers. There are a lot of students and teachers I like and are really awesome. The teachers that I like genuinely care about you, update their websites, have senses of humor and make the most out of classes. On the other hand there are some teachers who don't do anything. Most of them are an easy A so you like them, but at the same time their personalities are awful and they don't teach their classes anything. The food is improving but the pizza, which is one of the only things served every day, is garbage. Some very easy classes and some very hard classes. I'm not interested in the sports games at our school or anything but they're apparently pretty good. The band and theater is also apparently very good. Overall fun school and pretty nice neighborhood but it could use some cleaning up.