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A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    C-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D-
La Quinta High School is a highly rated, public school located in Westminster, CA. It has 2,177 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 69% of students are at least proficient in math and 81% in reading.
Address
10372 McFadden St
Westminster, CA 92683
Telephone
(714) 663-6315
Website

La Quinta High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
81%
Percent Proficient - Math
69%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1230
414 responses
Average ACT
27
123 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$57,575
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,427
National
$949
Median Home Value
$546,200
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.65 responses
Poll
80%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.65 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 219 responses
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  • Lipsync
    21%
  • Assemblies aka spirit week
    17%
  • Boys league talent show
    16%
  • Spring Fest
    11%
  • Prom
    7%
  • Winter Fest
    6%
  • Winter Formal
    5%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,177
Free or Reduced Lunch
61%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.70 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.70 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.70 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$99,366
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.1%
64%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.89 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.89 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.89 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,424/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.95 responses
32%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.95 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.95 responses
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La Quinta High School Reviews

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The atmosphere around the school is both engaging and academic. The school not only focuses on giving students the opportunity to improve on social skills, but also caters to different students' interest, including through clubs, school activities, and special programs. The high school also efficiently prepares students for college and ensures that each student has all the additional help they need to improve academically and socially. For example, administrators are always willing to help students arrange their schedules flexibly and even recommend students certain Advanced Placement classes to fit their niche. Also, the school creates a comforting environment which also prompts students to help each other out, whether it be stress from school work or just having fun together doing school events.
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At La Quinta High School, there is a high demand for academic success, which motivates students to learn and grow. Students encourage and challenge one another in regards to learning by asking each other questions about certain topics or studying with one another. There is also a wide variety of extracurricular activities that can accommodate every student such as marching band, Movement (a dance program), basketball, tennis, Academic Decathlon, and so much more. Even though my school has many activities and options for students to excel, there are still needed improvements. Our school does not receive a lot of funding, and therefore, limit the number of sports or extracurricular activities that students can participate in. Also, school safety must be reinforced because sometimes, there are alumni who walk into the school without any pass or checking into the office. Although they themselves are not dangerous, the lack of security reveals a weakness within the school.
The general consensus around here is that most teachers are excellent, while the administration at this school needs some work. For example, recently the LQ admin has enforced stricter guidelines on club fundraisers and events, making it harder for club officers to actually plan things, but we're allowed to wear hats now, so that's cool I guess. The campus also looks like a prison, since there is hardly any greenery in the quad. School spirit is kinda dead most of the time, so every other dance gets cancelled. The counselors help students a lot with college applications, going as far as pulling students out of class to complete financial aid forms, which is good if you are unsure about the college process. There's a large emphasis on academics, so try not to get stressed out.