Mira Costa High School is a top rated, public school located in Manhattan Beach, CA. It has 2,514 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 26 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 85% in reading.
Mira Costa High School Rankings
Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.
Niche users from this school are most interested in the following colleges.
- A+591 Students
- A+501 Students
- A+438 Students
- A+431 Students
- A352 Students
- A284 Students
- A-277 Students
- A-242 Students
- A+231 Students
- A+230 Students
Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.50 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.50 responses
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 182 responsesReport
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.81 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.81 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.81 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.91 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.91 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.91 responses
Schools like Mira Costa High School
- A+Beverly Hills High School
- Beverly Hills Unified School District, CA
- 302 reviews
- A+Palos Verdes High School
- Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, CA
- 361 reviews
- A+El Segundo High School
- El Segundo Unified School District, CA
- 508 reviews
- A+South High School
- Torrance Unified School District, CA
- 396 reviews
Mira Costa High School Reviews
I have had a good time, but listen: you must take all of the AP courses that you can in order to have any chance at good colleges. I will have taken 7 AP Courses, along with 3 Honors courses by the time I graduate, and that's BARELY enough at Mira Costa. As for the non-academic part of Costa, I never did any sports but I have heard of many issues with some coaches, but Cross Country is one of the "cleanest" sports on campus, so if you like running, I highly recommend that. Also, diversity is definitely lacking and the richest always bond together and exclude everyone else. However, I do like the abundance of clubs and programs available, and our MUN program is spectacular! Overall, the best way to succeed here is to take rigorous courses and join the clubs you are interested in but choose the organizations that interest you and build your friendships from those and you are sure to have a great time at Costa!
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Mira Costa. I have found a family within the choir department, a home with the cross country team, and am at ease with my academics. There are always multiple teachers and faculty on campus that will sit with you and talk about how you're doing in the class, or even what may be troubling you. Students sadly leave trash all over campus, but the janitors work tirelessly to clean it up. Although many sports require tryouts, everyone is encouraged to participate and try their best. Our science, tech, and math programs are very well funded to allow students to work with modern equipment and resources. Our arts programs are amazing and have won multiple competitions in the past. Although clubs and our school spirit may be lacking in some areas, the student body of Costa and helpful teachers and student leaders push the school in the right direction. Overall, Mira Costa is a great high school, and I have had a great experience attending it for four years.
Mira Costa High School is undoubtedly a representation of the strengths and weaknesses of Manhattan Beach society. While a large amount of funding is naturally poured into the school, many of its problems remain unsolved as they are not always met with open ears and active response by faculty. On-campus food, the math department, the Latin language class, and the band program are obvious examples of under-funded or poorly managed programs at the school. In spite of this, Mira Costa breeds outstanding young performers, particularly with its Bands, Choirs, and Orchestras; participation in any of these programs is a great privilege to its students.