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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
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.
Address
1401 Artesia Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Telephone
(310) 318-7337
Website
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Mira Costa High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1280
696 responses
Average ACT
30
537 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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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+
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$148,899
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,393
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,694,900
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.50 responses
Poll
50%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.50 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 182 responses
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  • Prom
    16%
  • Performing arts concerts
    16%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Sports games in general
    10%
  • Winter Formal
    7%
  • Senior Pranks
    5%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,514
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.60 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.60 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.60 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
26:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,526
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.7%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.81 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.81 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.81 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,346/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.91 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.91 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.91 responses
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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!
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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.