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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 2,541 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 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

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
85%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1280
752 responses
Average ACT
30
565 responses
AP Enrollment
39%

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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$150,083
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,499
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,947,900
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
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.53 responses
Poll
49%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.53 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 195 responses
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  • Prom
    17%
  • Performing arts concerts
    16%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Sports games in general
    9%
  • Winter Formal
    8%
  • Senior Pranks
    6%

Students

Diversity
B+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,541
Free or Reduced Lunch
6%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.63 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.63 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.63 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$93,526
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.7%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.84 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.84 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.84 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.94 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.94 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.94 responses
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Mira Costa High School Reviews

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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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It was a great school. I really liked it. The people are awesome the teachers are really cool and there was so much to do. The best part was we didn’t have any clicks like most high-school schools have. Everyone just kind a liked each other and there was no bullying or aggressive behavior. People were just friends because they were there. I guess it’s not like that at most high schools. Most high schools have cool kids and Dorky kids and Weird kids. Not us. Everyone is welcome and included. Plus if it was located 12 blocks from the beach. What’s not to love. Sometimes in the morning you could take a surf class. Which meant your first class if High School was surfing!
Overall my experience at Mira Costa has been a positive one. There are some teachers that I'm glad I'll never have to see again come this June and some that I will miss greatly. The sports teams and facilities are actually pretty good and the new gym is already looking very nice. The food has always been lacking of quality and I can't stand to eat food at school. There are a lot of good clubs and activities if you look for them and my four years in the Orchestra program have been great!