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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  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
    B-
Mira Costa High School is a top rated, public school located in Manhattan Beach, CA. It has 2,437 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 63% of students are at least proficient in math and 73% in reading.
Address
1401 Artesia Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Telephone
(310) 318-7337
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Mira Costa High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
73%
Percent Proficient - Math
63%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1270
604 responses
Average ACT
30
467 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
    B-
Area Feel
Urban
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.49 responses
Poll
49%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.49 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 181 responses
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  • Prom
    17%
  • Performing arts concerts
    16%
  • Football Games
    11%
  • Homecoming
    10%
  • Sports games in general
    9%
  • Winter Formal
    7%
  • Senior Pranks
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,437
Free or Reduced Lunch
5%
92%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.59 responses
76%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.59 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.59 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$87,594
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.7%
56%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.80 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.80 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.80 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
$12,633/ year
National
$12,239
90%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.90 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.90 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.90 responses
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Mira Costa High School Reviews

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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.
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4 years of excellent, challenging curriculum was given to me at Mira Costa. I enjoyed making connections with their many wonderful and well-educated teachers. The curriculum included AP courses which allowed me to receive college credits. Also, they offered summer school to get ahead on requirements to graduate. Their honor roll provided incentives to perform well in all classes and compete with other students. Despite this, Mira Costa was a tight-knit community that encouraged their students to succeed. The yearbook always showed how involved all of the students at Mira Costa were because it displayed more than 30 unique clubs and activities students were active in. During my time there, the renovations they did to the campus made it feel as if it was a college campus. The combination of those things adequately prepared me for college.
Mira Costa is a public school in Manhattan Beach, California. While the majority of the students are Manhattan Beach residents, there are a fair amount from surrounding cities. The administration is open to any problems or concerns, and in my experience has been very responsive. Most teachers are more than willing to assist students, including before or after school for help. There is a variety of extracurriculars, from sports to the award-winning technical theater and drama department. Like most other public schools, no one will be making sure you are maximizing your potential, however students have the resources to explore many academic pursuits if they make a conscious effort.