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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, 71% of students are at least proficient in math and 83% in reading.

Mira Costa High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
83%
Percent Proficient - Math
71%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1280
773 responses
Average ACT
30
583 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+
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
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.55 responses
Poll
51%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.55 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 197 responses
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  • Prom
    17%
  • Performing arts concerts
    16%
  • Football Games
    12%
  • 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.65 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.65 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.65 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$102,998
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.7%
58%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.86 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.86 responses
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.86 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
$13,691/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.96 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.96 responses
77%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.96 responses
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Mira Costa High School Reviews

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B+ teachers
Most teacher are really good. Shout out to Mr. Brown. He is a great teacher and really cares about his students. He tells us now we will both be on a last name basis because we have a teacher-student relationship. Yet, one day soon we will graduate and that relationship will change and he will call us by our first names. That's so cool! Some teachers are kind of arrogant though and that's really annoying.

Athletics - B There are lots of opportunities to get involved.

Clubs and Extra-curricular - A

Facilities - B.
The classrooms are a mix of old and new but they are building a new gym and the football field is really nice.
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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!
Coming from Houston, Texas into Mira Costa High School, I experienced a major culture shock. The campus is extremely large which accounts for the large student body of approximately 2,500 students. Being in a wealthy area of California however, the school severly lacks in diversity; I was one of the only few African American men. The school definitely exphasizes college readiness and produces students that get into many top colleges. However, even with such a high student body count, the school severely lacks in school spirit. The only events that emphasize school spirit are the home football games which our own football team mostly doesn't win. With recent possible threats of shootings, the school has increased its safety precautions. The school now has a fence built with security guards enforcing who gets in and who gets out. Overall, Mira Costa may have kids that are financially entitled, but the teachers, resources, and safety all guarantee a happy time at the school.