School Details

Mira Loma High School

4000 Edison Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95821
(916) 971-7465
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1625 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • San Juan Unified average
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Juan Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mira Loma High School is a public high school in Arden-Arcade. The principal of Mira Loma High School is Paul Oropallo and can be contacted at poropallo@sanjuan.edu. 1,625 students go to Mira Loma High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Filipino. 8% of the Mira Loma High School students have "limited English proficiency." 44% of the 1,625 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mira Loma High School is 22:1. El Camino Fundamental High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 49% 66%
Asian 24% 5%
Filipino 2% 1%
Hispanic 14% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 10% 8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 46994%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Unspecified 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 36%
Limited English proficiency 8% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I do not know how Greatshools ranks a school. I am however certain that it is completely wrong in not giving Mira Loma High School a perfect 10. If there is any school in the Sacramento Region that should be given a rank higher than 9 the first one should Mira Loma. Simply put do not be fooled by a 8 out of 10 rank given to Mira Loma by Greatschools. Call a Mira Loma parent or a student who puts academic success the No. 1 goal. Yes if your or your student considers academic success not important or does not want to work hard or thinks schools is only for fun then it is not a good fit for your. For the rest can have better choice if live around. I have the parent of a Mira Loma alumnus and a current student. I had endure very hardship to be able to send my kids to Mira Loma due to distance but it worth every bit of it. Can't think of sending my kids any place else. The other kids the teachers and the administration all are super.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a parent and I am extremely pleased with my choice to send my child to Mira Loma. The opportunities and experience my child is exposed to is greatly appreciated. Drama classes are wonderful!! Teachers in my experience has proven that they are deeply invested in not only their choice of career but their compassion and devotion to our children. If given an opportunity check out their spirit weeks ! I love hearing my child get so excited about her school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thinking only as a student in the IB program I would have given Mira Loma five stars but those who are not in the IB program admittedly do not have quite as good of an experience. Our sports are alright (dance/drill team has ranked in the top three in the nation for several years tennis is good) and our theatre program is excellent mostly due to our amazing drama teachers. Teachers in the IB program are mostly excellent and they push you very very hard although as always some teachers are just O-K. By senior year you are well-equipped to enter college with ease. In terms of social life although you spend an enormous amount of time doing homework I have never felt more at home. Bullying is pretty much nonexistent on campus and everyone is very accepting of each other. Student Government-organized events are exceptional especially our yearly event Sports-A-Rama which takes place every April. The social events at school make all the grades very tight-knit and we all grow together relying on one another. The school is a ton of fun while intellectually-challenging and I can't imagine being anywhere else. I don't have enough characters to express how much I love it here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mira Loma is the "Harvard" of High Schools in Sacramento. They are nationally recognized for their academics they have a great drama program and the students are amazing !

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is kinda amazing. Im tired of people bashing on it and saying were purely academic. While we do have outstanding academics thats not all. Our dance team is ranked #1 nationally in certain areas and we actually have good tennis teams. We also have tons of other none academic activities for school spirit wgich are largely participated in. Like Spirit Weeks homecoming food fest and international halls and SAR which if you ask anyone is kne of the highlights of the year. I strongly recommend thos school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is simply what you make it. Personally I myself don't like it. Most of the teachers are fine it's a pretty campus and it's a great way to get out of Sacramento. However it's mostly only a good school for really smart kids-- there's not much to offer for anyone outside of IB. Not to mention the emphasis on arts is in my eyes pathetic. I feel like this school could involve so much more emphasis on the arts. Most of the students I'm surrounded by don't have a passion for any art forms at all part of that is the fault of the school focusing solely on basic academics.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a student at Mira Loma and honestly I couldn't be more impressed. this school really cares about their students and thier main goal is to see you succeed. compared to the other high school I went to this place blows them out of the water. literally. there is that "element" because it IS a public high school but the IB and IS program make it worth it. i am in the ib program and i can tell you that here i feel the the "gangbangers" are definitley the minority here as opossed to other schools where the "nerds" are picked on and bullied. thats another thing. i have never no tonce been teased or anything here. please...take my word for it. if you have the discipline to pursue a rigorus academic course then go to mira loma!!! also check out their website and look under accomplishments. there are many! and them going to nationals for sciencehistory. math and just about everything else is not uncommon..

  • (2 years ago)

    Go Matador's !! Love this school and all it offers to our children and our community our future!

  • (2 years ago)

    Mira Loma has a high API & high dropout rate? If you re not a student in theMYP/IB or IS program (foreign exchange student) choose a different school! Funding & classes are allocated to IB students first (One for you and Two for the IB program). Very high dropout rate for a school with a high API go figure! Mira Loma has very smart children and below average students there's no in-between. If you want to play sports this is not the school you!

  • (3 years ago)

    i am an eighth grade student and i am looking at highschools with extreeme standards and i have to say that this school stands out!! not just this site but all the others as well.

  • (3 years ago)

    Mira Loma is a very competitive school. I am currently a student there and I absolutely love the competitive environment. Some of the teachers are sub-par and some are extraordinary! Different students cope with the pressure differently. If you are dedicated to your education and future success there are few problems. If you have not found your calling yet you will struggle. The IB environment is a great one to keep myself on track to go to a great university. In my opinion if you are choosing schools this summer and you're willing to put in the extra time for the extra knowledge and experience choose MLHS.

  • (4 years ago)

    Mira Loma has a high API and is basically school full of very smart kids. However the over-emphasis on IB can be costly on a student's mental and physical health. There is way too much homework that is practically pointless and the teachers are not the best although they are quite friendly. This school is mostly academically oriented-if you don't study hard there's not much else you can do. Sports are very limited but the Science Olympiad and Science Bowl teams are very strong (that is if you have time away from all the homework and studying every night). So my advice is if you can't take so much homework and you have many other extracurricular activities you want to keep doing enroll in another school. Stereotypically and partially truthfully saying this is the "nerd's" school.

  • (4 years ago)

    my son stuggles with is learning and i found mira loma is trying to help my son achieve a balanced inviroment and to fit in with thoe student who are ib he get along with his teacher and office staff and is comfortable enjoying the scool activies. when there has been a problem i have been given promt and kind responce thank you staff and mira loma parent of a good son

  • (4 years ago)

    Mira Loma gives most of its attention to IB. IB is a great program if you can handle a massive workload little social life extreme pressure and stress and not being the smartest. You really will learn a lot but it definitely comes at a price (mainly mental health). In my opinion taking AP classes at other schools is a better option. AP is not as hard as IB (I have taken both) but is weighted the same. There are not so many extra projects outside of school that take up so much time. It does not stiffle your creativity and social life whereas IB tells you exactly what how and why things should be done. AP gives you a lot more 'bang for your buck.' ML is so competitive and all-consuming.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has several great programs to meet the needs of all students from high achievers to students who are stuggling to stay in school and everyone inbetween. The teachers and staff are terrific -- many choose Mira Loma for their own children.

  • (5 years ago)

    The kids are great the teachers are great. 22 languages are spoken at home. The Young Lady who got 2400 on her SAT is on the Spirit Dancers. This school breaks the stereotypes.

  • (5 years ago)

    I suppose this is an okay school for students who are easy to teach and have no problems. However many of the teachers and most of the principals have no respect for students who have learning problems.

  • (5 years ago)

    i love the energy and respecet from all my teachers

  • (5 years ago)

    I'm a senior this year at Mira Loma. I've been attending this school since my freshman year and I have to say that going to ML was the best decision I have ever made. Everyone gets along which is great because there are rarely any fights. The teachers are outstanding and the administration this year is incredible! (Finally) ) The programs too are exceptional. For me I chose to be in the IS program. The IS program is more for students who want to achieve more in high school but not over do it. The MYP/IB program is great too. I was in it my freshman year but it was too complicated for me. Anyways I highly recommend that students to go to ML. They won't regret it! Oh the rally's are great also!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is academically challenging and it is a great school to go expecially if you are in the IB or IS program.The tennis team is also very exceptional. Go Matadors!!!

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