School Details

La Canada High School

4463 Oak Grove Drive, La Canada, CA 91011
(818) 952-4205
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-12 2117 students 21 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% 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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  • This school in 2013
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

La Canada High School is a public high school in La Canada Flintridge. The principal of La Canada High School is Ian McFeat and can be contacted at imcfeat@lcusd.net. 2,117 students go to La Canada High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 2% of the La Canada High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 1% of the 2,117 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at La Canada High School is 21:1. Hillside School and Learning Center 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

  • French
  • German
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 58%
Multiracial 5% %
Asian 26% 26%
Hispanic 11% 3%
Filipino 0.8% 0.5%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.05% 0.02%
Unspecified 0.05% 12%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4050%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1% 0.8%
Limited English proficiency 2% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    This is an excellent school district. We purchased a home here in order to send our children through elementary and high school here. Although we paid more for the homes we lived in here than we might have in other neighborhoods it was definitely a good investment. We saved money as it would have been far more expensive to send our children to private schools. I also believed the experience was far better to have our children attend a local excellent public school than private schools. Their extra-curricular activities both school related and other activities such as scouts and lessons were all conveniently located. My three children all went to this school. My children have different personalities strengths challenges and interests so their experiences at this school naturally differed. In our experience the schools meet the needs of different kinds of children. I rank the teachers staff students other parents and other resources in the community all 5 stars.

  • (1 year ago)

    I totally agree with some of the parents who say that the district/administration are too much into the collecting money aspect from the parents of the students. It feels like a private school but with the public (too many student to teacher ratio) school feel. I feel they think everyone who attends have rich parents but that is not true. Not all students are hardworking only have parents who pay for expensive tutoring. We moved and put our children in another school and they are thriving on their own with teachers who don't just want money donations every time they see us. Regarding teachers...some are excellent like my son's social science and band teacher and some don't care at all. Some think of only the caching like his golf teacher. Some staff in office are really rude and a few are very friendly.

  • (1 year ago)

    We just moved to Tujunga last August 2013 just to be able to enroll my child to La Canada High. My wife has been working as an RDA for almost 8 years for a very nice Ortho dentist off Foothill Blvd. In La Canada. Though we never realized that LCHS only accepts La Canada residents first and waitlisting for La Canada area working family. We are waiting if ever my child will be accepted at LCHS. We heard mostly good reviews and some bad and scary reviews about LCHS. Let's see if LCHS stand to be what it is purported to be.

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids have been in LC schools since elementary. Like many we moved here for the schools. What I love about the area is the strong community spirit small-town atmosphere & general friendliness. It's not uncommon to see lemonade stands on street corners in the summer. While the elementary school was great the middle school & high school have been OK to terrible overall. Caveat a few teachers stand out in terms of their care passion for teaching approachability accessibility etc; UNFORTUNATELY they are grossly outnumbered by the postal-worker-mentality/paycheck-collecting-types who neither teach innovate or care about students. As noted by others test scores grades & reputation are propped up thru parental support & extracurricular tutoring. The high school/middle school administration counselors & office staff are largely ineffective unresponsive & not always friendly. Policies are used as excuses & despite being a "public" school a lot of unsavory matters are handled behind closed doors or swept under rugs. Am considering private schools now like many others. Meanwhile enrollment is down & non-resident kids keep being allowed in via permit.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has a great deal of bullying. There is a big drug problem as well and all the people here are just self centered people that don't take other peoples feeling into consideration. Classes here are really easy no wonder students get to call themselves "smart".

  • (1 year ago)

    La Canada High School is an extraordinarily challenging and competitive school. It is located in an affluent small city where many of the parents are high achievers who are attracted to the city by its schools and their lives revolve around their children's success. The teachers -- not all of whom are better than average -- expect a crushing amount of work from the students and are very very tough graders. Almost all of the parents push their kids incredibly hard to get A's excel at extracurricular activities and gain admission to the very best colleges in America. Parents routinely hire tutors private admissions counselors and private coaches for their sons and daughters. In short the education is terrific but the pressure on the students is intense. Many graduates remark that college was a breeze compared to La Canada High School.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is ridiculously over rated. Very uncaring towards minorities and different ethnic communities which is why they are not part of the L.A. or Glendale school districts. The student body is full of selfish spoiled rich kids who care about nothing more their social clicks nice cars and the latest Abercrombie clothes mommy and daddy can buy. The administration cares more about money and image then the mediocre teachers they employ. Better to look elsewhere then have any kid sent here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Primo! This school is highly rated on ALL accounts for our us and our children. The academics extracurricular sports and clubs all top-notch and well-run by men & women who really do care. There are always going to be problem kids problem parents and every institution has dissenters. These teachers and administrators go out of their way to be the best they can be at their jobs. Otherwise this school would not be so desirable! If you find fault here try going someplace else! Have some compassion for all the bs these teachers and staff have to deal with... would you do better? Just be courteous nice and have some gratitude already.. This IS one of the best-rated schools in a great area of southern California in the United States. We are lucky to be here and happy to be here!

  • (1 year ago)

    Personally I thought the middle school was weak. Lots of kids go off to private high schools. Office staff are great but the teachers aren't very good.

  • (2 years ago)

    What makes this school great is the quality of its students who are clearly being pushed by their high-achieving parents. As busy as these parents are they are extremely generous with both time and money. Teachers and administrators are important but if the students are coming from homes where hard work and diligence are not valued the kids will see academic achievement as "not cool" and it will be a school of slackers. For many years we paid through the nose for a private school in order to provide our children with motivated peers. While LCHS is certainly not as intimate and "touchy-feely" as our old private school our children's peers are top-notch and great motivating influences on them. In this school achievement is "cool". I'm sure that one could find the partiers and slackers but they don't seem to dominate the scene. Or perhaps we are fortunate that our kids are not drawn to that so far. I firmly believe that school can only do so much. It really is up to us parents and what goes on at home.

  • (2 years ago)

    I grew up in this school district and i loved the community. This school in particular was a family! Teachers are amazing but i think some parents believe that teachers should take the place of their own parental involvement. They are teachers we are parents the roles are different. If you want a great education this is the place. If you want babysitting services than find a preschool not a high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school is a 10 because of the smart kids attending the school. Then the smarter population want to get into the school because of the other smarter kids (and rumours that the school is a 10) and it is a circle that doesn't stop. The teachers are "ok" and have it easy teaching there with very little teaching effort as with smart kids they do well on their own anyways! They don't go out of the way like at some schools so the teachers should not get the credit with exception of a minor few. The office makes parents feel like they are not wanted and couple of the staff treated me like I was a child and made me not want to come in to volunteer anymore. What's the point? I have younger siblings that will not be attending this school because of the attitude of certain staff there. My oldest had a very good counselor and grateful for that. And some of the staff are very kind and helpful but some are rude and act like they own the school which makes it an unwelcome feeling.

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated from LCHS in 1966. The second graduating class. My father worked endless hours as a president of the school board to help create an outstanding school system for all of the students of La Canada. It was a wonderful school and we were all very proud to be Spartans. I have been in education for 40 years in Calif. NJ and Tn and LaCanada was always my standard. I am so very sad to read the comments of the parents and former students of LCHS. It is a disappointment and I hope that things will begin to improve. Students and parents deserve better than lazy administrators and mediocre teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    My education at La Canada High School (class of 1998 though I graduated a year early in 1997) was stellar. I learned how to learn how to think for myself and how to help others to learn. I am still in contact with several of my teachers from my time there (shout out to Mr. Carney Mrs. Caswell and Mrs. Compeau!!) and fondly remember the strict but compassionate dean of discipline Hope Ricewasser who was always there to guide us. I participated in Marching Band Basketball Drama AP Classes Language clubs Science Clubs and always had things to do. I have to disagree with some of the other reviews here that say the kids are loaded up with busy work or that minorities are not tolerated (minorities make up 41% of the school population) or that everyone is a snotty rich kid. Not only did my level of homework seem reasonable for my classes (even my AP science classes) but it wasn't "busy work" it applied to what we were learning and prepared me for college where the homework load is much heavier. If you molly-coddle your children until they turn 18 they will not be prepared for life which is what your job is as a parent. Homework and deadlines are part of life.

  • (3 years ago)

    An over rated school that is insensitive to various ethnic and minorities in the neighborhood. The teaching professionals are quite stale in their tenure and have been in place for a long long time. As such not much improvements have taken place in their quality of classroom instruction. Exacerbating the problem is the student body from a neighboring community that is surprisingly exclusive in its intolerance for anyone or anything outside of the accepted norm. In the end social interactions among various groups of students are quite limited. School cohesion is lacking and the overall experience as a child attending this school suffers. A very un-California like experience. Parents contemplating a move here should consider other school districts around the area like South Pasadena and San Marino.

  • (3 years ago)

    i completely agree with the review below this school scores well because of extracurricular tutors outside of school the teaches and administrations is weak and full of politics

  • (3 years ago)

    Very over rated school. High scores are partially the result of parents hiring tutors. Math department is very poor. Many students skate through taking cooking and teachers aid. Other students are over loaded on AP classes that are mostly busy work. Teachers are no better than other schools and school administration is spotty. Good football coach.

  • (3 years ago)

    If you have a special needs child you will have to watch like a hawk fight like a tiger and be ready to sue the District if you don't get justice. 3 of my children graduated from LCHS 1 in elementary 1 in the HS. IQs 120-150. Special needs often have nothing to do with intelligence. If your child is "different" in any way watch out for teacher ostracism. SpEd District Dept fights to keep down cost at expense of children. Thank God I had enough $ to sue them and get justice and get 1 of mine into a private school to which children are entitled if the local public school fails them.

  • (4 years ago)

    Highly highly over-rated school. Although there are some good teachers too many of them are lazy. Great grades are given out like candy in order to keep the city's property prices up. My child took FOUR years of German are got straight A's...but she never got a firm grip on the language and certainly couldn't speak it (but thanks for the A's anyway!). Kids do well at this school despite the teachers...we hire tutors and spend hours ourselves as parents helping them with their homework.

  • (4 years ago)

    Ranked #5 in California open enrollment high schools and in the Top 100 schools nationally based on the College Readiness Index (U.S. News and World Report). Based on 2009 API (Growth) scores LCHS ranks 9th in California for comprehensive general admission high schools. The high school is located in a safe area. The city itself is semi-rural with relatively few sidewalks and street lights. Most of the people who live here are college educated and successful but are not pretentious. They live in La Canada primarily for the schools and actively participate in their kids' schooling sports and activities. They expect their children to get very good grades gain admission to top universities and be successful. The school district prides itself with its high test scores. The teachers respond by assigning hours of homework and many of them offer help after school hours. Graduates do get into top universities. La Canada is a terrific place to send your children to the public schools if you are willing to focus much of your family life on your kids' education including making sure they do their homework study for tests and ask for help when they need it.

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