School Details

La Mirada High School

13520 Adelfa Drive, La Mirada, CA 90638
(562) 868-0431
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2229 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District 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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  • 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
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

La Mirada High School is a public high school in La Mirada. The principal of La Mirada High School is Bill Seals, who can be contacted at bseals@nlmusd.k12.ca.us. 2,229 children attend La Mirada High School and are mostly Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 2% of the La Mirada High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 50% of the 2,229 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at La Mirada High School is 22:1. El Camino High (Continuation) School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 64% 76%
Asian 5% 4%
Filipino 4% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.7%
Unspecified 0.9% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 20183%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 50% 54%
Limited English proficiency 2% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    I graduated from La Mirada High after attending both John Glenn and Norwalk High. My mother worked at each of the said school and I had to go where she was working. La Mirada is definitely the lesser of the evils. Academically its average. Just like any other high school in America if you are involved in athletics you are golden everyone else is just lost in the crowd. The problem with La Mirada is the community. They have this "we are better than everyone" attitude. That carries over to the kids. The faculty doesn't stand a chance against a community of self righteous parents. The majority of parents here feel their children can do no wrong. The faculty is sick of fighting a loosing battle and therefore the kids always "win" and get away with whatever rules they had been breaking. The 3 pages of reviews on this site is proof that the parents are involved more so that the 2 high school in this district. Just know that your child could walk away from this school felling very entitled and not grounded in reality. The little bubble they have created for themselves in the City of LaMirada quickly pops as you graduate and head out into the real world.

  • (10 months ago)

    Although I know students that have done well at La Mirada my family has been very disappointed. I believe that if your student is in the Matador Academy honors program they will do well. However if you have an average or struggling student do not expect much. I have met with some very supportive caring teachers but every year encounter at least one teacher that refuses to respond to emails or phone calls without administrative intervention. Unacceptable. It seems that some of the teachers do not care about the average student just those in the honors program. In the way on discipline the students get a way with a lot. Little classroom control. I hear about all sorts of disturbing things students do on campus. Overall not impressed.

  • (11 months ago)

    I have 2 students at La Mirada High School and it is our local school. Many students come from Norwalk to attend this campus. The school offers many clubs and social activities. The library is opened at lunch and after school until 4PM for student use. It has many new books magazines and Internet connected computers for student use. The campus is relatively safe with ample security guards. The administration is quick to handle the bullying situations. I question how the firing of some staff is handled. If your student likes sports the programs are excellent. The arts programs have dedicated teachers. The math and science programs could be stronger and prepare the students better. The Matador Scholar Program helps college bound students with academic support from teachers and peers. Like most schools there is room for improvement and change. The administration should work more with students who are not headed to a four year college. Students who opt to attend junior colleges like Cerritos Fullerton and Cypress need more information about their programs.

  • (12 months ago)

    Very supportive of their honor and AP students. Their Madador Scholar program includes teachers students and parents. The teachers are excellent and if your student is motivated they will be supported by teachers all the office staff as well as other honor students. They are striving to bring the school to the level of being one of the best high schools in Southern California. This high school is what you make of it. The security is tight but if you are an excellent student you are very quickly identified and will find all the support necessary for your child's future. La Mirada is a nice city for teens and this school is one of the major reasons I have raised my childen here.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is really supportive if you put your effort into school activities sports and/or academics. A lot of people complain our school doesn't offer much but if you put an initiative and put yourself out there everyone from teachers to our principal will back you up.

  • (2 years ago)

    La Mirada High school like all other high schools in California are faced with problems. Overall the school has many programs that other school don't have. We have 6 Academies on campus. Yes then classrooms are overcrowded but that is because of budget cuts. Some teachers are not as good. But the school academic performances have increased in the last 4 years. New programs are in place such as Avid. College Career has a new program in place also. Improvements are in place. They are coming in slowly but the school really is trying to do it's best during this really hard time.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school isn't that even good. The teachers are horrible and the students are bad as well. There are a lot of fake people at the school and there are a lot of pointless rules as well. All the school cares about is sports and not so much on academics. The jocks here think they're all cool. I don't reccomend this school at all. Not to mention this school is way overcrowded as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    Some of the teachers at this school dont have patience for their students when the students have questions regarding something they dont understand some of the teachers yell at their students that do ask questions. Some teachers dont seem to care how they can get thru to there students they just want to teach there way because they think its the best way they are closed minded and just dont care to change. If these teachers cared they would be more willing to change their teaching methods.

  • (3 years ago)

    Overall LMHS is your typical high school. I would however rate it much better than its counterparts like John Glenn and Norwalk. My daughter went to Norwalk before and it was terrible. LMHS is far better and the students and parents are more involved.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a Junior at La Mirada High. I thought this school was amazing until the new administration started changing all of the rules. Now we don't have as much freedom as we're used to having. We all miss our old principal. He was a great inspiration to all of the students and motivated us as much as possible. La Mirada isn't a bad school and we don't have a lot of fights like the Freshman had previously stated. I would know because I've been there longer. Our counselors and most teachers try to help us as much as possible and try to get us to achieve in our goals and expectations that our parents have for us. I guess the only downside to going to La Mirada (This is what the students think.) is the new tardy policy. Which is during 0 - 1 period the students will have 2 warnings if tardy. On the third tardy they will get an hour detention. During 2 - 6 periods the students will get an automatic 1 hour detention. If the students do not serve a detention they will get an in-house suspension from 7 45 am to 4 00 pm. were they work on homework given to them by their teachers and work on CST prep tests. The school's honestly not that bad at all.

  • (4 years ago)

    Today is dec. 6 2010. I am a freshman at this school 14' This is a bad school. We stared in sept. And I already wanna switch schools. There is so many fights at this school and it is al over stupid things . The students here need to grow up and be thereselfs. Its really hard to dogood in school when your in a place like this. In the future when I have kids I will make sure that they dont go to this high school. Parent please take my advise on this. You dont really know want its like unless your in this school 24/7.

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe La Mirada is like many public schools. If the parents are not actively involved then the child will not do well. If you have no extra time for your kids then put then your better off putting them in a private school. From my daughter's friends 3-4 went to U.C schools 3-4 to Cal State schools one to MIT and 2 went to well known private religious universities so I guess that shows that La Mirada can deliver good students but its is a team effort. If you cannot put in the time and the child is not self motivated then they need to be in private school where you pay money for the school to be much more involved.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two kids attending La Mirada High School right now. Both are doing very well and have had some really great teachers. Of course every once in a while they might get one that is so-so but the majority have been great and great influences. My kids counselor is Ms. Ngyuen she is FANTASTIC! She is really on the ball and cares very much for students and seems to love her job. Mr. Graham in the Career Center goes above and beyond for all the students who want to proceed onto College making sure students get their testing done and filling out applications...thats what its all about. I feel very comfortable knowing that my kids have a place to go and ask questions regarding their future. La Mirada High gets an A+ as far as I am concerned. And I really am just a parent!

  • (6 years ago)

    La Mirada High School is a great place to be. Keep in mind that parents are the first educators and by the time children enter high school they have already established certain study habits and self-discipline that was allowed by their parents. My child has had a very positive experience at la Mirada High School. His counselor Mr. Hallum. as gone over and beyond to make sure my son knows the importance of education and how to deal with life decisions. Thanks Mr. Hallum for being a GREAT role model to all our young men in the making. You are an inspiration to our son.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have just read most of the reviews on LMHS. I have a senior and my eldest daughter graduated from LMHS last June '07'. I have to say that overall this school is better than the one my daughters attended in their freshman and sophmore years but my daughters chose to make the best out of school and have done very well academically. I am not at all happy with their counselors or principals. I have to agree with what some of the other parents have said about lack of involvement the staff show the students. My daughter attending now is involved in everything and has the drive to do well. This is because of us her family not the counselors. There diffinitely has to be a change from the top.

  • (7 years ago)

    Honestly I think the school is a great school for students who are independently driven. I am currently a senior and I have taken full advantage of everything La Mirada has to offer. There are many AP courses and extra curricular activities. The students simply need to care about what they are doing--that's more of the problem nowadays. Students simply are indifferent about their entire education. If someone really wants to learn and to make a bright future for themselves they can do it. To all the people who bash La Mirada I am truly sorry that they have kids who aren't motivated or who don't care about their education. I am fully happy with the education that La Mirada HS has given me.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our fourth child is now attending LMHS. I have seen the level of academic expectation drop over the years. There is less personal connection with students and the school does not do much to help kids who are struggling. I can see why test scores are falling and it is hard as parents to see this for our kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    My middle child is know attending LaMirada. And I wish I would have sent her to a different school. She is a good student and I thought she would be fine going to LaMirada. I have had 2 problems in the past year. And on both I have emailed the Principal and received no responce. From my point of view the problem starts on top.

  • (7 years ago)

    LMHS would benefit from some professional higher level intervention! Administration definitely needs to take a more involved and 'personal' approach to the student's learning. Just from the last 7 weeks or so of our son's attendance at LMHS it is obvious that the parents must get involved in the child's education - very! If the adult does not actively pursue the classes programs relationships and success tools that are available (somewhere) the child will fall through a crack - only to be noticed when/if a failing score is achieved. There are some great teachers but they can only do so much...parents and students must make some effort too!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son is doing really well at this school. We are involved with the wrestling booster club. Like most public school's 10% of the parents do 90% of the work. There is a new assistant principal who is a little too confrontational.

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