School Details

Laguna Beach High School

625 Park Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-7750
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 8-12 1039 students 20 student/teacher

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
  • Laguna Beach 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
  • Laguna Beach 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
  • Laguna Beach Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Laguna Beach High School is a public high school in Laguna Beach. The principal of Laguna Beach High School is Donald Austin, Ed.D., whose e-mail is daustin@lbusd.org. 1,039 students go to Laguna Beach High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 2% of the Laguna Beach High School students have "limited English proficiency." 12% of the 1,039 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Laguna Beach High School is 20:1. Aliso Niguel 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

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 82% 83%
Unspecified 5% 4%
Asian 4% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.4%
Filipino 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% 3025%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 6%
Limited English proficiency 2% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Teachers at LBHS are excellent in the following areas; teaching availability of time to students. Parents can daily review grades of student if there are questions about grades or assignment s you can go to a secure web site and find out what is needed. Also you can e mail the teacher and generally receive an answer back that day. Guidance Counselors are very active with the students (and with parents if they choose to do so) and truly what your teenager to excel. Many sports are offered and there are weekly updates. The school/PTA and School Power sponsor many events to inform parent as to issues are relevant or need addressing...now. Like most High Schools there are continuing problems at the same time LBHS keeps parents informed it is up to the parents to be involved. Also students must complete a number of community service hours prior to graduation. Although this district is blessed with more money than most anyone who lives within the boundaries can attend and if there is a need for free lunches or other free services most likely you will find them at LBHS. I do wish students had to wear school uniform's due to differences in social class.

  • (3 years ago)

    Laguna Beach High School has a strong principal and assistant principals; the teachers and sports coaces are among the best in the state. The school has an exceptional drama program which gets awards every year. Laguna Beach is a small community where parents are very supportive of the students teachers and programs. A parent-run organization called School Power provides funding to the schools and their programs (art music science sports etc.) that are otherwise cut in many public schools. Laguna Beach teachers were not on strike as opposed to those in many schools in districts throughout Orange County. AP programs are not a cakewalk; therefore those who take and are successful in these challenging classes are well prepared for the most selective colleges. Harvard Yale Princeton M.I.T. Stanford etc.

  • (4 years ago)

    I see the results and hear from parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    In addition to terrific and dedicated teachers and staff and a fine program LBHS has for over 20 years required 40 hours of community service from its students prior to graduation. It encourages students to help others and the students are now getting to help vote on whether to 'reclaim' the former longtime name of 'The Laguna Beach Artists' or to keep the newly adopted 'Laguna Beach Breakers' title/mascot. That's our town.

  • (6 years ago)

    the staff is very good and most nearly all dedicate hours before and after school for tutoring or help. many of the teachers are very approachable and try to relate with students. the ap and honors teachers (especially in history and english) provide a work heavy and rigorous course. It seems as though all teachers wouldn't prefer teaching any where else.One complaint is that class size may be to big because lbhs is a small school with a quickly growing student body. Being a student at LBHS I may have biase toward the students but I have to say that most students try very hard and there is a strong sense of school spirit which unfortunately Ii feel is beginning too deteriorate slowly. overall The friendly and dedicated staff as well as safe and positive atmosphere makes lbhs a top notch school.

  • (8 years ago)

    A good small public high school. The drama and other performing arts programs are exceptional. They're a bit heavy with collaborative projects and busy work projects but the academic quality is good and the environment is pleasant.

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter went for one year her senior year at Laguna Beach High School. We moved back to California from the Midwest and she found that she was ahead in most of the subjects. Her French class was very lax while her English class was very demanding. In the end it was a pretty easy senior year for her.

  • (8 years ago)

    Decent school. Teachers are great but its the students who arent.

  • (8 years ago)

    Laguna beach high school rocks. I attended lbs for 2 years!

  • (8 years ago)

    Laguna beach high school is awesome! i love it here! it is the best school ever.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers are caring and available to the students. The academics are strong with many students getting into high powered colleges. They are currently looking into adopting the IB program in addition to the AP program.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Laguna Beach High School is great! I'd wish there were more after school activities but else then that I would recomend it on the strongest!

  • (8 years ago)

    It's a great school where parents can get involved. The school offers many activieties for your kid to get involved in.

  • (8 years ago)

    Exceptional school however the publicity from the reality show has gotten a little bit much. Otherwise its a lovely school with a great atmosphere!

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a small high school in a great community with participation of the students in city life and service projects. The city supports the student projects and prerformances. Recommended.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think this is a really great high school with a nice group of kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    Laguna is an awesome high school! It has everything I could have dreamed of including some of the best people on earth. Keep up the good work!

  • (9 years ago)

    Affluent community. Great academics. Plenty of extracurriculars and the parents voice opinions in regards to their childrens' education. Good school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I really like this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is exceptional! I love it for my kids! They have so much fun and I love to see them thriving. I wouldnt pick any other school.

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