School Details

Capistrano Valley High School

26301 Via Escolar, Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 364-6100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2712 students 26 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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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  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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 High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE)

In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Capistrano Valley High School is a public high school in Ladera Ranch. The principal of Capistrano Valley High School is Kevin Astor, who can be contacted at keastor@capousd.org. 2,712 children attend Capistrano Valley High School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 7% of the Capistrano Valley High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 25% of the 2,712 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Capistrano Valley High School is 26:1. Jserra Catholic 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

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 65%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 29% 19%
Filipino 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.4% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.08% %
Pacific Islander 0.08% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25% 19%
Limited English proficiency 7% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Visited this school with my teenagers while on a house hunting trip. The building is showing its age but the staff and teachers seem welcoming and very professional. They have a very nice 50 meter pool. Giving this school two stars and deciding to look elsewhere because my children are interested in engineering. The PLTW program is entered only through a districtwide lottery. So if you attend this school and don't win their lottery your kids transcript will be missing those 4 engineering classes that the other kids from capo will have. They probably should have given preference to kids from capo and used a lottery for the rest as this will be a significant disadvantage to those students trying to get into an engineering college. Tesoro and Aliso Viejo both have newer facilities and better test scores anyway so I will probably try our luck with the lotto after moving to one of those schools. JSerra Catholic has a very nice Engineering Magnet if you can afford it.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm giving my school an above average rating because this school offers a variety of classes ranging from Marine Biology to AP Art History. This school offers alot more classes than other schools in the area but my problem with this school is that I don't feel challenged. No one pushes you to your potential. There are so many smart kids at my school who don't know it because either they're not motivated or not being pushed hard enough. Other than that it's a pretty good school all the teachers are nice and it's a very easy going school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to Capo in the late 80's. I was very intelligent but was one of the students that fell through the cracks and dropped out. The school officials knew I was struggling with issues at home but there was very little outreach to me. School should have been a sanctuary a refuge from my crazy life but it wasn't. As for the academic material many of my classes were about memorizing information for tests - which I promptly forgot if I even bothered at all - there was zero critical thinking. I was the invisible and troubled child in the room that was never engaged. I ended up taking the GED the year after I should have graduated. There were quite a few students like me that you will never hear about but we existed then and probably still do now. I went on to carry a 3.9 GPA in college and a successful career so my story has a happy ending - but I know there are ones who aren't as lucky.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Capo as well as my older sister and younger brother! All three of my boys went to capo my youngest is a senior this year! Gotta love Capo! Go Cougars!

  • (6 years ago)

    Although my kids did not do particularly well in his class -- because it's tough and the students are required to think in depth about what they write -- they agree that Dr. Corbett was the best teacher they ever had. I'm glad he will not change his teaching style and will say the things that need to be said in order to help students develop into independent critical thinkers instead of automatons.

  • (6 years ago)

    CVHS is really an amazing school that is a source of pride here in Mission Viejo. The biggest gem is the guidance department. My son's academic advisor did everything should could to take care of my son and he will be attending UC Berkeley next year after a great educational experience in the AP Program at this school. CVHS is unique because it has the IB Program as well and my son took certificate classes from IB in Spanish and Physics. Many of the full diploma IB students are going off to amazing schools. Off the top of my head there are graduates this year attending Stanford Harvard Penn Washington University St. Louis Northwestern Johns Hopkins Rice Georgetown Columbia etc... The facilities are kept in great condition for an older school and a new theater will be built next year and open in 2010. Administration is great. Go Cougars!!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of a Freshman at Capo and am thrilled my daughter is attending this school! The academics are challenging the teachers are motivated to teach and the Principal takes an active interest in the students. I've also received wonderful support from the Guidance dept.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is very excellent. But the administration at lunch could be a little laid back. The Basketball team will go far if they acheive their goals.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is a senior at Capo and loves all the programs available. The administration walks around at lunch and break to associate with the students. The guidance counselors are fabulous. They are one of the few schools that has an IB program. There is a great community college across the street if that is the route your student will be taking. They have a great food service and the office is very organized and knows about the programs going on.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has done wonders for my daughter. She has so many opportunities at capo that I never would've believed existed. She loves its motivating atmosphere and the stimulating teachers. Capo is a great school for all students alike.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school shows complete commitment to the students and both of my daughters are receiving an excellent education. A few classes are overcrowded but overall most classes seem to have about 25-30 students. The teachers are very nice and sincere and work really hard for the students. The school has great clubs like the National Honor Society Cougars for Character and CSF and ieven though my kids aren't in AP or IB they are still doing fine. They hope to go to Arizojna State.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son had an excellent time on the track program at CVHS and got looked at by good colleges. He is now attending Northwestern University and thanks Capo Valley for the quality of education he was given in the Advanced placement classes at the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has been wonderful for my child. She has recieved an excellent education from the school's rich AP program although she did not take advantage of IB at the school. The AP class teachers were excellent and the school spirit was vibant. Everywhere you go in East Mission Viejo there are CV bumper stickers. The school student body is diverse and accepts all cultures and the sport teams were good. My child recieved varsity letters for track and field and is applying to UCLA USC and UCSD.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been pleased to see my child grow at the school into a great young individual. The school has an excellent advanced/honors program and is also good in sports. My daughter is a varsity basketball athlete and the team had a good season. My daughter is currently applying to UCLA USC UCSD and Arizona State and is thankful for the good AP teachers she had sophomore and junior year. The teachers prepared her very well and she passed all her exams. The students are very accepting here and appreciate diversity and understanding others. Some of the students are consumed with material things like BMW's and expensive clothes but most seem like good humble Mission Viejo kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    Strong AP program which has been impacted by last year's establishment of an IB program. Dual AP/IB classes have been developed to support the IB yet impact preparation of students for AP exams. We are not pleased.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that Capistrano Valley is a fine school. The academic programs are on a high level. They offer AP classes and most recently a great addition IB classes. There are numerous clubs to get involved with that encourage interactment with the community. I am satisfied with the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our student is a new 9th grader. My comment is on the lack of counselors or guidance program in this district. There is no attempt to ensure that students have help in learning how to learn learning about the world of work learning to get along with others or learning to lead a balanced healthy life. Academic achievement is meaningless to students who have no long-range plan no advocate to help them navigate a complex system and no help with understanding the relevance of their schooling. This is a huge deficit. This lack of student support effects students teachers and parents. What a shame.

  • (9 years ago)

    This high school is excellent if your child is placed in the honors track. Both my husband and I graduted from here ten years ago and we have bachelors and masters degrees from ivy leagues and were very well prepared. My younger siblings just gradutaed from here as well and are going to Berkeley. Excellent AP classes.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a large but well rounded school. They care a lot about the students though at times I felt like a number rather than a name. Overall a good school.

  • (10 years ago)

    As a parent of a new incoming student I feel sort of backed against a wall when we have no choice but to go to this school. It's pretty sad when we are forced to go to a school that is twice the distance from our nearest high school which is Mission Viejo high.

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