Canyon Crest Academy

5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130
(858) 350-0253
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1839 students 21 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.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Dieguito Union High average
  • California state average

% 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.
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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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  • San Dieguito Union High average
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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
  • San Dieguito Union High average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Canyon Crest Academy is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of Canyon Crest Academy is Karl Mueller, who can be contacted at karl.mueller@sduhsd.net. 1,839 students attend Canyon Crest Academy and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 0.7% of the Canyon Crest Academy students are "limited in English proficiency." 3% of the 1,839 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Canyon Crest Academy is 21:1. Torrey Pines 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
  • Hebrew
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 70% 72%
Hispanic 7% 12%
Asian 20% 13%
Filipino 1% 0.7%
Multiracial 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 0.9%
Unspecified 0.5% 1.0%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 8%
Limited English proficiency 0.7% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    CCA is one of the most wonderful high school's in this country. The academics are competitive but the spirit and fun levels are incredibly high and everyone is really close on campus. The school events keep everyone very connected and make students proud to go to CCA.

  • (10 months ago)

    The huge influx of freshman is really annoying and frankly unfair to those who didn't get in during other years. The school is merely attempting to milk as much funding as they can while sacrificing learning experience. The large influx of freshmen has even affected the classes of sophomores juniors and even seniors because many of the teachers have been forced into teaching lower level classes. This years massive freshman class has been a huge hit to both school culture and learning experience.

  • (11 months ago)

    SO many people are complaining about the lottery system being stopped however I am one of the many students who was allowed in off of the stopped lottery system. I've had so many students come up to me knowing that I got in off of wait list and telling me to my face that it was a mistake. This school is amazing and it really is a shame that it has been bumped down to 4 stars by complainers whose kids don't work hard enough to keep up with the 50 other kids in their classes. Don't go to Torrey Pines this school is accepting of anyone. There are always groups of people but nobody allows people to be rude to each other. I hope you don't believe those lousy reviews below because it really would be a shame to miss out on all the great classes and experiences this school has to offer.

  • (11 months ago)

    This school used to be really great. I enjoyed last year a lot and the amount of people there was one of the greatest qualities. Now that they stopped the lottery the school is so overcrowded. And the other students also are not happy with this influx of freshman. In fact many of the other students are resentful at the ridiculous number of freshman. It used to be a great school but now with such large class sizes it becomes impossible to do anything. Let alone parking or drop off. Don't send your kids here. We really can't handle anymore

  • (1 year ago)

    Our son graduated from this school in 2014. It WAS such a great place. Our daughter just enrolled as a Freshman lottery enrollment for Fall 2014. No one told ANY of the parents that they abandoned the lottery system and let what was normally a 400 person freshman class increase to a 700 person class. My daughter is devastated and so are we. She has 50 kids in her classes. We were NOT GIVEN THE CHOICE to know that the district had planned to let all of the kids in without the proper infrastructure or else we would have elected for our boundary school. We pay plenty in property taxes and we have NO INTENTION now of giving to the CCA Foundation. The district is playing a game to get all the funding they can while sacrificing our children. SHAME ON THEM. All this information should have been made transparent but it has not been communicated especially on the district WEBSITE. Politics as usual.

  • (1 year ago)

    CCA is simply an amazing place. The teachers and staff are dedicated and the kids are incredible.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sure to be one of the top public schools in the country! Great parent partnership with school district and education foundation.

  • (1 year ago)

    Canyon Crest Academy If you have a child with an IEP you will have a difficult time having the staff comply and the administrators will not help or support you in any way. If you file complaints of non compliance some of the staff has been known to take it out on the student. Great school but know what you are getting into if you have a student with an IEP. There is definitely an attitude there that they are above it all and do not need to comply.

  • (2 years ago)

    Great public high school. High graduation rate and college acceptance rate. Fortunate to have three kids go to this high school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I currently go to Canyon Crest Academy. Compared to Torrey Pines it doesnt have as many bullies (none at all actually). It's culture is more mellow and it isn't as stressful as other schools. Virtually all the kids here graduate and it is currently the 97th best high school in America. It has the 4 by 4 schedule (4 classes in fall 4 classes in spring) and allows students to double up in courses such as Spanish. Overall if you are a high schooler seeking a challenging academics excellent sports program and no bullying choose this school. However there is a lottery so you may have to go to Torrey Pines or LCC.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love CCA. As a student here I excel in everything I do and I am constantly encouraged by their wonderful staff. I am incredibly proud to be a raven. Here at CCA a variety of extracurricular choices are offered particularly if you are interested in the Arts where CCA has quite a prowess. The academics are outstanding and the teachers make learning fun. At times the homework load can be intense and rather excessive but only if you have selected a challenging course load. We also have a unique and accepting culture. For example if you walk around campus you are likely to observe that most students are smiling. Contrary to popular belief we are not a school full of misfits and weirdos most students are primarily normal but those who aren't are lovingly accepted all the same. So at our school students regularly observe homosexual couples openly holding hands and students dressed variety of ridiculous outfits and no one objects to this. The students here are very used to weird to test this I once brought a rainbow lightsaber to school just for fun. I didn't get a single strange look only comments on the awesomeness of my lightsaber.

  • (3 years ago)

    CCA is unbelievable school! My daughter absolutely Loves her school and looks forward to it. The kids are all accepted for who they are no judgement what so ever. Everyone is very friendly and if anyone has a question you can just come and ask any kid on the campus and he/she will be glad to help. The program 4x4 really works. It's outstanding and intense but kids who want to achieve high results do well. They study a lot but it pays off at the end. My daughter is taking 11 AP courses and 5 honor. She is busy but kids are always rewarded for their achievements by teachers and administration. Yet it's not for every child. As a parent please evaluate carefully if your child will be capable of such intense load.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter loves her school so much everyday she has a lot of home works to do but she can handle it quickly. Especially she likes her Conservatory program very much.

  • (3 years ago)

    I cannot say enough great things about CCA. My daughter absolutely LOVES her school and looks forward to it. The kids can 'be themselves' and are accepted for whatever they want to be. They don't judge each other. My daughter said kids walk around playing accordians and ukuleles between classes. She had one teacher last year that used to make homemade cookies to bring in on exam days. The API score tells the story - this school is doing something right. To the mom who said they didn't support her daughter with LD/ADD - not all schools are for all kids and have programs available to support every type of student. CCA is an accelerated academic school and she should be glad they were honest with her so her daughter could get the type of education she needs.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is definitely the right school for your kid the CCA experience is like no other school. Your child will fit in and succeed in every possible way as long as they can deal with the work load.

  • (4 years ago)

    I can not say enough good things about CCA. I wanted my daughter to go here because of its excellent academics and its one of a kind arts program. Now that she has completed two years and is a junior I can say that the school exceeded my expectations. Perfect - no. Next best thing to perfect - YES. She loves her classes and teachers even though many of them pour on the homework. She loves the art Conservatory program and says that Conservatory allows her the creative and 'self' time to balance out the rigorous academics. Moreover I have met most of her teachers and many of her friends and it seems everyone at the school - teachers and students - are good people. The only shortcoming I have seen is that the CCA Foundation the non-profit that raises money for the school - is very cliqueish and somewhat disorganized. I think the Foundation's strong personalities renders it less effective. However the Foundation does a lot of good for thes students. As a parent of a student attending CCA you will be asked to make annual donations of about $1000. The money is a good investment the school is worth it.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great campus kids seem diverse but accepting. The classes are larger than expected in some cases but only 12 kids were in my son's algebra class so it averages out? He is very happy there making progress and friends in a safe environment; as a parent what more can we wish for?

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is FABULOUS. I'm a freshman here at CCA and I love every minute of my experience. I love the 4x4 (it gives you so much breathing room) and I love the mellow enviornment. Everyday I see kids walking around doing things they would never be able to do at Torrey PInes. Kids wearing things making music ect. Everyone at CCA accepts that. They know that if they don't accept those kids for who they are then CCA is not the school for them. CCA actually (believe it or not) has outstanding athletics. Even though chances of making Varsity as a freshman are still slim (like torrey pines) the enviornment is sill so non competative that you can focus on being the best player and teammate you can be rather than just looking good in front of everyone else. The 4x4 is really useful if you take advantage of it. By sophmore year i'll be done with AP spanish (6 years of language). Outstanding school outstanding people outstanding teachers best school EVER.

  • (4 years ago)

    Canyon Crest is the right school for me!!! I love their schedule and it's teachers are excellent. I am currently a student there and I have loved every day. It has a beautiful campus and classes that are extraordinary and spectacular that no other school around offers. It is challenging but yet offers offers hope to those who struggle. I have met four of my best teachers at this school and I have failed to see or get any teacher that is below average. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN A SERIOUS SCHOOL CAREER!

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing school! Professional staff challenging environment and well-rounded opportunities. It has been a pleasant reintroduction to public schools for our family.

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