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About This School

La Jolla High School is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of La Jolla High School is Dr. Charles Podhorsky, whose e-mail is cpodhorsky@sandi.net. 1,591 children attend La Jolla High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 6% of the La Jolla High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 30% of the 1,591 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at La Jolla High School is 22:1. The Bishop's 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
    • Italian
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Badminton
    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Bicycling
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 56% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 13%
Hispanic 29% 44%
Asian 10% 9%
Filipino 1% 7%
Multiracial 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 129055%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 63%
Limited English proficiency 6% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Great school due to the teachers students parent and alumni support. Principal change was long overdue.

  • (1 year ago)

    The best if not one of the best high schools in California!!!!! I'm a proud alumni and so glad my daughter will be an incoming freshmen(class of 2017). Great teachers counselors and athletic staff. Curriculum is all college prep and teaching atmosphere has always been to help students reach their ultimate goal of getting into the college of their choice.

  • (3 years ago)

    La Jolla High is a great school for most students. It is an exceptional school rated against other public schools but is not a private school. Students that do best here are the students that do best in college and the workplace; self-motivated creative dedicated and hardworking individuals. This is not the school for students who need to be coddled. I have had two very different children go through the system. Each got out of their experience exactly what they put in. Both got into their top college choices. One had an IEP and had the BEST support possible. Zero complaints there. Warning there are a few cooky teachers that will be there forever - if your student is stuck with one of them they will gain valuable experience in skills that have nothing to do with academics - such as patience self-advocance and flexibility. All in all it is a great school but if your child is a "glass half empty" type or you are a parent who is wound tight private school may be your home-sweet-home.

  • (4 years ago)

    La Jolla High was once a very great school indeed but recently its standards have been much less than satisfying. A teacher was suspended for slapping kids last school year and many teachers have said that are less than motivated about teaching (understandable due to budget cuts and students who were less than willing to learn and have no interest in academics). Recently CST tests had proved that LJHS have been experiencing a great drop in its standards.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love La Jolla and it is unfortunate that we have to pull our daughter out of LJHS because she has not found the help she needed with her mild ADD. She has an IEP that was always ignored by the teachers. Teachers are good but don't care to help students only cater to self motivated ones which she was not. It is so hard to contact most teachers and counselors. Parents are involved in fundraising and other events but when it comes to academics you would see 3 parents visiting the school!

  • (4 years ago)

    All of my children and now my grandchildren are or have attended and graduated with honors from La Jolla High. The friends made there seem to be life long. the teachers counselors are all highly motivated and many of the students have the opportunity to take classes at UCSD. Its the best of the besr

  • (4 years ago)

    Because our school is always together and the clubs are just awesome!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have great students! They work very hard to achieve and help others less fortunate.

  • (4 years ago)

    La Jolla High has exceded all my expectations for bring academic excellence into our family.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers great student body and great location! La Jolla High has a consistent track record of sending the majority of its senior class on to very good colleges. High school alumni report great success in college as well.

  • (4 years ago)

    La Jolla High is a jewel of La Jolla. Academically we rank among many nation-wide top 100 lists and the administration continues to provide new and interesting topics which allow students to find one that truly interests them. Our athletic teams consistently win CIF yet have always been welcoming towards new players. When it comes to school spirit and unity we go above and beyond always putting on amazing dances and pep rallies which bring in huge crowds. Finally there are about 50 clubs at La Jolla and each offer something unique to their members and work with the community. There is definitely something for everyone at La Jolla.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love La Jolla High School because there are so many unique and interesting people here. Our school is ranked high for academics and we have so many different clubs on campus it's crazy

  • (5 years ago)

    This school caters to the highly self-motivated kids and the jocks. A kid who is bright (mine is seminar) but needs some encouragement and motivation is left by the wayside - teachers don't care!

  • (8 years ago)

    Okay the school so far is doing great for my child althought he enviornment is rather materialistic so to speak. The teachers are very good so far and I am pleased with my child's progress.

  • (8 years ago)

    La Jolla High discourages parental involvemment they also do not want to talk to parents. They cater to a lot of foreign/asian students who are self taught at home. Your child won't learn much in class; they will be exposed to foreign competition. The staff makes it difficult to communicate to them the counselors teachers and especially the administration. 'Arrogance commeth before the fall.'

  • (8 years ago)

    LJHS is not a place for higher learning of good (A-B)students. Work is assigned for home study. Classes are stagnant and boring. It is a place for exceptional self taught or bussed in students and all the rest are thrown by the wayside. Try to meet with a teacher or staff or counselor.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic programs are of very high quality especially n the seminar program. The top tier of students are extremely competitive. Extra curricular programs vary in quality but there is something for everyone. The core group of parents are extremely helpful and influential.

  • (8 years ago)

    Superb academic programs esp. math and science. Level of parent involvement is immense.

  • (8 years ago)

    Academic programs are excellent although best teachers have retired. Arts AP programs extracurricular drama programs good. Good Seminar program. Level of parent involvement is very high. Has a high number of bussed kids and has a remedial program but also many advanced and AP classes great preparation for AP exams. Separation between kids with low and high incomes/ bussed in kids vs. residential kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a very credible school. I attended its hallowed halls and I plan on having my children and my children's children attend. My neices tell me that each student is taken care of individually when it is needed and that teachers will tend to every need.

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