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About This School

Cypress Charter High School is a charter high school in Santa Cruz. The principal of Cypress Charter High School is Les Forster, who can be contacted at lforster@santacruz.k12.ca.us. 134 children attend Cypress Charter High School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Asian. 21% of the 134 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Cypress Charter High School is 20:1. Harbor High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Photography
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 40%
Unspecified 5% 3%
Asian 4% 2%
Hispanic 21% 49%
Multiracial 12% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.9%
Filipino 0.8% 2%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 2061%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 45%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Transferred my son here after a disastrous first year at Aptos High and enrolled my daughter the following year. The principal is a fantastic educator and really bonds with the kids and parents. My kids grades are great their super happy and we are making plans for college already. Classes consist of 10-15 students and they have a lot of student / teacher involvement with all the latest tech goodies If the kids are excited to be at school and it fosters real learning and and a desire for knowledge that's all you can ask. We love this school and the attitude and energy of the teachers. Great job for having a such a great staff and giving local kids a great chance at success.

  • (3 years ago)

    All teachers are amazing and care about each student and there personalities. They will find out any solution for any problem you are having. The councilor is superb and the principle is dedicated and views and treats his school as his second home.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child came here as a sophomore after 3 years of attending what is thought to be the best charter school in the country but my child felt overwhelmed with pressure and hours of homework there. My child is now thriving and extremely happy at Cypress where differences in personality are respected learning is fun and kids are taught how to think. The principal Mr. Forster is fabulous and all the teachers are loved by my child. This is a great place for students looking for a very small school experience where everyone knows everyone very well and students can be more then a name. Because it is small there are limited curriculum choices however AP is offered electives are creative and kids are encouraged to take classes at the local community college for High school credit. The small student population is well rounded with smart kind and tolerant peers.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son has attended Cypress since entering HighSchool His grades have gone from C's and D's to A's and B's . I have never in my life seen such a change in scholastic behavior . I have to credit that to the wonderful and professional staff headed by Mr forester and the caring and nutaring atsmosphere with in each class . The fact that the periods are on a 'double Period' schedule gives the students enough time to absorb the lesson given by each teacher work on that lesson in class immediatly and then complete any homework with a much better understanding of it. In regular public school tyhere is only enough time for the instructor to give the lesson and then the students are excepcted to remamber what they were told hours earlier in class. Cypress is a gift from above and WE LOVE IT ) ) )

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal here Les Forester is very interested in the students and their success. This gets mirrored by the faculty and staff. Class sizes vary but are always less than 30. There are a number of AP classes offered and over 25% of the gradutes in this schools first two years have gone on to four year colleges and universities. There are a minimum number of sports available due to the school size and the leadership program has provided at least one social event per month during the school year in addition to organizational activities and community service. This is a great school for those students that thrive in a small school environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is the 3rd year of our school and my son's second year. I am grateful for the commitment and communication of our teachers and staff. All the typical cliques of a 'regular' high school are here just much smaller populations - which I think is great because they all have to learn to work and learn with one another. There are still a lot of elements being worked on but it's exciting to have a voice and a say in the direction of our school.

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