La Costa Canyon High School

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La Costa Canyon High School is one of three comprehensive high schools in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Located on 88 acres (360,000 mē) in south Carlsbad in northwest San Diego County, La Costa Canyon opened in September, 1996. The students attending La Costa Canyon live in Encinitas and south Carlsbad. These communities include both beach and agricultural areas and lie in close proximity to the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Salk Institute, and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. The student body typically comes from affluent and highly educated educated families. La Costa Canyon High School was honored as a 1999 California Distinguished School and was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2001.

The school mascot is the Maverick.


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Approximately 2,700 students attend La Costa Canyon High School with a senior class of 621. The teacher-pupil ratio is 1-34. The average SAT scores are 532 for verbal and 581 for math. Over 97 percent of the students are college bound. Gradutates of La Costa Canyon typically attend UC and CSU schools, in addition to the most elite colleges in the United States. Popular choices for students in recent classes to matriculate at were UCSB, Berkely, University of Southern California, SDSU, CU-Boulder, Southern Methodist University, Cornell, Georgetown, NYU, Cal Poly-SLO, Columbia, and many other of the most reputable colleges and universities in the United States and abroad.

School day

La Costa Canyon operates on a rotating block schedule. Students attend three of their six classes on one day with each class 115 minutes in length. The remaining three classes meet the following day. All students are expected to carry a minimum of six classes.


The faculty consists of a principal, four assistant principals, one dean, six counselors, a media-specialist, and over 125 certificated staff members. Approximately 70% have degrees beyond a Bachelor's Degree.


La Costa Canyon offers a full men's and/or women's athletic program in the following sports: basketball, baseball, football, softball, wrestling, soccer, golf, cross country, track and field, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, field hockey, and swimming. Lacrosse and surfing are club sports available to LCCHS students. Women's soccer, men's volleyball, baseball, men's golf, men's tennis, wrestling, field hockey, and lacrosse have been nationally recognized for their excellence in the past two years.

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