La Jolla High School
La Jolla High School (LJHS) is an award-winning and nationally ranked public school within the San Diego Unified School District.
Currently ranked #41 for the state, LJHS prides itself on providing a positive, well-ordered climate conducive to learning and has been cited as one of the top high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine (ranked #292 of 2,000), and US News and World Report (ranked #232). The ranking showcases those proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready grads. The school is also recognized as a California Distinguished School, and as an Achievement via Individual Determination (AVID) School of Distinction. Additionally, LJHS was the first public high school west of the Mississippi to earn a chapter in the Cum Laude Society.
The school, home of the Vikings, serves as the nucleus of the community, providing leadership for the middle school and three elementary schools. Its student body offers a mix of diversity – 50% male/female and a total minority enrollment of 44% – while the school presents rigorous, coherent and cohesive core curriculum, as well as Advanced Placement courses in 21 curricular areas, and college-credit calculus and political science courses. Additionally, LJHS provides a variety of programming to address the special needs of students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Special Education.
The school’s mission is to prepare its approximately 1,650 students, grades 9-12, to become contributing members of a competitive, technological society within an atmosphere which encourages excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and character. Each year, approximately, 90% of LJHS’s graduating seniors enter universities or colleges, with a significant number of students attending Ivy League schools, out-of-state institutions, and the University of California, and California State University systems.