Capistrano Valley High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 8 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Capistrano Unified
Type Public
 Phone (949)364-6100
 Location 26301 Via Escolar
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Charter School No

Capistrano Valley High has an academic rating well above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 133rd in the best public high schools in California.



The Capistrano Valley High student body is mainly White with a sizeable Hispanic population and has high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific8.6%206
Native American Indian0.2%5
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.1%2
Two or more races5.3%127

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 16.3%

18.6% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Capistrano Valley High students are largely upper income and rank 207th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

8 out of 10

Rank: 252nd in California

Students at Capistrano Valley High scored an average 58% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is well above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 21% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls45% to 49%*70% to 74%*
Boys50% to 54%*55% to 59%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indiansuppressed*suppressed*
Asian & Pacific Islander70% to 79%*80% to 89%*
Hispanic25% to 29%*50% to 54%*
Multiracial60% to 79%*60% to 79%*
White55% to 59%*70% to 74%*
With Disabilites20% or less*20% or less*
Limited English20% or less*20% or less*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Capistrano Valley High students in 2016 was 1175.

College Admission Test Participation

8 out of 10

Rank: 177th in California

575 out of 1,253 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (46%). College admission testing participation is well above the California median rate of 29% and in the top 19% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

7 out of 10

Rank: 270th in California

Capistrano Valley High offers 19 AP courses. 39 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 92% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Capistrano Valley High had 631 taking AP exams with a 446 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 70% percentile and somewhat above the state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 71% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 39% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 10%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 10%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 34%
AP Courses Offered 19

Learning Environment

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate15%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate18%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate13%

Safety and Discipline

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0%0
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0%0
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.2%4
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students2.3%55


Capistrano Valley High
26301 Via Escolar
Mission Viejo, CA

9 out of 10 1


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San Juan Capistrano, CA