Capistrano Unified School District

33122 Valle Rd.
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-4706
(District boundaries shown in map)
10/
10
Top 10%

Top Rankings

Capistrano Unified School District ranks among the top 20% of public school district in California for:

Category
Attribute
Overall Rank
Highest overall rank (Top 10%)
Math Proficiency
Highest math proficiency (Top 20%)
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 10%)
Graduation Rate
Highest graduation rate (Top 5%)
Community Size
Largest student body (number of students) (Top 1%)
For the 2024 school year, there are 15 public middle schools serving 9,847 students in Capistrano Unified School District. This district's average middle testing ranking is 9/10, which is in the top 20% of public middle schools in California.
Public Middle Schools in Capistrano Unified School District have an average math proficiency score of 50% (versus the California public middle school average of 32%), and reading proficiency score of 50% (versus the 47% statewide average).
Minority enrollment is 48% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the California public middle school average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Overview

This School District
This State (CA)
# Schools
59 Schools
3,481 Schools
# Students
42,646 Students
1,876,774 Students
# Teachers
1,916 Teachers
87,766 Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
22:1
22:1

District Rank

Capistrano Unified School District, which is ranked #106 of all 1,167 school districts in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-2021 school year.
The school district's graduation rate of 97% has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
This School District
State Average (CA)
#111 out of 1200 school districts
(Top 10%)
This chart display the overall district rank of Capistrano Unified  School District, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
50%
34%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of Capistrano Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Math of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
72%
49%
This chart display the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of Capistrano Unified  School District and the percentage of public school students that scored at or above 'proficient' levels in Reading/Language Arts of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
97%
84%
This chart display public school graduation rate of Capistrano Unified  School District and public school graduation rate of CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Students by Ethnicity:

0.63
0.64
# American Indian Students
66 Students
10,541 Students
% American Indian Students
n/a
1%
# Asian Students
3,528 Students
199,377 Students
% Asian Students
8%
11%
# Hispanic Students
11,688 Students
1,021,161 Students
% Hispanic Students
28%
54%
# Black Students
351 Students
104,501 Students
% Black Students
1%
6%
# White Students
22,668 Students
425,946 Students
% White Students
53%
23%
# Hawaiian Students
54 Students
7,948 Students
% Hawaiian Students
n/a
n/a
# Two or more races Students
4,258 Students
103,260 Students
% of Two or more races Students
10%
5%

Students by Grade:

# Students in PK Grade:
-
18
# Students in K Grade:
3,000
83,471
# Students in 1st Grade:
2,746
74,768
# Students in 2nd Grade:
2,868
77,145
# Students in 3rd Grade:
2,885
77,354
# Students in 4th Grade:
2,973
80,438
# Students in 5th Grade:
3,071
86,149
# Students in 6th Grade:
3,099
291,394
# Students in 7th Grade:
3,164
434,809
# Students in 8th Grade:
3,377
455,696
# Students in 9th Grade:
3,700
55,188
# Students in 10th Grade:
3,762
52,150
# Students in 11th Grade:
4,045
51,717
# Students in 12th Grade:
3,956
56,477
# Ungraded Students:
-
-

District Revenue and Spending

The revenue/student of $16,788 in this school district is less than the state median of $19,801. The school district revenue/student has grown by 30% over four school years.
The school district's spending/student of $14,388 is less than the state median of $18,236. The school district spending/student has grown by 20% over four school years.
This School District
This State (CA)
Total Revenue
$716 MM
$116,387 MM
This chart display total revenue of Capistrano Unified  School District and median value from total revenues of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending
$614 MM
$107,188 MM
This chart display total spending of Capistrano Unified  School District and median value from total spendings of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Revenue / Student
$16,788
$19,801
This chart display average revenue per public school student in Capistrano Unified  School District and average revenue per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.
Spending / Student
$14,388
$18,236
This chart display average spending per public school student in Capistrano Unified  School District and average spending per public school student of all school districts in CA by year, with the latest 2020-21 school year data.

Best Capistrano Unified School District Public Middle Schools (2024)

School
(Math and Reading Proficiency)
Location
Grades
Students
Rank: #11.
Ladera Ranch Middle School
(Math: 78% | Reading: 85% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 5%
29551 Sienna Pkwy.
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
(949) 234-5922
Grades: 6-8
| 1,284 students
Rank: #22.
Arroyo Vista Middle School
(Math: 74% | Reading: 81% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
23371 Arroyo Vista
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 234-5951
Grades: 6-8
| 295 students
Rank: #33.
Vista Del Mar Middle School
(Math: 72% | Reading: 81% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
1130 Ave. Talega
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 234-5955
Grades: 6-8
| 575 students
Rank: #44.
Don Juan Avila Middle School
(Math: 69% | Reading: 79% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
26278 Wood Canyon Dr.
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 362-0348
Grades: 6-8
| 926 students
Rank: #55.
Capistrano Home/virtual
Alternative School
(Math: 60-64% | Reading: 80-84% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
32972 Calle Perfecto
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9374
Grades: K-8
| 329 students
Rank: #66.
Las Flores Middle School
(Math: 67% | Reading: 77% )
Rank:
10/
10
Top 10%
25862 Antonio Pkwy.
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
(949) 589-6543
Grades: 6-8
| 645 students
Rank: #77.
Aliso Viejo Middle School
(Math: 65% | Reading: 70% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
111 Park Ave.
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
(949) 831-2622
Grades: 6-8
| 783 students
Rank: #88.
Carl Hankey Middle School
(Math: 61% | Reading: 70% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
27252 Nubles
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 234-5315
Grades: 6-8
| 198 students
Rank: #99.
Bernice Ayer Middle School
(Math: 53% | Reading: 71% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
1271 Sarmentoso
San Clemente, CA 92673
(949) 366-9607
Grades: 6-8
| 803 students
Rank: #1010.
Shorecliffs Middle School
(Math: 58% | Reading: 63% )
Rank:
9/
10
Top 20%
240 Via Socorro
San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 498-1660
Grades: 6-8
| 766 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Marco Forster Middle School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
25601 Camino Del Avion
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-5907
Grades: 6-8
| 1,186 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Newhart Middle School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
25001 Veterans Way
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 855-0162
Grades: 6-8
| 1,076 students
Rank: #11 - 1311. - 13.
Niguel Hills Middle School
(Math: <50% | Reading: <50%)
Rank:
8/
10
Top 30%
29070 Shark Bay
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 234-5360
Grades: 6-8
| 752 students
Rank: n/an/a
Bridges Community Day
Alternative School
31576 El Camino Real
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-5302
Grades: 7-12
| 9 students
Rank: n/an/a
Esencia Middle School
5 Aprender St.
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
(949) 234-9900
Grades: 6-8
| 220 students

Recent Articles

Banishing the Phone-based Childhood
Banishing the Phone-based Childhood
The article advocates for a dramatic cultural shift - delaying kids' smartphone ownership until high school and social media access until 16, promoting more free play, and fostering a healthier, screen-free childhood through collective action.
Spanking in Public Schools: The Ongoing Debate
Spanking in Public Schools: The Ongoing Debate
Indeed, there are still school districts today in America that allow teachers to spank students. Learn about the current spanking situation in schools and why the debate continues to heat up.
Understanding ADHD in Children: Signs, Diagnosis, and Support Strategies
April 12, 2024
Understanding ADHD in Children: Signs, Diagnosis, and Support Strategies
This comprehensive article explores the complex nature of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, providing insights into its symptoms, diagnosis process, and effective support strategies. From recognizing early signs to navigating the diagnostic journey, parents will gain valuable knowledge to help their child thrive. Expert insights, real-life examples, and practical tips empower readers to create a supportive environment that meets the unique needs of children with ADHD.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • District size: 59 schools
  • Grades: KG-12
  • Enrollment: 42,646 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 22:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 47%
  • : 97% (Top 5% in CA)
  • : Top 10%
  • : 50% (Top 20%)
  • : 72% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Quick Links