Pacifica High School

  • Pacifica High School serves 1,711 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 51% (which is higher than the California state average of 37%) for the 2015-2016 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 67% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Pacifica High School placed in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 30%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is equal to the California state level of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 62% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 76%.
  • Pacifica High School operates within the Garden Grove Unified School District.
  • Garden Grove Unified School District's 92% graduation rate is higher than the California state average of 83%.

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School Overview

  • Pacifica High School's student population of 1711 students has declined by 5% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 72 teachers has grown by 7% over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,711 students
Gender %Pacifica High School Gender
Total Classroom Teachers72 teachers
Students by GradePacifica High School Student By Grade

School Comparison

  • Pacifica High School is ranked within the top 20% of all 9595 schools in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has decreased from 27:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Pacifica High School is 0.69, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
51%
37%
Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
67%
48%
Student : Teacher Ratio24:124:1
Asian
26%
11%
Hispanic
32%
54%
Black
1%
6%
White
38%
24%
Hawaiian
1%
n/a
Two or more races
2%
4%
All Ethnic GroupsPacifica High School All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity BreakdownCA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.690.41
Graduation Rate
94%
83%
Pacifica High School Graduation Rate (2011-2016)
Eligible for Free Lunch
25%
50%
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
9%

    District Comparison

    • The school district of Pacifica High School is Garden Grove Unified School District, which is ranked within the top 30% of all 983 school districts in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-2016 school year.
    • Garden Grove Unified School District's student population of 45,220 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
    • The district's graduation rate of 92% has increased from 86% over five school years.
    • The revenue/student of $8,865 in this district is less than the state average of $11,049. The district revenue/student has declined by 17% over four school years.
    • The district's spending/student of $9,493 is less than the state average of $11,340. The district spending/student has declined by 18% over four school years.
    School District NameGarden Grove Unified School District
    Number of Schools
    Managed
    65
    4
    Number of Students Managed45,2201,585
    Garden Grove Unified School District Students Managed (1988-2016)
    District Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
    45%
    37%
    District Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
    54%
    48%
    District Graduation Rate
    92%
    83%
    District Total Revenue$422 MM$18 MM
    District Spending$452 MM$18 MM
    District Revenue / Student$8,865$11,049
    District Spending / Student$9,493$11,340
    School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
    Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

    School Notes

    • Pacifica High School is a high school in Garden Grove, California and is a member of the Garden Grove Unified School District. It first opened on September 5, 1965, on the site of an old pig farm.
    • Athletics: Pacifica's sports teams are called the Mariners, and compete in Empire League of theCalifornia Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. Prior to 2006, they competed in the Garden Grove League with the other schools in the GGUSD. Pacifica's softball team is regularly among the nation's elite, and won the national championship in 1997. The Pacifica Marching Band Drumline in 2006 took the WGI National gold medal in the PSO division (along with numerous first place finishes all over Southern California). Pacificas J.V cheer team, 2005-2006, won USA Spirit Nationals in their division. They competed against the top five teams in their division and won first place.
    • Notable alumni: Tommy Sandt, former 2nd baseman Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
    • Norm Johnson, former National Football League kicker.
    • Dexter Holland, singer and guitarist for the band, The Offspring, and valedictorian of the Class of 1984.
    • Kevin Wasserman, lead guitarist of The Offspring.
    • Greg Kriesel, bassist for The Offspring Amanda Freed, member of the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball team.
    • Daniel Barber, former professional soccer player, indoors and with MLS's MetroStars.
    • Jodie Legaspi, UCLA softball star and member of U.S. national team.
    • Rob Weil, former coach of Pacifica's national championship softball team. Was All-CIF goalkeeper for Pacifica's CIF Southern Section 2-A boys' soccer championship team in 1980.
    • Monique Powell, musician.

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