6851 Lampson Ave.
Garden Grove, CA 92845
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
9/
10
Top 20%
Pacifica High School serves 1,688 students in grades 9-12.
Pacifica High School placed in the top 20% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is top 10%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 45% (which is higher than the California state average of 34%) for the 2020-21 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 80% (which is higher than the California state average of 49%) for the 2020-21 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is higher than the California state level of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 78% (majority Hispanic).

Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,688 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 23:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 67%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 96% (Top 10% in CA)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 20%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 45% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 80% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

Top Rankings

Pacifica High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

Pacifica High School's student population of 1,688 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 74 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Total Students
1,688 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
74 teachers
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School Rankings

Pacifica High School is ranked within the top 20% of all 3,649 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2020-21 school year.
The diversity score of Pacifica High School is 0.70, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#578 out of 3649 schools
(Top 20%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
45%
34%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
80%
49%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
23:1
22:1
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American Indian
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Asian
30%
12%
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Hispanic
33%
56%
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Black
1%
5%
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White
33%
22%
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Hawaiian
n/a
n/a
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Two or more races
3%
5%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.70
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Graduation Rate
96%
85%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
34%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
7%
6%
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Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pacifica High School's ranking?
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?

45% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 34% CA state average), while 80% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 49% CA state average).

What is the graduation rate of Pacifica High School?

The graduation rate of Pacifica High School is 96%, which is higher than the California state average of 85%.

How many students attend Pacifica High School?

1,688 students attend Pacifica High School.

What is the racial composition of the student body?

33% of Pacifica High School students are Hispanic, 33% of students are White, 30% of students are Asian, 3% of students are Two or more races, and 1% of students are Black.

What is the student:teacher ratio of Pacifica High School?

Pacifica High School has a student ration of 23:1, which is higher than the California state average of 22:1.

What grades does Pacifica High School offer ?

Pacifica High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12

What school district is Pacifica High School part of?

Pacifica High School is part of Garden Grove Unified School District.

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Quick Stats (2023)

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 1,688 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 23:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 67%
  • Graduation Rate
    : 96% (Top 10%)
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 20%
  • Math Proficiency
    : 45% (Top 50%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 80% (Top 10%)
  • Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education

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