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Cypress Charter High School

Preschool | Grades 9-12 | Live Oak Elementary
2039 Merrill St
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 477-0302

About This School

Cypress Charter High School is located in Santa Cruz, CA and is in Live Oak Elementary School District. It is a charter school that serves 155 students in grades 9-12.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Cypress Charter High School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Cypress Charter High School had an API growth score of 756 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Cypress Charter High School's 2012 base score was 756the school meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Cypress Charter High School had 20 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

38% 62%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

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Cypress Charter High School Reviews

By a Current Student on

I Hated school up until I found Cypress. I was not doing well at Santa Cruz High School, so my parents gave me a choice of two smaller schools. I choose this one, However it was not how I expected it to be. I had low expectation when I came to this school. The outcome of going to this school for 11th and 12th grade was beyond great! This school has changed my life forever. The teachers actually CARE about THE STUDENTS. Let's say you're a little bit of a trouble maker? They don't say whatever after a month. They try every possibility to try and help you succeed here. The teacher's are amazing. They each have there own special way of teaching which works very well. Oh don't let me get started on the principle. Les Forster our principle is by far the best principle I have ever had. I have had many principle's because I and my Family used to live in New York City and Santa Cruz, each half of the year. Now we only live here. Les is a hard working, non stop thinking, and kind person. He has practically build the school, not only with his manual labor, but with his heart. He has a special attachment to the school that most principles do not have. I came from Santa Cruz High getting low C's and D's. I will be coming out graduating with A's and B's. You are allowed to be yourself, and not have to worry about what others think of you. You are accepted. Well that is all I have to say(not really but I don't want to take all of your time up). I recommend looking into this school if you are in search of one.  

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