School and Community Profile
Estancia High School is located in Costa Mesa, California and is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District which serves approximately 21,000 students who reside in the cities of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa. Estancia High School is an educational facility whose faculty, staff, and community service the needs of nearly 1,300 students. Estancia High School is one of four comprehensive high schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District and is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school is situated on 42 acres of land, about one-half mile from the Pacific Ocean. Estancia High School sits on a coastal bluff surrounded by man-made and natural points of interest such as the Costa Mesa Golf Course, the Talbert Nature Reserve and Fairview Park. The school lies between two distinctly different demographic neighborhoods. The student population at Estancia High School varies in socioeconomic status between the two feeder areas. The socioeconomic level of surrounding community varies from low to upper middle class. Estancia High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Student enrollment at Estancia High School for the 2010-2011 school year declined due to a significantly smaller 9th grade class. Data from the current school year reveals that 56% of the student population is male and 44% of the population is female. The two primary ethnicities represented at Estancia are Hispanic and Caucasian with smaller populations of African-American, Asian, Filipino, and Pacific Islander students. Caucasian enrollment has declined slightly over the past three years while African American, Asian and Pacific Islander enrollment has increased. Over 30% of Estancia High School students are classified as English Learners and the home language of the majority of our English Learners is Spanish. The number of students who qualified for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program significantly increased during the 2010-2011 school year. Nearly 15% of the students who attend Estancia High School receive Special Education services. Estancia High School currently houses a district-wide program for students with Moderate to Severe learning disabilities.