La Quinta High School

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Principal's Welcome Message

Message from the Principal, Denise Halstead


Where the Past Meets the Future: Building the LQ Legacy


There is a legacy of family generations that have graduated from and remain connected to La Quinta High School. Through our athletic and activities/extra-curricular programs students, parents, alumni, and our community supporters are provided with opportunities to come together in celebrating excellence outside the classroom in competition and service.


Generating pride and excitement amongst the current community, the school has just begun the second phase of a 3-year project to rebuild and modernize the entire facility and will include the addition of a performing arts center and high tech library media center. Our main office and 400 building were previously modernized and this past year 3 new classroom buildings were built featuring a state of the art science building. This coming school year 3 more classroom buildings will be built along with a brand new student and faculty cafeteria.



La Quinta High School is one of seven public comprehensive high schools in the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD), serving grades 9 through 12. La Quinta opened its doors in September of 1963. Since then, the La Quinta Aztecs have built a proud tradition of academic success within the district and the surrounding community.


La Quinta (LQ) has been named a "California Distinguished School," a five-time “Title I Academic Achievement Award” winner, and most recently was named a “Gold Ribbon School” by the California Department of Education. In addition, La Quinta High School is listed on the California Honor Roll issued by the Educational Results Partnership and the Campaign for Business Education Excellence and received a special designation for being a STEM school for students’ success in the areas of science and mathematics. La Quinta High School also received a Silver medal by the US News and World Report Rankings in 2017 which recognizes our college readiness program. Statewide we rank 138 out of the 2400 high schools in the state. Based on student achievement results, La Quinta has become a highly desired school of choice, and inter and intra district transfer requests are met only as space permits.


La Quinta's attendance area is drawn from several cities in Orange County, including Garden Grove, Westminster, Santa Ana, and Fountain Valley. A dedicated staff is proud to serve an economically and culturally diverse community with a student population consisting of approximately 76% Asian, 18% Hispanic, 5% White (not of Hispanic origin), and 1% other. La Quinta is a school-wide Title I program school and hosts one of the district’s Moderate and Severe Disability programs. Socio-economically disadvantaged students comprise 65% of the student population and approximately 20% of students are classified as English Language Learners (ELL).


At La Quinta the staff strives to provide all students with personal support and opportunities for success. The average daily rate of attendance is 97.93% and the truancy rate is very low at 0.02%, evidence of the strong connection students have to their school.   LQHS maintains the highest cumulative actual attendance rate across all schools in GGUSD.


The faculty and staff have worked to create a challenging academic environment to meet the needs of its diverse population. La Quinta currently offers 23 advanced placement courses as well as an award-winning elective program focused on business and the visual and performing arts. In 2017, 854students took 2,105 AP tests and the pass rate was 78.0%. The A-G completion rate for students at La Quinta is 76.9% and over 70% of graduates enroll in college.


Staff and parents at La Quinta High School are committed to having every “Aztec Achieve” and support all students in reaching their highest potential before graduating. The vision statement "From Learners to Leaders" succinctly describes the expectation for all students and provides the impetus for college and career readiness.