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Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision and Beliefs Statements

Newport Harbor High School

Our Mission and Vision and Beliefs statements have been developed collaboratively, as have our ESLRs. All reflect the Newport Harbor High School shareholder’s view of our educational priorities and goals. They are posted throughout our school as a reminder to all of our purpose and priorities.

Vision Statement (Long-term goal of Newport Harbor High School):

Founded in 1930, Newport Harbor High School uses shared decision-making to create a dynamic and challenging school environment.

Mission Statement (Short-term, daily goals at Newport Harbor High School):

Since 1930, Newport Harbor has been a beacon of education and enlightenment, serving the community as a space of understanding, respect, and acceptance.  Our staff, faculty, and administration have embraced the challenges of history and work every day to address the evolving needs of the students and families we serve.  True inclusion takes teamwork, and we are committed to supporting all students--especially traditionally disadvantaged populations--through coalition building, equal representation, policy language, and everyday practice.




Through a variety of innovative and specialized programs, faculty and staff ensure that each student is provided opportunities to reach his or her full potential. Through a process of shared decision-making, the faculty and staff at Newport Harbor High work closely to create a dynamic and challenging school environment that engages the entire Newport Harbor school community. Newport Harbor High School is the largest high school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, and as such, the faculty and staff are committed to meeting a wide-range of student needs, and to work more closely with the entire student body.  

The school has a reputation for academic excellence and offers a wide range of academic and extra-curricular programs, such as  Advanced Placement ( AP College Board), Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID), and an emerging Career Technical Education (CTE) program-business, culinary, TV/Film, and Computer Science round out the four CTE pathways at NHHS. Further, NHHS is a International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma programme school. The fine arts and performing arts programs are exceptionally strong, with award-winning choral and instrumental groups and a highly acclaimed drama production department.  Athletics are also a major part of the school culture; the school is competitive in a wide variety of sports in the competitive Sunset League. NHHS athletics also includes field hockey, surf, and sailing as non-traditional CIF competitive athletics.  In short, Newport Harbor High School offers a well-rounded high school experience with excellent academic and extra-curricular activities, affording students the opportunity to explore various interests and passions in a caring and nurturing atmosphere.



The school is located within the city of Newport Beach, CA, but serves the city of Costa Mesa as well.

The City of Newport Beach is located in the coastal center of Orange County, with Los Angeles County to the north and San Diego County to the south. It has an estimated permanent population of 86,738 but during the summer months, the population grows to more than 100,000 with 20,000 to 100,000 tourists daily. Newport Beach is known for its fine residential areas, modern shopping facilities, strong business community and quality school system. The bay area and the City’s eight miles of ocean beach offer outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities.

Costa Mesa encompasses 16 square miles and has a population of about 110,000. The City of Costa Mesa— just one mile from the Pacific Coast in the heart of Orange County—is one of California’s most eclectic and vibrant cities. The city is home to South Coast Plaza, one of the nation’s largest shopping centers, and the world-class Segerstrom Center for the Arts and South Coast Repertory theater. Costa Mesa is also the capitol of the action sports industry and the headquarters for companies such as Hurley International, Volcom, RVCA and Paul Frank Industries.