"I think the kids who go to La Cañada are selfmotivated," said Teodo. "They don't need much coaxing to do their best, and each teacher, especially in [advanced placement] courses, loves their job so much they are willing to go the extra mile when you need it."
But it's not just La Cañada High School that sends a large portion of graduates on to USC. Mehra said at least five of Flintridge Prep's 100 graduating seniors will attend USC this fall.
"La Cañada has quite a few good high schools and I think parents here want their kids to have a good education and good careers," Mehra said.