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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
San Diego Unified School District is an above average, public school district located in San Diego, CA. It has 103,194 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 56% in reading.

San Diego Unified School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
56%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
87%
Average SAT
1160
5,796 responses
Average ACT
26
1,847 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
103,194
Free or Reduced Lunch
60.1%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,530
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$14,805/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    59%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    4%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$81,225
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,589
National
$949
Median Home Value
$695,297
National
$184,700

San Diego Unified School District Reviews

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The teachers in the schools try to do right by the students, but more often than not, their hands are tied in the situation. The district does not inquire about the food that is served because it is ‘alright’. The budget for schools should not solely go to sports. I did not want to see the money go straight our football team or our track team that had everything they could imagine. I wanted to see newer textbooks, new literature books, and more science equipment. I didn’t want to hear that my science teacher couldn’t do experiments because we didn’t have the resources. I admit that the classes were unbelievably engaging and I was always prepared to learn something new every day. SDUSD knows how to pick great teachers from time to time. One suggestion for every school district would be: Include computer programming in your curriculum! I am better at making a blog and a video game out of code than I am at writing a 5-page essay on Huckleberry Finn (found out the long way).
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My experience is with San Diego State University specifically with the biology graduate department. It's great for people interested in marine research but now so great with anything else. All the class are marine focused because that is the focus of the professors so as someone studying terrestrial ecology, it's hard to find resources and relatable classes. The class size is nice though and recently a graduate student union was established to voice the opinions of the student. So they're headed in the right direction!
I do like how quick and easy of a commute it is to get to my school. I also like how diverse and how talented each and every student is. During my time with San Diego Unified I appreciate how helpful the counselors, clubs, and other resources like past alumni are with providing help with college applications, or even just advice on school in general. One thing that could be improved however is the food service because they always run out of options so quickly, but other than that, I am glad to be apart of San Diego Unified!