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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Del Norte High School is a top rated, public school located in San Diego, CA. It has 2,081 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 89% in reading.
Address
16601 Nighthawk Ln.
San Diego, CA 92127
Telephone
(858) 487-0877

Del Norte High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
89%
Percent Proficient - Math
77%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1310
461 responses
Average ACT
29
228 responses
AP Enrollment
48%
Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Median Household Income
$145,315
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,007
National
$949
Median Home Value
$897,496
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
90%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.42 responses
Poll
83%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 146 responses
Report
  • Football games
    18%
  • Homecoming week
    14%
  • Graduation
    13%
  • Playing football and Pep Rallies.
    12%
  • School Dances
    12%
  • Spirit Weeks
    11%
  • Going to Performing Arts
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
2,081
Free or Reduced Lunch
8%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.50 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.50 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.50 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,141
Teachers in First/Second Year
25.6%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.61 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.61 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.61 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$11,921/ year
National
$12,239
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.69 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.69 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.69 responses
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Del Norte High School Reviews

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This school is very academically driven. The teachers and faculty push students to not only be at grade level standards, but above them. The school culture tends to be a bit competitive, making academic pressure an issue for some students. Diversity, isn't much of an issue for the school, as students have no problem intermingling with peers of different backgrounds. However, students of certain ethnicity tend to outnumber others, which is mainly because of the organization of the 4s Ranch community. The school provides many academic resources for students, with time set aside for students to ask questions outside classtime. Overall, a great school!
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Professors were great and the school offered a variety of classes ranging from web design to ceramics to environmental design and so on! The school provided many ways to be involved via sports, clubs, events, and more. In addition, the school was safe and kept clean. Not to mention the environment was friendly.
Looking back at my time at Del Norte is most definitely prepared me for college. Majority of the teachers at here care about your success ESPECIALLY the math department. They are awesome! The teachers I had would always be willing to work with students. However, the science department is for sure the weakest. I had a teacher that just expected us to teach the material to our self's because she said it would be like that in college..that is FAR from true. The thing I enjoyed least about my time at this school is the school atmosphere. Del Norte is very competitive and a lot of people judged you based on how many AP classes you were taking and if you were going to a UC or prestigious out-of-state college. It was so frustrating! At the end of the day however,I realize that I was college ready because Del Norte pushed me a lot. When you go to college it definitely pays off and you see it when your around college peers.