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
    A+
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
Del Norte High School is an elite, public school located in San Diego, CA. It has 2,032 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 28 to 1. According to state test scores, 83% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% 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
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
83%
Average Graduation Rate
98%
Average SAT
1280
310 responses
Average ACT
28
160 responses
AP Enrollment
47%
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Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
89%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.37 responses
Poll
84%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 130 responses
Report
  • Football games
    18%
  • Homecoming week
    15%
  • School Dances
    13%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Playing football and Pep Rallies.
    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
2,032
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.45 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.45 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.45 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
28:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
10%
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.56 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.56 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.56 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
$11,349/ year
National
$12,239
92%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.64 responses
44%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.64 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.64 responses
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Del Norte High School Reviews

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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.
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I absolutely LOVE going here! All the teachers are really nice and always strive to better your understanding of subject material. Pep rallies, spirit weeks, and even personal messages from the principal himself all define what it means to be and live in the nest. I am very fortunate to be a Nighthawk.
Del Norte is a wonderful place where students are given many opportunities to try and experience new things. They offer top of the class courses where students can be a part of different activities. The students and the staff are so friendly. There are so many clubs and sports that one can be a part of. It is a challenging environment that will encourage a student to do his or her best and will motivate others to achieve their goals. Del Norte is a wonderful top of its class school!