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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Design Science Middle College High School is a highly rated, public, magnet, alternative school located in Fresno, CA. It has 273 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 43 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
1101 E University Ave Business Building
Fresno, CA 93741

Design Science Middle College High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1110
120 responses
Average ACT
21
72 responses
AP Enrollment
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$47,189
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$969
National
$949
Median Home Value
$224,600
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
91%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.23 responses
Poll
96%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.23 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 81 responses
Report
  • Thanksgiving Event
    25%
  • Dance Club showcases and performances
    14%
  • Halloween Event
    14%
  • Prom
    12%
  • Christmas time
    11%
  • Ethnic potlucks
    11%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
273
Free or Reduced Lunch
73%
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.26 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.26 responses
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.26 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
43:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$89,938
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,156/ year
National
$12,239
48%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.29 responses
21%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.29 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.29 responses
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I love my high school! It is small and intimate so the students are able to connect with each other and have the opportunity to be comfortable with the teachers and office staff. This school is all about college readiness on the level where we take college courses at Fresno City College for free starting as freshman in high school! Classes, books, and everything is paid for so we owe nothing out of pocket. The only thing I would change is the school lunch because it is not that great and it could be a student's only meal of the day.
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Design Science Middle College High School is a Fresno Unified School District public high school, located in the central part of the city of Fresno on the Fresno City College campus in the Business Building. The school opened with 50 students in the fall of 2005 with the current enrollment of 283 students for the fall of 2019.
Design Science Middle College High School is a Gold Ribbon School Award winner, listed in the Best Schools in US News and World Reports, a STEM Honor Roll School and a California Honor Roll School and has successfully had 100% of our graduates accepted into four-year universities in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

During the first two years, students spend the majority of their time in Design Science High School classes and take selected college courses. In years three and four, students are enrolled in Fresno City College classes and maintain a full load of courses.
I am currently a sophomore and I absolutely love my school. As soon as you begin, you are immediately preparing for college. In fact, you take two college classes on the high school campus your freshman year! It is a small campus with way less students, but that makes it feel much more like home! Your classmates and teachers are family. I have never seen any bullying on campus, the teachers are always on students' etiquette, and the principal checks the students' social media to protect students from making bad choices for colleges to see. Sadly, there isn't much sports or clubs, however this year, staff began engaging students in unofficial sports. There are a couple of clubs such as coding, volunteer, etc. Students are welcome to create their own clubs. At this school, there is a clear connection between staff and students. The teachers genuinely care for their students and will do anything to help. I love it here and never want to leave.