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  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    C+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B-
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Downtown College Prep is a public, charter school located in San Jose, CA. It has 488 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 23 to 1. According to state test scores, 8% of students are at least proficient in math and 27% in reading.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
27%
Percent Proficient - Math
8%
Average Graduation Rate
72%
Average SAT
1020
27 responses
Average ACT
20
30 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    D+
Median Household Income
$65,167
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,630
National
$949
Median Home Value
$431,952
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
70%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Student Teacher Dance Off
    24%
  • Spirit Week
    21%
  • Friday Assembly
    18%
  • Battle of the classes
    15%
  • Fun day
    9%
  • Car washes but not allowed anymore
    3%
  • Pep rallies
    3%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
488
Free or Reduced Lunch
83%
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.12 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.12 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.12 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
23:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$92,550
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.15 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.15 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.15 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$14,812/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.16 responses
25%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.16 responses
38%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.16 responses
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This school holds a very special place in my heart. Previously I had went to their middle school and it was amazing the teachers were so nice and caring as well as the students. The school also gives you classes they know you can handle like if they know you’re a bit more advanced they will put you in a more advanced class likewise if they see that you are struggling too much they will offer you so much help like after school tutoring or some teachers have office hours you can go to. I went to another school for my freshman year of high school and it was just terrible. They didn’t give students the classes they needed and they just kind of ignored you when you had a question but then I came back to DCP and it was like suddenly everything was so perfect! The students are very caring and friendly, they love to joke around and play music and games. It’s just fun all over the place! I honestly would recommend this school a thousand times because I just love it so much!
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Something that I really like about downtown college prep is that they are there for you when you need help with anything. They prepare you for college academically but also help you with how you can balance your time with school and with life basically. They will push you a lot because they know that you are capable of doing better. But something that they can work on is sports because we don't really have a place to practice that is big enough. Also, they need to give some money to the teams because they don't have much money for jerseys.
Downtown College Prep is a school known for preparing us for college. I agree they do help us a lot and even more when we are applying to colleges. They don't just leave us alone and make us struggle but instead, we have times at school that they assigned so we can ask questions and they review our work and tell us what we need to improve on. But they are somethings that I would love to see more is the support of the sports. Sports for so many students can be their passion but we barely have any "good" coaches or at least a coach. The uniform is not that great and the place to practice is not great as well.