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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 375 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 12% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.
About Downtown College Prep...
Address
1402 Monterey Hwy
San Jose, CA 95110
Telephone
(408) 271-8120
Website
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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
12%
Average Graduation Rate
77%
Average SAT
1050
17 responses
Average ACT
20
29 responses
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    D-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$61,487
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,515
National
$949
Median Home Value
$384,900
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
88%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Student Teacher Dance Off
    28%
  • Battle of the classes
    17%
  • Friday Assembly
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    17%
  • Fun day
    10%
  • 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
375
Free or Reduced Lunch
80%
60%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.10 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.10 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.10 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$80,029
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 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
$11,815/ year
National
$12,239
50%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.14 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.14 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.14 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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DCP isn’t a big “sports school”, but it provides its students with a good education. From my Freshman to Junior year, DCP has been making sure that I was ready for college. DCP also made it a graduation requirement for Seniors to be accepted to a college/University. DCP has classes dedicated to preparing its students for college. They even provide Sophomores and Juniors a trip to visit public universities to make it easier for us when we decide where we should apply. The only downside they have is the small amount of AP classes they offer.
I started off my freshmen year unwanting to grasp the rigid concepts my teachers where trying to engrain in my brain. For one day is all that lasted as most of my teachers became the closest of friends in the initial hours of class. Amigable and honest is the atmosphere I would describe every single hour I have spent behind Downtown College Preparatory’s doors. By my sophmpre year I was enjoying the rigorous classes which I had so avidly pushed to take. There are endless opportunities provided, some lucky people alike me selected for magnificent classes at places like Stanford University and the San Francisco Symphony. But there is one last thing, the food served is decent, nothing spectacular, although I am sure anybody attending this institution wouldn’t mind that over the lifelong educational benefits they receive.