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B+
Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    B-
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
Health Sciences High School is an above average, public, charter school located in San Diego, CA. It has 594 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 31 to 1. According to state test scores, 22% of students are at least proficient in math and 57% in reading.
3910 Univ Ave Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92105
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Health Sciences High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
57%
Percent Proficient - Math
22%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1040
108 responses
Average ACT
AP Enrollment
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$70,290
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,433
National
$949
Median Home Value
$513,360
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
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.15 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.15 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 26 responses
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  • End of the year field trips.
    35%
  • Spirit Weeks
    31%
  • First 5 Days
    23%
  • Spirit Week
    8%
  • Homecoming
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
594
Free or Reduced Lunch
68%
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
31:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
16.9%
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$13,540/ year
National
$12,239
91%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.22 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.22 responses
64%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.22 responses
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There are many great things about Health Sciences High. They provide many opportunities which set them and their students apart. I feel that the internship program and college classes gave me the necessary experience to narrow down future college and career options for myself. The school has broadened my perspective of the adult world and all the possibilities following high school. Many of the teachers care deeply about their students, both academically and personally. This being said, there are also aspects of Health Sciences High that I would change. My peers and I agree that the culture of our school needs to change. Our school prides itself on having good student to student and student to teacher relationships, but a large amount of bullying and misbehaving goes ignored. The school has a "no expulsions" policy which essentially means students can get away with cruelty.
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I liked the fact that Health Sciences high offers an astonishing degree of ethnic diversity. They build a support system that encourages and respect those of all religions, race, and ethnicity. They have an incredible connection with the Cuyamaca/Grossmont community college district and that enables their students to take challenging college-level courses on top of their school work. The problem with this though, is that although this is ideal in a high school environment (where students are supposed to be nurtured emotionally), students have trouble letting go of this mentality when it is time for them to move on to the real world. College is not going to be waiting for you with open arms, ready to forgive the mistakes you made because you 'had a bad day.'
My experience at HSHMC has been good. I do believe that some of the student body is less motivated, however the majority is dedicated and perform very well. My school prides itself on never having expelled a student. All of the teachers at HSHMC are amazing, and have some of the best teaching methods I have ever seen. We also get the chance to take college classes, and because of this great opportunity I am going to be graduating high school with a full year of college already completed.