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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C-
  6. Health & Safety
    C+
  7. Administration
    C
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    D+
San Diego International Studies is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in San Diego, CA. It has 1,132 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 27 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.

San Diego International Studies Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1160
363 responses
Average ACT
27
128 responses
AP Enrollment
58%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    D-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$66,393
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,491
National
$949
Median Home Value
$545,320
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
C+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
69%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.49 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.49 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 117 responses
Report
  • World Faire
    21%
  • Homecoming; week long school spirit event
    20%
  • Grad Nite
    13%
  • Halloween
    12%
  • Anything ISA does, and College trip!
    9%
  • Improv Show
    7%
  • ISA Benefit Showcase
    6%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,132
Free or Reduced Lunch
53%
82%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.51 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.51 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.51 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
27:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
11.7%
60%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.68 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.69 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.69 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$13,540/ year
National
$12,239
79%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.75 responses
28%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.75 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.75 responses
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At SDIS there are various aspects that have made my overall experience adequate. To start, the academics are very rigorous. There are plenty of classes to chose from that provide a punctilious curriculum while providing students the opportunity to participate in hands-on experiments and research. Altogether, I have seen a ranging variety of teachers. I have had teachers that don't teach students in an understandable way and have unrealistic expectations. Nevertheless, I have had multiple teachers that strive to find a way to teach students in a way that is applicable to our lives and meet student needs. Although, these teaching techniques are not likely to be practiced in college. I am, however, provided with resources such as AVID as a required class in order to prepare myself for college. Also, I feel very safe at school, with many security guards that are especially cautious. Finally, I feel that all types of diversity are accepted and supported.
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San Diego International Studies (IS) is just one of the small schools which make up the San Diego High Complex. The other two schools are Business and Leadership and Science and Technology. Each school has varying opportunities. You are able to take classes in different schools but each school typically has their own pathways. I attend IS and I am currently following AP Capstone and IB coursework. The rigor is difficult but it's beneficial in preparing for college. If you are a student who is invested in their education and want to be among the smartest of the school, IS may be the place for you. If not, that is okay. IS has a variety of courses fit for any student to push their boundaries or even play it safe. If you take advantage of the programs available, your educational experience will be superb. IF you do so at IS, you may face death throat competition. The environment at times is hostile, with a lot of your peers competing to be the best and it's a nerve wrecking environment.
Good and pretty average public high school. Large majority of teachers are extremely caring, supportive, and amazing people. IB program is decent, I feel fortunate that I was able to take coursework, however it seems that the program is going down the drain and will soon lose funding. Music program is good and has expanded the last few years. The real issue with this school is the students and the fact that they are not being disciplined. Fireworks and food fights in the quad is so childish and disrespectful towards school property, janitorial staff, admin, etc, and this has gone on way too long. I really don't even know how it would be possible to change the culture of this but is getting absolutely ridiculous and dangerous.