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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts is a highly rated, public, magnet school located in San Diego, CA. It has 1,429 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 54% in reading.

San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
54%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1110
210 responses
Average ACT
26
38 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Median Household Income
$72,571
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,664
National
$949
Median Home Value
$378,533
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.46 responses
Poll
85%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.46 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 176 responses
Report
  • Juniors vs. Seniors Games
    22%
  • All of the Concerts and Shows
    14%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Fright Night
    10%
  • ASB Week
    9%
  • ASB Ball
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,429
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.51 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.51 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.51 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
25:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$90,530
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.67 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.67 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.67 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$14,805/ year
National
$12,239
86%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.66 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.66 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.66 responses
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I loved attending a school that provided me free access to high caliber art training! SCPA just has this was of bringing together such passionate and hungry artist, and pushes them to excel beyond belief. The environment of the campus is like no other, everyone is so kind and loving. Some of my greatest artistic achievements were made possible for me by attending this school. The admin of the school need to remember that we appreciate having some of the traditional aspects of a non performing arts school, like having a prom and hosting pep rallies. I also feel like the audition process to get into the school needs to be revamped.
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As a student who has attended this school since the 6th grade and is now a senior, I can say that I am happy to have attended and be a part of the San Diego SCPA. This school has allowed me to expand my passion for the arts, specifically in music. Throughout my seven years of attending this school, I had numerous opportunities to perform. I always enjoyed performing in one of our main facilities known as the Florence Johnson Grand Theatre. Although I have specifically started in instrumental music, playing the piano and flute, my interest and knowledge of other instruments and music theory has grown immensely. This was definitely something I enjoyed doing as the arts is a main priority of this school. However, in comparison to other high schools, I definitely do believe that they could offer much more rigorous academic courses. This would include more AP courses and a wider selection of off-campus community college courses. Overall, I enjoyed my experience at this school.
The San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts is an audition-based public art school and the home to the passionate and creative students of San Diego. SDSCPA doesn't have the same resource availability than other schools in the San Diego Unified School District. Furthermore, their history of teachers, at least in the past few years, hasn't been the best. Although it cannot be blamed entirely on the currently employed staff, SCPA has had an unfortunate history for teachers which should be, to the very least, acknowledged. Where they lack in academics, however, they make up in their exceptional performing arts. SDSCPA is certainly the birthplace of many young artists and creators who are granted loads of performance opportunities. Overall, SDSCPA serves its purpose as a performing arts school, but I believe that the school has room for improvement in terms of administration performance as well as academic.