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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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 1,424 students in grades 6-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 31% of students are at least proficient in math and 58% in reading.
About San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts...
Address
2425 Dusk Drive
San Diego, CA 92139
Telephone
(619) 470-0555

San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
58%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1100
178 responses
Average ACT
25
33 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
Living in the Area
B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$68,067
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,565
National
$949
Median Home Value
$335,108
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.42 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.42 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 150 responses
Report
  • Juniors vs. Seniors Games
    23%
  • All of the Concerts and Shows
    13%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Homecoming
    11%
  • Fright Night
    10%
  • ASB Week
    9%
  • ASB Ball
    5%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,424
Free or Reduced Lunch
55%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.47 responses
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.47 responses
36%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.47 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,852
Teachers in First/Second Year
8.5%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.63 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.63 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.63 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
$13,540/ year
National
$12,239
87%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.62 responses
47%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.62 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.62 responses
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It's been almost 9 years since I graduated from SCPA and I still have nothing but good things to say. The teachers are passionate and patient, the students are diverse and talented, and the shows they put on are at a professional level. While I did not go on to pursue a career in the arts, I believe having an arts foundation helped shape me and my fellow alumni into the productive and well-rounded people they are today. SCPA helped me fall in love with learning and as of right now, I am proud to say that I am in the process of getting my Masters Degree. If you and your child are thinking about enrolling in SCPA, your time of hesitation is over!
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Students will tell you a lot of mixed opinions about their major programs and departments without knowing anything about finances. Each major is excellent regardless of how much funding they receive because it is the students admitted or trained within the major that determine the quality of its program.

It is an exceptionally accepting environment with a student and faculty body that is diverse in ethnic backgrounds, financial status, gender, sexuality, talent, and political opinion. Students who study at this school are high achievers regardless if they plan to pursue their art in their career or not.
There is excellent support available and thorough preparation in each major, regardless of what you might hear about budgeting. The teachers are experienced in teaching and in their craft and provide the industry advice and textbook methods that prepare students to do anything and everything they wish to in the future.
My child started SDSCPA as a sixth grader, she is now starting her senior year. She quickly discovered her passion for musical theatre and has flourished academically and artistically. SDSCPA is like family. Mr. Farson, The Dream Team, teachers, counselors, staff and FOSCPA are so welcoming and supportive. I sincerely appreciate their open door policy and I have never had a problem talking to them. I always feel listened to and supported as a parent. If I had it to do all over, I would pick SDSCPA for my children again and again. We always recommend SDSCPA to anyone who has a child interested in the arts and always will.