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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C-
  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 1,422 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 55% in reading.

San Diego School of Creative & Performing Arts Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
55%
Percent Proficient - Math
31%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1080
129 responses
Average ACT
25
23 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A-
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$68,117
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,427
National
$949
Median Home Value
$488,600
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
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.26 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.26 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 98 responses
Report
  • Juniors vs. Seniors Games
    27%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Homecoming
    12%
  • Fright Night
    10%
  • All of the Concerts and Shows
    10%
  • ASB Week
    10%
  • 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
1,422
Free or Reduced Lunch
56%
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
23%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$79,119
Teachers in First/Second Year
7%
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.47 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.47 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.47 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
$11,995/ year
National
$12,239
85%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.46 responses
35%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.46 responses
59%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.46 responses
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SDSCPA is a notable school for pursuing art by creating connections worldwide between students and significant artists. This school not only allows the students to freely demonstrate their artistic talents but also emphasizes the importance of balancing education with the arts. The diversity of SDSCPA embraces students' differences with an open environment for all. This school has much diversity and opportunities for the arts, however the resources for students to reach counselors can be improved; counselors can not be found in their office during suitable times for students which isn't essential for the students. Furthermore, the balance between education and the arts is shown to be important yet, the balance between the two is not always shown. Many students have to choose which their attention should focus on which to consequences. To conclude, the School of Creative and Performing Arts is recommended for future artists to pursue their dreams.
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Been here since 6th, and loved most of my time here. The middle school can have some issues with bullying and cliques, but most typically outgrow it by high school. Post-9th, most everyone is really caring and loving. Even the strange people have friends.
Teachers can be a hit or miss, but there’s more hits than misses. I’ve had a lot of teachers I could connect with, and even mote that pushed me to be my best self. The difficulty of my classes, although stressful, was also pretty fun.
Very arts focused, obviously. I’ve improved a lot in my major, visual arts, thanks to this school. I’ve also experimented in other things too, like music, dance, and photography, thanks to this school.
If you care more about academics and sports, or you don’t want a career in the arts, this isn’t the school for you. But if you want art to be your living, I can’t recommend this school enough.
This school is fabulous if your children love the arts. The principal is wonderful! I can't say enough good things about him. Even the students love him. Also, there are so many amazing teachers here, far more than I have found at other schools. Yes, there are some that are not so great, but every school has a mixture. This school has more of the excellent ones, than I have seen anywhere. My kids are less tense, less overwhelmed, less filled with anxiety than they were at their other high schools. There is such a diverse mixture of students here that my children are comfortable being who they are here. The teachers and counselors really work with you, they know the kids, they are really helping with the college apps. Sometimes I wish we had started here at the beginning of high school or even in middle school, but we didn't, and we are here now. I couldn't be happier with the results.