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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
    B+
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B-
San Dieguito High Academy is a top rated, public school located in Encinitas, CA. It has 1,834 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 65% of students are at least proficient in math and 87% in reading.
Address
800 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Telephone
(760) 753-1121
Website
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San Dieguito High Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
87%
Percent Proficient - Math
65%
Average Graduation Rate
97%
Average SAT
1250
567 responses
Average ACT
28
273 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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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
    A+
  3. Housing
    C+
Median Household Income
$103,842
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,837
National
$949
Median Home Value
$862,300
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
98%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.64 responses
Poll
91%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.64 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 245 responses
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  • Exhibition day
    22%
  • Hour Lunch
    16%
  • Late Start
    13%
  • Flag football tournament
    12%
  • Homeroom olympics
    9%
  • Minimum Day
    8%
  • Community Day
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,834
Free or Reduced Lunch
9%
46%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.63 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.63 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.63 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$83,842
Teachers in First/Second Year
7.9%
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.78 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.78 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.78 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,908/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.84 responses
56%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.84 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.84 responses
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San Dieguito High Academy Reviews

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San Dieguito Academy is different from most high schools. The most prominent feature is a strong sense of community -- and that's not just a cliche, it's really palpable at this school. Student-made paintings and murals decorate the walls of many buildings. Many fun school-wide events occur throughout the year, such as students-vs-teachers tournaments of soccer and ping-pong.

Academics are equally strong, with many great teachers (though not all) and a huge selection of AP classes to challenge yourself with or build up a resume for college. Several academic as well as non-academic clubs are available.

Notably, it doesn't have a football team -- and for the most part we don't miss it. Being inclusive of all kinds of people is one of the key features of SDA, and on any day you might see people casually dressed in whimsical costumes. It's not as if cliques are nonexistent, but they are significantly less powerful here.

I wouldn't have spent my 4 years anywhere else!
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San Dieguito Academy is said to have one of the most accepting student bodies in the San Diego area. However, students and administration are far from their claims. Students say openly homophobic or transphobic comments as well as anti-Chicano and anti-Latinx sentiment.

Gay youth use SDA as a safe haven from prejudice at other schools. But, queer students form their own cliques. Very infrequently can gay students find themselves in a majority straight friend group without facing discrimination.

As well, the school, even having a 30%+ population of Latinx students, is very segregated. WASC reviewed the school in March of 2019. As a part of this check in, teachers had to choose specific individuals from their classes that worked particularly hard or exhibited academic motivation and drive to represent the school in a panel of around 50-75 students. When I arrived, less than five students were of Latinx descent.
I absolutely love attending this high school! Most of the teachers are incredibly caring and leave a lasting impact on students' lives. I come back to visit whenever I'm home from college just to say "hi". I was able to be challenged academically and make tons of lasting friendships. Taking all the AP classes was a big help, since I went to college with a semester's worth of credits.