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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
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    B
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C+
San Dieguito High Academy is a top rated, public school located in Encinitas, CA. It has 1,828 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 24 to 1. According to state test scores, 63% of students are at least proficient in math and 88% in reading.
Address
800 Santa Fe Dr.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Telephone
(760) 753-1121
Website

San Dieguito High Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
88%
Percent Proficient - Math
63%
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1240
432 responses
Average ACT
28
223 responses
AP Enrollment
39%
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Living in the Area
A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Crime & Safety
    B
  2. Diversity
    B+
  3. Cost of Living
    D+
  4. Good for Families
    A+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$100,698
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,791
National
$949
Median Home Value
$820,400
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.59 responses
Poll
90%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.59 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 221 responses
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  • Exhibition day
    22%
  • Hour Lunch
    16%
  • Late Start
    13%
  • Flag football tournament
    12%
  • Homeroom olympics
    9%
  • Community Day
    9%
  • Minimum Day
    8%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,828
Free or Reduced Lunch
11%
50%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.58 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.58 responses
40%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.58 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
24:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$85,553
Teachers in First/Second Year
12.6%
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.73 responses
97%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.73 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.73 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Average
Expenses Per Student
$13,094/ year
National
$12,239
95%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.79 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.79 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.79 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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I have had an incredible experience here. Having the freedom of 8 classes per year on a semester system helped me to not only find myself and my passions, but to get used to college-level academics. The most distinctive part of this school is its appreciation for diversity and unique individuals. You can be whoever you want and have a voice and an amazing peer circle. I will forever cherish my time at SDA!
Through my experience so far, San Dieguito High Academy is an amazing school for students wanting a challenge academically and rich culture. There are many opportunities to be involved on campus through clubs, sports, and academic teams. Here, students have the ability to discover themselves and keep SDA funky!