I think San Dieguito Academy has an absolutely amazing atmosphere. While I haven't attended other high schools, I've been told that our school differs greatly from stereotypical schools, and I can definitely see truth in that statement. There's a lot of opportunity to make it personalized, to find ways to fit in but not conform to any expectations. In my time so far, which is three years, I've been involved in 10 on-campus clubs or extracurriculars, and they vary from rigorous academic groups like Academic Team and Science Olympiad to relaxed discussions of culture to ballroom dancing lessons during lunch. It's not perfect but there's a great amount of diversity and engaging teachers.