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33333 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

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(949) 496-6666
(949) 489-8317
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August 29, 2014
DANA is great school if your child is AP/Honors, OR has special needs. The resources for these two groups of students is excellent. BUT if you have an average student, BEWARE. My oldest child was all AP/Honors and graduated with a scholarship to a top 20 DIV I university. My second and third children are good students, but are more average. I pulled my daughter out of DANA for this Fall and my son, a freshman, will not attend DANA. They are going to private school. MY daughter had 40 kids in her Algebra II class, and in one class had to wait a few weeks to get a desk or table to sit. She sat on the floor. Her 0 Period teacher was consistently late and missed 4 days last year.NO sub could be found so the kids sat by the cafeteria and some do homework , while others did nothing.I was told by a head administrator, this IS a problem, and it is hard to find subs for 6:30am. A teacher that is consistently 10 min late several times a week and missed class 4 days last year, HOW much time was my daughter robbed in math? 0-4 period no longer an option. School makes more money per student when they have class after lunch. Student has job,sports, doesn't want to miss school?NOT pro student

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2014
DANA is great if you are AP/Honors, or disabled. The teacher/student ratio is misleading at 1:27. That is average. The smallest classes are AP/Honors, which skews their stats. My oldest child had 21 kids in her AP Calc class. My second had 40 kids in reg Algebra2. My oldest had 25 in Hon English,My second had 38 in reg English. Average students are among ALL average kids.Some want to learn ,others do not.It's NOT an environment conducive for average students to learn. Teachers are overwhelmed with so many over crowded classes. DANA is 42 years old and resembles a prison. It is dark and dreary, and in need of major renovation. Many teachers, students and parents give much support in giving their time to make things better. It's not enough.It is sad such a beautiful campus, be neglected.How many public schools boast an OCEAN view? Broken air conditioners in many over crowded classes, makes for a poor learning environment.I feel for students who were LOCKED DOWN 4hrs last May. My child was there. Take a stand!Hit the District in the wallet,by home schooling, school online& private,Money talks! My child won't be returning to DH,but heading to a private school.My 9th grader, the same

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
Teachers are amazing and truly have a passion to teach. But the downside to this school is the staff.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
I grew up in Dana Point and went to this and every school in the area till freshmen year. Parents, be aware; your kids are around offfers to others parents pills, and many other types of drugs that lead them off track, I say this from experience. PAY ATTENTION TO WHO YOU'RE KIDS HANG OUT WITH. Dana Point is a mix of both bad and good backgrounds, good luck.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2012
Academics----good. Teachers Vary! make sure to be on top of your child's experience---and change them out of a bad teacher's class if need be. Socsa Arts program: Favortism. Dance---run by students!? unorganized. Theater--same few kids are catered to. If your child is not a triple threat (strong singer, dancer, actor Already!) --forget about them getting anywhere there. non nurturing environment. Choir -----OUTSTANDING. Instrumental dpt-----AMAZING.

- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2012
Great teachers. Rude and inconsiderate, inconsistent, and borderline incompetent, administrators. If you get a call from the Attendance people, you won't be allowed to explain anything, and they will probably hang up on you. The mark of true greatness.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
Nope, Dana Hills rated 153rd in the state in 2011... Not as good a school as you will hear from everyone else. Aliso Niguel is a much better school, (44th in CA.), and their campus doesn't resemble a cell-block inside, (like Dana does). You can also rent an apartment in Aliso and still be able to feed yourself. Good luck finding a decent apartment in Dana district for less than $1700.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
We moved from Michigan and my two older sons attended this school. Once came in as a senior and the other as a freshman. We were very satisfied with the education and teachers in this school. One of my sons was involved in SOCSA and the program is incredible. Fantastic caring teachers. Those students went on to be accepted to some pretty incredible schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2010
Every year when I get new classes I meet more people that I've never known before. And even though that can be looked at as a negative, I don't see it as one because I feel like Dana definitely has an easygoing atmosphere for getting to know people if you let yourself out in the open. (3/3)

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2010
in my few months at dana hills as a freshman it was an unforgettable experience i simply loved how the school was net to the beach the school looks fantastic it has that nice sea breeze the teachers are amazing especially mr.guarino. its too crowded there but you can still get to classes on time. overall its a great school, loved it and its easy to make new friends there.

- submitted by a student
December 07, 2009
Great school. Wonderful teachers and great campus. Perfect weather and about 2 miles from great beaches.

- submitted by a student
August 04, 2009
This school is beautiful and located in a beautiful place. The cross country team is exceptional! The dance teams are also incredible. There are tons of activities and as long as students get involved in sports friends will come quick. The only negative would be it hall ways are EXTREMELY crowded (similar to herding cattle). The teachers are for the most part very good and I learned a lot!

- submitted by a student
June 30, 2009
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May 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2009
Dana Hills High is EXCELLENT! The AP Classes fully prepare students competitively for top-rated universities (from Ivy Leagues to Top UC Schools). The Science, Math (speidel, degen, prince), English , Literature teachers are excellent. Students scoreed an 825 on the API tests which puts them at the top of the district, and in the upper division in state and national rankings. About 4% of class earned AP Honors w Distinction. Another 3% earned AP Honors. These are National Scholastic Awards. Great student run yearbook and newspaper. The Student government is student run and well directed by Ken Nedler. The academic advisors respond fairly quickly to questions. Ray Woods runs an excellent Choir program. DHHS Athletes win athletic scholarships; recently, from Stanford, Yale, Duke, UCLA, USC, etc. Lots of school spirit. Any 'bad element' are escorted out of school, dances and sporting events by guards,marines . SAFE school! Clean ocean air!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
I absolutely loved my four years at Dana. Like many schools, you get out of it what you put into it. There is a great sense of community (despite the large student body) especially for those who decide to be engaged, work hard, and have fun. The teachers that were there when I was a student were fantastic: Evans, Degen, Sherill, Imbili Townsend, Cunningham, McIntyre, the entire science department. They were extremely committed to providing their students with a high-quality education. There are lots of AP courses, and also plenty of extra-curricular activities: I swam and played polo, was on the yearbook staff, and participated in a few clubs. All in all, my time at Dana offered wonderful friends, great experiences, and a fantastic preparation for college and graduate school.

- submitted by a student
no rating March 07, 2009
Great school. The best school in southern orange county. The academics are always in the top and Dana Hills has been consistently voted by Newsweek as a top 5% high school in the nation! The sports programs are also great. All the programs are achieving spectacular things and cross country both boys and girls is the best running program overall for the pas 30+ years of its existence. Both won the state championship this past year.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2009
I have another child at another high school and Dana Hills is by far the best in many areas

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
Even though the school is overcrowded, this school has been very eventful and enjoyable. It isn't difficult to make friends since there are so many people to choose from. The Cross Country team is the best!! Go Dana!!

- submitted by a student
February 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2007
This school is way too crowded. It is difficult to make any close friends with so many people at the school. I never have even seen the principal. It has a lot of extra activities but they are all VERY expensive.

- submitted by a student
December 23, 2006
An outstanding school. Both of our sons had a marvelous experience and were very well prepared for college. Most teachers did a great job posting grades and the tutorial program worked very well.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
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April 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My children have had an excellent experience at Dana Hills and I am thoroughly impressed with the dedication of the teachers and administration. It is highly commendable that Dana Hills achieves such excellent success considering the overcrowding and limited resources (as California is ranked near the bottom in funding per pupil). My children had been in private school and I can sincerely say that they are getting a better education at Dana. I always see the principal at school events and she's been receptive and helpful the few times I've wanted to talk with her.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2005
There are some teachers that are excellent, but there are too many teachers that are terrible. Also, most of the sports teams are good and our cross country team is one of the best.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2005
Dana Hills is a Great High School! Wonderful Teachers, strong AP academic programs, excellent Medical and Arts academy, and lots of clubs and sports for all. Very impressed and happy with my son's experiences so far as a Freshman student/

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 25, 2005
The programs at this school are good but the administration needs to step it up a bit, especially the superintendant. I feel that Mr. Fleming could be doing better to improve my students education. For example, that standardized tests need to be limited to about five or six. Its ridiculous! These students over the course of their high school career are taking at least 30 different tests. If you want the children to learn then don't hound them so much. Ease up off their backs every once in a while. The teachers occasionally help the kids cheat just so the school looks better. If you want the school to look better then cut the kids some slack for God's sake. The students already have the pressure of parents, they don't need the pressure of the school as well. If you want the children to learn, then let them enjoy their classes.

- submitted by a former student
January 17, 2005
Dana Hills High School offers, very nearly, the ideal high school experience. Very blue, square and oldish looking, one has the sense that this institution has just always existed and was probably always drab. The energy quickly overtakes one, however, and you are caught-up in Dolphin Fever! The campus is large and boasts an outdoor pool, athletic fields supporting football, baseball, softball, soccer and track/field and several portables which are used for classrooms. There is, I truly believe, an extracurricular interest/obsession for each student to claim. From Chess, Debate, Dramatic Arts & Air Guitar Clubs to notable Golf, Water Polo, Wrestling & Surf Teams. There is a niche for every nose! In spite of the way-too-apparent overcrowding, that is truly the heart of DHHS. Every kid with an ounce of interest can find their place and is supported and lauded for their success in doing so!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
The teachers are good but the overcrowding is a huge problem. Sometimes you cannot even move in the mall in between classes. The biggest problem is the open campus. It is very easy to get off campus as there is not enough supervision due to the size of the student body. The administration is trying very good and they were helpful to us.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2004
The school is in a great area and has lots of potential, however, the communication between the school and the students and parents is poor and it is just too crowded to offer every student what he/she deserves. You won't get any person attention at Dana, and you have to be an All-American standout to be anyone besides a number.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2003
New student enrollment was difficult and confusing. Little communication between school and parents. Highly overcrowded with 60+ student in single PE class. Outside appearance and overall cleanliness poor. Excellent, highly qualified teachers. Web site offers hope.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Great School, but classes have too many students Principal is excellent, has good relationships with parents and students School facility needs some work

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
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Dana Hills High School
33333 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA  92629
(949) 496-6666
Last modified Dana Hills High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Dana Hills High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top