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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
Great school. Wonderful teachers and great campus. Perfect weather and about 2 miles from great beaches.
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!
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!
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.
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.
I have another child at another high school and Dana Hills is by far the best in many areas
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/
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.
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