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School leader Tim Hornig

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800 Santa Fe Drive
Encinitas, CA 92024

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5 stars
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February 07, 2014
We are delighted with the school. My son made friends right away, even though he was coming from a private school and knew nobody. The program is rigorous, they have a great selection of foreign language classes at high levels, plenty of honor classes and we are very happy with the teachers and the incredibly friendly administration.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
LOVE the quarter system and clubs. Great Teachers and Parent Involvement .... fosters students motivation and nurtures leadership skills

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2012
I absolutly love this school! What first attracted me to this school was the friendly atmosphere, and I can honestly say that my first expectation has been lived up to. I have always been a bit of the "odd-man-out" in all of my school experiances but at SDA I always feel like I am accepted and welcomed. I have yet to meet one person that has been judgemental here. On my first day i was surprised to see that everyone of the returning students would not hesitate to show you where any of your classes where and most even carried maps of the school! I am so glad that I came to SDA!

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2012
Love this school: Great academics, amazing Japanese program, accepting and kind atmosphere and a sense of history and community. It is harder to get into than it once was, and with good reason.This school is a gem on the coast!

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2011
Attending SDA was the best decision I ever made. When I was in 8th grade, I had to choose between 3 schools: SDA, CCA and LCC. SDA drew me because of its extremely nurturing and non-judgmental atmosphere, its deep roots in the Encinitas community, its artistic vision, its pursuit of academic excellence and its leadership opportunities. The administration and teachers always work with students to help better the school via discussion venues like "The Forum" and consult students on topics such as school beautification and all-school events. Classes are relaxed but uphold a rigorous curriculum and I was always happy, challenged and supported by my peers and teachers. This year's graduating class is sending more students to top, out-of-state colleges than ever before, and I am one of two students headed to an Ivy League university. If I had chosen to attend a different school, I am very certain that this opportunity would not have been available to me. Following the soon-to-be-completed construction of the new state-of-the-art performing arts center, SDA also looks forward to renovations over the next few years to buildings and athletic facilities to be even more accommodating to all.

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2011
My son and his friends are thriving at this school. We are highly impressed with Principal Grove, who has terrific communications skills and who responds to concerns in an open manner. We have been so impressed by the faculty at The Academy. They have some fantastic academic instructors, and the Auto Shop and Woodshop are something that my son lives for. How wonderful that there is still an educational choice that has a balance of academic programs and applied, life skills. I highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2010
San Diegutio High, Acadamy is a school that allows my child to develop her own skills that she wants to develop. It has many classes that she can pick a schedule that fits her life and what she wants to do with it. My daughter did not want to go to the big Border School. SDA is much smaller and the administration treats her like a family. She will be able to graduate with 2 or 3 languages and is currently taking Japanese. This school is a 4 block system, so it is more like college. The kids are all friends and hug each other as a greeting and all accept each other which is rare for high school. Please consider this origional school that has been teaching and working for the last 90years.

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no rating October 09, 2010
My Daughter is happy there!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
SDA is the greatest school! All kids are treated equally and acceptance is most valued. Without the cliques and bullying, kids are free to find their niche and pursue their dreams. The teachers and staff are amazing and always caring about and encouraging the kids to be their best. I have one daughter that graduated and went on to a top university, she was well prepared for college after her time SDA. I also have a Freshman who is loving it here.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Amazing school! The teachers are some of the best you will ever find in public schools, the classes are generally interesting, and the atmosphere completely supports all academic pursuits. There is an air of open-mindedness in which students are free to explore their interests and take learning to the next level.

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no rating October 07, 2009
The Teachers and Staff treat the students as adults first. Privileges and responsibilities are a normal part of the day, therefore students learn to act as responsible people. The self chosen homeroom gives student an opportunity to make a strong connection with an adult. If there is a problem, then and only then privileges are lost and . This goes from the freshmen to the seniors. Having so many electives classes with students from across all grades teaches respect and cooperation.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
It is accepting of all different students and encourages them socially and academically.

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no rating September 16, 2009
Both of my daughters graduated from San Dieguito High Academy and were prepared well for college and life. Both were accepted by one of the top universities in the United States and have done well. The preparation at this school has further assisted my older daughter as she is currently in one of the top 10 law schools in the US.

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January 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
March 23, 2008
I love this school. The teachers and administration are respectful and understanding. Students feel safe and welcome at San Dieguito Academy.

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March 19, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 28, 2007
I am a current student at SDA. It is difficult to put into words just how great this school is. Everyone here supports the idea of education and community. School is a place to learn and to have fun. As a teenager I can say that this school and it's environment has truly helped me through these years. I will remember it forever, and the rewards and lessosn I learned from my education will stay with me forever.

- submitted by a student
November 27, 2007
There are fewer schools in America that compare to SDA than vampires in your attic. Teachers and students enjoy a relaxed environment while learning at an advanced pace. Truely an individualistic school where creativity and freedom of expression is supported and encouraged.

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November 08, 2007
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- submitted by a student
November 19, 2006
I am a freshman at this school and I absolutely love it. The environment is very open and accepting, and all of the teachers are great. There are many interesting and useful classes. I also enjoy the 4 by 4 schedule it helps you take more classes. The school is also smaller and has very few cliques. The open lunch is great and so is the campus. I love this school!

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March 26, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
December 29, 2005
Excellent academics, sports that allow involvement by all interested student/athletes, a culture of achievment and inclusiveness, involved parents..just a dream come true

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
Very involved families with top academic programs. A very high percentage of students go on to four year colleges.

- submitted by a former student
July 26, 2005
San Dieguito Academy is a jewel. Students are allowed to be who they are in a realtively judgement-free environment. The classes are challenging!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
I have now had 2 daughters complete their high school education at SDA. I have been very pleased with the individual attention and excellence of education they received. One was an honors/AP student (who has now completed college in 3 years); the other was an average student who is entering community college this fall. The 1st got the extra challenging classes she needed, and the 2nd got the nurturing, helping classes she needed. We also especially loved the 4 X 4 schedule that allowed the one to take extra academic courses and the other to take extra ROP electives that might lead to a career. One of the most useful courses there is an elective that prepares students for real life -- leases, tax forms, resumes etc. And the size of the student body allows for greater teacher/student interaction as well as a unique graduation ceremony (personal statement from each student).

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
San Dieguito is one of the premier public high schools in San Diego. Its innovative approach to scheduling allows for more in depth learning, for teachers to know their students better and leaves students more prepared for the rigors of college. The teachers are dedicated individuals who enjoy what they do and work hard for the success of every student. The school doesn't emphasize sports, but instead focuses on the arts with an extensive theater program as well as music classes and photography lab. If you are looking for a place for your child to truely grow in a safe secure environment surrounded by love and support San Dieguito could not be a better place.

- submitted by a former student
January 02, 2005
I have a 12th grade son, who had a wonderful experience at this school. He is looking at getting into great colleges, has been active, played sports. His relationship with some wonderful teachers is another huge plus at this school

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2004
The San Dieguito Academy is a very special school. It is centered around being unique by not having a football or cheerleading team. This makes the students feel as if the school is less cliquey. However, you cannot change the social behavior of teenagers. They will act like normal teenagers reguardless of what school they go to. However, the Academy is still a good high school. It is currently being remodeled, which is probably needed because of the old age of the building. I was built in the 30's, so the buildings are deteriorating a little. Also, the students really enjoy the hour lunch and open campus, and the 4 by 4 schedule provides efficient and rewarding benefits. Overall, the school could have more clubs and activities, but it's a decent school and has a good environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2004
I was a student at this school from '97-'01. I could never have imagine having that much fun at a school. There were no cliques, no 'popular' kids, everyone respected each other. Great teachers, always available to you, some even give out home information if you need them. The unique 4X4 schedule allows for you too focus on one subject and yet still beable to take other classes of interest. The administration is very accessible and easy to talk to. I am still in contact with my favorite teachers as many other people I know are. Your teachers weren't just teachers but life long friends.

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San Dieguito High Academy
800 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas, CA  92024
(760) 753-1121
Last modified San Dieguito High Academy is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Dieguito High Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top