"Our school is best known for an outstanding academic program and amazing staff."
Students enrolled 700
Hours 8:50 am - 3:00 pm
School leader Dana Moen
Transportation options None
District Escondido Union High

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144 West Woodward Ave
Escondido, CA 92025

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(760) 480-9845
(760) 480-8118
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5 stars
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July 08, 2014
As an incoming-sophomore this fall, I am extremely grateful I go here. Last fall, I was debating on whether to attend Classical Academy High School, Torrey Pines, or Canyon Crest, all of which were options that were open to me. While Torrey Pines and Canyon Crest had more to offer (AP classes, more class slots) I ended up attending Classical Academy. I was a bit disappointed, I was a lifer at one of the K-8 schools and wanted to break free from the mold, but after attending for a year I am glad I stayed. While my GPA may have been higher at the other schools, at CAHS, I have gotten a support that is far better than the other schools. I have a wide range of friends that attend that school, and have heard complaints about it. Reasons That I Love About CAHS 1) Students are kind, respectful, and are against bullying. 2) Misbehavior is not tolerated. There were students that mistreated me on my first day, and that student was sent to detention. Not only did the school condemn it, several upperclassmen were very firm in their fight against bullying the "fresh meat." 3) Teachers are an active part of the student's life. They spend time outside of the classroom meeting with students.

- submitted by a student
June 10, 2014
This is a great school with great accountability and has many different classes, AP classes, sports, and different after school programs.

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 2014
Our daughter had recently invited a friend from a public high school to join her for the day at Classical Academy High School. The friend was astounded at how friendly and relaxed the teachers and the students were to each other. She said it felt like everyone was part of a big family. She could not believe how "open everyone is". At lunch, she mentioned how everybody mingled with each other. At her school, she said "you stick to your own group" and you do not socialize with anyone else. We feel like the luckiest parents alive to have found such a school as Classical Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
If you share the secular beliefs with the majority of the school then Classical Academy is a great place, however if you don't then this is not a good school. Classical Academy walks the line between being a private church school and a public school. Students are ostracized if they don't share the same beliefs as everyone else. Some teachers and staff members can be very narrow minded. The quality of education is average at best. The school touts high test scores, but look at the population of the school. They don't have the same issues other schools in Escondido do (ie EL students, special education students, etc.). It truly feels like 95% of the time is spent patting themselves on the back. If you want your children to be successful in the real world, past high school, this school does a terrible job of preparing students. Not somewhere I would want to send my children again.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
Classical Academy High School is a school that cares - in every way possible. From the Principal who is involved with every aspect of the school (he is often seen filling in as a crossing guard when someone is absent) to teachers that are available before and after school, to support staff that is friendly and professional, to teacher support tutors who are available for the students and parents whenever you need them. This school has a full sports program for boys and girls, music, dance, visual arts, robotics, academic league, and any other club or activity you want. If they don't have it now, they will start it for you! We even have a video and board gaming club. CAHS has caring involved parents and students who are respectful and love their school. You can't find a better school than CAHS and we have been here since the start of the school. Can't wait for the new campus in 2014!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
We are very pleased with the progress our grandson has made since attending this school. Due to the quality of the program, he is more focused on his studies.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2013
Classical Academy High School has everything you would want from a high school beginning with outstanding teachers and great role models!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Amazing! Incredible staff, who really care about the students. Parent involvement is ongoing and strong. CIF sports. The best part?......The students! They are supportive of one another, they are just nice, respectful kids who are great members of our society already! They are undeniably gifted academically and mark my words, some day these kids will grow up to be the success stories, no matter if that means being great parents, inventors, company owners, or Nobel prize winners! CAHS rocks! They have the most humble of campuses I've ever seen, but they excel anyways!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
This is our first year at Classical Academy. We are utilizing the online option and although it takes a lot of self-discipline to stay on task we are very happy with the school. At the beginning of the year a moral standard was set through the children completing the orientation course. It included ideas about flexibility and accountability and speaking with good purpose. I thought it was great that we started there and then got into our learning. The cirriculum is fantastic and the program is very organized. I am very pleased as a parent and I feel inspired knowing my child is getting a good education.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
This charter school is small enough that teachers really know the kids and large enough to keep it interesting. We are not Christians and occasionally my son complains that he is in the minority and the other kids are very judgmental, however I do appreciate that the school has expectations of decency and respect. And he really is happy there, he is treated well, teachers are dedicated, and most of the kids are pretty reasonable. Standard of education seems good to me.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
The teachers at Classical Academy are so engaged with the students and parents it sets the student up for success. The atmosphere is inviting and with the small class size the students gets more individual attention. It's so pleasing to be apart of such a great organization.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
My son is enrolled in the studio program as a freshman. Freshman year can be overwhelming, but with the guidance of his teachers he is doing well.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
My son has been at Classical Academy High School since 9th grade. The regular public school system never worked well for him. He is a super bright kid like most kids with ADD, but was very slow in getting work done and tender hearted as well. On demand work in class was very difficult for him. Teachers and administrators were always giving "advice" that didn't work for us. They were always trying to help me "fix" him. He was square peg that didn't fit their idea of a normal kid. It was unbearable. I looked around at schools and found Classical Academy High School. From the beginning I knew it was different. Everyone there wants my son to succeed in high school. The teachers are so kind and they bend over backwards to help him manage his classes. Even though he is in high school, I keep in contact with his teachers if there's any questions. They welcome the contact from parents and I don't get lectures from anyone. My son has really improved over the last two years and now in his junior year is doing all of his work without any prodding or help from me. He still takes more time, but is doing well. He is also making friends and participating in class much more. Thanks CAHS

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
Classical Academy High School does it right. Keeps parents involved with their child and keeps teachers involved with their students. No one is a number and no one falls through the cracks. Each student is shown a positive environment that not encourages them to do their best work but enables them to be challenged continually. Each students strengths and weaknesses are addressed in a very real way which means they are heard and acknowledged which means they are engaged! I can't say enough about this wonderful school that has taken my daughter from settling for C's to taking AP courses and achieving A's and B's. Classical Academy is what all schools should be like. It is wonderful to have teachers who love to teach and their enthusiasm is bringing out the best in each child. Way to go Classical! Sincerely appreciating you! Mrs. Maria Fitzgerald

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
The Classical Academy High School has been a welcome educational home for our teen. The caring teachers enjoy teaching the teens with creative ideas that help in the learning process. I have had a quiet teen and an outgoing teen attend the school and each found friendly peers and staff that accepted them and encouraged growth and maturity. When my teens have struggled in some classes the teachers were available every Monday morning to review concepts. Sports and school spirit days have helped students to grow as a family. My teens look forward to dressing up and cheering for the sport team that was competing. Weekly newsletter keep parents and students updated on academic as well as sports schedules. Recently I have had problems with one of my teens and the staff bent over backwards to encourage our teen and family. This high school truly cares about the students and families they are serving. You can feel this family spirit on campus as well is on the sports field. Our teens enjoy going to school everyday and because of this spirit they have encouraged many friends to attend. I can't think of a better school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
My son is in the new Classical Academy Online school and loves it. He gets the help he need to succeed in school and can go at his own pace. He can also attend the cyber caf that is a great place to study and meet other students!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
CAHS is an excellent charter school with top quality teachers who really care about their students. Having at home, online, and on campus programs enables students to learn in the setting which is best for them. The student culture emphasizing respecting and supporting one another, and there's very little bullying, if any. CAHS is large enough to offer a good selection of classes and small enough to ensure small class sizes and that students are well attended to. CAHS is part of The Classical Academies schools, all of which encourage significant parent involvement, which makes these schools true gems!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
This is the best decision I ever made for. My daughters education. Great staff and great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
This school is amazing! The teachers are passionate and work daily to make an impact in their student's lives and instill a passion for learning. The kids are caring and compassionate towards one another. They include those who may be different than themselves and treat them with respect. Kids feel safe and loved by their peers and staff at this school. The creative programs this school offers allows students to flourish in the areas they are strong in. The school offers Photography, Drama, Musical Theater, Visual Arts, Multiple Languages, and much more. The academic programs are stellar. Teachers are available for students to work with them one to one if necessary. Class sizes are kept smaller so that students have more access to teachers during class time and classes are scheduled in order to give students more time each day in class to absorb the subject content. The administration has a positive attitude and is approachable, as well as very available for parents and students. This school is an example of what can happen when you have good administrators, involved parents, and exceptional teachers who care about their students success. We love Classical Academy HS!

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
When my daughter was preparing to move back to California from France, I helped her research high schools for her son by visiting many schools in our area. She chose Classical Academy High School because it offered the best possible transition for our grandson's first experience with in an American School. The principal and staff are supportive and encouraging while maintaining high academic standards. After the stress of the demanding and rigorous French educational system, our grandson is thriving in the supportive Classical Academy atmosphere. With 600 students, the principal and his team know each student, and each one is important and valued. The campus is safe and friendly, and our grandson gets up early and looks forward to his school day. Teachers are available if students need extra help, and tutoring is available every Monday. Community service hours and parent participation are encouraged, and flexible access makes participation possible for every parent and student. The school has purchased an existing building nearby and is in the process of renovating it to increase classroom space. My family highly recommends Classical Academy High School.

- submitted by a community member
July 22, 2012
We moved out to San Diego at the beginning of our son's Senior year. We were advised to visit CAHS after attending the neighborhood HS for a month and really not liking it at all. Classical was the absolute best choice! Everything that you read that is amazingly positive about this school is true. It is a small school with great educational and community atmosphere. The performing arts and music departments are fantastic. The academics are challenging and the staff is simply wonderful. We noticed as our son graduated that everyone was like a family and so wonderful. We are so grateful that he was able to be a part of it. Our daughter will be attending in the fall and we couldn't be happier! Thank you CAHS!

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2012
I am so happy we made the decision to have our daughter attend. It has that private school feel in class size and academic quality. The staff is terrific, too.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2012
Great school. The Principal Mr. Moen is really into his job. I wish the school offer more AP classes though.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2012
CAHS is an amazing school! I started attending CAHS my sophomore year and stayed till I graduated. This school has teachers that are so involved in every aspect of your life. They genuinely care for their students, and, most importantly, allow the students and their parents to take control of their education. No more boisterous faculty members, who probably don't even know your name, telling you what to do. This school really changed my life. I discovered my true passion at this school and it was only through the help of not only my teachers, but the administration team as well. I owe a lot to this school and I do not regret ever enrolling into this school.

- submitted by a student
April 20, 2012
CAHS is a wonderful school!!! It's a small school with a big heart!!! My daughter entered her junior year and was immediately welcomed and has thrived there. The students are a cut-above your average group of teens. We especially appreciate how CAHS supports and values the performing arts. They have a wonderful musical theater and choral program. Campus life is vibrant, the administrators and staff are warm, caring, and personable, and the academics are rigorous. We are really thankful for CAHS!!! GO CAIMANS!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2012
CAHS is a great school! Our son attended all four years. He has been involved in sports, choir, theater, and ASB. The addition of AP classes has been a great thing for the students. The AP teachers have gone above and beyond to help prepare the students for the demands of college. He was accepted into every university for which he applied this past year. We are grateful for the staff and students at CAHS.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
Our family loves everything about CAHS: the parent involvement, the rigorous academics, the ability for concurrent enrollment at Palomar College, the staff and administration, and the ever growing and changing program offerings. My oldest son graduated after 4 years at CAHS and is studying Mechanical Engineering at R.I.T. My second son is graduating this year after a 4 year career with CAHS and playing Varsity Football. He has plans to attend Palomar's firefighting training program and then transfer to UCLA for his bachelor's degree. My youngest son is a sophomore and recently joined the swim team and is participating in the musical theater production of Footloose. Nothing is ever status quo at CAHS. The parents and students make a difference, have a say, and will feel their impact in the decisions of the administration. We love the school! Now we wish they had a college!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
I am so grateful for CAHS! We have been at the Classical Academies for eight years, and are so thankful that our wonderful elementary experience is carried into High School. The teachers here are excellent and truly work with each individual to create a successful environment. I love that they do a block style of classes so my child does not have to take more than four classes per semester. It is a great school to attend especially if you are attempting to balance education with athletics. We love our school!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
CAHS was an answer to a prayer when we were looking for a high school for our oldest dayghter. She is now a graduating senior and has had an excellent experience that has prepared her well for college and for the life challenges ahead. The staff / teachers at CAHS are knowledgeable and professional and they respect parents as the first educators of their children. Expectations at CAHS are high for both academics and personal behavior which creates a positive and respectful learning environment. The school provides many opportunities for extracurricular student involvement and leadership. The best part... is that the staff truly want each student to succeed and they do their part to make that happen.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2012
I can't believe how much my kids love this school. It's a rare place where kids of all personality types are accepted. Just a kinder, nicer place than most high schools. My kids are thriving socially and academically. What a difference from regular public middle school where they used to go - a place overrun by bullies. We feel so fortunate to be a part of this school. The teachers are vibrant and excited to be there. It is reflected in their teaching. The principal is down to earth and a real take-charge kind of guy. Their secretary is very dedicated and goes above and beyond to make parents feel welcome. I have nothing but praise for this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2012
This is a wonderful school. My daughter went from D's up to A's and B's. The teachers here really care about teaching and the students respond to that.. CAHS works closely with the parents as well, we are a team. It has been truly a fantastic experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Our family has been with the Classical Academies for 9 years, CAHS is known for excellency in education and encourage high parental involvement. We love CAHS, the teachers and staff genuinely care about the students and are very involved in not only educating them but encouraging good character qualities. Normally you cannot get this type of environment in a public school, C AHS goes far above and beyond public school standards!!!!!!! Highly recommend CAHS!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
My son is a freshmen at CAHS. The atmosphere there is warm, and he feels that the teachers and staff genuinely care about him. All students are given a fair chance at succeeding in every class. There are many clubs, sports, and school activitites to choose from, and the school spirit is very high. The academic program offered is rigorous and prepares them well for college.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
We are extremely pleased with CAHS. This school offers challenging and enriching courses. The school atmosphere is welcoming and friendly. The students are polite and have an obvious spirit for their school. The staff members are involved and engaging. We couldn't have asked for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Best school in Escondido. Great teachers. Staff and teachers encourage your teens to reach for their dreams. Great school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Our family has had three students attend the CAHS! The fact that it is run as a college prep school has challenged my kids to excell like never before. I have seen my teens go from not showing much interest in anything but the social element of attending school, to showing self responsibility for completing assignments, passing tests and most of all taking a great interest in choosing and planning their future career goals. The Principal, Teaching Staff, Counselors and Administrative Support are a strong, cohesive group. The students and parents alike are treated with respect and are given personal consideration when needed. One of the things I really like about the efficiency and organizational ability of the staff, is when it comes to annual registration and enrollment, the process is hassle free, simple and well organized. There is no frustration and confusion in the paper work process. The same holds true with home work assignments, conferences etc. There is nothing better than the feeling of knowing what is going on and what needs to be done. That's how you know you are an intricate part of a team that cares about your family and the education of your students.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
We are so grateful for such and outstanding school as Classical Academy High School. Our son is in his freshman year and is thriving. He has challenging classes that are made fun and interesting by the teachers. There are also plenty of extra-curricular activities for him to participate in. We look forward to the years ahead and to all of our children attending CAHS.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Both my children attend Classical Academy schools. My daughter is finishing her senior year and the school has been a blessing all 4 years. Quality of education, teachers and senior leadership is unsurpassed. She is well prepared for her college years.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
We have two sons in 9th and 10th grades. Previously both were at private schools. I believe they are receiving a better education at TCA. The teachers are very involved. My boys played football and I was very impressed with the quality of the young men at the sports banquet. Couldn't be more pleased.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
This is my daughter's first year at Classical, as a senior. She fit right in with the Theater/Choir programs and is thriving. She has always been a good student and outgoing and the student body at this school has been so friendly and inviting. The standards for student behavior and dress are a plus for any parent wanting a wholesome school environment. The open communication with the teacher's and administration keeps me involved in her education. This school has been a great way to end her high school career and she has been accepted into the school's of her choice for college.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
Our family has tried many of the charter schools around, and CAHS blows them all away in every possible way. We love CAHS!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
We love Classical Academy High School! We've been with the Classical program since our girls were in kindergarten, they are truly a blessing! Fabulous teachers and extra curricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
We've been at this school for 13 years and wouldn't change anything. The teachers are great, the parent invoivlement is beyond anything I've ever seen anywhere else. I have had 4 kids in the program and they are all outstanding citizens. I love Classical Academies!

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
We love CAHS. Great teachers, They take the time to really know the students and create a positive atmosphere where kids can shine.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
Our son is a junior, and our daughter will be a freshman next year. We have been extremely happy with everything about Classical Academy High School.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2012
I must say that I saw a review that said there were no team sports, no dances, etc. The school has many team sports and homecoming dances and Prom and many activities for students to get involved in. The theater department has won quite a few awards from the National Youth Arts Association for outstanding performances at the Center for the Arts and the choir is great also!

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October 18, 2009
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What a great school! I could not be more pleased with their great administration, professional team of educators, and parent involvement. This is the fourth year of the school and after the much needed change in leadership last year, the school is on a path to success. This year I have seen the addition of clubs, sports, and more great ASB activities. My son is very involved and the small learning environment has been a true blessing. This school does not have issues with discipline, and the students that are enrolled have a great desire to learn and succeed. I also like the focus on community service that this program promotes for all students. Check this school out. You will join the rest of us that are extremely happy

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May 21, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
This is the third year my student is at this school. I would say the school is having some growing pains, but over all the education is good. This isn't the school for everyone, there are no team sports, no clubs, no dances, but if you want to get an education and move on to college this is the place. The teachers are quality and have great personalities!

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December 12, 2007
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Classical Academy High School
144 West Woodward Ave, Escondido, CA  92025
(760) 480-9845
Last modified Classical Academy High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Classical Academy High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 52 reviews. Top