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9-12
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San Clemente, CA
Students enrolled: 3,017

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700 Avenido Pico
San Clemente, CA 92673

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(949) 492-4165
(949) 361-5175
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August 14, 2014
Overall a terrible school. No conditions for 3000 students;maybe 1500 max! Not even enough bathrooms. All my time at this school was wasted in absurdly long bathroom lines to wait for disgusting and leaking toilets barely fit for use. Most cafeteria food sucks and lack of resources for all these people. The majority of my teachers were nonchalant and uninspiring, assigning copious amounts of busy work. Also, most people at this school are very cliquey, closed-off and rude. Couldn't be happier to get out of this hell hole.

- submitted by a community member
March 16, 2014
The last review should have 5 stars across the board. Please fix. Hopefully someone at Great Schools can fix it. If read you will notice the review does not match the star rating.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
I graduated from San Clemente High School ("SCHS") in 2007 and then attended UCLA. I would argue that there are two "tracks," and implicitly two different schools, within SCHS: honors/AP/IB, and everything else. I did the former of the two, so my experience and comments are limited therein. I had an excellent experience at SCHS, particularly in the International Baccalaureate program where deeper thinking, not simply rote learning, was encouraged. Students in the honors/AP/IB track generally know the same kids for four years, and that fosters both a sense of community and one of hard competition (net positive). Nearly every teacher has at least a masters degree in their subject (again in the honors/AP/IB route) and most were outstanding instructors, not just knowledge stores. Students rarely lack extracurricular activity options (orchestra, band, multitudes of sports, dance, theater, etc.) and many of those are nationally and regionally ranked and well-respected. I strongly recommend taking any classes from Kathleen Sigafoos, Patrick Harris, Lisa Kerr, Jeff Kolasa, Jennifer Morris, Rob O'Rear, Allison Schick, Rob Urquidi, Pat Wilsey, and Duncan Wilson.

- submitted by a community member
May 30, 2013
SCHS is a terrible school! The school is wayy over croweded, the teachers here dont care,very low bugets to do anything and it has a serious drug problem!

- submitted by a student
February 03, 2013
SCHS has been a great school for my daughter, who is currently a junior. They offer a variety of classes that other schools may not. From fashion to surfing classes, there are many options for kids who want to explore the courses that may very well turn out to be professions for them one day. As for the drug issue, there are many kids who are involved with it, however, in my opinion it seems more like a county wide problem rather than a school problem. We are a military family and not exactly in the same financial bracket as many of the other parents. I have noticed that much of the problem lies with parents who are so busy making money that they tend to ignore the needs of their kids. Some of these kids are given as much as 6,000 a month to do as they please! Eventually they are going to turn to drugs without parental support and free spending. My daughter has a good head on her shoulders and we don't have that kind of money so she has stayed on the right course. If you stay involved in your kids lives, most likely you will not have an issue.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2013
I attended this school in 2012, and the school may seem nice at a glance. However, there is a SERIOUS drug problem and students can often be found engaging in extremely inappropriate PDA everywhere. Bullying is extremely common, but campus is generally well-maintained . There is an over-emphasis on sports over academics, as well as a low budget and lack of discipline.

- submitted by a student
August 12, 2012
I have three children who have either graduated from or are still involved in the AP and IB programs. The teachers are all exceptionally capable, dedicated and hard-working. Unfortunately Capistrano USD receives even less funding than the woefully low average for the state of California, and it shows in the facilities. In spite of that, the school performs well both academically and athletically, with equally dedicated coaches.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2011
I have a son currently enrolled, have had 2 nephews who attended this school. Both of my nephews had terrible experiences because of learning disabilities and they would've graduated 5 and 6 years ago. Instead they were low performers and rather than receive the help and education they deserved they were pushed out. Now my son is experiencing the same. No change means no accident and in fact points to a likely policy. This school is terrible.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
No doubt SCHS is a big school, but the athletic programs are great, although many of them cost HUNDREDS of dollars to compete in just to buy uniforms, jerseys, shoes, etc. HAs Japanese, French, and German. Plenty of AP/IB classes and many music programs(band, orchestra,choir, jazz band, marching band, color guard.)90% of the teachers I had, I liked. Because it is a big school it is important to remember what your goals are because it is relatively easy to ditch, and find trouble because this is a large school.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 26, 2009
Highly Qualified and Enthusiastic teachers, challenging courses IB program, tops in Athletics and the Arts.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Our experience with the administration has been top-rate. They have been very helpful from the academic side ensuring our son was in the proper classes, etc. The school offers an array of high level AP/IB classes for the brightest students. The teachers are like any other school. Some are fantastic, others play favourites and use their 'power' against students they don't like. This was frustrating but as another parent said it is a principle of life and the students have to learn to cope with the inequalities dealt them. SCHS is a very large school but your student should find a 'niche' for themselves whether it be sport, music, drama, or joining a club (or start one!). Being involved in any aspect helps make the school smaller and more enjoyable. Lots to offer both academically and socially.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Because SCHS is a great school for my children, this school keeps the students intrested in all areas of academics so they can be responsible people in society. thank's SCHS

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 15, 2009
Good points include teachers who care, quality educational programs, excellent sports programs, excellent auto tech program, and location. School is very large and spread out, allowing students to get away with misbehaving and trauncies. Discipline from administration is lacking. Students know who the easy teachers are and can get by without getting an education, but that's a principle of life. SCHS offers kids everything, but parents have to be involved and vigilent to keep their children focused and out of trouble.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 05, 2008
Excellent for motivated students. Excellent for kids with IEP's or GATE identified. The large size means you need to be highly involved with your students education to keep them from falling through the cracks. I am forced to give the school an overall score of average.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2007
School is oversized, but the teachers and staff overcompensate through a multitude of programs that has something for every student. San Clemente High School reflects the community and has a community atmosphere. The downside is that if your child is not one to seek involvement, your child may slip through the cracks due to the large campus.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2007
Under staffed~over sized class rooms~ Children lack guidance~parents really need to be there to guide and prep child for college~would not recommend this school unless your child is a very disciplined.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2006
my daughter is on the SCHS Dance Team and the leadership there over the last four years has been remarkable. My daughter told me, 'without Dance Team, she would have been lost.' I commend Jeane Mcphee and her chorepgrapher Kelly Reed. It is this kind of dedication that builds great citizens for our future.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2006
Staff and administration show very little concern for any child struggling below their expectations. You either meet their standard or you are forgotten and swept under the rug. It is all about public perception for them--I made a mistake sending my son here.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
Great location and focus on increasing test scores year to year.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 26, 2006
So far I am not impressed. School is too big and there is not enough faculty to help. School does not follow the mo child left behind act. Teachers don't care.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
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September 06, 2005
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September 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Quality Programs, Open campus - good prep for College. Sports diversity high parent involvement.

- submitted by a student
June 29, 2005
The school is wonderful. Because it is a military town the teachers and students are understanding of the children and what they may be going through with a move/transfer.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Pretty good school. Not a very strong academic program. Really too many kids and not enough teachers. Great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
Great spanish department. My student was very successful at the university level in the area of spanish.

- submitted by a former student
March 02, 2005
Great school. A little crowded. Good teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
This is a wonderful high school. It is very large and takes some getting used to if you are from a small town.The teachers are very highly qualified as well.

- submitted by a former student
September 08, 2004
Great school. Very broad range of classes and diverse students. A great experience filled with wonderful memories!

- submitted by a student
March 04, 2004
San Clemente High School is a school of excellence. Both of my sons have received excellent instruction from knowledgable teachers who understand and care about their students. A+ Principal.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 09, 2003
I've had two sons graduate from San Clemente High School. One in 1993 and one in 2002. San Celmente High School gave them the opportunity to explore different avenues of study from Marine Elocogy to Automotive Engineering to Baseball, Marching Band, Art and Foriegn Language. The entire staff if an excellent one and the students are friendly, helpful and fun. We all had good experiences at San Clemente High School. Go Tritons!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2003
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San Clemente High School
700 Avenido Pico, San Clemente, CA  92673
(949) 492-4165
Last modified San Clemente High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Clemente High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top