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1405 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101

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(619) 525-7464
(619) 744-7681
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February 12, 2015
There seem to be differences in how kids who are magnet/choice are treated from zoned/neighborhood. It's the only viable option among the 4 programs, but if your kid doesn't want an IB diploma, it may not be worth it. They do a good sales pitch, and try to do their best to be responsive, but truth is, this is just a public high school. It's just OK, nothing special. It's tons of work, they constantly request parent donations and participation. Tried to talk our kid into switching to Sci-Tech, but she wouldn't, now GPA is low (in our old high school it was 3.0, here it is always around 2.0). If your kid is a magnet kid who really wants IB Diploma, then this is a good program (Not great, but good), certainly cheaper than a private school, but understand off the bat you do get what you pay for. It's also overcrowded, there are too many kids in the program, classes are 30+ kids per class, teachers and guidance counselors make no real efforts to build rapport to optimize student success, everything is like pulling teeth. Also, this is the only IB school I've ever heard of that demands AP classes - which are total opposite educational philosophy of IB.

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April 11, 2014
Our school offers a top notch education to all students; we don't hand-pick them. The majority of our students pass the CAHSEE on a first attempt and take at least one International Baccalaureate examination. I'm proud that our AVID classes facilitate the burdensome processes of both applying to get into college, as well as applying for financial support.

- submitted by a teacher

February 08, 2014
My daughter went to this school for 1.5 yrs and had a lot of problems with bullying to which the administrative staff offered to help with,The last day when I picked up her transcripts one of the staff stated I was the 2 parent that week who had moved her child and was extremely mad about how the principal handled the situation.

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January 22, 2014
My daughter has been at IS since September and likes the school. I have had issue with the Spanish and Biology teachers - haven't been impressed with their teaching abilities. While overall it seems to be a good school, it could use some improvement.

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September 30, 2013
My school is amazing! The fact that this school has the International Baccalaureate program makes it outstanding. Definately reccomend this high school to all high school students. Amazing teachers, clubs, campus, community, etc...!

- submitted by a student

August 08, 2013
My daughter was recruited to this school by the principal. It turns out that the school principal was later fired. Up until the middle of last year, this school basically let the indians run the place. Teachers bring their personal views to the class room, actually applying them to overall grades. My daughter is very structured, knows what she wants from her education and rather than work with that, there is this overarching need to change her mind to meet the mind of the teacher. I am very dissappointed and really hope that the new principal will clean things up.

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January 11, 2012
I'm a freshman at SDHS IS and maybe it's just that the school isn't for me but I can't wait to transfer. The academics are fine, they offer a great number of classes and extracuricular activities and maybe it's because i came from a smaller school but I feel intimidated by students from the other five schools, the teachers, although I have two good ones, seem highly impersonal. They haven't even bothered to learn my name or find out what I need in their class. Maybe that's just high school but I feel overwhelmed and intimidated and I can't wait for next year when i can leave this school. If you are in eighth grade looking up high schools I would suggest another school. Of course if you are set on this school I suggest Video Production and Physics, the teachers are amazing and the only reason why I am staying a whole year rather than just one semester.

- submitted by a student

November 16, 2010
Our son is a sophomore who came from a small private school. We have been continually impressed by the commitment and dedication of the faculty. The principal makes an effort to interact with the kids and parents and the program is very academically challanging.. Students are encouraged to develop their own leadership skills and take initiative for their educational success. We are so pleased to be a part of this richly diverse campus experience.

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April 22, 2010
awesome school.... has many electives and classes that not the whole district has. they even give us college credits for some classes!

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 14, 2010
My daughter is graduating this year with an IB diploma. She has had wonderfully challenging and rewarding four years. The teachers have for the most part been terrific, both in terms of the high standards they ask of their students and in their caliber of teaching. A great school for the dedicated student. My daughter and her friends have excellent universities that have accepted them.

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August 18, 2009
Based on my experiences with the school and the staff, both academic and office, I can truly say that this school makes every effort to assure the success of all of the students. The staff is readily available to meet one-on-one with parents and students to ascertain the needs of each family, and set up a plan for the best method to help the student achieve her or his goals.

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May 01, 2009
We have a sophomore here .....she loves it! She loves I.S. She in fact has many friends from the other schools. They are for the most part, separated from the other schools because of the rigorous cirriculum...but are frequently involved other activities that include the entire school. She is not only focused on her acedemics, but also participates in outside activities. The teachers are extremely supportive and encouraging. I.S. has been challenging acedemically this year for my sophomore, but she has exceeded her own expectations and continues to thrive.

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December 28, 2008
As a freshman here I am shocked at some of the reviews. There is no elitism emitting from the students of I.S., myself taking lunch on the grass with many of middle school friends who come from Arts and Business. Additionally, this school has friendly teachers, good staff, and overall great potential. The only thing I would criticize about the school is the attendance clerk who is very inefficient and has messed up my own attendance record and many of my friends. The school, additionally, has a great language program. There are many French speakers in our program, who have come from Language Academy and they seem very satisfied with it overall. There are also French natives who moved here and are in our language program.

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March 31, 2008
My daughter is a senior. We are very disappointed in this school. We came from the Language Academy. The French program at SDHS is outrageously inadequate. The elective offering also leave much to be desired. My student had nothing to take her senior year, the selection was so limited. She was offered 'assigned time home' both semesters. Very disappointing. I would not make the decision to come here if I had it to make over. French parents be very leery!

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December 20, 2007
By far a terrific school, none in comparison. However, for a more well rounded high school experience with more deep and fulfilling activities, pick a comprehensive high school not a small school. While small schools offers a deep connection and smaller class sizes, the segregation between each of the schools is much to large to close.

- submitted by a student

October 23, 2007
people here are very friendly and nice, unlike the other 5 five schools in SDHS. I'm having a great experience here so far and planning to go all IB, a program that look very good on college applications but is highly stressful to learn. It's worth the experience here though.

- submitted by a student
no rating
April 04, 2006
This school is solely focused on academics. It is for overachievers with few outside interests. The students are completely segregated from the rest of SDHS and both students and staff are highly elitist.

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February 02, 2006
This school offers a great education for the very motivated child. The curriculum is extremely challenging and can be high stress, but the teachers are phenomenal and the rigor is impressive.

- submitted by a teacher

October 27, 2005
Its a good school with good teacher and students

- submitted by a parent
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San Diego International Studies School
1405 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA  92101
(619) 525-7464
Last modified San Diego International Studies 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 Diego International Studies School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top