My son is a freshman at San Diego High's School of International Studies. He likes it very much. Most of the students came from IB middle schools or schools with a foreign language emphasis, so many of them had already been with each other for years. Languages offered are French, Spanish, German and Mandarin. Lots of AP courses. Many, possibly most, students are very high achieving. The other schools on the shared campus are smaller and less academically rigorous. You do have a mixed group of kids but this hasn't been a problem. ROTC is a popular choice for students from any of the campus schools. One of my son's teachers had at first been too focused on delivering coursework with a faulty new application instead of making sure she taught her subject matter but she responded well to parent's complaints and suggestions for improvement. The principal is very approachable. The campus itself is really ugly and needs a good paint job. Classes go from 7:30-2:30. Tuesdays 7:30-1:30. There is a free school bus that stops in College Area around 6:45 am to take them to school, others take the trolley or public bus. Public bus stops directly in front of the school for easy campus access.
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...!
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.
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.
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.
awesome school.... has many electives and classes that not the whole district has. they even give us college credits for some classes!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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