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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 1,730

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5555 Del Mar Heights Road
San Diego, CA 92130

(858) 523-4000
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November 24, 2014
Been at this school for almost 4 years. The teachers don't teach the show some notes on a slide and expect you the student to understand it. Honestly Its pretty much just home schooling but by your self. The school is fully of bullying snobby rich kids.The bullying at this school is literally everyday personally I see it on campus and I have been bullied myself here aswell. One of my dear friends lost his life to the bullying on this campus and they have yet to investigate it at all. I find that this school is all about love and faith where in reality it is completely not. Ive been here 4 years and I feel like I have wasted most of my life at this horrible school. I personally feel as a student whos not popular or a top sports player that you are a treated as a second class student. The reviews Ive seen below seem like people that work at the school. The 5 stars really arnt real to be honest. school is a joke they dont teach and its full of rich snobby kids that bully you if you are not like them. Ive all ready lost a friend because of this horrible school and I reccomend you dont send your kid here at all costs unless your rich and have a star student.

- submitted by a student
October 30, 2014
My child attended Cathedral Catholic High for the first two years of high school before we decided on a transfer back to a high rated Poway Unified High School. Many of our dissatisfactions included unqualified teacher, the social clicks, the showy display of wealth, and sexting messages that my child received. CCHS was not what we expected at all!!! For the amount of money that we were paying we expected more than we could get at a Poway Unified High School. As a parent I never felt welcomed at this school or part of the community that really doesn't exist. With kids that come from all over San Diego it was tough for my child to get together with friends out of school. One good friend lived in El Cajon and we live in the PUSD area. We were not about to do the driving back and forth to El Cajon. Yes, CCHS has a beautiful campus but look closely inside before you decide to send your child there. PUSD is where it's at!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2014
I was lucky enough to attend the famous UNI high for 2 years before we were forced to transfer to Cathedral. Although I missed the hallowed halls of USDHS, Cathedral was wonderful. The modern feel and beautiful layout made you feel at home. The sheer privilege of attending this school is often lost upon the more privileged children that attend. None the less I miss the classes, teachers, and atmosphere of CCHS

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2014
I am a junior at this school and I absolutely wish I could switch to an another school. Although the campus is clean and nice, the education is not worth the 14,000+ tuition. I transferred from a public school in a bad area- quite frankly, I got much better grades there and the teachers were more accepting and open. As a freshman, my math teacher was fired because of his lack of ability to teach. The following year, a decent teacher, left to teach at a different high school because Cathedral does not pay their teachers a fair amount. This year, 2014, CCHS hired new teachers and some of them are definitely unqualified, as well as the councilors. (They have also changed the schedule- only a small fraction of the students like the change) Also, I feel pushed to become more social and popular, as it seems like many of these students are sheltered by their rich parents and seem very judgmental. When I transferred here, I felt very unwelcomed. The entire community is gated with security; in some terms this is good, but while walking around school I feel like I am doing something wrong and will get a detention any minute.

- submitted by a community member
July 24, 2014
This school was horrible for my child. She was influenced in drugs and alcohol to the extent where I felt I had to send her to rehab. She told me the "wealthy" environment was judgmental and I didn't want her around that. The teachers could care less about the students. I wasn't happy with CCHS, if you're child isn't a jock or advanced student, don't send them here. After my terrible experience, I sent my child to La Costa Canyon and was thrilled. She got great grades and instantly loved the environment and school. Check out LCC if you would like to better your child and prepare them for the life ahead.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2014
CCHS is my home! I absolutely love this school and everything about. When you walk on campus and look up at the crosses all around you and admire the buildings named after saints, you can just feel the spirit of God and rejoice in the catholic faith! I love that we go to mass each month and gather as an entire student body! I love the teachers and that each one just wants you to grow not only as a student and academically, but mentally and by preparing you for the future world beyond high school. If your faith is important to you and you wish to learn more about faith in your own life then come to cathedral catholic. You will not be disappointed. If academics are important to you come here because I assure you, you WILL be challenged! You will have fun and meet so many great friends. Not to mention have many many opportunities to find what you like and get involved by joining sports and clubs. CCHS is my home and always will be. I hope you will consider this amazing school that I had the privilege to go to.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
2nd year in, our honest opinion is CCHS is academically the best school we have encountered. Our son has excelled both in sports and school work here due to dedication from coaches and teachers. Teachers are fun and engaging and so far....excellent. Financial assistance is offered if you need it. Have not been aware of any bullying at CCHS. Great school spirit and football games are a blast when many alumni come out to watch and they do!! Also, they have a good mix of students from different cultures and backgrounds, even international students come over to attend CCHS. So far, very happy with it and it has been a very very good fit for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2013
My daughter has attended Cathedral Catholic all four years and will be a senior this year. This school is fantastic and I feel my daughter will be prepared for any Ivy League school . The classes are small , teachers seem enthusiastic and she has always felt very supported . We have always needed a little help with financial aid and have received it. We are not rich and your students have the choice who they want to associate themselves with. My son went to Torrey Pines first with over fourty kids in each class and some teachers that could care less about his education. He also took a physics class at Torrey Pines that did not require enough classes to have a good outcome with the class. Cathedral makes sure that you take the necessary classes needed to be successful in the next class you take. I hope my youngest middle school student is able to get into Cathedral next year because it is worth all sacrifice for our family. Excellent high quality experience overall.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2013
My daughter is about to graduate this weekend after four years at Cathedral. It is NOT worth the money. The administration is rigid, judgmental, and unresponsive. My daughter is being denied the honor of wearing the CSF sash, even though she made the grades all four years because she didn't turn in the paperwork one semester. The principal will not even return my calls or emails. This is but one example...I could go on and on. I have a freshman at Del Norte High School and LOVE it. Love the principal Greg Mizel who goes out of his way to award students. So bummed we paid the money for Cathedral for four years. Would love a refund.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
My child is a Freshman and just finishing up the school year at CCH$. Unfortunately, the school was a huge disappointment from the top down. The culture of the school is to protect those who donate the most money to the school and to allow their children to harass, bully and create a hostile education environment. The principle, president and athletic director have created a triad of self protection for themselves. Most of the teachers have the best intentions but are powerless due to the weak administration who chooses financial donations versus doing the right thing. Athletically, the school allows parents to coach their own kids and becomes a repeat of youth sports where daddy ball is allowed and those who practice this behavior are protected by the AD and academic administration. Also, team practices for various sports are arranged AROUND outside clubs who pay to rent the facilities therefore, those who are paying tuition are given a second seat to those who bring extra revenue to the school. I thought our tuition was to cover school expenses? Before making a commitment to attend (giving your money) I encourage you to interview a wide range of student/parents past/present.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
Many teachers in this school does not grade student work. The students end up with bad grade due to "missing assignments". Your kids do their jobs but teachers at this school cathedral catholic high don't do theirs. Their homeworks pile up under their desks. They only pay attention to who kids parents are rich and famous. who kids parent are working hard to afford the tuition seem forgotten. Your kid future is ruined by their teachers laziness. I wonder the principle of this school even makes sure his staffs do their jobs.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
My daughter is in 10th grade and absolutely loves CCHS. She is an excellent student and is appropriately challenged by her teachers. She is also an athlete and enjoys playing on the school teams. She also has wonderful friends who are good kids with strong character. As a parent, I am thrilled with all that my daughter has received from the school in the pas two years. My son can't wait to be able to go to CCHS in two years. There have been a few teachers that were not the best, but overall my family loves this school and can't imagine putting our children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
The high influx of reviews over a short amount of time tells me that most of these five star reviews were written by someone on the faculty. I graduated from this school two years ago and had a miserable time. The schools two main priorities are athletics and handing out detentions for minor uniform infractions. Yes, the school is challenging, but there's a difference between having good academics and just having a heavy workload. I've had teachers that were completely unqualified for their positions, something that is completely unacceptable at a school with a tuition that's $14,000+. A large percentage of the student body is from a wealthy family. I've met some of the meanest people I've ever met here. It's full of sheltered rich kids who have no desire to do anything but social climb. Anyways, the high tuition is not worth it. The campus is gorgeous and you get the satisfaction of saying you go to Cathedral, but the years of mental anguish (stemming from being surrounded by so many awful people) and the excessive strictness didn't make the school worth it for me. I knew I would have been happier spending my four years elsewhere.

- submitted by a student
September 15, 2012
The only reason that I am giving this school a five star rating is because there isn't six stars available. Both of my kids attend CCHS and they absolutely love it. The campus is so five star it's not even comparable to 90% of the other schools in San Diego. Yes it costs a lot, but that's what you have to expect when you want to send your kids to private school. I have personally met with multiple administrators as well as teachers and they are all really great people. I would highly recommend that everybody send their kids here.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2012
I am a student at Cathedral and I absolutely love it. As a freshman I was unsure about it because I had gone to public school all my life, but now as a senior I couldn't be more happy I decided to go to Cathedral. The teachers are really great and super accessible and will help you when you need it. You are also treated as an adult and I feel I am much more prepared for college and what the future holds for me not only because of the great education I get but also because of the values the school teaches and the people I have met. I love this school and am so glad that I go here.

- submitted by a student
September 13, 2012
This school is pricey, however it is well worth it. Both my kids have been well prepared for college. They had to work hard at their classes, and we had to sacrifice to send our kids there. We could barely afford it but nevertheless this was a once in a lifetime experience for them. The staff members are truly nice people.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I recently graduated from CCHS and it was the best four years. The students are all so friendly and welcoming, it is a blessing to be around everyone. The teachers get to know the students so well and are really passionate about their jobs. They are outstanding at what they do, and love helping the students. They give each student the attention and help they need in order to be most successful, and they push us to do our best. My favorite part of Cathedral was the community. It is such a fun place to be! No matter where you come from, what you believe, what sports you do or don't play, or what you like to study, you will find a place at Cathedral. I loved Cathedral Catholic more than anything and I can't wait to go back and visit! Cathedral has the most school spirit I've ever seen before. Whether it be at our school masses, a sporting event, a rally, a school dance, or even just day to day on campus, the students are very proud of their school, and love to show it. Cathedral Catholic High School is the place to be.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2012
So glad we found this school and got out of the horrible San Diego city schools!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
My son will be a sophomore at Cathedral and he enjoys the challenging classes he has. There is no bullying that he has seen and he has.not mentioned any differences between the rich kids and others. Had he not gone here he would.have had to go to Mission Bay. This is a very good school and he is happy to go there. Bill

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2012
I love working at Cathedral Catholic High School and reading some of these reviews makes me sad. I am sorry that some of these people had negative experiences. I have had many, many positive experiences here and I love the people I work with. I have been teaching for 15 years and have taught in several different schools, both public and private. I left a very high achieving public school to work here and I have never regretted my decision. I believe Cathedral is a special place because of the faculty, staff, families, and most importantly the students. We have some truly amazing and talented kids in our community and I feel lucky to get to interact, discuss, debate, challenge, and learn with them. Our school community really does feel like a family to me. I love this place and hope to spend the rest of my teaching career here. I invite anyone who is interested in our school to come and visit and see what we are all about. We would be happy to see you.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2012
My son is student in this school. He has a really good GPA but they didn't help him to even change one of his classes in his schedule. he has 3 AP classes and 2 of them are in the same day with precalc. Principle is so rude and they don't help you at all. All they want is your money and thats it. there are 1700 students in this school because of that teachers cant pay attention to all of them. so if your child needs someone to push him for studying don't choose this school at all. This school is just a big fancy one with wealthy students. thats it. If you want to waste your money go ahead and send your child to this school. All they want is your MONEY

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2012
My son came to Cathedral after finishing middle school at a private Catholic school (Cathedral was his choice). While Freshman year was an adjustment year (as I think is the case in ANY high school) he absolutely loves it. The campus is practically drug free and extremely safe. Weapons and gang activity are non-existent. To me that is worth all the money in the world. He is entering his Junior year this year and while he complains about the work load and too much testing, the knowledge he has gained there is evident to me when I talk with him about his classes. I must say he has had maybe two really bad teachers (one was his Spanish teacher who everyone seems to have a problem with) but that can happen in any school. My son's friends from Cathedral have spent a lot of time with our family and are the nicest kids I know and a joy to be around. The school has high standards and my son has risen to meet them, because that is what is expected of him. If all schools were like Cathedral, there would be a lot less troubled youth in this country. Great school, great principal and worth every cent in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2012
My son will be a junior at CCHS in the fall. My daughter went to UNI and graduated from CCHS. While I see how a substantial number of students come from very affluent families, it is up to the individual to tell their son or daughter to stay true to themselves and to not feel 'inferior' in any way. I disagree with the extreme selective methods in athletics. If your son/daughter is truly talented, he/she will be part of a team. As simple as that. As for the religious education and previous comments. If the students are looking for 'fun', then they should join a mega church with all the bells and whistles. The presence of the Miles Christi priests on campus is a blessing in itself. I know no school is perfect, but we don't mind making the sacrifices needed to send our children to CCHS. Our daughter was truly prepared for college, while some of her friends who attended public high schools were lost when confronted with the academic demands of a university. This is a college prep school. It's good when teachers know you by name. Snobby kids are pretty much the biggest problem. I'll take that over drugs and police interventions any day, thank you.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2012
While I didn't realize this when I was actually a student there, looking back I realize that this school has done so much for me. I transferred here from a public school of the Poway Unified district and my gosh, what a difference! Cathedral's campus and facilities are beautiful and the classes actually challenge you. If I had stayed at my previous school, I wouldn't have been prepared for college at all.

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2012
I don't know why there is so much hate. My daughter attendes CCHS, and I am a teacher in a public school. This is one of the best schools in SD, parents/haters, do you know what your children get to experience in public schools? From gangs, weapons, drugs, sex in the bathrooms, name it!!! Please, don't tell me you are SO suprised your child learned "bad words" at CCHS, does your kid have a Facebook account? Have you ever checked it??? There is no high school that is going to prevent your child to be exposed to, unfortunately, the bad manners that rule our times, however I feel that at CCHS the students are safe, and that is important to me. As far as the academics are concerned, the student/teacher ratio is excellent, kids are not crammed in classrooms built for 30 that now hold 40 and plus. There is alway room for improvement, like in anything else in life, but considering what the alternatives are, thanks to all the budget cuts to education, a private school is the best option for students that put education first.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
As a parent of a Bullied student, I was very careful about what high school I would put my child in. CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC is an AMAZING SCHOOL! The academics are top notch, and to the student that says "teachers expect you to learn it", this is nonsense. Teachers are highly attentive, helpful and engaged. I help with a couple of sports teams, and speak with current and former students weekly. They LOVE this school, and their teachers. There is NO COMPARISON between CCHS and public school. We attended one of the TOP 10 Public Middle Schools in SD, and CCHS is far and away a much better school. Athletics are top notch, academics are #1 in San Diego, respect and atmosphere is outstanding. The whole "Rich Kids' is ridiculous. I saw more of this at Public Middle School than at CCHS. To any concerned parent, that wants the best for their child, do whatever it takes to get them to CCHS. It is an amazing school. We aren't Catholic, but love the way they encourage kids to support each other, respect other religions, and also contribute to society with volunteer hours. My student was a Straight A student in public school, and has had to STEP UP, in a big way to get close to that at CCHS.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
My daughter completed her first year. She is very happy and so am I. I feel she is getting a quality conservative faith based college prep education. The one star reviews baffle me. I feel all of the one star reviews from June 1st and 2nd were most likely by the same person.There was a similar theme. Rich snobs, religion and athletics. There are rich kids and poor at the school. If you have a problem with wealthy families this is not the school for your student. The school is Catholic, as highlighted in the name "Cathedral CATHOLIC High School. If you have issues with a Catholic school teaching Catholic doctorine then this is not a school for your student. Athletics, some sports are very competitive. Football, Soccor and Basketball. There are lots of other sports available that accept everyone. There are lots of clubs. . The school does a good job of keeping drugs off of the campus. The campus is very safe. If you are transferring to CCHS from a liberal atheist public school it would be difficult to adjust. Catholic schools tend to lean to the right.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
I am currently a senior attending cathedral and I am proud to say that I have done very well academically. Truthfully, to succeed at this school requires a lot of learning on your own. The teachers give out the work and expect the students to figure it out on their own. I personally got back a paper from a teacher that stated "stop wasting my time," when I hadn't done well on a test. Ironically, the teachers don't teach. On the other hand the campus is beautiful, so if you are one who judges something by its cover then this is the perfect place for your child. All in all, the teachers are not willing to help out a student in need which makes it extremely hard to be successful. I've attended this school for four years, I know what I'm talking about. And if you asked another student what they think about this school, I'll guarantee most of the kids would respond the same way I have. Don't ruin your child's life by putting them in this school. Feel free to email me if you have any questions or disagree with anything I have said.

- submitted by a student
January 09, 2012
Cathedral is a great school. When you're on top, you should expect the jealous to try to knock you down. I guess one should never be surprised that the negative coments on this site come from parents and students who struggle with the fact that not everyone can be a star varsity athlete or Rhodes Scholar! As in life, there are those who will succeed and those who won't. At least at CCHS the students who apply themselves and take advantage of the resources that an institution of this type provides, will, ultimately be successful. But given human nature, the ones who fail will be the biggest whiners, blaming their school, society, "the man", or anything convenient for their inability to achieve. My three kids all graduated from Uni and are all successful, contributing citizens with children of their own. Over the years we've stayed close to the CCHS community and the USDHS legacy is still there. Go Dons! Keep the pressure on.

- submitted by a community member
April 17, 2011
This is a college prep school so expect it to be hard work. There seems to be an emphasis on testing at the expense of teaching, but that applies to the public schools too. With a transition student in Junior year, we found the staff very caring and accommodating and are extremely pleased how things panned out.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
We love Cathedral. Walk this campus you will see how high the bar is. Athletics: #1 in CIF in almost every sport,Academics: Ivy league acceptance for the top, UC,State & great private for the rest..Most get admited to 4 yrs. universities. This is not a rich school, plenty of students get financial help & they should. This is also a school of all colors and yes, religions as well. (Catholicism is taught) Uniforms,rules & detentions go with it. They try to make an impact on your student in 4 years. I looked at our top local public school & put my money here because our expectations are high also.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2011
School sets high standards in academics and athletics so your kids do their very best. Very happy with the school, community and catholic education!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2011
We live in Fallbrook, CA, and drive and hour each way just to get to this school--it's that good. Both my daughters are in Advanced Placement classes and Honors courses, and I am astounded at the gravity of the work they accomplish. I know that my college was not harder than their high school and I believe they are getting the best education possible. We would never leave Cathedral, and we recommend it to all our friends. In responce to the Transfer Student's review, neither of my girls found Cathedral to be overly snobbish. This is a great school and we will send all of our children and friends here.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2011
We win our CIF and state titles by selecting the best of the best. We work hard, nothing comes easy. And rich or poor, nobody buys their way onto a team. Therefore, rich snobs is a bit of an ignorant statement. We work hard to achieve good grades. To give this school 3/5 stars, simply because your child could not meet the academic, athletic and social standards, is an aimlessly poor way to judge a school. If your child is really the outstanding student/athlete you know him/her to be, the he/she should be able to withstand the difficult standards of an excellent school. Yes, it is a catholic school; they teach and practice catholic values, however, it is not exactly a charity foundation. Nor, is it a disabled outreach program, it is a college preparatory school. The people that rated this school must have been expecting something else; maybe they should have researched it better. You don t rent a comedy film, when you re expecting to cry about drama.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2011
Go big or go home because this school breeds winners and has no time for students who have no drive to be the best. Graduated in 2010 and was happy with my experience. Lots of opportunities to get involved. A new school so a chance for one to make a lasting difference in the school's history. Personally, I worked in the schools newspaper and got one of my stories published in the county magazine and helped the film department upgrade all their cameras to high definition.

- submitted by a student
September 28, 2010
I liked Cathedral in some ways, hated it in others. Socially, it was okay. A lot of rich snobs but it's not too hard to find a niche. Athletically, the cuts are pretty hard for baseball and basketball but there is a no cut policy for football, rugby and wrestling which were the only sports I played. Academically, I had a few great teachers, a lot of average ones, and some who would hate on you all year long and even more who didn't even know how to teach. That being said, I enjoyed Cathedral. My main problem was the commute involved and the hassle it was arranging things with friends who live all over San Diego. Don't go to this school expecting to do a lot of stuff on the weekends.

- submitted by a student
September 16, 2010
After having one son graduate from Cathedral and a second attending, I have come to realize that Cathedral only cares for students who are high achievers or super athletes. There is no room for the average student and forget about any form of help if you are struggling. Super strict yes, but unreasonable in their handling is an understatement. The staff can harrass the students anytime they want, judge your kid if he or she is struggling or not an elite athlete. I can say this as I have six years of experience with this school and every year I became more and more disappointed. We started when it was still Uni..A much better school before it came up north and became a rich snobby school. The staff is horrible and only care about making sure Cathedral Catholic becomes an elite school. Nurturing? not in the least....Save your money...

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2010
One of the top schools in San Diego. The school athletic facilities are #1 , small teacher to student ratio, academics and athletics combined with prayer is why there are so many successful graduates. Cathedral is for the student who wants to excell. It is not for the average or below average undeciplined student who wants to skate by high school. Most of these students transfer out after their freshmen year and thus the low rating from these bitter students and parents. If students sincerly make an effort they will grow academically and athletically.. If you are already a top scholar or athlete you will grow even more and find yourself at a top university. If you are a top athlete you will have even greater opportunities as recruiters look for Cathedral athletes because they know how to win Championships. Year after year they win more CIF titles than any other

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
An absolutely awful experience! As a transfer student, I was disappointed in every way possible about this school. Both the students and faculty are snobbish elitists, and most of the teachers could care less about the students' educations. Class options are limited, class sizes are double what they should be for the tuition, counselors are not helpful inthe least. The admin reserves the right to harass students mercilessly over petty issues, and dole out undeserved detentions left and right. Sports cuts are brutal and take the fun out of athletics. And the dances/activities are boring and poorly planned. Everything about Cathedral has made me feel as if I have wasted this school year and $11k of my parents' money to no avail, so I could not be any happier to be switching schools next year!

- submitted by a student
April 24, 2010
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- submitted by a student
April 23, 2010
After two years here we are done. We should not have come back for the second year but really wanted to give Cathedral a chance. Contrary to what is told to those matriculating from the Diocese middle schools, Cathedral IS NOT the same school as Uni. I would say that over half of the student at Cathedral did not matriculate from the Catholic School system. I would not even say half are even Catholic. Makes no difference to Cathedral, where unlike other Catholic high school in the area, there is no tuition price discount for Catholic students, sending the message that they do not value faithful Catholic families anymore than non-Catholic families. The student population is drawn from wealthy (non-Catholic) North County residents which is reflected in the sense of entitlement of both the students and the parents. The parents and students think the rules just don't apply to them. D-

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
Cathderal looks like a beautiful mini-junior college from the outside. But, I agree with the post on May 23, 2009 stating 'Not so much attention paid to those students who struggle'. We chose CCHS for our child over the well reknown Poway Unified School District high school to be in a more nurturing, structured Catholic environment. The transition was difficult all around. The religion classes were great and improved the character of my child. However, the majority of kids are from wealthy families and drive expensive cars which made my child feel poor. The teachers were not dedicated and were difficult to find for after-school help. We transferred our student back to the Poway Unified School District in the junior year We are one of 8 families that did this. We misjudged our public school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
Academically strong. Athletically over the top (good athletes who could play at other schools will be excluded here). Safe and beautiful but this comes at a cost - Behavioral standards are EXTREMELY strict with detentions, referrals, and even police calls for fairly normal teen behavior Enter at your own risk.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2010
I chose to go to Cathedral over all the other schools in San DIego county, including the local public school which is in the top 100 in the nation. The first 2 weeks at CCHS were great but then it all went downhill from there. If you aren't super outgoing and high spirited in the first weeks of school you're automatically judged. Over the first semester i'd come home crying because I was having such a horrible experience. I thought the people were very judgemental, snobby, not including, and very materilisric. If you aren't super rich then it seems as if you are looked down upon. also its horrible having people come from all over the county because then on weekends if you do try and hang out with them its next to impossible. I was so unhappy i left at the end of the 1st semester.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2010
We could NOT be happier with the school. The teachers are superior at their jobs, but more imporantly they care about the students and really go out of their way to help them do well. The atmsophere is friendly and encourages social activity, with lots of dances, sporting events, rallies, and so forth. The counseling team is awesome and the principal is a truly good and decent man. We feel blessed to have found this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2009
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October 23, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
October 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 21, 2009
As a recently graduated student, I found my experience at Cathedral unfortunately disappointing, largely because it was such a new school, still in the process of developing its curriculum and individual 'spirit.' Despite this, I believe the school had steadily improved since my freshman year, and will continue to do so in the future. Students who end up attending the best colleges excel strongly in either academics or athletics. A significant complaint among academically oriented students is that there is heavy grade deflation that often leaves the best Cathedral students at a disadvantage when applying to colleges and gaining admittance. This is why very few students ultimately attend Ivy League or other top schools. Cathedral is still making a name for itself among top universities, and will likely not catch up to its counterparts (including Torrey Pines, Bishops, Francis Parker, and La Jolla High) for some time. Most students come from North County, and although Cathedral may be criticized for having a lot kids with a sense of entitlement, there are definitely some down to earth, practical students. Cliques maintain a strong prevalence on and off campus, but there is no reason why any student can't find their particular niche. The more advanced classes tend to have the better, more experienced teachers, but as is in all schools Cathedral has its lemons. I know plenty of people that have become enamored with Cathedral, and to end up truly happy with the school; it takes the right individual. When choosing a high school it is very important to determine what you are looking for, and what your goals are in the future. For students who are more self reliant, I think they would feel stifled at Cathedral and could thrive much more at another local school, but for students who are less confident and need some coddling, Cathedral is a good place.

- submitted by a student
June 15, 2009
I absolutely love this school. I just completed my freshman year and am looking forward to the next 3 years at CCHS! It's such a great school and is strong both academically and athletically. All of our teams are very prestigious, which makes it an even bigger deal once you make one. The teachers are so dedicated to their jobs and really give their 100% all of the time. They are always open for tutoring before and after school and if you're ever failing a class they make sure to give you special attention so you can bring that grade up! There are so many opportunities to grow as a person at CCHS-we have amazing sports teams, many clubs, and ASB, Campus Ministry, and Ambassadors! In my one year spent at CCHS I have grown as a person in so many ways.

- submitted by a student
June 08, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 23, 2009
Not a particularly good value for your $$$. Expected more from a Catholic high school. School admin is mostly interested in higher performing academic and athletic students who will bring 'prestige' to the school (and hence more $$). Not so much attention paid to those students who struggle..teacher/admin attitudes are inflexible to these poor 'step children'. Great athletic programs which is the one reason we kept our student enrolled there, but if your student doesn't play a club sport, the likelyhood of being able to make a team is greatly diminished. Overall attitude of students is that of 'entitlement' which reflects the socio-economic class that enrollment is drawn from. We would move our student if there was a better alternative, unfortunately the public schools in San Diego are worse.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating March 25, 2009
As a parent of a non athletic student who is challenged academically, I find the staff and resources at CCHS too limited or unavailable to students requiring useful outside classroom assistance. There is no justice for all here. The administration asserts the right to harass, interrogate and insult students that make decisions that may be immature yet common for teenagers. As an educator in the public school system, I feel the tuition, lack of personal care and attention to matters that concern all are worthy of anyone's concern. I guess my money pays for the lovely campus and extracurricular activities offered. The high school experience here does not bolster self esteem or treat all students with due respect. I teach students and my family that respect is a two way street and to always forgive, forget and move on. Such is not the philosophy at CCHS in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2009
Cathedral has been a bit of a disappointment for our family. Our freshman a strong student academically, came from a public school setting & had a hard time transitioning. The sports teams are extremely difficult to make roster if you are not the 'cream of the crop'. We were really hoping that our son would have a balanced high school experience, but that hasn't been the case. We think the campus is beautiful, but that does not make a school. We are transferring back to our local high school in Tierrasanta where most of his friends went to begin with. Admin has been a bit lax on dress code & some conduct of students (PDA) has not been addressed. For our family, not worth the money spent. Such a shame...

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 07, 2008
I really enjoyed attending Uni/Cathdedral. I attended four years of extracurricular activities including Campus Ministry and ASB. Teachers are good. I'm sorry but dress code is not strictly enforced, they just like saying that for some reason. I give safety an A+. Lovely campus, awesome people. I loved my experience there and thank God for being an alumni. I recommend joining a club or sport.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2008
super strict, takes away any sort of school spirit, an ok school if you like being around rich snobs all the time

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October 02, 2008
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September 19, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
no rating June 12, 2008
For the amount of $$ spent on our child's education our expectations for a well prepared college entrant were quickly dashed and the staff was far more concerned with self esteem and not 'ruining the student socially' than interested in helping us turn the poor grades around.

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March 15, 2008
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March 14, 2008
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February 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2008
it is so fun and has great academics. My son loves it cause there is a surf teeam!

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January 29, 2008
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October 19, 2007
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September 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2007
Cathedral Catholic High School truely has a warm and welcoming atmosphere rooted in the values of the Catholic Christian tradition. I was very pleased when I arrived on campus for the first time freshman year! Coming from a public school I knew almost no one, but I found the students at Uni/Cathedral to be extremely amiable, welcoming, and embracing. I was very pleased with my experience over the past four years at Uni and Cathedral.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2007
Very good school, great teachers teaching very many levels of classes that will surely be a fit for any student academically. Overall the classes are wonderful, the AP programs especially. If you are a student looking for very challenging college preparatory work this is the place for you. If you are below average student however this place is probably not worth the money. Sports wise cathedral packs it in with the various programs, some of the best are our top ranked basketball, football teams as well as out swimming that received a number one rank for the girls team in 2005-2006 year. Safety and security are paramount at Cathedral, I have never felt endangered at any time. Dress code is strongly enforced so student need to be aware of that.

- submitted by a staff
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Cathedral Catholic High School
5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA  92130
(858) 523-4000
Last modified Cathedral Catholic High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Cathedral Catholic High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 69 reviews. Top