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9-12
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 2,267
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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13010 Paseo Lucido
San Diego, CA 92128

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(858) 485-4800
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January 30, 2013
i went to this school and the only thing good about it is their music program. Its haaaaaaaaaaard baby. they prepare you for your music career really well. We have won tournaments for like the past decade now. If you are going there for the music, let me give you some advice. If you arent in it to win it.... get out. nothing else about this school is worth talking about. i gave it 5 out 5 just because of their music program

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2012
My three kids attended RBHS. All three were accepted by major universities including UCLA, Univ of Texas, Univ of Michigan just to name a few. They also received merit and talent based scholarships. RBHS teachers and staff prepared them well (along with parental motivation!) My 2 sons loved the school, but my daughter felt like she didn't quite fit into the social circles there. Her senior year was a little out of the ordinary, and the principal and counselors worked with her to help her meet her goals. I must say that Principal Paul Robinson (who just recently left RBHS) is an exceptional educator and administrator. He had a true caring attitude for his students, particularly the ones who were out of the main stream. I believe that Paul attended every sporting event, choir concert, band performance and student activitiy that was held at the school. My kids have moved on, but they (and I ) fondly remember their time at RBHS. The best thing you can do for your student in school is to volunteer your time to one of the many school organizations, and get you kids involved in an extracurricular activity that they enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2011
I am a student at RBHS and I feel that some of the safety mesures here are not quite taken seriously...Also the teachers can tend to pick out favorites from their classes and they would mostly just be mean to the other students

- submitted by a community member
June 15, 2011
As a former RB student, I would honestly have to say there school is nothing to special or anything remotely close to brag about. I grew up in the area and was very excited to go to RBHS after getting an inner-district transfer just to attend the school instead of another PUSD school that I now attend. However, I was greatly disspapointed with RB. The academics are subpar, as RB goes by the traditional semester schedule in which you take 12 courses a year, 3 less than the PUSD's other high school's Mt. Carmel and Del Norte, and 4 less than Westview. The decelerated learning pace could help kids who struggle in school, but with one 30 minute after-school tutorial through the course of one week, not much help is given. The teachers (who were also coaches) at times seemed to care about RB's sports more than the actual class itself, as RB has a very heavy sports reputation. The school campus seems a bit more outdated than it should be considering it opened in 1990, but it's not a major problem. The upsides about RB are definitely the sports and school pride. RB's school spirit is a huge thing that I enjoyed during my time there. Overall RBHS is decent, but look elsewhere if you can.

- submitted by a student
June 04, 2011
The review that starts "This school does not have a funding problem,..." is so off base that I had to comment. I have 2 kids in RB High and have been extremely impressed with the school, staff, and programs. RBHS is ranked very high on greatschools.org for a reason. They have top notch teachers and administrators that really care for students and want them to succeed in school and in life. One pearl is the RBHS band program. This is one of the top programs in CA and wins most of the major competitions. College music programs all know about RBHS. My son is receiving a scholarship because of his involvement in the band program. The school also has a premier sports program and wins championships every year. The baseball program is nationally known and received a national championship several years ago. Overall, it is all about the education, though, and I feel my kids will be completely prepared for college. As a parent, I am thrilled my kids were able to attend RBHS.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
Coming from a student at RB High, i have a different perspective. Rancho Bernardo is not the prettiest high school, nor is it the cleanest. Yeah its "an old school" but most students forget the layout of the school during their time at RB. Rancho Bernardo is a very competitive high school when it comes to both athletics and academics and our music program consistantly beats all the other schools. Thats the reason RB is #1 against all other PUSD schools, it has heart & pride. Some of the most challenging AP and honors classes out there are at RB. It is true though that if your child is an average student or has trouble in school, i wouldn't pick Rancho Bernardo. From what i've seen most students who don't do well here are usually the un-motivated ones, teachers don't hold your hands here but thats true for most schools. This is a very famous high school for a reason, Broncos are #1!

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January 19, 2010
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November 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
This school does not have a funding problem, it has a management problem. The class schedules, rotations and outrageous holiday schedules combined with a 'do the minimum' faculty put learning in the backseat. The priority is to fill the seats and perform on the standardized tests. They actually took classroom time out last year for an assembly to remind students to get to bed early and be prepared for the testing the next week. The teachers do not expect much out of the students. I can't say RB is any worse than other schools in the area. Its not a war zone and if your child is motivated and on the honors track they can thrive. If they need help, structure, expectation etc, go private or don't expect much.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
Although we are very familiar with RBH's reputation, that is a past reputation. Moving to the area it was obvious that the district has cut way, way back due to funding. The grounds we only 'maintained' if a bit run down for a school that age. We could not get into guidance to discuss our childs needs, and when we finally we able to, we were met with incredible crassness, and uncaring guidance office. Class after class gone due to the budget crisis. Yes, they kept AP courses so was signed up. But there is no depth to education anymore and it was clear that 'caring' was gone when the school lost funding. My kid who is very bright will sink it that cesspool. We are going private. Hopefully, funding will improve and attitudes will adjust.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 30, 2009
This school used to be an amazing school for just about anything. But because of the budget cuts, the 2009-2010 school year is not going to have many good programs. They are cutting or trimming some of the best and most popular classes. They dont offer summer school unless you got a D or F in the class, or need special education. If the year was 2006, I would say this is one of the best schools in the USA, but because of the budget cuts, it wont be anymore. I'm finishing my freshmen year.

- submitted by a student
May 22, 2009
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May 22, 2009
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May 22, 2009
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January 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 13, 2008
Best school in all of San Diego. Excellent teachers, responsive administration stellar scores, but atmosphere is not at all competitive. Teachers are always extremely helpful and open to parents. My sons and daughters have prospered here.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
one of the best schools in san diego i enjoy going here

- submitted by a student
July 15, 2008
i just finished my freshman year at rb. at first i came to the school not knowing anybody. the teachers are really helpful and theres alot of amazing people there. as long as you go to tutorial and just do your work you will do well. :)

- submitted by a student
no rating February 11, 2008
RBHS is not an average HS. AP students receive excellent attention. Slow learners receive excellent attention. Average students (the majority) are just another number with most being forced to take classes they neither want nor need for possible college entrance. Counseling consists of making an appointment 1-2 weeks in advance --unless you are in one of the two mentioned groups-- and the appointment will be at the counselor's descretion... not the student's. Too many Vice-Principles that are seldom even seen at the school. In short, if you child is an average child he/she will get lost in the system and would do much better at any of the other Poway District high schools.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2007
I would say RB is an excellent school. I currently am a junior there are i think we have a record of good academics, athletics, and our fine and performing arts programs are some of the best out there. it is a well rounded school, with well rounded, generally really nice people.

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2007
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- submitted by a student
September 15, 2007
I currently attend RBHS as a freshman, and I have to say that the faculty, the staff, and the other students just don't care. There are few 'fun' clubs, as most of them are either community service or ethnic clubs. I have not seen the principal once in my month attending, and we have had 2 assemblies. Band is no longer a fun elective. The music program is unusually intense, with many practice hours and required attendance at football games to play at half time. All in all, I dislike the school, and I plan on moving to a new venue as soon as possible.

- submitted by a student
June 25, 2007
As of 2007 graduating class there were about 750 students per grade with over 40% of students taking an AP class their time at RBHS. The school is known for its excellent baseball program with families actually relocating to their area to get into the same. This makes the program and other athletics highly competitive. There is a lack of sufficient student parking with many of the surrounding streets posted as 'no parking' as the school is in the middle of a residential area. The area is comprised of middle to upper middle class families and does not suffer from a lack of necessary funding and parental participation evident at many other public schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2007
RBHS is an excellent school. The education is comparable to that of a private school. The teachers really give a damn about the future of their students. Students have to want to learn and should take advantage of everything that RBHS has to offer. Take some time to compare schools in the area, the county and the state and you will clearly see that the numbers speak in volumes. If a child is falling through the cracks, please make a reassessment at what is going on at home before blaming the school. This is true with any school. This school does not cater specifically to athletes or honor students. It's good for anyone who is willing to apply themselves. The RBHS Foundation has done some amazing things with monies raised and help keep the school up to par. It's a priviledge to have my child attend RBHS!

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2006
The teachers academics are absolutely a dread. There music program needs to lighten and entertain. The campus is flooded with students. Their athletics program needs more funding. My son begged for a district transfer to mount carmel high,(which he now loves), and with these reasons I don't blame him.

- submitted by a teacher
July 03, 2006
I was student at Rancho Bernardo High School, and it was fantastic. The teachers are involved and dedicated to their students despite large classes and lower funding than they would like. The math program is fantastic, especially for gifted students. The sports programs are competitive but they really help kids improve. The music program is absolutely top of the line, from choir to band to orchestra. The directors are absolutely wonderful and talented, and the programs receive a lot of support from the students and administration. AP classes at this school were available, challenging, and helpful, and overall this school is great from preparing students for college while still helping them along and providing a spirited, fun atmosphere. The counselors are great and provide a lot of help to students, much of which is underutilized. THere are many tutoring programs for struggling students, and overall this school is grat for everyone.

- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2006
This is as fine a high school as you will find. The levels of teaching, academics, extracurricular activities and administrative leadership are all outstanding. The school scores consistently high in the state tests and their athletic program is one of the best overall programs around. There is a great mix of students with a lot of different avenues for them to pursue. I would recommend this school to any parent.

- submitted by a teacher
May 06, 2006
Having moved to RB from out of state I was excited about my kind attending, but realized that if your child fell through the cracks there is a long, lonely way up with not much help. The schools talks a great line but falls far short of expectations. They will address a problem but it may take 2 -3 weeks to get at it. They promise the world but dont deliver.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
Fortunately, RBHS emphasizes excellence, especially in academics [many AP classes, many/new computers, large library, quality teachers, academic EC activities (heavily funded and staffed by parents)]. The same is true in EC sports and music. Only the best (i.e., most dedicated) 'make the team', including coaches and facilities. Parents donate much time and money to offset the minimized state funding in these areas. RBHS aims for success, not entitlements. RBHS is the wrong school for parents who want less-homework, any-kid-on-any-team, more-trade-schooling, etc.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2006
Very good school with exceptional teachers. My daughter is AP and does very well here. EC activities are also up to par.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
Great school excelent academics, great athletics, and wonderful school environment. RBHS excels in every field that it participates in... counselors are a great help when applying to colleges... Many AP courses and 'fun' courses available.

- submitted by a student
February 20, 2006
I went to RBHS and graduated in 2004. This is a great school. Teachers and counselors are easily accessible when students need help. It is a safe environment where diversity is embraced and danger seems nonexistent. 99.9% of my teachers were overly-qualified and involved. The school had many wonderful after-school and in-school activities and clubs. Pretty much every class I was interested in was available to take and my experience was an enjoyable one. Resources are readily available including a wonderful library stocked with a wide selection of books and filled with the latest technology in computers. Parents were very involved in school life as volunteers and seemed very involved in the students' educations. The Poway District has a great reputation for a reason and RBHS lives up to all expectations. As a former student, I would highly recommend attending this school.

- submitted by a former student
January 03, 2006
Both of my children attended RBHS and had a fabulous experience, as did I as a parent. Most of their teachers were outstanding educators (only two exceptions)who challenged them to achieve while giving them support when it was needed. Teachers were always available to my children and to me. Parents are an integral part of the school, but do not control it as can be the case at some schools. It is truly an institution where parents are partners. The principal, Jeff King, is a great administrator. In fact, in the spring before he came to RBHS, he was already attending events on campus and introducing himself to students and parents. He has continued to be a positive visible presence. I can't say enough good about the education my children received at RBHS! Thank you, teachers and administration!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 21, 2005
Everything's great. I love it here.

- submitted by a former student
November 15, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 27, 2005
We have had 3 students attend this school with mixed results. Our two oldest students enjoyed the strong academic program at the school, but the quality of classes diminished with our second child. The music program at this school is outstanding. Our third student was in the special education program, which lacked severely. We experienced significant difficulties with the campus and administration in meeting the IEP goals of our student.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
This school is unfair and political when it comes to sports. Too bad that so many kids are excluded from this high shcool experience.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2005
1. Academic programs are excellent, although the amount of homework assigned is excessive. 2. Music, arts, sports, and other activities are encouraged and it appears most kids participate in at least one extracirricular activity. 3. Incredible amount of parent involvement in the school, although not as much as the feeder elementary and middle schools. 4. Principal King is an awesome and charismatic leader. He'll probably become Superintendent of Poway Schools some day.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Academics take a backseat to sports. Science teachers are excellent. Kids who get sick and miss school for a few days are unable to catch up due to the amount of homework assigned. It's obvious that parents don't discipline their kids at this school because they're unruly and rude at school, preventing serious students from receiving an unfettered education.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2005
This is a great school mainstream students looking for a good education and extracurricular activities. The music and sports programs are second to none! This is a large school so students with extra needs will tend to get lost if they don't have committed parents watching over their education.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
May 25, 2005
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April 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2004
This school is too crowded. Many of the teachers overlook the students that need help or just have questions in class because they are in too much of a hurry to explain their lesson plan and move on. A lot of the students are too involved in the social/sports aspect of high school rather than academics and the teachers approve of this. Sports and socializing are great but learning should be the biggest focus.

- submitted by a former student
May 24, 2004
I agree. Most of the teachers and staff at RBHS are a joke. Many of the students and parents at this school (and district) are being misinformed about many things, including the 'great' academic quality. In truth, there are many secrets and lies that are being hidden, I fear. -A disappointed parent

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2004
The teachers at RBHS are the most disappointing. They do not know how to teach the students at all and are all very prejudiced when dealing with individuals' grades. Moreover, school pride regarding sports and ASB seems to be more stressed than academics.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I couldn't have asked for a better school!

- submitted by a former student
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Rancho Bernardo High School
13010 Paseo Lucido, San Diego, CA  92128
(858) 485-4800
Last modified Rancho Bernardo High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rancho Bernardo High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top