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5156 Santo Road
San Diego, CA 92124

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February 05, 2014
When a person first walks into the campus of Junipero Serra High School ones perception of the school changes based on what one does in their high school year and which teachers you get. Personally there are things I like about this school such as the ranges of diversity in this school to the people in the school. Who the people are defines the school and this school it is way harder to define the cliques. That is a major plus. Yet the school as a ego and "We love fried chicken" just about sums it up. Personally i am not in thrill of the condition of the school yet the programs and kids make up for it. I am in NJROTC in which some minor repairs could drastically change the outlook on this unit. I am a fan of JROTC i see how it establishes patriotism, creates young leaders and more mature people yet leadership rests on the staff and how they impact the lives of the cadets. All in all this depends on the bias of the kids. you do not have to be a mastermind to be in this school just take the classes which are a necessity which some people like I hate. I am not a fan that when I am an senior next year it is either regular or AP classes oh well, got to deal with what you got.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2013
I am so thankful my daughter attends Serra High. The staff is very involved and the teachers are in contact with parents regarding students progress. My child who is autistic has not had any problems, it seems like the kids who attend are more open to helping others with special needs. I feel as though mt child's best interests are being considered and my input is valued as well!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2012
to the parents who think they will get involved and make it better . good luck the administration at this school can counter any possible common sense you have about your childs education. the front office needs to be fired !!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
Counselors and a very few of the administrative staff need much to be desired. It was a GREAT thing that .. ...... retired before this school year began. Until contact with this situation, my children and family previously experienced competant, engaged, energetic, motivated reliable, knowledgeable experiences with other school administration and personnel with other schools. Until this exposure, a counselor who was consistently poorly representing a school and poorly advising students by being largely inattentive and extremely aloof, was something very foreign to me and my family; however, it seemed this counselor was heavily protected by the administration. WHAT AN OVERALL DISAPPOINTMENT..

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2011
I disagree with the way the other poster has characterized the drug problem at Serra High School. The drug problem is throughout San Diego County. While we all struggle to watch our kids and filter who they interact with, I kind of think it is a bit unfair to blame the problem on the school. We live in a different time with all of the cutbacks in our school system and as parents we should be getting more involved with the school, not tearing down staff credibility. I usually never comment on sites like this but I have looked at a lot of the schools before selecting Serra through the Choice program. Serra High School is a good school as long as you stay involved with the school and your kids life. San Diego Unified School District is NOT a place to send your kids to school if you are an "autopilot parent."

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
We've been very pleased with our boys' experiences at Serra High. One of our sons is graduating & is off to U of A! He had many opportunities in his 4 years at Serra to prepare for the college-life that is ahead of him (successful sports teams, student leadership, academic clubs, AP classes, & fun clubs). He performed well on his SAT's, and was accepted into many top colleges, including schools in the UC system. Our other son, a sophomore, continues to shine as well. He is consistently being challenged and getting straight A's. He too has been on a successful CIF playoff sports team, is involved in Key Club, AP club, and takes full advantage of all that Serra has to offer. We are so thankful that our kids chose Serra High, & are blessed that the school is in our own backyard!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
I would not send your kid's to Serra. The administration is very distant. Some the teacher's are very kind and care about the student's but about half of the teachers seem like they just don't care about the student. In their defense, most of the students don't care about themselves. The students are mostly rude, interruptive and unintelligent, with a minority of the school being tolerable. The faculty and community seems to pump money into the sports programs, even though only a few of the teams at Serra are consistent let alone consistently good. The VAPA department has great teachers, with Mrs. Howell being one of the best theatre teachers and Mr. Rea being one of the best band directors in the county. The only problem is, the VAPA department recieves very little money at the district, school, and community levels. They do work very hard with what they have.

- submitted by a student
January 21, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 20, 2010
well i really enjoy going to Serra, although i feel some of my classes could be more organized i think that overall this is a good school. the sports programs are good and they involove the students in many clubs and extracurricular activities. the teachers could work on their relationships with students, but they do provide tutoring after school one on one with your actual teacher and not just a random student. this school has room for improvement but what high school doesn't? i love it here(:

- submitted by a student
no rating November 03, 2009
I absolutely love this school. I'm now a sophomore & well into my 2nd year. I'm looking forward to the next couple of years at Serra! It's a great school and is strong both academically (currently taking 3 AP classes which are very challenging) and athletically we have many strong teams in our league: (Football, Field Hockey, Tennis, Badminton, Wrestling, Cross Country, etc) . The teachers are dedicated to their jobs and really give us 100%. They are always open for tutoring before/after school if you need some extra 'help'. There are so many opportunities to grow as a person at SHS-we have many strong sports teams, an abundance of clubs, NJROTC, Senior-Buddies, & ASB. In my one year spent at Serra I have grown as a person in so many ways.

- submitted by a student
March 30, 2009
In reflecting upon our son's experience at Serra High School, we can honestly say that we made the right choice in sending him to this school. Our son is participating on sports teams, involved in two clubs, & feels accepted and safe here. His grades & test scores reflect the success he is finding at Serra High. We find the administration here friendly, involved, & very accessible. The school has an active PTSA & Foundation which takes monies raised & puts them back into our kids' school. Some feedback I would offer is to work on the campus look...meaning, new paint throughout the school would spruce the campus up immensely. Two thumbs up, overall, from this set of parents.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2009
This school gives students a hard time over insoquential things and focuses more on funding than on the welfare of their students.do not send your kid here.The athletics program is among the worst ive seen.Teachers seem to have no relationship with students.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
While this school has good intentions of improving they can only do this with the support of parents. Unfortunately, many of the students/parents do not live in the local community and subsequently do not volunteer or donate needed funds. That leaves 30 pct of the local population to attempt to pick up the funding shortfalls and volunteer base.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2008
My daughter continues to receive an excellent education at Serra High School! Perhaps I can best share how great it is by sharing her accomplishments. As a Sophomore she worked hard and received a 4.3 GPA. She passed two AP Classes with a 3 and scored Advanced in all but one category on the CST. And the lower score was that of proficiency. She also passed the CA High School Exit Exam. This year she's taking two AP Classes, two Honors classes, Ceramics and Spanish. She's a well challenged, well rounded, bright and happy child. She feels secure at Serra and loves her teachers. And she's already scoring high on practice SAT exams. Serra High School is providing her with the kind of High School education I had hoped to find for her. And... it's a Public School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 10, 2008
Think twice before sending your child here. I think it needs alot of improvement. Students basically in my opinion rule the school. Test scores are the main focus. and if the scores did not improve this year this school will be in program improvement.

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July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2008
I think the school was improving, but with budget cuts there is no telling what will happen next year. The parent involvement appears to be the same parents year after year. The school needs more parent involvement. The spanish and math departments need improvement. The Science department has greatly improved over the last two years. Some staff are involved, but overall they are good. The administration is supportive to parents and involved. They could be more present at senior events. The coaching departments need improvement. There is always room for improvement and I think some of Serra's staff is trying.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2008
This school is great. I'd say it's like any other school. If the students like it, then they like it. If not, then it's not the school's fault. The teachers are good. The dances are great, and the clubs are wonderful. Need I SAY MORE?

- submitted by a student
June 12, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2008
I would not recommend this school. They push the students into taking numerous advanced classes at the same time and do not care about what grade they recieve. Both the councelors and principal does not respond to correspondence and communications. They are not doing what is in the best interest of the children. Poor school and poor management. I am very very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2007
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June 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2007
I agree with a comment another parent made regarding honors/AP classes over the regular coursework. It is unfortunate that there are not more classes geared toward the above average student at Serra. The Sophmores have the advantage of choosing three different types of history where elsewhere there are only two choices. I have a son that had both. The teaching for regular classes was below his academic ability and I found the subject content of Junior/Senior English to be at a level my 7th grader could handle. However, for the most part the Honors/AP classes were of high quality and the majority of the teachers were very supportive and helpful, especially in the science/math department. Parent/Class 2007

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
Principal doesn't listen; teachers are not respectful toward students; counselors don't help us. If you want to get to college, then you better find some help somewhere else. Students get punished for trivial things. A lot of problems at this school!

- submitted by a former student
January 05, 2007
Late start tuesdays disrupt students' schedule and provide no benefit to them. Students are treated with disrespect by teachers.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2006
As an '04 graduate of serra, I would say avoid this school at all costs. The learning environment is non-existant, and cheating is rampant. The division between staff and student is clear and leads to apprehension amongst both. This school has a facade of wellness, but actually it is an empty cavern -- pushing students through the 'public education' mill. Although I fared well after Serra, I wouldn't credit my education at Serra for any of it. In fact, my time at Serra made me suceptible to laziness -- as the staff doesn't attempt to push students higher.

- submitted by a former student
June 20, 2006
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May 25, 2006
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- submitted by a student
March 21, 2006
If your child is a scholar (AVID Seminar)or if you are very involved as a parent (Booster, PTA, sports mom or dad that can take your child to all of their games, this school is great for you. If both parents have to work and your child is average, the teachers 'teach subjects to pass the state tests, not actually teaching a subject.' The Principal? Well she never returns phone calls.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
If you're on the 'college track' the classes can be good to excellent. 'Regular' classes can be like raucous warehouses where discipline is virtually non-existant, as is learning. Extremely rigid administration, except for the counseling staff, who all seemed sane and reasonable.

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July 03, 2005
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April 29, 2005
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April 15, 2005
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November 17, 2004
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- submitted by a former student
June 05, 2004
I am currently a student at Serra High School and I find it a very good school. I like the diversity and all the extracurricular activities including ROTC. I think anyone considering going here should definitely go here. I love this school and most kids I know love it too.

- submitted by a student
June 05, 2004
I am so impressed with the work that the principal is doing to ensure the success of all students. She has been working on the improvement of instruction. Teachers are more focused on supporting student success, especially around California State Standards. Serra H.S. has a friendly and safe atmosphere about it. I am so happy that my children attend this fine school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2004
This school has fallen apart. How can the principal even be talking about academic excellence until they get some regular discipline going? Was the fight/safety problems discussed when the people from the Western Schools Committee came to visit this year? The principal seems totally out of touch.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
First off I am a parent of a child who has no choice but to be bussed in because the district will not allow her to attend in her own area Morse. And I must say it isn't the children's fault the school is going through a rashining of violence I hold the school accountable, not the children or the parents. My experience with Serra is that the staff doesn't care about the children. There isn't enough staff and student interaction and I believe that is why the school itself is suffering. You very well can't expect kids to teach themselves social skills. The [school] expects the students to figure everything out themselves and that isn't going to happen. I feel that the schools really need to get more involved. A very involved parent M. Caliver

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Well, I graduated from Serra is 1983 and my son went to Serra in 02-03. We had to move to Moreno Valley last year for personal reasons. My son misses that school and so do I. Even with all the kids being bused in, the military kids coming and going thru the years, the school still has kept it's high standards. All schools have some problems. I was proud to go to that school and proud that my son got a taste of it. Be proud that you or your kids get the chance to go to a school with great history for the most part. Plus, it's not all the teachers, get envolved yourself. You also can make a difference.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2004
School is hampered in its adademic achievement by students bussed in from other parts of San Diego. While creating diversity, it also creates tension among students which administration is unable to eliminate. The extracurricular activities are limited (in fairness this is due to District budget constraints) and superior students are not challenged. The current principal is trying to improve the academic climate, however with a significant percentage of bussed in students and a large number of students whose parents are in the military, there is a substantial fraction of the student body with minimal or no parental involvement. District policies and budget cuts have resulted in many experienced teachers leaving. In sum: a school with great, but largely unrealized potential.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2004
Serra High is not given the credit it deserves. Parents from the surrounding community frequently send their children elsewhere. Too much diversity?? Those who stay and contribute to the school make a huge impact because they are dedicated parents who strive for the best . There is a brand new specialized academy for technology, AP classes, a marching band and drama, athletics, ROTC, just for starters. Community volunteer hours are required and seniors are required to make an oral presentation in order to graduate. The curriculum is a very ambitious college prep. Your student will be pushed. Weakness: Vocational education is lacking.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2003
I am not a parent; I am actually a student a Serra High School. Overall Serra is not a bad school. They could do more work with the teacher s interaction with the students. It is hard to get my word out in school, so this is one of my many ways of letting somebody know. Finally I want to say that the Principal is doing a great job and I am very proud of her success and commitment!

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Serra High School
5156 Santo Road, San Diego, CA  92124
(858) 496-8342
Last modified Serra High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Serra High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 45 reviews.