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Bishop's School, The

Private | 6-12 | 803 students


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Posted September 12, 2014

Great school for kids who are already high-performers. How about the rest of them? Mediocre at best...weak students, poor teaching and acceptance at some pretty lame colleges considering the amount of money invested.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 31, 2014

BEST school ever! I've been extremely impressed with the level of rigor in the classrooms, the inclusive setting where every student feels a sense of belonging, and the supportive teachers who will do whatever it takes to help your son/daughter succeed. I worried for years and years about selecting the "right" school for my daughter and I am so thankful that we decided to send her to Bishop's.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 29, 2014

The prior post speaks for itself. If a current student there writes that poorly with that many grammatical mistakes, what does that tell you about the quality of the institution? Once up on a time this was a good school that had standards. No longer the case. Still attracts bright kids because of its reputation, but many students are just weak, rich kids or recruited athletes/diversity candidates. Staff is either old and ready for retirement or young and incredibly inexperienced. You won't get what you pay for here.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted March 3, 2014

The Bishop's School has a good heart. It's mind is in the right place but I don't know how well its doing exceucting all that it has it's eyes on. I am a current Junior at the school whos gone here since freshmen year and see the cracks in the schools armor. Know that the arts program is a bit rigged because the students who have been here since middle school will be on the theater/singing etc. mind before the new students. Be sure you know what the idea of community is at this school-- most if not all the students are involved in time consuming activities that make out of school stuff extrememly hard. Don't expect to form a band with classmates unless your neighbors-- which is a low low low chance at Bishops since my classmates are from all over the county. Like ANYWHERE the teachers range from the worst oh god why are you here to the best are you a messiah level. Get ready for a heavy workload!! I think the diversity can be greatly improved since it is nearly nonexistent. We may be diverse in thought, MAYBE, but far from diverse in color.

Posted November 22, 2013

The Bishop's School is unique, in that everyone has something to offer. Every student has a passion, or a talent. The four years here have been the best of my life, and I feel privileged to have spent it in the company of such intelligent and sincere people.

Posted May 16, 2013

An outstanding opportunity and amazing school. My husband and I are Ivy League alumnis and Bishop's is reminiscent of an East Coast boarding school atmosphere-- academic rigor-- not for everyone, but well balanced. The staff and teachers are courteous and professional. Our kids have been very happy there.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 30, 2012

Our children have had a phenomenal experience at this school. They are curious, well-rounded kids who are involved in sports and the arts, and have thrived in this challenging academic environment. We are as involved as working parents can be, and love the opportunities to be part of this school community. They have improved the technology in the classrooms and the learning center and library are first-rate. The performing arts programs are exceptional. Your kids can find their passion and excel at this school, whether it is academics, athletics, arts, or all of the above. We love that our students can pursue subjects through independent study if the school does not offer a course, and there are teachers who are dedicated and passionate about their students. Graduates come back and say that college is easy for them because Bishop's taught them how to be successful in academics. It is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 4, 2012

The school is fantastic for students who are passionate about some cause, sport, or activity. It is brimming with talented students from all of the county. The students respect one another's gifts and recognize their talents. In addition, the school boasts an excellent academic program, much more rigorous and specialized than those of San Diego public schools or other private schools in the area. Some concerns include the environment of wealthy students. From personal experience, they are not arrogant, not because they are inherently so, but rather the environment The Bishop's School provides. Nurturing of talents, as well as providing opportunities to learn and grow make the school very special.

Posted May 17, 2012

As a student of The Bishop's School, I am constantly academically stimulated. The small class sizes, and dedicated teachers enrich my learning. Despite some beliefs, Bishop's is not made up of arrogant students, but is instead filled with students who express a curiosity for knowledge. The only downside is that the transition from a public school to Bishop's can be challenging as it was for me. K-8 I was in public school, and I made all A's, but upon transferring, I received my first B. However, once one becomes accustomed to the work load and difficulty of Bishop's one will fully realize the benefits of this school.

Posted April 20, 2012

I don't think parents should be submitting review. They're not the ones going to school at Bishop's, after all. The teachers are great. It doesn't matter if some of their styles are "antique," they're still doing a fantastic job of teaching the information. And no, the school will not necessarily stress you out. There is a wide range of courses available, with workloads highly depending on the classes one takes. I, as well as others I know, aren't taking classes just for a good transcript. That's not why we go to Bishop's. We go to Bishop's because it allows us to enjoy learning in classes we want to take. And why does it matter if the buildings are outdated? My grandfather was educated in a very small, old school with inadequate facilities but received numerous degrees, including one from MIT. So listen to the people who go to Bishop's and spend more of their time there than at home, not parents. I wake up before 6:00 AM every morning, live 25 miles from school, and spend tons of time commuting and doing homework. I'm not stressed though. Part of going to Bishop's is taking advantage of your opportunity at the school, not complaining about it.

Posted February 1, 2012

The Bishop's School is a truly amazing school. It provides students with the tools to become grateful, intellectual, and thoughtful citizens. Most of the students have 100+ hours of community service, exceeding the required amount. The Bishop's School provides students with opportunities to play any sport he/she deems interesting without fear of being cut from the team. But the school also maintains an excellent record of academics and athletics. The school has some of the best Water Polo, Lacrosse, Tennis, and Soccer Players in the state as well as many nationally ranked Squash Players and Tennis Players.

Posted February 1, 2012

Bishop's places a huge emphasis on extracurriculars. They are willing to give any student an opportunity at leadership or becoming a better citizen by encouraging any extracurricular project or activity. The main reason they offer few AP classes to 10th graders is the fact they want the students to build connections and experiences rather than get bogged down by repeated studying for classes that they have 2 more years to enrich themselves in. It's a great philosophy. And the results don't lie; Wall Street Journal's survey in 2007 listed The Bishop's School as the top Ivy League Feeder School in San Diego and one of the top schools in the nation. Sending your child here gives them a great advantage, as they are exposed to the best teachers and staff in San Diego.

Posted January 21, 2012

Fabulous school with excellent leadership. The kids are focused and the teachers are dedicated. Students are respected.
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Posted December 5, 2011

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Posted November 13, 2011

Bishop's has been a phenomenal experience for our son. The school is academically incredible and attracts teacher's who are some of the best in the country. The school raises the bar so the students want to excel and they enjoy learning. The students are some of the brightest, they want to learn and excel and the teachers foster this. Arts and athletics are excellent and both supported by the school extensively. The extra programs Bishop's offers the students to select from are college level. The Bishop's School is an educational experience that sets you for life and our son is very grateful.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 6, 2011

You are best to look elsewhere for a private education. My daughter showed notes to a student who had attended Bishops eight years ago. The notes were almost exact. I think Bishops has digressed to what I call the "filing cabinet" teaching style. Preparing for class consists of opening the filing cabinet and copying the same set of notes, year after year. Seems like the good teachers all found new jobs. And the antiqued teachers keep their cabinets clean. My money could have been spent better elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 12, 2011

Awesome school, why does it say it only has 2 stars when almost everyone gave it 5 stars? - Student

Posted July 6, 2011

I am a current student at Bishop's and I love it beyond belief. After splitting from the public school track, I have watched my friends struggle with social and academic issues that I have not occurred at Bishop's. The academic curriculum can be stressful, but I 100% believe that I have grown as a student. There really is a community, and the people are friendly (not just elite competitive snobs as described below). Sure, there is a competitive atmosphere at times, but it is beneficial to the overall experience. The stress is no greater than any other high school, but Bishop's supplies incredible experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. I love Bishop's, and do not understand the negative reviews. I have grown as a student and person attending this school.

Posted June 17, 2011

Bishop's is the perfect place for our son! In the public school system he was ridiculed by his peers for wanting to learn more. At Bishop's every student who is motivated to excel can find his niche and the teachers encourage those students who want to push themselves. He has been exposed to thoughts and small group discussions which have broadened his intellect. He has a group of friends who also push themselves academically and he believes it is ok to be smart. Regardless of whether you are an artist or an athlete (or both!), there is a place for these intelligent and motivated kids to fit in and be accepted for who they are. Tuition is high, but worth every penny. We are neither wealthy nor on scholarship but have made adjustments to our lifestyle in order to make the gift of a fabulous education a reality. This is not the right place for a student who is unmotivated or too cool for school. Fundraising really only occurs once a year (beginning of school), which is VERY nice! It is wonderful to be asked only once to give - that way we give the most we can afford and not have to worry about being hit up again and again. We love Bishop's!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2011

Bishop's was the best thing we could have done for our son! This is his first year at Bishop's and the school is more than we hoped. He started as a Freshman. Bishop's was recommended to us by his former teachers, who believed the academic challenge along with the highly social atmosphere would be a perfect fit for him. As a family we are not rich, but we make a good living. We did not receive financial aid. We adjusted our way of life he could have a fine education. Although this school is not inexpensive it is worth the money. He wakes up every morning at 5 am to catch a bus, (the transportation is excellent). If he is participating in sports the bus drops him off at 6:55 pm. At home he finishes his homework. But he constantly tells us he loves his school. His social life is at school, and on the weekends, going out for pizza after sports, dances, parties. His teachers keep the academics exciting. Almost all have multiple degrees. He has made friends with students from all backgrounds. He is completely secure, the economic status of his classmates has not been an issue. Next year he starts AP & honors classes based on his grades & teacher recommendations not politics.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 26%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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7607 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037
Phone: (858) 459-4021


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