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6-12
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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 803

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7607 La Jolla Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92037

(858) 459-4021
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November 19, 2014
Excellent academic institution with a diversity of talented kids. Best preparation for college than any school in San Diego!

- submitted by a parent
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
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
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
March 03, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
November 04, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
February 01, 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.

- submitted by a community member
January 21, 2012
Fabulous school with excellent leadership. The kids are focused and the teachers are dedicated. Students are respected.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2011
THIS IS AN AWESOME SCHOOL..GREAT TEACHERS , GREAT LEADERSHIP, GREAT KIDS...EXTREMELY FAST PACED FOR HIGHLY INTELLIGENT STUDENTS... SUPER ATHLETICS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

- submitted by a parent
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
October 06, 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
July 12, 2011
Awesome school, why does it say it only has 2 stars when almost everyone gave it 5 stars? - Student

- submitted by a community member
July 06, 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.

- submitted by a community member
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
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
February 28, 2011
I have no idea what the reviewer who gave the school one star on September 13, 2010 is talking about. My daughter took 12 AP courses while she was at Bishop's, and she was accepted early by both Cal Tech and MIT. She was also accepted by Princeton. Bishop's is an absolutely first rate school. Everything about it is the best, especially the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2011
I really like the direction that the new headmaster has taken the school over the past year and a half. My son has thoroughly enjoyed his classes and is challenged by the curriculum. He particularly enjoys the Latin and English classes. We've been impressed by how involved the teachers are with the kids, attending athletic events, calling us at home if homework is late, and being available outside of class hours for questions and help. Of course, the athletic successes of the past few years have been great, but I like the fact that participation is so high, and that there seems to be equal participation in the performing arts programs. We had been worried that our son would lose touch with reality and be surrounded by privilege, but his friends are down-to-earth (for the most part), and we like the other parents. The school is worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
Bishop's used to set the standard for learning in San Diego. Not anymore. After 30 years of the same leadership, it finds itself clinging to the past with a mostly outdated campus and teaching practice. While the academics are strong, they are achieved through pressure, overwhelming work and intense competition. Francis Parker School and La Jolla Country Day have now eclipsed Bishop's in nearly every way, including college placement.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
I am a current senior at Bishop's, and have gone there since 7th grade. I don't know why many of the reviews are negative in any way at all except for the amount of fundraising going on- there are constant reminders around school about the importance of giving back, whether by current students, or alumni. Honestly, I would definitely give back though, this school has changed me so much for the better. Even in the hard times, there are teachers and counselors at school who are much more like friends than anything. They are always willing to listen and get me through whatever help I need- academic, social, or otherwise. The kids who moved to La Jolla High or other high schools moved due to inability to work hard in classes, or because their other friends didn't go to Bishop's. The school leadership talks to the students often about what it wants, which are clear and reasonable expectations- to be respectful, clean up after yourself, and do your best. As for the academics, I know people who have 5 minutes of homework a night, and those with 5 hours. It all depends on your skill and what classes you take, because that is all in the students' control.

- submitted by a community member
December 11, 2010
I have never, in the experience of others or of myself, witnessed a teacher who didn't want to be where they were, teaching and helping kids. The faculty tries to inject fun into daily life, and reduce stress by having outings and events that almost all students participate in. It says a lot when almost the entire school comes to watch sports, arts, and other events, since there is so much school spirit. Now, if students hated the school, there wouldn't be support for any of these events, but that is not the case. The social life is like a watered down and much more accepting version of most high schools. We learn to accept others on what they can do, not what they look like/where they come from/etc. I don't know many schools where there could be speakers at announcements with learning disabilities, and not have kids titter, or be disrespectful, but this is the case at Bishop's. Even though I am leaving soon, I, among thousands, will come to visit school long after I have graduated for the learning and life I have received at Bishop's. Send your kids here. If they care about what they are doing, they will succeed long beyond their career at this school.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2010
I find the one star review below rather shocking and misleading. I'm an ear;y '90s alumna of Bishop's, and even decades ago, the curriculum was extremely focused on Advanced Placement courses. I'm still very involved with the school, and I know it to still be the case--in fact, it's even more so today. I now have two graduate degrees and learned EVERYTHING I know about writing and studying at Bishop's. I went to a top 10 liberal arts college, and I really didn't learn those skills there. I learned them at The Bishop's school. Granted, I can't speak to the current culture of the school on a personal level, but I can certainly attest to the stellar caliber of its academics. Much of the faculty I knew still teach there. During my junior and senior years, the vast majority of my teachers were PhDs. It is a VERY expensive school--but excellent.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2010
This school does not allow kids to take challenging AP Classes jeopardizing their acceptance in most completive colleges. Cal tech and MIT don t even consider accepting kids from this school due to their subpar curriculum. The advanced curriculum it is blocked by the Dean of Academics, who tries to keep all the kids at the same level, unless they belong to a privileged group that already has prior arrangements or has been tutored by the Academic Dean (to allow access in a high class). Parents moved their kids to LJH and CCA. This school is for athletes and mediocre students. There is no encouragement or support for science fair, teacher support for clubs. The most important activity of the school is fund raising. The school ranking is going down due to poor management and intolerable Academic Dean s behavior.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2010
Our child started at Bishop's in the 7th grade and it has been an AMAZING experience. He has made wonderful friends, participated in sports and the arts and been challenged academically by fantastic teachers. The parents and students at Bishop's are extremely warm and welcoming, as students come from all throughout San Diego. Our child receives scholarship assistance and has many friends who do and do not receive scholarship assistance...it doesn't matter at the school. The teachers have been instrumental in increasing our child's love of learning and they are always available for any clarification or extra help needed. Our child has grown tremendously in all aspects attending Bishop's for the last three years. Because there are eight periods in the day, students have a chance to take electives and explore many different areas (music, art, photography, acting, singing) in addition to taking a traditional academic load.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
I am a current student and I Love it at Bishop's. The Teachers are kind and always willing to help, and the other students there are some of the nicest people I have ever met. I do not understand those who rated Bishop's with one star. Those people are chances are a 'parent' of a student who was not accepted, and in liu of saying 'My child was not admitted' it was 'Overpriced and Overatted.' My advice to those considering Bishop's: Do it. Going to Bishop's has been one of the greatest decisions I have ever made, and do not listen to the 1*ratings. They are biased and often give the impression that It was someone who did not make the academic cut. There is a reason why Bishop's is ranked in the top 50 High Schools in California for academics. It is not a 'Socialite Ladder.' They do charge alotthough...

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2010
Bishops is an amazing school. The teachers encourage the students towards deep discussion and critical thinking during classes. After school, there is free tutoring for half an hour at any teacher. The lunches are designed by a great nutritionist and include a salad bar, pasta station, burrito station (spanish rice, beans, tortillas), pb and j station, and a dish of the day. I do not understand the low ratings as my child has only been going there one year and is sure she wants to graduate from such a prestigious school.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
You'd think from reading previous reviews that Bishops is a school for socialites and rich snobby kids that are more in tune with what new cars and technology they can buy rather than world issues. These are lies. The discussions with classmates are never about wealth. Please don't believe that there is any peer pressure to be richer than one another; the only competition is academic and is positive and helps my children thrive, have fun, and test their limits.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
The teaching is antiquated. Although there are a few innovative instructors, much of the pedagogy feels like it is stuck in the1950's.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2010
We feel very fortunate to have our two children enrolled and involved at The Bishop's School. The administration is unbelievably qualifed and makes excellent decisions while the faculty is incredibly focused with their high level of expertise. On top of the academic excellence expected in the college preparatory program, the athletics and arts programs are challenging too. If your child doesn't plan on college, don't look at Bishop's. However, if you want your child to succeed in college, just go talk to a former graduate of Bishop's and ask them how they are doing in college - you will be amazed with their answers. This school cares about each and every student regardless of sex, social or religious affiliation. Learning about the world is huge at Bishop's including the option of world travel.

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March 31, 2010
I do not understand why the school is rated so low. I'm about to graduate after 6 years of Bishop's and I can truly say that if you are academically ambitious and you're comfortable being held to a very high standard, there is no better school in San Diego. This is not a school for the faint of heart. It's a lot of work, a lot of stress, and a lot of competition, but at the same time a beacon of extraordinary people excited about learning, top-notch teachers, and unparalleled resources. Like every school, Bishop's has its flaws, but for the intellectually minded it's a paradise. I haven't once felt a pervading sense of ridiculous wealth. I know a lot of ridiculously wealthy people, but at any private school that's going to be the case. Overall, an outstanding school, I would never have wanted to be anywhere else.

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March 11, 2010
No school can be all things to all people, but Bishop's has been incredible for my kids. I'm a little confused by the vitriol of some posting here because the things they seem to be so upset by would have been rather easy to discern before making the first tuition payment. For my children, it's been an exceptional place and you'll hear zero sour grapes from us!

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February 16, 2010
Bishops was very challenging academically, but that fit my learning style perfectly: I need exceedingly high standards to do my best work, and I won't push myself to do my best if the bar is set at an average level. I still go back and visit teachers that I had in high school who made a huge impact on my life. The performing arts program is wonderful, taught and performed at a higher level than my college, and I'm at a school known for its arts! In response to some of the comments about elite social climbing, that might be true among the parent circles. However, most of my friends were on scholarship, everyone was friends with everyone else and was not divided along class lines, and there was a huge emphasis on community service and changing the world.

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This is a wonderful school. I give it a five star. They have great teachers and my daughter is thriving. Much better than Torrey Pines high school.

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Honestly, it's a challenging school. I wake up at 5:30am and get back home by 7pm. I spend more time at school than I do at home! I don't feel like parents should be complaining, just because you have the money to pay for it and you hear its a great school doesn't mean your child should go there. Every child has a different learning style and some fit in the requirement for Bishops and some don't. Please, don't complain about it being a 'horrible place'. It's not, your children just aren't capable of withstanding the challenges and sacrifices we make to better ourselves. And as for the 'social structure' I am totally fine with it. I am on scholarship, but I am not treated any differently as anyone else, my friends don't care how much money I have or where I shop. I don't feel like we compete at all.

- submitted by a student
February 09, 2010
This school is becoming a dinosaur. There once shiny campus is outdated. During our child's time there, she was stressed and miserable and bored. The kids often put down the public school kids and continually tried to one up each other with their cars, iPhones and vacation homes. The place is very self important and stuck in its idea of tradition. They have a new head of school, so maybe things will change. Not soon enough for us.

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This is the school for you if... you care more about climbing the social ladder than working for social justice. ...you are more interested in cultivating the 'perfect' college resume than cultivating curiosity. ...you are more interested in academic compliance than academic freedom. ...you care more about showing off your wealth than showing genuine care. ---you care more about being with the 'right' people than contributing to a community. If this profile fits you... Enjoy -- It's all yours!

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September 10, 2009
A disappointment. Overpriced with an over-inflated sense of its own importance. Good for parents who want to buy their kids entry into societal privilege. A poor choice for parents who care about their children's academic growth and social and emotional well being.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2009
I am currently a student at The Bishop's School and it is a wonderful place of learning. Attending this school has made so much of a difference to my life and my education.

- submitted by a student
October 21, 2008
I thoroughly regret the decision to send my child to this school. Although the teachers are fine and the class size is great, the campus environment exudes privilege and wealth. There is a tremendous emphasis on fundraising and repeated reminders of the 'superiority' of the school. The new head is only likely to step up efforts to cultivate the school's 'elite' status and increase competition to get into ivy league schools. We will be returning to public school next year-- where, for the 7 years prior to arriving at Bishop's, my child was taught by dedicated professionals who were committed to educational excellence and equity for all students not just those who could afford the cost of admission.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
I go to Bishop's and think that it has made me so much better in general at school, social skills, and learning. Besttt!

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2007
Once a traditional all girls boarding school, Bishop's has retained many of its traditions and its dedication to excellent and well rounded education. Although it has had trouble retaining teachers due to the cost of living in California, Bishop's is still an excellent school. The community is generally very open and receptive, though the administration is stiff at times. The campus is beautiful and the recent upgraded facilities are top of the line. Students at TBS are not of one religion or background. It is a myth that all TBS students are rich. Do not send your child to this school if he/she is unwilling to work hard. On the other hand don't be put off by Bishop's college prep status. The atmosphere balances competition and relaxation which is best exemplified by the numbers of students that sprawl on the quad to study in the constant warm weather.

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February 04, 2006
This is a great school and a wonderful value for a private school.

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October 23, 2005
for the acedemic elite, and can produce amazing students, You can take jazz as a elective and can have lessons on site after school parents are involved to an extent unlike other schools

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September 09, 2004
This is a place for families that want to experience that old back east type of very classy education. Where families values are as important as education and the kids have fun being kids. It's a beautiful campus and the kids 'hang' out there way after school. The parents are always welcome and the kids don't mind. The teachers all have their lunch among the kids, they learn to relate to adults. They learn the classics along with new technology and can participate in many different activities. It's a place where everyone really cares.

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Bishop's School, The
7607 La Jolla Boulevard, San Diego, CA  92037
(858) 459-4021
Last modified Bishop's School, The is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Bishop's School, The Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 103 reviews. Top