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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 1,160

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1224 Del Mar Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128

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(408) 626-3403
(408) 295-9476
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February 07, 2015
My daughter is a Freshman at Del Mar. With a student enrollment about half of that of the other high schools in the area there is more support from teachers not overloaded by overflowing classrooms. She is also able to be more involved in the student community, with plenty of lunch time club options and more no-cut sports opportunities. What has us most excited is the school's International Baccalaureate candidacy and the higher caliber of teaching candidates that the program has already brought to the school. We're both looking forward to the years ahead until she graduates.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2015
My son is a freshman at Del Mar, and has been so excited to take advantage of the opportunities he's found at Del Mar! He's involved in community service through the Key Club (affiliated with Kiwanis), is active in Model UN, and a couple of other clubs. He has been totally accepted, even though he's a nerdy kid, totally not athletic. He came home from Middle School having seen the presentation about the IB program being established at Del Mar, and he wanted in! He's stayed enthusiastic and motivated, is getting very good grades, and is developing into an awesome member of the community, both at school and in general!

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2011
Hi, Respected Sir / Madam, I am from India planning to settle in california san jose as my husband is already a doctor at national institute. i have a daughter she is 15 years and she is in class x. how do i get her admission in your school would like to know the procedure.can she get her admission in class xi?i have gone through the net to see the records of the schools in san jose but i found your school good in all around. please help me regarding this factor. Best wishes Lipi Biswas

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2011
My daughter attended Del Mar her freshman year and had a great educational experience. The teachers really seemed to care about the individual students and helping them to succeed. The "Small earning communities" idea was very good at helping the teachers learn about the students, enabling kids to stay on track and to meet fellow students. The block schedule was great at alleviating too much homework. The only negative was the student body overall which seemed to have a lot of under motivated kids and parents not involved. Due to a move, my daughter now goes to Leland which is ranked very high academically (I believe through no fault of the teachers who mostly seem interested in the A/P students. ) Spirit is very good and the school is very safe. Pressure to excel is high. .

- submitted by a parent

December 31, 2008
As of this year, I am no longer a parent of a student at Del Mar. However, I was concerned last year that kids got out of school about 1:30 PM (school started at 8:00 AM). That seems to be to be really short for a normal student day. I am also concerned because most of us parents don't get home until 5:30 PM and I think four hours of unsupervised time for 14 to 16 years olds is asking for trouble. I know too many pregnant girls in my neighborhood.

- submitted by a community member

February 16, 2008
im a senior at Del Mar high school and im really proud to say that Del Mar is now one of the best schools. It is now a distinguished school and its changing the bad reputation that the media gave it in past years. Im proud to say that I have a 4.16 GPA and its all thanks to the great teachers at Del Mar.

- submitted by a student

August 09, 2007
To be perfectly honest, I think Del Mar Has a lot of improvements that still need to be done. My son has attended there since his Freshman year and will be a senior this year, He will NOT be returning to Del Mar. His grades started to drop from 9th with a 3.16 GPA and leaving 11th it dropped to a 2.1 with him really struggling to reach that. I don't feel my son is reaching his full potential.The teachers for the most part were responsive, but his safety is a huge concern. Mr Russell Has made some improvements but he really needs to find a lot more funding for sports so parents don't go broke trying to keep sports appealing to the kids! They need sports to keep there heads straight!

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2007
The only thing really lacking at Del Mar is involvement, from both the parents and the students themselves. Del Mar could be a great school if more students got involved in what Del Mar does have to offer, instead of complaining about what it doesn't. Really, a student's experience at Del Mar is what they make of it, not what the school offers.

- submitted by a student

July 12, 2007
I have no complaints about my daughter's high school. Del Mar has had extraordinary growth in STAR scores and the teachers seem to be doing a fine job. Principal Jim Russel has brought Del Mar out of the Dark Ages.

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2007
I think the most obvious reason that Del Mar High has seen an upswing in attitude and test scores is principal Jim Russell. His leadership and direction is clearly evident. We had huge doubts about sending our 2 children there. Now I'm glad we did. My daughter has been accepted to 5 state colleges and my son will soon transfer to one. Thanks to Jim and the entire DM staff for making this a better school and one that the community can be proud of. John Welch

- submitted by a parent

January 31, 2007
Del Mar actually offers so many AP classes for the students, even though it is just a public school. It may lack in the extracurricular aspect but academically it can really be what a student makes of it. More importantly, the teachers really care and give their all.

- submitted by a student

April 23, 2006
Del Mar offers great AP classes. The quality of the music and arts programs are poor. There is a wide range of sports programs available with some great coaches. There is not a lot of parent involvement at this school which is a shame.

- submitted by a student

March 30, 2006
My son has been put in the Special Ed class. The teacher has been great and was able to gain the trust my son was needing. The class room size is small and has 9th and 10th grades combined. My hat is off to the teacher, as he teaches a wide variety of curriculum. I do have concerns regarding the safety of the students. I really can't comment on any extracurricular activities as my son has not particapated in any this year.

- submitted by a parent

March 21, 2006
I have had two sons go through Del Mar. My second son is graduating this year. He has been accepted to Cal Poly, Davis, Chico and San Jose State. Test scores are very misleading. The caring climate and supportive administration make this a great school!

- submitted by a parent

February 20, 2006
There low funded and dont seem to care enough about the students to help them graduate. The counslers are bad

- submitted by a student

January 15, 2006
As a student of Del Mar, I personally love it there and I feel no harm from other students. Ms.Sadeghi is an excellent teacher as well.

- submitted by a student

November 21, 2005
My daughter is top of her class and loves Del Mar. She could have gone anywhere, but we wanted to give Del Mar a fair shot. It has been much better than we dreamed. She is excited about the challenges and says her teachers will teach her a lot. She says there are no mean kids and that everyone there is nice (of course as parents we know that there have to be mean kids somewhere.) She has been on 2 Varsity sports teams so far as a Freshman... something that wouldn't happen at a private school. There are *so* many activities/clubs to select from that it must be difficult for the kids to choose! They even have a parent dance... yes, a dance for parents only with live music, fancy decorations, great food. The principal is very hands-on, a good listener, and a great leader.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2005
Bare minimum with academic programs. Very little funding in terms of sports and extracurricular activities. Decent parent involvement through Dons club.

- submitted by a student

May 16, 2005
Although a struggling, but achieving school, Del Mar has made some progress. In the early 2000's Del Mar was an underpreforming school. Now however, it is improving its API scores year after year at such a rate that it is ashtonishing. After Principal Jim Russel has taken office, Del Mar has seen some reforms. It is not the all layed-back 'do whatever you want' type of school anymore. It is more strict. In Russel's philosophy, if you try your best, you will be the best. If you do not try at all, you will be met with some consequences. It is simple and clean. Although the media has shown a negative light on Del Mar recently, it is infact an understatement. A large percentage of the community is in fact good students. It is a minority of the students however, that sullies Del Mar's reputation.

- submitted by a student

July 19, 2004
The new principal, Jim Russell, has begun to turn this school around. His leadership has led to increasing involvement from both students and the community. Though many athletic programs struggle to maintain a level of consistency, a few teams do maintain continued success, including boys tennis, girls basketball and field hockey.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2004
My son will soon start his third year at Del Mar High School. Although identified as gifted, my son currently has a 1.50 GPA. He is not motivated. His grades were fine until high school. In his freshmen year it was difficult for us to communicate with his teachers - either they were not in their rooms after school or they did not return e-mails. The teachers are responsible for so many students that we had to be very assertive to get their attention, especially since ourt son was not a high performer. There is a culture of low-performance among too many students at this school. Finally recognizing the problem, the district last year sent in new prinicipal with a long term record of success at another district school (although that school is located in a much more prosperous part of town). He is trying hard to make improvements.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2004
Del Mar High is a great school, with involved teachers that creat a posative environment. The students are very friendly, and very welcoming to any new student who might come through hear. The blocked scedueling gives students a better chance to receive the greads that both you and them want.

- submitted by a student

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Del Mar High School
1224 Del Mar Avenue, San Jose, CA  95128
(408) 626-3403
Last modified Del Mar High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Del Mar High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top