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San Dieguito High Academy is a public school in Encinitas, California. It has 1,594 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 84% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 275 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

800 Santa Fe Dr
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-1121

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4.2 from 275 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This schools has its ups and downs through the usual struggles of the classic teenage life, but I have made so many lifelong friends here. I hope this school is close to the same as it is now when I send my kids here in the future because I want them to learn as much as I did-- in school and personal life. I would recommend my school to anyone who wants to find some unique and loving people and wants to express themselves freely. This school has a comfortable atmosphere and is filled with kind people, teachers and students. I absolutely love the school's band program because everyone in there is a part of my extended family. We travel together and really fun trips for music and have a great time. I would choose this school all over again if I had to, but I'm excited for my next adventure...college.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Food: I don't typically buy lunch at school because I pack my own lunch. The food is decent. The Paninis are especially good. When you buy a lunch combo it is required for students to grab a fruit/vegetable and juice. This is probably required due to health reasons. They sell pizzas, pickup sticks orange chicken, BBQ sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, salad, yogurt parfait, ice cream, cookies, and more.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Administration & Policies: The dress code at SDA is pretty loose because we are known to be a very expressive school-- and we are proud to express ourselves through our clothing. Occasionally students get dress coded by a few teachers for wearing something inappropriate. The principle is extremely nice as well as all of the counselors at the school. Bully is strictly prohibited, but as many other schools, it can go unnoticed. The attendance is pretty high at my school as far as I know. There is never any physical punishment dealt. When students arrive late to class without getting their absence excused, they will end up on the LOP (Loss of Privileges) List. In order to get off this list, a student will have to attend a detention or a few. If you end up on the LOP List it means you can't attend school dance among other things.
    • High School Junior
    • 4
    Sports & Fitness: San Dieguito Academy is currently in reconstruction, so we don't have any tennis courts at the moment. Last year, they built a brand new artificial turf field with a brand new track as well. The weight training room has a sufficient amount of weights. The gym is exactly as one would expect it-- large and filled with basketball hoops. The locker rooms seem pretty safe, as I normally don't hear complaints about stealing. Many students nvolved in sports in order to complete their physical fitness requirement. The teams are very cohesive and many people make their friends through sports. Are teams are generally pretty good, but SDA is not known for having super strong athletics. Friends often attend games and most of the student body is proud to be part of SDA.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Extracurriculars: San Dieguito Academy not only has a great curriculum, but has awesome extracurricular activities. The music department is growing every year and the theatre program is as popular as ever. The school also offers guitar-making, wood shop, metal shop, auto shop, painting, sculpture, and more.

    There's tons of clubs that happen during school and after school like Community Club, K-4, JNHS, NHS, SNHS, photography club, adventure club, and more.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Oak Crest Middle School 1 mi. 884
4.33 Diegueño Middle School 2 mi. 813
4.33 La Costa Canyon High School 4 mi. 2,364
4.00 Aviara Oaks Middle School 5 mi. 1,007
4.00 La Costa Meadows Elementary School 5 mi. 890

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity

Student Diversity

San Dieguito High Academy United States Aviara Oaks Middle School Diegueño Middle School La Costa Canyon High School La Costa Meadows Elementary School Oak Crest Middle School
White 71.0% 51.6% 65.0% 77.0% 74.0% 68.0% 72.0%
Hispanic 20.0% 24.5% 15.0% 13.0% 16.0% 17.0% 20.0%
Asian 6.0% 4.7% 11.0% 6.0% 5.0% 7.0% 5.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 1.0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.2% 2.0% 1.0% 1.0% 2.0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Multiracial 0% 2.6% 3.0% 0% 0% 2.0% 0%


Grade 9 29.0%
Grade 10 27.1%
Grade 11 22.8%
Grade 12 21.1%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 96% Yes
  • 4% Not sure.
  • 0% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 23% The kind students and teachers and fun academics
  • 20% The people- students and teachers
  • 20% The ability to be yourself
  • 20% The creative enviornment
  • 16% The unique programs that enhance your education
  • 2% The students care about each other

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 15 responses

  • 40% It's a bit old, but still a great school
  • 24% They're remodeling right now though
  • 12% There is a lack of athletic support from students
  • 12% The long walk to the 30s buildings
  • 4% The wieght training teacher (2014-15)
  • 4% The neighborhood
  • 4% The whores and assholes

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 20 responses

  • 95% The uniqueness and acceptance of the student body
  • 5% Different people from all walks of life

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 55% Unique
  • 20% Accepting
  • 10% Whatever you make it
  • 10% Fun
  • 5% Homey Vibes

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 74% Everyone is super laidback, so be yourself
  • 16% Bullying of any kind is forbidden
  • 11% You do you, and let others do them

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 35% I love everything about this school.
  • 65% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.