San Dieguito High Academy in Encinitas, CA - Niche

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San Dieguito High Academy is a public school in Encinitas, California. It has 1,598 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 83% 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.

710 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 753-1121

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4.2 from 275 reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I had a great time the four years I was there.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: This school is overall was a great experience. I was allowed to think freely and wasn't controlled completely by my teachers. The students were great and there was very minimal bullying.
    • 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
    • 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.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 La Costa Canyon High School 4 mi. 2,133
4.33 San Marcos High School 8 mi. 2,355
4.33 Canyon Crest Academy 7 mi. 1,864
4.33 Westview High School 9 mi. 2,359
Del Norte High School 9 mi. 1,800

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


Male 50%
Female 49%

Student Diversity

San Dieguito High Academy United States Canyon Crest Academy Del Norte High School La Costa Canyon High School San Marcos High School Westview High School
White 71.0% 51.0% 72.0% 53.0% 77.0% 42.0% 50.0%
Hispanic 20.0% 25.0% 5.0% 9.0% 14.0% 44.0% 9.0%
Asian 5.0% 4.8% 19.0% 29.0% 5.0% 7.0% 33.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
African American 0% 15.0% 0% 3.0% 0% 3.0% 1.0%
Multiracial 0% 2.8% 1.0% 4.0% 0% 0% 3.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 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 27 responses

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

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 22% The kind students and teachers and fun academics
  • 21% The creative enviornment
  • 19% The people- students and teachers
  • 19% The ability to be yourself
  • 16% The unique programs that enhance your education
  • 1% The students care about each other

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 32% It's a bit old, but still a great school
  • 23% They're remodeling right now though
  • 16% The long walk to the 30s buildings
  • 13% There is a lack of athletic support from students
  • 6% The whores and assholes
  • 6% The wieght training teacher (2014-15)
  • 3% The neighborhood

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 22 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 22 responses

  • 50% Unique
  • 18% Accepting
  • 14% Fun
  • 14% Whatever you make it
  • 5% Homey Vibes

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 71% Everyone is super laidback, so be yourself
  • 14% Bullying of any kind is forbidden
  • 14% You do you, and let others do them

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 19 responses

  • 42% I love everything about this school.
  • 58% 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.