Some of you seem to know SD pretty well. Does anyone have an opinion about which SD area high school they would have attended if they'd had the choice? I'd really appreciate some advice. I have one daughter who will be attending UCSD this fall and another daughter who will be starting ninth grade. I'm looking into the area around La Jolla and north, but I'm open to wherever people recommend. Thanks.
Newsweek also did a study a few years back, but their criteria may be different from what the average high school student wants (as opposed to what their parents want). I know some schools offer the chance to shadow a current student for the day (my high school did this for all interested 8th-graders), maybe you should make up a list and check them out?
i would think that torrey pines HS and la jolla HS are top-performing schools...I remember participating in a yearly math contest when I was in high school, and those schools consistently ranked among the top 10 schools in California. namely, torrey pines HS looked really good
i heard tory pines is a good school, only been to san diego a couple times and i remember passing a school, maybe it was a high school, hear the sd zoo, and there's also san pascal high? don't think i spelled it right but its not directly in san diego, but its like near the wild animal park?
For public high schools Torrey Pines HS has the top stats - largely because it's in the wealthiest area (Rancho Santa Fe, Fairbanks Ranch, Del Mar, Solana Beach) although a new HS was just opened in that district. This area is fairly near La Jolla and UCSD.
Thanks so much for the input. I checked into the California Department of Education website where they rank Academic Performance Index (API) for every school. The high schools in the Poway Unified District looked pretty good (Mt. Carmel, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Westview). Does anyone have any opinions about any of these schools? I'm trying to research this from 800 miles away, and I can't tell if Poway is a cool small town or kind of just out in the sticks. I would so appreciate some ideas on this. Thanks.
Several of the high schools north of La Jolla are good as well. Carlsbad High School, La Costa Canyon High School, El Camino High School in Oceanside. They are all very good but they're at the north end of the county, a 30 minute drive to La Jolla.