A ranking by “2019 Best Public High Schools in California” survey put two Escondido high schools in rarified heights.
The highest scoring of Escondido’s high schools, and one of the highest scoring in the County was Classical Academy High School in Escondido, which ranked 15th in the County and 112th
Next came Escondido Charter High School. It ranked 17th in the County and 120 in the state of California.
The Times-Advocate asked the principals of those top two local schools to talk about their “formulas for success.”
Dana Moen, principal at Classical Academy, told The Times-Advocate, “Students at Classical Academy High School (CAHS) continue to thrive both academically and socially as parents, teachers, and administrators work collaboratively each and every day to challenge each student to reach their full potential.”
Moen added, “ ’Partnering with Parents’ is more than a just a motto and is truly at the core of who we are and the reason for our student success. CAHS offers flexible and personalized program options including full Independent Study, a blend of Classroom and Online learning, as well as an accelerated four day on campus program where students take 3-4 classes at a time. We are very intentional in developing a school culture where students feel safe and a sense of belonging. Research continues to prove that students who are connected to at least one caring adult, feel more hopeful for their future and thrive in school and beyond.”
Classical Academy was also held up for praise in an article that came out August 7 on the new SAT scores and which was written by Megan Wood of Inewssource. The scores reflected a new format for the SAT scores. The percentages next to the school indicates what percentage were “college ready.”
Five Schools With Most College Ready Students
– Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito High School District) — 93.9%
– Torrey Pines High (San Dieguito High School District) — 90.1%
– Poway High (Poway Unified School District) — 84.7%
– Classical Academy High (Escondido Union High School) — 84%
– Westview High (Poway Unified School District) — 83.9%
Percentages show high school seniors who score at or above 530 on math and at or above 480 on reading and writing.
For more information on all of The Classical Academies programs across North County, visit classicalacademy.com/
The Times-Advocate also interviewed Coach Denny Snyder, principal of Escondido Charter High School, to explain his school’s formula for success. “Our goal is to strive for excellence,” he said. “I’m not saying we are different, but as an old time coach, competition brings out the best in everybody. We have to compete for our students. That keeps us on our toes and makes the other schools better around us, and step up their games.”
At the charter school, says Snyder, “It’s the little things, like on any team. It’s doing the little things right. We try to connect to our students, have high standards, hold ourselves accountable and them accountable for achieving those standards.”
Coach Snyder added, “It’s staying focused on what your purpose is. Why did you go into business in the first place? What is your school all about? It’s having teachers and support staff being on the same page. Being the best we can be. Individual initiative, individual responsibility and hard work are going to pay off if you teach them and show by example. We try to stay humble but hungry!”
The 2019 Best Public High Schools ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, and high school ratings.
The ranking of the county schools is shown below.
Orange Glen High School ranked 80, 724 in the state. San Pasqual High School in Escondido ranked 40, 318 in the state. Del Lago Academy – Campus of Applied Science in Escondido ranked 39th, 301 in the state. Escondido High School in Escondido was ranked 84 in the County, 781 in the state.