School Details

Health Sciences High School

3910 University Avenue Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 528-9070
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 10-12 529 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
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  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • San Diego Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Health Sciences High School is a charter high school in San Diego. The principal of Health Sciences High School is Ian Pumpian, who can be contacted at ipumpian@hshmc.org. 529 children attend Health Sciences High School and are mostly Asian, Hispanic, and Unspecified. 14% of the Health Sciences High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 68% of the 529 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Health Sciences High School is 18:1. Coleman Tech Charter High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Dance

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 6% 9%
Hispanic 53% 44%
Unspecified 47% 0%
Filipino 3% 7%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 13%
Pacific Islander 2% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 25%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 129055%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 68% 63%
Limited English proficiency 14% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    HSHMC brought a middle school in this year which my son now attends 8th grade.The school and teachers are amazing. NO ONE slips through the cracks and the system instills every student to learn the material BEFORE they move on to the next subject. The support is always there and the peer environment captures each child in a community where they share and understand and learn how to be friends and how NOT to be. My son has an IEP and not only does it not single him out but welcomes individuality as nothing less than normal. I'm looking forward to the next 4 years here.

  • (1 year ago)

    My kids felt valued here and enjoyed their time however the academic standard is extremely low. The teachers pass the kids through classes even if the kids do not complete the work. Also the classes were more around 28 - 30 not 14. The other issue is that because of the area where the school is located there is a big drug problem - there is no monitoring whether the kids are on or off campus and drugs are really easy to get hold of. Although we really liked the staff and they were clearly committed to the children this was not a good school if you want your child to do well academically. Our daughter graduated with a 3.9 from this school however she struggled when she went to college. We had her 12th grade work independently assessed by an education specialist as we could not imagine she had suddenly gone backwards so much. The level of work she produced in her English class in 12th grade for which she got a perfect score was assessed as being around a B- / B at 10th grade level. Not recommended if you want your child to go on to college and be prepared.

  • (3 years ago)

    My 2 older children go to this school my oldest just graduated last week. It has been a much needed alternative to public school with no real commentment to no bully policies my son had gone from school to school looking for a safe encorging place to learn. unfortunately it took til his last 2 years of school to find such a place. The teachers respond to the students on their level the kids can confide in the teachers and are helped with problems in all aspects of their lives. There is a huge commentment to building friendships and relationships between every single student the first weeks of school .

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are brilliant they actually care about the student s grades and feelings. If any student is having a bad day it is common to see a teacher of staff ember coming up to a student acting out of the ordinary and ask if they re okay or if they want to talk about anything. Health Sciences High and Middle College has a welcoming family-like environment. Any parent is lucky to have their child go to such a wonderful high school.

  • (4 years ago)

    great teacher student interactions but needs more homework and class work.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school best internships to the hospital and when you struggle anyones helps you. Amazing teachers and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    This School is amazing. The class sizes are small so there is more teacher-student contact the teacher are incredible caring and know how to do their job the students act as if they are a family and the facility itself is very well organized. I was a student at a pubic school (this is a public 'charter') and even though the workloads are not as heavy here I have learned much more in a small amount of time at this school than I have in almost a full year at a traditional high school. As long as your retaining the information and putting it to use does it really matter how it is taught? The teachers to a great job at making sure we do just that.

  • (5 years ago)

    My second child is hopefully going to be accepted at HSHMC. The teachers are all exceptional here. They will write personal notes to the students congratulating them on their test scores Spanish or a number of accomplishments. We are very impressed by this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    its an awesome school it gives the education needed to provide an excellent career. I recomend it to all kids wanting the medical field in there lives.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers at HSHMC are extraordinary! They care very much about their students. I like the fact that students have the opportunity to interact with professors from SDSU...Many of the teachers at HSHMC are also current faculty of the University.

  • (6 years ago)

    We are like a family at HSHMC and we learn so much from each other and the Sharp hospitals.

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Overall score

(based on 14 ratings & reviews)

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