School Details

Morse High School

6905 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 262-0763
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2339 students 20 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

Morse High School is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of Morse High School is Harry Shelton, whose e-mail is hshelton@sandi.net. 2,339 children attend Morse High School and identify mostly as Asian; Filipino; and White, non-Hispanic. 17% of the Morse High School students have "limited English proficiency." 73% of the 2,339 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Morse High School is 20:1. San Diego Scpa School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 45% 9%
Filipino 41% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 3% 25%
Hispanic 27% 44%
Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Multiracial 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 129055%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Unspecified 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73% 63%
Limited English proficiency 17% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I do not recommend this school either! Definitely would not have my son attend this school at all. I live near the school and the kids disrespect the neighborhoods. There have been fights near our homes when the kids get of out school for 3 weeks now. And on occasion kids would knock over trash cans as they walk by. Throw trash and even found them smoking weed. This is not acceptable. Especially when I have my baby playing outside in our yard and this is what he sees. I believe they should have 1 entry control point if there is not enough patrol in both entrances. And when I spoke to the principle all he said was to continue to call the cops if needed.

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to this school from grades 10 to 12 and although it had its issues I loved it at Morse. As some reviewers have already mentioned it really depends on the teachers your child has. I was part of the honors/advanced/AP track and so my fellow classmates and teachers were engaged caring and invested in my success. More than 90% of the classmates I had in my classes went on to UCs and CSUs and some for money reasons went to community colleges. As long as your student is motivated and gets into the higher level classes they will do well at Morse.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a parent I have found my childrens education depends on the teacher. They do well with good teachers and fail with not so good ones. I have had a teacher tell me she would not discuss my childs progress and others contact me if anything unusual happens. i have had multiple discussions with teachers vice principals and the principal with good or no results. I find parents are not involved mostly because they never hear about things going on and some teachers try to discourage parent contact. I had a teacher tell me everything must be done their way and it was "not negotiable". More money is not the answer getting quality teachers is. We need to find a way to stop non-effective teachers and eliminate "tenure" so only effective teachers continure teaching. "Watch waiting for superman" to see how all schools in the U.S.are doing and what this means to our children and nation.

  • (3 years ago)

    Im atteneded Morse High School from 9th grade - 11th grade & I can honestly say I would NOT recomond that school. All the staff could careless about their students. The majority of students are so disrespectuful & have ZERO school spirt they make school pretty boring. There is less staff now & zero credit recovery programs due to bugget cutts. I had to begg my parents to get me out of there. Im currently a Senior at Bonita Vista High School & I can honestly Im proud to be a Baron ! I like it WAY better than Morse I would highly recomend Bonita Vista.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school. The teachers are great and my kid had a better attitude than last time he was spending time with me. He says to me that the school has great people great teachers and great academics. If you really want your child to go to College you should send them to Morse since there are programs for them to prepare for College. They also have a lot of great programs from sports to technology.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of a Morse student and I like the school so far.. No matter where the kids go to school there are going to be problems. And as for the traffic I find that ALL schools have their problems EVERY year this is an issue no matter where you go... the schools will never be able to make people happy... This is where us the parent have to work through it... not everything in life is suppose to be a convenience therefore I found a way to make it easy for me to drop off and pick up. It is not always the schools as far as fights and cursing and other things of that sort.. It stems from the family and how the child is being raise and how much the parents are involved.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a student I can say that morse high school is a good school that is on its way to the top. These past years may have been a little mest up but things are on there way to becoming better. With the new principal that we have we are on our way to success. Mr. Shelton is a great principal and i would have to say that yes maybe there are some students who dont care and yes there are some teachers who are careless there are also teachers who care a lot. I believe that people shouldnt judge this school because of the way it is from the outside but to actually take the time to get to know the teachers and actually spend a whole day in this school and try to see what this school can be. Everyone should give this school an opportunity. Dont judge.!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a parent of two daughters and i should say that there are numerous problems in that school. Typical fights graffiti cursed words littering in the parking lot lack of discipline in the student body and careless teachers. The most problem way the picking up and dropping off students but the traffic was a struggle. This is unacceptable.

  • (5 years ago)

    My kids love going there.

  • (6 years ago)

    Because of the leadership of the principals and hardworks by our teachers at Morse High School as a parent we believe Morse is one of the best school in California. We are many miles apart from our son Kiso due to mission work for our Christian Church but we always remembered you (Morse High School) in our prayers. Thank you for helping our son and helping Morse High become the best School for our kinds.

  • (7 years ago)

    Morse is starting to turn around thanks to Mr. Irving our new principal. I can already see some improvements on the campus and I hope that they stay on that track

  • (7 years ago)

    Morse High School is a school with much potential. Todd Irving is doing all he can for our school to reach it's potential and make Morse a school with high expectations. Many do no understand how many students go to our school. It is not all the fault of the school but the fault of the parents. Parents need to take a step into the lives of their children. Even with not much parental involvement in school there are still many that are successful. Like any other school there are the good and bad teachers. We cannot place all the blame on them. We are only lying to ourselves. Academics & Sports is one of Mr. Irving's main focuses. Like I said he is doing all he can for our school. He is bringing leadership and the qualities of a good leader. Do not over look Morse when Lincoln opens.

  • (8 years ago)

    Thank God Mr. Oliver is now a co-principal. Hopefully for next year he is in charge of academics as well. There are good teachers and counselors at Morse. There are also many that should retire. Community involvement has been nil for years. That is changing due to Mr. Oliver's arrival. 1st night football game in 34 years was a great success. Facilities are sad. There is a great landscaping plan for next year and a drive for better athletic facilities. The community must get more involved or the school will be forgotten as Lincoln opens.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school has many extracurricular activities for kids to enjoy! Overall on a scale of 1-10 I rate it a 5. Its not the worst!

  • (9 years ago)

    The Quality of academic programs is extremely low after the budget cuts took effect most of the after school and many 'elective' classes were cut due to low funding. No band at all except for the junior ROTC's drum core...sports well many excellent sport teams have been here. Just not recently Parents tend to have little to no involvement in the school and the faculty dont try to get the parents involved either. They seem to have 'better' things to do.

  • (9 years ago)

    Morse High School has some great programs for students. There is an autobody program a cooking program and the school is trying a lot of new ideas with 9th grade students.

  • (9 years ago)

    Morse HS has been great for my son. He liked the idea of not taking a bus. Some of the classes he wanted to take are not offered there because of budget cuts which was disappointing. They could and should poll students and parents to get a feel on the types of classes they want and need to furhter their education.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school I find okay. I am Filipino and I meet many others of my culture.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school varies from class to class. My 16 year old girl liked some of her teachers but her physics class was a huge problem with at least 5 teachers in one year! On the other hand high marks for the math class.

  • (9 years ago)

    Samuel F.B. Morse High School is an excellent school in the center of a sprawling urban community that is hampered by the weak and unsatisfactory visage of the San Diego Unified School District. Lack of adequate funding is one fo the only detrimental factors for a school of this size and magnitude. If only San Diego Unified would learn from other school districts then maybe Morse would regain it's posture as being an ideal school for those interested in technology and pacific rim studies.

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