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About This School

San Ysidro High School is a public high school in San Diego. The principal of San Ysidro High School is Hector Espinoza, whose e-mail is hector.espinoza@suhsd.k12.ca.us. 2,392 students attend San Ysidro High School and are mostly Hispanic, Filipino, and Asian. 46% of the San Ysidro High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 88% of the 2,392 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at San Ysidro High School is 20:1. Montgomery Senior High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Latin
    • Mandarin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Volleyball
    • Water polo
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 93% 73%
Filipino 4% 9%
Asian 3% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 0.9% 10%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 38400%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.04% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.04% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 47%
Limited English proficiency 46% 26%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I am a senior at SYHS and I am proud to say that san ysidro high school has shaped me into the person I am now teachers are simply amazing they put everything from their part whether it be tutoring before school after school or even during lunch just to see students succed . Now oir principal Mr.espinoza is simply the best ! He always encourages us to try our best and he always takes the time to know the students. Our school has not a lot of electives but the ones we have are the best starting from the medical pathway in which we have accomplished to be partners with UCSD. Our school is usually stereotyped just because it is close to the mexican border but that simply gives us a reason to prove those peopld wrong . Overall I love my school and I wouldn't change it for any other

  • (1 year ago)

    really good school classesare great and teachers in this school you feel safe sports are also good except for football

  • (2 years ago)

    the school is great ! but some of the staff like the teacher SANDRA JUVENAL she had intimate relationships with student that graduated from there as a parent i dont think that is appropiate in any way! how can we trust the teachers when some of them are doing that behind our backs. im not saying all of them are because they are some great teachers there that actually care about their students and not trying to have a relationship with them.

  • (3 years ago)

    Does anybody do residency checks at this school? We had to leave Otay Ranch because we moved across the freeway. All my children have attended this school. Because of the crack down on residency checks we were unable to use someone else address and keep him there. He now attends San Ysidro high the first thing I noticed when picking him up is all the BC plates. How is this fair? Why is this school not as strict as others? I normally don't care about this kind of thing as I think everybody is entitled to an education but it's bs that my kid can't get into a school thats just down the road because of their residency boundary's but a kid living in another country can go to school here? And for the person who wrote about this being an economically disadvantaged community- do you realize this school is surrounded by a newer housing development and the average house is worth about $400-$500k? I think you have this school mixed up with South West or Montgomery. I live closer to Montgomery and that is a economically disadvantaged community. As far as the school itself the staff isn't very helpful and the nurse is downright scary. Teachers seem to be alright my sons grades have improved

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a mexican Mother of a San Ysidro High School you are wrong! This School have dicipline as well as results my dauther have a 4 GPA and doing AP clases the ones who don't make it its because they don't wan it not because they are trying to survive as you sugested teachers had been great and helpfull what can I tell you As the old saying 'No one can as a Mexican'

  • (4 years ago)

    What do you expect from an economically disadvantage community. The median household family is about 25k a year. Do you think students think about school when they have to worry about surviving.

  • (4 years ago)

    Everything is Great Except the Teachers. I really Do not like any of them. They aren't Great at teaching but they are Great at treating us bad. D

  • (4 years ago)

    Hello Im a proud mother because my son went to san ysidro high school and the teachers and counselors are very helpful and they help my son go to a Unviversitie (UCSD) with a 3.8 GPA and the principal is a really good principal and he always helps the students and hes strict and that school gives students the oppurtinity to express themselves and they have great ACTIVITIES!I recommend that school for anyone )

  • (4 years ago)

    My name is Jessica Osorio I was a sophmore at San Ysidro High and as of now am attending Castle park high and I can tell you first hand that the difference in schools is great! The staff is not nearly as motivated as they are in San Ysidro high. I can honestly say i even miss ther uniform ! Not only are the students careless they also give me advise about not doing my work doing different drugs and even ditching class. At SYH I am proud to say we (they) live in the cougar way thre are plenty of differences and the greatest one is the warmth of the San Ysidro high students and staff; people here simply don't seem to care. Note I do not intend to antagonize this school I just simply stated my opinion on both schools.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a senior at syh and I have been here since 2006.my brother was in the first class to graduate from this school in 2006.This school has really got really far since it first opened.One thing I love about this school is the care that the teachers have for ther students.If you need any help in ur class ur teacher takes time during lunch or after school to help you.Since I have been here I have seen our ap scores go trough the roof.Take in mind that 95% of the school is latino.I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters 1 of my brothers and both of my sisters graduated from southwest high and didn't graduate with ther class.my other brother graduated and went on to community college.I am now geting ready to graduate with a 3.5 gpa and was accepted to SDSU and Arizona state.

  • (4 years ago)

    i actually love this school i love that this school is more united than the rest. They give the chance to every student and everyone is very friendly. My experience in other schools was not as good as this one i am in love with it. The principal and the dicipline was my favorite. I love that the principal proved wrong everyones perspective about sanysidro; sanysidro high school is full of energy dicipline respect and dedication. Teachers are very involved in students life in a very friendly way makes students feel more comfortable and it makes people love school i have to admit there has been problems in the school but the school has been growing by every second in a good way. and i really recommend it for other students(

  • (4 years ago)

    San Ysidro High The best high school in the state! In San Ysidro High the teachers actually care about the students Speacially the principal Mr. Espinoza. he really cares about us students academicly and many other imporant ways. He is really strict but for our own good. I like the way he rules the school he controls everything in the good way 'the cougar way' responsible on time attitude and respect. we alweys fallowed it thanx to him thank you mr Espinosa and syh staff

  • (5 years ago)

    What San Ysidro teaches to its student is to wear a uniform which gives its staff more control of its students and the reason for that is because the students feel and are treated as children not to say that they are adult's but my experience going into that school in my 11th year of school was that they were fearful of the staff and the childish behavior that many used only reflected the way they were treated.

  • (5 years ago)

    this is one of the best schools ever everyone is very friendly and spirited

  • (5 years ago)

    The only reason I've even given it three stars and not lower is becasuse of the schools band and NJROTC programs...These are the only 2 programs in which I have seen have kept my kids interested in working hard and working toward college schaloarships...parent meetings are geared toward the spanish only speakers...english only parents have been left out in the cold at this school!! They claim if your child goes under a certain GPA in a class the parent in the second to know...I've never been informed of any of my kids grades when they've dropped below a C in a class...if you're going to claim to do something I believe teachers and the staff have a responsibility to keep us as parents informed before things go too wrong! And yet this schools band and NJROTC program have been so wonderful in involving us as parents in all their activities!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Compare to other schools of the district san ysidro high has a lot of school spirit students are really involved and are friendly to each other

  • (7 years ago)

    is a really good school were teachers show courage and care to students

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an interesting school because it's only a few years old but economically it's in a disadvantaged part of the county so it's still a work in progress. The administration seems to be tough with a no holds bar attitude toward apathy & poor excuses. There are a lot of new & young teachers at this school & they themselves are developing their skills & reputation as well. Unfortunately they have to spend a lot of time baby-sitting kids who hate school. I wouldn't say that this the attitude of most kids but probably the majority. The kids who want to learn & want to realize their potential can end up losing if their environments are infested with apathy & idleness. Unfortunately this is the reputation the community has. And why is it that most classes at this school do not begin till 9 am?

  • (8 years ago)

    I am very proud of syhs academic programs are ok. I have two teens in this school; both of them are involved in sports since the freshmen year making this a committment to get good grades in order to belong to a team. Uniforms are ok. They have more responsability getting involved in community service. The sports fields are beautiful! And the school looks clean and neat all the time. Go cougars!

  • (8 years ago)

    San Ysidro High School has a dedicated staff and an amazing Principal! Their collective motivation and concern help to motivate the students to succeed. While many students are first generation high school attendees they do not disappoint in their willingness to study hard in order to achieve.

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