School Details

The O'Farrell Charter School

6130 Skyline Drive, San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 263-3009
6

(out of 10)

Charter Grades PK-11 1500 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

60%
67%
56%
70%
71%
65%

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

23%
59%
46%
50%
76%
66%

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

52%
76%
65%
83%
80%
72%

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

36%
72%
60%
53%
72%
65%
36%
72%
57%

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

55%
69%
60%
62%
61%
55%

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

98%
92%
86%
55%
68%
60%
68%
59%
52%

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

59%
48%
50%
58%
64%
57%
51%
21%
31%
86%
87%
85%
67%
60%
52%
85%
75%
67%

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

61%
19%
25%
68%
67%
62%
53%
35%
45%
44%
47%
38%
86%
60%
51%

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

The O'Farrell Charter School is a charter high school. The principal of The O'Farrell Charter School is Dr. Jonathan Dean, whose e-mail is jonathan.dean@ofarrellschool.org. 1,500 students attend The O'Farrell Charter School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Asian, and Multiracial. 25% of the The O'Farrell Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 84% of the 1,500 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at The O'Farrell Charter School is 18:1. Morse High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 52% 44%
Asian 5% 9%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 13%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 129055%
Filipino 14% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 25%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.5%
Unspecified 0.08% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 63%
Limited English proficiency 25% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    This school is absolutely amazing the teachers are very involved with the students and it's a rigorous school. I am a student myself and I have to say the teachers there are absolutely amazing meaning ms. Hui Ms. Laterzza mr. Lapis and plenty more. A great school for education.

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter has been at this school since the 6th grade and just finished 8th grade this month. She loves this school. She could have stayed at a closer school near home but made the choice to come here. This charter school provides the kids with more opportunity. They have uniforms which is great because kids do not focus on vanity and whats in and not in. They have many field trips and provide kids with a lot of resources to excel. The teachers here CARE for all students. This school is becoming a k-12th school and is awesome because they really do focus making our kids grow and learn in positive manners. Best school in SOUTHEAST SAN DIEGO!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I love this school and glad I followed my gut feeling by sending my daughter here for 6th grade instead of her neighborhood school. She has maintained a 3.8gpa and above since she started in fall 2013. I have no complaints whatsoever. I also like that they are strict with the kids and because of that its become a safer campus.

  • (1 year ago)

    It is a great school for middle or high school. They are building a new high school so you can get the full experience and the teachers are great they understand their kids and teach in a way everyone gets. They staff is very nice and make sure that everyone is happy and having fun. You can make friends fast and not worry about bullies or mean people. I'm a student self I have been here since 6th grade and it has been an amazing experiancre and I am now going to the tenth grade and can't wait. If your looking for a safe fun all out pre elementary middle or high school O'Farrell is the place to go.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter LOVES this school and I really appreciate the time and effort the teachers and staff are putting into making it such a success. Definitely the BEST school in the South East San Diego area.

  • (1 year ago)

    My school is amazing I don't know what I would do without it. Everyone here is like family basically. When you step on this school campus you feel welcomed and the teaching is excellent I could not ask for a better learning education.

  • (1 year ago)

    If you want your child to attend a secure safe and academically challenging school register at The O'Farrell Charter School.

  • (2 years ago)

    O'Farrell is the best middle school in the area by far! I choose to send my 7th grader to O'Farrell because they are focused on academics and discipline. My daughter loves her teachers and says the environment is fun but serious. If you want your child to be held to high standards and receive a good education send them to O'Farrell.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love this school!! Not only is this the only middle school in this school district and county whose API scores are in the 800s but the staff are extraordinary! I have a 6th and 4th grader who both attend O'Farrell Charter school and I am impressed by the manner in which this school operates (academically for the students). My children are being challenged academically and mentally and I really enjoy the opportunities that this school has presented for my children.

  • (3 years ago)

    I'm lucky my child is smart enough to get into the GATE program. The teachers are on him for academics and they are very responsive to my emails and phone calls. They also don't mind me making unannounced visits at the end of the school day for an impromptu meeting. The big downside is the social climate at the school my son's watch given to him from his grandfather was stolen back in February right out of his bag while changing in the locker room. The next day the kid who stole it was wearing it but denied it.My son was too afraid to say anything and I had to hear it from his little brother. That's when I realized why his grades dropped that month. Like I said the parents of those bullies influence the social climate at the school and it's very difficult to police the kids if no one is speaking out against them. so sad.

  • (5 years ago)

    The school administration takes the time to listen to parent concerns.

  • (5 years ago)

    One thing I can say about O'Farrell is that the staff and teachers there care about the education of their students. I just met the new CEO that is starting this year. Apparently his last school won all kinds of awards on his watch. This is just what can make a great school even better.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very happy with staff & the school. This is the first year for my son to attend as sixth grader and I can honestly say I am pleased with how staff there care for their students and their achievement. Please continue the great work!!

  • (6 years ago)

    Parent at this school are kept informed about the progress of their childs academics. Personal touch is great thru the parent involvement department and the homebase teacher. Teachers are available by phone and e-mail. Parent education meetings are held once a month.

  • (7 years ago)

    O'Farrell have done a fine job for the pass two years in keeping this school safe fun and productive. I have had 1 of my child attend O'Farrell 4 years ago and now I have 1 child currently attending. She loves it! Teachers and staff maintains constant communication with parents making sure out students recieve the best education. Also I love how thius school requires uniform. Uniform does reduce violence and brings a sense of unity on campus. This school has come a long way in the pass three years. They have changed thier vision and is becoming the best school around!

  • (7 years ago)

    It's over and I am glad. I will miss the teachers they really try I would not refer any middle school children to go to this school. it was a long time coming for me and my child.Yes the test score have gone up but don't sacrifice that for your child's safety. please research this school before sending your child.it could mean your child's future.

  • (8 years ago)

    It's a fine school in which everyone teachers and students are doing the best they can.

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal does his utmost to keep teachers up in a very trying place to work.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have the honor to work at O'Farrell along with other dedicated teachers. Honestly I think our students would benefit from more art education-- music theatre etc.-- and programs honoring their heritage. I wish there was an opportunity to organize more non-academic clubs to meet during lunch for example. I realize a great deal of parents are busy but we need more parent involvement-- usually the 'hands on' parents have children that fare better in an academic setting because the students feel the connection between school and home discipline and education. The homework ethic at O'Farrell is deplorable some results from the socio-economics but a lot is lack of self-discipline on the students' part. Also we need more technology. Better computer exposure/education for our kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe parent involvement is low both because parents are not active--I was one of the few who show up for open house-- and because teachers are not encouraging parents to participate in field trips etc. I think students need more math tutoring since many parents can't help-- we're working and are not professional teachers. Also my children were given standards test practice to do at home not in class. I wish they had more instruction at school. I want the school to provide more electives even if the students are in the middle school. I want my children to sing in a choir.

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