Del Norte High


Student Enrollment
Best High School in California
 Rating 9 out of 10
Grades 9 to 12th grade
School District Poway Unified
Type Public
 Phone (858)487-0877
 Location 16601 Nighthawk Ln.
San Diego, CA 92127
Charter School No

Del Norte High has an academic rating significantly above the average for California high schools based on its high test performance and high AP course participation. It is ranked 70th in the best public high schools in California.

Data Citation: Unless otherwise noted, all information on this page is retrieved or calculated from data reported to the the U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data and Civil Rights Data Collection for the 2014/2015 school year.

Racial Demographics

The Del Norte High student body is predominantly White with a significant Asian Pacific population and has very high racial diversity.

Race Percent Students
Asian Pacific34.4%665
Native American Indian0.2%4
Hawaiian Pacific Inlander0.4%7
Two or more races4.2%81

Family Income

vs. other California high schools
Upper 6%

7.4% percent of the school's students are eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Program compared to the California high school median of 48.5%. By this measure, Del Norte High students are largely wealthy and rank 75th in California for high school student family income.

Enrollment by Grade

Grade Students


State Standardized Test Performance

Proficient Students
Rank in California
10 out of 10

Students at Del Norte High scored an average 86% of students proficient for math and reading as tested by the California Department of Education. Performance is significantly above the state high school median of 42% proficiency and places the school's test performance in the top 2.3% of California high schools.

Test Proficiency By Gender

Gender Math Proficient Reading Proficient
Girls80% to 84%*90% to 94%*
Boys80% to 84%*85% to 89%*

State Test Proficiency by Subgroup

Subgroup Math Proficient Reading Proficient
American Indian--
Asian & Pacific Islander90% to 94%*90% to 94%*
Black50% or more*50% or more*
Hispanic40% to 59%*60% to 79%*
Multiracial50% or more*50% or more*
White80% to 84%*90% to 94%*
With Disabilitesless than 50%*50% or more*
Limited English50% or more*50% or more*

*Indicates statistic has been anonymized to protect student privacy.

College Admission Test Scoring

Average SAT Score

The average SAT score for Del Norte High students in 2016 was 1249.

College Admission Test Participation

Upperclassmen taking ACT or SAT
Rank in California
3 out of 10

239 out of 942 junior and senior of students took either the ACT or SAT test (25%). College admission testing participation is somewhat below the California median rate of 29% and in the bottom 39% for participation.

AP Course and Test Performance

AP Class Enrollment Rate
AP Pass Rank in California
AP Pass Rate Rating
8 out of 10

Del Norte High offers 17 AP courses. 44 percent of grade nine through twelve students are enrolled in at least one AP class. The AP participation rate is in the 96% percentile and significantly above the median AP enrollment rate for all California schools of 21%. Del Norte High had 749 taking AP exams with a 624 passing at least one exam. The AP pass rate is in the 88% percentile and well above the California state median of 55 percent.

School State
AP Test Pass Rate 83% 55%
Students enrolled in an AP class 44% 21%
AP Math Enrollment Rate 26%
AP Science Enrollment Rate 18%
AP Other Enrollment Rate 34%
AP Courses Offered 17

Absenteeism Rate

School State
Overall Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%14%
Female Chronic Absenteeism Rate7%
Male Chronic Absenteeism Rate8%

Police Referral Rate

Group Percent Referrals
All Students0.3%6
California Median0%

Police Arrest Rate

Group Percent Arrests
All Students0%0

Expulsion Rate

Group Percent Expulsions
All Students0.3%6
California Median0%

In-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.1%2
California Median0.3%

Out-of-School Suspension Rate

Group Percent Suspensions
All Students0.6%11


Del Norte High
16601 Nighthawk Ln.
San Diego, CA

10 out of 10 1


Poway Unified
San Diego, CA